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11 a.m.
Chemistry Department
Functional Polymers and Particles: Tailored Materials for Interfaces, Capsules, and Delivery
Todd Emrick, U. of Massachusetts
120 Latimer Hall

Macintosh User Group
AppleScript, Automator, and UNIX Tips and Tricks in Mac OS X
Ron Ustach, Apple, Inc.
Bldg 2-100

4 p.m.
Physics Division
Search for the SM Higgs and Continuum ZZ Production in the Dilepton + Neutrino Final State at the Energy Frontier
Shih-Chieh Hsu, UC San Diego
Bldg. 50A-3132

4 p.m.
Life Sciences, Genomics and Engineering
The Real World of BioInstrumentation Meets Microtechnology and Nanotechnology

Raymond Mariella, Livermore Lab
Bldg. 66 Auditorium



Dance Club
Intermediate Rumba
Bldg. 51 Lobby

12:15 p.m.
Yoga Club
Class with Chris Hoskins
Bldg. 70-191

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spacer imageCAFETERIA MENU

The cafeteria will be conducting its inventory this week, so the menu will be planned on a daily basis and not listed here in advance.

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full menu
New Cafe Team: Longer
Hours, Organic Foods

Longer hours of operation, green and organic foods, and an award-winning executive culinary team are what Cal Dining will bring with them in January as Berkeley Lab’s new dining services contractor. The UC Berkeley campus’ primary food service provider will replace Eurest, who Facilities dining manager Bill Llewellyn cited for its professionalism and quality service. Current cafeteria manager Victoria Fassiano has been hired to run the operation, and all other Eurest employees will retain their current positions at the Lab. Weekday hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the café, and 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for the coffee bar, which will continue with Peet’s coffee and tea service. Go here for more information on menus and philosophy.


Luncheon Honors
Runaround Veteran

The Lab's Employee Activities Association will be honoring Steve Derenzo, senior scientist in the Life Sciences Division, for his 27 years of coordinating the Lab's annual Runaround race.  An informal luncheon recognizing his service will be held on Thursday, from noon to 1 p.m., in Perseverance Hall. 

New Ergonomics Database
Is Now Up and Running

A newly launched ergonomics database provides a comprehensive site for employees and supervisors to request or review ergonomic evaluations, fill out an ergo profile, review an ergo checklist, or check out an ergonomic products guide. The new site also offers links to user guides and help topics. Staff can read or close out existing evaluations using the old system. For assistance, contact Mike White (x5818).

Work on Cell Phone
Network Dec. 14-21

The Lab’s Telephone Services group is currently performing maintenance on the AT&T/Cingular antenna network in onsite buildings between 6 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., continuing through Friday. Minimal interruption to cellular service inside buildings on the Hill may occur, however service outside will not be affected. For more information, contact Telephone Services (x7997).


How Cell is Affected
By its 'Neighborhood'
By Chandra Sekhar

Breast cancer cell

Mina Bissell, Life Sciences Division Distinguished Scientist at Berkeley Lab, is renowned for her discovery that the cell's microenvironment determines how genes function in cancer and other diseases. Bissell's breakthrough inspired the recent work referenced in a Los Angeles Times article, quoting Mark LaBarge in Bissell's lab. Much of the research will be forthcoming soon, LaBarge says, but the article's inspiration was a Cancer Cell paper by Bissell and him on the how the microenvironment regulates tumor stem cells; it concludes, "Understanding which cues stimulate a stem cell to get activated may lead to prophylactic approaches for therapy and possible prevention." Read the paper here.


Schedule for Mail,
Package Pick-Up

The Lab’s mail service will be adjusted during the holiday shutdown, Dec. 24 through Jan. 1. Staff can pick up mail in Building 69-102 on Dec. 24, 26, 27, 28 and 31 from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Uncollected mail will be delivered after the break on Jan. 2. Central Receiving (Building 69) will be open Dec. 27 and 28 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Those requiring package delivery during the shutdown should contact Tammy Brown by Thursday. Uncollected packages will be delivered Jan. 2. Lab delivery and shipping services will be closed throughout the shutdown. Contact Brown for any other special requests.

Bus Schedule Altered
On Friday, Dec. 21

The Lab’s shuttle bus service will adjust its hours on Friday, in preparation for the holiday break. Final departures from the building 65 bus stop will take place at 5:55 p.m. for the Blue Route, 5:58 p.m. for the Orange Route, 5:40 p.m. for the Rockridge bus, and 5:55 p.m. for the Green Route. The last Potter bus will leave Potter Street at 5:40 p.m. There will be no service Dec. 24-Jan. 1.


Use Care When Driving This Holiday Season

Many Lab employees will take to the road this holiday season to visit family and friends. One of the most important safety investments people can make is to routinely inspect their vehicle and ensure all equipment and safety features are in sound operating condition. The condition of brakes, tires, steering, suspension, engine, lights, windows and mirrors impact a driver’s safety and the safety of fellow commuters. Go here for tips on inspecting vehicles.  Personal inspection of vehicle safety features is not a substitute for periodic professional automotive inspection. Go here for more information on safe driving.

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