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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

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

1:30 p.m.
B Meson Decays to Vector Particles: A New Window on Fundamental Interactions
Andrei Gritsan
Bldg. 50B-4205


8:30 a.m.
EHS 400
Radiation Protection-Fundamentals
Bldg. 51-201

1:15 p.m.
EHS 735/738/739
Bloodborne Pathogen/Biosafety Training

1:30 p.m.
Surface Science and Catalysis
Band Edge Engineering at Semiconductor-Electrolyte Interfaces for Photoelectrochemical Water-Splitting
John Turner, NREL
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

3 p.m.
EHS 730
Medical/Biohazard Waste
Bldg. 51-201

4 p.m.
Measuring Top Quark Cross Section with Dilepton Events
Peter Wittich, U. of Pennyslvania
Bldg. 50A-5132

6:30 p.m.
UC Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum
Energy Technology: Emerging Solutions
Andersen Auditorium, Haas School of Business


Morning Editions: Banana Pancakes with Two Eggs and Sausage
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Huevos Rancheros with Beans & Breakfast Potatoes
Vegetable & Rice Stuffed Bell Pepper with Marinara, Garlic Bread & Side Salad
The Fresh Grille: Grilled Ham, Tomato, Peppers & Cheese Sandwich with Potato Salad &Soda
Market Carvery:
Roast Pork with Mandarin Orange Sauce & Potatoes

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

Weapon In Battle
Against Malaria


Yesterday's New York Times featured an article on the development of a super anti-malaria drug that is being led by Jay Keasling, who heads the Synthetic Biology Department for Berkeley Lab's Physical Biosciences Division. The Times article cited the $43 million grant recently pledged by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the development of Keasling's technique for inexpensively making the drug artemisinin. Currently, artemisinin is extracted from the sweet wormwood plant at a hefty price. Through genetic engineering, Keasling hopes to turn E. coli bacteria into artemisinin factories, dramatically reducing the cost of the anti-malaria drug. Full story (registration required). Go here to view a video in which Keasling discusses his research.

Linear collider model

Fellowship Annual Cites
Lab Computing Projects

3D enzyme model

Berkeley Lab's efforts in computer modeling of the Next Linear Collider and in the mathematical challenge of understanding how proteins and DNA interact are featured in the recently published annual report of the DOE's Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (CSGF) program. Model colliders are the subject of the story about Robert Ryne and his Accelerator Modeling and Advanced Computing Group. And summer Fellow Julian Mintseries of Boston University, who worked with Life Scientist Michael Eisen, is the focus of "Puzzling Out the Secrets of Life." More about the CSGF program can be found here.


Scaled-Down Inventory of
Lab Assets

As announced in December, this quarter's limited-scope property inventory has begun. Although a wall-to-wall inventory was conducted six months ago, DOE requires "on-demand" accountability for all national lab assets. This inventory is limited to all campus assets as well as a sample of on-site equipment. New dual signature forms are required to validate all assets that employees use at home or for travel. Divisions are working to meet incremental goals and complete the inventory by March 28. For more information, contact your division property representative or call x5151.


Security Basics Class
To Be Offered Feb. 17

Taking the actions needed to secure your system may not make sense unless you understand the basics of computer security: the fundamental principles, how to assess costs versus benefits associated with various security measures, and mistakes to avoid. Learn all about these in "Security Basics," held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17. Read the course description here. There is no charge for attending, but enrollment is limited. Go here to register.

Showers today.
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SECON level 3

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