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Monday, Sept. 13, 2010

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Science at the Theater Series Kicks Off Next Monday


Berkeley Lab's Science at the Theater fall series kicks off on Monday, Sept. 20, at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre with a talk by three Lab scientists on energy-efficient stoves for the developing world and how families are using these to pioneer carbon trading. The event, which starts at 7 p.m., features the Environmental Energy Technologies Division's Ashok Gadgil, Adam Rausch, and Kayje Booker. Go here for more information and a complete lineup of this fall's Science at the Theater events.

Web Town HallUC News: Sept. 24 Web Town Hall on Proposed Retirement Changes

Employees are invited to participate in an online town hall meeting to ask University of California leaders questions about the recent proposed changes to the UC retirement plan. This live, interactive meeting will take place on Friday, Sept. 24, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Berkeley Lab staff and retirees can watch the proceedings on their computer ( or gather in the Building 50 Auditorium to watch the live webcast. Panelists include Nathan Brostrom, executive vice president for Business Operation, Peter Taylor, chief financial officer, Dwaine Duckett, vice president for Human Resources, and Lawrence Pitts, executive vice president for academic affairs. Detailed information on the proposed changes can be found on "The Future of UC Retirement Benefits” website.

Carbon CaptureDOE Update: Lab Part of Carbon Capture/Storage Simulation Initiative

Berkeley Lab is part of an initiative announced last week by the Department of Energy to develop predictive simulation tools to accelerate the development of carbon capture and storage technology. The Carbon Capture and Storage Simulation Initiative was launched with an investment of up to $40 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, of which $4 million will support Berkeley Lab research. The Computational Research Division's Juan Meza, Deb Agarwal, and Paolo Calafiura, and the Materials Sciences Division's Berend Smit will lead Berkeley Lab’s role in the collaboration, which includes several national labs and universities. The initiative builds upon the efforts of DOE’s National Risk Assessment Partnership, a collaboration of several national labs to develop a science-based methodology for quantifying the potential risks at a CO2 storage site. The Earth Sciences Division's Don DePaolo, Curt Oldenburg, and Jens Birkholzer lead Berkeley Lab's role in this partnership. More>

Special Event: Women Scientist Council Luncheon on Tomorrow

The next Women Scientists and Engineers Council Luncheon takes place tomorrow, in Perseverance Hall (Bldg. 54-130), from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The featured speaker is Susan Hubbard, deputy director of the Earth Sciences Division. Hubbard will present a lecture called “Toward X-Ray Vision,” which focuses on the use of geophysical methods to characterize the shallow subsurface for improved remediation of environmental contaminants. Lunch will be provided. For details contact Veronica Nero (x7443).

Facilities: Drilling Operations in Building 90 Parking Areas

Starting Wednesday and continuing through Sept. 17, a drill rig and support vehicle will be operating at two locations in the Building 90 parking area. There will be minor impacts to parking, pedestrian pathways and a temporary relocation of the bus stop during this period. For additional information, contact George Sanen (X6332) or Don Beaton (710-9711).

Facilities: Walkway, Roadway Near Bevatron Impacted Tomorrow

Repair of about 200 feet of walkway from the Bevatron Circle near Building 51 down toward Building 65 will begin tomorrow. The work includes removing the old walkway and installing a retaining wall, metal handrail, and new asphalt walkway. The affected area will be closed to pedestrians and there will also be periods of one-lane traffic. Those traversing this area should use caution and follow flagger direction and posted signage.

Employee Activity: Mac User Group Meeting Today on Blackhat and Defcon Conferences

The Lab’s Mac Users Group Meeting will meet today at noon in Building 50B-4205. Topics will include a brief recap of the 2010 Blackhat and Defcon conferences, an overview of "Technical Document publishing in the ePub format" by Martin Stoufer, and a talk on "Freerange Mac Security" and OS X security settings by James Welcher. Ron Ustach from Apple is planning on attending as well.

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