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8 a.m. - Noon and 1 - 4 p.m.
Site Access
Red Parking Permit Exchange
65A Trailer

Dance Club
Intermediate Rumba
Bldg. 51 Lobby

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



7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
RedWing Shoemobile
Bldg. 51 Parking Lot

8 a.m. - Noon and 1 - 4 p.m.
Site Access
Red Parking Permit Exchange
65A Trailer

9:30 a.m.
Scientific Support Group
The Physics and Applications of Short-Pulse Electron Beams
Bryan Reed, Livermore Lab
Bldg. 6-2202

Employee Activities Assoc.
Luncheon for Runaround Coordinator Steve Derenzo
Perseverance Hall

4 p.m.
Dark Matters

Joe Silk, Oxford U.
Bldg. 50A-5132

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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
Wild Turkey Problem
Is Being Addressed

Berkeley Lab management is considering plans to rid the Lab of more than five dozen wild turkeys, which have been a source of health and safety concerns for months. Chief Operations Officer David McGraw said numerous hazards to employees, including broken windows, slip and health risks for pedestrians, and auto damage, are leading the Lab to consider ways to remove the flock. A decision will be announced in the new year. Go here for more details.

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.  For more information, contact Madelyn Bello.


Biochip Could Replace
Cosmetic Animal Testing
By Robert Sanders


With the cosmetics industry facing a European ban on animal testing in 2009, a newly developed biochip could provide the rapid analysis needed to insure that the chemicals in cosmetics are nontoxic to humans. The biochip is a suspension of more than a thousand human cell cultures in a three-dimensional gel on a standard microscope slide. Each cell culture is capable of assessing the toxicity of a different chemical, say UC Berkeley researchers, including Douglas Clark, with Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division. Full story

Front row (l-r): Hongjie Xu (SINAP) and Steve Gourlay (AFRD); Second row (l-r): T. Xu (IHEP), Zhentang Zhao (SINAP), J. Byrd (AFRD), Xiaofeng Fu (Ministry of Science and Technology, China) and Derun Li (AFRD)

With China Groups

The directors of the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics (SINAP) visited Berkeley Lab late last month to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Director Steve Chu and Accelerator and Fusion Research Division Director Steve Gourlay. The MOU seeks to strengthen and formalize the existing collaboration between the Lab and SINAP on basic science and technology research, including accelerator R&D and free electron laser research. Earlier this year, AFRD signed an addendum to an existing MOU with the Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP), in Beijing, which outlines research on damping rings for the International Linear Collider and superconducting magnets. An addendum was also signed with the Harbin Institute of Technology in China to collaborate on design and construction of superconducting magnets at Fermilab and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (United Kingdom).

Drivers, Bikers Warned:
Watch Speed for Safety

A recent bike-pedestrian accident near the main Berkeley Lab entrance has heightened concern for safety. In addition, Berkeley Lab officials have witnessed automobile drivers and bicycle riders frequently exceeding the speed limits on site, putting both their safety and that of pedestrians and fellow commuters in jeopardy. To insure a safe environment for all, the University of California police will be using radar to track speeds and issuing tickets to violators. Consistent with Berkeley Lab policy, repeat offenders may lose their parking permits and privilege to drive or ride on site. Pedestrians should also be careful when crossing roads, especially when it is dark. Read about Director Steve Chu's bicycle safety priorities here. The complete text of the Laboratory's policy on moving traffic violations and use of official vehicles may be found in RPM 1.04 and 1.05.



Top Science Stories
Feature Lab Researchers

Hyperlens image of nanowire
The December issues of Scientific American and Discover magazines feature their choices for 2007’s top 50 and 100 scientific stories respectively. Berkeley Lab’s Graham Fleming made both lists with his discovery that quantum mechanical effects are behind the remarkable efficiency by which plants convert sunlight into chemical energy. Peidong Yang made Scientific American’s list for his development of a technique by which silicon nanowires can be embedded in a living cell, with no apparent harm to the cell. Xiang Zhang made Discover’s list with his development of a “hyperlens” that makes it possible to study nano-sized objects with visible light. Amyris Biotechnologies, the company co-founded by Jay Keasling, was chosen by Scientific American as “Business Leader of the Year.” Go here to see the full list for Scientific American and here for Discover.


Three Days Remain
For Permit Exchange

Staff who have not yet exchanged their red General Parking passes for the new yellow ones must do so by Friday. They will no longer be accepted at Lab gates starting Jan. 1. To make the exchange, bring your ID badge and old permit to the site access office in the 65A trailer between 8 a.m. and noon or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call x4855.

Shut Down Computers
Over Holiday Break

Hackers target computers more frequently over the holidays than at any other time. The Computer Protection Program (CPP) asks that employees shut down or unplug their computers from the network over the break to avoid cyber attacks. Those who need their systems to remain online should ensure the latest security patches are in place.

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High: 54° (12° C)
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