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

EH&S Special Lecture
Safety and Innnovation at DuPont
Tom Connelly, DuPont Corp.
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

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

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
Efficient Use of Energy: A Physicist's Perspective
Arthur Rosenfeld
1 LeConte Hall (campus)


8:30 a.m.
Human Resources
New Employee Orientation
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

9 a.m.
EHS 156
Building Managers Orientation
Bldg. 75-124

10 a.m.
EHS 256
LockOut/TagOut Verification
Bldg. 70A-3377

10:15 a.m.
EHS 10
Intro to ES&H at Berkeley Lab
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

10:30 a.m.
Berkeley Lab Institute
Roles and Accountabilities for New Supervisors
Bldg. 2-100B

1:15 p.m.
EHS 735/739/738
Bloodborne Pathogens/Biosafety Training
Bldg. 70A-3377

3 p.m.
EHS 730
Medical/Biohazardous Waste
Bldg. 70A-3377

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Tomorrow's Breakfast: Bacon Egg and Cheese Sandwich with Roasted Potatoes

Market Carvery: Chicken Teriyaki Bowl over Rice

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Barcellos-Hoff to Head
DOE Radiation Program

Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff, deputy director of the Lab Life Sciences Division, has been named Program Chief Scientist for the Department of Energy's Low Dose Radiation Research Program.  In this capacity, Barcellos-Hoff will provide scientific and technical assistance to the Office of Biological and Environmental Research. Her current research interests are the effects of low-dose x-rays and charged-particle radiations on stromal-epithelial interactions during mammary carcinogenesis and mechanisms by which the protein TGF-beta mediates physiological and neoplastic processes in tissues.

Traveling? Lab Officer Provides Security Tips


Steve Minniear is a Department of Energy official who provides counterintelligence and counterterrorism advice and assistance to Berkeley Lab employees. This includes dispensing security information to staff traveling overseas for conferences and collaborations. "Most of the time I remind people to watch for pickpockets and thieves," says Minniear, who works closely with the Lab's Travel Office. "Other times, we have frank discussions about what the risks are for terrorism and why some American embassies recommend against travel to some countries during certain times. Overall, foreign travel is a safe and important activity, especially given the Lab's mission." Those who plan on traveling abroad for official business and have concerns can contact Minniear for more information.


Lab Visiting Postdocs
To Get Enhanced Benefits

Berkeley Lab has received approval from the University of California and the Department of Energy to offer enhanced health and welfare benefits to Berkeley Lab Visiting Postdocs to bring them into parity with those received by Postdocs at UC campuses. New coverage will be effective Jan. 1, 2007. Elements of the package include dental care, vision care, disability insurance, and life insurance. Informational meetings for Visiting Postdocs have been scheduled for Oct. 17 and 19 at 2 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. Read a message sent to Lab Postdocs here.


Whole Foods Warehouse
Is Going Photovoltaic

Corporations are discovering that solar installations can be more than a sunny public relations exercise -- they're actually good business. That was certainly the case at the unveiling this September of a huge solar photovoltaic system on the rooftop of the Whole Foods Distribution Center in Connecticut. Are other states doing as much as Connecticut? Some are doing more. California just enacted a law that secures $3.2 billion in rebates for one million solar roofs. In addition, the California Energy Commission recently awarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant to Berkeley Lab for the development of cool roof technology, an initiative that can cut a building's cooling costs by 20 percent. Full story.

Biochemist, Lab Guest,
Earns Research Award


Elizabeth Blackburn, a UC San Francisco biochemist whose "crazy experiments" with her colleagues opened vital new insights into the workings of human cells in cancer, aging, stress and the immune system, is the recent winner of the prestigious Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research. She is also a guest at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source. Full story.


Safety Talk Today

A reminder that DuPont executive Tom Connelly will be speaking on "Safety and Innovation at DuPont" in a special lecture today at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. Lab employees are invited.


Reminder: Bicycle
Helmets Are Required

Employees who ride their bikes on Lab property are reminded that under a newly revised policy, wearing helmets is required. Given the Lab's hilly and sometimes precarious terrain, wearing helmets greatly increases safety. Go here to read the Lab's bicycle policy, and here for a View story on the creation of the policy.
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