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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

10 a.m.
EHS 535
Hot Work Permit Training
Bldg. 51-201

EHS 135
Earthquake Wildland Fire Safety
Bldg. 48-109

Employee Activities Assoc.
Dance Lessons with Joy Kono and Jeff Philliber
Bldg. 71-146J

1 p.m.
EHS 277
Confined Space Permit Writer
Bldg. 51-201


8 a.m.
Human Resources
New Employee Orientation
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

9:10 a.m.
EHS 10
Intro to ES&H at Berkeley Lab
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

10:30 a.m.
EHS 210
Hoist Operator
Bldg. 51-201

12:15 p.m.
Employee Activities Assoc. Yoga Class with Chris Hoskins ($10/$12)
Bldg. 70-191

1:30 p.m.
EHS 530
Fire Extinguisher Safety
Bldg. 48-109


Morning Editions: Ham Smoked Cheddar Scramble with Home Fries
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Banana Pancakes with Eggs and Sausage
Culinary Table: Chicken Enchiladas with Rice & Salad
The Fresh Grille: Pot Roast Sandwich with Potato Salad
Fiesta Taco Salad

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

Clean Water Technology
To Help Tsunami Victims

Using technology that was developed by Berkeley Lab's Ashok Gadgil of Environmental Energy Technologies, WaterHealth International is leading an effort to provide safe drinking water to the tsunami-affected regions of the Asia-Pacific. The group hopes to raise $250,000 through the GlobalGiving organization's Acumen Fund to install ultraviolet water purification systems for emergency relief in temporary shelters throughout striken regions of Sri Lanka and India. Donations are deductible for the 2004 tax period. Go here to view a summary of the project, and here to learn more about UV Waterworks.

Don Your Dancing Shoes
For Lab's Onsite Lessons

After a brief hiatus, Berkeley Lab's Dance Club has resumed its onsite dance lessons, starting today from noon to 1 p.m. in building 71-146J. Instructors Joy Kono and Jeff Philliber will demonstrate the finer points of East Coast Swing. Lessons will be held each Tuesday, with practice sessions scheduled for Wednesdays, at the same time and location as today's event. The drop-in lessons are free. Beginners as well as more experienced dancers are encouraged to attend.


Calendar Down This Weekend for Upgrades

The Information Technologies and Services Division will be conducting a major calendar server hardware and software upgrade, which means the calendar will be unavailable from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 p.m., Sunday. The upgrade will improve system performance, providing a new web interface with Mozilla support and designate access. If you currently use Calendar, your service will continue to function normally after the upgrade. If you use the old Netscape or Steltor Calendar client, go to the Lab's download page to upgrade to Oracle Calendar. For questions, call the Help Desk (x4357).


Table-Top Accelerators
In Nature's Top 10


The work of Berkeley Lab scientists in the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division, under the leadership of Wim Leemans, has been honored by Nature magazine as one of the top 10 research highlights for 2004. The journal cites table-top accelerators, with the laser focusing advances announced in September by Leemans' team, as having the potential to whittle down a particle accelerator "from the size of a football stadium to the size of a lab." Go here for a full list of the '04 highlights from Nature's Dec. 23 issue.

Lab Scientist, Chu Mentor Lauded for Teaching

Two UC Berkeley physicists will be honored with teaching awards next week from the American Association of Physics Teachers. Physics professor and Berkeley Lab scientist Carlos Bustamante won the Richtmyer Award for conveying physics to public audiences. Emeritus physics professor Eugene Commins, known for his hunt for the elusive "electric dipole moment of the electron," won the prestigious Oersted Medal for teaching. Commins was the graduate advisor for Berkeley Lab Director Steve Chu, who credits Commins with being an excellent mentor and for often working side-by-side in the lab with his students late into the night. Full story.

Regents to Consider Lab Competition Bid Jan. 20

University of California President Robert Dynes will recommend to the UC Board of Regents at its meeting in San Francisco on Jan. 20 that they should prepare a competitive bid to the Department of Energy to maintain the management contract for Berkeley Lab. The DOE released its Request for Proposals in the unprecedented competition on Dec. 15. Final proposals are due into the DOE by Feb. 9. The Regents' Committee on Oversight of the Department of Energy Laboratories is scheduled to begin its session at 10:10 a.m. Read the Regents' item on the bidding proposal here. The proceedings can be heard via an audio web stream here.

Morning showers.
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