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Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009

Lab Guest

Joydip Kundu, Office of Science Budget Examiner

Joydip Kundu, the budget examiner for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, visited the Lab Tuesday to learn more about the research that takes place here. He met with several division directors, toured the Advanced Light Source, Joint BioEnergy Institute, Joint Genome Institute, Molecular Foundry, and the National Center for Electron Microscopy, and heard presentations on the Lab’s energy initiatives, the Joint Dark Energy Mission, the Next Generation Light Source, and carbon capture and sequestration. Pictured above are (from l-r) Jim Krupnick, Saul Perlmutter, Kundu and Paul Alivisatos.

Special Event: Life Sciences Lectures on Tuesdays at 4 p.m.

life sciencesThe Life Sciences & Genomics Division's seminar series resumes again on Tuesday with a talk by Phoebe Stewart of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She’ll discuss "Visualizing the Structures and Conformational Changes of Biological Nanomachines with CryoEM.” Seminars take place most Tuesdays at 4 p.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. Go here to view the complete fall schedule. Contact Ciccina Guagliardo (x6490) for more information.

Shuttle Service: Reminder About Bus Stops, Identification

bus signTo ensure safety, Lab staff and guests are reminded that they can only board or exit shuttle buses from designated stops. These stops are marked with the sign pictured at right. Lab employees must show their Lab ID when boarding the bus offsite. Visitors must have a pass that has been pre-arranged, or provide a letter from their host on Lab letterhead. UC Berkeley students and faculty as well as DOE and UCOP employees can board the bus with their ID cards. More>

In The News: Microbe Metabolism Harnessed to Produce Fuel

yeast[Live Science] Microbes such as the yeast we commonly use in baking bread and fermenting beer are now being engineered to produce the next generation of biofuels. Jay Keasling, acting deputy director of Berkeley Lab, is leading a team of scientists in an effort to manipulate the chemistry within bacteria so they will produce fuel from sugar. At the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), one of three research centers set up by the Department of Energy for the research and development of biofuels, Keasling is utilizing synthetic biology techniques involving chemistry, genetic engineering and molecular biology. More>

meetingStaff Development:
Could Your Meetings be More Productive?

We spend a lot of time in meetings. What makes a meeting worth our time? Could your meetings be more productive? On Sept. 11, from the convenience of your own computer, you can participate in a one-hour audio and web workshop on tips and best practices for conducting effective meetings. Content is relevant to scientists, supervisors, and anyone who leads meetings. Go here for more information the class, and here to register. Access instructions will be e-mailed to those registered for the webinar.

tai chiEmployee Activity: New Tai-Chi Club Formed; Will Meet on Tuesdays

The latest addition to the Lab’s many Employee Activities Association clubs is the Tai-Chi Club. Tai Chi is an ancient form of meditative exercise for the body, with an emphasis on balance, alignment, motor control, and rhythm. The Lab’s classes will be taught by Qinghai Zhang of the Computational Research Division. He learned in the Chen village where the art form was invented and is a master instructor. The first session takes place next Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, contact Les Dutton (x4042). Go here to watch a video of a Tai Chi demonstration.

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