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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

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Tuition Program Helps Lab Life Scientist Get PhD

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June is a joyous time for graduating students, when their years of hard work finally pay off with that long-sought degree. Among those tossing their mortarboards in the air this spring was Berkeley Lab life scientist Alison Killilea, who after six and a half years received her PhD from UC Berkeley. Killilea works in Ken Downing’s lab, trying to uncover the secrets of Parkinson’s disease. Helping her accomplish this goal was Downing, who allowed Killilea to fit her work schedule around her studies, and the Lab’s tuition reimbursement program, which covers “tuition expense for position- or career-related college courses that are relevant to the goals of the Lab.” Downing (above right), as a member of UC Berkeley’s Comparative Biochemistry Department, presented Killilea with her doctoral hood.

Lab Volunteers Help KQED Raise More Than $30KOutreach: Lab Volunteers Help KQED Raise More Than $30K

A good time was had by Lab staff who gave up their Thursday evening last week to help KQED raise funds during its televised pledge drive. The group helped the local Public Broadcasting Station raise more than $30,000 that night. “It’s nice to give back to the community, since KQED gives us a lot,” said volunteer Paula Meo of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. “Thanks for giving us the opportunity, and looking forward to the next event.” Meo is pictured above with the in-studio entertainer for the evening, Spanish-style guitar player Roni Benise. Go here to see a full list of volunteers. The event was organized by the Public Affairs Department.

Nuclear Science: A School for High Energy Collisions

High Energy CollisionsOn Monday, Nuclear Science Division (NSD) director James Symons launched the week-long 2010 Berkeley School of Collective Dynamics in High Energy Collisions, aimed at graduate students and postdocs, emphasizing the strongly interacting matter created in these collisions – for example, the quark-gluon plasma studied at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider which is soon to be the goal of the Large Hadron Collider’s ALICE experiment. This year’s Berkeley School, third in the series, honors Reinhard Stock of Frankfurt University and was organized by NSD’s Volker Koch, Hans Ritter, and Nu Xu. For more information contact Lady Bonifacio (x4974).

IT: Several Computer Services Off-Line Tomorrow Evening

Central windows file services and home directories, the software download site, Webspace, printing, and the anti-virus update service will all be unavailable tomorrow from 7 to 11 p.m. for maintenance. For more information, contact the Help Desk (x4357).

carFacilities: Various Remedies to Parking Shortage Explored

As most employees are aware, parking at the Lab has become increasingly difficult. Options to help mitigate the parking problem are currently being investigated. Some of the ideas being considered include extending the shuttle route into Berkeley neighborhoods during commute hours, encouraging vanpools, hiring a parking company to provide attendant-assisted parking, increasing the number of parking spaces around the Lab, providing special parking spaces for carpools, and initiating an ad campaign to educate employees on active commuting options, such as Wageworks, Zimride, Guaranteed Ride Home, and the Taxi service. Send feedback and comments to parking@lbl.gov.

Employee Activity: Onsite Blood Drive Tuesday, June 15

The Lab’s Philanthropy Club will be hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, June 15. The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in the Cafeteria parking lot from 7 a.m to 1 p.m. Go here to register for an appointment (sponsor code is LBL).

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