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InTheLoop | 12.09.2002

The Weekly Electronic Newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computubg Sciences Employees

December 9, 2002

Reminder: New Parking Permits to Be Distributed This Month

Beginning Thursday, Jan. 2, Lab employees parking on site will need to
display a new LBNL permit for either Blue Triangle or General parking
areas. Employees who updated their parking permit information by Nov. 15
will be able to pick up their new permits during the next two weeks.
Employees will need to turn in their old permits to receive new ones.
(Cars without permits won't be cited during this time.)

Computing Sciences staff can get their new permits on:

* Tuesday, December 10, 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Bldg. 50A, room 5132
* Wednesday, December 11, 1:30-3 p.m. in Bldg. 50B, room 4205
* Monday, December 16, 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Bldg. 70A, room 3177
* Tuesday, December 17, 10 a.m.-12 noon in Bldg. 50A, room 5132
* Thursday, December 19, 10 a.m.-12 noon in Bldg. 50A, room 5132

Staff working in the Oakland Scientific Facility (Bldg. 943) should
contact Norma Early for permits.

Employees who did not update their permit information on the Employee
Self Service website by the November 15 deadline will need to apply for
a new permit in person at the Site Access office in Bldg. 65A, between 8
a.m.-12 noon and 1-4 p.m. They will need to bring their old parking
permit, driver's license and provide the license plate numbers of their

If you have any questions, please contact Meg Treleaven at
matreleaven@lbl.gov or the Site Access Office at X4551 or X7572.

Lab Begins Annual DOE Property Inventory, Employees Can Verify Property on the Web

The Lab has started its annual inventory of DOE property for fiscal year
2003 and Computing Sciences is aiming to complete its inventory within
30 days. Employees can speed the process along by logging into the Lab's
Asset Management System at
http://defiant.lbl.gov/ams/lbl/custodian_lookup.html and entering
their employee number to see what assets are listed under their
stewardship. After checking, staff should send an email to William Iles
(whiles@lbl.gov) either to confirm that the information is correct or
point out any discrepancies.

Employees also need to account for all DOE-tagged equipment used
off-site by sending an email with the DOE Tag number to whiles@lbl.gov.

Any questions should be directed to Bill Iles at X5785 or

Sign Up Now for Computing Sciences Annual Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 19

The annual Computing Sciences holiday gathering will be held Thursday,
December 19, at Beckett's Irish Pub and Restaurant, located at 2271
Shattuck Ave. (between Bancroft and Kittredge) in downtown Berkeley. The
entire top floor of the establishment has been reserved for our use.
Festivities will begin at 4 p.m. with tasty hors d'oeuvres, flowing
sodas and plenty of good cheer, promises Yeen Mankin, organizer of the
event. Additionally, the no-host bar offers a wide selection of premium
Irish, British and American beers on tap.

Family members and friends are welcome to attend. There is a
$5-per-person charge for attendees over age seven. If you would like to
attend, please send payment (cash or check payable Yeen Mankin) no later
than c.o.b. Thursday, December 12. Reservations can be sent to Yeen at
MS:50B-4230 or hand delivered to her office at 50B-2215D.

Latest CS Job Postings and a Reminder about Rewards for Referrals

To help staff learn of potential professional opportunities, InTheLoop
is now featuring some of the top job openings in CS's three divisions.
Employees are also reminded that the Lab's Employee Referral Incentive
Program (ERIP) is still in effect and pays $1,000 (net) to employees who
refer successful candidates. For ERIP details, go to

This week's top CS job listings (and links to the postings) are:

Information Technologies and Services Division

Computing Infrastructure Support Department
Desktop Support Engineer: Perform desktop support, maintain Facilities
Web site, assist with deployment of Web applications built with JSP, BEA
Weblogic, and XML server technology, independently assess and resolve
user problems involving multiple desktop platforms and architectures,
and install, maintain and administer NT4 and Window 2000 servers. Read
more at http://www.lbl.gov/CS/Careers/OpenPositions/IT15443.html.

Information Systems and Services Department

Senior Web Systems Engineer: As a member of the ISS Production Support
Group, manage the Lab's production UNIX servers that provide Web,
database and application services for Intranet and Internet users. Work
with development groups to develop, upgrade and maintain existing and
new Web-based applications. Provide assistance in the design and
integration of applications and infrastructure components using
industry-accepted best practices.

Web Developer: As a member of ISS's Data Warehousing group, design,
implement, customize, and maintain the Institutional Information Portal.
Respond quickly and appropriately to customer requests for upgrades and
bug fixes. Work closely with internal laboratory customers to define,
develop, and implement database web applications and enhancements. Read
more at http://www.lbl.gov/CS/Careers/OpenPositions/IT15358.html.

Computational Research Division Distributed Systems Department

Python XML Developer: Work as part of a team designing and developing
solutions for building distributed Grid middleware for the DOE Office of
Science community (http://www.er.doe.gov/). Current projects use Python,
XML, SOAP, TLS and the Grid Security Infrastructure (www.globus.org)
technologies. Future directions will include developing a full Open Grid
Services Architecture (http://www.globus.org/ogsa/) implementation in
Python, XML-Sec work, including security in SOAP messaging, and XML
digital signing.

Reminder: December 10 Brown Bag to Serve Up Info about Influx of Spam

Note: Last week's InTheLoop was a bit out of it and forgot to include
the location for this presentation. It will be held in the Bldg. 50
auditorium and is open to all employees. Here's the description: The
increased amount of spam that Lab users have been receiving has
generated considerable concern, as well as interest regarding how to
control it. Mark Rosenberg, leader of the Computing Infrastructure
Technologies Group, will give a presentation on how to control spam at
the next computer protection brown bag event at noon Tuesday, December
10. Bring your lunch and your questions.

Last Chance to Sign Up for Windows XP Security Course

Your last chance to enroll in the free Windows XP security course to be
held from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Friday, December 13 in the Bldg. 50
auditorium is C.O.B., Wednesday, December 11. To enroll, go to

Windows NT, 2000 and XP Systems Need Current Security Patches!

If you have a Windows NT, Windows 2000, or Windows XP system, it needs
to be running the most recent Service Pack (SP) if it is to be secure.
For more information, visit http://www.lbl.gov/ITSD/Security/

About Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Computing Sciences organization provides the computing and networking resources and expertise critical to advancing the Department of Energy's research missions: developing new energy sources, improving energy efficiency, developing new materials and increasing our understanding of ourselves, our world and our universe.

ESnet, the Energy Sciences Network, provides the high-bandwidth, reliable connections that link scientists at 40 DOE research sites to each other and to experimental facilities and supercomputing centers around the country. The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) powers the discoveries of 7,000-plus scientists at national laboratories and universities, including those at Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division (CRD). CRD conducts research and development in mathematical modeling and simulation, algorithm design, data storage, management and analysis, computer system architecture and high-performance software implementation. NERSC and ESnet are Department of Energy Office of Science User Facilities.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the DOE’s Office of Science.

DOE’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov.