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InTheLoop | 08.28.2006

The weekly electronic newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences employees

August 28, 2006

Reminder: All Staff Must Complete Online Training in Radiation Safety

Federal law requires that all Berkeley Lab staff complete the EHS 405 General Employee Radiation Training (GERT) course every two years (unless a higher-tiered course, such as radiation worker training, has been taken). GERT provides information about radiation hazards at the laboratory and details employees' rights and responsibilities. It has been nearly two years since the last Lab-wide GERT announcement, and retraining is now due. Employees should have received an email notification about this training requirement, with instructions on how to complete it on-line.

To complete your GERT training, go to http://ehswprod.lbl.gov/EHSTraining/GERT/. Read through the GERT information and complete the five-question exam at the end. Once you have passed the exam, you will receive automatic course credit.

Mark Your Calendars Now for Sept. 27 NERSC/CRD All-Hands Meeting

NERSC and CRD staff are asked to attend the Computing Sciences all-hands staff meeting and pizza party on Wednesday, Sept. 27. The all-hands staff meeting will take place in the Bldg. 50 auditorium from 11 a.m.-12 noon, and will immediately be followed by the pizza party at the cafeteria lawn area. Pizza from multiple-award-winning Zachary's will be served, along with an assortment of soft drinks. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

Avoid Injuries by Disposing of Sharp Items in Proper Container

Recently, a Berkeley Lab custodian nearly punctured his finger on a pin-mounted partition hook that was thrown away in a trash can. This “sharp” should have been placed in a designated sharps container, which is a rigid container designed to prevent such injuries. A sharp is any device having corners, edges or projections — such as needles and razor blades — capable of cutting or piercing the skin. To help CS staff safely dispose of sharps, designated containers are now located in John Hutchings' office (50A-0143A) on the Hill and in Bill Iles' office (room 257) at OSF.

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.