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10 a.m.
EHS 10
Intro to EH&S at Berkeley Lab
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

Participatory Urbanism: Empowering Everyday Civic Engagement and Promoting Wonderment
Eric Paulos, Intel
290 Hearst Mining Bldg. (campus)

Dance Club
American Tango
Bldg. 51 Lobby

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

1:30 p.m.
EHS 346
Chemical Management System Web Application Training
Bldg. 90-0026

3 p.m.
Advanced Light Source
Electronic Properties of Graphene from Angle Resolved Photoelectron Spectroscopy
Aaron Bostwick
Bldg. 6-2202

4 p.m.
Chemical Engineering Department
Nonlinear Impedance Analysis of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cathodes: Connecting Materials Properties, Microstructure, and Electrochemical Characteristics
Stuart Adler, U. of Washington
120 Latimer Hall (campus)


7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Red Wing Shoemobile and Iron Age Shoemobile
Bldg. 51 Parking Lot

10 a.m.
EHS 260
Basic Electrical Hazards & Mitigations
Bldg. 70A-3377

Environmental Energy Technologies
Optimal Siting and Sizing of Distributed Energy Resources
Johan Driesen, Catholic U., Belgium
Bldg. 90-3122

1 p.m.
EHS 279
Scaffold Users
Bldg. 70A-3377

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Morning Editions: Polish Sausage and Eggs with Toast and Hash Browns
Tomorrow's Breakfast
: Banana Pancakes and Eggs
Market Carvery: Udon Noodle Soup Bar
The Fresh Grille: Patty Melt with Fries
Menutainment: Chicken Gorgonzola Pasta Made to Order

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
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Climate Change, Energy Focus of AAAS Meeting

"Science and Technology for Sustainable Well-Being" is the theme of this year's annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, beginning tomorrow in San Francisco. Berkeley Lab Director Steve Chu will be featured twice on Saturday, as part of a symposium panel on domestic energy from 8 to 9:30 a.m., and as plenary lecturer at 6:30 p.m. on the subject "The Energy Problem and What We Can Do to Solve It." The panel includes Lab Genomics Division Director Eddy Rubin and physical bioscientist Chris Somerville. Up to 10,000 are expected to attend the five-day event, which will feature the AAAS Board's first consensus statement on global climate change. Go here for meeting information.


Computational Scientist
Is Chair of SIAM Group

John Bell, head of the Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering in the Lab's Computational Research Division, has been elected chair of the SIAM Activity Group on Computational Science and Engineering (CS&E). SIAM is the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. The activity group “fosters collaboration and interaction among applied mathematicians, computer scientists, domain scientists and engineers in those areas of research related to the theory, development, and use of computational technologies for the solution of important problems in science and engineering." With more than 1,200 members, the CS&E group is the largest of SIAM’s 15 activity groups.


Survey of Today
Extended to Friday

Employees who have not yet shared their thoughts on Today at Berkeley Lab still have a chance to fill out a brief survey on its content and delivery. The deadline for taking the survey, which takes about 5 to 10 minutes, has been extended to Friday. Those who include their e-mail address with the otherwise anonymous survey are eligible to win a 75th anniversary mug or t-shirt. Go here to take the survey (password is TABL).

Correction: Damping
Rings for ILC Effort

Yesterday's edition of Today at Berkeley Lab incorrectly identified the AFRD scientist leading the Lab's damping ring project for the International Linear Collider. Mike Zisman is heading this effort.


Intel Chip May Herald
New Age of Processing
By John Markoff


Intel will soon demonstrate an experimental computer chip with 80 separate processing engines, or cores, that company executives say provides a model for commercial chips that will be used widely in standard desktop, laptop and server computers within five years. “If we can figure out how to program thousands of cores on a chip, the future looks rosy,” said David Patterson, with Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division. Patterson is one of a group of Berkeley computer scientists who recently issued a challenge to the chip industry, demanding that companies like Intel begin designing processors with thousands of cores per chip. Full story.

State's CO2 Idea:
Bury It in the Delta
By Edie Lau


Deep beneath the fertile soil of the Central Valley lies what some scientists believe may be part of the defense against global warming. Instead of letting carbon dioxide flow into the atmosphere, the gas could be buried underground. An experiment led by the California Energy Commission aims to bury a sample of carbon dioxide somewhere near the Delta town of Thornton, where impermeable caps of shale rock overlie layers of porous sandstone that once held natural deposits of gas and oil. "The oil and gas reservoirs are good candidates because they have held oil and gas for ... millions of years," said Larry Myer, an earth scientist at Berkeley Lab. Full story.

Australia Energy Plan
Could Help U.S.
By Larry O'Hanlon

Australia could grow its economy while reducing its greenhouse carbon emissions by 60 to 90 percent of current levels by the year 2050 if certain policies are put in place by the year 2013, say experts there. The trick is to introduce tradable carbon emissions permits that circulate only domestically. This creates an incentive and funds for developing cleaner energy sources. Reductions in carbon emissions come from the steady reduction in tradable permits over decades. But could such a scheme also work in the United States? "It's fair to say there is a very wide array of opinions on that matter," said Ryan Wiser, an energy policy researcher at Berkeley Lab. Full story.

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