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Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
The Role of Fluctuations in Biology
Steven Chu
1 LeConte Hall (campus)


8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Benefits Office
FITSCo One-on-One Counseling
Bldg 937-709

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Onsite Chair Massages
Bldg. 26-115

11 a.m.
Human Resources
Supervising for Quality
Bldg. 2-100B

Community Relations
Wind Turbines: Alternative Energy in Eritrea
Robert Van Buskirk
Bldg. 50-5025

1 p.m.
EHS 260
Basic Electric Hazards & Mitigations
Bldg. 70A-3377

1 p.m.
EHS 123
Adult CPR
Bldg. 48-109

2 p.m.
Advanced Light Source
XAS in Transition Metal Systems: from Bulk Materials to Molecules
Cinthia Piamonteze
Bldg. 6-2202

3 p.m.
Climate Impact on Water Availability for Electricity Generation
Denis Aelbrecht, Electric Power Research Institute
Bldg. 90-4133

4 p.m.
Life Sciences
In Vivo Molecular Imaging of Gene Products in Humans
Tom Budinger
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

5:30 p.m.
Water Resources Center
Archives Utilizing California's Water Supply Efficiently and Effectively
Tom Birmingham, Westlands Water District
Goldman School, 2607 Hearst Ave. (campus)

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Electrical Incident Leads
To Orbach Safety Plea

Berkeley Lab Director Steve Chu wants to remind the Lab to "keep up our own internal vigilance" about safety in light of Office of Science Director Ray Orbach's recent letter to Department of Energy managers and lab directors. In it, Orbach cited electrical safety as a special concern following an incident at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in which a subcontractor drilled into an energized 480-volt cable. Orbach urged his colleagues to "continue to observe the most stringent of precautions regarding safe behavior for all the employees, contractors, and sub-contractors at your site." Read the letter here.
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Retirement Workshop
This Thursday at Noon

FITSCo Senior Retirement Counselor Alyssa Valladao will be conducting a "Looking Forward to Retirement" workshop on Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. This workshop is directed toward those planning to retire within the next five years. The workshop will cover retirement expenses, goals, risks, and adjusting plans now for a smooth transition into retirement.

Tech Review Seeks Innovator Nominees

MIT Technology Review magazine's prestigious TR35 awards (formerly the TR100), recognizing the world's top young innovators in 2006, are open for nominations. The awards span a range of technologies, from biotech, arts and entertainment, and software development, to semiconductors, transportation, energy, and new materials research. Candidates are those under age 35 whose superb technical work holds great promise to shape the next decades. Nominations can be made here. Deadline is April 17.


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Unexpected Genome
Repair Functions Found

Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute and Berkeley Lab — including life scientists Priscilla Cooper, John Tainer (guest) and Li Fan (formerly with the Lab, now at Scripps) — have determined the crystal structure of an enzyme called xeroderma pigmentosum group B (XPB) helicase. The research illuminated, for the first time, the roles played by the important XPB protein in recognizing blockages in reading the DNA code and in initiating an efficient method of repair. The investigation took place, in part, at the Lab's SIBYLS beamline at the Advanced Light Source. Go here to read a summary of the findings, and here for the full text.
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Basic Hydrogen Research
Proposals Are Sought

Secretary Bodman announced a three-year, $52.5 million solicitation to support new innovations in hydrogen technology. The solicitation, to be released later this month, supports President Bush's Advanced Energy Initiative - which seeks to reduce dependence on foreign oil - and will support research to assist in overcoming the scientific challenges associated with the production, use and storage of hydrogen. Full story.

Blue Ring Discovered
Around Uranus
By Robert Sanders

The outermost ring of Uranus, discovered just last year, is bright blue, making it only the second known blue ring in the solar system, according to a report last week in the journal Science. Perhaps not coincidentally, both blue rings are associated with small moons. Full story.
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70% chance of T-storms.
High: 59° (15° C)
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Extended Forecast
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SECON level 3

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