|July 25, 2003|
By Ron Kolb
Unexpected mid-year University adjustments to workers compensation costs and a change in the recording of federal tax payments have conspired to hit Berkeley Lab with a late-year budget dilemma. More than $1.7 million to cover additional costs will have to be collected to offset the shortfall.
That translates into a retroactive recovery for FY 2003 of an additional one percent of what is called the payroll burden a term that Chief Financial Officer Bill Wasson says is a mischaracterization (see sidebar on Page 4). This is the money collected to pay for a long list of employee benefits, including paid absences and health plans.
Divisions will handle their assessment in various ways.
But Jim Norwood, the Labs principal accountant, said its important
for them to understand that all payroll burden costs are related to employee
benefits up to 43 percent for paid leaves alone. Its
a true cost of doing business, he said, involving a pro rata
return of costs to programs in a fair and equitable manner.
The increases are due in part to additional benefits mandated by a change in California law. The result for Berkeley Lab was an increase in its rate of contribution, plus an additional charge to replenish a dwindling reserve account.
The Lab was able to defer part of the increase until the start of the FY04 fiscal year in October, but the overall rate will more than double next year.
Never mind that the Labs payouts for workers comp have been steady over recent years, and that its safety rate has been outstanding. The formula for payment is based on costs incurred over 18 years, encompassing the good and the bad periods. Rates are established based upon actual costs and projected costs from open claims.
Wasson said his hope is that the bump is temporary. He cautions, however, that the trend for the future doesnt look good.
Workers comp is going up and has continued to go up, he said. Health insurance has been climbing 15 to 25 percent a year. Last year, employees started paying a small amount of their health insurance. Annuitant (retiree) health care is also increasing steadily. We dont know where this is all going to end.
Its an answer that Berkeley Lab and all employers cant wait to find out.
Its not that Bill Wasson dislikes the words payroll burden. Its just that, as they are applied to the financial systems at Berkeley Lab, he feels they misrepresent what the $70 million fund is all about.
It sounds so negative, but in reality, what the money is used for is a positive, said the Labs chief financial officer. Better it should be called fringe benefits. Whether or not his new lexicon makes it into the ledgers and spreadsheets, hed like everyone especially those who pay the freight to know what theyre paying for.
Take paid absences, for example, and health insurance. The Laboratory funds these for full-time employees via a supplemental cost assessment on project income. For example, if a project brings in $100,000 to the Lab, and $30,000 of that is used to pay employees, then 37.6 percent of that labor total, or $18,280, will go to the Lab for employer-paid personnel benefits.
The list of those benefits is long. Paid leaves such as holidays, vacation and sick leave account for 43 percent of the total collected for benefits, or roughly $30 million a year. Health plans medical, dental, vision amount to another 23 percent. Federal taxes for Medicare and Social Security comprise 18 percent of the total, and retirees health care another 10 percent.
Thats not all. In the mix of Lab-provided cost coverage are unemployment insurance and workers compensation, the employee referral program ($1,000 per successful referral hired), graduate student fee waivers and health coverage, mental health services through the campus Tang Center, death benefits to surviving spouses, severance pay for terminated workers, and employee tuition reimbursement for college.
Each division has to pay the payroll burden for items like the above, and this is applied to the labor charged to the project. In addition, the research divisions apply an organizational burden for administration and equipment things like space charges, materials, supplies, and administrative support. Though this amount varies among divisions, the average assessment is about 16 percent on the combined labor and payroll burden costs. Divisions also pay G&A for general administration and support of the Laboratory. (This institutional overhead pays for the overall management and administration of the Lab, plus site support services from Facilities and EH&S). The composite G&A rate of 45 percent is applied to fully-loaded direct costs except materials.
It is the fringe benefit accounts that are causing the current concern. A one percent assessment, retroactive to Oct. 1, will be made to recover unexpected workers compensation, severance costs, and other payroll burden cost increases. The new rate on payroll will be 38.6 percent, and Human Resour-ces head Randy Scott said he fears it may go higher as health costs sustain double-digit escalation.
Still, he said, the Laboratory will continue to provide a generous package of benefits, thanks to the University of California and to those scientists and administrators who bring in the programs that pay for them.
By Dan Krotz
Scientists are inching closer to a cure for spinal cord injuries, thanks to a research team that used Berkeley Labs Advanced Light Source (ALS) to determine the structure of a protein that prevents neurons from repairing themselves.
