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In Open Enrollment


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


8:30 a.m.
Radiation Protection/Laboratory Safety
Bldg. 70A-3377

Yoga Club
Yoga with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70-191

2 p.m.
Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute
Template-free Routes to Hierarchically Porous Inorganic Materials
Ram Seshadri, UC Santa Barbara Materials Research Lab
Bldg. 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

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Morning Editions: Avocado and Swiss Omelette with Fruit and Toast
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Biscuits and Gravy with 2 Eggs
Market Carvery: Pot Roast with Onions, Carrots and Potatoes
The Fresh Grille: Tuna Melt with Fries and 20 oz. Soda

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Neanderthal DNA
Makes the News

Neanderthal DNA made coast-to- coast newspaper headlines with the announcement of a new paper in Science reporting that some 65,000 base pairs of nuclear DNA from a fossilized Neanderthal bone have been sequenced and analyzed. The study, led by Berkeley Lab’s Eddy Rubin and James Noonan, reports that the genomes of modern humans and Neanderthals are at least 99.5 percent identical, the two species shared a common ancestor some 700,000 years ago, and they went their separate ways about 400,000 years ago. There was no evidence of any significant crossbreeding between the two, despite the fact that they cohabitated the same geographic region for thousands of years. Read the news release here.

Chu, Smoot Continue
Nobel Road Tradition

The two most recent additions to the Berkeley Lab Nobel Prize list, Director Steve Chu and physicist George Smoot, have joined their nine predecessors in having roads on the Hill named after them. The honor began during the 1995 Open House, when Nobel Laureates' names were assigned to existing Lab roadways. On Tuesday night, as part of the 75th anniversary dinner at the Claremont Hotel, Lab Deputy Director Graham Fleming bestowed "Chu Road" and "Smoot Road" signs upon the two Nobelists and unveiled a map describing the locations, which can be seen here.

Keasling Named
Scientist of the Year

Discover magazine has named Jay Keasling, a chemical engineer with a joint appointment at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley, as its 2006 Scientist of the Year. Keasling was cited for “developing ways to program DNA as easily as people program computers.” In an interview with writer Carl Zimmer, Keasling describes the synthetic biology techniques by which he engineered bacteria and yeast to produce a precursor to artemisinin, a super antimalarial drug. Similar techniques could be used to produce ethanol from plant cellulose, Keasling said. Full story.

Join Outdoors Club at
Marina this Sunday

The Outdoors Club invites Lab employees and their friends and family to the Berkeley Marina this Sunday at 11 a.m. There will be free time to jog, walk your dog, bike, fly a kite, read a book, and enjoy the views of the San Francisco Bay followed by a picnic lunch. Those interested should contact Dinah Levy at [email protected]

Deadline for Benefits
Changes Next Tuesday

Open Enrollment ends at midnight on Tuesday, Nov. 21, not on Monday, as stated in yesterday's edition of Today at Berkeley Lab.
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