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Friday, March 18, 2005


10 a.m.
Earth Sciences
Introduction to Henderson DUSEL: Unearthing the Secret of Universe Underground
Chang Kee Jung, Stony Brook U.
127 Dwinelle Hall

11 a.m.
Scientific Computing
Generalization of an Inverse Free Preconditioned Algorithm for Symmetric Generalized Eigenvalue Problems
Patrick Quillen, U. of Kentucky
Bldg. 50F-1647

Red Wing Shoemobile
Cafeteria Parking Lot

1 p.m.
Scientific Computing
The Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG) System: A Case Study in Developing Biological Data Management Systems in an Academic Setting

Nikos Kyrpides, Natalia Ivanova, Victor Markowitz
Bldg. 50A-5132

2 p.m.
Nanoscale Science & Engineering
Monolithic Integration of Carbon Nanotube and Silicon Electronics

Jeff Bokor, UC Berkeley
390 Hearst Mining Bldg.


Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class with Inna Belogolovsky ($10/$12) Bldg. 70-191

3 p.m.
Earth Sciences
Basidiomycetous Fungal Biotechnology: Development of the Biosystem Useful for Reuse of Waste Plant Biomass and Degradation of Aromatic Pollutants
Kazuo Shishido, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Bldg. 70A-3317B


Morning Editions:
Two Eggs, Biscuits & Gravy
Monday's Breakfast: Pancakes, Eggs and Bacon
Market Carvery: Baked Talapia with Red Pepper Sauce & Rice
Fresh Grille: Tuna Melt with Fries & Cole Slaw
Menutainment: Killer Burrito! Chicken or Pork

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full menu
Nano Probe Gives Inside Look At Cell Nuclei

Berkeley Lab life scientist Fanqing Chen and Daniele Gerion of Livermore Lab have developed a way to sneak nano-sized probes inside cell nuclei where they can track life's fundamental processes. Their success lies in specially prepared crystalline semiconductors composed of a few hundred or thousand atoms that emit different colors of light when illuminated by a laser. Because these fluorescent probes are stable and nontoxic, they have the ability to remain in a cell's nucleus — without harming the cell or fading out — much longer than conventional fluorescent labels. Full story.


Update on Negotiations Between UC, AFSCME

The University of California began formal impasse ("fact-finding") proceedings with representatives from the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union in an effort to reach an agreement on a new contract for UC service workers. Outstanding issues include differences about raises and health insurance costs (Union members have voted to authorize a strike if negotiations do not result in a settlement). A detailed overview about the university's and the union's proposals regarding the key outstanding issues can be found here.

Outage Will Interrupt Certain Water Supplies

There will be a scheduled power outage for electrical system maintenance at utility buildings 34 and 37 beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 16. This outage will interrupt low conductivity water (LCW) and treated water (TRW) supply to the "Old Town" area, near the Advanced Light Source. Affected buildings include 2, 6, 10, 16, 43, 52, 53, 58 and 58A. This outage will continue until noon the next day. For more information, call x7941.


Extinction Research Featured on CBC Radio


An interview with Berkeley Lab physicist Richard Muller was recently broadcast on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's radio program "As it Happens." During the show, he discussed his research on the pattern of mass extinction on Earth, which, says Muller, happens about every 62 million years, based on fossil records. Go here to listen to the program. A story on Muller's work also appears in today's edition of The View.


Catalysis Expert Iglesia Receives Lectureship

Berkeley Lab chemical scientist and UC Berkeley professor Enrique Iglesia has been awarded the V.N. Ipatieff Lectureship at Northwestern University's Center for Catalysis and Surface Science for 2005. The lectureship was established in 1988 to "enhance students' educational experience with visits by internationally distinguished researchers in catalysis." Iglesia is also the recipient of the 2005 American Chemical Society's Olah Award and the Catalysis Society's 2005 Burwell award. Go here for more information on Iglesia.


Underground Science
Talk at 10 a.m. Today

The lecture on the Henderson underground science laboratory announced in yesterday's edition of Today at Berkeley Lab listed the incorrect time for the start of the talk. It begins at 10 a.m. today.

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