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10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Purchasing Department
PSS/Newark Electronics Visit
Perseverance Hall

Yoga Club
Class with Katie Lewis
Bldg. 70-191

Dance Club
Samba Dance Lesson
Bldg. 51 Lobby


9 a.m.
EHS 280
Laser Safety

Bldg. 70A-3377

Macintosh User Group
Apple WWDC Review
Ron Ustach, Apple
Bldg. 50B-4205

1 p.m.
EHS 243
Soldering Awareness

Bldg. 70A-3377

2 p.m.
EHS 339
Asbestos Awareness

Bldg. 70A-3377

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Breakfast: Popeye Omelet with Fruit Salad
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Pineapple Pancakes with Canadian Bacon
Carvery: Chicken, Sundried Tomato and Artichoke with Rice and Broccoli

Deli: Barbecue Chicken Prestini with Cheddar Cheese and Spicy Slaw
Cultural Cuisine: Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Pizza: Sausage with Peppers and Onions

Grill: Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich with Fries

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Wednesday Biofuels Talk Kicks Off Lecture Series

Chris Somerville of the Physical Biosciences Division kicks off the 2007 summer lecture series this Wednesday at noon in the Building 50 auditorium with a talk titled "Development of Cellulosic Biofuels." The summer lectures are designed for Lab staff, visiting students and teachers, and others curious about cutting-edge research explained in everyday language. Somerville, an award-winning plant biochemist, will discuss the technical challenges associated with the production of cellulosic biofuels, which will require an improved understanding of a diverse range of topics in fields such as agronomy, chemical engineering, and microbiology. Go here for a schedule of this summer's lectures.

Building 10 debris

Demolition Makes Way
For New ALS Building

To make way for the new ALS user support facility, Building 10 was torn down last week. The building was originally used as a support building for the 184-inch Cyclotron, and more recently for the Advanced Light Source (ALS). It was also demolished because its 1940s-era construction is considered seismically very poor. Demolition will finish in early July. The Lab hopes to break ground on the new user support building in January, pending receipt of FY 2008 funding. The three-story, 32,000-square-foot building will house user-support operations at the ALS, and will include office and lab space for some 80 researchers. Contact Sheree Swanson, program manager for the demolition and user support building construction, with questions. Go here to view a photo of what Building 10 used to look like.


In Nature, Proteins
Sweep Nanoparticles

Zinc-sulfide aggregates

Here’s a pollution-control tip from nature: Deep inside a flooded mine in Wisconsin, scientists from several institutions including Berkeley Lab have discovered a world in which bacteria emit proteins that sweep up metal nanoparticles into immobile clumps. Their finding may lead to innovative ways to remediate subsurface metal toxins. Full story.


Strong Evidence Mars
Once Had an Ocean

UC Berkeley scientists working with NASA have found definitive evidence that large oceans once existed on mars. The discovery raises the stakes of an upcoming mission to the red planet. Berkeley Lab earth scientist Michael Manga is part of a team who made the discovery. "Life seems to need liquid water, and if you have a big ocean full of liquid water there's abundant opportunities for life to form," he said. Go here to watch a video of this story.

Another Chance to View
Lab Research on QUEST

A repeat of an episode of the KQED science program QUEST featuring Lab research will be repeated tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m. The episode includes Associate Lab Director and Materials Sciences Division Director Paul Alivisatos discussing nanotechnology advances. The program airs locally on Channel 9, or 709 for high definition.  


Electronic Supply Reps In Perseverance Today

Representatives from PSS/Newark Electronics will be on site today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. Demonstrations will be provided on desktop ordering using the eBuy procurement process. Equipment and supply manufacturer representatives will also be on hand. Go here for additional information.

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