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Tuesday, August 30, 2005
CALENDAR
Today

Noon
Dance Club
Night Club Two-Step Dance Lesson
Bldg. 71-146J


Tomorrow

9:30 a.m.
EHS 604
Hazardous Waste Generator
Bldg. 51-201

11 a.m.
EHS 622
Radioactive/Mixed Waste Generator
Bldg. 51-201

Noon
Dance Club
Night Club Two-Step Dance Lesson
Bldg. 71-146J

Noon
Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 937-302

12:15 p.m.
Yoga Club
Class with Chris Hoskins
Bldg. 70A-3377

1 p.m.
Human Resources
Labor and Employee Relations
Bldg. 50A-5132

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CAFETERIA


Morning Editions:
Strawberry Pancakes with Eggs

Tomorrow's Breakfast:
Breakfast Bagel with Fruit and Potatoes

Market Carvery: Macaroni and Cheese with Salad and Veggies
The Fresh Grille: Roast Beef and Swiss with Fries

Menutainment: Fiesta Taco Salad

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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Ask Director Chu:
The Role of Engineers

Among the questions Lab Director Steve Chu received when the new e-mail program "Ask Steve" was initiated was one from engineer Ken Chow, who inquired: "What is your vision of the role of engineers at this national laboratory?" In his answer, Chu said "a competent, capable engineering and technical staff is a foundational pillar of LBNL." See the full response here. To ask the Director a question, send e-mail to AskSteve@lbl.gov.

ANNOUNCEMENT


Marine, Water World
Tickets Sold Tomorrow

Marine World tickets will be available for sale at $19 each, which includes free parking. Tickets are for Saturday, Sept. 10. Also available are Water World tickets for $12 each. Purchase three tickets and get free parking. Tickets are good for Saturday, Sept. 10, Sunday, Sept. 11, or Sunday Sept. 25. Tickets for both venues will be for sale in the Cafeteria lobby tomorrow from noon to 1 p.m.

Cingular Outage
Scheduled Tomorrow

On-site Cingular cellular service will be interrupted for about 20 minutes between 7 and 10 a.m. tomorrow.


SuperNova/
Acceleration Probe, or SNAP
A Test For Finding Dark Energy

What is the mysterious dark energy that's causing the expansion of the universe to accelerate? Is it some form of Einstein's famous cosmological constant, or is it an exotic repulsive force, dubbed "quintessence," that could make up as much as three-quarters of the cosmos? Berkeley Lab physicist Eric Linder and Robert Caldwell of Dartmouth College show that physics models of dark energy can be separated into distinct scenarios, which could be used to rule out Einstein's cosmological constant and explain the nature of dark energy. Full story.

IN THE NEWS


ESnet Connection Boosts
Idaho Lab's Bandwidth

The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has taken significant steps toward giving its scientists and engineers dramatically improved access to computing capabilities outside of the laboratory. INL's high-performance computing infrastructure was connected in mid-August to the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), which is operated by Berkeley Lab to support large-scale science collaborations at DOE labs nationwide. While a very small-scale connection had existed in the past, this new connection has hundreds of times the capacity, and better matches INL's envisioned computing needs. Full story.

POLICY REMINDERS




Use of Lab Property

Employee use of Lab property, such as tools, supplies, materials and equipment (e.g., computers, cell phones, official vehicles) is confined to official job-related business activities, whether on- or off-site. See the Laboratory Property Guide and Regulations and Procedures Manual 6.02(A) for more information.

Conflict Of Interest, Ethics

Employees are subject to the Lab's conflict of interest and ethics policy through the Department of Energy contract, state law, and University of California regulations. Relevant employee activity covered by the policy includes consulting and other outside employment or business ownership and the use of Lab facilities and resources for such purposes. Employee non-compliance with these policies can result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment as well as civil or criminal prosecution.

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