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10 a.m.
EHS22-Ergonomics for Supervisors
Bldg. 70A-3377

Environmental Energy Technologies
Nanoparticles: Synthesis, Monte Carlo Simulation and Application in Energy Systems
Taofang Zeng, North Carolina State U.
Bldg. 90-4133

1:30 p.m.
Environmental Energy Technologies
Energy Challenge: The Shell Perspective
Graeme Sweeney, Shell Renewables
Bldg. 90-4133


9 a.m.
EHS348-Chemical Hygiene & Safety
Bldg. 70A-3377

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Onsite Chair Massages
Bldg. 26-115

1 p.m.
EHS231-Compressed Gas & Cryogen Safety
Bldg. 70A-3377

4 p.m.
Life Sciences
Evolutionary Analysis of Gene Regulation and Gene Expression
Mike Eisen
Bldg. 66 Aud.

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Scientists Engineering
Tumor-Killing Bacteria
By Emily Singer

Imagine a bacterium that, when injected into the bloodstream, would travel to the site of a tumor, insert itself into the cancer cell, and then produce a cancer-killing compound. That's exactly what scientists at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco have set out to do. The researchers plan to engineer such super-organisms by co-opting parts from different types of bacteria and inserting them into Escherichia coli, a bacterium commonly used in research. "By using multiple cues, we can garner a great deal of specificity," says Adam Arkin, a bioengineer on campus and at Berkeley Lab and one of the senior scientists on the project. "After the bacteria sense the cues, they turn on the rest of the apparatus to do the job." Full story.
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Cyber Team from DOE
Visiting Lab This Week

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A team from the Office of Science will be at Berkeley Lab this week to conduct a large-scale review of the effectiveness of the Lab’s cyber security programs. Their activities will include interviews, computer scanning and testing, and assessments of employee awareness. Weaknesses in the system will be identified and an improvement plan recommended. If you have any questions about this audit or computer security in general, contact your computer security liaison.
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Multi-Color Flag Flies
For Gay Pride Month

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The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered and Friends (GLBTF) club at Berkeley Lab has once again displayed the rainbow flag on the fence near building 65. The flag hangs every year in June in celebration of Gay Pride Month and serves to reiterate the importance of diversity and acceptance. The Employee Activities Association and the GLBTF club encourage all employees to celebrate the broad spectrum of diversity that exists at Berkeley Lab.


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Second Wellness Fair
Planned for Thursday

The second annual Summer Wellness Fair will take place on the cafeteria lawn on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., sponsored by the Health Care Facilitator. Representatives will be on hand from the Lab’s health providers, financial institutions, local health clubs, Employee Activities Association clubs, and the UC Retirement Center, among others. Free chair massages and blood pressure/BMI checks will be offered, along with live music. The cafeteria will provide an outdoor barbecue, and fresh fruits and vegetables will be sold at the “Farmers Market.” Lab Director Steve Chu and Human Resources Director Larry Hanson are scheduled to talk between 12:15 and 12:45 p.m.
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Physicist Looks Back,
Ahead 75 Years in Field

EO Lawrence
In the year that Berkeley Lab is celebrating its 75-year legacy since Ernest Lawrence pioneered particle accelerators in 1931, Spencer Weart of the American Institute of Physics takes a look at the field since that time, and the prospects ahead 75 years. Among his comments: “In hindsight, it is clear that one of the best roads forward for the physicist of 1931 was the one Lawrence was taking. That road led to the discovery and understanding of new nuclear particles. Physicists in 1931 recognized that the nucleus was a storehouse of enormous energies, but few expected to unlock it soon, if ever. Within 15 years, however, nuclear fission had totally changed international politics and seemed poised to revolutionize the world economy.” Full story.

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Nano Goods Arrive, With
Questions About Safety

“Nanotechnology may revolutionize our lives. The first generation of engineered products has reached consumers, and with them come hard questions about safety.” That’s how the Los Angeles Times introduced reporter Charles Piller’s analysis of one of the fastest-growing segments of science and technology. Along with the limitless potential of this new field to improve our lives, Piller writes, come unpredictable consequences that scientists and others are beginning to address. Read the article here.
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