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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

4 p.m.
Biosciences Distinguished Lecture
Hyperthermophiles in the History of Life
Karl Stetter, U. of Regensburg Germany
Bldg. 66 Auditorium


12:15 p.m.
Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class with Chris Hoskins ($10/$12)
Bldg. 70A-3377


Morning Editions: Breakfast Quesadilla with Home Fries
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Breakfast Bagel
Market Carvery: Pasta Casserole with Garlic Bread
The Fresh Grille: Grilled Turkey & Jack Sandwich with Fries
Fiesta Taco Salad

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

Vehicle Pollution
Declines in Area


Using the Caldecott Tunnel as a laboratory, scientists say car and truck pollution in the Bay Area has declined dramatically over the last decade. The sharpest drop in virtually every category of vehicle pollutant occurred in the last six years, according to NASA, UC Berkeley, and Berkeley Lab scientists. The reason isn't California's fuel reformulations, such as the addition of MTBE, which has boosted gas prices and triggered groundwater contamination problems statewide. Rather, it's the demise or retirement of older, dirtier cars and trucks. "It's improved vehicle technology," said Robert Harley, with the Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division. Full story.


Schedule for Paycheck Pick-Up During Shutdown

The Lab's mailroom will be closed on the Dec. 24 biweekly payday. Biweekly employees without direct deposit can pick up their paychecks on Thursday between 1 and 3 pm. in the mailroom (Bldg. 69-102). Employees must bring their Lab ID cards. All checks not picked up will be delivered, along with the deposit advice forms, to employees on Monday, Jan. 3.

Modification to Monthly
Paycheck Pickup

Due to IRS rules and regulations on income received at the end of the year, January paychecks will not be available until Monday, Jan. 3. If any employee receives a check or direct deposit before Jan. 1, it is considered income for 2004 and should be reported as such. January 1 and 2 are bank holidays, so all checks will be available on Jan. 3 at the appropriate mail stops. All direct deposits will be posted in employee accounts on
Jan. 3.


AFRD's McInturff Wins Superconductivity Prize


Alfred McInturff, with the Lab's Accelerator and Fusion Research Division, recently received an award from the Council on Superconductivity, a subgroup of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. McInturff was recognized for "continuing and significant contributions in the field of applied superconductivity." He was lauded for his work in both conductor development and magnet design, and construction and testing at various high-energy physics research institutions.


FY2005 Property
Inventory Guidelines

Property Management has established the list of assets and schedule for the Lab's FY2005 Property Inventory. This year's inventory will include a statistical sample of assets on site, 100 percent of Lab assets on campus, and 100 percent of assets used at home or for travel. The inventory will begin Jan. 4 and end no later than March 31. Property Management will provide updates through the inventory cycle. Any questions should be directed to your Property Representative or Coordinator.


Modified Bus Schedule
In Place For Thursday

The Lab's shuttle bus service will adjust the departure times for the last run of their four lines on Thursday. The last off-site and on-site buses will depart Building 65 at 6:10 p.m. The last Rockridge bus will depart from the same location at 5:40 p.m. And the last Bancroft bus will depart from Building 62/66 at 5:30 p.m. There will be no bus service from Friday, Dec. 24 through Friday, Dec. 31. Regular schedules resume on Jan. 3. For more information, contact Sandra Bell (x4165).

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