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Monday, Nov. 8, 2010

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Just One Click for So Much More; TABL Moves to Website Format


As announced late last month, Today at Berkeley Lab will become a web-based publication. The switch is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 15. Staff will still receive a daily e-mail with headlines for the day’s top stories, which will link to the TABL website. It’s just one click, but readers will get so much more. Among the benefits: posting of news as it is generated, instead of once a day; quick correction or removal of articles; collecting stories under commonly used tags (i.e. HR or safety); and posting of the day’s calendar events. Go here to see a preview of the new site. More>

Special Event: Get Smart About Carbon Tonight at Science at the Theater

Foot Is buying local really more eco-friendly? Are energy-efficient appliances always better? Does the water you use have a carbon impact? Berkeley Lab hosts Science at the Theater tonight 7 p.m. at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The event, titled “Putting Carbon in its Place: What You Can Do," will showcase Cindy Regnier, Eric Masanet, and Iain Walker as they 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 is free and open to the public. More>

Open Enrollment: Webinar, Help Desk Sessions Available


With so many changes associated with this year’s Open Enrollment period, which ends on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 5 p.m., the Lab’s HR Benefits group has scheduled several venues for employees to get more information. Webinar presentations will be held this Wednesday at 1 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 18, at 9 a.m. Registration is required (course 0952). Also, HR Benefits staff will be on hand in the cafeteria lobby tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 16, and Monday, Nov. 22, from noon to 1 p.m. to answer questions. For additional assistance, visit the “Tools to Help You Choose a Medical Plan” page on the UC Open Enrollment website.

$30KFunding: Win Up to$30K in UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition

Have an idea for a high-tech or Internet company? Enter your business plan in the UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition to win up to $30,000. To learn more about the competition and meet potential team members, join Haas School of Business students, engineering students, alumni and past winners at a free mixer on Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Wozniak Lounge-Soda Hall (Computer Science building). Registration is required. More>

EH&S: Waste Generator Guidelines Updated

The Lab’s EH&S Division has updated its Waste Generator Guidelines. The guidelines contain no new requirements. The updates include a description of the third party in-putter of a requisition, along with screen shots of the updated electronic requisition forms, a clarification of the requirements for hazardous wastes from a radioactive materials management area, a reorganization of the Universal Waste requirements, a delineation of Lab requirements for managing waste from subcontractor activities, and correction of non-substantive typographical errors. All updated text is noted by red flags. For questions or comments, contact your Generator Assistant or Nancy Rothermich (x4644).

Employee Activity: Free, Discounted Tickets for Dickens Christmas Fair

The Lab’s Arts Council is sponsoring a discount ticket promotion for the Great Dickens Christmas Fair, taking place Nov. 26 through Dec. 19 at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. To request tickets contact Cynthia Jones (x4242).

Wellness: November is National Family Caregiver Month

The Health Care Facilitator wants to remind employees that November is “National Family Caregiver Month.” Currently, there are more than 65 million family caregivers in this country. They become the people most familiar with their recipients’ medicine, exercise, treatment and dietary regimen. Based on daily demands, the role of a caregiver can become stressful. It is important to recognize your strengths and limitations, protect your own health, and reach out for assistance. More>

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