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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



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

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70-191

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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.
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Anti-Sexual Harassment
Training Update

A large number of University of California employees were unable to complete the mandatory online sexual harassment prevention training due to technical difficulties (log-on issues, incorrect timing, non-functioning bookmarks, etc.). The current version has been inactivated. A new personalized link will be e-mailed to supervisors or managers who still need to complete the training.  The e-mail will be sent from UC Training within the next two weeks. The completion deadline has been extended to Feb. 29. For more information, contact [email protected] or Veronica Nero at x7443.


Biochip Breakthrough
Featured on KGO-TV

A new biochip that could provide the cosmetic industry with a cruelty-free method for testing products, mentioned in yesterday’s edition of Today at Berkeley Lab, was featured in a segment of KGO-TV’s evening news program on Tuesday. Go here to watch video of the story, which features Berkeley Lab researcher Douglas Clark, with the Environmental Energy Technologies Division.

Faster Chips Leave
Programmers in Their Dust
By John Markoff

Computer chip

When he was chief executive of Intel in the 1990s, Andrew S. Grove would often talk about the “software spiral” — the interplay between ever-faster microprocessor chips and software that required ever more computing power. Engineers and computer scientists acknowledge that despite advances in recent decades, the computer industry is still lagging in its ability to write parallel programs. David Patterson, with Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division, has warned that an easy solution to programming chips with dozens of processors has not yet been discovered. “Industry has basically thrown a Hail Mary,” he said. “The whole industry is betting on parallel computing. They’ve thrown it, but the big problem is catching it.” Full story.

Lab’s ‘Smart Glass’
Research is Taking Off
By Sara Hart

Electrochromatic window
Most people are familiar with sunglasses that have photochromic lenses, which darken in response to ultraviolet light and clear when the exposure is removed. This technology has been slow to infiltrate the building-products marketplace, but it could soon make more energy-efficient building products widely available. Some of the most exciting electrochromatic research is taking place at Berkeley Lab. Tom Richardson and Jonathan Slack (Environmental Energy Technologies Division) are developing switchable-mirror (reflective) technology, which should lower the cost and simplify manufacturing. Full story.

First 3-D Image of Key
Enzyme Created at ALS

Topo II

James Berger, of the Lab’s Physical Biosciences Division, working at the Advanced Light Source, has produced the first high-resolution 3-D structural images of topo II, an enzyme that’s a prime target of antibacterial and anticancer drugs. Topo II is responsible for untangling coiled strands of DNA during cell division. Preventing topo II from doing its job is fatal to the cell, which is why drugs that target topo II serve as agents against bacterial infections and some forms of cancer. This first-ever structural image of topo II should help in the development of future antibacterial and anticancer drugs that are more effective and carry fewer potential side effects. Full story.


Lab Mentors for Diversity
Outreach Program Sought

The Lab’s Center for Science and Engineering Education (CSEE) is seeking scientists to serve as hosts for Faculty-Student Teams (FaST) for the summer of 2008. FaST teams consist of one faculty member and 1- 3 students from colleges and universities with limited research facilities and serving populations that are underrepresented in the fields of science, engineering, and technology. FaST teams will contribute to the research productivity of the host’s project, which could ultimately obtain external funding. Go here to learn more about the program, or contact Rollie Otto (x2648).

Remodeling Closes
Coffee Bar Tomorrow

The cafeteria’s Coffee Bar will be closed tomorrow to install Peet’s Coffee fixtures and equipment.  Drip coffee will be available in the cafeteria’s main serving area. Work will continue through the holiday break, and should be completed by Jan. 2. However, a one- to two-day delay is possible.


Alivisatos on QUEST

Lab's QUEST Episode
Stars on YouTube Site

KQED says that more than 89,000 viewers have watched "Nanotechnology Takes Off" on YouTube. The TV episode from QUEST, KQED's multiplatform Bay Area science and environment series, features an interview with Paul Alivisatos and includes David Kavulak of Frank Svec's lab and other scenes taped at the Molecular Foundry. "Nanotechnology" premiered in March but was posted to YouTube just last summer; of the 628 videos PBS stations have placed on YouTube, only three have collected more views. Says KQED, "QUEST's nanotech TV segment has increased viewers substantially, thanks to a new promotional partnership with YouTube." Watch "Nanotechnology Takes Off" here.

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