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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

4  p.m.
Chemical Sciences
5f-element chemistry revealed by actinide ions in the gas phase
Dr. John Gibson, ORNL
Bldg. 70A-3377


7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Red Wing Shoemobile
Bldg. 63 Parking Lot

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Health Care Facilitator
Onsite Dental Mobile
Bldg. 62 Redwood Grove

8:30 a.m.
Radiation Safety Fundamentals
Bldg. 70A-3377

1 p.m.
EHS 27
Performing an Effective Safety Walk-Around
Bldg. 70A-3377

1:30  p.m.
Materials Sciences
Reaction Dynamics at Metal Surfaces: Dissociative Chemisorption of Small Molecules
Ian Harrison, U. of Virginia
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

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SNO Completes Run
At the End of November

Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, or SNO
After more than seven years and the recording of 25,000 neutrino signals, the heavy-water detector at Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) will complete its experimental run at the end of November. As a leading member of the SNO collaboration, Berkeley Lab provided the framework supporting the 10,000 photomultiplier tubes that surround the detector. The heavy water in the core will now be removed and returned to the lender, Atomic Energy of Canada, Ltd. SNO seeks funding for a liquid scintillator detector capable of catching rare neutrinoless double-beta decays, which will also be used for further measurements of neutrinos from the sun and Earth's core. Read more here.


Strategic Plan: Focus
On Energy Supply

The latest five-year Department of Energy Strategic Plan has just been released, and it focuses much of its attention on diversifying America’s energy supply, improving the nation’s energy efficiency, addressing environmental and climate changes, and modernizing the energy infrastructure. The plan is DOE’s roadmap to address the energy, environmental, and nuclear security challenges before the U.S., with “the heart of our plan…founded on innovation through science-driven development of new technologies,” according to Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman. Read the plan here.

Mental Health Resource
For Lab Employees

CARE, the Lab’s Employee Assistance Program, is available to Lab employees. CARE, which is operated by UC Berkeley at the Tang Center on campus, helps employees cope with personal and relationship issues that may include family concerns, emotional stress, grief and loss, dependent care, health/disability concerns, financial pressures, and work pressures. To learn more about CARE services, go here or call (510) 643-7754 for a free and confidential phone or office consultation.

Top500 Supercomputer
List to Include Efficiency

IBM holds a 47.8 percent share of the biannual Top500 Supercomputers list, which was released yesterday at the Supercomputing 2006 conference. The Top500 list, compiled by researchers in the U.S., including at Berkeley Lab, and Germany, ranks supercomputer systems by performance as measured by teraflops. But even though supercomputer end users don’t buy them for their energy efficiency, the Top500 list will begin to include power efficiency measures in its next list, due out in June 2007. “We are looking at teraflops per watt and we are starting to track that and will at least provide the numbers,” said Erich Strohmaier, a Berkeley Lab staff scientist and one of the list compilers. Full story.

Scientists Shrink
Carbon Nanotubes


U.S. scientists say they have developed a method of controllably altering the diameter of individual carbon nanotubes. Alex Zettl and colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley and Berkeley Lab say carbon nanotubes' ability to conduct electricity and other electrical and mechanical properties depends heavily on their size. Full story. Read the paper here.


Deadline for Benefits
Changes Next Monday

Employees can visit the Open Enrollment website to check current plan enrollments, review medical plan premium rates for 2007, and read about plan changes and other important information for 2007. Employees can enroll in or change medical, dental and vision plans. Note the Legal and Supplemental Disability plans are not open to new enrollees this Open Enrollment. Employees who are currently participating in the Health Care Reimbursement (HCRA) or Dependent Care Accounts must re-enroll during Open Enrollment to continue participating in 2007. Employees who are not currently participating in HCRA are encouraged to consider enrolling in the program for 2007. Go here to learn how HCRA can help employees take charge of out-of-pocket health care expenses.
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