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Friday, December 9, 2005

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70-191

Indoor Air Quality and Health
Jan Sundell, Technical U. of Denmark
Bldg. 90-3148

2 p.m.
UC Berkeley
Magnetic and Thermodynamic Properties of Nanostructured Materials
Frances Hellman, UC Berkeley
390 Hearst Mining Bldg.

4 p.m.
Life Sciences Postdoc Society
High-Throughput Resequencing of Obesity Genes
Nadav Ahituv
Bldg. 84-318

4:30 p.m.
Life Sciences Postdoc Society
Characterization of Myoepithelial Cells in the Normal Breast and Breast Cancer
Berkeley West Biocenter (Bldg. 977-248)


11 a.m.
New Results from Chemistry and Climate Modeling with the GISS GCM
Drew Shindell, NASA
Bldg. 90-4133

Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

4 p.m.
Life Sciences
Microbial Metal Reduction: Genomics to Geochemistry
Jim Fredrickson, PNNL
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

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Morning Editions:
Biscuits and Gravy with 2 Eggs

Monday's Breakfast: Ham and Cheese Omelets
Market Carvery: Pasta Athena with Artichokes and Black Olives

The Fresh Grille:  Hot Wings with Crudites and Fries
Menutainment: Viva El Burrito

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

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Are Micro-Quakes
Earthquake Precursors?


Berkeley Lab geophysicist Valeri Korneev has identified possible seismic precursors to two recent California earthquakes, including the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. After sifting through seismic data, Korneev found a spike in the number of micro-earthquakes followed by a period of relative calm in the crust surrounding the quakes' epicenters — months before the quakes occurred. Although more work is needed to determine whether other large quakes are foreshadowed by a similar rise and subsequent decline in small-magnitude tremors, Korneev's analysis suggests that these peaks may be indicative of the total set of geological stresses that affect the timing and location of large earthquakes. Full story.


Tips on Preventing
Ergonomic Injuries

Ergonomics is the study of human interaction with the tools, processes and environment used at work. The goal is to fit the job to the person. Four precautions will help prevent an ergonomic injury: Use proper ergonomic equipment, chairs and accessories; obtain a workplace ergonomic evaluation to see if assigned duties present an ergonomic injury risk; promptly report any discomfort related to work activities to a supervisor and seek assistance from Health Services for diagnosis before it progresses to an injury; alternate tasks, take short breaks, and perform periodic stretching and exercises, when possible, to help reduce repetition, improve circulation and tone muscles. Go here for more information, or contact Jeffrey Chung (x5818).

Ensure Safety of Those
Asked to Move Items

Employees are reminded to ensure equipment that they have requested to be moved does not pose a hazard to the personnel who will be transporting it. For example, check drawers or cabinet shelves to make sure no hazardous materials are present. Staff are responsible for contacting the appropriate resource groups when assistance or advice is needed to carry out operations safely. More information about employee safety responsibilities is available here. For questions, contact Bill Llewellyn (x7726).


Future Driving: Chemists
Fuel Hybrid Vehicles
By Cheryl Pon


While hybrid vehicles are gaining popularity today with their attractive fuel efficiency, the future may bring a vehicle that utilizes only hydrogen and has no emissions whatsoever, thanks to the contributions of Berkeley Lab materials scientist Jeffrey Long. Through the eyes of Long, all you would need to fill your tank with in the future is hydrogen. You won't have to worry about your car needing refueling for a very long time, or harming the environment, and all that would be dripping from the exhaust pipe would be water. Full story.


Computation Expert Discusses Data Mining


Arie Shoshani, head of the Computational Research Division's Scientific Data Management Group, was a keynote speaker at the fifth Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' International Conference on Data Mining held last week in Houston. In his talk on "Efficient Indexing Technology for Data Mining of Scientific Data," Shoshani discussed how Berkeley Lab-developed tools like FastBit can help scientists quickly search millions of files to find those of significance. Such capabilities become increasingly important as new experimental facilities routinely create terabtyes of data.


Power Outage Planned
For This Weekend

The power will be turned off in Buildings 62, 62A, 62B, 66, 67 (Molecular Foundry) and 73 this weekend. The outage will begin on Saturday at 7 a.m. and be restored in Buildings 66 and 67 by approximately 7 p.m. on Saturday, and in Buildings 62, 62A, 62B and 73 by 7 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, contact Dan Galvez (x6213) or Joe Harkins (x7486).

Lab Merchandise
On Sale Next Week

All items in the Lab's gift shop will be on sale next Monday through Friday. Discounts of 20 to 30 percent will be given on shirts, cups, sweaters, t-shirts, visors and other merchandise bearing the Lab's distinctive logo. The shop is adjacent to the coffee counter in the cafeteria. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Former UC President Saxon Passes Away


David Saxon, a physics scholar who rose through academia at UCLA to become president of the University of California and leader of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has died. He was 85. Saxon died early yesterday at UCLA Medical Center after a lengthy illness. Saxon joined the UCLA faculty in 1947 as assistant professor of theoretical nuclear physics. He later served as chairman of the physics department and dean of life sciences before being named to UCLA's top academic post, now known as executive vice chancellor. He left UCLA to become provost of the University of California in 1974 and served as UC president from 1975 to 1983. Full story.

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