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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 to 1 p.m.
Site Access
Red General Parking Pass Exchange (Bring Lab ID and Red Pass)

Cafeteria Lobby

1 p.m.
Suspect/Counterfeit Items Training

Bldg. 62-203

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



11 a.m.
Nuclear Science
Radioactive Decay of the Neutron

Jeffrey Nico, NIST
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

Safe Drinking Water for Developing Countries

Ashok Gadgil
290 HMMB

Dance Club
Intermediate Rumba Lesson
Bldg. 51 Lobby

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

Bldg. 70-191

1 p.m.
Scientific Computing
The Counter-Intuitive Properties of Ensembles for Machine Learning, or, Democracy Defeats Meritocracy

Philip Kelgemeyer, Sandia Lab
Bldg. 50B-2222

3 p.m.
Large Scale Electronic Structure Calculations of Nanosystems

Lin-Wang Wang
Bldg. 6-2202

6 p.m.
Nuclear Engineering Graduate Student Assoc.
The Global Expansion of Nuclear Power: US Roles and Perspectives

Paul Lisowski, Global Nuclear Energy Partnership
Goldman School, 2607 Hearst Ave., Room 150

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Breakfast: Eggs Benedict
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Chorizo Scramble with Flour Tortillas
Cultural Cuisine: Taco Salad
Pizza: Spinach, Feta Cheese and Red Onions
Deli: Ham, Brie and Apples on Baguette
Grill: Fried Chicken Wrap with Ranch or Chipotle Mayo
Carvery: Turkey Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

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

East Bay Leaders Pledge
'Green' Economy Action

With the stroke of six pens, the "East Bay Green Corridor" was created in a Richmond warehouse yesterday. In a statement of principals, four mayors and the leaders of both Berkeley campus and Lab pledged to bring their unique strengths together in advancing environmental innovation, emerging "green" business and industry, green jobs, and renewable energy. One of the signators, Berkeley Lab Director Steve Chu, told a group of about 200 attending the signing ceremony that the campus and Lab will "drive the intellectual engine that can fuel the leadership of the East Bay" to harness climate change and benefit the local economy and environment. Read a San Francisco Chronicle story here. Go here to read a City of Berkeley press release on the pledge.

Parking Pass Exchange
At Cafeteria Today

The Site Access Office will be conducting an exchange of red General Parking Permits in the cafeteria lobby today from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Lab employees must bring their ID badges and permits in order to receive a new yellow pass.  The red permits will no longer be accepted at the entry gates as of Jan. 1. For more information, contact the Site Access Office (x4855), or stop by their office in the Building 65A trailer.

Tickets for Dance
Club Gala on Sale

The Lab Dance Club’s Holiday Gala takes place this Saturday, from 7 to midnight at the Danceasy in El Cerrito (9951 San Pablo Ave.). Tickets will be on sale in the cafeteria today and Thursday from noon to 1 p.m., and at the onsite dance lessons in the Bldg. 51 lobby at noon on Wednesday and Friday. Advance tickets are $10 and $15 at the door. Go here for more details, or contact Peggy McMahan (x5980).

Lab SHARES Campaign
Ends, Prizes Announced

The 10th annual SHARES charitable giving campaign has ended. In its five-week stretch, 119 employees donated a total of $65,988 to a variety of charities. In addition, seven employees who made donations were selected to win raffle prizes, including a vintage Lisa computer and tickets to Great America and the Chabot Space and Science Center, among other prizes. The lucky winners are Suzanne Nolan, Jon Bashor, John Hules, Steve Virostek, Rosemarie Rodriguez, Susan Broadway, and Yuen-Ron Shen.


Smoot Funds Cosmology
Center With Nobel Money


When Berkeley Lab astrophysicist George Smoot received the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics, his dreams for spending his share of the prize money ran far beyond buying a new car or paying off a mortgage. Instead, he wanted to create a center where scientists could tackle the cosmic questions with solutions worthy of future Nobel Prizes. That dream, the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics, is now a reality, with a $500,000 endowment from Smoot, along with gifts from others, including fellow Lab physicist Saul Perlmutter, who will use a portion of his 2007 Gruber Cosmology Prize. Full story.

State Grant to Help
Trace Beach Pollution


Marin beaches will soon get regular high-tech testing to detect and identify sources of possible bacterial pollutants. The county Board of Supervisors recently approved using an $848,000 state grant to hire Berkeley Lab to conduct high-tech DNA testing that can help pinpoint the source of pollutants. The monitoring — which utilizes a PhyloChip — can differentiate between bacteria caused by humans, cows, deer, seals, birds or other species. Gary Andersen, with the Lab’s Earth Sciences Division, is the project’s principal investigator. Full story.


Employees’ Responsibility:
Report Improper Conduct

Employees have the right — and the responsibility — to identify and report improper governmental activities and environment, health and safety concerns without fear of reprisal. Employees are encouraged to discuss concerns with their supervisor, or any level of management. In cases where employees are unable to raise issues, or are uncomfortable doing so, alternative mechanisms are available to report concerns and have them evaluated and addressed independent of the normal resolution process. In addition to the employee hotline number (800-403-4744), internal and external resources are available, as listed on this poster displayed throughout the Lab.

Briefing Required
On Trafficking Victims

The U.S. Government has adopted a zero-tolerance policy regarding engagement in or support of trafficking in persons or use of forced labor, and has enacted federal laws in support of this. All Berkeley Lab employees are required to review a short informational briefing and sign an acknowledgement that they understand this information by Friday, Dec. 21.  For more information, contact Madelyn Bello.

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60% chance of rain.
High: 61° (16° C)
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