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Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70-191

2 p.m.
UC Berkeley
Optimizing Exciton and Charge Transport in Organic Solar Cells
Michael McGehee, Stanford U.
390 Hearst Mining Bldg.


9:30 a.m.
EHS 275
Confined Space Hazards
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

Dance Club
Waltz Lesson
Bldg. 51 Lobby

1 p.m.
Confined Space Entry Retraining
Bldg. 70A-3377

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Bus Route Changes
Postponed for Week

Response to the survey on a proposed new bus route was very good, with over 270 staff providing valuable insight on how the changes might affect individuals and groups that use the shuttle service. In order to fully evaluate and respond to these comments, the planned Monday implementation of the new bus routes will be postponed by at least a week. This further evaluation will help ensure that the new routes provide better service to those who use the buses. The Facilities Division would like to thank those who completed the survey, and will publish the results in the near future.

From l-r, Levine, Simon, Paul Dickerson (DOE) and Karsner

Data Center Efficiency
Subject of NERSC Tour

Andrew Karsner, the Department of Energy's Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, toured the NERSC computing facility in Oakland yesterday during a trip to learn about how DOE could work with the tech industry to improve the energy efficiency of computing and data centers. Karsner met with Environmental Energy Technologies Division Director Mark Levine and Horst Simon, head of Computing Sciences, and others to discuss areas where Berkeley Lab expertise could be applied. Karsner and his staff attended a roundtable with tech industry leaders on Wednesday, which was covered by the Mercury News.


Work on Fish Ranch
Road Monday, Tuesday

A portion of Fish Ranch Road, often used by commuters to reach the Lab from Highway 24, will be under construction on Monday and Tuesday. The work will help repair damage from a slide that occurred last winter, including concrete work to re-establish drainage in this area. Flagmen will control traffic.

Q&A Discusses Climate Change and Insurance

Evan Mills, with the Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division, is featured in a Q&A posted on the Allianz website. The site is a "resource for news, background information, and expert insight about climate change, microfinance, and other issues of global importance." In the article, Mills discusses how the insurance industry is reacting to climate change, and the challenges and opportunities of climate change for insurers around the world. Full story.

New Stable Particle
Accelerator Developed

Colliding laser pulses

A team of researchers from the Optical Applications Laboratory in France reports in Nature that it has developed a mechanism for a stable "tabletop" particle accelerator that would be about 30 meters large. This is an added a twist to a breakthrough the French team and two other groups — from University College London and Berkeley Lab — announced in the fall of 2004 known as "plasma wakefield acceleration." Full story.

Solar Cell Breaks
Efficiency Record

Boeing-Spectrolab has developed a solar cell that can convert almost 41 percent of the sunlight that strikes it into electricity, the latest step in trying to drop the cost of solar power. Earlier this year, researchers at Berkeley Lab reported that cells made of a new type of semiconductor, zinc-manganese- tellurium, combined with a few atoms of oxygen, could convert around 45 percent of sunlight into electricity, though it isn't yet certain the material can be developed economically. Full story.
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