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11 a.m.
Graduate Group in Applied Science and Technology
The Future of Energy Research
Steve Chu
Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Cener (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)


11 a.m.
Organic Chemistry
Chemistry and Biology of Lanthionine Biosynthesis
Wilfred van der Donk, U. of Illinois
120 Latimer Hall (campus)

1:30 p.m.
EHS 60
Ergonomic Awareness for Computer Users
Bldg. 70A-3377

4 p.m.
Physical Chemistry
Attosecond Electron Interferometry
Paul Corkum, Canadian National Research Council
120 Latimer Hall (campus)

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Morning Editions: Chili and Cheese Omelet with Hash Browns
Tomorrow's Breakfast
: French Toast with Bacon and Two Eggs
Market Carvery:  Baked Ziti with Cornbread
The Fresh Grille:  Chicken Patty Sandwich with Fries
Menutainment: Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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British Petroleum's
Berkeley Biofuels Bet
By Andrew Leonard

Steve Chu, left, with BP's Koonin

A cool half a billion bucks buys a lot of smiles, and so it was last Thursday morning in Berkeley, Calif., when a gaggle of politicians, university administrators and media professionals gathered to hear an announcement establishing the Energy Biosciences Institute. The clearest message you could take from the announcement was that biofuels have hit the big time. As BP's chief scientist Steven Koonin noted, "Biology is the most rapidly advancing science" today and it will be so for decades to come. The intersection of civilization's demand for energy with the astonishing advances achieved daily in our understanding of the basic structure of living things will be one of the biggest stories of the 21st century. Full story.

Symmetry of Hydrogen
Molecule Can Be Broken

Timur Ospipov, Ali Belkacem, and Michael Prior of Berkeley Lab’s Chemical Sciences Division were part of an international team of researchers who used the Advanced Light Source to demonstrate that the inversion (mirror-image) symmetry of the hydrogen molecule, the smallest and most abundant molecule in the universe, can be broken. Working with light from ALS bend magnet beamline 9.3.2, the researchers showed that the absorption of a linearly polarized photon, which itself has inversion symmetry, results in a dissociative ionization that breaks the hydrogen molecule’s perfectly symmetric ground state. The paper can be read here.


Commonwealth Club
Honors Rosenfeld


The Commonwealth Club of California will present its 19th annual Distinguished Citizens Awards on Feb. 22 at the Fairmont Hotel, focusing for the first time on people prominent in sustainable energy production. Art Rosenfeld, a California Energy Commission member who led a Nobel-prize winning group in particle physics at UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab, will receive the club's Lifetime Achievement Award. Among other recipients is Daniel Kammen, director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab at UC Berkeley. Full story.


Philanthropy Club
Hosts Coat Drive

Lab employees who want to donate coats to those in need are invited to drop the garments off in the lobbies of the cafeteria and Buildings 937 and 62 starting tomorrow. The coats will be given to the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond. The drive is hosted by the Lab's Philanthropy Club. For more information, contact Heather Pinto (x4181).

Valentines Day Gifts
At Karats Sale Tomorrow

Need a special gift for your valentine? The folks with Karats Jewelry will have plenty to choose from when they visit the Lab tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. They will be set up in a new location: the hallway between the cafeteria and Perseverance Hall. Lab employees get a 10-percent discount and layaway is available.


February is American Heart Month

The Lab's Health Care Facilitator office wants to remind all employees that February is “American Heart Month.”  The heart muscle needs oxygen to survive. Heart attacks occur when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced or cut off completely.  Eat healthy, exercise, reduce stress, limit alcohol consumption and stop smoking to reduce the risk of heart attack. Learn more by attending a brown-bag talk on “Preventing Heart Disease and Stroke” at noon on Monday, Feb. 26 in Perseverance Hall.

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