The protein is dubbed the Nogo receptor because it binds with several other proteins that block neural growth. It is found on the surface of thin fibers, called axons, which carry information between neurons in the brain and spinal cord. Researchers believe that if they can pharmaceutically block the interaction between the Nogo receptor and these growth-inhibiting proteins, then severed neurons may fuse back together, and paralyzed people could walk again.
Although years away, such drug therapy begins with an atom-by-atom understanding of how the Nogo receptor grabs inhibitory proteins, and this begins with a close-up view of the receptor itself. To kick off this inquiry, researchers from Berkeley Lab, Stanford University School of Medicine, and Harvard Medical School developed a 1.5-angstrom resolution image of the Nogo receptor ectodomain (one angstrom is one ten-billionth of a meter).
This is an important step, says Gerry McDermott, a staff scientist in the Physical Biosciences Division. Its the first time the Nogo receptor has been structurally determined at this resolution, and it sets the stage for further research that may lead to drug development.
Unlike most cells, neurons in the spine and brain lose their ability to regenerate shortly after people reach adulthood. Their incapacity to grow seems to appear when axons develop a fatty, insulating layer called myelin.
In addition to improving the flow of nerve impulses between neurons, some scientists theorize that myelin locks an adults fully formed neural network in place, preventing the development of new and potentially harmful circuits.
Ordinarily, this is fine. Healthy adults possess all the neurons they will ever need by the time theyve matured.
But it also means that neurons cant repair themselves if theyre damaged by trauma, stroke or diseases such as multiple sclerosis. To learn how to rewire broken neurons, researchers have spent the last several years hunting for proteins that block their growth. In 2000, a team of scientists determined that the Nogo protein, which attaches to myelin, plays a key role in inhibiting axon regeneration. One year later, the same team found its mate a receptor located on axons that binds with the Nogo protein and enables the protein to do its job. Since then, much more has been learned about the Nogo receptor. Not only does it bind with the Nogo protein, but at least two other growth-inhibiting proteins.
All three of these proteins can block neuron growth, and they are all structurally different, McDermott says. This means we have to understand the binding mechanism of each protein before we can develop ways to hinder their interaction.
At a resolution of 1.5 angstroms, the receptors strange shape comes into focus a curving molecule with a spine and a belly. In addition, the concave portion of the molecule appears to harbor a rich binding site capable of grabbing a wide range of proteins. And although the image doesnt reveal precisely how the receptor binds with so many proteins, it lays the groundwork for further research that could.
We have the initial structure, and now we have to see how the growth-inhibiting proteins bind to it, McDermott says. This work will help determine the pharmaceutical path to restoring neuron growth.
To do this, the team will next crystallize the receptor in the presence of the three proteins, and again use the ALS to visualize precisely how the receptor interlocks with each one. With this information, researchers can then develop synthetic peptides that bind to the receptor in exactly the same configuration as each growth-inhibiting protein, creating a cap that renders the receptor inert.
Such drug therapy isnt far-fetched. Last year, a Yale University team developed a peptide that blocks the interaction between the Nogo receptor and the Nogo protein, a feat that sparked the growth of nerve fibers in rats. Similar success in people is perhaps years away, but a growing wave of research, such as the close-up view of the Nogo receptor, is helping scientists zero in on a treatment for the approximately 11,000 Americans who suffer spinal cord injuries each year.
The x-ray crystallography work was conducted at ALS beamline 8.2.1, which is funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In addition to McDermott and Garcia, Xiaolin Li and Fernando Bazan of the Stanford University School of Medicine, Kevin Wang of Harvard Medical School, and Marc Tres-sier-Lavigne of Stanford University contributed to the research. The study was published in the April 24, 2003 issue of Neuron.
Hunting for useful microbes in Siberia
By Paul Preuss
Weapons of mass destruction present one major challenge rarely mentioned in the headlines: how to encourage the people who make them to take up more productive pursuits. In the summer of 2001, microbiologist Tamas Torok of the Life Sciences Division and Glen Dahlbacka of the Technology Transfer Department found themselves on such an errand in one of the wildest places on Earth.
Siberias Kamchatka Peninsula is an intensely active volcanic region almost as big as California but with only seven percent of the population of the Bay Area most of it concentrated near the peninsulas only town, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. To a veteran bioprospector like Torok, this vast realm of hot springs and fumaroles and acid lakes is a trove of undiscovered microbes.
