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Monday, Oct. 6, 2008


DNAResearch: First Glimpse of a Key DNA Repair Protein at Work

Repairing breaks in the two strands of the DNA double helix is critical for avoiding cancer. In humans and other organisms, a molecular machine called the MRN complex is responsible for finding and signaling double-strand breaks (DSBs), then launching the error-free method of DNA repair called homologous recombination. Berkeley Lab life scientist John Tainer has helped reveal how the central component of the MRN complex performs its essential functions. More>

leaf skyIn The News: KGO TV Will Feature Lab Scientists in Energy Special

Following the presidential debate tomorrow, ABC 7 News (KGO TV) will broadcast an hour-long special program called “Energy Innovation.” The show features interviews with Berkeley Lab scientists Paul Alivisatos, Jay Keasling and Blake Simmons, and includes footage of the new JBEI facility in Emeryville. The program is scheduled to air from 10 to 11 p.m.

meitnerchadwickSeminar: Legacy of Physics Pioneers Meitner and Chadwick

Gerry Lander, formerly with Argonne National Lab and the Institute for Transuranium Elements, will present a talk on Monday, Oct. 13, on “Discoveries That Changed the World: 1932-1942 Lise Meitner and James Chadwick.” The event will take place at 4 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. This historic decade, says Landers, took the study of physics from “an occupation of a small number of eccentric gentlemen and (even fewer) ladies to something of concern to governments all over the world.” The talk is sponsored by the Chemical Sciences Division’s Seaborg Center. More>

dancersEmployee Activities: Dance Club Moves Location for Lessons

The Lab’s Dance Club will move their weekly noon lessons to Building 7-211, near the Advanced Light Source, starting today. Participants will learn the Hustle on Mondays and Salsa on Wednesdays during October. No experience or partner is required to join in.

Special Event: Lab’s Creative Services Office Hosts Info Sessions in Cafeteria This Week

Staff members of the Lab’s Creative Services Office will be on hand in the cafeteria lobby during the noon hour all this week to answer questions about the services they offer. Talk with CSO’s designers, writers, photographers, illustrators, and web developers to learn how they can provide professional, economical and hassle-free assistance with your projects.

Purchasing: Safety Supply Catalogue Available on eBuy

Products from industrial supplier Lab Safety Supply (LSS) will be accessible via eBuy from the GSS site starting on Thursday. The LSS catalog features over 80,000 products covering a wide assortment of goods, from industrial safety, facilities maintenance, spill control to hardware, tools, signs, labels, paints, automotive and janitorial supplies. Users of these product categories are urged to begin using eBuy for purchases.

Policy: Proposed Change to RPM Section on Compensation Policy

The Laboratory is proposing to change the RPM section describing its compensation policy. Section 2.06 has been revised to consolidate compensation policies into one location, and to update or remove obsolete language, procedures, and non-policy verbiage. This policy applies to non-represented employees only. Represented employees should contact their union representative or consult their collective bargaining agreement. To comment on this proposed change, contact [email protected] by Oct. 29. Go here to review the proposed revision.