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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Employee Activity

Lab Photo Club's Showcase a Hit

Photo Club

The Lab’s Photography Club held its first-ever showcase of its members' work last Friday, and the event proved quite popular, with the group adding about 20 new members. A steady stream of employees stopped by Perseverance Hall to check out the nearly 170 photos on display and vote on 18 shots that were part of a special competition. Yves Verhertbruggen (Physical Biosciences) took first place with “Rose and Her Friend,” Steve Kessler (IT) placed second with “San Francisco Port at Night,” and Theresa Pollard (Earth Sciences) came in third with “The Starfish.” Each won gift certificates to a local photo supply shop. The club next meets on Thursday at noon in Building 70A-3377. The club is mentored by Lab photographer Roy Kaltschmidt (Public Affairs).

Special Event: Emergency Preparedness Fair is Today

Emergency Preparedness Employees will get another chance to experience the shake of an earthquake as part of the Lab’s Emergency Preparedness Fair, taking place today from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. outside the cafeteria. In addition to the “Big Shaker” earthquake simulator (pictured), fair activities include emergency preparedness supplies and kits for sale, raffle prize drawings, rescue dog presentations, the new Alameda County Fire Dept. HazMat Vehicle, UCPD’s Command Vehicle, and a six-dollar meal-deal in the cafeteria. Emergency Preparedness Week events continue on Thursday with a talk by Preston Jordan on the “Science of the Hayward Fault” at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium.

Outrearch: Join Lab Staff on TV for KQED Pledge Night

gmailIn support of Director Paul Alivisatos’ initiative to improve community relations, the Lab has scheduled an evening appearance during KQED’s televised pledge drive early next month. Lab staff will appear on air, answering phones and processing donations for the public broadcasting station, which offers high-quality science programming that often features Berkeley Lab research. The pledge night takes place Thursday, June 3, from 7:15 to 11 p.m. at the KQED station in San Francisco. Food and parking are provided. Employees interested in participating can send e-mail here. Deadline for response is Tuesday, May 26.

EH&S:  Roles, Responsibilities Revised as Part of HSS-CAP

safetyThe Lab has implemented the first in a series of corrective actions in response to the Health, Safety and Security (HSS) review that took place early last year. One of the recommendations was to clarify the roles and responsibilities of employees and guests with regards to safety. As stated in the now revised section of Pub 3000, employees and guests must: 1) Protect themselves, other workers, the public, and the environment, 2) Integrate EH&S into all work activities, and 3) Actively communicate EH&S and Integrated Safety Management (ISM) issues. “We expect employees to be accountable for their actions, but if their roles and responsibilities are not clearly described, we can’t achieve this goal,” explains EH&S Deputy Director Don Lucas. “We hope this revision clarifies what the expectations are, which will ultimately improve safety at the Lab.”

gmailPeople: Markowitz Appointed CIO for Joint Genome Institute

Victor Markowitz of the Lab’s Computational Research Division has been appointed the Chief Informatics Officer and Associate Director for the Joint Genome Institute. His primary role will be to provide vision and strategic leadership to establish and maintain leading-edge information technology and informatics capabilities for the JGI and DOE partners. Markowitz will continue to head CRD’s Biological Data Management and Technology Center. More>

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