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Dance Club
American Tango Lesson
Bldg. 51 Lobby (Bevatron)

Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-131

3:50 p.m.
Nuclear Engineering
or the Best Nuclear Data Who Do You Call?
Edgardo Browne
3105 Etcheverry (campus)

4 p.m.
Chemistry Dept.
Structure and Mechanism of a DNA Polymerase: Nature's Copier and Spellchecker in Action
Lorna Beese, Duke University
100 Lewis Hall (campus)

4:30 p.m.
Physics Dept.
Heterogeneous Dynamics in Biology and Nanoscience
Kingshuk Ghosh
1 LeConte (campus)


10:30 a.m.
Berkeley Lab Institute
Criticism: Giving and Taking
Bldg. 2-100B

4 p.m.
Life Science and Genomics
Eliminating the Background in MR Imaging: The Future Looks Bright
Thomas Meade, Northwestern University
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

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Morning Editions: Breakfast Quesadilla with Sausage and Cheese
Tomorrow's Breakfast:
Sausage and Egg, Cheese Breakfast Sandwich
Market Carvery: Open Faced Roast Beef Sandwich
Fresh Grille: Buffalo Chicken with Vegetables

Menutainment: Pasta Bar with Choice of Pasta, Sauces and Meats

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Bodman, left, Alivisatos, center, and Orbach

Alivisatos Gets His
E.O. Lawrence Award

Paul Alivisatos, Associate Lab Director and director of the Materials Sciences Division, received his E.O. Lawrence Award on March 28 at a special ceremony in Washington D.C. The prize was conferred by DOE Secretary Samuel Bodman and Under Secretary for Science Raymond Orbach. Alivisatos was one of eight winners of the award, the Department of Energy’s highest prize in science. Winning the award in life sciences was Arup Chakraborty, a chemical engineer now at MIT, who did most of his award-winning research on T cells at Berkeley Lab.


UC Outlines Process
For Medical Plan Bids

In an effort to preserve quality health benefits while managing rising costs, the University of California will be exploring various medical plan options to implement in the future. These include consolidating the number of general medical plan providers, using specialty providers for specific benefits, and the launching of a new “wellness pilot program” that will provide new resources to employees to help them manage their own health. Go here for more information.


Judges Learn About
Science at Lab
By Betsy Mason

Some of the country's top judges spent last week at Berkeley Lab with some of the country's top scientists to bone up on the science behind some of the complex issues they encounter in the courtroom. Around 50 judges came to Berkeley Lab to get a handle on the science they could face in cases with environmental issues, such as the legality of using genetically modified bacteria for hazardous waste cleanup. "It's good for them to understand whether to exclude a certain expert or allow certain evidence and help them make better decisions," said microbial ecologist Terry Hazen, head of the lab's ecology department. The judges also toured the Lab's Advanced Light Source and the Molecular Foundry, and were treated to talks by Nobel Prize winners George Smoot and Lab Director Steve Chu. Full story.

Free Health Checks
For Ex-Lab Workers
By Betsy Mason

Former employees of Livermore and Sandia national laboratories are eligible for free medical screening to determine if they have any health problems related to on-the-job exposure to radioactive or toxic substances. Experts from UC San Francisco and Boston University School of Public Health will evaluate workers at the Kaiser Permanente occupational medicine facilities in northern California, starting with Livermore near the end of April. There are also plans to expand the program to include former Berkeley Lab workers in 2008. Full story.


When Storing Liquid
Chemicals, Use Trays

A recent DOE inspection of Berkeley Lab found several instances of liquid chemicals stored without containment trays.  Lab policy requires all liquid chemicals to be stored in chemically resistant drip trays (see the Chemical Hygiene and Safety Plan).  This minimizes the impact and spread of a spills from broken/leaking containers. Drip trays also make cleanup easier. Tray capacity must be 110 percent of the largest container, or 10 percent of the aggregate volume of all containers, whichever is larger. Photo trays provide good containment and are widely used at the Lab. Go here for information on ordering photo trays.

Brochures Offer Tips
On Proper Ergonomics

The Lab's Health Care Facilitator’s office wants to remind all employees that having an “ergonomically correct” workspace reduces the chance of work-related injuries. Ergonomics is the scientific study of how work affects the body.  It simply means fitting the workspace and the tools used to the person doing the job. The Benefits office has brochures on two of the most common job injuries: lifting that affects the back and repetitive movement that affects the hands. Call x6997 or send e-mail to request copies.
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