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9:30 a.m.
Advanced Light Source
X-Rays, Magnetism and Moore's Law
Joachim Stohr, Stanford U.
Bldg. 6-2202

Philanthropy Club
'One Warm Coat' Drive
Lower Cafeteria conf. room

1:30 p.m.
Advanced Light Source
Frontiers in Science with FELs: The FERMI@ELETTRA Project
Fulvio Parmigiani, U. of Trieste
Bldg. 6-2202


10:30 a.m.
Beam Physics
Applications of Linacs in the Medical Field
Samy Hanna, Microwave Innovative Accelerators
Bldg. 71-264

Sustainable Energy Solutions by Catalysis
Claus Hviid Christensen, Technical U. of Denmark
290 Hearst Mining Bldg. (campus)

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70-191

2 p.m.
Nano Institute
Building Functional Materials Using Different Building Blocks: Where We Are and Where We Are Going
Ting Xu
390 Hearst Mining Bldg. (campus)

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BP Picks Berkeley to Host Energy Biosciences Institute; Fuel Alternatives to be Developed

Global energy firm BP has announced the selection of UC Berkeley and its partners, Berkeley Lab and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to lead an unprecedented $500 million research effort to develop new sources of energy that will reduce the impact of energy consumption on the environment. Research at the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) will focus on the production of biofuels – plant mass that has been converted into transportation fuels such as ethanol. The announcement was made at a press conference this morning on the UC Berkeley campus by Robert Malone, chairman and president of BP America Inc., along with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Said Berkeley Lab Director Steve Chu, in his remarks, “This partnership with BP will develop new sustainable energy technologies that can transform the landscape. We believe EBI will create a culture where vibrant interpersonal interactions will generate extraordinarily innovative energy research.” Go here for more details.


KQED Discovers New World Of Bay Area Science

KQED's new multiplatform science series, focusing on science and the environment in Northern California, premiers today on the web, tomorrow on KQED Radio, and next Tuesday on television. Berkeley Lab is one of QUEST's 12 Bay Area scientific, environmental, and educational partner organizations, advising on content for KQED's most ambitious local production ever. The first radio segments will air every Friday at 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. on KQED FM 88.5 and KQEI FM 89.3. QUEST television will air every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. on KQED channel 9, KQED HD, and Comcast 709, just ahead of NOVA. The QUEST website is here.

Philanthropy Club
Is Formed at Lab

A new Employee Activities Association club that seeks to provide staff with "meaningful ways to contribute to the greater good of mankind through hands-on action" has been formed and is seeking members. The first meeting will be held today in the lower cafeteria conference room at noon, at which planning for a "One Warm Coat" drive will take place. The drive, which begins Tuesday, distributes coats to the needy. Coats will be collected in the lobbies of Buildings 937 and 62. For more information, contact Sharon Hernandez.


Bill to Ban Old Bulbs
For Fluorescent Kind
By Kate Folmar

California Assemblyman Lloyd Levine is proposing that the state become the first to ban sales of incandescent light bulbs by 2012. Citizens would purchase more energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps. A complete switch to fluorescent bulbs would reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by about 1.8 million metric tons per year, or as much as shutting down one or two gas-fired power plants or removing 400,000 cars from the road, said California Energy Commissioner and former Berkeley Lab research Arthur Rosenfeld. Full story.

CO2 Injection Newest Tool In Global Warming Fight
By Jeff Hood


Ancient, deep deposits of sand and saltwater near Thornton, CA, which once yielded 54.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas before being tapped out, may soon be filled with a different gas. Researchers, including Berkeley Lab earth scientist Sally Benson, want to inject carbon dioxide more than 3,000 feet into the ground to study if the gas linked to global warming can be diverted from the atmosphere and stored deep beneath Earth's surface. Full story.

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