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9 a.m.
EHS 60
Ergonomic Awareness for Computer Users
Bldg. 70A-3377

11 a.m.
EHS 614
Satellite Accumulation Areas Management
Bldg. 70A-3377

11 a.m.
College of Chemistry Graduate Research Seminar
Gold(I)-Catalyzed Cycloisomerization of Allenynes via a [1,5]-Hydrogen Shift

Philip Morganelli
Pitzer Aud., 120 Latimer Hall


OCFO/Sponsored Projects Office
Succeed! Are you ready for Grants.Gov?
Bldg. 54-130

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

2 p.m.
Earth Sciences
Memorial for Bo Bodvarsson
Epworth United Methodist Church
1953 Hopkins St.

5:30 p.m.
UC Berkeley Water Resources Center Archives
California Colloquium on Water: When the Environment and Politics Collide: Recent Developments in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
Mike Taugher, Contra Costa Times
Goldman School of Public Policy


9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
EHS 530
Fire Extinguisher Safety

Tele-immersion for Everybody
Ruzena Bajcsy, UC Berkeley
290 HMMB (campus)

Dance Club
Waltz practice
51 Bevatron Lobby

Yoga Club
Yoga with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 937-302

12:15 p.m.
Yoga Club
Yoga with Chris Hoskins
Bldg. 70-191

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
EHS 330
Lead Hazard Awareness
Bldg. 70A-3377

3 p.m.
Advanced Light Source (ALS)
Calorimetry of Nanostructured Magnetic Materials
Frances Hellman, UC Berkeley
Bldg. 6-2202

4 p.m.
Chemical Engineering Colloquium
Polymerization of Sickle Cell Hemoglobin: New Outlook
Professor Peter G. Vekilov, U. of Houston
Pitzer Aud., 120 Latimer Hall

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Memorial Service Today
For Bo Bodvarsson

A memorial service for Gudmundur "Bo" Bodvarsson, director of Berkeley Lab’s Earth Sciences Division, who passed away on Nov. 29, will be held today at 2 p.m. at The Epworth United Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins Street in Berkeley. For directions, go here. Attendees are encouraged to carpool as parking is limited. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to support the development of promising new scientists in the study of earth sciences. Donation details will follow. Saturday’s Oakland Tribune featured an obituary that can be viewed here (and another appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle which can be viewed here).

A second memorial service previously announced for this weekend will be postponed until early next year. Also, in an addendum to last week’s obituary, Bodvarsson’s survivors include his father, Bodvar Stefansson, of Iceland, and his brothers, Stefan Bodvarsson, of Iceland, and Reynir Bodvarsson, of Sweden.


Session Cancelled

Today's Berkeley Lab Institute noontime discussion session,, aimed to help researchers and staff submit proposals via the website, has been cancelled. For more information on future sessions, contact the Berkeley Lab Institute.

C. elegans

Nematode Offers Clues
To How Sex Evolves

Sex is a boon to evolution; it allows genetic material from parents to recombine, giving rise to a unique new genome. But how did sex itself evolve? Researchers at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have found clues to one part of this complex question in ongoing studies of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Abby Dernburg, of Berkeley Lab's Life Sciences Division and UC Berkeley's Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, working with graduate student Carolyn Phillips, has identified a key family of genes and proteins that help bring C. elegans chromosomes together during meiosis. Full story.

JGI Microbial Genome
Data System Updated

Version 2.0 of the Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG) data management system of the Joint Genome Institute has been released to the public. The updated content now includes the latest versions of genomes available from the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s Reference Sequence collection. IMG 2.0 contains 1,541 new public microbial, viral and eukaryotic genomes, as well as 79 finished and 98 draft genomes sequenced by JGI. There are also gene-based links to other microbial genome systems, such as Berkeley Lab’s MicrobesOnline and Argonne’s PUMA. Full story.

Smoot, Other Nobelists
Honored at White House

Vice President Dick Cheney met with the 2006 U.S. Nobel Laureates last Thursday in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, including Berkeley Lab astrophysicist George Smoot. In the above photo (click here for larger image), the honorees are Andrew Fire, Nobel Prize in Medicine; Smoot; Roger D. Kornberg, Chemistry; Cheney; Craig Mello, Medicine; and John C. Mather, Physics. This year marks the first time in 30 years that the U.S. has exclusively won four of the six Nobel prizes, the last time being 1976 when the U.S. won awards in science, economics and literature.

Lab’s 75th Featured
In Contra Costa Times

By Betsy Mason

The past, present and future of Berkeley Lab were detailed in a feature article that appeared in the December 2 edition of the Contra Costa Times. Science reporter Betsy Mason highlighted a broad range of topics in her story, culminating with the remarks by Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman at the 75th Anniversary Symposium dinner on Nov. 14. Calling the lab “sacred ground for American science and engineering,” Secretary Bodman said, "Over the 75 years, this laboratory's contributions to discovery and scientific progress have been nothing short of extraordinary. I truly revere what you have accomplished and expect more from you in the future." Read the full story here.
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