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InTheLoop | 06.25.2007

The weekly newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences

June 25, 2007

Hot Off the Press: June CRD Report

Find out what Computing Sciences researchers are doing at SciDAC 2007 in Boston this week by reading the June issue of the CRD Report. Also featured in the newsletter are Lin-Wang Wang’s nanowire research for renewable energy and the perspectives of staff scientists on the world’s first commercial quantum computer from D-Wave Systems. Grab the newsletter here: http://crd.lbl.gov/html/news/CRDreport0607.pdf.

Self-Evaluation Is a Good Thing

It’s time to fill out the Employee Worksheet, which gives you an opportunity to tout your accomplishments over the past year and set career goals. The self-evaluation is part of the annual performance review process. Although the worksheet is optional, all Computing Sciences employees are strongly encouraged to complete it and submit it to your supervisor in preparing a performance review. Deadline for turning in the worksheet is July 9.

You can get the worksheet at http://www.lbl.gov/CS/HR/PRD/CSEmplWorksheet.rtf. If you have any questions about the performance review process or any technical problems with the forms, please contact Chris Diesch at CDiesch@lbl.gov.

New Look for Lab Travel Site

The Lab has unveiled a new design for its travel site in order to make it easier to use and find information. The site will provide updates about changes to travel policies and procedures. Lab employees also will find the latest information about the effort to replace Gelco with a user-friendly expense reimbursement system. Check out the site here: http://travel.lbl.gov. Send your comments to CFOwebmaster@lbl.gov.

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.