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8:30 to 10:15 a.m.
Human Resources
New Employee Orientation
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

10:15 a.m.
EHS 10
Intro to EH&S at Berkeley Lab
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

In Situ Bioremediation: Bacteria Saving the World by Eating Much of Our Junk
Lisa Alvarez-Cohen
290 Hearst Mining Bldg. (campus)

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 937-302

Dance Club
Waltz Practice
Bldg. 51 (Bevatron) Lobby

12:15 p.m.
Yoga Club
Class with Chris Hoskins
Bldg. 70-191

1 p.m.
EHS 535
Hot Work Permit Training
Bldg. 70A-3377

2 p.m.
Benefits Office
Open Enrollment Employee Presentation
Oakland Scientific Facility (Bldg. 943-238)

3 p.m.
Advanced Light Source
Disentangling Surface and Bulk Electronic Structures of EuB6
Jonathan Denlinger
Bldg. 6-2202

4 p.m.
Chemical Sciences
Crystal Truncation Rod Surface Diffraction Studies of Hydrated Oxide Surfaces: Equilibrium Structure, Sorption Effects and Time-Resolved Experiments
Glenn Waychunas
Bldg. 70A-3377


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

8 a.m.
EHS 206
Crane/Hoist Operator (Over 2 Tons)
Bldg. 70A-3377

9:30 a.m.
Advanced Light Source Quantum Measurement with Superconducting Circuits
Irfan Siddiqi, UC Berkeley
Bldg. 6-2202

Environmental Energy Technologies
The Apollo Alliance: National, State and Regional Initiatives
Carla Din, Apollo Alliance
Bldg. 90-3122

1:30 p.m.
Materials Sciences
Carbonaceous Materials in the Environment: Characterization and Reactivity
Howard Fairbrother, Johns Hopkins U.
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

2 p.m.
Benefits Office
Open Enrollment Employee Presentation
Bldg. 2-100B

3:30 p.m.
Advanced Light Source
Ultrafast Diffractive Imaging with Coherent X-Rays
Stefano Marchesini, Livermore Lab
Bldg. 6-2202

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Materials Expert Among 'Scientific American 50'

Antoni Tomsia of the Lab's Materials Sciences Division was recently included in the "2006 Scientific American 50," the magazine’s annual list that recognizes people and organizations with accomplishments in research, business, or policymaking that demonstrate outstanding technological leadership. Tomsia was chosen for his development of a multilayered nacrelike material, which could eventually be used in a myriad of applications for which strength and lightness are imperative, such as dental implants. Go here to learn more about Tomsia’s research.

Library Adds New
Reference Librarian

Michael Golden — the Lab's new reference desk librarian — is available to assist scientists and staff with queries for online and physical article searches. He can also obtain books and reference materials via in-house, inter-library loan or pay-on-demand services. Golden has a Masters degree in Library and Information Science and eight years experience as an academic reference librarian at University of Missouri, Kansas City, as well as other campuses. He has an additional five years experience as a bench scientist in chemistry. Golden can be reached via e-mail ([email protected]) or phone (x5621).

ANNOUNCEMENT Workshops Offered for Researchers

The Sponsored Projects Office and Berkeley Lab Institute are sponsoring a lunchtime discussion session on Friday from noon to 1 p.m. in Perseverance Hall to help researchers and financial and administrative staff gain the tools needed to get started, apply, and submit proposals through The site is the single access point for over 1,000 grant programs offered by the 26 federal granting agencies. Another session will be held Tuesday, Dec. 5, same time and location. An off-site session takes place at the Berkeley West Biocenter (Potter St.) at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, in the Sudar Auditorium.


Fuel-Saving Benefits
Of Ethanol Debated

The biofuel business is booming. Proponents say biofuels could help end dependence on oil imports, boost a sagging agriculture industry, and reduce environmental damage caused by burning fossil fuels. But not everyone agrees that biofuels are the answer to America's 20-million-barrel- a-day oil habit. Critics claim that producing biofuels consumes more energy than it generates, and some warn that converting farmland from food to fuel crops could result in higher food prices and deplete natural resources worldwide. UC Berkeley has been a microcosm of the ongoing debate, as two of its most widely quoted authorities, Dan Kammen and Tad Patzek (a Berkeley Lab earth scientist), are crunching data on opposite sides of campus in an effort to determine the truth about biofuels. Full story.

Bates, Incumbents
Retain Berkeley Seats

Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates and four of his incumbent colleagues on City Council retained their seats in yesterday's election. Bates, Gordon Wozniak, Linda Maio, Dona Spring and Kriss Worthington all defeated their opponents in the voting, while the lone incumbent in the City of Oakland council election, Patricia Kernighan, also won. See complete election results here.

Former ALD Dies,
Service Tomorrow

Edward Alpen, a distinguished radiation biophysicist with Berkeley Lab, passed away last Friday.  He had suffered from complications as a result of radiation therapy for a brain tumor. According to Lab archives, Alpen was appointed associate director of the Lab and head of the Biology and Medicine Division (Donner Lab) in 1975, and is believed to have held these two positions until 1987. The recipient of many awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal of the Department of Defense and the Navy Science Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Science, Alpen was also the author of the highly praised book "Radiation Biophysics." A memorial service will be held at noon tomorrow at Newell Chapel, Cypress Lawn Cemetery, 1370 El Camino Real, Colma, followed by the burial.

American Red Cross 'Safe and Well' Registry

In July, the American Red Cross launched its "Safe and Well" website to provide families with a tool to exchange important information with family and friends in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. The site allows a disaster victim to select and post standard messages that indicate the victim is safe and well and will make contact when able. Those worried about the safety of a victim can access the site, enter either the name and telephone number, or name and complete address of the person in question, and view their "safe and well" messages.
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