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Pancakes and Eggs

Market Carvery: Cheese Enchiladas with Rice and Beans

The Fresh Grille: Double Cheeseburger with Fries

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

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UC/Bechtel to Manage
Los Alamos Lab

The Department of Energy yesterday awarded the contract to manage the Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico to the Los Alamos National Security LLC, a team comprised of the University of California, Bechtel National, BWX Technologies and the Washington Group. Press releases from the Department of Energy and the LANL LLC, a statement by UC President Robert Dynes, and additional information on the new contract is available here.


Bloodmobile Near
Biocenter Today

Lab employees who work in the Berkeley West Biocenter, on Potter St. in Berkeley, can stop by the Red Cross Bloodmobile that will be parked around the corner (700 Heinz Ave.) today. Blood can be donated until 2 p.m. All donors will receive a $5 McDonald's gift card. Go here to make an appointment (click "registration" link, sponsor code is "aquatic").

'Today' Will Return
Monday, Jan. 2

Today at Berkeley Lab will resume its daily publication on Monday, Jan. 2. The editors wish employees a safe and happy holidays.


IceCube Engineer Braves Cold of Antarctica

While many people have turned their attention to activities at the North Pole, Keith Beattie of the Computational Research Division's Distributed Systems Department has been focused on the IceCube project at the South Pole. Beattie, a software engineer who has been working on testing the data acquisition software for IceCube, wrapped up his three-week stint there yesterday. Go here to read a journal and view photos of his adventures in Antarctica.


Sickle Cell Research
Licensed to MannKind


Berkeley Lab recently executed a non-exclusive license with MannKind Corporation to transfer mice carrying a gene coding for human sickle hemoglobin.   Under the agreement, MannKind Corporation plans to use the mice for the current research on the causes and treatments of sickle cell disease. These mice were originally developed by Berkeley Lab Genomics Division Director Eddy Rubin and colleagues in the Life Sciences Division.


Avoid Attack: Shut Down Computers Over
Holiday Break

Lab computers are targeted more frequently over the holidays than at any other time. Unless it is absolutely necessary that it stay running, employees should shut down their computers. Those who must keep it running should update the appropriate security patches to prevent or limit attacks. If an attack has occurred, contact the Computer Protection Program.


Affirmative Action And EEO Policy

The Laboratory will not engage in discriminatory practices against any person employed or seeking employment because of race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy (including pregnancy childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), age, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran, special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, veteran who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized, or any veteran during the one-year period that begins on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty. This applies to all personnel actions, including hiring, transfer, training, promotion, termination, and other terms and conditions of employment. The Laboratory's policy is to take affirmative action, through formally written affirmative action plans, for minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, special disabled veterans, Vietnam-era veterans, and any other veteran who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized. Go here to read the entire policy.

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