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8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Berkeley Lab
Symposium on Relations Between Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis

105 and 106 Stanley Hall (campus)

9 a.m.
EHS 116
First Aid Safety

Bldg. 48-109

10 a.m.
EHS 0026
EH&S for Managers, Supervisors, and PI’s

Bldg. 50A-5132

Environmental Energy Technologies
Systemic Control of PCT Networks

Bill Burke, UC Berkeley
Bldg. 90-3122

1 p.m.
EHS 123
Adult CPR

Bldg. 48-109

1:30 p.m.
EHS 60
Ergonomic Awareness for Computer Users

Bldg. 70A-3377


8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Berkeley Lab
Symposium on Relations Between Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis

105 and 106 Stanley Hall (campus)

10 a.m.
EHS 62
WorkSmart Ergonomics

Bldg. 70A-3377

Dance Club
Samba Practice

Bldg. 51 Bevatron Lobby

Public Affairs Office
Summer Lecture — Bioremediation: The Hope and the Hype for Environmental Cleanup

Terry Hazen
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

12:15 p.m.
Yoga Club
Class with Chris Hoskins

Bldg. 70-191

3 p.m.
EHS 530
Fire Extinguisher Safety

Bldg. 48-109

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Breakfast: French Toast with Fruit Salad and Sausage Links
Tomorrow's Breakfast:
Corned Beef Hash with Two Eggs and Toast
Carvery: Chicken Teriyaki served with Basmati Rice

Pizza: Pineapple & Ham Pizza
Deli: Roast Beef Prestini with Blue Cheese and Carmelized Onions
Wild Greens: Taco Salad Tuesday
Grill: Chicken Quesadilla served with Guacamole, Salsa & Sour Cream

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Impact of Big Oil
On Research Debated

By Rick DelVecchio

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The oil industry has committed more than $700 million to alternative energy research at three Northern California universities, prompting debate over how commercial interests might shape the direction and results of scientific advances. "All sources of research funding have implications for the academic institutions," said Berkeley Lab physical bioscientist Chris Somerville, who will lead the new Energy Biosciences Institute. "If anything, industry funding represents a healthy diversification away from almost total reliance on the whims of the government." Full story.

Safeguarding Against Conflicts of Interest
By Rick DelVecchio


Berkeley Lab physical bioscientist Chris Somerville, considered the likely choice to run the $500 million Energy Biosciences Institute, said he has cut ties with two Bay Area renewable energy companies he helped form — Mendel Biotechnology and LS9. Berkeley Lab Director Steve Chu, a likely member of the BP-funded institute's governing board, said he has put measures in place to ensure that potential conflicts (of interest) are dealt with before any research money is given out to scientists. Full story.


Perlmutter, Supernova
Project Team Share Prize


The 2007 Gruber Cosmology Prize has been awarded jointly to Saul Perlmutter — Berkeley Lab physicist and UC Berkeley professor — and Brian Schmidt of the Australian National University. The researchers led members of the two international teams in discovering the accelerating expansion of the universe: The Supernova Cosmology Project and the High-Z Supernova Search Team. Full story.


Satellite Accumulation Areas Ensure Waste Management

Satellite Accumulation Areas (SAAs) are located at or near areas of waste generation to properly collect and manage laboratory waste. SAAs are part of a system to ensure that potentially harmful substances don’t enter the environment or are not abandoned. All employees must appropriately and completely label hazardous waste containers, store the waste in the SAA, and request pickup by the Lab’s Waste Management group within nine months. Adherence to these regulations ensure chemicals are appropriately managed, avoiding costly fines and penalties. Go here for an SAA compliance checklist, here for the Lab’s waste management webpage, and here for the 1 Minute 4 Safety site, which includes SAA information.


Staff Can Donate Blood
At Lab July 23 and 24

The American Red Cross visits the Lab on Monday, July 23, and Tuesday, July 24, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Building 2-100B. T-shirts will be given to all donors. The first 15 to sign up will receive baseball tickets and a chance to win a $250 gas card and a plasma TV. Go here to register for an appointment. The bloodmobile's visit is sponsored by the Lab's Philanthropy Club.

Courses Aid Those
Starting a Business

The Lab’s Technology Transfer Office would like to apprise researchers interested in starting their own business about a free half-day course on the process. The class is tomorrow from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Pleasanton. Students will hear from business founders and investors, as well as legal specialists. Go here to register.

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