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People: Spadafora is New Kind of Director’s Chief of Staff

[6/27/08] Tony Spadafora started his professional life as a high-energy physicist, made a transition to astrophysics, and along the way discovered a gift for managing complex scientific projects. When he assumes his duties as Director Steve Chu's Chief of Staff on July 1, Spadafora will be the first Berkeley Lab Chief of Staff with hands-on scientific experience. More> 

Employee Development: Free Negotiation Workshops in August

[6/27/08] Free workshops on negotiating, problem solving and conflict resolution will be offered in August, tailored for specific audiences. Operations staff can attend on Tuesday, Aug. 12 (8:45 to noon). On Wednesday, Aug. 13, workshops for staff and career scientists (8:45 to noon) and postdocs and graduate students (1 to 4 p.m.) will take place. All workshops take place in Perseverance Hall. Go here for more details and to register.

Safety Note: Could Broken Wrist Injury Have Been Prevented?

[6/27/08] Recently a diner at the cafeteria tripped and broke his wrist — an accident that was completely avoidable. He fell over a bolt that was exposed after someone moved a picnic table on the patio. Staff and Lab guests are asked to think about the effects of their actions on safety, and to report any hazards they may come upon as soon as possible, either to their manager, Division Safety Coordinator, or Environment, Health and Safety. Working together, everyone can help make the Lab a safer environment.

Benefits News: Financial-Investment Workshops on July 9 and 15

[6/27/08] A financial advisor with Morgan Stanley will visit the Lab on Wednesday, July 9, to lead a workshop on “Investment Strategies for Women” at 2 p.m. in Building 2-100B. On Tuesday, July 15, staff can attend a class on “Organizing Your Financial Life” at 10 a.m. in the same location. Registration is required for both workshops.

Safety Note: Hands-Free Cell Phone Law in Effect Starting on Tuesday

[6/27/08] Employees are reminded that Tuesday is the first day of the new law that prohibits California drivers from using a handheld cell phone while driving. The speaker-phone function can be used, or an earpiece or Bluetooth device. More>

Special Event: Asian Food Festival on Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m.

[6/27/08] Berkeley Lab’s Asian Association is hosting a food festival in Albany’s Memorial Park on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. All Lab staff are invited to attend. Helpers are needed to set up and clean up. Send e-mail here to RSVP.

People: Anthony Spadafora Selected as Director Chu’s Chief of Staff

[6/25/08] Anthony Spadafora has been chosen as Chief of Staff to Lab Director Steve Chu, starting July 1. Spadafora most recently served as the project coordinator of the Supernova Cosmology Project in the Physics Division. He replaces Diana Attia, who was serving as acting Chief of Staff. A profile on Spadafora will be featured in Friday’s TABL.

People: San Francisco Chronicle Profile of EETD’s Greenberg

[6/25/08] Steve Greenberg isn't saying he is the greenest person in Berkeley. He isn't even saying he is the greenest person in the vicinity of Ordway Street, where he has counted 28 photovoltaic-powered homes. Can we at least call him the greenest man with Green in his name living along the Ohlone Greenway? Greenberg is an energy management engineer with the Lab’s Environmental Energy Division. Full story>

IT Update: Work on Telephone System Tomorrow Evening

[6/25/08] The IT Division will be upgrading the telephone switch software tomorrow evening. There will be a loss of dial tone for up to 3 minutes between the hours of 9 and 10 p.m.  A Lab-wide public address will announce the exact time dial tone will be interrupted and restored. If an emergency occurs when no dial tone is available, activate the nearest building fire alarm and wait for emergency personnel to respond. Call x4777 for more information.

Human Resources: Work Deferment Policy is Proposed; Comments Invited

[6/25/08] Berkeley Lab is proposing a Work Deferment policy. In circumstances when funding is limited for a temporary period of time, this new policy would provide an alternative strategy to permanent layoffs. The policy allows for temporary work deferment or temporary reduction in hours as an option. Such arrangements can retain the valuable skills of existing employees while responding to short-term critical budget or work shortage issues. The Lab is also proposing clarification changes to the Severance policy. Send comments to [email protected] by August 7. These policies apply to non-represented employees only. Represented employees should contact their union representative or consult their collective bargaining agreement.

Free Excess Pick-Up: Request Deadline is July 3; No Hazardous Waste Accepted

[6/25/08] Requests for the free pick-up of excess items will continue through Thursday, July 3. The pick-up does not include hazardous waste. Contact your Division Safety Liaison for the removal of hazardous waste.

