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July 9, 2008

R&D 100:
Lab Wins Four Awards for Technology Advances

Four of R&D Magazine's prestigious R&D 100 Awards for 2008, which recognize the 100 most significant proven technological advances of the year, have gone to researchers at Berkeley Lab and their colleagues. The innovations include the Berkeley Lab PhyloChip, Biomimetic Search Engine, FastBit Bitmap Index, and Nanostructured Polymer Electrolyte for Rechargeable Lithium Batteries. More>

HR News: AFSCME Service Unit Employees Call for Strike July 14-18

AFSCME-represented Service Unit employees have recently called for a five-day strike, anticipated to take place Monday, July 14, to Friday, July 18. This group of employees includes bus and truck drivers, custodians, cafeteria workers, material handlers, laborers, and other service-related occupations. More> 

Parking: Lab Conducts Parking Study, Commuter Survey Planned

Berkeley Lab is conducting a parking management study, and will soon undertake an employee commute survey, in an effort to minimize parking impacts stemming from planned construction projects and the Building 937 move. The parking study will analyze the Lab’s parking needs over the next five years. It will also recommend strategies to replace lost parking spaces while Lab staff explore ways to increase alternative commute options. The commute survey, to be conducted in September, will determine employee commute patterns, as well as work and parking locations. Contact Blair Horst, the Lab’s sustainability coordinator, with questions.

Communications: ‘Today at Berkeley Lab’ E-Mail Will Be Posted Online, as Before

As part of the launch of new Lab websites last month, the Public Affairs Office discontinued the posting of Today at Berkeley Lab e-mails on the web. After hearing from readers that this created confusion, TABL e-mails will again be posted online, starting today. There will be a prominent link from the homepage and from the News Center. E-mail [email protected] for questions or to submit requests for TABL articles.

TABL-imageResearch Update: Study Results From FEMA's Katrina Trailers

After Hurricane Katrina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency supplied trailers to temporarily house displaced families. When a pattern of respiratory and other health effects appeared in children living in the trailers, FEMA asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study the problem. CDC brought in Michael Apte of Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division to measure the emissions of volatile organic compounds in several unoccupied trailers. Apte’s collaborators include EETD researchers Randy Maddalena, Marion Russell, and Doug Sullivan. More>

Special Event: Lab Hosts Central Valley Groundwater Modeling Workshop

A daylong workshop on the state’s Central Valley groundwater, sponsored by the campus’s Berkeley Water Center, will take place at Berkeley Lab on Friday. Topics will include responses to drought and climate change, groundwater protection, subsidence caused from groundwater pumping, and implementation of aquifer storage and recovery programs. More>

Correction: Parking on Chamberlain Road Affected in July

Due to construction activity, parking along Chamberlain Road, behind Building 90, will be blocked between 7 and 11 a.m., not McMillan Road, as reported in Monday’s Today at Berkeley Lab.