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July 28, 2008

tabl-image Special Event:
Last Summer Lecture Tomorrow at Noon in Bldg. 50 Auditorium

Suddenly it’s the last Summer Lecture of the 2008 series. Tomorrow EETD Director Arun Majumdar will present "Global Energy: Supply, demand, consequences, and opportunities," a topic that’s grown more urgent just since the 2008 lecture series started. On the path to sustainable development, economic growth and population will impact global energy resources in ways that present challenges and opportunities in science, technology, and policy. Join us Tuesday at noon in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium. Full lecture schedule>

Coming Attractions: "How Edison Got His Groove Back" on KQED QUEST

"Discover how researchers are recovering 100-year-old sound recordings," as Berkeley Lab returns to QUEST, the Bay Area science series, tomorrow night at 7:30 on KQED 9 and KQED HD (Comcast 709) with a feature on the sound recovery system devised by physicists Carl Haber and Vitaliy Fadeyev. Engineering’s Earl Cornell also appears in the segment, which explains how analytic techniques developed for particle detectors can restore sound from mangled Dictabelts, broken records, and warped shellac disks a century or more old. QUEST’s full schedule>

tabl-image In the News: Lab-Built Sensors Help Solve Mysteries of the Northern Lights

Berkeley Lab’s Craig Tindall, Steve Holland, and Nick Palaio built key components of the solid-state telescope systems aboard the THEMIS fleet of satellites, which discovered that explosions of magnetic energy a third of the way to the moon are what power the Northern Lights. NASA announced the news last week, reported in the San Francisco Chronicle, here. THEMIS is a project of UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory. Read more about the Lab’s contribution here.

tabl-image People: "Scientists on the Move" for AIDS

Yetta Porter, Andrea Bayles, Gregory Bizarri, Karole Blythe, Katie Brennan, Laura Casdorph, Demi Dawkins, James Ellias, Audrey Gerard, Gautam Gundiah, Vijay Jain, Floyd James, Kamille Kelly, Bryan ReutterSusan Reutter, Jamie Lei Wright, and Zewu Yan – 17 Berkeley Lab researchers plus students and teachers working here for the summer – participated as a team named "Scientists on the Move" in the San Francisco AIDS Walk held Sunday, July 20. The walk was 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) around Golden Gate Park and the team, captained by Porter, raised $1,630. More>

Special Event Reminder: Inez Fung Addresses Women Scientists Today

The Berkeley Lab Women Scientists' Council hosts a luncheon seminar at noon today in Perseverance Hall, where atmospheric scientist Inez Fung will discuss "The Physics of the Climate System." Discussion and networking follow the presentation. Contact Veronica Nero, x7443.

tabl-image Discount Ticket Reminder: Tomorrow Really is the Last Chance

Tomorrow is the last chance to buy discount tickets for Water World in Concord for $20.00 (normally $29.99) and Discovery Kingdom for $27.00 (normally $39.99). Bring Berkeley Lab ID and check or exact cash to the cafeteria lobby between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Tickets are good any day during 2008 park operations.  Contact [email protected] for more information.