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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

4 p.m.
Beyond Fluxes with the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory
Monica Dunford, U. of Pennsylvania
Bldg. 50A-5132

4 p.m.
Synthetic Biology Department
The Roles of Transport and Mechanics in Mechanotransduction
Roger Kamm, MIT
Sibley Auditorium (campus)


11 a.m.
Nuclear Science
Strange and Not So Strange Things About the Proton
Elizabeth Beise, U. of Maryland
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Employee Activities Assoc.
Lawrence Hall of Science Gift Fair
Cafeteria Lobby

Yoga Club
Class with Chris Hoskins
Bldg. 70-191

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70-191

3 p.m.
Advanced Light Source
Molecular Conformation and Electronic Structure From Molecular Switches to Chiral Heterorecognition
Thomas Greber, U. of Zurich
Bldg. 6-2202

3:30 p.m.
Life Science
Tony Vuletich Memorial

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Morning Editions:
Cheddar and Bacon Omelette with Hash Browns and Fruit

Tomorrow's Breakfast:
2 Pancakes, 2 Eggs, 2 Bacon Strips

Market Carvery: Basil and Sundried Tomato Chicken with Rice and Veggies
The Fresh Grille:  Mushroom Cheeseburger with Fries
Menutainment: Fiesta Taco Salad

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

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Chemist Heinz Heinemann Has Passed Away


Heinz Heinemann, a veteran chemist with Berkeley Lab's Materials Sciences Division, and award-winning expert in catalysis, died at Sibley Hospital in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 23. He was 92. Heinemann, who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1913, and came to the United States in 1938, joined the Lab in 1978, after 40 years of working in the petroleum industry. He spent 15 years here studying coal gasification and liquefaction, among other fossil fuel related issues. Since 1995, he worked for the Lab in Washington, D.C., conducting seminars on Berkeley Lab research for federal program managers. A detailed story on Heinemann's career will appear in the next issue of The View.



Lab Expert: Colors Cool
As Rooftop Gardens
By Gary Washburn

At Mayor Richard Daley's behest, City Hall got green five years ago. Now it's the Chicago Cultural Center's turn. A portion of the roof of the landmark building will become home to the city's newest penthouse garden under a newly awarded contract. However, Hashem Akbari, with the heat island group at Berkeley Lab, said a light colored roof can provide the same cooling benefits of a rooftop garden at practically the same cost as a traditional roof. Full story (requires registration).


Informal Talk Celebrates
Life of Imaging Scientist


Lab employees are invited to attend an informal gathering in the cafeteria at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow to share stories about their work with Tony Vuletich, who passed away in early October (go here to read obituary). During his 53-year career here, Vuletich made significant contributions to several medical imaging instruments, including the liquid xenon proportional wire chamber, and the Donner 280 crystal and Donner 600 crystal positron tomographs.

High-Pressure Science
Meeting at Lab Saturday

The Lab is hosting a day-long meeting this Saturday on "New Directions in High-Pressure Science: Probing Extreme Conditions With Ultrashort X-Ray Sources." Speakers will discuss how new accelerator sources of ultra-short pulses of x-rays will allow the study of the structure and dynamics of materials at shock-wave generated pressures and temperatures. The event, co-sponsored by COMPRES, will be held in the Building 66 Auditorium. Admission is free, but registration is required. For more information, send e-mail here.

Supercomputing Making
Corporate Inroads?
By Patrick Thibodeau

Loren Miller with Goodyear Tires thinks he can easily make the case for wider corporate use of supercomputing technology. Supercomputing simulations have enabled the company to reduce the amount of money it spends on building physical prototypes, allowing it to fund more research work, Miller said at the recent Supercomputing 2005 conference. That the conference's keynote speech was given by Microsoft's Bill Gates is an indication of the growing awareness of supercomputing's importance, said Bill Kramer, head of high-performance computing at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center at Berkeley Lab and conference chair. Full story.


Centennial Road
Repairs Tomorrow

Due to the wet weather, repair of Centennial Road near the UC Botanical Gardens, originally scheduled for today, has been postponed until tomorrow. Drivers are reminded that traffic will be slowed to one lane, controlled by a flag man, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. while contractors repair a depression and repave that section of the road.

New Health Services
Hours Begin Thursday

Berkeley Lab's Health Services will be changing its hours, starting Thursday.  The new hours will be from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.  Individuals with questions should contact medical director Peter Lichty (x6267).

Science Gift Fair
Held In Cafeteria

A gift fair sponsored by the Lawrence Hall of Science museum store will take place in the cafeteria tomorrow and Thursday, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fun and educational toys can be purchased for holiday gift giving.

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