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Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70-191

2 p.m.
UC Berkeley
3-D Simulation of Nanoscopic Devices
Geoffrey Burr, IBM Almaden Research Center
390 Hearst Mining Bldg. (campus)


Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

Dance Club
Waltz Lesson
Bldg. 51(Bevatron) Lobby

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
Superfluid Weak Links: Physics and Applications
GRichard Packard
1 LeConte Hall (campus)

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Monday's Breakfast: Cinnamon Raisin French Toast with Eggs
Market Carvery: Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas
The Fresh Grille: BBQ Beef Sandwich with Onion Rings
Menutainment: Viva El Burrito with Chicken or Pork

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Smoot Receives City
Of Berkeley Proclamation

Berkeley Lab physics Nobel Laureate George Smoot was honored by the City of Berkeley on Tuesday with an official proclamation. The document recognizes Smoot's groundbreaking 1992 discovery of temperature fluctuations that were consistent with Big Bang predictions and are believed to be "the primordial seeds from which our present universe grew." Said Mayor Tom Bates to Smoot upon bestowing the proclamation: "It's a wonderful award and we're really very proud of you." Go here to watch a video of the presentation (see 10/24/06 meeting), and here to read the proclamation.

Earth Scientists Lauded
For Geological Research

C. Tsang
Y. Tsang
Four Berkeley Lab earth scientists have recently received awards for their research. Karsten Pruess was given the O. E. Meinzer Award from the Geological Society of America. The award recognizes his work in multiphase and multicomponent flow and transport in complex geological media. Go here to read more about Pruess's research. Jonny Rutqvist, with co-authors Chin-Fu Tsang and Yvonne Tsang, have been honored by the American Rock Mechanics Association with a Case History Award for his analysis of coupled thermo- hydro-mechanical processes within the Yucca Mountain Drift Scale Heater Test. The test is the largest-scale and highest-temperature field experiment to date, with the objective of studying physical and chemical processes associated with a potential nuclear repository.


Projector Beam Can
Present Fire Hazard

While preparing for a presentation, an employee at another DOE facility placed a notepad in front of a small desktop projector's light beam to dim the projector's light. The employee then stepped out of the office for a short period of time. When the worker returned, smoke was rising from the notepad and the projector. The projector lamp had burned a nickel-sized hole through notepad's cardboard backing and several pages of the tablet paper. Never place an object in front of a projector's lamp when the beam is on. Never leave the projector's beam on when you are not present in the room. Go here for more information.

Researchers Get DOE
Funds For Fuel Cell R&D

Berkeley Lab scientists, led by John Kerr of Environmental Energy Technologies, along with Adam Weber (also with EETD), and material scientists Nitash Balsara and Rachel Segalman, have received $6 million in funding from the Department of Energy, as part of the agency's $100 million effort towards fuel cell research and development. The Lab's proposal involves "synthesizing new proton-conducting membrane materials capable of operating as membrane separators and electrode-assembly binders in hydrogen fuel cells at temperatures ranging from -20°C to at least 120°C and under low-humidity conditions." Full story.

Correction on Open
Enrollment Dates

As part of this year's Open Enrollment period, the Lab's Benefits Office will host a vendor fair on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. The first of four Open Enrollment employee presentations will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 10 to 11 a.m., in the Building 50 Auditorium.

Calendar Data Purged
And Terms Updated

To ensure good system performance, the IT Division will be purging Calendar data older than 24 months beginning Sunday. To this aim, Calendar will be available for login, but unresponsive, for the following hours over the next six months: Monday - Saturday, 2 to 5 a.m., and Sunday 1 a.m. to noon. After initial purges, IT will continue to delete all records older than 24 months each Sunday as a standard maintenance practice. This means that the previous two years of data, plus all future data, will be kept in Calendar on a continual basis. For instructions on how to export your old Calendar data and DOE requirements, go here. To read Calendar's updated Terms of Service, go here.

Reminder: 'Fall Back'
On Saturday Night

Employees are reminded that this weekend marks a Daylight Savings Time adjustment. Before going to bed on Saturday night, set your clocks back one hour.
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