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9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Onsite Chair Massages
Bldg. 937-104

10 a.m.
Basic Electric Hazards & Mitigations
Bldg. 70A-3377

10 a.m.
Adult CPR
Bldg. 48-109

11 a.m.
Human Resources
Criticism: Giving & Taking
Bldg. 2-100B


Environmental Energy Technologies Division
From Energy-Conscious Buildings to Climate-Sensitive Urban Design
Edna Shaviv, Israel Institute of Technology
Bldg. 90-3148

1 p.m.
First Aid Safety
Bldg. 48-109

5:30 p.m.
Water Resources Center Archives
The Invaded Estuary: Exotic Species in San Francisco Bay
Andrew N. Cohen, San Francisco Estuary Institute
Goldman School of Public Policy, Room 250


10 a.m.
Permit Writer
Bldg. 75-124

Employee Activities Association
Yoga with Chris Hoskins
Bldg. 70-191

Employee Activities Association
Yoga with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 937-302

1 p.m.
Ergonomic Awareness for Computer Users
Bldg. 70A-3377

4 p.m.
Compton Telescopes for High Energy Astrophysics
Steven Boggs, Physics Department & Space Sciences Lab, UCB
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

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Morning Editions:
Banana Pancakes with 2 Eggs and Bacon
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Chili and Cheese Omelette with Hash Browns and Toast
Market Carvery: Chicken or Cheese Enchiladas with Rice and Beans

The Fresh Grille: Grilled Turkey and Cheddar with Coleslaw and Curly Fries
Menutainment: Fiesta Taco Salad

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Lab Scientists Work
On Thin Solar Panel

By Rick DelVecchio

Ilan Gur
Paul Alivisatos

Long before President Bush told Americans they were addicted to oil, Ilan Gur, a UC Berkeley graduate student and researcher in Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division, was down in his basement chemistry lab working toward a cure. With the help of Paul Alivisatos, Berkeley Lab’s Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences, Gur is playing a part in creating a new kind of solar panel, one so light it could roll off a printing press like newsprint, and so cheap that the world's poorest local economies could not only afford to buy it but also make it. Full story.

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Pulling the Plug
On Standby Power

Alan Meier
Alan Meier, a researcher in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, is featured in the March 9 issue of The Economist for his work analyzing the amount of power consumed by electronics such as TVs and computers in standby mode. Due in part to his efforts, the California Energy Commission recently introduced mandatory standby requirements for various electronic devices—the first such obligatory regulations in the world. Full story.
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HCRA, DepCare
Deadlines Loom

Two important dates are approaching for Health Care Reimbursement Accounts (HCRA) and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts (DepCare). Tomorrow is the last day for expenses to be incurred for the HCRA/DepCare 2005 plan year, which runs from Jan. 1, 2005 through tomorrow. SHPS (the university's provider for these programs) must receive all claims for services by June 15. IRS rules state that both HCRA and DepCare are “use it or lose it” spending accounts. Account holders will forfeit any balance in their account after the closing date for the plan year. For more information, go to or call SHPS at 1-877-270-3915.
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Nutrition and Weight
Brown Bags Offered

The Lab’s Health Care Facilitator is offering two brown bag lunches on weight management and nutrition. The first presentation will take place March 23 with a nutritionist from Blue Cross. The second presentation will take place April 4 with a medical doctor from Kaiser. They will be held in Perseverance Hall from noon to 1 p.m. All employees are invited to attend. Bring lunches. Healthy snacks will be provided.

March Tax Workshops
For Non-Residents

The Payroll and International Researchers and Scholars Offices will conduct a non-resident international tax workshop March 30, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., in the Building 50 Auditorium. Payroll's Sui Hing Jen will present an overview of tax forms, tax treaties, and resources for international scholars, students, and researchers. Attendees can also get answers to VISA questions relating to nonresident tax issues.
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80% chance of rain.
High: 56° (13° C)
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SECON level 3

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