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Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

Dance Club
Lesson by Pro Dancer Erica Ridgeway
Bldg. 51 Lobby

3:45 p.m.
Nuclear Engineering
Engineering in the 21st Century: Risk, Ethics And Education (Part Two)
W. E. Kastenberg, UC Berkeley
3105 Etcheverry

6:30 p.m.
Physics Department
Elementary Particle Physics: a Personal Look Ahead
Burt Richter, Stanford U.
1 Pimentel



11 a.m.
Chemistry Department
Translating and Expanding the Language of Bacterial Communication using Synthetic Ligands
Helen Blackwell, U. of Wisconsin
120 Latimer

2 p.m.
Indo-U.S. Science & Technology Forum

306 Soda

4 p.m.
Top Quark Mass and Width Measurements Using the Template Method

Jahred Adelman, U. of Chicago
Bldg. 50A-5132

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Breakfast: Breakfast Burrito
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Cinnamon Nut Waffle with Sausage
Cultural Cuisines: Chicken Teriyaki
Pizza: Feta and Roasted Veggies
Deli: Portabello Mushroom and Brie Prestini
Grill: BBQ Meatloaf Sandwich with Fries
Carvery: Pasta Bar with Salad and Garlic Bread

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full menu

Say Goodbye, Thanks
To Fleming Dec. 17


In tribute to former Berkeley Lab Deputy Director Graham Fleming’s many contributions to Lab research programs during his tenure, Lab Director Steve Chu is throwing a party, to which all Lab employees are invited. On Monday, Dec. 17, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria, Fleming’s friends and colleagues will get a chance to say goodbye and share memories with him as he embarks on a sabbatical leave. He was Chu’s deputy since 2004; many of his achievements are summarized in this story.

EIR Hearing Tonight
On Computing Building

Berkeley Lab will hold a public hearing today to invite comment on the draft environmental impact report (EIR) for the proposed Computational Research and Theory (CRT) Facility. The hearing will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center at 1901 Hearst Ave. Berkeley Lab proposes to construct an approximately 140,000 gross-square-foot computer facility and office structure. The facility would accommodate up to 300 employees and house the National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center. The public comment period for the draft EIR extends to Jan. 4, 2008. The document can be accessed here.


Customer Survey Results
Lead to User Changes

The Information Technology (IT) Division would like to thank all staff who participated in this year's survey. Based on the over 540 responses received, IT has implemented some changes. Effective Oct. 1, e-mail is free of charge, including up to three GB of storage. Also, a new Integrated Library System will be available next spring, as the Lab collaborates with the campus and the Univeristy of California Office of the President to make the full suite of UC Berkeley online journals and databases available to all Lab scientists (not just dual appointees). Lastly, a large research-computing cluster is now available to interested scientists. For more information about this service, send e-mail to [email protected]. Go here to view the survey responses.

Correction: Pro Dancer
Lesson to be Given Today

A story in Friday’s edition of Today at Berkeley Lab on a visit by professional dancer Erica Ridgeway listed the incorrect day. Ridgeway, the daughter of Facilities Division Director Jennifer Ridgeway, will be giving a lesson today at noon in the Building 51 lobby.

Computer Glitch Cause
Of TABL Delay on Friday

The delivery of Friday's edition of Today at Berkeley Lab was delayed until about 11:30 a.m. due to a server malfunction.


IT Equipment Efficiency Saves Office Energy
By Robert Mitchell


Concerned about soaring energy costs, Information Technology (IT) organizations have begun to make significant changes to the way their data centers are powered and cooled. But while data centers use more power per square foot, IT equipment uses a much larger percentage of total power. There were an estimated 900 million desktops in use worldwide in 2006. Even if all of those units were Energy Star 2006 compliant, they would still consume 426 billion kWh of power annually. If all of that equipment met the 2007 Energy Star 4.0 specification, it would cut power consumption by 27 percent over 2006 levels, according to Marla Sanchez, with Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division. Full story.


EH&S Ergonomics Team
Launches New Database

The Lab’s Environment, Health and Safety Ergonomics Team and the IT Applications Group have revamped the ergonomics database to streamline ergo evaluations and improve communications with supervisors and managers. The database has new features, such as links to ergo product catalogs. It will be launched Monday, Dec. 17, and will accept all new evaluation requests. The old database will run in parallel to manage existing evaluations. Supervisors and managers are encouraged to resolve existing evaluations because the old database will become “read only” on Feb. 17. Go here to view a Powerpoint presentation on using the new system.

Whistleblower Policies
Offer Worker Protection

Employees reporting improper governmental activities are fully protected by law and Laboratory policy against retaliation. Lab and University of California policies ensure that those with concerns can go forward through various avenues with confidence that their concerns will receive appropriate attention without fear of retaliation. Besides the Employee Hotline (800-403-4744), concerns can be reported via the Lab Environment, Health and Safety Division (x5514), the Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action office (x7635), Human Resources Centers, Ombudsman’s Office (x4130), Internal Audit Services (x4472) and collective bargaining officials for represented employees. Those who believe they were treated negatively after filing a complaint can contact the Employee Relations Office (x6747). Employees may also report retaliation to the DOE Employee Concerns Program, Chicago Office, at 800-701-9966.
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