Today at Berkeley Lab masthead
Berkeley Lab: 75 Years of World-Class Science 1931-2006 Berkeley Lab logo Today at Berkeley Lab masthead
spacer image Wednesday, October 25, 2006 spacer image
spacer imageCALENDAR


9:30 a.m.
EHS 604
Hazardous Waste Generator
Bldg. 70A-3377

11 a.m.
EHS 622
Radioactive/Mixed Waste Generator
Bldg. 70A-3377

Yoga Club
Class with Chris Hoskins
Bldg. 70A-3377

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 937-302

3 p.m.
Advanced Light Source
High Energy Photoemission in Soft X-Ray Regime: Two Case Studies With (V1-xCrx)2O3 and Li0.9Mo6O17
Sung-Kwan Mo, Stanford U.
Bldg. 6-2202


8:30 a.m.
EHS 400
Radiation Protection Fundamentals
Bldg. 70A-3377

1 p.m.
EHS 256
Lock Out/Tag Out Verification
Bldg. 70A-3377

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

Events Calendar button
spacer image
spacer imageCAFETERIA

Morning Editions: Breakfast Burrito with Bacon and Eggs
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Avocado and Swiss Omelette with Fruit and Toast
Market Carvery: Turkey Lasagna with Side Salad
The Fresh Grille: Mushrooms and Swiss Burger with Fries
Menutainment: Penne Pasta with Shrimp Toss

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full menu spacer image
spacer image

Researchers Get 'Most
Promising' Tech Award

Wladek Walukiewicz and Kin Man Yu of the Materials Sciences Division got a surprise at last week's annual R&D 100 awards banquet in Chicago, when the editors of R&D Magazine presented them with the "Most Promising New Technology" award for their high efficiency multiband semiconductor material for solar cells. Most semiconductors have narrow band gaps and respond to only certain frequencies, wasting a lot of sunlight. The new materials' band gaps can be split to respond to a range of frequencies, making use of almost the entire solar spectrum. Read more about multiband materials here.

Campisi, Bousso to Speak
At 'Wonderfest' Event

Berkeley Lab life scientist Judith Campisi and physics theorist Raphael Bousso are among the speakers featured in this year's "Wonderfest" festival of science on Nov. 4 and 5, a non-profit Bay Area educational project. Both Lab scientists are speaking at Stanford University on the first day, with Campisi discussing "Can We Arrest Human Aging?" at 3 p.m. Bousso's 8 p.m. talk is entitled "Is the World Made of Strings?" See the full schedule, including the second day at UC Berkeley's Andersen Auditorium, here.


These Are Boom Times
For Big Bang Theory
By Dennis Overbye

Hardly anyone remembers now, but 1991 was a bad year for the Big Bang. Astronomers were having difficulty reconciling their models of the explosion that gave birth and impetus to the expanding cosmos with the structure of the modern universe, in particular the discovery of strings of clusters and so-called superclusters of galaxies going hundreds of millions of light-years across the sky. But in April 1992, Berkeley Lab astrophysicist George Smoot announced that the NASA satellite Cosmic Background Explorer had detected faint irregularities in a bath of microwaves that pervade space. Full story.

Nukes No Longer Tools
Of Only Mightiest Nations
By James Sterngold

The confrontation with North Korea and its nuclear weapon program — and with Iran, and before that, with Iraq — has shown that weaker countries now find strategic power comes not from possessing thousands of warheads, but merely twos and threes. "Nuclear weapons empower weak nations, not just strong ones," said Raymond Jeanloz, an Advanced Light Source user and UC Berkeley weapons expert. He added that that the technology, once accessible only to the wealthiest countries, is now far more easily obtained. Full story.
Offered for Researchers

The Berkeley Lab Institute and Sponsored Projects Office are sponsoring a lunchtime discussion series to help researchers and staff gain the tools needed to apply and submit proposals through The website is the access point for over 1,000 grant programs offered by federal granting agencies, such as NIH, NASA, NSF, DOE, DOI, USDA, and DOD. Sessions will be held in Perseverance Hall from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3 and 10, and Tuesday, Dec. 5. An off-site session will be held at the Berkeley West Biocenter (Potter St.) at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, in the Sudar Auditorium.

Artisans Sought
For Holiday Craft Fair

Lab employees who create arts and crafts are invited to sell their wares at the Lab's annual craft fair, on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Items must be handmade and artisans are asked to donate one item for a prize drawing at the fair. Interested staff should contact Robin Mitchell (x4141) for more details.

Centennial Pathway
Closed for Repairs

The pathway along Centennial Drive will be intermittently closed for repairs through Friday, Nov. 10. The path will be open from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekdays and all day on Saturdays and Sundays. A detour will be available during work hours. For information, call 643-4793.
spacer image
spacer imageWEATHER
spacer image
Red flag warning. Clear.
High: 75° (24° C)
IMAGE: Weather icon
Extended Forecast
spacer image
spacer image
SECON level 3

spacer image
More Information
spacer image
spacer imageINFO
spacer image
Current issue button
Previous issue button
Submission guidelines button
Archives button
Archives button
Contact the Editor
spacer image
spacer image
spacer image
IMAGE: DOE logo IMAGE: Office of Science logo IMAGE: UC logo