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10 a.m.
EHS 22
Ergonomics for Supervisors
Bldg. 70A-3377

Health Care Facilitator
Preventing Heart Disease and Stroke
Patty Schumann
Perseverance Hall

Environmental Energy Technologies
Effectiveness of Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation for Inactivating Airborne Bacteria and Fungi
Shelly Miller, U. of Colorado
Bldg. 90-3122

Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

Dance Club
American Tango Lesson
Bldg. 51 Lobby

2 p.m.
Life Sciences
Higher-Order Genome Organization in Fission Yeast: RNAi-Mediated Heterochromatin Formation and Heterochromatin Boundary Mechanisms
Ken-ichi Noma, NIH
Bldg. 84-318

4 p.m.
Chemistry Department
Seeing the Invisible by NMR Spectroscopy
Lewis Kay, U. of Toronto
100 Lewis Hall (campus)

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
Test of the Gravitational Inverse-Square Law at the Dark-Energy Length Scale
Eric Adelberger, U. of Washington
1 LeConte (campus)


11 a.m.
Chemistry Department
New Protein Labeling Methodology and Application to Single Molecule Imaging of Receptor Trafficking with Quantum Dots
Alice Ting, MIT
120 Latimer Hall

1:15 p.m.
EHS 735/739/738
Bloodborne, Biosafety, Blood Biosafety
Bldg. 70A-3377

2 p.m.
Molecular and Cell Biology
Stretching to Understand Proteins
Marek Cieplak Polish Academy of Sciences
177 Life Sciences Addition (campus)

2:30 p.m.
Physics Division
Jeanne Miller Retirement Party

4 p.m.
Life Sciences & Genomics
EM Tomography of Cells and Tissues: Studying Molecular Machines in Their Native Hosts Manfred Auer
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

4 p.m.
Chemistry Department
Structure at Air-Aqueous Interfaces: Salts, Acids, Lipids, and Water
Heather Allen, Ohio State U.
120 Latimer Hall (campus)

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Morning Editions: French Toast with 2 Eggs and Bacon
Tomorrow's Breakfast
: Corned Beef Hash with Eggs
Market Carvery: Baked Ziti with Garlic Bread and Salad
The Fresh Grille:  Reuben Sandwich with Onion Rings
Menutainment: Chicken & Sausage Gumbo with Basmati Rice

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
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Chu, Experts Brief
Bush at White House

Berkeley Lab Director Steve Chu was among the energy experts who were invited to the White House on Friday to brief President Bush on alternative fuels. The President, who said he spoke with "people on the leading edge of change," emerged from the meeting optimistic that Americans will achieve his proposed 20-in-10 program, which seeks to reduce gasoline consumption by 20 percent in 10 years. Read his remarks here. Go here to view photos of Bush with Chu and other experts.

Check Calendar
For Shifted Meetings

Due to the recent change in the start and end dates for Daylight Savings Time (DST), the Lab's calendar software was upgraded by the IT Division on Sunday. An Oracle bug may cause some events — especially recurring meetings — scheduled during the new DST days (March 11 to April 1 and Oct. 28 to Nov. 4) — to be shifted by one hour from their intended time. The only solution is to manually correct the shifted meetings. Go here for instructions on how to correct these entries. The IT Division is following Oracle’s recommended solution, similar to other institutions. For assistance, contact the IT Help Desk (x4357).


ATLAS Physicist Arguin
Wins Dissertation Award


The American Physical Society (APS) has selected Berkeley Lab physicist  Jean-Francois Arguin as winner of the 2007 Mitsuyoshi Tanaka Dissertation Award in Experimental Particle Physics. The award is presented to "exceptional young scientists who have performed original doctoral thesis work of outstanding scientific quality and achievement in the area of experimental particle physics." Arguin is currently at CERN, helping to commission the ATLAS detector for its first run later this year. Arguin's paper was entitled, "Measurement of the Top Quark Mass with In Situ Jet Energy Scale Calibration Using Hadronic W Boson Decays at CDF-II." Read more about him here.


Smoot to Speak
At 'Friends' Event

Berkeley Lab Nobel-prize winner George Smoot will speak at the next "Friends of Science" gathering on Monday, March 5 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Berkeley Repertory Theater. His talk is entitled " The Big Bang, COBE, and the Relic Radiation Traces of Creation." Lab staff are invited to attend the event. Seating will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. For more information, contact the Community Relations Office (x7292).


Global Warming Could
Affect Water Supply

By Michael Kanellos

Water could be the first casualty of global warming. The rising temperature of Earth is causing water sources such as glaciers and lakes to rapidly retreat, according to, among others, Steven Chu, director of Berkeley Lab and one of the leading scientific figures trying to get more research funding for alternative energy. The effects of declining water supplies will be noticeable and harsh, according to Chu, who shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997. Some effects can already be seen, he said. "The Yellow River [in China] is now running dry in summertime," Chu said during a speech at the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco last week. Full story.

Search for Blood
Markers of Cancer


Clinicians dream of being able to diagnose cancer reliably with a simple lab test. Cancerous cells create some proteins abnormally. Some of these proteins are secreted or shed, and make their way into body fluids. The quest to identify proteins in blood or urine that signal the presence of cancer has long been a focus of research. Now, new strategies to identify reliable cancer markers are being pursued by a team — led by Susan Fisher, a Berkeley Lab biologist and UCSF professor — thanks to a new $1 million-per-year grant from the National Cancer Institute. Full story.


Avoid Shelf Collapses
With Proper Installations

An employee recently moved to an office that had four 6-foot-wide bookshelves attached to the wall, supported by three vertical metal columns with slots. One of the four bookshelves collapsed when the employee was away. The shelves are supported by brackets anchored into slots in the metal columns, a common set-up in many Berkeley Lab offices. An evaluation revealed that some of the screws used to secure the vertical metal columns impeded the brackets from fully engaging into the slots. Additional screws secured to the columns immediately above the shelves will prevent the shelves from collapsing. Go here to learn more about the incident and to view images. Contact Eugene Lau at x4301 with any questions.

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