In recent years much of Toroks work abroad has been done under the auspices of DOEs Initiatives for Proliferation Prevention (IPP), a program that fosters collaboration between national laboratories, former Soviet weapons scientists, and U.S. private companies. Dahlbacka manages IPP programs at Berkeley Lab and chairs IPPs Inter-Laboratory Advisory Board. One major collaboration has involved the DuPont Companys agricultural arm and the once-infamous bioweapons facility Vector, today a biotechnology research center no longer connected to the Russian defense establishment.
DuPont is looking for natural products that may be useful as herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides, Torok explains. The Labs role is to provide knowledge of how to tweak organisms to make them overproduce useful secondary metabolites. From thousands of samples and distinct microbial strains, over 60 organisms of interest have been selected, resulting in several patent disclosures now being formulated. And, says Torok, Patents are how IPP measures success.
Extremophiles and grizzly bears
Toroks first encounter with Kamchatka came when he spoke at the Kamchatka 2000 workshop on extremophiles, held in Petropav-lovsk-Kamchatsky in August of that year. As their name suggests, extremophiles live on the edge: at home in boiling water, in strongly acidic or alkaline solutions, and in many other environments that would kill most living things. The enzymes and other natural products that equip them to survive are what make extremophiles potentially valuable.
It was during the conference that Torok first laid eyes on the Uzon Caldera and the Valley of Geysers, a two-hour helicopter ride from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Soon after his return to the U.S., he was writing to his academic and industrial acquaintances about Kamchatkas potential microbial riches. What we have found is exciting, he wrote, but investment is crucial.
A second visit in 2001 overlapped Glen Dahlbackas get-acquainted tour of numerous IPP projects. Dahlbacka was in the field to assess logistical challenges, arrange legal matters, and especially to get to know the people on whom the day-to-day success of each project depends.
In Kamchatka, that means the people in the Institute of Volcanology, says Dahlbacka. Its through them that we arrange everything, park permits, helicopters and armed rangers to protect us from the bears.
A scarcity of humans means an abundance of salmon in Kamchatkas undammed rivers; consequently the local grizzlies thrive. From the mother and cubs Torok and Dahlbacka saw sprinting through the brush when they arrived in the Uzon Calder by helicopter, to the bear Dahlbacka came face to face with a few days later, grizzlies were constant visitors.
Streams warmed by hot springs and geysers are the bear bait. They come to the hot spots to warm up, says Torok. The dangerous times are in the evenings, when theyre hungry. And, says Dahlbacka, Those bears are really big reputedly the largest brown bears in the world.
Given Kamchatkas potential, however, bears are a minor inconvenience. Nothing could dampen Torok and Dahlbackas eagerness to return.
Doing the job right
For a new IPP project Torok found a new and eager U.S. industrial partner: the Diversa Corporation of San Diego, a pioneer in applying genomic technologies developing the products of microbial genes.
Once again Vector, now known as the State Research Center for Biotechnology and Virology, will take the lead among the Russian partners. Over the years Torok has built a strong working relationship with Vladimir Repin, director of one of Vectors six institutes, the Collection of Microbial Cultures.
Another Russian partner is the Center for Ecological Research and Bioresources Development in Puschino, near Moscow, led by executive director Vera Dmitrieva. Torok describes the center as one of IPPs success stories. DOE helped start it, and it was one of the first institutions in Russia to obtain nonprofit status.
The final, vital partner is the Institute of Volcanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Gennadii Karpov, the Institutes deputy director, has studied the volcanoes there for 35 years, says Torok. Nobody knows the region better.
One challenge facing the new project is providing laboratory facilities in the field. Torok explains:
If you have organisms in a hot spring that cant exist below 85 degrees C, you cant move them far before they die. You have to have a lab for basic microbiology activities on the spot. His hope is to upgrade some of the Institute of Volcanologys dilapidated, weather-struck old buildings.
The new projects first trip is scheduled for early next year, spending a week in the Valley of Geysers and another in Uzon Caldera. Diversa will apply unique methods of extracting genetic material from samples in the field and train the Vector team members in these proprietary techniques. They will be joined by microbiologist Dmitrieva and volcanologist Karpov. DOE and Berkeley Lab will again be represented by Torok and Dahlbacka. As usual, armed rangers will be on hand to ward off the bears.
