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Friday, November 18, 2005

8 a.m.
EHS 432
Radiation Protection Lab Safety
Bldg. 70A-3377

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70-191



Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

4:30 p.m.
Superfluid 3-He: The Early Days as Seen by a Theorist
Anthony Leggett, U. of Illinois
1 LeConte Hall (campus)

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Morning Editions:
Biscuits and Gravy with 2 Eggs

Monday's Breakfast:
Choriza Omelette with Hash Browns and Toast

Market Carvery: Udon Noodle Soup Bar
The Fresh Grille: Patty Melt with Fries and Fruit
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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Research News
New Way to Study
T Cell Signaling


A team of researchers, led by Berkeley Lab chemist Jay Groves, combined nanotechnology with biochemistry to create unique synthetic membranes that, for the first time ever, enabled them to directly control signaling activity in living T cells from the immune system. Already their experiments have yielded surprising results. By going inside a living cell and physically moving its T cell signaling molecules, Groves and his colleagues showed that the “bull’s eye” of an immunological synapse, long thought to amplify T cell signaling, actually works to extinguish the signal. Full story.


IT Upgrade to Cause
Brief Phone Outage


The IT Division will be upgrading the Lab's telephone service on Sunday. A two-minute disruption will occur at about 10 a.m. However, the possibility of a longer outage always exists. If there is an emergency and no dial tone, activate the nearest building fire alarm and wait for emergency personnel to respond. A Lab-wide announcement will inform employees at the beginning and completion of the upgrade. Direct questions during Sunday's upgrade to Cindy Wood at (510) 708-2980.

Roadwork to Begin
Near Blackberry Gate


Barricades will be in place and traffic controls in effect on Horseshoe Curve outside Blackberry Gate while road maintenance is in progress. The work begins today and will continue through Thursday, Dec. 1. To minimize traffic delays, work will begin daily following the morning commute period.


Energy ‘Vampires’ Vant
To Drink Your Vatts
By Matthew Wald

Households across the land are infested with vampires. That's what energy experts call those gizmos with two sharp teeth that dig into a wall socket and suck juice all night long. All day long, too, and all year long. There are billions of vampires in the United States, drawing more than enough current in the typical house to light a 100-watt light bulb 24/7, according to research done by Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division. Full story.


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Director Chu Featured
In Cal Halftime Spot

When the Cal Bears football team played USC last Saturday, ABC-TV was there to televise the game to most of the nation. At the invitation of ABC, the UC Berkeley campus put together a 30-second commercial spot reflecting the university's strengths and commitments. Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, football coach Jeff Tedford, and Berkeley Lab Director Steve Chu — a Cal alumnus — were among those featured in the spot. Go here to see it (requires RealPlayer software).

Postdoc on Syscan
Imaging Board

Woong Kim, a postdoctoral fellow at Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry, has been appointed to a technology advisory board for Syscan Imagine, Inc. The company specializes in USB powered portable image scanners and HDTV technology. Kim received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University and has spent his career focused on the research and development of nanomaterials and their potential applications.
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