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Thursday, June 18, 2009


Report Describes Climate Change Impacts on U.S.

Two researchers at Berkeley Lab, Evan Mills and Michael Wehner, contributed to an analysis of the effects of climate change on all regions of the United States, described in a major report released June 16 by the multi-agency U.S. Global Change Research Program. Climate change impacts on the southwestern U.S. are projected to include decreased rainfall and runoff, more drought and wildfire, and more days hotter than 100°F, according to the report. More>

rounds visitPeople: South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds Tours Campus and Lab

South Dakota’s Governor Mike Rounds (far right) took a first-hand look at UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab on Friday, June 12, headquarters for planning the National Science Foundation’s Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) in the state’s Homestake Mine. Escorted by DUSEL PI Kevin Lesko, Rounds’s agenda began with breakfast with UC and Lab officials including Graham Fleming and Jim Krupnick. Roger Falcone and Zahid Hussain (left and center) showed the governor the Advanced Light Source and Andy Minor explained the new TEAM microscope at the National Center for Electron Microscopy. Lunch featured a lively education discussion with Lawrence Hall of Science associate director Craig Strang and Center for Science and Engineering Education head Susan Brady. More>

People: ALS Veteran Scientist Honored by Sweden’s Finest

fadleyChuck Fadley, a scientist with the Materials Sciences Division and a veteran researcher at the Advanced Light Source where he has gained recognition as one of the world’s foremost practitioners of photoelectron spectroscopy, has been unanimously elected as a "Foreign Member" of the prestigious Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala, the oldest learned society in Sweden. In recent years, Fadley has led the development of techniques for studying nanolayers of materials that shed new light on such important phenomena as colossal magnetoresistance and high-temperature superconductivity.

JGIIn The News: Unleash Your Inner Geek Without Spending a Cent

[San Francisco Chronicle] Think technology and it's not hard to see dollar signs. But California and the West have many free and geeky places worth visiting; you just have to know where to look. A new book, "The Geek Atlas," details 128 places around the world where geeks go wild. The list includes the Joint Genome Institute, which offers a free tour by reservation. More>

Communications: Where's the Events Calendar, Flea Market and Cafeteria Menu?

calendarStaff are reminded that they can access the Lab's calendar of events, Flea Market classified ad service, and cafeteria menu by clicking the blue tabs at the top of every issue of Today at Berkeley Lab. The calendar lists all the day's events on its main screen and can be searched by date or keyword. Sponsors can enter their events by clicking on the "add/modify event" link in the upper left corner. Have something to sell, need an apartment to rent, or lost a precious item? Visit the Flea Market and view ads or post one of your own. The cafeteria whips up tasty, organic meals every day, and staff can check out the day's offering by clicking on their weekly menu.

Construction: Lawrence Road Lane Closure Tomorrow and Monday

One lane of Lawrence Road near the Guest House will be shut down tomorrow and Monday to allow the paving of the new parking lot for the Guest House. Flaggers will direct traffic. Drivers and pedestrians in the area are urged to use caution, follow flagger instructions and any posted signage.

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