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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Yoga Club
Class with Chris Hoskins
Bldg. 70-191

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 937-302

Amateur Emergency Radio Group Meeting
Bldg. 48-109


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Morning Editions:
Breakfast Bagel with Ham, Cheese, and Fruit

Tomorrow's Breakfast: Pancakes and Eggs
Market Carvery: Turkey Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

The Fresh Grille:  Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Fruit
Menutainment: Udon Noodle Bar

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

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This is the Google
Side of Your Brain
By Elizabeth Weise


Internet search engine Google is quickly taking the place of such things as trips to the library, a call home to mom, a recipe box, phone book, and neighborly advice. But it's not appropriate for every question, as physician Jennifer Lee found out. Her fiancé, Jan Liphardt, a guest in Berkeley Lab's Physical Biosciences Division, went to Google "engagement rituals," just after she accepted his proposal, but smartly returned to her side before touching his computer. Full story.

EHS Director to Focus
On New Safety Initiative


Phyllis Pei, Division Director for Environment, Health and Safety, will change roles and support Chief Operations Officer David McGraw in a new safety initiative, it was announced Tuesday. Pei will work on benchmarking other Office of Science laboratories and industry safety cultures and will recommend best-in-class practices for Berkeley Lab. "Given the extreme importance of establishing a safe work environment at Berkeley Lab, as well as Phyllis' extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, I have asked her to devote full time to lead this effort," McGraw said. Howard Hatayama, ES&H Director for the Laboratory Management Office at the University of California's Office of the President, will serve as acting Division Director of EH&S, effective Jan. 2. Go here to read more about Hatayama.


No E-Mail, Internet
6 to 7 a.m. Tomorrow

There will be an interruption to all IT Division services, including central e-mail, web, and calendar, starting at 6 a.m. tomorrow (Dec. 22). The service interruption is expected to last an hour. This outage will allow electrical power to be switched to an alternate source so the systems can remain online during the upcoming major power shutdown over the holiday break. There will also be a second, similar interruption after the holiday break, starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3 to reconnect to the original power source, which is also expected to last an hour. For more information, contact the Help Desk (x4357).

Adjusted Shuttle
Schedule Thursday

Tomorrow, the final day of shuttle service for this year, the last off-site shuttle bus will depart Building 65 at 6:10 p.m. The last on-site bus will leave the same destination at 5:50 p.m. The Rockridge bus will make its last run at 5:40 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., the last Bancroft bus will depart Buildings 62/66. The regular schedule will resume on Monday, Jan. 2. For more information, contact Sandra Bell (x4165).

Lab Shuts Down This
Friday, Reopens Jan. 2

Berkeley Lab employees are reminded that the annual holiday shutdown of facilities will begin on Friday, Dec. 23. The Lab will reopen on Monday, Jan. 2. The mailroom will be open Dec. 27 to 30. Receiving will be open on Dec. 28. All December paychecks of biweekly employees not picked up on Dec. 22 at Building 69 will be forwarded to the employees' Lab mail stop for receipt on Jan. 2. The first paycheck of 2006 will not be available until Jan. 3.

Reminder: Key Dates for Supplemental Disability Plan

Sunday, Jan. 1 is the effective date for employees who enrolled in or changed their Supplemental Disability Plan waiting period during Open Enrollment. However, unlike other benefit premiums, premiums for Supplemental Disability are not paid in advance; the first premium will be deducted from the Feb. 1 paycheck (monthly paid employees) or Jan. 20 paycheck (biweekly paid employees).

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