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11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Health Care Facilitator
Onsite Dental Service

Cafeteria Lobby

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Computer Mouse Replacement/Evaluation
Cafeteria Lawn

3 p.m.
EHS 292
NFPA 70E (Electrical Safety Standard)

Bldg. 70A-3377


10 a.m.
EHS 256
LockOut/TagOut Verfication
Bldg. 70A-3377

Dance Club
Fox Trot Practice

Bldg. 51 Lobby

Environmental Energy Technologies
Demand Response Research in Spain

Iñigo Cobelo, Labein-Tecnalia
Bldg. 90-3122

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

Bldg. 70-191

1 p.m.
EHS 62
WorkSmart Ergonomics

Bldg. 70A-3377

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Breakfast: Pineapple Pancakes with Canadian Bacon
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Chorizo Scramble with Flour Tortilla
Carvery: Fried Chicken with Two Sides

Pizza: Marinated Spinach with Feta Cheese and Red Onions
Deli: Turkey and Smoked Gouda Prestini with Chipotle Mayonnaise
Grill: Blue Cheese Burger with Balsamic Carmelized Onions
Cultural Cuisines: Taco Salad

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Biodiesel is Homegrown
Effort for Local Farmers

Van Buskirk
A group of county farmers are hoping consumers will extend their "Buy Fresh, Buy Local" attitude from the grocery store to the fuel pump. In an attempt to capitalize on the county's environmental consciousness and growing demand for biodiesel, six organic farmers have teamed with Richard Van Buskirk of Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division to harvest locally grown mustard seed and use it to power school buses, farm tractors and old Volvos, among other engines, and potentially supply the county's three stations selling biodiesel. Full story.

Identifying the Proteins
A Protease is Targeting


Proteases — enzymes that recognize certain strings of amino acids on a substrate protein, bind to this area, then break a nearby chemical bond  — can destroy proteins by snipping them in half, as in malaria. They can also activate proteins by lopping off atoms covering a reactive site. This versatility has made proteases critical to all manner of organisms. Humans manufacture tens of thousands of proteins, but figuring out which of these a protease targets is extremely challenging and time consuming. Berkeley Lab chemical scientist Jonathan Ellman has developed a method of identifying the combination of side chains a protease cleaves, which enables researchers to identify and block them. Full story.


Changes in Medical
Offerings This Fall

Employees should be aware of several significant changes to the medical plan options during this November’s Open Enrollment period (Nov. 1-27). The PacifiCare HMO plan will not be offered, a new consumer-driven plan, CIGNA, will be introduced, and mental and substance abuse benefits will be offered only through United Behavioral Health. Also, a new wellness program, StayWell, will be available. Go here for more information on these plan changes.

'Undeliverable E-Mail' Notices May be Virus

Employees who receive an e-mail notice saying a message they recently sent could not be delivered — and such a message was not sent — have likely gotten a forgery sent by an e-mail virus.  These notices do not indicate a problem with your e-mail account or computer.  More information about what causes this is available here.

Diversity in Computing
Award Nominations Due

Nominations for the Tapia Award for Diversity in Computing are due Friday, Aug. 31. The award recognizes someone with outstanding achievements in scholarship, a strong civic presence in the scientific community, and dedication to ethnic diversity in computing and related disciplines. Send nomination letters here.

Correction: Dates
Of Tennis Tournament

Yesterday’s edition of Today at Berkeley Lab listed the incorrect dates for the Berkeley Lab tennis tournament. It will take place next Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 28 and 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. on the campus’s Hearst Courts. To sign up, contact Joe Harkins.

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