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InTheLoop | 04.10.2006

The weekly electronic newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences employees

April 10, 2006

CRD, ESnet, NERSC Staff Recognized for Centuries of UC Service

At last week's CRD-NERSC divisional meetings, Horst Simon congratulated dozens of employees who had attained 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service for the University of California. In all, service pins were handed out for a combined 810 years of service. Here's a breakdown by department:
* 25 years for Biological Data Management and Technology Center
* 75 years for Distributed Systems Department
* 155 years for NERSC
* 235 years for High Performance Computing Research Department
* 320 years for ESnet

Accident at ORNL Prompts Orbach to Renew Call to Work Safely

An accident last month in which a contractor at Oak Ridge National Lab received flash burns on his forearm and hand after drilling into an energized 480-volt cable has led Office of Science Director Ray Orbach to reiterate Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman's “determined concern and expectation” that all labs follow safety procedures. After the ORNL accidents, DOE worked with Verizon to try to learn how private industry handles utility accidents.

“At Monday's senior leadership meeting, the Secretary of Energy made it crystal clear that we are all held responsible for the safety of all personnel in our offices and laboratories,” Orbach wrote to lab directors and site managers last week. “Accordingly, I ask you to continue to observe the most stringent of precautions regarding safe behavior for all the employees, contractors, and sub-contractors at your site.”

Lab to Offer April 27 Class in Developing, Delivering Scientific Presentations

The LBNL training group, Berkeley Lab Institute, is offering a two-hour course on “Developing and Delivering Scientific Presentations - a Workshop for Scientists and Post-Docs.” Here's the short description: “Giving effective seminar, colloquia and other presentations is a key part of a scientific career. A first-rate presentation is critical when interviewing for jobs, particularly for academic positions. Several scientists have worked with Berkeley Lab Institute staff to develop a course on the crafting and delivery of scientific presentations.”

The course will be offered from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in Bldg. 2-100B. Enrollment is limited to 20. To enroll, go to http://hris.lbl.gov/self_service/login/. Login with your lab LDAP (email, etc.) user ID and password, and follow “Training Enrollment > Employee Skill Development > Scientific Presentations.” Confirmation and further notification will be emailed to enrollees prior to attendance.

Reminder: April 14 Deadline for IT Division Director Applications

The Operations Division has an opening for a new Information Technology (IT) Division Director. Closing date for this position is Friday, April 14. Here's the position (#018869) summary:

“The Information Technology (IT) Division Director is responsible for the intellectual leadership and management of the Laboratory's centralized computing and information infrastructure and for significant IT services and support to scientific divisions and to all of Operations. The main mission of the IT division is to provide effective and efficient IT infrastructure and services that underpin the Laboratory's scientific environment, including the support of the business and administration functions of the Laboratory. IT consists of the following organizations: Institutional Systems, Institutional Infrastructure, User Services, and the Library, and Archives and Records. The IT Division is part of Laboratory Operations, and the successful candidate, in addition to specific duties for IT, is a member of the senior Operations and LBNL management team. IT consists of approximately 150 staff members and an annual budget of approximately $25M. For additional information about Berkeley Lab and the IT Division, please see http://www.lbl.gov and http://www.lbl.gov/IT, respectively.”

Details of the posting can be found on the Lab's Jobs website (listed under the Operations Division) at http://jobs.lbl.gov/LBNLCareers/details.asp?jid=18869&p=1.

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 6,000 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 DOE 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.