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Day Until Runaround


8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Benefits Office
FITSCo Couseling
Alyssa Valladao
Bldg. 26-109

Environmental Energy Technologies
Wildland Fires and Berkeley Lab
Gary Piermattei
Bldg. 90-3122

Benefits Office
Enrolling in the UC Retirement Savings Plans
Alyssa Valladao, Fidelity Investments
Bldg. 26-109

5:15 p.m.
Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191


10:30 a.m.
Beam Physics
Dielectric Window Breakdown: Transition From Single Surface Multipactor to rf Discharge
John Verboncoeur, UC Berkeley
Bldg. 71-264

2 p.m.
UC Berkeley
Plasmonics: The New Wave of Chipscale Technologies?
Mark Brongersma, Stanford U.
390 Hearst Mining Bldg. (campus)

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Morning Editions: Pancakes and Eggs
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Biscuits and Gravy with 2 Eggs
Market Carvery: Chicken with Sundried Tomatoes and Artichoke
The Fresh Grille: Double Cheeseburger with Fries
Menutainment: Pasta Primavera with Roasted Vegetables and Marinara Sauce

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Smoot, right, watches coin toss at Cal football game against Oregon last week

Nobel Editorials Praise
U.S., Bay Area Science

Berkeley Lab's George Smoot and the rest of the participants in this year's slew of American Nobel Prizes continue to receive their share of praise from the nation's newspapers. A USA Today editorial includes reference to Smoot's reception at last weekend's Cal football game, when the fans chanted "Nobel! Nobel! Nobel!" The Oakland Tribune called Smoot and his science Nobel colleagues "the true heroes."

From l-r, Oddone, Smoot, Director Chu and Emeritus Director Shank

Pier Oddone on Nobel:
COBE Boosted Physics

Among the celebrants at last week's reception for Berkeley Lab's newest Nobelist, George Smoot, was former Lab Deputy Director (and now Director of Fermilab) Pier Oddone. In a column he wrote for Fermilab's website, Oddone reflected upon Smoot's award-winning work, which was authorized under Oddone when he was Physics Division Director, and upon the changes that the data from COBE has meant to the cosmology and particle physics. Read his message here.


Gold, DNA Ruler Measures Genetic Information

Gold nanoparticles after DNA strands are added
Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley scientists have developed a ruler made of gold nanoparticles and DNA that can measure the smallest of life's phenomena, such as precisely where on a DNA strand a protein attaches itself. The molecular ruler offers label-free and real-time measurement of a range of protein-DNA interactions at an extremely high resolution. As such, it promises to play a key role in the current push in biology to understand how genetic information flows from DNA to RNA to gene expression. Full story.

Use Caution With
Electrical Cords

Two incidents at Berkeley Lab highlight the inherent vulnerabilities of portable electrical cords and relocatable power taps. The construction, design and utilization of these devices create potential shock, fire, and trip hazards. To reduce the chances of electrical cord and relocatable power tap failures in laboratory operations, limit their use whenever feasible. In addition, inspect all electrical cords periodically and prior to use. Discard cords that show any visible sign of damage or discoloration due to overheating. Go here for more information on electrical cord safety.

Redwood Park Hike Happens on Sunday

Berkeley Lab's Outdoors Club will host a six-mile hike on Sunday in Redwood Regional Park. This will be a loop hike covering the East Ridge and Stream Trails. The hike begins at 10 a.m. from the Canyon Meadow staging area and should take three to four hours. Hikers should meet at North Berkeley BART at 9:30 a.m. for carpooling. Contact Dinah Levy to register for the event.

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