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InTheLoop | 07.10.2006

The weekly electronic newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences employees

July 10, 2006

Reminder: All Employees Asked to Take Time Reporting Training by July 14

Although Berkeley Lab has achieved significant improvement in the accurate reporting and approval of employee time, we still have a way to go. The goal is to ensure that 100 percent of the Lab's employees enter their time accurately and on time, and for 100 percent of the supervisors to approve employee time for each pay cycle. In addition to ensuring that projects stay within budget and that funds are spent according to the agreed-upon terms and conditions, accurate reporting and approval is important as the DOE Inspector General's office periodically audits time entry to ensure each sponsor, including DOE, is charged only for actual work performed.

To help reach our goal of 100 percent accurate time entry and of supervisory review, the Lab's Office of the Chief Financial Officer has developed a Web-based training module to help employees and approvers understand their roles and responsibilities for time reporting and review. The course takes about ten minutes to complete. All employees need to complete this training by Friday, July 14.

The training for employees can be found at http://fsdwprod.lbl.gov/cfo/training/employee. Training for supervisors is at http://fsdwprod.lbl.gov/cfo/training/approver.

Registration Open for Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference

Registration is now open for 6th Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women in Computing Conference to be held Oct. 4-7 in San Diego. The Grace Hopper Celebration is the leading conference for women in computer science and provides a forum to inspire, educate, encourage and create awareness of opportunities for women in the field of computing and to celebrate the considerable achievement of women in the field. This year's theme, Making Waves, emphasizes the expanding circles of influence and impact women have on the computing and technology fields. The conference is expected to draw 1,200 participants.

Register by August 9th to receive the early registration rates. To register for the conference or for more information see http://www.gracehopper.org. The conference includes plenary sessions, technical papers, panels, poster sessions and workshops by successful researchers and professionals in computer science. The GHC Preliminary Program can be found at http://www.gracehopper.org/conference/schedule/.

This year's conference will also include a TechLeaders Workshop, designed to promote and enhance leadership skills for technical women at all levels and provide a venue where women leaders meet to share ideas, tactics, and strategies and expand and deepen relationships with peers in the technical community.

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is a program of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and is co-presented by the Anita Borg Institute (www.anitaborg.org) and the Association of Computing Machinery (www.acm.org). Inspired by the legacy of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, the Conference is designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. It is largest gathering of women in computing in the world and includes leading women from industry and government, professors and researchers, graduate and undergraduate students.

Nominations for IEEE's 2006 Fernbach, Cray Awards Due Monday, July 31

Nominations for the 2006 Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award and the Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award must be submitted by Monday, July 31. These awards, sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society, will be presented during the SC2006 conference on high performance computing, networking and storage to be held Nov. 11-17 in Tampa.

The Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award is given to individuals whose innovative contributions to high performance computing systems best exemplify the creative spirit demonstrated by Seymour Cray. The award consists of a crystal model, certificate, and honorarium of $10,000. The nomination form and submission information can be found at http://newton.computer.org/awards2.nsf/nominationform?openform&code=cray.

The Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award was established in 1992 in memory of Sidney Fernbach, one of the pioneers in the development and application of high performance computers for the solution of large computational problems. A certificate and $2,000 are awarded for outstanding contributions in the application of high performance computers using innovative approaches. The nomination form and submission information can be found at http://newton.computer.org/awards2.nsf/nominationform?openform&code=fernbach.

In addition to information about the nominee, nominations for either award require two to five endorsements, which must also be submitted by July 31.

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.