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Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010


Hazen Speaks on BP Oil Spill at Discover Cal


Terry Hazen, a microbial ecologist with the Earth Sciences Division, is one of three speakers featured in the Fall 2010 edition of Discover Cal, a traveling public lecture series presented by UC Berkeley. The Fall 2010 lecture, which takes place today and Sunday in San Diego and Santa Monica, is titled Oil Spill Aftermath: Environmental Science and Corporate Responsibility. Hazen led the study of microbial activity in the deepwater oil plume that resulted from the BP spill this past summer, which dumped nearly five-million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. More>

Outreach: BLISS Oobleck Workshop on Monday

'OobleckEmployees interested in sharing engaging science activities with local students are invited to participate in next Monday's workshop, "Oobleck." In this workshop Lab employees will learn how to guide fifth graders to investigate the properties of solids and liquids as they observe, hypothesize, and experiment with oobleck, and gain insight into the skills and practices necessary to the real work of scientists. 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, Nov. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Building 7-211. Registration is required and lunch will be provided.

StaffTraining: Workshop Helps Staff Explore Their Career Directions

Where are you headed with your career, and how will you get there? Berkeley Lab Learning Institute’s career planning workshops, coming up on Nov. 11, can help you think through these issues. Taught by a career-counseling specialist, these sessions help you develop a career action plan and provide tools and resources to support your efforts. The non-scientific version of the workshop (BLI119), which focuses on general career planning issues, has 12 openings. The scientific version of the workshop (BLI118) has a few spaces left. Registration is required, Both sessions will be offered again on March 24.

Ukulele ClubEmployee Activity: New Lab Ukulele Club Meets on Fridays

Spurred by the creation of the Ukulele Club at the Joint Genome Institute two years ago, the Lab’s main site recently formed its own club and is encouraging employees to join. The group meets each Friday at 11:30 a.m. in the Building 76 conference room (room 235). All levels are welcome and extra ukuleles are available. Participating staff will learn to play the instrument and develop their strumming and singing skills. “The goal is for members to have fun, learn, improve and make music,” said club president Tim Roberts. Go here to watch a video of the club performing at the Open House last month. Contact Roberts for more information.

HR: Interactive Sexual Harassment Prevention for Supervisors and Managers

The Lab will host an onsite interactive UC Sexual Harassment Prevention training course on Monday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Building 66 Auditorium. Supervisors and managers who attend will receive full credit for the biannual training mandated by California Law AB 1825 (Gov. Code Section 12950.1). Registration is available (BLI0955) through Employee Self Service. Call x7443 for more information.

jamSpecial Event: Artisans Sought to Sell Wares at Holiday Craft Fair

The annual Berkeley Lab craft fair will he held the afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 9, in the cafeteria. Sponsored by the Employee Activities Association, past fairs have featured a variety of handmade goods for sale, such as jewelry, photography, art glass, candles, baked goods, jams and jellies, hand-sewn crafts, hand-knitted and crocheted items, paintings, and pottery. Employees interested in having a booth at the craft fair can contact Robin Mitchell.

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