Summer Lecture: Wes Bethel Discusses Scientific Visualization Tomorrow

[6/23/08] Wes Bethel, leader of the Scientific Visualization Group in the Computational Research Division, kicks off the 2008 summer lecture series tomorrow at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium with a talk on "seeing the unseeable" through scientific visualization — the process of transforming abstract data into comprehensible images using a variety of powerful algorithms and architectures. Complete Summer Lecture schedule>

IT Update: Network Change in Building 90

[6/23/08] The IT Division is changing the IP subnet configuration in Building 90 to improve the networking environment, which means computers and peripherals using static IP addresses need to be reconfigured on one of the new subnets by July 1. Those not configured will be unable to connect to the network. New IP numbers are available from [email protected]. Contact Ted Sopher (x4144) or Al Early (x7265) for assistance. More>

Travel Update: New People Soft System is Here

[6/23/08] The Lab is replacing Gelco with the new TRavel and EXpense System (TREX) to manage business travel expenses.  Seven divisions have already adopted the online TREX system, which offers improved integration with other Lab business systems, management of expense reports and compliance with policies, among other benefits. It will be deployed across the Lab over the next two months. Send comments or questions to [email protected].

Shuttle Bus: New Downtown Bus Stop at Allston/Shattuck

[6/20/08] The Lab shuttle bus stop in downtown Berkeley has been moved from Center and Shattuck to a stop one block south, at Allston Way and Shattuck. This stop will be in use for up to two years to accommodate construction on Center between Shattuck and Milvia

New Websites: Tips on Navigation, Submissions, Archives

[6/20/08] The Public Affairs Office thanks the Lab community for their patience during the transition to new websites and Today at Berkeley Lab e-mail. Here are some tips on the new structure: TABL is now e-mail only — all science articles that appear in TABL are archived in the News Center, and all administrative stories on the Employee News site; click the “Archives” tab in the News Center to access TABL issues prior to June 10; send e-mail to [email protected] to submit announcements; the News Center is accessible from the homepage, and Employee News has a prominent link on the News Center site.

Submit Requests for Free Excess Pick-Up Starting Monday – July 3

[6/20/08] Requests for the free pick-up of excess items will be accepted starting on Monday and continuing through Thursday, July 3. Pick-ups will be scheduled based on the order requests are received, and may take three to four weeks to occur. Visit the Employee News page to see the original announcement of this offer.

Benefits Event: Fidelity Retirement Workshop on Monday

[6/20/08] Fidelity Retirement Services representative Joseph Hager will present a workshop on “Achieving a Sound Retirement” on Monday at 11:30 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium.

Guest, Foreign National Processing Website Updated

[6/20/08] The Lab's Guest Processing website has been revamped and includes updated information on processing guests and foreign nationals. Also, the Participating Guest Information form (PGIF) on the website has been revised. Briefings on these updates will be held this Tuesday (10 to 11 a.m.) and Monday, June 30, (1 to 2 p.m.) in Perseverance Hall. Contact your HR Center for questions about guests, and Ben Ortega (x6326) for foreign nationals.

Special Event: Retirement Party for David McGraw on Monday

[6/20/08] After 17 years of service with the Lab, Chief Operating Officer David McGraw is retiring. To honor his tenure, a party will be held Monday at 3:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Light snacks, champagne and cake will be served. All staff are invited. For more information, contact Linda Matyas (x5345). To accommodate the party, the Coffee Bar will close at 3 p.m.

Shuttle Bus: New Downtown Bus Stop at Allston/Shattuck

[6/20/08] The Lab shuttle bus stop in downtown Berkeley has been moved from Center and Shattuck to a stop one block south, at Allston Way and Shattuck. This stop will be in use for up to two years to accommodate construction on Center between Shattuck and Milvia.

Submit Requests for Free Excess Pick-Up Starting Monday – July 3

[6/20/08] Requests for the free pick-up of excess items will be accepted starting on Monday and continuing through Thursday, July 13. Pick-ups will be scheduled based on the order requests are received, and may take three to four weeks to occur. Visit the Employee News page to see the original announcement of this offer.

New Websites: Tips on Navigation, Submissions, Archives

[6/20/08] The Public Affairs Office thanks the Lab community for their patience during the transition to new websites and Today at Berkeley Lab e-mail. Here are some tips on the new structure: TABL is now e-mail only — all science articles that appear in TABL are archived in the News Center, and all administrative stories on the Employee News site; click the “Archives” tab in the News Center to access TABL issues prior to June 10; send e-mail to [email protected] to submit announcements; the News Center is accessible from the homepage, and Employee News has a prominent link on the News Center site.

Benefits Event: Fidelity Retirement Workshop on Monday

[6/20/08] Fidelity Retirement Services representative Joseph Hager will present a workshop on “Achieving a Sound Retirement” on Monday at 11:30 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium.

