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Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 937-302


Berkeley Lab Institute
Dance Club Waltz Lesson
Bevatron Lobby

Yoga Club
Yoga with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
The Cosmological Constant, the Anthropic Principle, and the String Landscape
Joseph Polchinski, UC Santa Barbara
1 LeConte Hall (campus)

7 p.m.
Center for Integrated Planetary Science
The Search for Planet X
Eugene Chiang, UC Berkeley
Silbley Aud., Bechtel Engineering Center (campus)

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Morning Editions: French Toast with Bacon and 2 Eggs
Market Carvery: Chicken Enchiladas with Rice and Beans
The Fresh Grille: Grilled Ham and Cheese with Fries
Menutainment: Cheese Enchiladas with Rice and Beans

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Enjoying Energy-Wise Thanksgiving Day

The Sacramento Bee’s Edie Lau put together suggestions from energy experts on how to keep energy use low even on a high-activity holiday like Thanksgiving. Read them here, including Berkeley Lab scientist Rich Brown’s recommendations. One is that you cover your cooking pots with a lid — without a lid, he says, "the steam evaporating from pots carries away a lot of heat and the food will take longer to cook."

NY Times Weighs In
On Neanderthal Findings

From a New York Times editorial: “Scientists are tantalizingly close to learning just what genetic changes distinguish modern humans from Neanderthals, who went extinct some 30,000 years ago. The issue is important to experts who want to understand evolution, but also to people who deem themselves a cut above these early cousins, whose name we have turned into an insult.” Read the full editorial on the work, some performed by Berkeley Lab’s Eddy Rubin and his team, here.

Engineers Honor
Leemans on Accelerators

Berkeley Lab accelerator scientist Wim Leemans has been elevated to the position of Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, among the most prestigious of IEEE honors. Leemans was cited “for contributions to the field of advanced accelerators, in particular laser-plasma acceleration of electrons.” More on the IEEE can be found here.

Ex-Lab Scientist Named
First Cockcroft Chair

Former Berkeley Lab physicist and founder of the Center for Beam Physics, Swapan Chattopadhyay, has been appointed to the Sir John Cockcroft Chair of Physics by the Universities of Liverpool, Manchester and Lancaster in the United Kingdom. This is the first such joint chair in accelerator physics in the UK. Chattopadhyay’s appointment will also come with the position of Inaugural Director of The Cockroft Institute, as well as steering committee membership for the UK’s proposed fourth generation light source. Chattopadhyay currently serves as Associate Director of Jefferson Lab, a postion he took in 2001 after spending nearly 25 years with Berkeley Lab. To read the announcement, go here.

Library Services
Web Server Down

Due to unintended access and disclosure concerns, the Library Services Web Server is currently down while upgrades are performed. Staff is still available to help with:
  • Access to publication numbers and procurement of page charges: e-mail info to [email protected] or call x6504 (Jean Wolslegel)
  • Access, queries about journals, books, reports or articles for research: e-mail [email protected] or call x5621 (Michael Golden, Reference Desk)
  • Access or queries about archives or FOIA requests: e-mail [email protected] or call x6399
  • Queries about charges or invoices: e-mail or call [email protected], x6922
  • Concerns or questions: e-mail: [email protected] or call x4400

Free Tickets to 28th
Annual Dickens Fair

Two complimentary tickets will be distributed to all Berkeley Lab employees for the 28th annual Dickens Christmas Fair at the San Francisco Cow Palace, weekends through Dec. 23. These tickets and an informational flyer will be delivered by mail beginning today. The Dickens Fair transforms the exhibit hall into 19th century London featuring hundreds of Dickensian characters, authentic pubs, music halls, children’s theater, food and gifts. Contact Arabella Schmidt of the Employee Activities Association if your tickets don’t arrive. Go here for more details on the fair.

Reminder: Bus Shuttle
Service Shorter Today

Bus Service today will end (last shuttle) at the following times: off-site, 6:30 p.m. at Building 65; on-site, 6:20 p.m. at Building 62/66; Bancroft, 6:30 p.m. at Building 62/66; Rockridge, 5:40 p.m. at Building 65.

The ITER device

Orbach, on U.S. Behalf, Signs ITER Agreement

Representing the United States, Dr. Raymond L. Orbach, Under Secretary for Science of the Department of Energy, in Paris yesterday joined counterparts from China, the European Union, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation to sign an agreement to build the international fusion energy project known as ITER. In FY06, DOE allocated $25 million to ITER and President Bush has requested $60 million for the project in FY07. ITER will be constructed at Cadarache, France and is expected to be completed in 2015. Full story.

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