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Friday, January 6, 2006

10 a.m.
EHS 276
Fall Protection
Bldg. 70A-3377

1 p.m.
Scientific Computing
Advanced Data Assimilation: 4D-VAR or Ensemble Kalman Filter?
Eugenia Kalnay, U. of Maryland
Bldg. 50A-5132


9:30 a.m.
EHS 275
Confined Space Hazards
Bldg. 70A-3377

11 a.m.
Human Resources
eRoom Basics
Bldg. 2-100B

Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-1917

1 p.m.
EHS 274
Confined Space Entry Retraining
Bldg. 70A-3377

2 p.m.
EHS 330
Lead Hazard Awareness
Bldg. 70A-3377

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B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
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Chu Shuts Unsafe Labs, Orders Safety Walk-Throughs

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Recent on-going safety inspections by senior management have found laser, electrical and chemical safety issues in a number of laboratories. These results have prompted Lab Director Steve Chu to shut down these labs until they are brought up to proper safety standards, and to issue a request that all Principal Investigators (PI’s) personally walk through their labs by Jan. 20 to identify and correct all safety hazards. Chu informed Division Directors, deputies and safety coordinators in a memo yesterday of their responsibilities for the inspections and timely fixes. Chu’s memo, including a personal account of his review of his own labs at Stanford, can be read here. An article on the role of PI’s as safety champions, referenced by Chu, can be read here.

Concurrently, a senior DOE official has cautioned that continued funding of programs under her purview will be in jeopardy until safety is assured. Basic Energy Sciences Director Pat Dehmer wrote to Director Chu, reminding him that “the first dollar we send to the labs is the dollar that is to be used for safety,” and “We will terminate work that is not conducted in accordance with the highest safety standards”. Go here to view the BES policy on environment, safety and health.


Lab Hosting Workshop On Sustainable Energy

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Twenty-six members of an international team studying "Transitions to Sustainable Energy" for the InterAcademy Council (IAC) are at Berkeley Lab this week in one in a series of workshops around the world addressing the global need to achieve an adequately affordable, sustainable clean energy supply. The study's co-chair, Berkeley Lab Director Steve Chu, is hosting the group, which has been charged by the IAC with providing science-based consensus advice on making progress on the world energy challenge. Their meetings began yesterday in Perseverance Hall and will continue through today. This North American workshop is in part funded by the Department of Energy's Office of Science (Basic Energy Sciences). Find out more about the IAC, created by the Academies of Science of the world, here. The "Transitions to Sustainable Energy" study is described here.


Former Lab Radiation DNA Chemist Magee Dies

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John Magee, who worked at Berkeley Lab from 1976 to his retirement in 1986, passed away at the age of 91 in Moraga. A memorial service is scheduled for tomorrow at Moraga Country Club. In 1943, Magee joined the Manhattan Project, which developed the atomic bomb. He later condemned the use of this weapon against Japan. At the Lab, he worked as a chemist in what was then called the Biology and Medicine Department (now the Life Sciences Division). He specialized in creating theoretical models of damage occurring in DNA molecules as the result of radiation interaction. Go here to read a San Francisco Chronicle obituary on Magee, and here to read additional information on his Berkeley Lab research, written by colleague Aloke Chatterjee (Life Sciences).


Second Leadership Class Added at BLI

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The Berkeley Lab Institute has added a second presentation of Be Prepared to Lead, a workshop for supervisors and managers. It will be held on Monday, Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. It is also being offered on Tuesday, Jan. 9, but that class is full. Go here to register.

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