Into the future
Kamchatka has been open to Western visitors only a dozen years; bioprospecting initiatives are still gathering steam. Nobel-Prize-winning chemist Roald Hoffmann of Cornell University is among the leading scientists who have spearheaded the movement to insure that Kamchatka remains a prime bioprospecting site.
Beyond Russia and the vast expanses of Siberia, other former republics of the USSR are actively seeking IPP partnerships to prospect for microbes in spectacular pristine environments and plenty of spectacularly contaminated ones as well.
The undiscovered microbes that lurk in these places are the kind Torok finds most fascinating: hardy and resilient beyond imagining but potentially useful as well. Their fragile versatility offers a bridge between old enemies now struggling to find ways to be partners and friends.
Learn more about microbe hunting in Kamchatka in the forthcoming issue of Science Beat online.
Berkeley Lab Director Charles Shank joined DOE Secretary Abraham (left) and other dignitaries, including Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Friday to hear first hand about the progress of the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) construction. Berkeley Lab is part of the project team, having designed and built the SNS front-end systems.
The previous day the Senate Appropriations Committee passed the FY 2004 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, providing critical funding for the SNS.
"I am pleased the Appropriations Committee is fully funding the Spallation Neutron Source," Senator Alexander said. "It will be the premier neutron science facility in the world."
The officials took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at ORNL, a facility dedicated to the study of nanoscale research. The facility will be built adjacent to the SNS, providing researchers ready access to the world's most powerful neutron source for samples analysis and characterization.
In his testimony before the House Committee on Science on July 16, Ray Orbach, the director of DOE's Office of Science, addressed a subject of central importance to this nation: our need for advanced supercomputing capability.
Orbach singled out the scientific achievements by users of NERSC for special praise. He also described a new program, INCITE (for Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment), which will allocate 4.5 million processor hours at NERSC to advance research on "four or five scientific problems of major importance." INCITE will be rolled out over the next month.
His testimony included the following remarks:
Physicists in Berkeley, California, trying to determine
whether our universe will continue to expand or eventually collapse, gather
data from dozens of distant supernovae. By analyzing the data and simulating
another 10,000 supernovae on supercomputers (at the National Energy Research
Scientific Computing Center, or NERSC) the scientists conclude that the
universe is expanding and at an accelerating rate.
Recognizing this, the Office of Science has announced
that ten percent of our National Energy Research Scientific Computing
Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory now at ten teraFLOP
peak speed is going to be made available for grand challenge calculations.
We are literally going to carve out 4.5 million processor hours and 100
terabytes of disk space for perhaps four or five scientific problems of
major importance. We are calling this initiative INCITE the Innovative
and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment and we
expect to be ready to proceed with it around Aug. 1, 2003.
Life Scientist Eleanor Blakely
is among the 28 researchers selected by NASA to conduct ground-based research
into space radiation biology and space radiation shielding materials.
Blakely will research the early markers of space radiation-induced human
300 Times Smaller Than the Diameter of a Human Hair
By Robert Sanders
A team led by Berkeley Lab physicist Alex Zettl has created the first nano-sized motor a gold rotor on a nanotube shaft that is the smallest synthetic motor ever reported.
Its the first nano-sized device where you can put external wires on it and have something rotating, something you can control, says Zettl, who holds a joint appointment with Berkeley Labs Materials Sciences Division and the UC Berkeley Physics Department. Nature is still a little bit ahead of us there are biological motors that are equal or slightly smaller in size but we are catching up.
The nanomotor measures about 500 nanometers across, which is about 300 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. Its paddle-shaped rotor blade is about 300 nanometers in length and the carbon nanotube shaft to which the rotor blade is attached runs about 5-10 nanometers thick. All of the nanomotors components are integrated onto a silicon chip. The blade rotates in response to an applied voltage.
Unlike natures nanoscale biomotors, the nanomotor devised by Zettl and his team can operate in a vacuum and over wide frequency and temperature ranges. Possible applications for this device include optical switching, microwave oscillation, and the mixing of fluids and liquids in microfluidic devices.
The most exciting developments may not have even been thought of, says Zettl. Like projections in the early days of lasers and integrated circuits, no matter how visionary we try to be, we will no doubt misjudge where the most successful applications will arise.
The Berkeley nanomotor was reported in this weeks issue (July 24, 2003) of the journal Nature. Coauthoring the paper with Zettl were Adam Fennimore, Thomas Yuzvinsky, and John Cumings, plus post-docs Wei-Qiang Han and Michael Fuhrer. Fuhrer is now with the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park. Cumings is now with the Department of Physics at Stanford University.
