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Environmental Energy Technologies
Energy Efficiency Issues in Australia
Anne Pellegrino, Australian Govt.
Bldg. 90-3122

Dance Club
Waltz Lesson
Bldg. 51 (Bevatron) Lobby

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department, UC Berkeley
Gravitation, Navigation and Cosmology with Cold Atom Sensors
Mark Kasevich, Stanford
1 LeConte Hall


9 a.m.
Ergonomic Awareness for Computer Users
Bldg. 70A-3377

11 a.m.
Satellite Accumulation Areas Management
Bldg. 70A-3377

OCFO/Sponsored Projects Office
Succeed! Are you ready for Grants.Gov?
Bldg. 54-130

1 p.m.
Basic Electrical Hazards & Mitigations
Bldg. 70A-3377

2 p.m.
Earth Sciences
Memorial for Bo Bodvarsson
Epworth United Methodist Church
1953 Hopkins St.

5:30 p.m.
UC Berkeley Water Resources Center Archives
California Colloquium on Water: When the Environment and Politics Collide: Recent Developments in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
Mike Taugher, Contra Costa Times
Goldman School of Public Policy

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P(acman) Takes Bite
Out of Drosophila DNA

P(acman) – a new method of introducing DNA into the genome of fruit flies or Drosophila – promises to transform the ability of scientists to study the structure and function of virtually all the fly's genes, and the method may be applicable to other frequently studied organisms such as mice, said its Baylor College of Medicine developers in an article in the current issue of the journal Science. "P(acman) allows you to study large chunks of DNA in vivo," said Dr. Hugo Bellen, professor of molecular and human genetics at Baylor. The new technique allows researchers to study large genes and even gene complexes in the fruit fly, which was not possible before. Berkeley Lab life scientist Roger Hoskins was among the contributors on the team. Full story.

French High-Tech Reps Given Foundry Tour

A delegation of visiting French executives from business and high-tech companies visited Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry last Thursday as part of their mission to establish collaborations with Bay Area biotechnology firms. The Foundry tour capped a day of activities which started with the opening of Paris’ first North American trade office in San Francisco. Foundry Deputy Director Mark Alper presented an overview on nanotechnology for the 16 visitors. Read a story about the French delegation here.

Harassment Prevention Training Course Offered

Berkeley Lab is committed to providing all employees with a work environment characterized by respect, courtesy and inclusion. In support of this commitment, an on-line training program, Unlawful Harassment Prevention Training, is being offered to employees through the Berkeley Lab Institute (BLI). Employees may register by contacting Karen Paris at x5122 or [email protected]. There is no cost, but slots are limited and are being offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Craft Fair Showcases
Handmade Items  

The annual Berkeley Lab craft fair will he held this Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Sponsored by the Employee Activities Association, the fair will feature a variety of handmade goods for sale, such as jewelry, photography, art glass, candles, baked goods, jams and jellies, tamales, hand-sewn crafts, CDs of original music compositions, paintings, poems, Egyptian crafts, music boxes, and pottery. For more information, contact Robin Mitchell at x4141.

Workplace Survey Gets
Big Employee Response

Berkeley Lab’s first-ever systematic workplace climate survey proved to be a huge success, with more than 1,700 employees expressing their views on everything from physical work conditions to diversity and work/life balance. Laboratory Director Steve Chu, who commissioned the survey, was pleased with the return, which represents more than one-third of the entire Lab population and 60 percent of all career employees.

“I was very impressed with the response. The results will provide guidance to us as we consider best practices for creating a great place to work,” Chu said. “It builds upon our current understanding of workplace issues and further opens the lines of communication between Lab employees and Lab management. Only through a thorough understanding of the problems can we develop effective solutions.”

The survey was offered on-line between June 7 and July 20 to all career, term, and faculty employees, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate student research assistants.

Respondents had both positive and negative comments to share. They were generally favorable toward how the Laboratory lives up to the principles it espouses, according to Ombudsman Harry Reed, who coordinated the survey. “Our mean values (on a scale of 1 to 6) in each category were 4 and 5, which suggests a generally positive evaluation of Lab employee experience.”

The Lab’s physical working conditions received the highest overall score among the respondents, with a mean rating of 5. Also scoring high were questions about personal commitment to the Lab, safety, direct supervision, competency of peers, work/life balance, and perception of Berkeley Lab as a good place to work.

Areas whose scores reflected less satisfaction included mentoring, career advancement opportunities, performance recognition, involvement in decision making, and how effectively the Lab is managed. Women respondents, in particular, cited the absence of their gender in upper management jobs (although women were recently hired by Director Chu and Chief Operating Officer David McGraw to manage Information Technology and Human Resources departments).

Chu said he plans further employee dialogue about the survey’s findings, in the form of town-hall meetings and possibly focus groups. Full story.


Service for Bodvarsson
Tomorrow in Berkeley

A memorial service for Earth Sciences Division Director Bo Bodvarsson, who died last week, is scheduled for tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins St., Berkeley. His family indicated that his body will be cremated, and his ashes distributed throughout California and in his native Iceland. This service, and another being planned for next weekend, are open to all who knew him. Watch the Earth Sciences web site for details.

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