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Tuesday, April 1, 2003
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Environmental Energy Technologies Division Seminar
Equilibrium Analysis of Forward Markets for Electricity and Reserves, Afzal Siddiqui, Electricity Market Studies, EETD, LBNL
Building 90, Room 3148

1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Active Directory Meeting
Perseverance Hall

4 p.m.
Physics Division Research Progress Meeting
A Measurement of the t-tbar Production Cross Section with the CDF Detector in Run IIa, Natalia Kuznetsova (FNAL/CDF)
Building 50A, Room 5132

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Soup: Vegetable Garden
Origins: Fried Chicken
Adobe Cafe: Taco Salad
Fresh Grille: BBQ Pork Swch.
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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SECON level 2

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Limited Flexible Work Options Pilot Begins

A limited pilot program designed to evaluate the effectiveness of flexible work options for employees at Berkeley Lab will be conducted with a total of 50 participants. These pilot program participants will be selected in work units located in the following Divisions: EH&S, NERSC and ITSD beginning May 1. The pilot program will be restricted to the 9/80 option. The decision to launch the pilot with a limited number of participants will enable the Lab to ensure program objectives can be met before determining how to expand the program. Deputy Director for Operations Sally Benson made the announcement, noting that a six month assessment is required before considering offering the program to a broader laboratory community. An external organization, Merit Resources Inc., is being engaged to validate and audit program design, ensure policy and managerial controls are in place.
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Lab Team Edges Closer
To Low-cost Fuel Cells

By Rhonda Ascierto

Berkeley Lab scientists may have found a way to make fuel cells cheaper and easier to manufacturer. The researchers promise to bring the relatively clean energy-generating technology closer to our homes and offices by making fuel cell power generators as cheap as the most efficient gas turbine and diesel generators. "It seems everyone wants them; they're non-polluting, have no emissions and they're energy-efficient. But try to buy one," says Steven Visco. "People would love to do the right thing, but they're not going to pay five times their electric bill just to have a fuel cell in their basement." Full story.

UC President Outlines
Security Preparations

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In a message to the University of California community, President Richard Atkinson has noted the steps the University is taking to increase security, including increased vigilance and patrols on campuses. He also expresses concern about the well being of UC students and staff in the Education Abroad Program and emphasizes how UC is "working closely with our Study Centers overseas to maximize the safety of these individuals." Full text of the letter can be found here.
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Retractable Knives
Pose Safety Hazard

Accident investigators have identified retractable utility knives, as shown in the picture, as a hazard for workers to avoid. Designed to be safe when the blade is withdrawn into the handle, some knives used at the lab have blades that are too long for the handle to retract completely. Three lab employees have experienced injuries from exposed blade tips (arrow). Suggested corrective actions: make sure the blade is completely retracted before storing the knife, use the proper size blade for the knife handle, replace knives with defective retraction mechanisms, and use care when picking up a utility knife in case the blade is exposed.

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