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Tuesday, April 22, 2003
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8 a.m.
(Includes EHS 10, Introduction to ES&H)
Building 50 Auditorium

8 – 2 p.m.
Karats 14K Gold Jewelry Sale
Cafeteria Lobby

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
EHS 20 ES&H for Supervisors
Building 51, Room 201

6:30 p.m.
Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Lifetime Achievement – Ralph Landau
Arthur Anderson Auditorium
Haas School of Business


9 – 11 a.m.
EHS 276 Fall Protection Safety
Building 51, Room 201

1 – 2 p.m.
EHS 277 Confined Space Permit Writer
Building 51, Room 201

2 – 3:30 p.m.
EHS 330 Lead Hazards Awareness
Building 51, Room 201

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Soup: Minestrone
Origins: Baked Ham
Adobe Cafe: Taco Salad
Fresh Grille: Steak Sandwich
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full Menu
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Partly cloudy

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SECON level 3

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Lab Study on Twins
Featured on ‘20/20’

What determines body weight? Is it just some people’s destiny to be thin, while others are fat? That’s what ABC-TV reporter John Stossel sought to answer on last Friday’s news program 20/20. Using a study conducted by Berkeley Lab on twins by life scientist Paul Williams, he discovered that fat is not hereditary, unlike other traits. Williams’ segment can be seen here (Realplayer software required). A written summary of the report can be accessed here.

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Lab Family Care Policy
Adds Domestic Partners

Effective immediately, the Laboratory has modified its personnel policy by revising RPM §2.13 (B) and (D), Family Care and Medical Leave (FMLA). Same or opposite sex domestic partners have been added to the list of individuals requiring care for whom an employee may request FMLA. This change conforms Laboratory FMLA policy to UC Staff policy. These changes affect non-represented employees only. Represented employees should review their union agreements or contact their union representatives for information regarding their situation. Full text of the policy can be found here. See also Use of Sick Leave for Illness in Employee's Family for related policy change.

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Registration Due Today
For Entrepreneur Forum

The next UC Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum this Thursday will honor chemical engineer Ralph Landau, winner of this year’s Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation’s Lifetime Achievement Award in the Haas School of Business. Laudau co-founded Scientific Design and greatly influenced improved processes in the petrochemical industry. Registration for the 6:30 p.m. event at the Anderson Auditorium on campus is due today by 5. RSVP by calling 642-4255.



New Beamline Delivers
Coherent Soft X-rays

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One of the first images of coherent soft x-rays from BL12.0.2
The ribbon will be cut this morning for the new "Coherent Soft X-ray Science Beamline" (12.0.2) at the Advanced Light Source. A joint project of the ALS, the Center for X-ray Optics (CXRO), and the University of Oregon, the beamline will produce microwatts of tunable coherent soft x-rays to do a wide range of experiments in both scattering and optics. Lab Director Charles Shank, ALS Division Director Daniel Chemla, and ALS Scientific Support Leader Zahir Hussain are scheduled to dedicate the beamline.

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Chemical Database Temporarily Offline

Due to the upcoming release of the new Chemical Management System (CMS) on the web, the Chemical Inventory Database will be inaccessible today through Friday. Users will not be able to access the database during this time to allow program administrators to migrate legacy data and prepare the new application for release. In this interim, Chemical Inventory requests or actions should be sent to Lee Aleksich at [email protected], ext. 2994.


Jewelry Sale Today 

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Karats 14K Gold Jewelry will be on sale in the cafeteria lobby today from 8-2 p.m. The Jewelry sale is sponsored by the Lab’s Employees Recreation Association. Lab employees will be given an additional 10% discount on all prices.

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