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E.O. Lawrence

Days Until Founders Day


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


Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

Dance Club
West Coast Dance Class
Bldg. 51 (Bevatron) Lobby

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Morning Editions: Biscuits and Gravy with 2 Eggs
Monday's Breakfast: Denver Omelette with Hash Browns and Toast

Market Carvery: Salmon with Sundried Tomato Pesto and Lemon Rice

The Fresh Grille: Brisket Stacker with Onion Rings
Menutainment: Viva El Burrito with Chicken or Pork

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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UC Negotiating to Keep Health Cost Increase Low

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August marks that time of year when the University of California enters final negotiations with its health plans regarding health insurance rates for the coming year. Although gross premium increases in 2007 are expected to approach 12 percent, UC vows “to maintain access to quality health care and to preserving a range of choices that reflect and address employees’ diverse needs.” UC is not canceling any plans or raising employee costs for co-pays and deductibles. UC will also continue to provide dental and vision coverage, and basic life and disability insurance at no cost to employees. For an update on next year’s health insurance outlook, go here.

Street Sweeping on Site Scheduled for Tomorrow

A street sweeping contractor will be sweeping hill-wide roads tomorrow, in preparation for the upcoming Founders Day event. Building managers and employees are reminded to keep the Lab grounds and parking spaces free of debris. Minimize unsightly trash, pallets and miscellaneous waste. Put all litter in its proper place.

Grizzly Gate

Grizzly Gate Traffic
Back to Normal Today

Starting today, traffic at Grizzly Gate is back to normal. In-bound traffic is allowed from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and out-bound traffic is allowed 24 hours a day through the automatic gate. Traffic flow through Grizzly Gate had been altered since Aug. 9 to repair a water leak.

Piedmont Ave. Paving
Will Close Road Today

Work will continue on Piedmont Avenue at the east side of the Berkeley campus today. Both directions of traffic will be affected by detours, so expect delays if exiting the lab on that route. Work will continue tomorrow, too, with restricted on-street parking.

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Unique Mosaic Poster
To All at Founders Day

All who attend Founders Day at Berkeley Lab on Aug. 26 will receive a commemorative poster featuring the image of Ernest Lawrence, created from a mosaic comprised of nearly 5,000 tiny historic and current photos of the Lab. Produced by the Public Affairs Department, the unique art poster used 200 familiar archival images culled by photographer Roy Kaltschmidt as the pieces to a puzzle portrait of the young Lawrence, circa 1931 when the Lab was born. To get a look at an oversized version of the 2-by-3-foot poster, visit the Building 50 Auditorium south lobby. The posters will be available at the information table at Founders Day.

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Enzyme Structure Offers Smallpox Drug Target

Researchers searching for ways to combat the highly contagious, often lethal smallpox virus have a powerful new tool: a detailed picture of the enzyme the pathogen uses to maintain its DNA in a usable form. Researchers can now see exactly how the enzyme tightly wraps itself around smallpox DNA as it aids in the virus's mission to multiply inside infected cells. Understanding this structure opens the way to developing the first drugs against smallpox, which, although eradicated worldwide, is still considered a potential bioterrorism threat. The research at the University of Pennsylvania, which utilized Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source, was published in Molecular Cell. Full story.

Violence in Workplace May Lead to Dismissal

It is the policy of the Laboratory to create and maintain a community in which all employees can work together in an atmosphere of respect and civility, free of harassing and threatening behaviors. Laboratory policies are designed to protect and promote the rights of members of the Berkeley Lab community, and to prevent actions that interfere with those rights and with the Laboratory's mission. Any threat or violent act by an individual associated with Berkeley Lab will be considered serious misconduct and may be the basis for disciplinary action or dismissal. To assist managers and individuals in assessing situations involving workplace violence, the Laboratory has established a Crisis Action Team (CAT). Read more about the policy and the CAT program here.
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