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Tuesday, April 26, 2005


8 a.m.
Human Resources
New Employee Orientation
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

9 a.m.
EHS 348
Chemical Hygiene Safety
Bldg. 51-201

9:10 a.m.
EHS 10
Intro to ES&H at Berkeley Lab
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

Self-Assembling Efficient Organic Electronics
Rachel Segalman, UC Berkeley

Bldg. 90-3148

1 p.m.
EHS 231
Compressed Gas & Cryogen Safety
Bldg. 51-201

4 p.m.
Life Sciences
Do Estrogens Protect the Brain Against Neurodegeneration and Injury? Insights Derived from Animal Models

Phyllis Wise, UC Davis
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

4 p.m.
Synthetic Biology
Virus-Based Genetic Toolkit for the Directed Synthesis of Magnetic and Semiconducting Nanowires and Self-assembling Structures

Angela Belcher, MIT
Sibley Auditorium, campus


9:30 a.m.
EHS 604
Hazardous Waste Generator Training
Bldg. 51-201

11 a.m.
EHS 622
Radioactive & Mixed Waste Generator
Bldg. 51-201

12:15 p.m.
Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class with Chris Hoskins ($10/$12)
Bldg. 70A-3377

1 p.m.
HRS 1005
Hiring Policies and Processes
Bldg. 50A-5132

4:30 p.m.
A Tunable Carbon Nanotube Oscillator
Vera Sazonova, Cornell U.
Bldg. 6-2202


Morning Editions:
French toast with Bacon
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Breakfast Bagel with Hash Browns
Market Carvery: Chicken Curry over Rice
Fresh Grille: Chicken Melt with Onion Rings
Menutainment: Fiesta Taco Salad

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

No Change in Pension, Benefits in New Contract

There has been some unfortunate confusion since last week's announcement that the University had won the competition to continue management of Berkeley Lab. There will be NO CHANGE in employee's pension and health benefits as a result of the new contract, which goes into effect June 1.


Cornell, Lab Team
For R&D Company


The Lab's Technology Transfer Department has negotiated an agreement with Cornell University that has resulted in a privately held R & D company, RoseStreet Labs, licensing solar cell technology that was jointly developed by Berkeley Lab researchers Wladyslaw Walukiewicz, Kin Man Yu, and Junqiao Wu, and by researchers at Cornell.  RoseStreet Labs is developing solar cells with potential efficiencies exceeding 55 percent that will capture the broad spectrum of the sun's energy utilizing thin film technology. Go here for more information (top story).

Nanosys Gets Patent
For Multi-Color Displays

Nanosys has announced the issuance of a U.S. Patent entitled "Electronic Displays using Optically Pumped Luminescent Semiconductor Nanocrystals." It is part of a broad set of nanotechnology patents that Nanosys has exclusively licensed from Berkeley Lab and covers electronic color displays based on an array of semiconductor nanocrystals. Go here for more information.


ALS Used to Help 'See'
Antibiotic Resistance

Staphylococcus Aureus

Using X-ray crystallography, researchers at Yale have "seen" the structural basis for antibiotic resistance to common pathogenic bacteria, facilitating design of a new class of antibiotic drugs, according to an article in Cell. In recent years, common disease-causing bacteria have increasingly become resistant to antibiotics. The research at Yale -- some of the work was conducted at the Lab's Advanced Light Source -- illuminates one of the ways that bacteria can become resistant to macrolide antibiotics. Full story.

Science Wants
To Be Free


Publicly funded research belongs in the public domain, says Michael Eisen, a computational biologist at Berkeley Lab. Along with Stanford biochemist Patrick Brown and Nobel Prize-winning oncologist Harold Varmus, Eisen founded the Public Library of Science, which is launching three new "open access" scientific journals this year. The publishers of paid-subscription journals such as Science, Nature, and Cell aren't laughing. Go here to read a Q&A with Eisen.


National Science Bowl Starts This Weekend

Members of Harker's team during January's regional competition here

After battling in 63 regional competitions around the country -- including one at Berkeley Lab in January -- the winning teams of high school students will travel to Washington D.C. this week to compete in the National Science Bowl. The contingent includes Harker School from San Jose, the victors of the Lab's competition. Energy Secretary Samual Bodman will welcome the teams on Friday, and on Saturday they will design, build and race hydrogen fuel cell model cars. On Sunday, the students will begin vying for $9,000 in prizes. Go here for more information.

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