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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)


8:30 a.m.
Human Resources
New Employee Orientation
Bldg. 50 Aud.

10:15 a.m.
Environment, Health and Safety
Intro to EH&S at LBNL
Bldg. 50 Aud.

11 a.m.
Environmental Energy Technologies
Global Warming and Extreme Weather
Michael Wehner
Bldg. 90-3122

1:15 p.m.
Environment, Health and Safety
EHS 735/739/738, Bloodborne Pathogens/Biosafety Training
Bldg. 70A-3377

3 p.m.
Environment, Health and Safety
EHS 730 - Medical/Biohazardous Waste
Bldg. 70A-3377

4 p.m.
Life Sciences & Genomics
Biological Large Scale Integration
Stephen Quake, Stanford
JGI, Room 149B

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Morning Editions: 2 Eggs, Bacon and French Toast
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Swiss and Avocado Omelet with Hash Browns and Toast
Market Carvery: Chicken Teriyaki with Rice and Vegetables
The Fresh Grille: Grilled Ham and Swiss Stacker with Fries and Cole Slaw
Menutainment: Pasta Bar with Choice of Sauce, Garlic Bread and Salad

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Putting Power to Work
On Everyday Problems

By Therese Poletti

Supercomputers, the world's fastest computers, aren't just for scientists anymore: they have made big inroads into solving problems that touch our everyday lives. But as these massive systems become more affordable for both companies and researchers with their increased computing capability, scientists are still seeking new ways to speed them up, so they can better predict hurricanes or design more precise drugs. The list of the world’s 500 fastest computers is “very monolithic, lots of Intel processors,” said Berkeley Lab’s Horst Simon. “But at the fringe, there is a lot of experimentation and who knows what will happen next year." Full story.

Insects Disarm Plants
Guarded by Selenium

Diamondback moth
In new work, researchers report that the ability of plants to defend themselves by accumulating high levels of a toxic element can be overcome by some insects, and that such adaptation potentially echoes in the food web as other predators and parasites may in turn evolve to deal with high levels of the toxic element. The findings, whose co-authors Matthew A. Marcus and Sirine Fakra provided data at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source, appear in the Nov. 21 issue of the journal Current Biology. Full story. Go here to read the paper.

Centennial Road
Repair Starts Today

Beginning today, Centennial Drive will be reduced to one lane between Berkeley Lab’s Strawberry Gate entrance and the UC Botanical Gardens. Traffic flow will be regulated by a traffic light on either end of the construction zone for approximately six weeks. Drivers are urged to use caution in this area.

Annual Holiday Party
Set for Dec. 21

The Director’s annual Berkeley Lab Holiday Party has been scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 21 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria. Steve Chu will offer best wishes for the season, and music and food treats will be available to all employees who attend.

Craft Fair Showcases
Handmade Items

The annual Berkeley Lab craft fair will he held Thursday, Dec. 7, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Sponsored by the Employee Activities Association, the fair will feature a variety of handmade goods for sale, such as jewelry, photography, art glass, candles, baked goods, jams and jellies, tamales, hand sewn crafts, hand knitted and crocheted items, music CDs of original compositions, paintings, original books of poems, Egyptian crafts, music boxes, and pottery. For more information, contact Robin Mitchell (x4141).

Tips for Preparing
For Wet Winter Weather

The National Weather Service is forecasting above-average rainfall throughout California this winter due to moderate El Niño weather conditions. Storms fueled by this El Niño are expected to have the greatest impact during January, February and March 2007. The Governor's Office of Emergency Service (OES) is offering tips to help Californians prepare for the wet winter months ahead, including document storage, insurance coverage assessment, and home emergency kits. Go here for other tips.

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60% chance of rain.
High: 51° (11° C)
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SECON level 3

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