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E.O. Lawrence

Days Until Founders Day


7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Red Wing Shoemobile
Bldg. 51 Parking Lot

8 a.m to 5 p.m.
Benefits Office
FITSCo Counseling
Alyssa Valladao
Bldg. 26-109

10 a.m.
EHS 260
Basic Electrical Hazards & Mitigations
Bldg. 70A-3377

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


Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70-191

1 p.m.
Computational Research Division
Combinatorial Preconditioners for Scalar Elliptic Finite-Elements Problems
Sivan Toledo, Tel-Aviv University
Bldg. 50A-5132

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Morning Editions: Cheese Omelette with Fruit and Toast
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Biscuits and Gravy with 2 Eggs

Market Carvery: Udon Noodle Soup Bar

The Fresh Grille: Reuben Sandwich with Fries and Fruit
Menutainment: Chef’s Salad with Grilled Chicken

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Staff Must Complete
Radiation Safety Training

Federal regulation 10CFR835 requires EHS 405 General Employee Radiation Training (GERT) every two years for all Berkeley Lab personnel, unless a higher-tiered course, such as radiation worker training, has been taken. GERT provides information about radiation hazards at the laboratory and details employees’ rights and responsibilities. It has been nearly two years since the last Lab-wide GERT announcement, and retraining is now due. Employees will receive an email notification in the next day or two about this training requirement, with instructions on how to complete it on-line. New this year, a five-question exam at the end of the course must be successfully completed to receive training credit.

Genomics Conference Tomorrow and Saturday

The Genomics, Race, and Health Disparities conference will be held at the Claremont Resort and Spa in Oakland tomorrow and Saturday. Organized by the Center of Excellence in Nutritional Genomics, a collaboration between UC Davis and Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), the conference will focus on issues surrounding the use of genetics/genomics in assessing variation in health needs and treatment options among racial and ethnic population subgroups. Ronald Krauss, a guest in the Berkeley Lab Genomics Division and Director of atherosclerosis research for CHORI, is the conference chair. Go here for more information and to register.


Need for Battery Power Runs Into Basic Hurdles
By Damon Darlin and Barnaby J. Feder

Gao Liu of Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division is quoted in a recent New York Times article on the need for better batteries to power portable electronic devices. The tweaking of materials and chemicals in the lithium-ion battery will extend its usefulness for at least another decade or more, said Liu. He expects innovation to come slowly. “We don’t see any new energy storage devices,” Liu said. The best bet for the future is probably fuel cells, he said, but it may be more than a decade before they start appearing in mass-market portable devices. Full story.

Helping Servers
Keep Their Cool

By Crayton Harrrison

Servers, powerful machines that run on business computer networks, use up a lot of energy, and big companies with lots of them have to build facilities designed to keep them cool. Computer makers are working on ways to keep servers cooler and make them suck up less energy, but it's difficult to determine which models are the most efficient. "It's not as comparable as you would hope for. You have to do your own work to figure it out," said Jon Koomey, a staff scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division. Full story.

Founders Day Access, Parking, and Bus Service Information
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A fun day is planned for Founders Day, with numerous activities scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26. The following are important details on access, parking and transportation that day:

  • Cars with a Berkeley Lab parking permit or occupant with an employee ID can enter through Blackberry and Strawberry Gates. Go here to print out a pass for guests arriving separately (one per car). All parking lots will be open except H1, H2, K1 and K2. Handicap parking will be available in the cafeteria (K1) lot.

  • Shuttle buses will depart from the Downtown Berkeley BART station at 9:30, 9:50, 10:10 and 10:30 a.m., with stops at Hearst and Milvia, Hearst and Shattuck, and Hearst and Euclid. Return trips will begin at 2 p.m. and run every 20 minutes. Employee ID or guest pass is required to board the bus.

  • Onsite buses will circle the Lab every 15 minutes during the celebration. Both onsite and offsite buses will load and unload near the cafeteria parking lot.
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High: 72° (22° C)
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