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Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

Dance Club
American Tango
Bldg. 51 Lobby

4 p.m.
Chemistry Department
Observing Single Molecules in an Engineered Protein Nanoreactor: From Mechanistic Chemistry to Stochastic Sensing
Hagan Bayley, U. of Oxford
100 Lewis Hall (campus)

4:30 a.m.
Physics Department
Nanotubes, Nanomotors, and the Raising of Statues on Easter Island
Alex Zettl
1 LeConte Hall (campus)


10 a.m.
EHS 123
Adult CPR
Bldg. 48-109

11 a.m.
EHS 339
Asbestos Awareness
Bldg. 70A-3377

11 a.m.
Chemistry Department
Reprogramming Bacteria with Small Molecules and RNA
Justin Gallivan, Emory U.
120 Latimer Hall (campus)

Environmental Energy Technologies
Daylighting Research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne
Anothai Thanachareonkit, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Bldg. 90-3122

Benefits Office
Determining an Investment Stragegy
Alyssa Valladao, FITSCO
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

1 p.m.
EHS 116
First Aid Safety
Bldg. 48-109

4 p.m.
Chemistry Department
Optical Properties and Charge Carrier Dynamics of Nanomaterials: Some Fundamental Issues and Emerging Applications
Jin Zhang, UC Santa Cruz
120 Latimer Hall (campus)

5:30 p.m.
Water Resources Center Archives
The Wild Heart of Silicon Valley
Steve Ritchie, South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project
Goldman School of Public Policy, 2607 Hearst Ave. (campus)

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The Fresh Grille:  Cuban Stacker with French Fries and Cole Slaw
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B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
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Chu, Keasling Profiled
On Energy Research

Science magazine devoted this week's issue to the topic of energy and sustainability. Among the suite of articles included in the publication is a profile of Lab Director Steve Chu, who discusses his efforts to make solar energy a "practical, commercial, and world-changing reality."  A story on Physical Biosciences Division Director Jay Keasling is also included, which explains his use of synthetic biology to "add and remove entire biosynthetic pathways to the genomes of organisms to get them to produce, among other things, fuels." Go here to read Chu's profile, and here for Keasling's (note: the links are a bit slow this morning but are operating).

Big Oil Cautious About
Clean-Energy Spending

To most people, a half-billion-dollar investment in biofuel research looks like serious money. That's the amount oil giant BP said last week it will spend to create an alternative energy research center with UC Berkeley, the University of Illinois and Berkeley Lab. The center represents the latest example of Big Oil pumping cash into the search for new sources of power. BP plans to spend $8 billion over 10 years on its own alternative energy effort, which includes building solar cells and wind farms. The company also plans to build a Los Angeles County power plant that will take petroleum coke, separate it into carbon dioxide and hydrogen, burn the hydrogen as fuel and store the carbon dioxide in oil reservoirs, deep underground. Full story.


Light-Sensing Protein
Can Switch to Solar


Jan Liphardt in the Physical Bioscience Division and his graduate student Jessica Walter, along with Derek Greenfield and Carlos Bustamante, have shed new light on proteorhodopsin, the light-sensitive protein found in many marine bacteria. Genetically engineering a strain of E.coli to express proteorhodopsin, they demonstrated that when the ability to respire oxygen is impaired, bacterium equipped with this protein will switch to solar power to carry out vital life processes. Microbes with a solar power option should prove very useful for producing biofuels. Read the press release here.


Report Stairwell
Hazards Immediately

An employee who recently descended the interior stairwell of Building 50E slipped and fell, breaking her arm. The employee's fall may have been caused by her shoe catching on tread plate gaps or a loose screw. After the incident, Facilities inspected all stairwell surfaces in the building 50 complex and found areas where the non-skid material had come out of grooves in the tread plates. They also found cases where screws used to secure the tread plate had become loose. Non-skid materials used on stairs require periodic repair and replacement. It is important that building occupants report signs of deterioration as soon as possible to the Facilities Work Request Center at x6274. Go here for more information.


Investment Strategy
Workshop Tomorrow

FITSCo Senior Retirement Counselor Alyssa Valladao will conduct a “Determining a Strategy for Investing” workshop tomorrow from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. This workshop is directed toward employees who are participating in the University of California Retirement Savings Program, the Defined Contribution Plan (DCP), Tax Deferred 403(b) Plan, and the 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan, but who may be invested in only a single fund, or who do not know in which funds they have invested.

Technology Review Seeks Award Nominations

Technology Review is seeking nominations for its TR35 (formerly the TR100) award, which honors the world's top young innovators. The awards span a range of technologies including biotech, arts and entertainment, software development, semiconductors, transportation, energy, and new materials. Nominees must be under age 35 as of Oct. 1. The deadline for nominations is March 1. Forms are available here.

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