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Wednesday, November 9, 2005

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Benefits Office
FITSCo One-on-One Investment Counseling
Alyssa Valladao
Bldg. 939-202

9 a.m.
EHS 530
Fire Extinguisher Safety
Bldg. 48-109

9:15 a.m.
EHS 10
Intro to ES&H at LBNL
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

10 a.m.
Test of Public Address System

Yoga Club
Class With Chris Hoskins
Bldg. 70-191

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 937-302

1 p.m.
Earth Sciences
Bacterial Nanowires
Yuri Gorbi, Pacific Northwest Lab
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

3 p.m.
The Influence of Multi-Domain Configurations on the Magnetoresistance
Guido Meier, Hamburg U.
Bldg. 6-2202


11 a.m.
The Value of Model Based Analysis in Complex Engineering Systems: Highly Integrated Systems, Complex Dynamics and Uncertainty
Thordur Runolfsson, U. of Oklahoma
Bldg. 90-3148

Chemical Change in Secondhand Tobacco Smoke
Tobacco Companies Prevention of Tobacco Control Legislation in Argentina

Suzaynn Schick and Ernesto Sebrie, UCSF
Bldg. 90-3148

1 p.m.
EHS 690
Storm Water Management
Bldg. 70A-3377

1:30 p.m.
Materials Sciences
Enabling Design of Hybrid Organic Inorganic Materials: Achieving Site Isolation and Nanoscale Functional Group Organization
Alex Katz, UC Berkeley
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

4 p.m.
Searching for Double Decay with the Enriched Xenon Laboratory
Carter Hall, SLAC
Bldg. 50A-5132

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Morning Editions:
Breakfast Sandwich with Hash Browns

Tomorrow's Breakfast:
3 Pancakes and 2 Eggs

Market Carvery: Nachos Made to Order
The Fresh Grille: Patty Melt with Onion Rings
Menutainment: Cheese Enchiladas with Beans and Rice

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

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DNA Repair Mechanism
Yields Its Secrets


A team of scientists led by Berkeley Lab life scientist Priscilla Cooper has discovered new players in the first steps of transcription- coupled repair (TCR), an essential but still mysterious mechanism of DNA repair. In humans, failure of transcription-coupled repair is the cause of Cockayne Syndrome, an extreme form of accelerated aging that is inevitably fatal early in life. Cooper and her colleagues illuminated, for the first time, the roles played by two important proteins in recognizing blockages in transcription and in initiating an efficient method of repair; their results suggested a previously unsuspected mechanism for the repair process. Full story.


Outdoors Club Seeks
Trail Runners

The Lab's Outdoors Club invites staff who enjoy trail running to join organized group outing to local parks, and to recruit runners for an upcoming race in San Francisco's Presidio on Sunday, Nov. 20. Those interested in either or both events should contact Dinah Levy.

Official Runaround
Results Now Available

Want to know where you ranked among the 640 runners who participated in last month's Runaround? The official results are now available here, including the times for each participant and winners within age and gender groups. Dula Parkinson had the fastest time with 9:36.7. He has won the event four years in a row. Justine Owen was the female winner at 13:17.

Art and Science Center
Gives Kids a Head Start

Oakland's Junior Center of Art and Science Education is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves over 35,000 children annually. Junior Center faculty design programs that support K-12 art and science curriculum in over 300 elementary and secondary school classrooms throughout the East Bay. They also offer after school and summer art and science courses. Berkeley Lab employees can donate to the center, and many more, through the SHARES campaign, now through Nov. 18. Go here to learn more about SHARES and here to make contributions. Send questions to the SHARES answer line.


Talk Tomorrow
On Electrical Safety

Employees are invited to attend a presentation on "Improving Electrical Safety in Your Laboratory," tomorrow from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. An electrical safety consultant working with the Environment, Health and Safety Division will discuss some common hazards he has found around the Lab and will suggest ways for staff to recognize and address similar situations in their own labs.

Safety Culture Survey
Results Will Help EH&S

A survey of the Lab's safety culture and the performance of the Environment, Health and Safety Division was conducted last month, and the results have now been analyzed. Responses came in from 777 employees from all divisions. Generally, respondents said they felt they work in a safe environment and that Lab and senior management is committed to safety. Go here for more details.

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