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Monday, January 2, 2006

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Class with Inna Belogolovsky
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Morning Editions:
Cheese Omelette with Hash Browns
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Pancakes with 2 Eggs and Sausage
Market Carvery: Roast Chicken with Baked Potato and Salad

The Fresh Grille: Roast Beef and Swiss with Fries and Coleslaw
Menutainment: Pasta Bar with Two Sauces

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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Lab Scientists Make 2005
Chemistry Highlights

Berkeley Lab deputy director Graham Fleming and Richard Mathies of the Physical Biosciences Division each had experiments that made the 2005 Chemistry Highlights edition of Chemical and Engineering News. Each year, C&EN lists the findings and advances in chemistry it deems the most significant or promising. Fleming made the cover of the issue with his development of a 2-D electronic spectroscopy technique which enables scientists to follow the transfer of energy from one molecule to another through both time and space.   Mathies made the list for his development of an ultrafast Raman spectroscopy technique that provides a new look at how eyes are engineered to see. For more on these and other highlights, click here.

Spallation Neutron
Source by the Numbers

The Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge Laboratory is on schedule for completion in 2006. The new facility will provide researchers with the world's most powerful and advanced tool for analyzing a host of materials with neutrons. The source's trigger mechanism, or "Front End Assembly," was constructed at Berkeley Lab. As construction nears completion, SNS staff members have compiled a list of amazing science facts to illustrate what's in store for the neutron science community once this state-of- the-art, world-class materials research facility starts up around mid-year. Go here to read them.


Sequencing Proposals Now Being Accepted

Responding to the escalating demand for genome sequencing to unlock the potential of plants and microbes as fuel for the nation's energy needs, the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) has announced the call for 2007 Community Sequencing Program proposals. The applications for the sequencing program capacity have been doubling since the program's inception. In response, JGI has committed 60 percent of its 33 billion letter annual sequencing capacity to the next round of projects. Full story.

New Company Funds
Parkinson's Trial

Parkinson's brain
Genzyme Corp. recently announced the acquisition of extensive gene therapy assets from Avigen, Inc., including rights to a Phase 1/2 clinical development program in Parkinson's disease. The Phase 1/2 trial will evaluate the safety of increasing doses of AV201 in individuals with mid- to late-stages of the disease. The trial, which will now be funded by Genzyme, was initiated in 2004 at UC San Francisco and Berkeley Lab. Full story.
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