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Environmental Energy Technologies
Solar Desiccant Cooling

Paul Bourdoukan, U. of La Rochelle, France
Bldg. 90-3122

1:30 p.m.
Materials Sciences
Element-Resolved Bonding and Magnetic Properties in Room-Temperature Molecule-Based Magnet V[TCNE]2

Jeff Kortright
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Craft Fair
Handmade Holiday Gifts
for Sale

4 p.m.
The SuperB Project

Francesco Forti, INFN, Italy
Bldg. 50A-5132

5:30 p.m.
The Future of Energy at Berkeley

Paul Alivisatos, Arun Majumdar, and Harvey Blanch
105 Stanley Hall


Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig

Bldg. 70-191

Dance Club
Practice Session

Bldg. 51

2 p.m.
Nano Institute
Carbon Nanotube Nanofluidics: New Physics and Applications
Jason Holt, Livermore Lab
390 HMMB

4 p.m.
Chemistry Department
Diboron Porphyrins and Corroles: Unexpected Chemistry for Both Boron and the Ligands

Penny Brothers, U. of Auckland, New Zealand
120 Latimer Hall

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spacer imageCAFETERIA

Breakfast: Popeye Omelet with Fruit Salad
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Biscuits and Gravy with Eggs
Wild Greens: Buffalo Chicken Salad
Pizza: Three Mushroom, Roasted Garlic and Pesto
Deli: Chicken Saltimboca Prestini
Grill: Gyro Sandwich with Potato Wedges
Carvery: B
eef Goulash Over Noodles

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Top Scientists Urge Quick
Halt to Greenhouse Gases


Earlier today, more than 200 top climate scientists worldwide, including Berkeley Lab earth scientist William Collins, issued a declaration at the United Nations climate change meeting in Bali, Indonesia, urging action to limit global warming to 2º Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Already adopted by the European Union and other countries, the limit requires cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent below 1990 levels, before 2050. Maintaining the limit means global emissions must peak and decline in the next 10 to 15 years, the scientists say, "so there is no time to lose." Read the press release here and the full text of the 2007 Bali Climate Declaration here.

Cutting-Edge Detector
Uses Consumer Chip


Physicist Marco Battaglia, who designs detectors for the proposed International Linear Collider, and Peter Denes, Deputy for Engineering at the Advanced Light Source, share an interest in a technology originally developed for consumer products, called silicon-on-insulator (SOI) chips. When Japan's High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, KEK, and the electronics firm OKI Electric Industry Co. offered to make scientific chip test designs for free, Battaglia and Denes proposed a "monolithic pixel sensor" whose every pixel carries its own electronics. Successful tests at the ALS suggest the new chip design may see application in accelerators and light sources of the future. Full story.


New Staff Enrollment Site Offline Dec. 14-Jan. 4

Due to system updates at University of California Office of the President, the online benefits enrollment application used by new hires will not be available Friday, Dec. 14 through the morning of Friday, Jan. 4. The application is located on the “At Your Service” Human Resources and Benefits website. Employees will also not be able to check their current enrollments during this time. New hires should conduct their benefits enrollment before Dec. 14.  Staff unable to enroll within their 31-day Period of Initial Eligibility (PIE) should contact the Lab’s Benefits Department for assistance (x6403).

Africa's Supercomputer
Gift Not a 'Silver Bullet'


In an effort to help Africa cross the digital divide, IBM will donate one of its BlueGene/P supercomputers to the Center for High Performance Computing in Cape Town, South Africa. Still, Horst Simon, Berkeley Lab’s associate director for computing sciences, points out that a single piece of hardware alone, no matter how powerful, isn't going to solve Africa's problems. "Hopefully this will spur future develop and raise the high-performance computing expertise in the continent," he says. "But a one-time investment is not going to be enough. A computer like this requires additional software development and training before scientists can actually use it. It's not a silver bullet." Full story.


Resolution of Concerns:
Prompt, Thorough, Timely

Berkeley Lab employees who register a concern via one of the many avenues available to them can expect a prompt and complete assessment as well as a timely response to the issue. The Department of Energy considers a work climate that includes free and open expression of employee concerns, without fear of reprisal, as essential to the safe and efficient accomplishment of DOE missions. Berkeley Lab and other contractors are expected to respond respectfully to all concerns in a prompt and effective manner. The Lab’s Employee Concerns Program is part of the Research and Institutional Integrity Office. Address questions to Meredith Montgomery (x4453).

Holiday Craft Fair
Today in Cafeteria

The Lab’s annual craft fair, featuring handmade goods created by staff, takes place today from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Items for sale include jewelry, photography, candles, food items, music, paintings, and pottery.
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