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9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Employee Activities Association
Karats Jewelers
Cafeteria Lobby

1 p.m.
EHS 135
Earthquake/Wildland Safety
Bldg. 48-109

4 p.m.
Molecular and Cell Biology
The Evolutionary Design of Proteins
Rama Ranganathan, UT Southwestern
100 Genetics and Plant Biology Bldg. (campus)


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

9 a.m.
EHS 530
Fire Extinguisher Safety
Bldg. 48-109

12:15 p.m.
Yoga Club
Class with Chris Hoskins
Bldg. 70-131

4 p.m.
Chemical Engineering Department
Unconventional Electrochemical Materials and Systems: From Nanoengineered Electrodes to Self Assembling Colloidal Devices
Yet-Ming Chiang, MIT
120 Latimer Hall (campus)

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Breakfast: Breakfast Burrito with Sausage and Eggs
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Eggs Benedict
Carvery: Chicken Curry
Pizza: Marinated Garlic Spinach
Deli: Chicken Club Panini
Entree: Fiesta  Taco  Salad

Grill: Philly Cheese Steak

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Breast Cancer Story
To Air on KGO-TV

Breast cancer cell

KGO-TV reporter Carolyn Johnson visited the laboratory of Life Sciences Division Director Joe Gray last week for a story on molecular predictors of drug response in breast cancer. Three talks in this area are being presented at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting this week by Gray, Yinghui Guan, and Debopriya Das. The group is developing molecular assays that can select existing anticancer drugs that will be effective and allow experimental drugs to be tested first in patient subpopulations in which they will be most likely to be effective. The interview will air on KGO-TV's evening news program at either 5 or 6 p.m. today (Channel 7 locally).

Plants May Hold
Key to Solar Energy

Berkeley Lab scientists Gregory Engel and Graham Fleming have found that light-loving bacteria — and probably plants — rely on quantum physics to turn sunlight into usable energy rapidly and efficiently, overturning the standard explanation for how green living things get their energy. Armed with those quantum secrets, scientists could see faster progress in copying nature's machinery and harnessing the sun for human use. Full story.

Increasing Energy, Cost Efficiencies of Networks
By Tim Dunn


Research on environmental sustainability at Berkeley Lab is not confined to new biofuel technology. A project led in part by Environmental Energy Technologies researcher Bruce Nordman is focusing on the development of energy and cost-efficient digital networks. The new research is centered on reducing the colossal amount of energy used and wasted by residential and commercial electronics, Nordman said. Current figures estimate that about 250 terawatt-hours of energy are spent on powering electronics per year. Based on standard energy prices, this translates to around $25 billion for American consumers, he said. Full story.


Berkeley Rep Helios
Talks Start Monday

A three-lecture series on Berkeley Lab's development of alternative fuels begins Monday with Lab Director Steve Chu discussing "The Energy Problem: What the Helios Project Can Do About It" at 5:30 p.m. at the Berkeley Repertory Theater. Associate Lab Director Paul Alivisatos will speak on "Nanoscience at Work: Creating Energy From Sunlight" on May 14, and Jay Keasling, Physical Biosciences Division director, will talk about "Renewable Energy From Synthetic Biology" on June 4, same time and location (2055 Addison St.). Admission is free.


Microbes Online Unveils Improved Capabilities

Microbes Online, a website for comparative and functional genomics of prokaryotes, now boasts over 420 complete genomes, with nearly 1.5 million genes assigned to more than 60,000 protein families. A recent upgrade of the website features an interactive tree browser for protein family phylogenies, a maximum-likelihood species tree, tools for discovering regulatory sequences, and profile searches and visualization of gene expression data. Microbes Online was created in 2003 by the Computational Core of the Virtual Institute for Microbial Stress and Survival (VIMSS), led by Lab life scientist Adam Arkin. Go here to view the site and here to learn more about the upgrades.

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