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Berkeley Lab Information Technology (IT) Division
Message from the IT Division Director and CIO

Welcome to the first edition of the new IT Newsletter. One of my top priorities is improving our communications about the services we offer to the Lab and I hope this monthly Newsletter will help keep our community informed about what we're working on to support you.  

It's been a busy few weeks for IT, with work finishing up on the new Work Mode Approval Tool, new ways to communicate your presence in Google Workspace, new conference room upgrades to support hybrid work, new ways to interact with scientific computing resources, and a new IT Division website at it.lbl.gov. Meanwhile, the Future Berkeley Lab Computing Working Group, chartered by Mike Witherell, is finishing up its work to create a vision for how the Lab can best support the computing and data needs of our scientific community over the next decade. 

We're excited to continue to share more about what we're working on and we always want to hear your feedback - about our communications or your ideas for how we can serve the Laboratory. A belated Happy Thanksgiving from all of us in IT and our best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.
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Before and after installation of new AV equipment in conference room 67-3204 at the Molecular Foundry. (Credit: IT Division AV/Berkeley Lab)
Before and after installation of new AV equipment in conference room 67-3204 at the Molecular Foundry. (Credit: IT Division/Berkeley Lab)

AV Upgrades for Hybrid Teams

The IT Division’s Audio Visual (AV) team remains focused on assembling the best technology available to bridge gaps between hybrid team members. IT’s AV team staff includes Audio Visual Specialists, Darrin Chavarria and Miles Green, and Luis Corrales, IT Collaboration Services manager. Beginning with the Molecular Foundry, this series highlights recent AV upgrades in conference rooms across the Lab.

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Hyungyeon Cha, Postdoctoral Researcher, Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division, Energy Technologies Area, is ready to initiate the drop action intended for capture on video. (Credit: Thor Swift/Berkeley Lab)

Furthering the Lab’s Mission with Advanced Photographic Capabilities

Despite the challenges presented by working remotely, Berkeley Lab staff continue to support the Lab’s mission of innovation and team science. This ongoing series features collaborations with Thor Swift, Lead Photographer, Creative Services Office (CSO)/IT, and describes the methods and the collaborative process utilized to document and illustrate work ranging from multidisciplinary scientific research to operations infrastructure and equipment upgrades.
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Future of Work

The Flexible Work Options Toolkit V2.0 was made available on Monday, November 29. A new Work Mode Assignment Tool is also available so that supervisors can identify work modes for each of their employees.

View the latest information and additional resources at waywework.lbl.gov.
Collaborative Meetings and Tools in a Hybrid Environment,  November 8, 2021. 

Google Workspace

  • Add your work location in Google Calendar to let other staff know where you are prior to inviting you to a meeting. 
  • New RSVP options for Gmail in addition to Calendar to indicate how you plan to join a meeting—in the meeting room, or virtually. 
  • Time Insights in Calendar allow you to view how you spend time in meetings.
  • Change your Gmail availability to indicate your status.

Resources for Collaborative Meetings


ScienceIT Offers Open OnDemand

ScienceIT now offers Open OnDemand, the NSF-funded open source portal for accessing Lawrencium and other HPC resources. Open OnDemand helps computational researchers and students efficiently utilize remote computing resources by making them easy to access from any device.

Security Assistance For Education & Research (SAFER)

Berkeley Lab Cyber Security, in collaboration with CERN, ESnet, and other institutions, has formed a new global security trust group dedicated to defending the academic, research, and education mission from cyberthreats. Learn more at go.lbl.gov/safer.
Shyh Wang Hall, Building 59, which houses the National Energy Research Computing Center (NERSC) and Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), 03/20/2020 – Berkeley, California (Thor Swift/Berkeley Lab)

Future Berkeley Lab Computing Working Group

In case you missed it, early in 2021 the Lab convened the Future Berkeley Lab Computing Working Group in order to develop a vision for how to best provide computational resources and expertise in support of the Lab’s diverse research portfolio. The Working Group has completed requirements gathering across the Lab and has heard from peer research institutions and technology companies. The group expects to complete a draft of its recommendations early in the new year.

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accountability (IT-IDEA)

In May 2021, the IT Division formed a committee to expand on the principles of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accountability (IT-IDEA) championed by Berkeley Lab Leadership. The current mission of IT-IDEA is to develop a diverse IT workforce where everyone is included and respected, has access to equal opportunity, is treated equitably, and held accountable. Learn more at it.lbl.gov/it-idea.

Expected Outage to Major Systems in December

Due to an infrastructure modernization project, Berkeley Lab staff should expect an outage to major systems starting on Friday, December 17, 2021 at 5:00pm PST to Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 5:00pm PST.

All enterprise business systems will be down, such as FMS, LETS, WPC, Maximo, etc. All of the scientific computing systems in the 50B-2275 and 50B-1275 datacenters will be shutdown and their related services unavailable. Please make prior arrangements in order to minimize impact to essential work. Learn more »

Contact IT Communications at itcomms@lbl.gov for questions or feedback related to this newsletter or the IT website, including corrections or suggestions for future topics. Visit it.lbl.gov/communications for more information.
 
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