Zettl and his team made their nanomotor from multiwalled nanotubes (MWNTs) they deposited on the flat silicon oxide surface of a silicon wafer. The best MWNTs were identified and selected from the pile with an atomic force microscope, a device capable of picking up single atoms. A gold rotor, nanotube anchors and opposing stators (stationary parts of the motor) were then simultaneously patterned around the chosen nanotubes using electron beam lithography. A third stator was already buried under the silicon oxide surface. The rotor was annealed to the nanotubes and then the surface selectively etched to provide sufficient clearance for the rotor.
With a strong electrical jolt to the stators, Zettl and
his team were able to jerk the rotor and break the outer wall of the nested
nanotubes, allowing the rotor to spin freely on the nested nanotube bearings.
When the stators were charged with up to 50 volts of direct current, the
gold rotor deflected up to 20 degrees, which was visible in a scanning
electron microscope (SEM).
Weve got this incredibly neat little motor
thats smaller than any other electric motor, says Zettl. Lets
try to integrate it into some larger architecture where people are making
microelectromechanical devices or nanoelectromechnical devices.
We assume you could go much, much faster than that, probably to the microwave frequencies common in communication networks, Zettl said. Theres no way we can detect that right now, but in principle the motor should be able to run that fast.
Zettl expects to be able to reduce the size of the nanomotor even further, perhaps by a factor of five. For the moment, though, he and his team are trying to make basic quantum measurements, such as the conductance through the nanotubes and the amount of friction in the bearings.
There are many very fundamental questions we are trying to answer, he says.
By Paul Pruess
On July 10, in the Building 66 auditorium, chairman Jerry Grossman, M.D., kicked off a National Academies workshop to explore better collaboration between universities and the national laboratories. Grossman characterized the national laboratories as increasingly important by virtue of their wide-ranging facilities, which bring together universities, industry, and the government. You have these facilities. Others do not.
The cyclotron was the first user facility, said Berkeley Lab director Charles Shank, who chaired the lively opening session. It was Ernest Lawrences new way of doing science, one that required teams, which caused the Radiation Laboratory on the Berkeley campus to spread into the hills incidentally creating the archetype and progenitor of the national laboratory system.
To illustrate that national laboratories attack problems of scale, Shank cited the growth of the cyclotron, from something that fit in the palm of Lawrences hand to the huge 184-Inch under its own dome. Such problems, said Shank, often last longer than the life of a graduate student or at least longer than it takes to write a dissertation. These facilities will often be built because of inspiration from the universities. We are deeply coupled with academia, although our roles may be different.
Historian Robert Berdahl, UC Berkeley chancellor, noted that not only did Lawrence launch what became Berkeley Lab, his people staffed the Massachusetts Institute of Technologys Rad Lab now Lincoln Laboratory, sponsored by the Department of Defense.
Both campuses have benefited dramatically from these associations; indeed, said Berdahl, Berkeley Lab is UC Berkeleys ace in the hole. Does this suggest a way to improve collaborations? Only half joking, Berdahl said, The simple answer is to build national laboratories next to campuses.
Michael Holland, on the staff of the White House Office of Science, Technology, and Policy staff and a late replacement for the Presidents science advisor John Marburger, argued what he called Marburgers talking points, namely that laboratories should clearly distinguish between what can only be done by you and should avoid overlapping efforts with industry and academia. Moreover, to get a maximum return on investment, we need to facilitate the nonexperts, Holland said. The availability of facilities is a key argument for funding them at the federal budget level.
Jeffrey Wadsworth, newly appointed director of Oak Ridge, said that in his experience lab employees do seek university interactions. Wads-worth holds a Stanford professorship, was a department manager at Lockheed Missiles and Space, and was deputy director for science and technology at Lawrence Livermore.
When I went to Lawrence Livermore, I was surprised at its extensive university connections, he said. The fact that there was no university campus nearby didnt stop Edward [Teller] from trying to build a university at the lab.
Wadsworth named a number of collaboration problems that nevertheless need solutions. These include the difficulty university scientists sometimes have getting access to national labs; a shortage of critical skills due to uncoordinated government funding of graduate students; and the awkwardly different ways that costs, including salaries, are accounted for in government and academia.
A shortage of minority scientists and engineers and related security issues are also problems specifically the hold on student visas imposed since 9/11, which is starting to show a negative impact. Wadsworth said that 50 percent of the students were interested in at both labs and universities are noncitizens.
