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4 p.m.
Advanced Light Source (ALS)
In-situ Studies of Chemical Reactions with Ambient Pressure Photoemission
Simon Mun
Bldg. 6-2202


10:15 a.m
Environment, Health and Safety
Intro to EH&S
Bldg. 50 Aud.

1:15 p.m
EHS735, 738, 739
Bloodborne Pathogen/Biosafety Training
Bldg. 70A-3377

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B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Proposed Policy Re:
S&E Job Classifications

The two Town Hall meetings, regarding proposed changes to the hiring and promotion policies for Scientists/ Engineers, hosted by Deputy Director Graham Fleming and Senior Physicist Natalie Roe, Chair of the Scientific Advancement Committee, have now occurred. If you missed these meetings, you can watch videos of both the March 7 and March 22 meetings here. Go here to view a PDF of the meetings’ presentation. The employee comment period for these policy changes continues through April 1. If you wish to make comments on the proposed policy changes, read the revised text. Comments can be sent to the Human Resources Policy Analyst at [email protected].


S&E Job Title
Opinion Poll Invitation

The majority of employee comments received thus far in response to proposed policy changes regarding S&E Job Classifications relate to the proposed new job titles. In response to this feedback and discussions at the Town Hall meetings, Deputy Director Graham Fleming is inviting employee participation in an opinion poll regarding the S&E job titles. You can participate by indicating your preference for one of four job titling options. The opinion poll will be available through next Sunday.

Optional Holiday —
Cesar Chavez Day

Eligible employees have the option of using Cesar Chavez Day this Friday as a paid holiday, with approval from their supervisor. Employees using the floating holiday for Cesar Chavez Day will be required to use a third vacation or leave-without-pay day during the winter holiday shutdown. See "Limited Floating Holiday Implementation Guidance" for information on eligibility and time-entry procedures. Laboratory policy concerning holidays is contained in the Regulations and Procedures Manual (RPM), Section 2.10. See the Lab holiday schedule here.


Senate Vote on FY08
Budget Boosts Science

The U.S. Senate passed an amendment to the FY08 Budget Resolution last Thursday that calls for a $600 million increase in funding for the Office of Science. The amendment, offered by New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman, passed by a vote of 97-1. The Senate is also expected to vote soon on the entire resolution, which includes $1.5 billion for DOE’s energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, $300 million more than the Bush administration’s request.



White dwarf explosion simulation

Scientists Compute Death Throes of Dwarf Star

By carrying out "extreme computing" at two Department of Energy supercomputers, University of Chicago scientists have achieved a breakthrough in modeling an exploding white dwarf star. The researchers demonstrated how to incinerate such a star in unprecedented detail at the "Paths to Exploding Stars" conference last week in Santa Barbara. A massive simulation was run on the NERSC supercomputers at Berkeley Lab in January, “detonating” a star in a three-dimensional visualization. Full story. View a Quicktime video of the simulation here.

Chu in Washington
For Hearing on China


Berkeley Lab Director Steve Chu will be in Washington to give invited testimony tomorrow about China and energy issues at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. Under Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Montana, the committee will be exploring “Opportunities and Challenges in the U.S.-China Economic Relationship.”


Chronicle Tribute:
'A Noble Nobel'

(A San Francisco Chronicle Editorial) Berkeley has been home to many controversial trends over the decades: free speech movements, organic eating, public nudity. But there's at least one trend emerging from that city that everyone can support: Nobel Prize winners donating their prize money to charity. George Smoot, a Berkeley Lab astrophyisicist and professor of physics at UC Berkeley, just became the most recent winner to dedicate the majority of his 2006 prize to the Oakland-based East Bay Community Foundation. We applaud professor Smoot, who is already on to his next big project at the Laboratory -- "solving energy crises," he said. Full story.


Lesson Learned: Use
Proper Eye Protection

A recent incident underscores the need to select proper eye protection for each job. An employee was drilling holes into aluminum cable trays located above equipment racks that were cooled by fans. The employee was wearing wrap-around safety glasses but still got a particle in the eye. Normally, wrap-around safety glasses would provide good protection for work that was below the employee's face, but in this case, the position and direction of the fans make goggles a better choice for protecting the eyes. Go here for more information.

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