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Using Mathematical Models to Help Understand Planar Cell Polarity in Developmental Biology
Claire Tomlin, UC Berkeley
290 Hearst Mining Bldg. (campus)

Dance Club
American Tango Practice
Bldg. 51 Lobby

12:15 p.m.
Yoga Club
Class with Chris Hoskins
Bldg. 70-131

3  p.m.
Deputy Director’s Office
S&E Hiring Policies Town Hall
Bldg. 50 Auditorium (video in Bldg. 66 Auditorium)


8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Health Care Facilitator
Onsite Dental Mobile
Bldg. 62 Redwood Grove

9 a.m.
EHS 280
Laser Safety
Bldg. 70A-3377

11 a.m.
Ultrathin Cobalt Films on Ruthenium (0001): Growth, Structure, and Magnetism
Farid El Gabaly
Bldg. 72-201

Environmental Energy Technologies
TiO2-Based Photocatalytic Air Cleaning Technologies: Can We Increase the Energy Efficiency of Buildings and Improve Indoor Air Quality at the Same Time?
Hugo Destaillats
Bldg. 90-3122

1  p.m.
EHS 156
Building Manager Orientation
Bldg. 48-109
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Morning Editions: Polish Sausage and Eggs with Toast and Hash Browns
Tomorrow's Breakfast
: Pancakes and Eggs
Market Carvery: Sliced Roast Beef with Potatoes and Vegetables
Fresh Grille:
Grilled Ham & Swiss Stacker with Fries and Cole Slaw
Menutainment: Udon Noodle Soup Bar

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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From left, Brian Rabkin, Hugenholtz, Hector Garcia Martin, Falk Warnecke, and Natalia Ivanova, all with the Genomics Division.

State Scientists' Goal: Find
Clean, Cheap Energy Source
By Keay Davidson

A San Francisco Chronicle story on the key role California scientists are playing in developing new energy technologies to counteract global warming features, among other researchers, Phil Hugenholtz, with Berkeley Lab's Genomics Division and the Joint Genome Institute. He discusses how studying termites can help scientists understand how to break down cellulose to tap into a plant's energy resources. Also mentioned is physical bioscientist Chris Somerville. Full story.

China Will Soon Be Top
Greenhouse Gas Producer
By Robert Collier


Far more than previously acknowledged, the battle against global warming will be won or lost in China, even more so than in the West, new data show. A report released last week by Beijing authorities indicated that as its economy continues to expand at a red-hot pace, China is highly likely to overtake the United States this year or in 2008 as the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases. "The magnitude of what's happening in China threatens to wipe out what's happening internationally," said David Fridley, leader of the China Energy Group at Berkeley Lab. Full story.


Building 10 Work Closes
Road, Parking Lot

The roadway around Building 10 and the parking lot just west of this structure (Y) will be closed starting Friday through July to accommodate the preparation and eventual demolition of Building 10. For more information, contact Project Manager Sheree Swanson (x4025) or Construction Manager John Patterson (x6357).

Photosynthesis Research Wins 'Paper of the Week'

A team of Berkeley Lab researchers led by Junko Yano and Vittal Yachandra, that included Yulia Pushkar, Azul Lewis and Kenneth Sauer, have the “Paper of the Week” in the new edition of the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC). Their paper, which is also JBC’s cover story for March 9, examines the structure and function of the Mn4Ca cluster in the oxygen-evolving complex of Photosystem II, based on x-ray absorption spectroscopy. This work is a continuation of an earlier paper published in Science. The ultimate goal is to identify the entire molecular process by which sunlight is used to split water molecules into protons, electrons and oxygen during photosynthesis. A press release on the Science paper can be read here.


Physicist's 60-Second
Take on Standard Model


Berkeley Lab physicist Hitoshi Murayama is among those providing audio explanations for "One-Minute How-To," a website that provides information on how to do something in only 60 seconds. Murayama gives his abbreviated take on "How to Understand the Standard Model," which is the current theory of particle physics. Go here to listen to his explanation (click on #117). The program can also be downloaded for Podcasting.


Course Covers Supervisor Roles, Responsibilities

Employees who would like to better understand their responsibilities as a supervisor are invited to attend a class on this topic, sponsored by the Berkeley Lab Institute (BLI). "Roles and Accountabilities for New Supervisors" will be held on Thursday, March 15, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Perseverance Hall.  The course is specifically designed to provide information and resources to new supervisors. Current supervisors who would like a refresher or employees who are interested in learning more about being a supervisor are also welcome. Go here to register (see "Mgr/Supervisor Skills" section).

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