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7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Iron Age Shoemobile
Temporary Location: Bldg. 56 Parking Lot

Refrigerator Energy Efficiency Standards in Ghana
Essel Ben Hagen, Institute of Industrial Research
Bldg. 90-3122

4 p.m.
Life Sciences & Genomics
Regulatory Mechanisms Controlling the Balance Between Cell Life and Death
Atan Gross, Weizmann Institute of Science
Bldg. 66 Auditorium


Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70-191

2 p.m.
UC Berkeley
Lessons in Optics and Mechanics from Marine Organisms
Joanna Aizenberg, Lucent Technologies
390 Hearst Mining Bldg. (campus)

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Morning Editions: Avocado and Cheese Omelette with Fruit and Toast
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Biscuits and Gravy with 2 Eggs

Market Carvery:          Curried Chicken over Bombay Rice

The Fresh Grille: BBQ Beef Sandwich with Fries and Fruit
Menutainment: Spaghetti with Meat or Marinara Sauce

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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USDA-DOE Renewable Energy Meeting Set

Registration is now open for "Advancing Renewable Energy: An American Rural Renaissance," a national renewable energy conference that will be hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Energy (DOE) Oct. 10-12 at America's Center in St. Louis. The conference will focus on achieving goals outlined in President Bush's Advanced Energy Initiative. The program will specifically focus discussions on research and commercialization of biomass, wind, and solar technologies. USDA and DOE expect it to identify critical pathways and to make recommendations to help accelerate renewable energy technology development. Go here for the agenda, and here for registration.

Playoffs End Lab
Softball Season

Berkeley Lab's softball league concluded the 2006 season with playoff and championship games last week. In playoff action, Silver and Black beat Animals, 13-4, while Ballpark Estimates bested Rated X, 9-5. In the final game, Silver and Black fell to Ballpark Estimates, 17-10. The season was dedicated to Greg Traynor, a former Lab employee and Ballpark Estimate teammate who passed away earlier this year. Go here to see a photo of the winning team.

Tree-Planting Drive Seeks
To Create New Urban Cool
By Blaine Harden

Sacramento believes an answer for global warming is growing on trees. About 375,000 shade trees have been given away to city residents in the past 16 years, and there are plans to plant at least 4 million more. In Los Angeles, planting 10 million trees and fabricating lighter-colored roofs and pavement could reverse an urban "heat island" effect — caused by concrete, asphalt and heat-retaining buildings — that has been increasing for a hundred years, according to a simulation study by Berkeley Lab's Hashem Akbari. Full story.

Student Boom Swamps UC Campuses, Classes

Students surged into a large auditorium at UC Berkeley last week, filling all seats and sitting in aisles for a chance to hear the speaker. This was no celebrity-studded special event, just the second day of class for Introduction to Economics, one of many overcrowded classes at UC this year. Berkeley Lab physical bioscientist Mark Kubinec, who teaches introductory chemistry, says he is constantly seeking new ways to engage what he calls "the 8 billion freshmen.'' Full story.
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