Guest, Foreign National Processing Website Updated

[6/20/08] The Lab's Guest Processing website has been revamped and includes updated information on processing guests and foreign nationals. Also, the Participating Guest Information form (PGIF) on the website has been revised. Briefings on these updates will be held this Tuesday (10 to 11 a.m.) and Monday, June 30, (1 to 2 p.m.) in Perseverance Hall. Contact your HR Center for questions about guests, and Ben Ortega (x6326) for foreign nationals.

Benefits Update: Kaiser Rep Talk on Health Management Program

[6/18/08] Staff who are Kaiser members are invited to a brown-bag meeting on “Engaging Kaiser Plan Members with My Health Manager.” The event takes place Monday from noon to 12:45 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. Health Manager is a personalized tool that allows members to connect with their doctors, medical records, and healthy lifestyle programs.

Facilities: Free Pick-Up of Excess Items June 23-July 3

[6/18/08] Excess items will be picked up Monday, June 23 through Thursday, July 3, free of charge. Requests can be made via the Work Request Center. A form will be e-mailed to employees to complete prior to any pickup request. No account number is needed, just type in “June Clean-Up” in the description box and include a list of items. Note any items over 500 pounds. Extra containers will be provided for excess paper recycling. Contact your Division Safety Liason for pick-up of hazardous waste or computers, and the Archives and Records Department for items that should be saved. Shredding requests can also be handled through the Work Request Center.

Safety Note: Shoemobile on Site Tomorrow

[6/18/08] Some Lab employees are required to wear safety shoes to protect from potential hazards. Those who work in areas where the danger of foot injury exits may be authorized to purchase safety shoes. The Red Wing Shoemobile will be on site tomorrow from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the Building 51 parking lot. More>

New Website Warehouses Information on Lab Construction Projects

[6/16/08] A construction information website has been launched today, providing details on construction and infrastructure improvements that will take place at the Lab over the next six year. It features project descriptions, updates, maps, schedules, and contact information, as well as changes to traffic, parking, and pedestrian walkways. For more information, contact Les Dutton, the Lab’s Site Construction Coordinator, at (510) 499-0195, or e-mail [email protected]. More>

Safety Note: Does Your Home Have 'Defensible Space?'

[6/16/08] With summer upon us, temperatures rising and outdoor barbequing increasing, it is important to make sure our homes are safe from fires.  One fire prevention tip is to remove overgrown, dry or dead plants from around your home and fence line that can ignite and create substantial property loss.  More tips>

UC News: CPresident Yudof Starts First Day with Letter to Employees

[6/16/08] New University of California President Mark Yudof begins his new job today, and marks the occasion with an open letter to all UC employees, including a link to his website. Full letter>

Employee Activities: Discouns for Sesame Street Show, Amusement Parks

[6/16/08] A representative from the Employee Activities Association will be selling discount tickets in the cafeteria lobby tomorrow from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Water World ($18), and Discovery Kingdom ($26). Bring Lab ID and exact change to make a purchase. Staff can also take advantage of discounted ticket prices for the Sesame Street Live production of “When Elmo Grows Up.” Performance dates run from this Thursday to June 22. Use BERKLAB as the promo code for ticket purchase.

New Job Hazard Analysis Delayed Due to Technical Difficulties

[6/12/08] The implementation of the Job Hazards Analysis (JHA) system has encountered unexpected difficulties and has been delayed. Until the system is operational (expected by early next week), all employees should continue to obtain training as previously outlined in their Job Hazards Questionnaire, to work safely, and obtain On-the-Job Training from their Supervisor/Work Lead. Members of a JHA Work Group, can have their Work Group Owner print out the Hazards Profile for use as an interim JHA. Division Safety Coordinator will inform their constituents when the system is ready. Send questions here.

New System for Processing Foreign Nationals Implemented

[6/12/08] An improved system for processing foreign national visitors will be rolled out this summer to comply with DOE Order 142.3 “Unclassified Foreign Visits and Assignments Program” (UFVA). The order will be implemented using a “graded approach” for research at the Lab and its respective off-site locations. This approach supports the Lab’s scientific mission, while maintaining compliance with the DOE directive. For more information about current DOE requirements, click here.

Emergency Preparedness Week: High-Altitude Rescue Demonstration

[6/12/08] As part of the Lab’s Emergency Preparedness Week, the Alameda County Department will perform a high-angle rescue demonstration today at 10 a.m. near the Firehouse (Bldg. 48). Also today (noon in Perseverance Hall) is a talk by disaster response expert Ana-Marie Jones on personal and family preparedness. Tomorrow at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium, Paul Jacks and Rich Eisner with the Fritz Institute will give a presentation on Bay Area earthquake preparedness.

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