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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)


Supporting Self-management of Health with Ubiquitous Computing
Anthony LaMarca, Intel Research Seattle
290 Hearst Mining Bldg. (campus)

Dance Club
Salsa Review
Bldg. 51 Lobby

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

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Morning Editions: French Toast with Bacon and Two Eggs
Tomorrow's Breakfast
: Breakfast Burrito with Hash Browns and Toast
Market Carvery:  Turkey Meatloaf with Baked Potato and Salad
The Fresh Grille:  Beef Brisket Sandwich with Fries and Cole Slaw
Menutainment: Fiesta Taco Salad

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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FY08 Budget for DOE
Asks More for Science

The Office of Science would receive a 7 percent funding increase under the Administration’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2008, released yesterday. The Department of Energy requested an overall 3 percent increase, to $24.3 billion, including $4.4 billion for the Office of Science. Also included is an expansion of the number of proposed Bioenergy Research Centers from two to three, each one worth $25 million per year for five years. A Biofuels Initiative increased by $29 million (19%) over FY07, and $2.7 million more (26%) was requested for the Advanced Energy Initiative. Read about the DOE proposal here.


Construction to Close
Lane at Grizzly Gate

The replacement of fencing near the Grizzly Peak Gate will require the closure of a road lane at that entrance from 7 to 9:30 a.m. tomorrow. Incoming traffic will be allowed through, but outgoing traffic will not be able to use the gate until 9:30 a.m. (except for emergencies). Flaggers will be in place, so use caution when driving in this area. For more information, contact Mike Elizalde (x6021).

Today's Jewelry Sale
Changes Location

Karats jewelers will be at the Lab today with a selection of rings, bracelets, necklaces, and other items from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today, in the cafeteria's lower conference room.

Inventory Update: Items
Counted up to 80 Percent

As the Lab begins its fifth week of inventory, some divisions have verified nearly all their assets. The count is hovering around 80 percent across the entire Lab.  As photo and affidavit verifications of loaned items are received and resolved, the percentages will boost. Property Management appreciates the perseverance of all involved and encourages employees to work with division property representatives to ensure that all assets are counted.

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Lab Scientists Contribute
To Climate Change Study


Berkeley Lab earth scientists Inez Fung and Norm Miller were contributing authors to last week’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report that received worldwide attention for its conclusions regarding the impact of human activities on global atmospheric carbon dioxide. The report was the strongest evidence yet of global warming being driven by concentrations of human-generated greenhouse gases. Go here to read a 21-page summary for policymakers on the full report.


Grant May Move Bay
Area to Front of Crusade

This editorial appeared in yesterday's edition of the Oakland Tribune.

With news that UC Berkeley has won a $500 million grant to develop the field of biofuels, the Bay Area moves to the center of the worldwide quest for cleaner fuel and a desperately needed effort to curb global warming. We applaud Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's leadership on the issue, which played a significant role in UC Berkeley landing the grant. The new research center will be located at Berkeley Lab. Full editorial. Another editorial on the grant appeared in the Mercury News.

Satellite Prepares
To Go Super-Cold

By Paul Rincon


George Smoot wants to know the answers to some big questions. "I want to know how the Universe came into being, how it developed and what its future might be," he says. The Nobel Laureate has spent a large part of his career investigating the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) - the "first light" released after the Big Bang. Scientists like Professor Smoot study this remnant radiation from the birth of the Universe in the hope of answering some of these questions. That dim afterglow, which fills the entire sky today, carries a wealth of information about the cosmos in its infancy. "When we look back to the past, we can see everything between the past and now, and that allows us to project to the future," Professor Smoot says. Full story.

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