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Friday, Nov. 7, 2008
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UC Police Step Up
Traffic Patrols at Lab

With the goal of making the Lab safer for cars, bicycles, and pedestrians, the Lab has stepped up its campaign to monitor traffic safety, calling on UC’s Police Department (UCPD) to maintain a presence here. UCPD traffic patrols are now occurring throughout the week and will continue in the coming months. Employees are expected to drive in compliance with the California Vehicle Code, or they will be ticketed. Last month, from Oct. 12-31, some 29 drivers were ticketed. About 60 percent were for running stop signs. Many were also given verbal warnings for speeding. Go here to view a list of all moving-violation citations issued. Remember, driving at the Lab is a privilege. Protect yourself and your fellow employees by driving safely. Visit OurSafety for more on the UCPD presence and the Lab’s safety efforts.

shuiResearch: Research: How TB May Be Thwarting Immune System

Wenqing Shui (left), a member of both the Carolyn Bertozzi and Jay Keasling research groups, was the lead author of a paper reporting a proteomic analysis of phagosomal membranes that points to possible cross-talk between the immune system and the self-cleaning system of cells. This finding holds promise for the fight against tuberculosis. More>

earthSpecial Event: Earth Sciences Distinguished Lecture Today at 10:30 a.m.

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 today at 10:30 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. He will discuss “Electron Transfer Dynamics in the Biogeochemical Cycle of Iron.”

clockIT: Websites Down Tonight From 5 to 8 p.m.

To accommodate storage system maintenance, more than 100 Lab websites supported by IT’s Institutional Systems (IS) will be out of service tonight between 5 and 8 p.m. Among the services affected are the Lab’s calendar of events, portions of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer website, the Ergonomic Evaluation Training Center, and the Flea Market classified ads. More>

calendarBenefits: Monthly Events Calendar Launched; Open Enrollment Ends Nov. 25

The Lab’s HR Benefits team has introduced a monthly calendar listing the health, wellness and retirement events that they sponsor. Go here to access the November calendar. Staff are also reminded that Open Enrollment, the period during which changes can be made to UC health and welfare benefits, will end on Nov. 25. For more information on Open Enrollment or the events calendar, contact the HR Benefits Department (x6403).

Shuttle Bus: New Routes, Schedules, and LabPorter Service

Staff are reminded that new shuttle bus routes and schedules were launched on Monday. The changes include the relocation of the Downtown BART Station stop to Shattuck Ave. between Center and Addison and the introduction of an onsite LabPorter Service. NextBus, which uses GPS technology to obtain real-time information on bus arrivals is scheduled to be implemented later this month. Go here for more on these changes.

Employee Activity: Red Cross Visits Lab for Blood Donations on Nov. 21

The Philanthropy Club will be hosting a visit by the American Red Cross Bloodmobile on Friday, Nov. 21 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria parking lot. Go here to make an appointment (sponsor code is LBL). Donation rules have changed recently, so those who were previously rejected for donations may now be eligible.

Policy: Contact with State and Federal Officials

Employees may not act or give the appearance of acting on behalf of the Laboratory or the University when communicating with state or federal officials unless they are authorized to do so. To act or give the appearance of acting on behalf of the Laboratory or the University in such instances without authorization may be construed as a conflict of interest. The complete text of the Laboratory's lobbying policy, as well as guidance on appropriate contact with state and federal officials, may be found in Regulations and Procedures Manual §2.23(H).