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Friday, March 12, 2004


Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class With Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70A-3377

4 p.m.
College of Chemistry
Carbene Complexes, Catalysis and Outer Sphere Effects
Robert Crabtree, Yale U.
120 Latimer Hall


Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class with Keith Olson
Bldg. 70A-3377

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
Five Years of Tension: Mechanical Unfolding of Single Ribozymes Using Optical Traps
Jan Liphardt
1 Le Conte Hall

Morning Editions: Corned Beef Hash & Eggs with Toast
Market Carvery: Hoki Filet with Sundried Tomato Pesto Cream Sauce
Fresh Grille: Double Mushroom & Swiss Burger
Menutainment: Viva La Burrito! Chicken or Pork
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Doping Buckyballs With Atoms, One at a Time

A team led by Berkeley Lab materials scientist Michael Crommie has used a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) to attach individual potassium atoms to isolated carbon-60 molecules. By adding potassium atoms to familiar soccer-ball-shaped "buckyballs," Crommie and his coworkers can increase the electric charge on each C60 molecule; individual potassium atoms are either attached or removed from a C60 molecule using the tip of an STM. Full story.

UC President Visits the System's 'Mother Lode'


"This is like a vacation," UC President Robert Dynes told a labful of scientists and engineers -- including Berkeley Lab researchers David Culler, Jay Keasling   and guest Dorian Liepman -- after they'd made presentations to him based on the university's top research efforts. "You have no idea how fun this is for me." His energy seemed genuine, remarkable in light of the fact that he was only two-thirds of the way through a grueling two-day immersion in all things Berkeley. Go here to read Bonnie Azab Powell's UC Berkeley story.


UC Offers Alternative
For Publishing Research

To address the economic unsustainability of high pricing for scholarly journals, the University of California is providing alternatives to the traditional scholarly communication model through the eScholarship program at the California Digital Library. Now, UC faculty in all departments, research units and centers can use the eScholarship Repository to provide free, open access to peer-reviewed journals. Go here to learn more.

Nominations Sought For Young Innovators

Technology Review magazine, published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is seeking nominations for its annual TR100 awards, which recognize original achievement by emerging under-35 scientists "whose superb technical work holds great promise to impact the 21st Century." Berkeley Lab had two winners last year, Jay Groves of Physical Biosciences and Peidong Yang of Materials Sciences. Go here to access and submit a nomination form.


DOE Releases Long-Term Hydrogen Research Plan

The Department of Energy (DOE) recently released its "Hydrogen Posture Plan," a document which outlines the activities, milestones and deliverables that DOE plans to pursue to support America's shift to a hydrogen-based transportation energy system. This plan identifies milestones for technology development over the next decade, leading up to a commercialization decision by industry in 2015. Go here to read the DOE press release, and here to view the plan.


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