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Friday, September 2, 2005

10 a.m.
EHS 690
Storm Water Management
Bldg. 48-109

10:30 a.m.
Center for Beam Physics
Generation of Femtosecond X-Ray Pulses at BESSY
Shaukat Khan
Bldg. 71-264

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70-191

2 p.m.
UC Berkeley
Opportunities and Challenges in Polymer Nanoscience
Nitash Balsara
390 Hearst Mining Building


8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Bldg. 54 parking lot

Dance Club
Night Club Two-Step Dance Lesson
Bldg. 71-146J

4 p.m.
Life Sciences
Functional Metagenomics to Access Microbial Diversity
Jo Handelsman, U. of Michigan
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

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Morning Editions:
Biscuits and Gravy with 2 Eggs

Tuesday's Breakfast:
Chorizo Scramble with Tortillas and Home Fries

Market Carvery: Chicken Mole with Rice and Beans
The Fresh Grille: Tuna Melt with Fries and Coleslaw

Menutainment: Viva El Burrito

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

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Lab's Groundwater,
Soil Cleanup Approved

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has approved the proposed soil and groundwater cleanup plan for Berkeley Lab. In a Notice of Determination to the lab on Wednesday, the department found that the soil and groundwater remediation measures outlined in the Corrective Measures Study, submitted to DTSC for review, were appropriate. The cleanup plan focuses on 11 areas of groundwater contamination and two areas with soil contamination. The primary contaminants of concern addressed under this plan are volatile organic compounds such as degreasing solvents. Full story.


September is Cholesterol
Education Month

The Lab's Health Care Facilitator would like to remind employees that September is National Cholesterol Education Month. Too much cholesterol in your blood can build up in the walls of arteries. The build-up is called plaque, and just like plaque on your teeth can cause cavities, plaque in your arteries can cause heart disease. Since symptoms of high cholesterol are not readily evident, many people are unaware that their level is too high. Everyone over the age of 20 should have his or her levels tested. For more information, go here.


Here's Where to Give
To Hurricane Relief

Employees who wish to donate to relief efforts on behalf of the victims of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast can go to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) web site. FEMA has posted a complete list of recognized organizations that are accepting cash and volunteer services. Go here to view the list. Chancellor Bob Birgeneau of UC Berkeley sent a message to faculty, staff, students and alumni yesterday, saying, "I encourage all members of the UC Berkeley community to donate directly to one of the many humanitarian groups best equipped to provide for those affected by the disaster" — a sentiment that Berkeley Lab shares. Go here to read his message.

Calls from Survivors
Should Go to Rescuers

This from the state Office of Emergency Services: OES has learned that trapped victims on the Gulf Coast are calling family, and friends, or anyone they can get a call out to in California, asking for someone to rescue them. These requests need to go immediately to the U.S. Coast Guard's Rescue Line at 800-323-7233.

An Extra Day to Relax
This Coming Monday

Most Lab employees get to enjoy a three-day weekend starting tomorrow, since Monday is Labor Day. Today at Berkeley Lab will return to publication on Tuesday. The editors wish all a safe and fun holiday.


Supplement to Military Pay Revised and Extended

The University has modified and extended the Supplement to Military Pay program through June 30, 2006. It provides assistance to those University academic and staff personnel who are on any active military duty meant to support the President's call for a war on terrorism. Employees who will begin active service should contact their HR Center and the Lab Benefits Office in advance to discuss the program and their options. For more information, go here.

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