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Tuesday, February 1, 2005

9 a.m.
EHS 225
Forklift Safety
Bldg. 51-201

4 p.m.
Life Sciences
Is Functional MRI the New Phrenology?
Mark D'Esposito, UC Berkeley
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

4 p.m.
New Physics: A View from the Top
Chris Hill, UC Santa Barbara
Bldg. 50A-5132


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

4 p.m.
College of Chemistry
Vacuum Beam Studies of Fluorocarbon Radicals and Argon Ions on Si and SiO2
Yoshie Kimura
120 Latimer Hall


Morning Editions: Swiss and Green Onion Scramble with Bacon
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Huevos Rancheros with Beans & Flour Tortillas
Market Carvery:
Open Faced Turkey Sandwich with Potato & Vegetables
The Fresh Grille: Turkey Burger with Mushrooms & Provolone Cheese
Menutainment: Fiesta Taco Salad

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

(From left), Eva Nogales, Stefan Westermann, David Drubin, and Georjana Barnes

Key Cell Division
Mechanism Identified

A key mechanism in the passing of genetic material from a parent cell to daughter cells appears to have been identified by a team of Berkeley researchers. Their study may explain how a complex of proteins, called kinetochores, can recognize and stay attached to microtubules, hollow fibers in the walls of biological cells that are responsible for the faithful segregation of chromosomes during cell division. “In test tube experiments, we’ve found that the kinetochore proteins form rings around the microtubules, and this ring formation promotes microtubule assembly, stabilizes against disassembly, and promotes bundling,” says Berkeley Lab biophysicist Eva Nogales. Full story.


Superfluid Helium-4
Whistles the Right Tune

UC Berkeley physicists can now tune in to and hear normally inaudible quantum vibrations, called quantum whistles, enabling them to build very sensitive detectors of rotation or very precise gyroscopes. A quantum whistle is a peculiar characteristic of supercold condensed fluids, in this case superfluid helium-4, which vibrate when you try to push them through a tiny hole. Full story.

Senate Confirms Bodman
As Energy Secretary


The Senate on Monday easily confirmed Samuel Bodman as energy secretary, the seventh new member of President Bush's Cabinet to get congressional approval. Bodman, who served as deputy secretary in both the Commerce and Treasury departments during Bush's first term, was approved by unanimous voice vote shortly before the Senate adjourned for the day. Bodman, 66, has had little experience in energy matters, but senators said his academic and business background make him well suited to head a department that oversees a wide range of research from maintaining nuclear weapons to developing cleaner burning coal for power plants. Full story. Comments from Pete Domenici, Chairman of Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, can be read here.


UC Hosts Summer Math, Science Camp For Teens

Students who love math and science and excel in these subjects have a chance to spend four weeks in residence at a University of California campus this summer learning about astronomy, marine mammal biology, robotics, computer graphics, environmental science and ecology, earthquake engineering, bioinformatics, tissue and tumor biology, physics and technology, and more. The California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science, or COSMOS, seeks to motivate the most creative minds of the new generation of prospective scientists, engineers and mathematicians and to create a community of scholars. Go here for more information.

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