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7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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Bldg. 51 Parking Lot

Environmental Energy Technologies
Homeland Security Related Research at Berkeley Lab: Current Programs and Future Challenges
Rob Johnson
Bldg. 90-3122

1 p.m.
Materials Sciences
Ultrafast Measurements of Spin and Exciton Dynamics in Semiconductors
Sam Carter, U. of Colorado
Bldg. 6-2202

1:30 p.m.
Materials Sciences
The Structure and Hybridization Properties of DNA Surfaces
Dave Castner, U. of Washington
Bldg. 66 Auditorium


11 a.m.
Prior, Context, and Interactive Computer Vision
Harry Shum, Microsoft Research Asia
306 Soda Hall (campus)

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70-131

4 p.m.
Chemistry Department
Electrochemical Synthesis of Inorganic Electrodes With Controlled Micro- and Nano-Structures
Kyoung-Shin Choi, Purdue U.
120 Latimer Hall (campus)

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Foundry Fuels New Era
In Nano Collaboration

Foundry clean room

The second installment of a two-part interview with Jim Bustillo, associate director of the Molecular Foundry, appears in the latest edition of Nano World News. In it, he explains what makes a good nano research collaborative project, providing examples of sample projects and tips on how to submit a proposal. Go here to read the full story. The first installment can be read here.

Former Deputy Director
Leads Stanford Project


Sally Benson, former Berkeley Lab deputy director for Operations and Earth Sciences Division director, has been named to head up the Global Climate and Energy Project at Stanford University. The GCEP aims to foster the development of global energy and thus reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Benson is a groundwater hydrologist and reservoir engineer and has conducted research in areas that include geothermal energy and groundwater cleanup. Full story. Information on Benson's career at the Lab is included in a 2001 Currents article announcing her appointment as deputy director.

EBI Helps City Place
Third on 'Clean' List
By Eva Mitchell

City of Berkeley

Berkeley is already green. Now it's clean, too. Among a list of the nation's top five "cleantech" communities, Berkeley ranked third, according to a survey released Tuesday by SustainLane. Helping the city land a spot in the top three was the new $500 million Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI), to be led by UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab, and the University of Illinois. Full story.


New Travel Newsletter
Now Available Online

A new newsletter for Lab travelers and travel administrators — Travel Express — has been created. It provides information and updates on the travel process, including policy reminders and tips on staying healthy while traveling. The publication will be distributed via e-mail about once a month. To be added to this list, contact Linda Wuy. The Express is also available online.

'Sensitive Items' List
Has Been Expanded

The Department of Energy has expanded the list of inventory items deemed "sensitive" — highly portable property that is easily converted to personal use and more susceptible to theft. These types of assets will be tagged, tracked and inventoried, regardless of acquisition cost, starting today. This includes such items as cell phones, external hard drives, and personal digital assistants (PDA). Go here to see the full list.


Energy Efficiency Rules Should be Fast-Tracked

Department of Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman recently sent legislation to Congress that would significantly speed up the process to establish energy efficiency standards and ultimately bring more efficient products to market sooner. The proposed legislation requests authority to use a more streamlined rulemaking process for certain products when a clear consensus for a standard exists. DOE would be able to prescribe energy efficiency standards by direct final rule when all relevant interests jointly negotiate and submit an agreed proposed standard. Full story.

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