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Thursday, December 9, 2004

9 a.m.

EHS 280
Laser Safety
Bldg. 51-201

9:30 a.m.
Football Physics
Timothy Gay, U. of Nebraska
Bldg. 6-2202

11 a.m.
Control of the Grain Boundary Features of Semiconducting Oxides Synthesized From Surfa
Namhee Cho, Inha University, Korea
Bldg. 72-201

1 p.m.
The Role of Adsorption in Metal and Uranyl Partitioning During Calcite Crystal Growth
Evert Elzinga, SUNY
Bldg. 6-2202

EHS 530
Fire Extinguisher Safety
Bldg. 48-109

EHS 60
Ergonomic Awareness for Computer Users
Bldg. 51-201

1:30 p.m.
Surface Science and Catalysis
Corneal Epithelial Adhesion Strength to Tethered-Protein/Peptide Modified Hydrogel Surfaces
Jean Jacob, LSU
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

2 to 4 p.m.
Lab Store
Clothing Sale

3 to 6 p.m.
Employee Activities Assoc.
Holiday Craft Fair


10 a.m.
EHS 345
Chemical Hygiene Safety for Facilities
Bldg. 51-201

10:30 a.m.
The CERN-SPS Experiment on Microwave Transmission Through the Beampipe
F. Caspers
Bldg. 71-264

11 a.m.
EHS 339
Asbestos Awareness
Bldg. 51-201

Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class with Naomi Hartwig ($10/$12)
Bldg. 70A-3377


Morning Editions: Two Eggs with Cornbeef Hash and Toast
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Chorizo Burrito
Origins: Spaghetti with Meatballs, Salad, & Cheese Toast
The Fresh Grille: BBQ Pork Sandwich
Shepherds Pie with Salad & Vegetables

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full menu

Cryo-EM Method Yields
Picture-Perfect Proteins

Ng, top, and Glaeser

Researchers at UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab are developing a technique for determining three-dimensional protein structures that can yield more useful data than previous methods. Called single-particle electron cryomicroscopy, or cryo-EM, this new method allows researchers to visualize the protein in its native physiological state, as it appears in a biological cell. The work is being done by Lab life scientist Robert Glaeser along with members of the Computational Research Division's Scientific Computing Group, led by Esmond Ng. Full story.


Clues to 'Gene Deserts' Mystery Uncovered

Like the famous living deserts of the Southwest, the so-called "gene deserts" in our DNA are teeming with activity. The trick is knowing where to look for it. A new roadmap to the location of DNA segments that are significant in medical, biological and evolutionary research could emerge from studies published yesterday by scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and their colleagues. Research last year at the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) and Berkeley Lab has shown that gene deserts contain DNA sequences that can switch genes on and off over considerable distances along the DNA molecule. Full story.


Holiday Craft Fair
In Cafeteria Today

Be sure to stop by the cafeteria today between 3 and 6 p.m. for the Lab's ninth annual Holiday Craft Fair. Choose from artwork, edibles, jewelry, and many other items, each handmade by Lab employees. Drawings for free prizes will take place during the event.

Lab Clothing
On Sale Today

All Lab-logo merchandise — including shirts, hats, jackets and sweaters in multiple colors and styles — will be on sale for 10-to-25 percent off today near the coffee bar in the cafeteria. The sale will run from 2 to 4 p.m., which includes the first hour of the employee crafts fair in the dining room (see story above).


Pager Radio System
To Shut Down Dec. 23

The Lab's voice pager radio system will cease operations at close of business on Thursday, Dec. 23. This is due to new National Telecommunications and Information Administration regulations. Old voice pagers (see photos) may be turned in to the Radio Shop at Building 41 or mailed to MS 25A-119 for recycling. Go here to view replacement non-voice numeric and alphanumeric commercial pagers. For more information, contact Telephone Services (x7997).


Protect Experiments; Submit 'Special Needs' Memo by Sunday

Researchers with experiments needing special monitoring during the holiday break must let their building manager know as soon as possible, so they can relay the information to the Facilities Division via a "Special Needs" memo. The deadline for receipt of these memos is Sunday, Dec. 12. The holiday shutdown begins Thursday, Dec. 23 and continues through Sunday, Jan. 2.

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