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3 p.m.
Undergraduate Poster Session


9 a.m.
EHS 530
Fire Extinguisher Safety

Bldg. 48-109

10 a.m.
EHS 278
Ladder Safety

Bldg. 70A-3377

Dance Club
Fox Trot Lesson

Bldg. 51 Lobby

12:15 p.m.
Yoga Club
Class with Chris Hoskins

Bldg. 70-191

1:30 p.m.
EHS 60
Ergonomic Awareness for Computer Users
Bldg. 70A-3377

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Breakfast: Roasted Veggie and Swiss Omelet with Toast and Hash Browns
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Ham & Cheddar Scramble with Hash Browns
Carvery: Hungarian Goulash with Egg Noodles

Pizza: Pesto with Roasted Eggplant
Deli: Smoked Turkey, Swiss and Marmalade Wrap
Grill: Sliced Flank Steak Sandwich with Mushrooms and Hunter Sauce

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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President Robert Dynes
To Step Down in 2008

University of California President Robert C. Dynes announced yesterday his intention to step down as president by June 2008. His presidency will end at the nearly five-year mark he had initially set for himself for serving as head of the 10-campus system, and paves the way for the 64-year-old to focus on his personal life, including a new marriage and his continuing research into superconductivity. Provost and Executive Vice President Wyatt Hume will act as the University’s Chief Operating Officer, in addition to his other duties. This appointment is effective immediately and will continue until a new president is named. Full story.


Pension Contributions
Have Been Postponed


The University of California Office of the Treasurer announced preliminary figures that indicate UC’s investments were up 19.1 percent during the past fiscal year, outperforming its benchmark by over 1 percent. Factors contributing to the good relative and absolute performance of the $48 billion fund were the diversification and allocation of its assets and performance of the non-U.S. equity and alternative asset classes over the past several years. Officials also confirmed that pension contributions, which have not been required of employees for 17 years but were slated to resume last month, have been postponed for at least the rest of the 2007–08 fiscal year. Full story.

Perlmutter, far right, is interviewed for an episode of "Closer to Truth"

PBS Film Crew Seeks
‘Truth’ at the Lab

A PBS film crew came to the Lab last Thursday to interview Saul Perlmutter for a new TV series titled "Closer to Truth." Much of the day was spent at the Building 77 assembly shop where the SNAP full-scale model resides. This effort was made possible with the help of SNAP engineer Matt Hoff and assembly shop head Bill Gath, along with building manager Ed Tully and safety manager Weyland Wong. To establish a “big science” atmosphere, the crew later filmed at the Advanced Light Source, where ALS scientific advisor Janos Kirz gave generously of his time. Today at Berkeley Lab will announce when the program airs. Go here for more information.

Apple Products Now
Available on eBuy

Apple/MacIntosh products are now available via eBuy from US Falcon/CDW-G at prices equivalent to Apple direct. To see a list of recommended Apple products, login to the eBuy website, click on the Falcon/CDW-G link, then the "LBNL Recommended Products" link. For non-standard configurations, contact Jeff Freedman of CDW-G (877-380-3424), or go here to select the needed components. CDWG can create a special “build to order” part number and post it on the website for direct ordering through eBuy.


Researchers Race to Find
Mysterious Dark Matter


In deep underground laboratories around the globe, a high-tech race is on to spot dark matter, the invisible cosmic glue that's believed to keep galaxies from spinning apart. The front-runner for the past several years, called CDMS for cryogenic dark matter search, uses ultracold silicon and germanium crystals each the size of a hockey puck to sift out telltale vibrations of a WIMP (weakly interacting massive particles) collision. CDMS spokesman and Berkeley Lab physicist Bernard Sadoulet said it helps to have more than one technology searching for dark matter to crosscheck results. Full story.

Nitrogen Rivals CO2
As Climate Threat


The unprecedented release of nitrogen-based fertilizer and its affect on the Earth’s climate are “larger in magnitude and more profound” than carbon, but its impact is being ignored, say scientists. That's a grave oversight, said Margaret Torn, the head of Climate Change and Carbon Management program in Berkeley Lab’s Earth Science Division. "Nitrogen should be on the radar," she said. "Unless we control that problem, we won't solve climate change." Full story.

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