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Open Enrollment

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Today

Noon
Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig

Bldg. 70-191

Noon
Dance Club
Practice Session

Bldg. 51 Lobby

1 to 3 p.m.
Benefits Office
Open Enrollment Vendor Fair
Perseverance Hall

2 p.m.
Nano Institute
Supramolecular Organization From Nanometers to Centimeters in Bioactive Materials
Samuel Stupp, Northwestern U.
390 HMMB

4 p.m.
Chemistry Department
Enantioselective Hydroformylation and 3,4-Diazaphospholanes
Clark Landis, U. of Wisconsin
120 Latimer Hall


Monday

10 a.m.
Benefits Office
CIGNA Health Plan Informational Meeting
Perseverance Hall

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Security and Emergency Operations
Red General Parking Pass Exchange: Last Names A-E
Cafeteria Lobby

Noon
Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

Noon
Benefits Office
CIGNA Health Plan Informational Meeting
Perseverance Hall

Noon
Dance Club
Beginning East Coast Swing
Bldg. 51 Lobby

2 p.m.
Benefits Office
CIGNA Health Plan Informational Meeting
Perseverance Hall

2:30 p.m.
Benefits Office
Open Enrollment Meeting
Sudar Auditorium, Potter St.

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Breakfast: Biscuits and Gravy with Eggs and Hash Browns
Monday's Breakfast: TBA
Pizza: Fresh Mozarella, Tomato and Basil
Grill: Fish Tacos with Mexican Cole Slaw
Deli: Turkey and Cheddar with Sun Dried Tomato Tapanade
Carvery: Turkey Tetrezzini with Linquine
Cultural Cuisines: Burrito Bar

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

Lab Issues Draft Impact
Report for CRT Facility

Berkeley Lab issued the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Computational Research and Theory (CRT) Facility today. The draft EIR provides an assessment of the CRT Facility and its potential effects on the environment. It will be available at the Lab’s Community Relations CRT website by 5 p.m. today. It is also available at the Berkeley Lab Library and the Berkeley Public Library. The comment period for the draft EIR extends from today to Jan. 4. A public hearing will be held at the North Berkeley Senior Center on Dec. 10. More information on the CRT Facility, including how it will advance Lab research, is available here. Contact planning@lbl.gov with questions.

SPECIAL EVENT

Retiree Club Turns 25
With Lunch, Chu Talk

The EX-Ls, Berkeley Lab’s retiree organization, will celebrate its 25th anniversary at a luncheon on Thursday at the Berkeley Yacht Club.  Lab Director Steve Chu will address the group on “New Directions of the Laboratory.”  Founded in 1982, EX-L members benefit from continued association with the Lab and with their fellow employees through quarterly luncheons and newsletters. Those interested in joining the club or hearing Chu speak are invited to attend the luncheon. Send e-mail here to register by 5 p.m. on Monday. Cost is $25. For more information about the EX-Ls, contact Suzanne Stroh (510-524-1953) or visit the club’s website.

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IN THE NEWS


Broken DNA Moved
To ‘Repair Shops’

Mapped DNA repair sites
When high-speed particles of space radiation zip through an astronaut's body, they will occasionally strike and break a strand of DNA. Scientists have long thought that enzymes always go to the site of injury and fix the DNA damage in place, but new research suggests that cells might sometimes move broken DNA to special "repair shops" instead. As part of this research, a team led by Berkeley Lab life scientist Sylvain Costes simulated space radiation by exposing lab-grown human cells to one of three radiation types: gamma rays, X-rays, and high-energy iron nuclei generated in the particle accelerator at NASA's Space Radiation Laboratory. Full story.

COMPUTER UPDATE

Help Desk Now Open
At 7 a.m. Weekdays


To accommodate staff who start work early, the Information Technology Division’s Help Desk will now have one person on duty starting at 7 a.m. Though coverage cannot be guaranteed in the event of an unplanned absence, the service will provide greater assistance to those experiencing computer problems between 7 and 8 a.m. The Mac/PC Support Group will also provide “best effort” assistance starting at 7 a.m. and will be paged if the Help Desk cannot resolve the problem. To reach the Help Desk, call x4357 (HELP) or submit an online request to http://help/.

ANNOUNCEMENTS


December Paychecks
To Be Posted Jan. 2

Due to strict IRS rules and regulations on income received at year-end, December paychecks for Lab employees will not be available until Jan. 2. Any check or direct deposit received before Jan. 1 will be considered income for 2007 and should be reported as such, as it will result in 13 paychecks for the year. Since Jan. 1 is a bank holiday, all delivered checks will be available on Jan. 2 at the employee’s mail stop.  All direct deposits will be posted in employee accounts on Jan. 2.

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Parking Pass Exchange
Starts on Monday

Because the Lab’s Red General Parking Pass will no longer be valid as of Jan. 1, staff must exchange them for new permits next week. Bring your current pass and Lab ID to the cafeteria using the schedule below (first letter of last name). Those unable to attend the exchange should stop by the Site Access Office (Bldg. 65A).

A-E: Nov. 12 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
F-K: Nov. 13 (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)
L-Q: Nov. 14 (11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.)
R-T: Nov. 15 (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)
U-Z: Nov. 16 (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.).

IN MEMORIAM




Ex-Lab Physicist Stanley Flatté, 66

Physicist Stanley Flatté, whose work on wave propagation led to important contributions in the fields of atmospheric optics, ocean acoustics, and seismology, died last Sunday at his home in Santa Cruz. He was 66. Flatté, a professor emeritus of physics at UC Santa Cruz, worked as a research physicist at Berkeley Lab for five years before joining the Santa Cruz faculty in 1971. Full story.

 
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