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E.O. Lawrence

Days Until Founders Day


7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Iron Age Shoemobile
New Location: Bldg. 51 Parking Lot

8:30 a.m.
Berkeley Lab Institute
Learn iT - Word I
Bldg. 90-0026

11:30 a.m.
Computing Sciences
Student Seminar: How to Give a Presentation
Bldg. 50B-4205

1 p.m.
Berkeley Lab Institute
Learn iT - Word II
Bldg. 90-0026

2 p.m.
EHS 20
ES&H for Supervisors
Bldg. 70A-3377

5:15 p.m.
Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191


9 a.m.
Berkeley Lab Institute
eRoom Advanced
Bldg. 90-0026

Yoga with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70-191

1 p.m.
Berkeley Lab Institute
Powerpoint Tips & Tricks
Bldg. 90-0026

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Morning Editions: Avocado and Swiss Omelette with Fruit and Hash Browns
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Biscuits and Gravy with 2 Eggs

Market Carvery: Sweet and Sour Pork over Rice

The Fresh Grille: French Dip with Fries and Coleslaw
Menutainment: Mandarin Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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DOE to Invest $250M
In New Bioenergy Centers

Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman has announced that DOE will spend $250 million to establish and operate two new Bioenergy Research Centers to accelerate basic research on the development of cellulosic ethanol and other biofuels. “This is an important step toward our goal of replacing 30 percent of transportation fuels with biofuels by 2030,” Bodman said. Universities, national laboratories, nonprofit organizations and private firms are eligible to compete for an award to establish and operate a center. Awards, based on evaluation by scientific peer review, will be announced next summer. The centers are expected to begin work in 2008 and will be fully operational by 2009. Full story.

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Argonne Contract Goes To University of Chicago

The Department of Energy has awarded a new $2.5 billion, five-year contract for management and operation of Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) to the UChicago Argonne, LLC, owned solely by the University of Chicago. The new independent entity, which includes industrial partners Jacobs Engineering and BWXT Services for business and nuclear operations management, was supported in its proposal by the University of Illinois at Urbana/ Champaign, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Northwestern University. Under the new contract, the industrial partners have also made commitments to contribute services and other support to the laboratory. Full story.
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Tuition Reimbursement
Policy Clarification

RPM §2.04 (/Education and Employee-Development Policies/) has been revised to clarify the tuition reimbursement program policies (i.e., what fees may be reimbursed and grade criteria) and to reduce redundancies. There are no changes in either the policy or the manner in which it has been interpreted and implemented. To see the revised §2.04, go here. To see a marked-up version of the §2.04 revision , go here.
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Warning at Flu Forum:
‘We Are on Our Own’

By Rebecca Vesely

Avian flu virus
Avian flu virus
Avian flu could arrive in California as early as this fall via migrating birds, and while that doesn't spell a flu pandemic, local communities need to do more to prepare, health officials warned at a day-long conference Tuesday. "The truth is, we are largely on our own," said Dr. Anthony Iton, Alameda County's health officer. This first countywide pandemic flu preparedness forum, organized by Berkeley Lab, focused on worries about the H5N1 virus, an avian flu strain that has infected 230 people and killed 132. Avian flu will arrive via birds on the Alaskan flyway soon, said Peter Lichty, medical director of occupational medicine at Berkeley Lab. "I'm expecting infected birds in California by the end of this year," Lichty said. "That's why we decided to do this (conference) now." Full story.

Slow Down Approaching
Blackberry Construction

It has been observed that vehicles driving uphill and downhill toward Blackberry Gate are exceeding the construction zone’s posted 15 mile-per-hour speed limit. In the State of California, driving faster than the posted limit in a construction zone doubles a traffic violation. Violations can result in losing one’s parking privileges on Lab grounds (RPM 1.04). To preserve traffic safety, it is incumbent upon every employee to obey the speed limit and the traffic laws. For questions, contact Jim Breckinridge, Site Access Manager, at x4855.
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Softball Results

Animals over Hit & Run, 17-8 
Silver & Black over Ballpark Estimates, 10-0
Rated X over SUDZ, 32-16

Standings after 6 weeks:

1. Silver & Black (5-0-1)
2. Rated X (4-1-1)
3. Animals (4-2)
4. Ballpark Estimates (3-3)
5. SUDZ (1-5)
6. Hit & Run (0-6)

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Retiree Writes Badly, Wins Funny Fiction Prize

Jim Guigli, a retired mechanical designer for Berkeley Lab, has won the 24th running of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. An international literary parody competition, it honors the finest bad opening sentences to imaginary novels. A resident of Carmichael, Guigli worked at the Lab from 1983 to 2003 on projects that included synchrotron mirror systems, superconducting magnets, and ALS beamlines. "My motivation for entering the contest," he jokes, "was to find a constructive outlet for my dementia." Here is his winning entry, one of 60 he submitted:

Detective Bart Lasiter was in his office studying the light from his one small window falling on his super burrito when the door swung open to reveal a woman whose body said you've had your last burrito for a while, whose face said angels did exist, and whose eyes said she could make you dig your own grave and lick the shovel clean.

Go here for more on the contest and to read other winning entries.
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