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Friday, November 12, 2004

9 a.m.
EHS 116
First Aid Safety
Bldg. 48-109

11 a.m.
Earth Sciences
Computer Modeling of the 20th and 21st Century Climate
Warren Washington
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

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

1 p.m.
EHS 339
Asbetos Awareness
Bldg. 51-201

1:30 p.m.
Ergo Chair Workshop
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

2:30 p.m.
EHS 345
Chemical Hygiene for Facilities
Bldg. 51-201


11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Benefits Office
Wellness Fair
Perseverance Hall

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

EHS 339
Asbetos Awareness
Bldg. 51-201

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
Engineering the Ocean
Marcia McNutt, Monterey Bay Aquarium
1 Le Conte Hall


Morning Editions: Two Eggs, Sausage, Biscuits & Gravy
Market Carvery: Lemon Hoki Filet with Rice & Vegetables
The Fresh Grille: Reuben Sandwich & Fries
Chicken or Pork Burrito

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

Chu, left, and Macdonald

Nanomix Brings Royalty Check to Berkeley Lab

David Macdonald, CEO of Nanomix, recently visited Berkeley Lab to present Lab Director Steve Chu with a $75,000 check representing Nanomix's royalty payments to Berkeley Lab for FY 2004. Nanomix, Inc., of Emeryville, is a leading nanotechnology company founded by Berkeley Lab researchers Marvin Cohen and Alex Zettl. Nanomix has licensed a number of Lab nanotechnologies through the Technology Transfer Department and is developing applications in sensors, field emission displays, and hydrogen storage systems. The company recently granted DuPont an exclusive license to use its technology in flat panel displays. Go here for more details.

Roe Vice Chair
Of APS Division


Berkeley Lab physicist Natalie Roe has been elected vice chair of the American Physical Society's (APS) Division of Particles and Fields (DPF). She is now in line to become chair of the group in 2007. As vice chair, her duties will include organizing DPF sessions at the society's annual meeting, organizing joint activities with other divisions, and assisting with the selection of APS fellows.


Nanocrystals Show
Quick Route to Change

From left, Yin, Son and Hughes

Just as the Micro- technology Age was built upon the introduction of impurities into crystals of semiconductor materials, so, too, will crystalline doping be the bedrock upon which the Nanotechnology Age is built. To advance the arrival of this next technological era at a faster pace, however, scientists need a better understanding of what happens to nano-sized crystals under the various forms of doping. Researchers at Berkeley Lab (including Paul Alivisatos, Yadong Yin, Dong Hee Son and Steven Hughes) and UC Berkeley have shown that for nanocrystals, the doping process in which one type of positively charged atom, or cation, is exchanged for another, takes place at a much faster rate than for crystals of extended size, and is fully reversible. Full story.


Battelle Selected to Run
Idaho National Lab

Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham recently announced that the Department of Energy has selected the Battelle Energy Alliance to establish the Idaho National Laboratory as the nation's premier laboratory for nuclear energy research, development, demonstration, and education within a decade. The Idaho National Laboratory will combine the research and development components of the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory West. The lab will begin operating under this new name and contract on Feb.1, 2005. The term of the contract is 10 years and has an estimated value of $4.8 billion. Full story.


Deals for Lab
Staff at YMCA

The Lab's Benefits Office and the downtown Berkeley YMCA have come up with a great deal for employees who want to get into shape and improve their health. The club is offering two free weeks of membership to staff who want to try out the facilities, starting Monday through Nov. 28. Those who are interested in joining will have their enrollment fee waived. To work out, just show your Lab ID card at the front desk. The YMCA is located at 2001 Allston Way. More information on this program will be available at Monday's Benefit and Wellness fair, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Perseverance Hall.


12-kV Switching
On Monday

On Monday, Facilities will carry out 12-kV switching that affects the Building 51, Building 64, and 90 complex. While electrical outages are not expected, it is possible they can occur, so employees should take necessary precautions. For more information, contact Jim Murphy (x4175) or Mahesh Gupta (x5220).

Limited Cafeteria
Parking Monday

Due to the Open Enrollment Benefit and Wellness Fair on Monday, parking in the cafeteria lot will be limited. Employees who normally park there are encouraged to use mass transit options or pursue other parking areas.

Server Maintenance
Sunday 8 a.m. to Noon

ITSD will perform maintenance on central e-mail, directory, and web servers this Sunday between 8 a.m. and noon. E-mail, directory, or web services may be unavailable during this time. Questions or concerns can be addressed by the Help Desk (x4357).

Partly cloudy.
Highs: low 60s (16° C).

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