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Monday, October 4, 2004

Days Until Runaround


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

3 p.m.
Connecting electronic structure with inter-atomic potentials: Si(111)5x2-Au
Jessica McChesney, U. of Wisconsin
Bldg. 6-2202

4 p.m.
Synthetic Biology
Analysis and Synthesis of Optimal Biosystems
George Church, Havard
100 Lewis Hall


3 to 4:30 p.m.
Reception for Director Chu
Cafeteria Dining Room

4 p.m.
College of Chemistry
Carbon Dioxide and Unusual Isotope Effects: From Single Collisions to Global Climate Change
Kristie Boeing, UC Berkeley
120 Latimer Hall


Morning Editions: Cinnamon Raisin French Toast with Bacon
Tomorrow's Breakfast:
Ham & Smoked Cheddar Scramble with Potatoes & Bagel
Market Carvery: Roasted Turkey or Prime Rib w/choice of sides
The Fresh Grille: Grilled Chicken Bacon Burger w/Fries
Southwestern Tortilla Casserole with Choice of Chicken or Cheese

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


Diatom Genome Reveals
Key Role
In Carbon Cycle

The first genetic instruction manual of a diatom, from a family of microscopic ocean algae that are among the Earth's most prolific carbon dioxide assimilators, has yielded important insights on how the creature uses nitrogen, fats, and silica to thrive. The diatom DNA sequencing project provides insight into how the diatom species prospers in the marine environment while it contributes to absorbing CO2 in amounts comparable to all the world's tropical rain forests combined. "This critical information enables us to better understand the vital role that diatoms and other phytoplankton play in mediating global warming," says Berkeley Lab and Joint Genome Institute scientist Dan Rokhsar. Full story.

Lab Licensee Quantum
Dot Gets Tech Award

The U.S. Commerce Department's Advanced Technology Program recently announced 32 new cost-sharing awards for research on highly innovative industrial technologies. A total of 43 companies — including Quantum Dot, a licensee of Berkeley Lab technology — are involved in the new projects, which were chosen on the basis of difficulty, technical innovation and the potential for significant benefits to the nation's economy. Quantum dots were developed by materials scientist Paul Alivisatos and his research group. Full story.

'Happy Birthday
To You (CERN)'

Berkeley Lab videographer Marcia Mizuhara records the choral rendition of "Happy Birthday" performed Thursday by members of the Physics Division and others on behalf of Swiss research laboratory CERN's 50th anniversary. The song, and others like it being taped by partner institutions throughout the world, will be compiled on a DVD and presented to CERN at a formal celebration later this year.

Director Chu Reception
Tomorrow at 3 p.m.

Employees are invited to attend a reception hosted by Lab Director Steven Chu tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the cafeteria. After opening remarks, Chu will answer questions and greet attendees. Light refreshments will be served.


Benefits Office Closed
Thursday and Friday

The Lab's Benefits Office staff, including the Health Care Facilitator Program, will be out of the office this Thursday and Friday. The offices will be participating in human resources training in preparation for the upcoming Open Enrollment session. Voice and
e-mails will be answered on Monday, Oct. 11. In case of emergency, contact Cheryl Belton at x4012.


Argonne Modifies 20-Ton Gammasphere for Mobility

Gammasphere, the world's most sensitive gamma-ray detector, is already a seasoned traveler, having crossed the United States from Berkeley Lab to Argonne by truck. But the 20-ton instrument has recently gone truly mobile and can now be moved around the experiment hall in Argonne-East's Building 203 to meet the needs of physicists. Full story.

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