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Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008
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Training Needed to Ship Dry Ice Packages

Dry ice is considered a hazardous material when transported by air. A recent incident occurred in which a shipment that contained dry ice was improperly packaged and rejected by FedEx. At Berkeley Lab, all hazardous-material shipments must be conducted by the Facilities Division Shipping Department, trained EH&S Division employees, or other specifically trained and qualified staff. More>

salaitaPeople: Chemists Vie for Top Honors in Collegiate Inventors Competition

A low-tech medical-diagnostic technique, first conceived over coffee at UC Berkeley, has put a pair of young scientists in the running for top awards at the 2008 Collegiate Inventors Competition. Khalid Salaita, with Berkeley Lab’s Physical Biosciences Division, and Nathan Clack, a 2007 Berkeley PhD graduate, are among 11 finalists in the national contest. More>

rossoSpecial Event: Earth Sciences Distinguished Seminar This Friday

As part of its Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series, the Earth Sciences Division is sponsoring a lecture by Kevin Rosso of the Pacific Northwest National Lab this Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. He will discuss “Electron Transfer Dynamics in the Biogeochemical Cycle of Iron.” Rosso’s research is centered on the relationships between the atomic and electronic structure of crystalline materials using various concepts and tools of surface science, chemistry, solid-state physics, and crystal chemistry.

Policy: Veterans’ Day Holiday Option

Eligible employees have the option of using Veterans’ Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, as a paid holiday (if Cesar Chavez Day has not already been taken as one), with approval from their supervisor. Those who have taken Cesar Chavez Day as a holiday or who will take Veterans’ Day as a holiday must use a vacation day or leave of absence without pay on Friday, Dec. 26. See the "Limited Floating Holiday Implementation Guidance" for information on eligibility and time-entry procedures. Laboratory policy concerning holidays is contained in the Regulations and Procedures Manual (RPM), Section 2.10. Go here to view the Laboratory's holiday schedule.

Special Event: Web Security Course on Campus Thursday

Gabe Lawrence, IT Security Director for UC San Diego, will be on the UC Berkeley campus Thursday to offer a course on web application security.  Vulnerabilities in custom scientific applications are a growing threat to Berkeley Lab.  Learn how to protect data through examples of attacks and vulnerabilities caused by insecure coding practices. The course is open to all Lab employees and guests. No RSVP is required. More>

Mail Services: Bldg. 50 Auditorium FedEx Drop Box Removed

FedEx has removed the drop-box outside the Building 50 Auditorium due to lack of use. FedEx pickup service outside of Building 50B-4206 (provided by the Mail Room) is unchanged. No other FedEx services at Berkeley Lab are affected.  Contact Bill Llewellyn for more information (x7726).

Policy: Violence in the Workplace

It is the policy of Berkeley Lab to create and maintain a community in which all employees can work together in an atmosphere of respect and civility, free of harassing and threatening behaviors. Laboratory policies are designed to protect and promote the rights of members of the Berkeley Lab community, and to prevent actions that interfere with those rights and with the Laboratory's mission. Go here to read the entire Laboratory policy notice concerning violence in the workplace.

Policy: Licensing Income Distribution

It continues to be the policy of Berkeley Lab that employees (and others who assign to UC their rights to intellectual property through Berkeley Lab) receive a share of net licensing income. Go here to read the entire policy.