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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Human Resources

New Ombuds Service for Lab Starts April 1

A new Ombuds service will be available for Berkeley Lab staff, beginning on Thursday, April 1. The service will be provided by the UC Berkeley Ombuds Office, led by Sara Thacker. The Ombuds service is available for staff who need help with work-related conflicts. The service is confidential, informal, neutral, and independent. Go here to learn more about how the Ombuds service works, view a welcome video from Thacker, and get contact information.

Research: Lab to Host New Center for Cancer Systems Biology

cancerJoe Gray, Associate Lab Director for Life Sciences and director of the Life Sciences Division, will co-direct a new a new Center for Cancer Systems Biology that will be funded by the National Cancer Institute and hosted here at Berkeley Lab. Under this grant, Berkeley Lab expects to receive about $13.5 million over the next five years to develop computational models that can be used to predict breast cancer responses to therapeutic agents. More>

Research: Designer Nanomaterials On-Demand

nanoDelia Milliron, director of the Inorganic Nanostructures Facility at the Molecular Foundry, led the development of a universal method by which designer nanomaterials can be created on demand. This technique can be used to create materials for battery electrodes, photovoltaics, and electronic data storage, among a great many other possible applications. Collaborating with Milliron on this work were Ravisubhash Tangirala, Jessy Baker, and Paul Alivisatos. More>

Award: Lab, JBEI Get Eco Honor From Diablo Magazine

CC2.0e coliDiablo Magazine, which covers the San Francisco East Bay, recently announced their 2010 Eco Awards, and Berkeley Lab and the Joint BioEnergy Institute were among the winners. The Lab was recognized for its Carbon Cycle 2.0 initiative, which brings the Lab’s energy research under one umbrella to help reduce carbon emissions. JBEI was lauded for its successful engineering of a microbe that could convert biomass into clean-burning biofuel. More>

mouse videoEH&S: Ergo Video Helps Prevent 'Mouse-itis'

A video has been created to help staff learn more about preventing mousing-related discomfort, often called “mouse-itis.” You will learn simple preventative actions you can take to protect yourself. Click here to watch the video, presented in six parts. For more information contact Ergonomics Group at [email protected].

Special Event: Lab Emergency Operations Meeting Tomorrow

Do you know what to do during an emergency? Would you like to know what happens behind the scenes? Plan on attending an overview of the Lab’s Emergency Operations Center, the Facilities Division Operations Center, and Business Continuity Planning and Activation tomorrow at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium.

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