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9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Onsite Chair Massages
Bldg. 937-104

10:30 a.m.
Center for Beam Physics
Self-Consistent Simulation of Plasma and Neutral Gas Dynamics Applications
Manish Jugroot
Bldg. 71-264

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70-191

2 p.m.
UC Berkeley
Synthesis and Characterization of Multifunctional Nanopatterned Surfaces Via Silica Imprinting
Alex Katz, UC Berkeley
390 Hearst Mining Bldg.

1 p.m.
Computational Research
Describing and Exploiting Program Phases
Tim Sherwood, UC Santa Barbara
Bldg. 50A-5132

2 p.m.
UC Berkeley
Patenting Life and Its Parts: Rights and Ethics in the Political Economy of Intellectual Property
Daniel Kevles, Yale U.
22 Warren Hall (campus)


Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

4 p.m.
Life Sciences
Replication of DNA Damage, the Y-family of DNA Polymerases and Protection Against Cancer
Alan Lehmann, U. of Sussex
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
Nature's First Liquid: The Quark Gluon Plasma
Barbara Jacak, SUNY Stony Brook
1 LeConte Hall (campus)

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Morning Editions:
Biscuits and Gravy with 2 Eggs
Monday's Breakfast: Ham and 2 Eggs with Fruit and Toast
Market Carvery: Eggplant Parmesan with Garlic Bread and Side Salad

The Fresh Grille: Tuna Melt with Fries and Fruit
Menutainment: Viva El Burrito with Chicken or Pork

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

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Talk: Can Nano Tools
Mimic Sense of Smell?

Berkeley Lab's Friends of Science group has scheduled a talk by Materials Sciences Division researcher Arun Majumdar, who will discuss how nanoscale tools may help replicate the sense of smell. The lecture takes place Monday, March 20 at 5:30 p.m. in Berkeley High School's Schwimley Little Theater. Says Majumdar of his research:  "When molecules, found in the air we breath or in food we eat, bind to the receptors in our nose, a whole chain of reactions occurs. This creates a pattern of signals that our brain associates with a certain type of smell. Can we replicate this artificially? Our attempt to do so has come from a highly unlikely source: viruses."


Humor Magazine Hosts
Funniest Graph Contest

The Journal of Irreproducible Results, a science humor magazine, invites researchers to enter a contest for "The Funniest Graph." Any form of graph or set of graphs, from any branch of science, medicine, or engineering, are eligible.   The contents need not be true. Entrants must be from Earth, jokes the publication, or its immediate vicinity. Send entries to JIR/Graph, 413 Poinsettia Ave., San Mateo, CA, 94403. The deadline is April Fools Day (April 1), naturally.

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Chu Supports ARPA-E,
But Not at Cost of DOE

In his testimony before the House Committee on Science yesterday, Berkeley Lab Director Steve Chu explained why the National Academy of Sciences report "Rising Above the Gathering Storm" recommended a funding agency (ARPA-E) for supporting out-of-the-box transformational energy research. However, he cautioned, it should "not jeopardize the basic research supported by the Department of Energy's Office of Science," and rather should come from new funding. Go here to read the full testimony.
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Sunday Outage
Impacts IT Services

A regularly scheduled maintenance outage will impact the following Information Technology Division services this Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon: e-mail, Calendar, LDAP directory, and web, as well as BLIS and other business applications. E-mail will be queued during the outage and delivered when the servers are back in operation. IT maintains a standing maintenance outage on the second Sunday of each month. This Sunday's work will ensure the continuing safe operation of IT's Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems. For questions, contact the IT Help Desk (x4357).

Property Management
Group Reconfigures

The retirement of property group specialist Tina Layton has led to the realignment of some functions within the Lab's Property Management group. Transfers and Donations will be facilitated by Gavin Robillard until a replacement for Layton is found, and Borrow, Loan and Offsite Control Agreements will be coordinated by Carol Earls. Go here for more information on all Property Management activities.

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80% chance of T-storms.
High: 52° (11° C)
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SECON level 3

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