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Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

3:45 p.m.
Nuclear Engineering
Engineering in the 21st Century: Risk, Ethics and Education (Part 1)
Daniel Tellep, UC Berkeley
3105 Etcheverry Hall

4 p.m.
Chemistry Department
Restoring Protein Homeostasis To Ameliorate Human Disease
Jeffery Kelly, Scripps Institute
105 Stanley Hall

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
Circuit Quantum Electrodynamics:  What is the Electric Field of a Single Photon?
Steve Girvin, Yale U.
1 LeConte Hall


9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Suspect/Counterfeit Items Training

Bldg. 62-203

11 a.m.
Chemistry Department
Chemical Studies of Violence, Sex, and Drugs in the Plant and Animal Worlds
Jerrold Meinwald, Cornell U.
120 Latimer Hall

11:30 a.m.
Site Access
Red General Parking Pass Exchange (Bring Lab ID and Red Pass)

Cafeteria Lobby

4 p.m.
Life Sciences and Genomics
Coping With the Stress of Solar Energy, a Conserved Bacterial Response to the Reactive Oxygen Species Singlet Oxygen (1O2)
Timothy Donohue U. of Wisconsin
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

4 p.m.
Chemistry Department
Scientific Analysis and Materials Research in the Conservation of Works of Art
Christopher Maines, National Gallery of Art
120 Latimer Hall

4 p.m.
Measurements of Time Dependent CP Asymmetries in Charmless Penguin-Dominated B Meson Decays at BaBar
Alfio Lazzaro, U. of Milan
Bldg. 50A-5132

5:30 p.m.
Water Resources Center Archives
A Camera Aloft: California Wetlands and Streams from a Bird's Perspective

Charles Benton, UC Berkeley
112 Wurster Hall

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Breakfast: Roasted Veggie and Swiss Omelet with Hash Browns
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Eggs Benedict
Cultural Cuisine: Pasta Bar with Choice of Sauce, Salad and Garlic Bread
Pizza: Antipasto
Deli: Chicken Club Prestini
Grill: Chicken Quesadilla with Sour Cream, Salsa, and Guacamole
Carvery: Chicken with Sun Dried Tomato and Artichoke Sauce

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full menu

Be Energy Efficient
During Winter Months
David McGraw
Chief Operating Officer

The shorter daylight hours and colder weather can be challenging to both human comfort and energy efficiency.  As staff members of Berkeley Lab, we are all aware of the large and global effects of energy utilization.  At Berkeley Lab, we have set our thermostats to 68°F — consistent with our energy efficiency goals and Federal requirements.

You may have noticed that some of our building heating systems do not maintain a temperature of 68°.  If your area is colder than that, contact the Facilities Work Request Center (x6274) so that they can adjust your building system accordingly.  The alternative of using a personal space heater is problematic.  The heater is usually energy inefficient and makes it difficult to balance temperature across the building, sometimes resulting in lower ambient temperatures in neighboring offices.

If you find 68°F to be uncomfortable for you, please consider dressing in warmer clothing.  And please do not use a portable heater to raise the temperature above 68°F.

Thank you.


Tsentos, left, and Steve Selkowitz at the Windows Testing Facility

Advisor for Rep. Lee
Gets Lab Tour, Update

Christos Tsentos, senior legislative assistant to U.S. Representative Barbara Lee, visited the Lab last Thursday to learn more about current research here. During a tour, scientists helped Tsentos gain a better understanding of how the Lab serves the public and scientific community. He visited the Advanced Light Source and the Environmental Energy Technologies Division’s Windows Testing Facility.


Hand Washing Week Continues Through Friday

The Lab’s Health Care Facilitator’s office wants to remind employees that this week is “National Hand Washing Awareness Week.” Washing  hands, when done properly, is one of the best ways to avoid getting ill. It prevents germs — contracted from such sources as people, foods, and animals — from entering the body via eyes, nose or mouth.  Wash hands with warm, running water and soap, rub vigorously for at least 20 seconds, rinse well, and dry with a disposable towel.


New Tool for Finding Geothermal Energy


In a survey of the northern Basin and Range province of the western United States, geochemists Mack Kennedy of Berkeley Lab’s Earth Sciences Division and Matthijs van Soest of Arizona State University have discovered a new tool for identifying potential geothermal energy resources. Currently, most developed geothermal energy comes from regions of volcanic activity. The potential new resources arise from the flow of surface fluids through deep fractures that penetrate the earth's lower crust, in regions far from current or recent volcanic activity. The researchers report their findings in the Nov. 30 issue of Science. Full story.


Online Courses for Staff
On Business, IT Topics

The Berkeley Lab Institute (BLI) is offering online learning opportunities through SkillSoft.  SkillSoft features hundreds of courses, simulations and performance support tools on a variety of business, management and IT topics, including communication, project management, strategic planning, and desktop software. SkillSoft can be accessed by both MAC and PC users at work, home, and on the road. Only a limited number of licenses are available, so access is on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost is $75 per employee for access until Sept. 30, 2008.  To view the SkillSoft catalog of courses, click here. For more information and to subscribe, contact Karen Paris (x5122).

Coffee Bar Closes Early,
Holiday Gifts for Sale

To accommodate an event taking place in the cafeteria dining hall, the Lab’s coffee bar will close at 2:30 today. And for those in search of a unique gift, the cafeteria has several items for sale, including See’s chocolates and other candies, Peet’s Holiday Coffee and Chai Tea Blends, as well as shirts and caps with the Lab logo.

'Today Show' Program
With Chu Postponed

The feature story on science education that includes Berkeley Lab Director Steve Chu, scheduled to air last Friday on the "Today Show" on NBC, was a last-minute scratch from the schedule, according to the show's producer. No date has been set for the new broadcast, but Today at Berkeley Lab will announce it when scheduled.


Security Awareness Program Launches

The Environment, Health and Safety Division's Security and Emergency Operations Group is launching the “Security & You” awareness program to help the Lab community learn about security tips that can have a bearing on Lab work. The first series of slides provides information for Lab employees who invite foreign guests to the Lab for work assignments. To learn more, go here and scroll down to “Security.”

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