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July 7, 2008

Special Event: Summer Lecture on Acceleration Tomorrow at Noon

In his talk on "Accelerating Into the Future," AFRD's Wim Leemans describes how laser wakefield acceleration makes it possible to accelerate particles to billion-electron-volt energies in just a few centimeters. Join Leemans for the third of this year's summer lectures, tomorrow at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. Full schedule>

Faces at the Lab: Elita Helps Promote Cyber Security at the Lab

Cyber security, while vitally important, isn’t the most glamorous of subjects, so it can be difficult to get people’s attention when trying to raise awareness of potential risks. But put a cute dog on a poster about computer protection, and more people take notice. That’s what IT’s Adam Stone did, and he found his model right at home — Elita, his four-year-old Labrador Retriever, pictured at right with a computer "virus." More> (including a YouTube video of Elita)

Construction Update: No Morning Parking on McMillan Road This Month

During the month of July, the Building 71 construction project will require large trucks to carry concrete slabs down McMillan Road behind Building 90. This transit will require all parking spaces within this area to be blocked between 7 and 11 a.m.  Those who normally park there during those hours are encouraged to use other lots or take the Lab’s shuttle service to reach the Lab. For more information, contact Site Access (x4855).

Employee Activities: Latest Softball League News

After two weeks of action, four teams are tied for first place in the Lab’s summer softball league. Animals, Ballpark Estimates, Rated X, and Silver and Black all boast a 2-0 record, with Clean Sweep, Clone Warriors, Hit & Run, and SUDZ filling out the bottom with 0-2 records. Go here to view scores from weeks one and two. Games are played every Wednesday on Maxwell Field, next to Memorial Stadium on campus, at 6, 7:15 and 8:30 p.m.

UC News: Latest 'Our University' is Published Online

The most recent edition of Our University — a newsletter published by the Office of the President for University of California employees — is now available. The edition features a video of new UC President Mark Yudof discussing his new role, an answer to a question about the safety of the new Large Hadron Collider, and a feature on UC Berkeley in 1968. More>

Health Note: Movement on Long Flights Crucial to Preventing Blood Clots

The Lab’s Health Care Facilitator wants to remind employees who plan on taking long flights this summer to stand, stretch and walk periodically during their trip. Sitting for long periods can cause blood to pool in the legs, which increases the risk of clotting. Drinking plenty of water can also help combat clotting.