During questions and answers following this session, OSTPs Holland was critiqued for his characterization of the national laboratories. Berkeley Labs deputy director for science, Pier Oddone, suggested that saying that labs have the facilities but universities do the research is very unhealthy. Collaborations must be based on scientists talking to scientists, not somebody showing somebody how to turn a knob.
Other pointed objections to Hollands remarks came from university researchers. One University of Michigan scientist affirmed that the best collaborations I have experienced have involved intellectual participation and respect on both sides.
Holland replied that when Im selling a budget to my politicals, they dont have time for intellectual arguments. A simple argument works better in D.C.
To which Wadsworth remarked, Theres a disconnect between how you sell stuff and the way work really gets done. Judging by the rueful laughter, most in the audience agreed.
In subsequent presentations, panels addressed topics including incentives and structures for collaboration, research in a classified environment, and assuring a source of qualified people.
On its second day, the workshop moved to UC Berkeleys Haas School of Business, concluding with reports from individual study groups. Analysis did not go deep in the short time allotted for discussion, but certain themes emerged. One was the serious effects of security regulations on foreign collaborators and students and, as one participant put it bluntly, the need to get more of them in.
Another was the need to think of national labs not just in terms of gigantic facilities but as partners in research with universities on all scales. And finally, as workshop chairman Grossman put it, the need to do away with obstacles and get more money. The committees written report is due in the fall.
A description of the workshop, including many PowerPoint presentations, can be found online at http:// www.lbl.gov/DIR/ULabs/index.html.
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Several research fellowships are available to undergraduates as part of the Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program: the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship program, which places students in paid science and engineering internships, the Community College Initiative program, and the Pre-Service Teacher program.
For more information on these fellowships or the High School Student Participation Program, see the CSEE website in the Lab A-Z index.
The manufacturer of the innovative Berkeley Lamp, developed at Berkeley Lab, has acknowledged a production flaw in the first-generation lights and has offered to replace them at no charge. Lamp inventor Michael Siminovitch of Environmental Energy Technologies said that Light Corporation has replaced an unreliable ballast with a better unit.
Lab employees who have faulty lamps may call the Work Request Center at X6274 to request a new Berkeley Lamp.
You can make a big difference maybe even save a life by taking just one hour out of your day to donate blood. And you can do it right here at Berkeley Lab.
On Aug. 6-7, the Laboratory will hold another onsite blood drive to help the American Red Cross meet its blood supply needs to serve community hospitals.
The two-day event is part of an ongoing partnership between Berkeley Lab and the American Red Cross Blood Services. Through their generous support, Lab employees have already donated 308 units of blood in FY 2002-2003, but more is needed.
The blood drive will be held in Building 70A-3377 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6, and from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7. The American Red Cross asks that donors make an appointment online at www.BeADonor.com. The BeADonor website has a new look. To make an appointment, start with registration and follow the prompts. The sponsor code is LBL.
If you cannot make an appointment but decide to donate the day of the blood drive, walk-ins are welcome after 10 a.m. both days.
Eligibility requirements can be found on the website. For more information, call Charlotte Bochra at X4268.
Michael Goldstein, who worked as a human resources specialist at Berkeley Lab for 11 years before leaving in 1999, died in a bicycling accident in Larkspur on July 4. He was 54.
In addition to his formal position, Goldstein was active in numerous employees activities at the Lab. For instance, he helped organize the Berkeley Lab Runaround, and served as judge for its annual T-shirt design contest.
An avid cyclist, he was known to ride up to 200 miles a week, and shared his biking passion with others. He was active with a group called Trips for Kids, where he helped lead mountain bike trips for inner city children.
Goldstein is survived by his wife Linda and daughter Sarah. A memorial service was held on July 7. Donations in his memory may be sent to Trips for Kids in San Rafael or to the Hospice of Marin.
A mechanical technologist in the Engineering Division, David Ruiz passed away on May 29. He had more than 25 years of service at the Laboratory.
A memorial services was held on June 3 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pinole.
Ruiz is survived by his parents, Rachel and Guadelupe, brother, Alberto, and sisters Theresa, Elena, Molly, and Trina.
