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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

1 p.m.
Nuclear Engineering
The French 2006 Act of the Sustainable Management of Radioactive Materials and Wastes: A Major Breakthrough
Claude Birraux, French Assembly
3110 Etcheverry Hall (campus)

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)

4 p.m.
Inorganic Chemistry
Chemistry of Dynamic Porous Frameworks
Susumu Kitagawa, Kyoto U.
120 Latimer Hall (campus)


Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

4 p.m.
Threats and Opportunities in Kibera Slums of Nairobi
Eirik Jarl Trondsen, Kibera Youth Self Help Group
290 Hearst Mining Bldg. (campus)

4 p.m.
Structural & Quantitative Biology
Structural Principles of Protein Kinase Regulation and Substrate Targeting
Frank Sicheri, U. of Toronto
100 Lewis Hall (campus)

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
DNA Origami
Paul Rothemund, Caltech
1 LeConte Hall (campus)

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Governor, Chu at press conference

Energy Institute Grant
Gets Lots of Coverage

The announcement yesterday of British Petroleum's $500 million grant to a Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley and University of Illinois consortium to create an "Energy Biosciences Institute" received major coverage by the media. The institute will develop energy alternatives to diminish the world's dependence on fossil fuels. Video of yesterday's press conference announcing the grant can be viewed on the CBS Channel 5 and UC Berkeley websites. Stories also ran in the LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle and the Oakland Tribune.

City Council's Ruling
On Bevatron Demolition

Berkeley's City Council affirmed the Landmarks Preservation Commission's decision to grant landmark status to the Lab's Bevatron, but declined to forbid tearing it down, according to a recap of the proceedings by Contra Costa Times reporter Martin Snapp. The council said the Bevatron's real value is not the building but the history that was made there, and suggested marking the site with a plaque or other display. Full story (scroll down to second item).


Chu Gives Energy Talk
To Grad Students

Berkeley Lab Director Steve Chu will give a talk on "The Future of Energy Research" to the Graduate Group in Applied Science and Technology on Monday at 11 a.m. in Bechtel Engineering Center's Sibley Auditorium. The UC Berkeley group studies the "application of physical and mathematical techniques to fundamental investigations and emerging areas within the physical and life sciences." Lab employees are invited to attend.

French Official to Give
Talk on Nuclear Waste

Dr. Claude Birraux, a member of the French Parliament, will present a special colloquium on the UC Berkeley campus today, sponsored by the Department of Nuclear Engineering. His talk — "The French 2006 Act of the Sustainable Management of Radioactive Materials and Wastes: A Major Breakthrough" — deals with his country's efforts to manage small amounts of high-level waste that results from reprocessing. The event begins at 1 p.m. in Room 3110 Etcheverry Hall, following a morning visit to Berkeley Lab.

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Mercury Thermometer Exchange Program

Mercury thermometers, commonly found throughout the Lab, pose a problem because they are fragile and can be easily broken. When they break, mercury can scatter over a large area, which presents a potential health risk and requires time-consuming decontamination and costly waste disposal. Mercury thermometers should be replaced with non-mercury liquid in glass thermometers or digital thermometers. The EH&S Industrial Hygiene Group will provide general-purpose organic liquid in glass thermometers at no cost. Contact Betsy MacGowan at x2826 for a replacement. Dispose of mercury thermometers as hazardous waste. Waste generators must have Waste Generator Training (EHS 604). Go here for more information.

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