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Monday, April 26, 2004


9 a.m.
EHS 156
Building Manager Training
Perseverance Hall

10 a.m.
Retirement Planning Workshop
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

5:30 p.m.
Friends of Science
Bringing Climate Change Back Home
Margaret Torn
Berkeley Main Library


8 a.m.
Human Resources
New Employee Orientation Bldg. 50 Auditorium

9:10 a.m.
EHS 10
Introduction to ES&H at LBNL
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class with Maya Smith
Bldg. 70A-3377

1:15 p.m.
EHS 735/738/739
Biosafety/Bloodborne Pathogen
Bldg. 51-201

4 p.m.
Life Sciences
Imaging the Cell Motions and Signals that Pattern Embryonic Development
Scott Fraser, CIT
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

Morning Additions: Banana and Walnut French Toast with Bacon
Market Carvery: Chicken Provencale with Two Sides
Fresh Grille: Corn Dog with Bowl of Chili & Soda
Menutainment: Chili Verde with Basmati Rice & Vegetable
Full Meal Deal: Italian Burger, Fries, Side Salad, Root Beer Float & Pie

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Full menu

Lab Volunteers Help 'Rebuild' Local Homes

Several volunteers from Berkeley Lab, along with other helpers spent most of Saturday installing energy efficiency measures as part of the Energy Teams of the Albany-Berkeley-Emeryville chapter of Rebuilding Together. The volunteers formed three teams and visited the houses of low-income elderly and disabled homeowners, installing hot water heater blankets, weather striping, compact fluorescent lamps, low-flow showerheads, and other energy-and water-saving measures. Their work was part of the larger activity of rehabilitating homes throughout the country every April -- this year, about 3,500 houses nationwide.


Managers Toolkit
For HR Unveiled

The Lab's Human Resources Department is launching the "Manager's HR Toolkit," an online resource for those who manage, supervise, or provide leadership.   The site provides easy access to information, tools, resources, and links.   It features several categories, including: "How do I..." questions, an A-Z index, a glossary of terms, and "What's New." The toolkit is being developed in stages, so the entire content is not currently available. Feedback from Lab supervisors was solicited in a review of the toolkit's design and content. Comments and suggestions from all Lab users are welcome. The Manager's HR Toolkit is listed on the A-Z Index. Go here to check it out.


'Cyberwar' Screened at Computer Brown Bag

The Computer Protection Brown Bag this Thursday will feature a screening of the Frontline Documentary "Cyberwar." It begins at noon in Building 70A- 3377. The program investigates a number of cyber attacks that have already occurred in recent years, including "Slammer," which last January took down the Internet in South Korea and affected 911 systems and the banking system in the United States, and the "Nimda" virus that quietly attacked Wall Street in 2001.


Emissions Test Flawed, Says Lab Researcher

For months, state motor vehicle officials have blamed flaws in the emissions testing program on the contractor, Agbar Technologies. But many of the problems identified in the preliminary audit could have been prevented by those same officials during the design and oversight of the program, according to Mark Warren, an Arizona-based diagnostic expert, and Tom Wenzel, a policy analyst for Berkeley Lab, who cited as a critical flaw a loophole in the testing program that allowed inspectors to switch testing methods with ease. Full story.


GAO Audits This Week

One year ago, auditors from the General Accounting Office came to Berkeley Lab to "determine the effectiveness of internal controls over procurement methods and property management systems." At that time, the auditors conducted a process evaluation, looking at the information sharing systems used by Procurement, Human Resources, and Property Management in an effort to assess the accuracy of linked resources. They return today to spend the week conducting the second half of their evaluation, using a list of pre-selected assets to validate "in situ." Property Management is working with Division personnel to ensure that all goes smoothly. If you have any audit related questions, call Carol Earls at x6960.

High Voltage Switching Procedures Begin Today

A series of high voltage electrical switching operations on both the 115kV and 12kV systems will begin today, with completion scheduled for Tuesday, May 4.   The switching will allow maintenance and repair work at Grizzly Peak Substation and the ALS Switching Station. The switching procedures will be transparent to the laboratory community, and it is highly unlikely that an interruption of power will occur.   However, the possibility of an electrical power interruption always exists.   Take all necessary precautions. For more information contact Jim Murphy at x4175 or Mahesh Gupta at x5220.


Mostly sunny.
Highs: upper 80s (30° C).

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SECON level 3

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