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Morning Editions: Banana Pancakes with 2 Eggs and Bacon
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Biscuits and Gravy with 2 Eggs
Market Carvery: Stuffed Bell Peppers with Salad and Garlic Bread
The Fresh Grille: Grilled Turkey and Cheddar with Fries and Fruit
Menutainment: Pasta with Choice of Sauce, Garlic Bread and Side Salad

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From Stockholm to Paris; Another Award for Smoot

In Paris last Saturday, at the conclusion of a public lecture at the Paris Observatory, George Smoot was surprised by being awarded the Daniel Chalonge Medal by the International School of Astrophysics Daniel Chalonge, in honor of his "15-year support and outstanding contributions" to the school. When Smoot's Nobel Prize was announced this fall he had to cancel a teaching engagement at the school, which offers cutting-edge programs in cosmology and astrophysics to young scientists. "To make up for that, I promised to give a series of lectures and public appearances on my way back from Stockholm, " he said. Smoot joined Saul Perlmutter and Michael Levi in Paris last week in giving presentations to the French Space Agency, CNES, on programs in which the French are collaborating with Berkeley Lab's Physics Division. Read more about the prize here.

Adjusted Bus
Schedule Tomorrow

Departure time for the Lab's shuttle bus service will be altered tomorrow. The last off-site bus will depart Building 65 at 6:10 p.m. The last on-site bus will depart Buildings 66/74 at 6 p.m. The last Rockridge bus will depart Building 65 at 5:40 p.m. The last Bancroft bus will depart Buildings 62/66 at 5:30 p.m. The last Potter Street shuttle will depart that location at 5:40 p.m. There will be no bus service throughout the holiday break, resuming on Tuesday, Jan. 2, with new routes and schedules.

Lab Licenses Drug
Discovery Technology

Berkeley Lab’s Technology Transfer Department successfully concluded a license with Synamem Corporation to commercialize a novel method of analyzing molecular interactions on lipid membrane surfaces.  Berkeley Lab’s Membrane-Derivatized Colloids developed by Jay Groves of the Physical Biosciences Division, enables rapid, high throughput screening of compounds that bind a given membrane receptor, making this method potentially useful in assessing compounds during drug discovery and development.


Trapping Chemical
Compounds in Pyramids

Berkeley Lab scientists Ken Raymond and Bob Bergman, of the Chemical Sciences Division, led the development of a new technique for capturing the short-lived but critical “intermediate” compounds that help carry chemical reactions in aqueous solution from their starting point to the final product.  This technique, which basically entails temporarily trapping the elusive transients inside molecular pyramids, could be applied to biological reactions, nanoscience and information storage. It might also make it possible for chemists to create new reactions that until now have been unthinkable in aqueous solution. Full story.


Dirty Air Choking
Asians, Say Experts


Every year over half-a-million people die in Asia from breathing air loaded with pollutants that are far in excess of World Health Organization guidelines for air quality, experts warn. The main aerial pollutants that Asians are exposed to are sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, carbon monoxide, and particles such as soot and dust.  Of special concern is China, where levels of soot or "black carbon" released by its industries continue to remain high, and India, which may emerge as a ‘‘hotspot for ozone pollution'' in the coming decades, Surabi Menon, an environmental energy technologist at Berkeley Lab, says. Full story.

Spectroscopic Monitors
Available Commercially

Berkeley Nucleonics introduced the first commercially available advanced spectroscopic portal monitors (ASP) to detect and identify radiation/nuclear materials. This "first-to-market" system, with deployments successful in locations along the United States border, allows users identify radioactive sources as suspect materials, vehicles or people pass by the sensors. Berkeley Nucleonics, having spun off of Berkeley Lab in 1963, has spent the past 43 years in design, manufacturing and application support of nuclear electronics. Full story.

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