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Monday, Nov. 1, 2010

Special Event

Get Smart About Carbon at the Next Science at the Theater


Is buying “local” really more eco-friendly? Are energy-efficient appliances always better? Does the water you use have a carbon impact? Berkeley Lab will host its next Science at the Theater event Monday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. on “Putting Carbon in the Place: What You Can Do.” Speakers Cindy Regnier, Eric Masanet, and Iain Walker (left to right) will reveal the latest research on how to reduce your carbon footprint at home, at work, or even when you shop. Learn how small choices can have a big impact. The event—which takes place at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre—is free and open to the public.

In the News: Smart Grid Industry Forms OpenADR Alliance

Smart GridTo accelerate the adoption of OpenADR, or Open Automated Demand Response, as a standard for the smart grid, the OpenADR Alliance, a nonprofit corporation, has been launched. OpenADR is a communication specification developed at Berkeley Lab and was funded by the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program. Supported by Berkeley Lab, Honeywell, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Southern California Edison, the Alliance is inviting other interested stakeholders to join them. Smart grid standards for Automated Demand Response will ultimately lower the cost, improve the reliability and accelerate the speed of Auto-DR and smart grid implementations across the U.S. More>

Special Event: Lab Director To Give Science Talk on NGLS Today at Noon

Lab Director Paul Alivisatos will give a science talk on the Next Generation Light Source in the Building 50 Auditorium today at noon. The intent of this presentation is to stimulate more discussion with researchers of the scientific impacts such a source may enable. The NGLS is a key initiative for the future of Berkeley Lab. Bring your lunch and questions.

Awards: Ian Hinchliffe Awarded Sakurai Prize in Theoretical Physics

Ian Hinchliffe Awarded Sakurai Prize in Theoretical PhysicsIan Hinchliffe of the Physics Division is one of four scientists to win the 2011 J. J. Sakurai Prize in Theoretical Physics from the American Physical Society (APS). Hinchliffe shares the prize with Estia Eichten and Chris Quigg of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and with Kenneth Lane of Boston University. The Sakurai Prize consists of a certificate, $10,000 to be divided equally, and travel allowances to the April meeting of the APS in Anaheim, Calif., where the prize will be awarded. The four men earned the prize, according to the citation, for their work “to chart a course for the exploration of TeV scale physics using multi-TeV hadron colliders.” More>

Policy: Check Lab Holiday Schedule

HolidayWith the holiday season fast approaching, employees are encouraged to check out the Lab’s holiday calendar, which includes shutdown dates for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Go here to review the complete text of the Lab’s policy on holidays in the Regulations and Procedures Manual.

Our UniversityUC Update: October Issue of ‘Our University’ Posted

The October issue of Our University, the University of California's systemwide newsletter for faculty and staff, has been published. Read the latest news about changes you can make to your benefits during Open Enrollment, possible eligibility changes to the Retiree Health Program, and UC’s new admissions website.

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