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Monday, December 5, 2005

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)


11 a.m.
EHS 339
Asbestos Awareness
Bldg. 70A-3377

1 p.m.
EHS 260
Basic Electric Hazards & Mitigations
Bldg. 70A-3377

1 p.m.
Molecular Foundry
Solution Phase Synthesis and Electronic Applications of IV-VI Nanocrystals, Nanowires and Nanorings
Dmitri Talapin
Bldg. 66-316

4 p.m.
Synthetic Biology Department
Synthetic Life: A Progress Report
David Deamer, UC Santa Cruz
Sibley Auditorium (campus)

5:30 p.m.
Water Resources Center Archives
Can California's Water Infrastructure Sustain Future Climate Change?
Norman Miller
Goldman School (campus)


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Morning Editions:
French Toast and Bacon

Tomorrow's Breakfast: Cheese Omelets with Hash Browns and Toast
Market Carvery: Roast Pork with Baked Squash

The Fresh Grille:  Roast Beef and Swiss with Fries
Menutainment: Chicken and Mushroom with Basmati Rice

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

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Materials Scientist
Invents Electronic 'Nose'
By Francis Assisi


True, there is technology out there that can sniff out chemicals in the air and water. But the detecting devices or sensors don't come cheap, thus limiting their use. Now Vivek Subramanian, a Berkeley Lab materials scientist, announced last week at the Materials Research Society meeting in Boston that he has made arrays of sensors cheap enough that they could be widely distributed for monitoring toxins in the environment. Full story.

Nanothermometers May
Help Cancer Therapy
By Charles Choi


Thermometers only nanometers or billionths of a meter in diameter could boost the effectiveness of heat- or cold-based anti-cancer therapies and optimize genetic analysis devices and electronics design, say experts. While other nanothermometers made with biomolecules and fluorescent compounds exist, those effectively get destroyed after "a few tens of seconds." The latest models ought to prove durable "for very long periods of time," said Berkeley Lab physical bioscientist Jan Liphardt. Full story.


Doudna, left, graduate student Bunpote Siridechadilok, and Nogales

More Now Known
About Protein Synthesis

Berkeley Lab biochemist Jennifer Doudna and biophysicist Eva Nogales have uncovered key information towards understanding the crucial first step in protein synthesis, the process by which the genetic code, harbored within DNA and copied into RNA, is translated into the production of proteins. This new information also helps to explain how viruses, such as Hepatitis C, are able to highjack protein synthesis machinery in humans for their own purposes. Full story.

Latest Science@Berkeley
is Now Available


Learn more about how the Gold Rush is still affecting San Francisco Bay, the first images of squashed buckyballs, and how ribosomes use the genetic code to build working proteins in the latest edition of Science@Berkeley Lab, an online webzine of the latest research taking place here. Go here to read these and other stories.


Director's Holiday Party
Scheduled for Dec. 16

The annual employee holiday party hosted by Director Steve Chu has been set for Friday, Dec. 16, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Seasonal refreshments and musical entertainment are on the agenda, and Chu will offer holiday greetings.

Correction: 50A/50B
Holiday Power Shutdown

The incorrect time was given for the end of the power shutdown for Building 50B in the Nov. 30 issue of Today at Berkeley Lab. The shutdown will end at 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, not 10 a.m.

ALS Employee First Woman to Win 'Golfer of the Year'


Nancy Sallee, with the Advance Light Source, was awarded the 2005 Golfer of the Year trophy as the year's top point earner by the Lab's Golf Club. She is the first woman to win the trophy in the club's 36-year history. She was given the award at the annual trophy tournament at Poppy Ridge Golf Course last month. First place winners of the tournament were Gale Moline (first flight-68), Anthony De La Torre (second flight-69), and Dave Plate (third flight-70). For information on joining the Golf Club, contact Dave Plate (x7232).

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