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

11 a.m.
Earth Sciences
Beyond the Current Story: Where to go with Microbial Fuel Cells?
Korneel Rabaey, U. of Queensland
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70-191

Sponsored Projects/BLI
Grants.Gov Workshop
Bldg. 54-130

1 p.m.
Benefits Office
Open Enrollment Presentation
Joint Genome Institute – Room 149A

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


7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Information Technologies
Red Cross Blood Drive
Cafeteria parking lot

Berkeley Lab Institute
Dance Club Waltz Lesson
Bldg. 51 Lobby

Yoga Club
Yoga with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
Extremely High Energy Universe: Astrophysics in the Highest Energy End
Shigeru Yoshida, Chiba U.
1 LeConte Hall (campus)

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Morning Editions: Biscuits and Gravy with 2 Eggs
Market Carvery: Corned Beef and Cabbage with Potatoes
The Fresh Grille: Grilled Turkey Bacon and Cheddar Sandwich with Fries and Coleslaw
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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Smoot (third from right) and family, Easter, 1954

Smoot's Early Life
In Alaska Recalled
By Joseph Ditzler

The Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News found the local angle in Berkeley Lab Nobel Laureate George Smoot's story yesterday — he grew up in Palmer, AK, where his father had been stationed as a fighter pilot in World War II, moving there from his early years in Florida. "The thing I remember is I never missed a day of school," Smoot told the reporter. He also commented on the cold weather: "It's not like I'm truly terrified of cold, just prejudiced against it." Read the full story here.
University Acts to Make
All Compensation Public

As an outgrowth of an extensive series of reviews conducted by the University of California of its salary and compensation policies, UC Regents Chairman Gerald Parsky has announced that UC will be making public, effective immediately, total compensation for all University employees. Compensation for members of the senior management has been posted online. Compensation for all other employees will be immediately available in hard copy at the Office of the President and at the Sacramento Office of State Governmental Relations, and by Tuesday in each of the campus libraries (Lab salaries are not currently included). Parsky said, “While we are aware that some employees may regard this as an intrusion of their privacy, please remember that you are public employees working for a public institution, and as such, your compensation, under the California Public Records Act, is considered a public record.” Read Parsky’s full statement here.
Today's Last Day
For SHARES Donations

A reminder to all employees — the Berkeley Lab SHARES charitable giving campaign ends today. Those who still wish to contribute to their favorite non-profits can go here (use Internet Explorer search engine) and fill out the electronic form online.

Science of Stem Cells,
Aging at Wonderfest
By Brian D. Lee

Stem cells cannot save us from death, but they might help us live longer and healthier lives—provided the government doesn't interfere, researchers said at the recent Wonderfest science fair at Stanford. Thomas Rando, associate professor of neurology and neurological sciences at Stanford, said, "There is a lot of evidence that maximum lifespan can be extended." But Judith Campisi, senior staff scientist at Berkeley Lab, shared a more sobering perspective on human aging. "I really think that the theoretical and practical hard wall we are going to hit when we think about extending human lifespan is going to be the problem of cancer," she said. Full story.


Server Outages
Planned for Sunday

The Information Technology (IT) Division will be conducting routine planned server downtime on central servers on Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon. In addition to standard email, LDAP, and web server outages, Novell file and print services may also experience intermittent outages during this period. If you have any questions, contact the IT Help Desk (x4357).

End of Year 403(b) Contribution Reminder

The deadlines to enroll or make changes to your 403(b) contributions for the 2006 tax year are Monday for monthly paid employees and Dec. 12 for biweekly paid employees. One way to reduce income taxes is to maximize contributions to a 403(b) account. Deductions made from paychecks will lower taxable earnings reported on the annual W-2 form. The final paycheck in 2006 is Dec. 1 for monthly paid employees and Dec. 22 for biweekly paid employees. To enroll or make changes to your contributions, go to the Fidelity website, or contact Fidelity’s customer service at 1-866-682-7787.

Know Emergency
Lab Phone Numbers

In the case of an emergency, employees at Berkeley Lab buildings and certain off-site buildings (from phones with 486 and 495 prefixes) should call 7-911. Employees from all non-Berkeley Lab campus buildings (642 and 643 prefixes), and the Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, should call 9-911. From all other phones, including cell phones, call 911. For employees at Berkeley Lab buildings, call 6-999 for all non-life-threatening incidents. For more information, go here.

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