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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Ergonomics Fair
Cafeteria Lawn

Yoga Club
Yoga with Naomi Hartwig


Dance Club
Night Club Two-Step Dance Practice
Bldg. 71-146J

Environment, Health and Safety
LBNL Amateur Emergency Radio Group


12:15 p.m.
Yoga Club
Yoga with Chris Hoskins


1 p.m.
Environmental Energy Technologies
Aquatic Nanotoxicology: Invertebrate and Fish Exposure to Fullerene (nC60) and Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes
Mary Haasch, University of Michigan
Bldg 66 Auditorium


7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Red Wing Shoemobile
Cafeteria parking lot

10 a.m.
LockOut/TagOut Verification
Bldg. 51-201

1:30 p.m.
Ergonomic Awareness for Computer Users
Bldg. 51-201

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Morning Editions:
Banana Pancakes with 2 Bacon Strips and 2 Eggs

Tomorrow's Breakfast: Corned Beef Hash with Eggs and Toast
Market Carvery: Chicken Dijon with Rice Pilaf and Vegetables
The Fresh Grille: Hot Pastrami Sandwich with Provolone and Fries

Menutainment: Cheese Enchiladas with Rice and Beans

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

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Chemist Bell Receives
Top Engineering Prize


Alexis Bell, a principal investigator in Berkeley Lab’s Chemical Sciences Division and Professor of Chemical Engineering at UC Berkeley, has been honored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers with its 2005 William H. Walker Award. The prize honors individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to chemical engineering literature. Bell’s citation credits his “pioneering the application of quantum methods to elucidate the siting and reactivity of exchanged cations in zeolites and the detailed pathways of chemical reactions." Full story.


Ergonomics Fair
Continues Today

The second of two days of demonstrations on safe ergonomic practices, plus displays of ergonomically sound furniture, accessories and laboratory tools, will take place today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the cafeteria lawn. The annual Ergonomics Fair, sponsored by the Environment, Health and Safety Division, also includes complimentary chair massages between noon and 1 p.m. For more information, contact Jeffrey Chung at x5818 or [email protected].


Energy Buys Linux
Cluster for NERSC

The Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Berkeley Lab has taken delivery on a 722-processor cluster system from Linux Networx Inc. Running 2.2 GHz Opteron processors from Advanced Micro Devices, this machine could offer a peak performance of 3.1 Teraflops. The NERSC machine—nicknamed Jacquard after mechanized loom inventor and punch card pioneer Joseph Marie Jacquard—will be available for DOE-funded researchers to run their jobs remotely. “This system will be used by basically every type of science application that there is,” NERSC general manager Bill Kramer said. Full story.

Cheaper Solar Energy
Via ‘Dirty Silicon’?

A research team led by engineers at UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab has developed a new technique to handle metal defects in low-grade silicon, an advance that could dramatically reduce the cost of solar cells. Nearly 90 percent of solar, or photovoltaic, cells in the world are made from a refined, highly purified form of silicon, whose supplies are limited. But now, Lab materials scientist Eicke Weber has found a way to leave the impurities in more abundant ‘dirty silicon’ and manipulate them in a way that reduces their detrimental impact on the solar cell efficiency. Matthew Marcus of the Lab’s Advanced Light Source is also part of the team. Full story.

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