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Employee Activities Association
2005 Runaround T-Shirts Sale
Cafeteria Lobby

4 p.m.
Life Sciences & Genomics Divisions
An Alternative Approach to the Study of Radioresistance
John Battista, Louisiana State U.
Bldg. 66 Auditorium


9 a.m.
Berkeley Lab Institute
eRoom Advanced
Bldg. 90-0026

9 a.m.
Berkeley Lab Institute
7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Bldg. 62-203

Yoga Club
Class with Chris Hoskins
Bldg. 70-191

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 937-302

3 p.m.
Advanced Light Source
The Catalytic Nanodiode: Detecting Continuous Hot Electron Flow at Oxide-Metal Interfaces Generated by Exothermic Chemical Reaction
Jeong Park
Bldg. 2-100B

4 p.m.
Interdisciplinary Instrumentation
New Semiconductor Materials for High Efficiency Solar Cells
Wladek Walukiewicz
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

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Morning Editions: French Toast with Apples and Raisins
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Breakfast Burrito with Hash Browns and Toast

Market Carvery: Baked Salmon with Rice and Vegetables

The Fresh Grille: Reuben Sandwich with Fries and Coleslaw
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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UC Medical Premium Costs Will Increase in 2007

Total medical premium costs for the University of California will increase about 11.7 percent in 2007. UC has committed to paying a large part of those increases, but employees will also pay more in monthly premiums, with individual amounts dependent upon salary (pay band), medical plan choice, and dependents. Medical plan coverage options will not change, and UC will continue to fully cover dental and vision programs. An employee message on the new premiums can be read here. Final medical plan rates for ’07 can be seen here. Employees will receive a more complete package of materials in mid-October, prior to the Open Enrollment Period of Nov. 1-21.

To mitigate the impact on employee paychecks, UC will apply one-time supplemental funding resulting in a total UC contribution increase towards medical premiums of 8.1 percent. UC’s contribution to medical costs will average 86 percent of the ‘07 total gross premium, up $50 million from ‘06. UC encourages employees to start their medical planning now, with basic information available on the “At Your Service” website here. Watch “Today at Berkeley Lab” for more details as Open Enrollment approaches.

Wakefield Acceleration Technique in Economist

When it comes to accountants, The Economist should know. A laser wakefield accelerator that produces billion-electron-volt beams in a mere 3.3 centimeters using sapphire capillary guide channels, a technique that promises to make staging to much higher energies practical, "might even rescue particle physics from the clutches of the accountants," says the current issue of The Economist . The promising new approach was demonstrated by the LOASIS team led by Wim Leemans of AFRD, working with Oxford University collaborators. Full story.

Summer Lectures
Aired on UCTV

Berkeley Lab's 75th anniversary summer lectures presented in the Building 50 Auditorium were taped and will be shown on UCTV's "Teacher's P.E.T." series on Tuesdays in October. UCTV, the 24-hour non-commercial satellite channel of the University of California, will air the talks at 4 p.m. today, Oct. 10, 17, 24 and 31, and will also post them for "on demand" web viewing a few weeks after the premieres. Go here for the full P.E.T. schedule, and here for a listing of all Berkeley Lab programs. UCTV can be seen on the Dish Network Satellite (Ch. 9412) and live via webstream here.

Business Officer Course
Applications Sought

The University of California has opened a call for nominations for participants in the semi-annual UC Business Officer Institute. It will be held Nov. 28-30 in San Francisco. Candidates for the program should have broad responsibility for budget, finance, internal controls, human resources, information technology or sponsored projects. Those interested in being nominated for the program should notify their supervisor or e-mail Sherri Harding by Wednesday, Oct. 11. Details about the program can be found here.


Staff Invited to Press
Conference, Reception

Lab employees are invited to attend a press conference, announcing the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Physics to Lab scientist George Smoot, today at 10 a.m. in the Building 50 auditorium. While the first few rows of the auditorium will be reserved for the press and other expected VIPs, staff can be seated on a space-available basis. Staff are also invited to a reception to honor Smoot in the cafeteria at 3 p.m.


Energy Expert Gets
Award for LED Work

Evan Mills, with the Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division, recently received a "Project of the Year" award in the international category, presented by the Association of Energy Engineers.   He was recognized for his development of solar-powered LEDs to provide light for the nearly 1.6 billion people in the world without electricity. His work was also highlighted in an article in the current issue of The Economist.

ALS, 'Friends' Host
Talk on Tomography

The Lab's Advanced Light Source Users' Meeting Program Committee and Community Relations Office are hosting a talk by Lab physical bioscientist Carolyn Larabell. Her talk, "Imaging the Cellular Universe," will explore how a new generation of microscopes is providing unique glimpses into the intricate structures and functions of cells. Lab employees are invited to hear the talk, which begins at 7:30 p.m. on Monday (Oct. 9) in the Building 50 Auditorium. Contact the Community Relations Office (x7292) to register.

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