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Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig

2 p.m.
UC Berkeley
Nanotubes for NEMS: Exploiting their Unique Electronic and Mechanical Properties
Alex Zettl
390 Hearst Mining Bldg. (campus)


7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Red Cross
Blood Drive
Cafeteria parking lot

2 p.m.
Beam Phyics
Superconducting RF at Michigan State University
Terry Grimm
Bldg. 71-264

4:30 a.m.
Physcis Department
Matter-Antimatter Asymmetry in the Universe and an Arrow for Time
BRoberto Peccei, UCLA
l1 LeConte Hall (campus)

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Morning Editions: Biscuits and Gravy with 2 Eggs
Monday's Breakfast: Chili Cheese Omelette with Hash Browns

Market Carvery: Chicken Parmesan with Pasta and Salad

The Fresh Grille: Chicken Melt with French Fries
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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JGI Director Eddy Rubin, left, and Public Affairs Officer David Gilbert

First Tree Genome,
Poplar, is Published

Wood from a common tree may someday factor prominently in meeting transportation fuel needs, according to scientists whose research on the fast-growing poplar tree is featured on the cover of the most recent edition of Science. The article, highlighting the analysis of the first complete DNA sequence of a tree, the black cottonwood or Populus trichocarpa, lays the groundwork that may lead to the development of trees as an ideal "feedstock" for a new generation of biofuels such as cellulosic ethanol. The research is the result of a four-year project, led by the Joint Genome Institute and Oak Ridge National Lab. To recognize the milestone, a ceremonial tree was planted at JGI yesterday. A story on this research, including a video clip, is posted on the KGO-Channel 7 website.


Bevatron Paving Project Takes Place Tomorrow

The roadway on the north side of Bevatron Circle (Building 51), between the intersection of Cycolotron and Lawrence Roads and the intersection of Lawrence and Seaborg Roads, will be repaved tomorrow. Traffic controls will be in place during this daylong project, so drivers are urged to use caution in this area.

In View: SciDAC Grants, Founders Day Recap

Today's edition of The View features stories on the removal of mercury from coal-burning plants, the issuance of SciDAC grants to the Lab, and a Runaround preview. Also included is a photo spread and recap of the Founders Day event and obituaries on the ALS's Neville Smith and Helen Seaborg. Copies are sent to all mail rooms, and are also available at the cafeteria and Bldg. 65 bus stop.

Discount Tickets
On Sale Today

Discount tickets for local amusement parks will be on sale today near the café in the cafeteria dining hall during the lunch hour. Sales will also take place next Thursday (9/21).


Review Team Audits
The Lab Next Week

The McCallum-Turner team will visit the Lab next week to conduct a comprehensive review of how Berkeley Lab implements Integrated Safety Management (ISM). The review team will be here until Sept. 27 interviewing a broad spectrum of Lab personnel and visiting facilities and laboratories both on the hill and on campus. The Lab commissioned this review to help identify areas of the Lab's ISM system that need improvement. It is important that all employees be as candid as possible when talking with the review team, and take the time to explain how environmental protection and safety practices are integrated into their work. Go here for more information, or contact your Division Safety Coordinator or Liaison.


Probing Cellular
Protein Factories

Harry Noller, with UC Santa Cruz, has been studying the ribosome for more than 30 years, trying to understand how the ribosome works and how it evolved. Many of the most effective antibiotics work by targeting bacterial ribosomes. Noller's lab achieved breakthroughs in 1999 and 2001, producing the first high-resolution images of the molecular structure of a complete ribosome. Now, his team has made another major advance with an even higher-resolution image, obtained at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source, which enables them to construct an atom-by-atom model of the ribosome. Full story.

Stretching Could Be
Stem Cell Catalyst
By Sabin Russell

Stem cell
Stem cells drawn from bone marrow might be coaxed into making fresh blood vessels by racking them up inside specialized laboratory dishes and pulling them like taffy, according to new research presented yesterday in San Francisco. The study by UC Berkeley graduate student Kyle Kurpinski, a guest in Berkeley Lab's Life Sciences Division, was one of several at the 232nd American Chemical Society National Meeting to show that physical manipulation of stem cells may be an important step in transforming them into tissues that could heal injuries or cure diseases. Full story.
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