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

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

10 a.m.
Molecular Foundry Dedication
(Invitation only)
Bldg. 67

11 a.m.
EHS 345
Chemical Hygiene for Facilities
Bldg. 70A-3377

Working With Production Home Builders to Build and Research Near Zero Energy Homes and Communities in California
Bruce Baccei and Rob Hammond, ConSol
Bldg. 90-3148

Health Care Facilitator
Weight Management and Nutrition
Lynn Fraley
Perseverance Hall

5:30 p.m.
Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191


Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

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Morning Editions:
Biscuits and Gravy with 2 Eggs
Monday's Breakfast: Strawberry Pancakes with Eggs and Bacon
Market Carvery: Baked Ziti with Biscuits and side Salad

The Fresh Grille: Roast Beef and Swiss with Curly Fries
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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Molecular Foundry

Foundry Gets Launched
With Dedication Today

More than 120 invitees are scheduled to celebrate the dedication of Berkeley Lab's newest national user facility — the Molecular Foundry — this morning. The official opening of the Foundry building is still several weeks away, but dignitaries that include Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, and State Secretary for Business, Transportation and Housing, Sunne McPeak, will provide the ceremonial blessing for one of the country's premier nanotechnology research centers. Safety and space issues have limited attendance, but staff can read about the program in the April 21 issue of The View. Local media will also cover the event, including TV news staffs from KNTV (NBC) and KPIX (CBS).

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Harassment Prevention
Course Offered

Berkeley Lab Institute is offering a new on-line training program, Unlawful Harassment Prevention, to non-supervisory employees beginning April 3. The course is provided through Workplace Answers and is similar in content to one taken by supervisory staff. Facilities Division employees who have computer access are being enrolled in the program by the division. All other Laboratory non-supervisory employees who are interested in taking the online course may also enroll. There is no cost, but the number of course slots is limited. Enrollment is first come first served. Click here to enroll.

Cell Phone Companies
On-site Next Thursday

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Cingular Wireless and Verizon Wireless will have informational tables in the cafeteria lobby March 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Representatives will be available to answer questions about discounts, promotions and equipment offered to Lab employees. However, specific questions about Lab-supported cellular service should be directed to IT's Telephone Services (x4966), not the visiting representatives.
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Laser Chips Could Power Petaflop Computers
By Will Knight

Horst Simon
Laser communications chips capable of pumping data through the veins of gargantuan "petaflop" supercomputers have been demonstrated by NEC in Japan. NEC used a type of semiconducting laser diode called a Vertical-Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL). While experts agree that VCSEL chips could be used to construct formidable supercomputers, they say the cost of such components will also be crucial. "Raw bandwidth alone is not necessarily the most pressing issue for petascale computing," says Berkeley Lab’s John Shalf. Another supercomputing expert at Berkeley Lab, Horst Simon, adds that other issues will affect the development of the next generation of supercomputers. "Building a petascale system with a useful amount of memory - say at least 200 terabytes - and then powering and cooling this system will be the bigger challenges," he says. Full story.

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The Oil is Going,
The Oil is Going!

David Fridley

A article that examines the perils of a possible upcoming peak in the world’s oil supply features David Fridley of Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division. According to him, the increasing concern about peak oil tells us a lot about the shape of people's assumptions. "Those who come from an environmental point of view see peak oil as an opportunity to disrupt the never-ending growth of our reliance on fossil fuels," he says. "Then there are those who see our ultra-consumerist society as flawed, and peak oil is the disruption that will bring an end to that. Then there are the people who believe technology can save us, who are delving more into what solar and water power can do." Full story.
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