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Environmental Energy Technologies
The California Solar Initiative: Cost Trends in Customer-Sited PV Installations and the Impact of Retail Rate Design on the Economics of PV Systems
Ryan Wiser
Bldg. 90-3122

1 p.m.
EHS 231
Compressed Gas
Bldg. 70A-3377

4 p.m.
Life Sciences & Genomics
Feedback and Redundancy in Oncoprotein Signaling: Biologic and Therapeutic Implications
Neal Rosen, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Bldg. 66 Auditorium


8 a.m.
EHS 225
Powered Industrial Truck Operator
Bldg. 70A-3377

10:15 a.m.
EHS 10
Intro to EH&S at Berkeley Lab
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

Dance Club
Waltz Dance Practice
Bldg. 51 Lobby

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

1 p.m.
EHS 260
Basic Electrical Hazards & Mitigations
Bldg. 70A-3377

1:15 p.m.
Health Services
Weight Watchers Informational Meeting
Bldg. 26-109

3 p.m.
Advanced Light Source
Chemical and Spatial Microscopy of Aerosols and Nano Materials
Alexei Tivanski
Bldg. 6-2202

4 p.m.
Chemical Sciences
GTSC Seminar, Uranium Speciation in Contaminated Sediments: XAFS Studies of Model and Natural Systems
Gordon Brown, Stanford U.
Bldg. 70A-3377

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Morning Editions:
Swiss and Avocado Omelette with Hash Browns

Tomorrow's Breakfast: Breakfast Bagel with Ham, Cheese, and Fruit
Market Carvery: Baked Ziti with Cornbread and Salad

The Fresh Grille: Patty Melt with Fries and Coleslaw
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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Mine-Dwelling Microbe
Included in Ripley's List

A paper in Science, whose co-authors include Berkeley Lab earth scientists Terry Hazen, Gary Andersen, Eoin Brodie and Todd DeSantis, provided a “strange-but-true” fact for a recent item in Ripley’s Believe It or Not. In their paper, the researchers and their collaborators describe a community of bacteria from the species known as Firmicutes that lives in a South African mine 2.8 kilometers below the earth’s surface and uses radioactive uranium to convert water molecules to useable energy. The discovery expanded the realm of Earth's biosphere, the three-dimensional shell that encompasses all planetary life.


Computing Project Gets
1.5 Million INCITE Hours


DOE Under Secretary of Science Ray Orbach yesterday announced the 2007 INCITE (Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment) program allocations. Among the projects awarded time was “Linear Scale Electronic Structure Calculations for Nanostructures,” led by Lin-Wang Wang of Berkeley Lab’s Scientific Computing Group. The project was awarded 1.5 million processor-hours on the Cray XT3 supercomputer at Oak Ridge Lab. Co-investigators are Juan Meza and Zhengji Zhao, both with the Lab's Computational Research Division. As part of the 2007 INCITE awards, seven research projects will receive nearly nine million processor hours at NERSC in 2007. The projects range from studying the behavior of a supernova to designing more energy-efficient cars. More information about the INCITE program and other awards can be found here.


Editorial: Governor's Smart Science Investment

Keeping California at the forefront of scientific and technological development is an expensive undertaking, but it's well worth the investment. At least that seemed to be Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's rationale when he recently proposed investing $95 million to keep California — and the Bay Area — at the hub of such development in our nation and the world. His "Research and Innovation Initiative" would funnel state money into medical, environmental and technological research. An estimated $30 million would go to Berkeley Lab's Helios Project. The brainchild of lab director and Nobel laureate Steven Chu, it would do multifaceted research aimed at developing carbon-free forms of energy. Full editorial.

Clues to Galaxy History
In a Map of Dark Matter

The map of the universe, which astronomers have been plotting for some 20 years, reveals that the vast numbers of visible galaxies are not randomly arrayed, but rather display a breathtaking structure. Now scientists are detecting structure in the universe's dark matter — which uses gravity to herd stars into galaxies and galaxies into enormous clusters tens of millions of light-years across. The findings represent "an exciting new view of the dark universe," according to Eric Linder, an astrophysicist at Berkeley Lab. Full story. Go here to read an article Linder wrote to accompany a story on this research that ran in Nature.

'Lab on a Chip' Makes
Nature's '06 Photo List

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Noting "the pursuit of knowledge turns up its fair share of beauty," Nature magazine published a portfolio of stunning images produced by scientists during 2006, including one of a "lab on a chip." The chip was designed to sequence large genomes quickly and cost-effectively. The image originally was featured on the cover of the April 28, 2006 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences illustrating a paper authored by Berkeley Lab physical bioscientist Richard Mathies and other UC Berkeley colleagues. Full story. Go here to read more about Mathies' research.


Update Address, Name Change for W-2 Forms

Employees who have moved or had a name change during the last year and did not inform Human Resources or update the information online should do so before Jan. 16 in order to receive a correct 2006 W2 form. Refer to your most recent paycheck or the Employee Self Service website for the current information on record. You may use Employee Self Service to update your information (LDAP username and password required). Employees with an international address or others without access to the website should contact their HR Center for assistance. Update requests can also be made in writing by mail or e-mail. Go here to view HR Center contacts for each Lab division or department.

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