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11 a.m.
Berkeley Lab Institute
Interpersonal Communicative Skills
Bldg. 62-203

11 a.m.
UC Berkeley
Organic Synthesis and Bio-Organic Chemistry: A 30-Year Relationship
Paul Bartlett
120 Latimer Hall (campus)

11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Health Care Facilitator
Breast Cancer Information
Cafeteria Lobby

4 p.m.
Life Sciences & Genomics
Genetic Dissection of Plant Cell Wall Structure and Function
Chris Somerville, Carnegie Institution
JGI, Room 149B

4 p.m.
UC Berkeley
Plasmonic Nanoparticles: Molecular Orbitals Writ Large
Naomi Halas, Rice U.
120 Latimer Hall (campus)

5:30 p.m.
Water Resources Center
The Role of Climate on Water Institutions in the Western Americas
Justice Greg Hobbs, Colorado Supreme Court
250 Goldman School (campus)


8:30 to 10:15 a.m.
Human Resources
New Employee Orientation
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

10:15 a.m.
EHS 10
Intro to EH&S at Berkeley Lab
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

Yoga Club
Class with Chris Hoskins
Bldg. 70-191

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 937-302

4 p.m.
Chemical Sciences
The Atomic Structure of Actinide Hydrolysis Products in Solution and in the Solid State
Lynda Soderholm, Argonne National Lab
Bldg. 70A-3377

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Morning Editions: Swiss and Avocado Omelette with Hash Browns and Toast
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Breakfast Bagel with Ham, Cheese and Fruit
Market Carvery: Chicken Parmesan with Pasta and Vegetables
The Fresh Grille: Chicken Melt with Onion Rings
Menutainment: Fiesta Taco Salad

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Unusual Melt, Freeze
Rate for Nanocrystals

Germanium nanocrystal embedded in silica glass
Berkeley Lab scientists have discovered that nanocrystals of germanium embedded in silica glass don't melt until the temperature rises almost 200 degrees Kelvin above the melting temperature of germanium in bulk. What's even more surprising, these melted nanocrystals have to be cooled more than 200K below the bulk melting point before they resolidify. Such a large and nearly symmetrical "hysteresis" — the divergence of melting and freezing temperatures above and below the bulk melting point — has never before been observed for embedded nanoparticles. Full story.

Talk Examines Nuclear
Energy Use in the U.S.

Berkeley Lab Accelerator and Fusion Research Division scientist Per Peterson will discuss "Current and Future Activities for Nuclear Energy in the United States" at noon tomorrow in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building (UC Berkeley campus). His talk will cover the United States' re-examination of nuclear power as a means to combat global warming. The talk is part of the CITRIS Research Exchange series.

Send R&D 100 Ideas
To Tech Transfer

The Lab's Technology Transfer Department wants to remind scientists that it is time to consider which technologies should be nominated for R&D Magazine's 100 Top Technologies award. The awards are presented to the 100 most significant new technologies each year. The judges evaluate both societal impact and scientific advancement. For more information, contact Pam Seidenman (x 6461).



Time Magazine Story
Includes Lab Geneticist

Last week's "What Makes us Different? " cover story in Time Magazine touches on work conducted by Eddy Rubin — director of Berkeley Lab's Genomics Division and the Joint Genome Institute — in which the genome of Neanderthals is reconstructed. In the article Rubin says, "They had fire, burial ceremonies, the rudiments of what we would call art. They were advanced — but nothing like what humans have done in the last 10,000 to 15,000 years." Full story.

New York Times, NPR
Stories on Smoot Nobel

It's been a week since Berkeley Lab astrophysicist George Smoot won the Nobel Prize in Physics, but high-profile stories are still being published. The latest are a radio appearance on National Public Radio's Science Friday program, along with co-winner John Mather, and a New York Times story on the prize-winning discovery and its place in the ongoing struggle to understand how the universe was created.

Energy Experts Get
Presidential Award

Bill Golove, a scientist in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, and Alex Lekov, a research associate in EETD, are the recipients of the 2006 Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management as part of a larger team representing the U.S. Postal Service Pacific Area Energy Program Committee. The USPS received this award for completing over $100 million of clean energy retrofits in their facilities during FY 2004 and 2005. Berkeley Lab was instrumental both in designing the administrative structure of the program and providing comprehensive technical assistance with the selection of technologies and the calculation of benefits.
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