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Monday, September 20, 2004

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

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
Conversion of an Atomic Fermi Gas to a Molecular Bose Einstein Condensate
Randall Hulet, Rice U.
1 Le Conte


Building Emergency Team Training
Bldg. 48-109

5 p.m.
Computational Research
Mars Rover Screening
Chip Smith
Bldg. 50B-1211


Morning Editions: Cinnamon Raisin French Toast with Bacon
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Ham & Smoked Cheddar Scramble with Potatoes & Bagel
Pasta Bar with Garlic Bread and Side Salad
The Fresh Grille:
BBQ Pork Sandwich with Fries & Rootbeer Float
Market Carvery: Southwestern Turkey Piccatta with Roasted Corn/Peppers & Black Beans

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

Science of Shrinkage:
Mini Guitars and Clocks
By Robert Cowan


If angels danced on a pinhead, they might strum molecule-size guitars produced by Cornell's Paul McEuen (a former Berkeley Lab scientist) and his colleagues. The instrument, a carbon tube just 1.5 micrometers long, vibrates like a guitar string when its ends are clamped down. They don't claim to make music, but McEun shows the potential tiny carbon tubes have to be part of a so-called nanoelectromechanical system. This and other advances will challenge scientists used to working within their own well-defined fields. Engineering professor and Berkeley Lab researcher Arun Majumdar puts it this way in the journal Nanotechnology: What's involved "is the amalgamation of knowledge from chemistry, physics, biology, materials science, and various engineering fields." Full story.


NSF Announces
FIBR Awards

RHex on the move  

The National Science Foundation has announced six new awards totaling nearly $30 million over five years from its Frontiers in Integrative Biological Research (FIBR) program. Among the recipients was a UC Berkeley team led by Robert Full, a professor of integrative biology. Full's team received a $5 million, five-year grant to study the complex signals and feedbacks among neurons, muscles, the skeleton and the whole body that make movement possible and prevent animals from falling over. The focus of their study will be RHex, a short, six-legged robot that scampers like a cockroach. Go here to read a UC Berkeley press release on this research.


EAA Board Seeks New Members For Next Year

The Employee Activities Association (EAA) Advisory Board is seeking new members for fiscal year 2005. The association is employee-administered and supported by the Lab to promote institutional, recreational, cultural, educational, and social activities for the benefit of all employees. The advisory board provides guidance and leadership of EAA activities. Those interested in applying should send an e-mail message that includes name, mail stop, current position and division, and a brief personal statement. The deadline is Thursday, Sept. 30. Go here for more information on EAA.

Dental Plan Rep
Here Wednesday

As a reminder to employees, a representative from the Delta Dental Plan will present two talks at the Lab on Wednesday. The first takes place at 12:30 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. The second will occur at 3 p.m. on the fifth floor of Building 937. Due to limited space in Building 937, reservations are required. Call x6997 to save a spot.

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