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11 a.m.
Simulated and Observed Variability in Ocean Temperature and Heat Content
Krishna Achuta Rao
Bldg. 50-5132

4 p.m.
Life Sciences & Genomics
Alternative Splicing and Cancer
Adrian Krainer, Cold Spring Harbor Lab
Bldg. 66 Auditorium


Engineering and Management for Sustainability: Ideas for the Way Forward
Arpad Horvath, UC Berkeley
290 Hearst Mining Bldg. (campus)

Dance Club
Waltz Practice
Bldg. 51

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 937-302

12:15 p.m.
Yoga Club
Class with Chris Hoskins
Bldg. 70-191

3 p.m.
Advanced Light Source
Importance of Incoherent Magnetization Reversal in Future Magnetic Recording Media Designs
Erol Girt, Seagate Technology
Bldg. 6-2202

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Morning Editions: Breakfast Burrito with Roasted Potatoes
Tomorrow's Breakfast
: Chili and Cheese Omelet with Hash Browns and Fruit
Market Carvery: Chicken Sausage Gumbo with Red Beans and Rice
The Fresh Grille: Pizza Burger with Onion Rings
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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Bus Delays Expected
To Be Short-lived

Berkeley Lab recently revamped its shuttle bus schedules to provide better service with a reduced budget to Lab employees, both downtown and onsite. The new schedules, implemented Jan. 2, experienced a few problems during their initial month of service, which the Facilities Division are addressing in conjunction with the Lab’s Transportation Advisory Committee. However, last Friday, a new problem arose when several bus drivers came down with the flu. Their absence has caused delays on the blue route during the morning commute hours, largely because a third bus cannot be deployed between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. These delays are expected to be short-lived. Go here for more information on bus services, including routes and schedules. Contact Tammy Brown at [email protected] or x5232 with any questions.


Employee Saves a Life
With Lab CPR Training

A Berkeley Lab scientist saved his wife's life over the holiday break thanks to CPR training he received through the Lab’s Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Division. Thomas Kirchstetter of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, his wife, and their young children were visiting relatives when she suddenly collapsed. He realized she was not breathing, so he began administering CPR and continued until paramedics arrived and restored her pulse. Kirchstetter would like to acknowledge that the CPR training he received at the Lab, the only such training he has received, was instrumental in saving his wife’s life. She is doing well and expected to fully recover. Go here for more information on the EH&S CPR training course, which is held monthly.

Lab’s ‘06 Injury Data
Is Now Available

The Lab's 2006 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Log Summary, which outlines the kind of injuries experienced by employees last year, has been posted in accordance with OSHA requirements and can be viewed here. An important statistic to note: 65 percent of all 2006 injuries were ergonomically related. Supervisors can help their employees avoid injury by asking staff to report ergonomics problems early, implementing ergonomics recommendations quickly, and by completing supervisor ergo training EH&S 22. Safe work practices also include planning ahead for spikes in workload, adjusting for shifts in people and resources, setting realistic work goals, and creating a supportive work atmosphere. Go here for a short presentation on these issues.


Monitoring Western
Electricity Markets


Chuck Goldman, of Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division, co-authored a study that examined how monitoring western electricity markets can help keep price manipulations under control. The study, which was co-funded by the DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and the Western Interstate Energy Board, was aimed at preventing the failures in monitoring power markets that contributed to the 2000-01 western electricity crisis. In this study, Goldman and his co-authors demonstrated that econometric price prediction methods can provide a benchmark screen for identifying possible instances of uncompetitive pricing in western power markets. Read the press release here.

GRETINA'S First Module Undergoing Tests

GRETINA germanium crystals

GRETA is a proposed new gamma-ray detector whose initial stage, GRETINA, is about to begin construction at the 88-Inch Cyclotron. I-Yang Lee of the Nuclear Science Division leads the GRETINA consortium of laboratories and universities. The first $1.3 million module for the new detector, containing four segmented germanium crystals to track the gamma rays from nuclear decays, arrived at the Lab at the end of December and is undergoing physical and electronic tests. If all continues to go well, construction is scheduled to begin in August. Go here to learn more about testing GRETINA's first module.


Update on Wall-to-Wall
Inventory Results

In response to the Lab's wall-to-wall inventory, several divisions have scanned and captured more than 90 percent of their assets, with others making steady progress. Property Management applauds these efforts but cautions employees to be aware of the "Law of Diminishing Returns." There is a tendency for a continuing application of effort or skill toward a particular project or goal to decline in effectiveness after a certain level of result has been achieved. Though a large portion of assets has been found in just one month, it could take up to two months to find the more elusive items. The graph below shows the number and cost of assets counted as of Monday.

# of Assets
Asset Cost

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