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7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Red Cross
Blood Drive
Bldg. 53

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
75th Anniversary
Scientific Symposium
Bldg. 50 Auditorium
(registration required)
Video in Bldgs. 54B and 66 Auditoirum

10 a.m.
EHS 123
Adult CPR
Bldg. 48-109

10:30 a.m.
Berkeley Lab Institute
Resolving Conflict in the Workplace
Bldg. 2-100B

1  p.m.
EHS 116
First Aid Safety
Bldg. 48-109

1  p.m.
EHS 231
Compressed Gas
Bldg. 70A-3377

1:30  p.m.
Environmental Energy Technologies
Water Use in Power Generation
John Maulbetsch, Maulbetsch Consulting
Bldg. 90-3075

3  p.m.
Center for Analytical Biotechnology
Sacrificial Layer Methods for Fabricating Microfluidic Analysis Systems
Adam Woolley, BYU
775A Tan Hall (campus)

4  p.m.
Artificial Intelligence: The Future of Search?
Peter Norvig, Google
HP Auditorium, Soda Hall (campus)

4  p.m.
Life Sciences and Genomics
Imaging of VMAT2
Kirk Frey, U. of Michigan
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

5:30  p.m.
Water Resources Center
Tales from the New Fish Patrol: Saving California's Mighty Sacramento River
Diana Jacobs, Calif. DFG
250 Goldman School (campus)

7:30  p.m.
75th Anniversary
Gala Dinner
Claremont Hotel (registration required)


9 a.m.
EHS 280
Laser Safety
Bldg. 70A-3377

11 a.m.
Berkeley Lab Institute
Calendar Tips & Tricks
Bldg. 2-100B

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 256
Bldg. 70A-3377

1  p.m.
EHS 346
Chemical Management System/Web Application Training
Bldg. 90-0026

3  p.m.
Advanced Light Source
New Computational Algorithms for Quantum Systems
Eddie Red, Florida A&M U.
Bldg. 6-2202

4  p.m.
Interdisciplinary Instrumentation
Large-Scale Bolometer Arrays for Next Generation CMB Experiments
Helmuth Spieler
Bldg. 50 Auditorium


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Symposium Day: Hear All About Lab at 75

Here is today's speaker schedule for the 75th Anniversary Scientific Symposium in the Building 50 Auditorium. If the auditorium is full, go to the Building 66 Auditorium or Perseverance Hall in the cafeteria and watch a live telecast:

8:30 - Welcome (Graham Fleming, Steve Chu)
8:45 -  John Heilbron
9:15 - Directors' Panel (Andy Sessler, Chuck Shank, Steve Chu)
10:45 - Darleane Hoffman
11:15 - Paul Alivisatos
11:45 - George Smoot
1:15 - Don Glaser, Mina Bissell
1:45 - Eddy Rubin
2:15 - Jay Keasling
2:45 - Inez Fung
3:30 - Art Rosenfeld
4:00 - Horst Simon
4:30 - Saul Perlmutter
5:00 - Pier Oddone
5:30 - Reception in Cafeteria

Busy Days for DOE
At Berkeley Lab

The occasion of Berkeley Lab’s 75th anniversary celebration today has attracted dozens of Department of Energy headquarters and laboratory leaders to the site. Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman will be giving the dinner address at tonight’s gala at the Claremont, and Under Secretary for Science Ray Orbach will be visiting today and meeting with members of the Berkeley Site Office. Both executives will host their own business meetings at the Lab tomorrow, with 17 directors or designates from sister DOE labs.


'Wrapping' Makes
Cancer Drugs Less Toxic

Anticancer drugs are often highly toxic when delivered straight, but "wrapping" them inside larger molecules can lessen the side effects as well as make them more effective, according to a new study by researchers at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco (UCSF), including Berkeley Lab chemist Jean Fréchet. In recent experiments, a powerful cancer drug, doxorubicin, enveloped in a large polymer produced a 100 percent cure in mice with induced colon cancer, while all mice treated with the drug doxorubicin only died. Full story.

Reminder: Proper Use
Of Information Sources

Unacceptable use of lab information technology resources includes: viewing sexually explicit material, gambling, hacking, engaging in a private enterprise (e.g., running a business), or conducting fraud, embezzlement, or theft. Engaging in these activities may result in disciplinary action. For details, see the unacceptable use section of the Lab RPM.


Lab to Begin Search
For NERSC Director


Computing Sciences Associate Laboratory Director Horst Simon, who is also the Director of the Computational Research Division and of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), will step down from his NERSC post in 2007. Lab Director Steve Chu will initiate a national search for a successor.In a letter to his divisions, Simon said that in the future he wants to focus his efforts on building “a strong computational science and engineering (CSE) activity that leverages the unique talents, skills and facilities of both campus and the Lab.” He is also heavily involved in the planning of a new computational research building on site, in growing Lab research programs in mathematics and computer science, and in advancing the Lab’s SciDAC (Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing) projects. Read Simon’s letter here.

Risk Expert Joins
NAS Analysis Panel


Thomas McKone has been appointed to a National Academy of Sciences panel titled “Improving Risk Analysis Approaches Used By the U.S. EPA.” McKone is senior staff scientist and leader of the Environmental Chemistry, Exposure and Risk Group in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division. He is also an adjunct professor and researcher at the UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. The panel operates under the auspices of the Academies’ Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, its principal study unit for environmental pollution problems affecting human health, human impacts on the environment, and the assessment and management of related risks to human health and the environment.


Nano*High Lectures
Return This Saturday

Nano*High — now in its fourth year — is designed for high school students with or without science background, Nano*High talks are presented by Lab scientists who are known for their exceptional teaching ability and engaging lecture style. This series of monthly lectures for students and their teachers will demystify the “nano” world of the ultra-small: a field that shows enormous promise for advances in medicine, computing, energy efficiency and virtually all fields of science. This year's first speaker is physicist Rich Muller, who will discuss “Astrophysics and the Evolution of Life” this Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. Go here to register. 
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