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BERKELEY HILLS, bay view, furn rm, 17 x15, priv bth/entr, quiet neighb nr UC/pub trans/shops, cooking facil in adj rm, pool table, workout mach, w&d, $850/mo incl linens, dishes, util, phone, DSL, TV, use of garden/BBQ, no smoking/pets, short stays, $300/wk, Carol, 524-6692
BERKELEY, furn home, gourmet ghetto area, 2 bdrm + 2 fin attic rms, 2.5 bth, priv patio, sec gate syst, skylights, hardwd flrs, 5 min walk to Lab shuttle, avail 8/9, $2,150/ mo, incl some util, 1st + sec dep to move in, nonsmok, no pets, [email protected] aol.com, 665-4870 eve
BERKELEY, lge house nr Claremont Hotel, porch, yard, roses & fig tree, avail Sept 7-30, close to shops, transit, UCB, 3 bdrm, 2.5 bths, no pets/no smokers, $600/wk, $550/wk for longer stay incl housekeeper, 548-2159, [email protected]
BERKELEY, nr UCB, lge furn 2 bdrm apt, hardwd flrs, $1,775 incl PC, DSL & some utilities, 845-5959, [email protected] juno.com, Paul, X7363
EL CERRITO, 1 yr starting 8/1, 2 bdrm/1 bth, $500 rent, dep $3,000, nr BART & bus, walk dist to El Cerrito Plaza, Jane, X2404, 527-5516
NORTH BERKELEY fully furn 1 bdrm/1 bth, 3 blks from Lab shuttle/UCB, by week, month or semester, [email protected], 848-1830
NORTH BERKELEY HILLS fully furn suite in modern house, walk to UCB, kitch-enette, amenities, can sleep 3 by week/mo, (800) 455-3863
NORTH BERKELY, avail late 8/03, 10-mo lease, fully furn, 2+ bdrms/1.5 bths, exc loc nr Solano, fp, yard, hardwd flrs, bright & charming, $2,000/mo, Prof Ryan, 527-0741
OAKLAND, rm in 3 bdrm/ 1 bth house, craftsman, nr Lake Merritt, lge liv/din rm, lge windows, harwd flr, bkfst rm w/view, nice kitchen, vintage gas oven, dishwasher, renov bth w/ dbl sinks, free w/d storage & twin bed avail, nr shopping/rest & pub trans, $750/mo, neg + ut, avail 9/1, 8/1 move in neg, [email protected], 832-2624
MISC FOR SALE
CAR SEAT for kids under 4, clean & in good cond, $15, Yu, X7286
COUCH, 7x3 ft, off-white, corduroy-like fabic, just cleaned, $70/bo Margo, X6280
DOUBLE CHEST BED w/ six drawers, no mattress, exc cond, $25, Nancy, 525-1652
LOVESEAT, upholstered in designer fabric, floral abstr pattern, soft rust/cream col, matching throw pillows, $200; whiteboard/ flipchart easel, $50; Danish modern student desk, somewhat marred but pretty, $30; Sansui liv rm speakers, pair, 13x23 x8, $15; airless paint sprayer, $20; RotorZip, $20, Duo Wang, X6878
OAK SOFA TABLE, $15; round dining table w/ 4 comf chairs, $150; BBQ set $10; baby back pack carrier, $20; stroller, $20; toddler car seat, $20; booster car seat, $20, Fafy, 526-5495
MASSAGE CHAIR, reclining, leather, taupe color, $1,000, Randy, X7026
TIVO DVR w/ lifetime subscription, Sony SVR 200 digital video recorder, can provide up to 30 hrs of tape free, dig recording, incl all cables, remotes, manuals, subscrip to the Tivo service, $400, Erik, X6435
HOUSESITTING by vis teacher/librarian/caregiver, will care for home, garden, pets except cats (due to allergy) for any period betw 7/25 - 9/30, local refs avail, Jeanne, X5074, 548-5829, [email protected]
VANPOOL RIDERS, Fairfield/Vallejo to Berkeley, Mary, X6462
PARIS, France, near Eiffel Tower, fully furn 2 bdrm, 1bth flat in modern
bldg by week or mo, 848-1830
ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITTANICA, 1954 edition, near mint, free for the hauling; set John Galsworthy, 6 volumes incl Forsyth Saga, Tony, 6149, 531-8203
VINTAGE COMPUTER MAGAZINES Byte, 6/95 8/97, PC magazine 3/95 4/01, Dr. Dobbs, 11/01 7/03, pick up at north Berkeley location, John, X7732
EARRING, silver horseshoe shaped hoop earring by N3 parking lot, contact Security, X4855
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