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Tuesday, March 2, 2010


New Investment Would Reduce Costs of Meeting Energy ‘Target’

A new analysis by Berkeley Lab scientists for the Western Governor’s Association explores renewable resource decisions in the West. The report’s “sensitivity analysis” examines how decisions about which renewable sources are chosen, and how transmission lines are expanded, are affected by changes in policies and other uncertainties. The analysis identifies the potential renewable resource mix and electricity transmission capacity that would be required to provide a hypothetical 33 percent of the West’s annual electricity from areas identified as being suitable for large-scale renewable energy development by the year 2029. More>

light bulbSpecial Event: Campus Energy Symposium Tomorrow, Thursday

The UC Berkeley Energy Symposium, "2020: Envisioning the Future of Global Energy," will take place tomorrow at the Haas School of Business and Thursday at the MLK, Jr. Student Union, both located on campus. The event brings together researchers, business leaders, policymakers, and students to discuss energy issues. Wednesday will feature the first-ever Innovation Expo, which highlights cutting-edge technologies developed at UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab. Thursday's symposium will feature two keynote speakers and panels discussions on a variety of insightful energy topics. More>

Outreach: 'Dry Ice Investigations' BLISS Workshop Monday

BLISSEmployees interested in sharing engaging science activities with local students are invited to participate in an upcoming workshop on “Dry Ice Investigations.” Lab employees will learn how to guide eighth graders to explore properties of matter, phase change, the nature of solids and gases, and conducting scientific investigations. The workshop is part of the Lab's Center for Science and Engineering Education Berkeley Lab in School Settings (BLISS) program. It takes place on Monday, March 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Building 7-211. Registration is required and lunch will be provided.

carpoolCommuting: Zimride Reduces Travel Costs

As announced in Today at Berkeley Lab last week, the Lab is now part of the Zimride online commuting service, which helps match staff looking for riders with those who need a ride to work, using a social networking platform. Besides being a convenient and easy way to organize ride sharing, Zimride is a great way to save money on gas. Riders share the costs with those who drive. To get started, login here with your LDAP username and password.

Training: Class on Microsoft Office 2007 for Word

The Berkeley Lab Learning Institute will offer a daylong class on the new and enhanced features available in Microsoft Office 2007 for Word (BLI0140) on Wednesday, March 17. The class, taught by CMC, is $70. Due to limited space, interested employees are encouraged to sign up soon. Go here for information and to register. E-mail a Project ID to [email protected]

nutritionHealth: March is National Nutrition Month

The Lab’s Health Care Facilitator reminds employees that March is National Nutrition Month. Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated, just make your calories count. Think nutrient-rich rather than “good” or “bad” foods. Your food choices should be packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients — and lower in calories. Include more dark green vegetables, such as leafy greens and broccoli, and orange vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes. Vary your protein choices with fish, beans and peas. Eat at least three ounces of whole grain cereals, breads, crackers, rice or pasta every day. More>

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