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Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010


Welcome-Back Event Held for Art Rosenfeld

Paul Alivisatos and Art Rosenfeld

Lab Director Paul Alivisatos has named Art Rosenfeld (right) a Distinguished Scientist Emeritus, placing him in rare company. At a recent reception in the cafeteria, Alivisatos presented Rosenfeld with a framed certificate and noted that global climate change is the biggest problem the world faces, and that energy efficiency is key to addressing the problem. Rosenfeld, a scientist at the Lab and a UCB faculty member from 1954 until his retirement in 1994, switched to energy efficiency around 1974 following a distinguished career in the Physics Division. He served 10 years as a Commissioner on the California Energy Commission and recently returned to the Lab to work on cool roofs. Go here to download a PDF of Rosenfeld’s autobiography, “The Art of Energy Efficiency.”

Research: Path to Protein Crystallization Revealed

ProteinResearchers at Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundy, including James DeYoreo, Carolyn Bertozzi, Sungwook Chung, Seong-Ho Shin, and Steve Whitelam used atomic force microscopy to image in real-time how surface layer (S-layer) proteins form crystals in a cell-like environment. This direct observation of S-layer proteins, which serve as the first point of contact between bacteria and their environment, could provide researchers with insight into how microorganisms stave off antibiotics or lock carbon dioxide into minerals. More>

EH&S: Laser Safety Vendor Fair on Friday, Oct. 1

Laser SafetyThe Berkeley Lab Laser Safety Vendor Fair takes place Friday, Oct. 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Perseverance Hall. Several firms, from laser manufacturers and optic suppliers to eyewear vendors, will be attending. The fair allows laser users to learn about the latest tools these vendors are offering and get questions answered in a user-friendly atmosphere. Confirmed vendors include Thor Labs, Quantronix Laser, Newport, Spectra Physics, CVI-Mellos Griot, Laservison, NOIR, and Kentek. Contact Ken Barat (X2544) for more information.

Health Services: Flu Clinics Scheduled for October, November

The Lab’s Health Services group will be offering low-cost flu and pneumonia vaccines in October and November. They take place on Oct. 6 and 13, from 8 to 11:45 a.m., in Building 26 and Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Joint Genome (Building 310-350). Other clinics take place at NERSC (room 254) on Oct. 27, Potter Street (977-248) on Nov. 5, and JBEI (room 4134) on Nov. 11, all from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $10 per shot for flu and $45 for pneumonia. Call x6266 for an appointment.

Our UniversityUC Update: September Issue of 'Our University' Now Available

The latest issue of Our University, a newsletter for University of California employees, is now available. Staff can read about the Sept. 24 system-wide town hall on UC benefits, get a preview of Open Enrollment, including new medical plans UC will offer, and learn the latest about the Post-Employment Benefits Task Force recommendations.

Employee Activity: Onsite Blood Drive on Wednesday, Oct. 6

The Lab’s Philanthropy Club will be hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, Oct. 6. The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in the Cafeteria parking lot from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Go here to register for an appointment (sponsor code is LBL).

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