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9:30 a.m.
EHS 60
Ergonomic Awareness for Computer Users
Bldg. 70A-3377

Yoga Club
Class with Chris Hoskins
Bldg. 70-191

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 937-302

1 p.m.
EHS 614
Satellite Accumulation Areas Management
Bldg. 70A-3377

3 p.m.
Advanced Light Source
Spectromicroscopy in Nanobiology and Nanomedicine
P.U.P.A. Gilbert, U. of Wisconsin
Bldg. 6-2202

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Environmental Energy Technologies
Progress in Organic Light-Emitting Diodes
Prof. Ching Tang, University of Rochester
Bldg. 90-3075


8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Benefits Office
FITSCo Counseling
Alyssa Valladao
Call (800) 642-7131 for reservation

9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Onsite Chair Massages
Bldg. 26-115

9:30 a.m.
Advanced Light Source
Spectroscopic Studies of Bilayer Manganite (La,Sr)3Mn2O7
Yi-De Chuang
Bldg. 6-2202

9:30 a.m.
EHS 275
Confined Space Training
Bldg. 70A-3377

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Health Care Facilitator
Summer Wellness Fair
Cafeteria Lawn

1 p.m.
EHS 274
Confined Space Entry Retraining
Bldg. 70A-3377

2 p.m.
EHS 330
Lead Hazard Awareness
Bldg. 70A-3377

5:15 p.m.
Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

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Morning Editions:
French Toast and Sausage
Market Carvery: BBQ Roast Beef with Side Salad

The Fresh Grille: Garden Burger with Fries and Fruit
Menutainment: Pasta Primavera with Side Salad

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full menu
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From l-r, Chu, Gauny, Verboom, DOE's Peter Faletra

Four Employees Win
DOE Mentor Awards

To recognize their "willingness to share knowledge and inspire and instill confidence in the next generation of scientists and engineers," four Berkeley Lab employees were given Outstanding Mentor Awards by the Department of Energy's Office of Science. The winners include Thomas Kirchstetter (Environmental Energy Technologies), Stacey Gauny and Amy Kronenberg (Life Sciences) and Charles Verboom (Information Technology). The mentors collaborated with the Undergraduate Research Program, which is managed by the Lab's Center for Science and Engineering Education. The four received their awards during a special ceremony last Friday.

Cracking the Code:
Human Gene Regulation

The human genome has been sequenced, but understanding the complexities of gene regulation in humans has been slow in coming. In the latest edition of the online journal Molecular Systems Biology, Debo Das of the Life Sciences Division and his collaborators present a new computational approach for accurately deciphering the logic of human gene regulation. Starting from gene expression data such as that from DNA microarrays, the new algorithm allows researchers to rapidly identify networks of regulation factors, test hypotheses, and accelerate the discovery of new therapeutics. Go here for a commentary on the work and here to read the article (click "Featured Article").

Researchers Featured
In Student Magazine

The latest issue of the Berkeley Science Review, a magazine published by UC Berkeley students, features two stories that include Berkeley Lab. An article on "Science and Sustainable Development" quotes Lab physicist Marvin Cohen and guest Mark Horner (Nuclear Science), while a story on star formation mentions the Lab's computational sciences. Go here to read these and other stories. Copies are available in the cafeteria.
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Weigh In On Workplace Climate Via Staff Survey

Through regularly scheduled informal lunches with division and department staffs, plus brown bags and an "Ask Steve" feature in Today at Berkeley Lab, I have attempted to understand the issues and concerns that face the Laboratory community.

While those exchanges have been extremely helpful, they touch only a small portion of our population. A Workplace Climate Survey, posted online today, will attempt to reach many more. The survey is an outgrowth of discussions among members of the Diversity Best Practices Council, Ombudsman Harry Reed, and my office.  

Through the results, we hope to be able to improve management practices and organizational effectiveness.   It will help us to identify strengths and weaknesses in order to create the workplace environment most conducive to employee satisfaction and success.

Questions are included in areas such as job satisfaction, physical working conditions, peers, supervision and management, diversity, respect and civility, and work-life balance.

Although taking the survey is voluntary, I encourage all employees to complete it. Your answers will be confidential - they will be separated from your sign-in password as the results are aggregated. This will ensure complete privacy. The process should only take about 10 or 15 minutes as you share your perceptions of work life at Berkeley Lab.

This is the first-ever employee survey of its kind here, and we intend to offer it annually in order to track changes from year to year. Professional and administrative staff - career, term or faculty - plus postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and research assistants are urged to participate. We will share the results broadly.

If you want to help us develop Berkeley Lab as the best place to work and to do great science, click here and take the survey. Through June 30, it can also be accessed via the Berkeley Lab home page. Employees without computers will be provided with a location to take the survey.

Thank you for joining me in building a better Berkeley Lab.


Central Storeroom
Closed for Inventory

In compliance with Department of Energy accounting procedures, the Central Storeroom in Building 78 will be closed for inventory next Wednesday (June 14). Those with a critical requirement for material on that day can call x5087.  

Limited Cafeteria
Parking Tomorrow

Twenty parking spaces in the cafeteria lot will be off-limits tomorrow. Those who normally park there can try other lots or use mass transit.
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