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9 a.m.
Berkeley Lab
Institute 4 Roles of Leadership
Bldg. 62-203

9 a.m.
EHS 280
Laser Safety
Bldg. 70A-3377

Imaging Voices of the Past: Using Optics to Restore Sound Recordings
Carl Haber
Hearst Mining

Yoga Club
Class with Chris Hoskins
Bldg. 70-191

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 937-302

1 p.m.
EHS 330
Lead Hazard Awareness
Bldg. 70A-3377

4 p.m.
Interdisciplinary Instrumentation
Dark Matter and Nonproliferation: Advanced Detectors for International and Domestic Nuclear Security and Their Relevance for Fundamental Physics
Adam Bernstein, Livermore Lab
Bldg. 50 Auditorium


7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Red Wing Shoemobile
Bldg. 51 Parking Lot

9 a.m.
EHS 116
First Aid Safety
Bldg. 48-109

1 p.m.
EHS 260
Basic Electrical Hazards & Mitigations
Bldg. 70A-3377

1 p.m.
EHS 123
Adult CPR
Bldg. 48-109

5:30 p.m.
Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

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Morning Editions: Corned Beef Hash and Eggs
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Ham and 2 Eggs with Bagel and Fruit
Market Carvery: Mandarin Beef with Potato and Vegetables
The Fresh Grille: Grilled Turkey Burger With Guacamole and Mushrooms
Menutainment: Chinese Chicken Salad

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Physicist Ronan Dies
Behind Building 50

Senior Scientist Dr. Michael T. Ronan, 57, of Berkeley Lab’s Physics Division was discovered on the asphalt landing behind Building 50B late yesterday afternoon, having suffered an apparent fatal fall off the building. Officers from the University of California Police Department are investigating the cause of death. The incident took place at about 4:38 p.m., according to witnesses near the scene. Paramedics arrived soon after and attempted to revive Ronan, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ronan, a particle physicist at the lab since 1976, was actively involved in research areas such as linear collider physics and detectors, tau physics studies, Time Projection Chamber (TPC) research and development, and the Pep-II Babar project. As recently as May of this year, he gave a seminar on TPC research for the Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium in the Building 50 Auditorium.

He had also given talks around the world on subjects like the Higgs Multi-Jet Analysis, the Linear Collider-TPC Design, and Java Software. And in 2003, he chaired the committee that organized the 25th anniversary celebration of the development of the TPC, which was attended by more than 80 scientists from around the world.

Confidential employee counseling for those who request it is available through UC Berkeley’s Care Services, the employee assistance program for the Lab. A care counselor will be at the Lab today from 2 to 2:45 p.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Operations Division office, 50A-4119, and anyone needing assistance is encouraged to visit. The Care consultants are mental health professionals who deal with a variety of personal and emotional issues; they are located in Room 3100 of Tang Center, and appointments are available daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments may be made by calling 643-7754 for an in-person or phone consultation.

“Today at Berkeley Lab” will report additional information about Ronan and funeral arrangements as it becomes available.

Rosen, Physicist,
DOE Director, Dies

Simon Peter Rosen, a leading theorist in elementary particle physics, an international authority on neutrino physics, and a director of major high energy and nuclear physics programs at the Department of Energy, died on Oct. 13, after a courageous three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 73. Full story.


Keasling's Company Gets Funds to Test 'Sugar Fuel'
By David Morrill

If it's a product that comes from a barrel of oil, then Amyris Biotechnologies Inc. believes it can make it out of sugar. This week, the Emeryville- based company announced that it now has a new leader as well as $20 million in funding to employ the modern principles of synthetic biology to create biofuel utilizing sugar. Berkeley Lab Physical Biosciences director Jay Keasling, one of Amyris' founders, said the new funds "will enable the company to expand its capabilities to address major global health and energy challenges." Full story.

Creation of Atomic
Element Announced
By Rick Weiss

Scientists in California and Russia announced that they have created the heaviest atomic element ever made, adding a new item to the universal menu of matter known as the periodic table and revealing fresh secrets about the nature of atoms, the fundamental units of physical stuff. "One never knows what the application of the things you find may be," said Darleane Hoffman, with Berkeley Lab's Nuclear Science Division. Full story. Another story on the element discovery, that includes a historical recounting of element discovery at Berkeley Lab, appeared in the Oakland Tribune.


Keep Fire Extinguishers
In the Right Location

Fire extinguishers are located throughout the Lab with careful attention to the agent, hazard, location and applicable code requirements.  They're the right extinguisher in the right location, so they should not be moved.  Those who require an additional extinguisher can obtain one on a sign out basis with the Lab's Fire Marshal, Gary Piermattei (X6370). Training in the use of these extinguishers is available from EH&S and is required to use an extinguisher.


UC Open Enrollment
To Start on Nov. 1

Open Enrollment for UC health and welfare benefits plans runs from Wednesday, Nov. 1, to Tuesday, Nov. 21. However, Lab employees can begin to think about and plan actions they may want to take by visiting the At Your Service website and selecting the "Open Enrollment 2007" icon to get started. Also, watch for the general Open Enrollment announcement being sent in the mail to home addresses later this week or early next week. Go here to learn more about Open Enrollment.

Enter Campus 'Technology Breakthrough' Contest

Lab researchers working on technology or scientific research that aims to make the world a substantially better place and has commercial potential are invited to enter the UC Berkeley Technology Competition. Winners receive $25,000 in cash and connections to industry representatives and investors. To apply, send (on two pages or less) a description of what the science or technology is and what problem will be solved with its use. For details on competition rules and submission information, go here.

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