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Monday, December 22, 2003


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Market Carvery: TBA
Fresh Grille: TBA
Menutainment: TBA
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5 - 7 p.m.

Security Level Increased
Over the Weekend

Over the weekend, the Office of Homeland Security raised the nation's "terror-attack warning" from code yellow to code orange. Go here to learn more about the Lab's response to this increase. Any updates will be posted here or can be obtained by calling 800-445-5830, which is the emergency status number listed on the back of employee ID cards.

MOU Signed by Lab
And Korean Institute

The Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI) and Berkeley Lab signed a memorandum of understanding last week "to enhance the international pool of expertise in energy issues and energy efficiency technologies through information exchange and collaboration." The two institutions have agreed to conduct joint research and training programs on electricity, energy-efficiency and demand response issues, energy industry restructuring, and renewable energy in electricity markets. KERI president Young Han Kwun joined Director Shank at the Lab for the signing ceremony.


Consumers Reap Benefits of Nanotechnology
By Dean Takahashi

For Donn Tice, the path to the new world of nanotechnology leads through the old world of apparel manufacturing. Nano-Tex's chief executive officer has traveled the globe this year selling his Emeryville company's nanotechnology chemical formula that makes fabrics stain-resistant. Nano-Tex's Nano-Care product is more than just a coating that repels stains. It changes the fabric itself on a molecular level, embedding it with tiny, floppy, hair-like fibers that are attached to a common spine. Full story.


Blackberry Gate Closure

As reported in Friday's edition of "Today at Berkeley Lab", the East Bay Municipal Utility District is working on a water main near Blackberry Gate this week. However, this morning, the extent of the work has expanded and forced the closure of the gate. It is unclear at this time when the gate will re-open, but it could take as long 48 hours. In the interim, employees should use either Strawberry Gate or Grizzly Peak gate (which closes at 9:30 a.m.) to enter the Lab. An update on this situation will appear in tomorrow's "Today at Berkeley Lab," or staff can call Blackberry Gate at x5472.

Bone Up on Electrical
Safety for OSHA Visit

As previously announced in "Today at Berkeley Lab," Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) personnel will conduct a site-wide audit of the Lab Jan. 12-23, during which they may interview staff. To prepare, EH&S is encouraging employees to learn more about the Lab's Electrical Safety program. To learn more, reference Chapter 8 of Pub 3000, or contact Tom Caronna. Please click on this link to take a brief survey on the Lab's electrical safety program.

Foundry Construction
Limits Access in Area

The construction of the Molecular Foundry begins this week on the hillside between Buildings 66 and 72. Work on this project is estimated to take two years to complete. During construction, access to the project site will be restricted. Be sure to observe all construction signs and barricaded areas. Employees interested in taking a tour of the project site can contact project manager Joe Harkins. Go here for updated information on the Foundry’s construction.


Single Gene's Role in Neural Tube Defects

UC Berkeley researchers, including Richard Harland, a guest in the Lab's Life Sciences Division, have discovered a single gene that appears to kick off a critical step in the development of the early embryo - the formation of the brain and spinal cord - and thus may offer a way to screen for fetal spinal cord defects such as spina bifida. Go here to read Bob Sanders' UC Berkeley press release.

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