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Friday, December 2, 2005

9:30 a.m.
EHS 275
Confined Space Hazards
Bldg. 70A-3377

11 a.m.
Nanoworlds as Explored by In-Situ TEM and FIB/TEM
Hiroyasu Saka, Nagoya U., Japan

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70-191

1 p.m.
Scientific Computing
Collaborative Wireless Camera Networks
Ali Ozer Ercan, Stanford U.
Bldg. 50A-5132

1 p.m.
EHS 274
Confined Space Entry Retraining
Bldg. 70A-3377

2 p.m.
UC Berkeley
Inorganic nanotubes, MOSolFET, and DNA Translocation
Peidong Yang
390 Hearst Mining Bldg.


Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
Constraining New Physics with the DEEP 2 Redshift Survey
Jeffrey Newman
1 LeConte Hall (campus)

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Market Carvery: Chicken Curry with Basmati Rice
The Fresh Grille: Tuna Melt with Fruit and Soda
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B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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Director Offers Clean
Energy Views to Alumni

The November- December issue of California Monthly, UC Berkeley's alumni magazine, includes an interview with Berkeley Lab Director Steve Chu as part of its special report on "The Hunt for 21st Century Energy." In the Q-and-A, Chu chats with Steven Boyd Saum about biofuels, carbon sequestration, methane hydrates, and solar energy as he speculates on what the road to clean energy will look like. Go here to read the interview.

EETD's Gadgil Garners
'Trendsetter' Honor


Public Works magazine has named Ashok Gadgil, with the Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division, as one of its 2005 Trendsetters. According to the publication, the Trendsetters list "recognizes the most influential, high impact leaders in the public works community, includes those who have defined policy, brought their community or an issue into the spotlight, or set the standard within the industry." Gadgil was cited for his work to develop inexpensive methods to make drinking water safer in developing countries. Go here for more information.


Particle picking by segmentation
Picking Particles Faster
Than One At a Time

Berkeley Lab physical bioscientists Robert Glaeser and Umesh Adiga have developed software that can select tens of thousands of high-quality images of biological molecules from electron microgaphs, rapidly and automatically, with accuracy approaching that of experienced human analysts. The new algorithm, described as "particle picking by segmentation," promises to greatly increase the speed and power of methods for determining biological structures at high resolution, based on data from electron microscopy. Full story.

JGI Updates Microbial
Genome Data System

The fourth version of the Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG) data management system of the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) has been made available to the public. The new version, IMG 1.3, contains 42 additional genomes sequenced by other institutions and 20 new genomes sequenced by JGI, bringing the total number of genomes in IMG to 674 (373 bacterial, 26 archeal, 15 eukaryotic, 260 viral), of which 44 are finished and 90 are draft genomes sequenced by DOE JGI. The next update is scheduled for March 1, 2006. Full story.


Accelerator Expert Joins
Physical Society Fellows


Alexander Zholents, with the Lab's Center for Beam Physics, has been elected to fellowship in the American Physical Society. He was cited for his "many creative contributions to accelerator physics including optical manipulation of beams in stochastic cooling, laser slicing techniques for generation of femtosecond x-ray pulses, and enhanced x-ray production in FEL's."

Doctoral Student Wins Hertz Prize

Cameron Geddes, with the Lab's Accelerator and Fusion Research Division, has won the 2004-2005 doctoral theses prize from the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. His former advisors, Wim Leemans and Jonathan Wurtele, both with AFRD, were also honored for their "contributions to the education and training of Geddes." Go here to read about the research Geddes, Leemans and Wurtele have conducted.

Increase in Fuel, Lease Costs for Pool Vehicles

Due to fuel cost and GSA lease rate increases, the charge for signing out a pool vehicle from the Lab's Fleet Service has been raised to $30 per usage, effective immediately. The 51 cents per mile rate will remain unchanged. The increase, the first in over 8 years, will allow the Lab to recover a larger percentage of the lease cost for pool vehicles. Lab employees are encouraged to utilize the Shuttle Bus service, when feasible, to limit the impact of these increases. Routes and schedules are available here. For more information, contact Bill Llewellyn (x7726).

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