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8 a.m to 5 p.m.
Benefits Office
FITSCo One-on-One Counseling
Alyssa Valladao
Bldg. 26-109

8:30 a.m.
EHS 400
Radiation Safety Fundamentals
Bldg. 70A-337

9 a.m.
EHS 135
Earthquake/Wildland Fire Safety
Bldg. 48-109

10:30 a.m.
Beam Physics
The Fermilab Electron Cooling System
Sergei Nagaitsev, FNAL
Bldg. 71-264

Benefits Office
Enrolling in the UC Retirement Savings Program
Alyssa Valladao, FITSCo
Bldg. 26-109

1 p.m.
EHS 154
Building Emergency Team
Bldg. 48-109

1 p.m.
EHS 339
Asbestos Awareness
Bldg. 70A-3377

1 to 5:30 p.m.
Symposium: Engineering a Better World
Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center (campus)

1:30 p.m.
Computational Research
Hardware and Software Co-Design for Managing Massive Concurrency
Andrew Mihal, UC Berkeley
Bldg. 50F-1647


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

10:30 a.m.
Beam Physics
Finite Element Models of Quenching and Training in Superconducting Accelerator Magnets
Paolo Ferracin
Bldg. 71-264

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70-191

2 p.m.
EHS 156
Building Manager Orientation
Bldg. 48-109

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Morning Editions: Avocado and Swiss Omelet with Fruit, Toast
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Biscuits and Gravy with Two Egss
Market Carvery: Pot Roast with Onions, Carrots and Potatoes
The Fresh Grille: Tuna Melt with Fries and Soda
Menutainment: Chicken and Sausage Gumbo with Red Beans and Rice

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Brazil Comes to Berkeley
For Polonium Answers

The Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo, like many other media outlets around the world, has been covering the case of the Russian ex-spy who died from apparent radiation exposure from the isotope polonium-210. In its quest to understand polonium and its effects on humans, the paper came to Berkeley Lab and one of the world's top nuclear experts, Heino Nitsche. Go here to read his answers to the paper's questions on polonium, and here to see the actual news article (in Portuguese).

Smoot's Early Years
Recounted in Article


The formative years of Berkeley Lab's recent Nobel Prize winner George Smoot were recounted in a news story by the Associated Press. In the article, Smoot describes growing up in Alabama and Ohio, and how his experiences there helped define his later career in science. It includes quotes from relatives, who said they knew Smoot was destined for great things. Full story.


Campus's CITRIS Hosts Engineering Symposium

A symposium on "Engineering a Better World " is being hosted by UC Berkeley's CITRIS program today from 1 to 5:30 p.m. in the Bechtel Engineering Center on campus. Activities include a panel discussion with Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, top faculty and industry leaders; talks by CITRIS faculty on emerging energy technologies and new markets for IT; and student interactive demonstrations and exhibits showing innovative CITRIS projects. Go here for more information and to register.

Division Hosts Annual
Holiday Cookie Exchange
By Jackie Burrell

The holiday spirit wafts through the air in fragrant waves this time of year. Ovens go into overdrive, and aprons take on a patina of sugar and crumbs as home bakers churn out buttery brownies, crisp sugar cookies and artfully decorated treats by the dozen. But the clever ones get a little help from their friends via that uniquely American institution, the holiday cookie exchange. The sweet spectacle plays out in suburban homes and city apartments. But it's also savored by an unorthodox group of bakers — scientists, staffers and visiting scholars in Berkeley Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division. "It's everyone from secretaries to scientists," says Kathy Ellington, a Web site guru who has organized the cookie exchanges for the last quarter century. Full story.


Adjusted Holiday Dates
For Facilities Services

Facilities Division services will be adjusted for the holiday shutdown (Dec. 25 through Jan. 1). Staff can pick up mail in Building 69-102 from Dec. 27 to 29, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Uncollected mail will be delivered after the break. Central Receiving (Building 69) will be open Dec. 28 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Those requiring package delivery during the shutdown should contact Tammy Brown by Thursday, Dec. 21. Uncollected packages will be delivered Jan. 2. Bus, transportation and fleet services will be closed throughout the shutdown. Forward any special requests for services during the shutdown to Tammy Brown.

Shutdown Plans
Due on Friday

Researchers needing monitoring of experiments over the holiday break must submit a Special Needs memo by tomorrow. Also, Facilities must receive a Utility Interruption Notification, for instructions on what to do in case of a utility interruption. These forms and additional information are available on the Facilities website. Utility services will be curtailed Friday, Dec. 22, at 6 p.m. through Jan. 1. Contact Desiree Elvira or Bob Berninzoni for additional details.

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High: 56° (13° C)
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