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7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Philanthropy Club
Red Cross Blood Drive
Cafeteria Parking Lot

Dance Club
American Tango Lesson
Bldg. 51 Lobby (Bevatron)

Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-131

1:30 p.m.
Materials Sciences
Molecular In Situ Studies of Atmospheric Corrosion
Christofer Leygraf, Royal Technical U., Stockholm
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

3 p.m.
Energy Biosciences Institute
Campus-Lab Forum on EBI
145 Dwinelle Hall (campus)

4 p.m.
Chemistry Department
Protein Folding and Misfolding: From Nanoscience to Neuroscience
Christopher Dobson, U. of Cambridge
100 Lewis Hall (campus)

4 p.m.
Engineering Nano/Biological Interfaces
Carolyn Bertozzi
306 Soda Hall (campus)

4:30 p.m.
Department, Order and Disorder in Columnar Joints
Stephen Morris, U. of Toronto
1 LeConte (campus)


7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Philanthropy Club
Red Cross Blood Drive
Cafeteria Parking Lot

11 a.m.
Chemistry Department
The Catalytic Cycle of Discovery in Total Synthesis
Phil Baran, Scripps Research Institute
120 Latimer Hall (campus)

11 a.m.
EHS 339
Asbestos Awareness
Bldg. 70A-3377

Lab Directorate
Workplace Survey Brown Bag
Steve Chu
Perseverance Hall

1 p.m.
EHS 135
Earthquake/Wildland Fire Safety
Bldg. 48-109

4 p.m.
Life Sciences & Genomics
Nonlinear Genomic Responses to Low Doses of Ionizing Radiation
Andy Wyrobek
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

4 p.m.
Chemistry Department
Peptide Structural Dynamics via Vibrational Dynamics and 2D IR Spectroscopy
Martin Zanni, U. of Wisconsin
120 Latimer Hall (campus)

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Morning Editions: French Toast with 2 Eggs and Bacon
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Corned Beef Hash with Eggs

Market Carvery: Pasta Bar with Garlic Bread and Salad
Fresh Grille: Cheese Steak Sandwich with Onion Rings

Menutainment: Chicken with Sundried Tomatoes and Artichokes

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Future of Car Industry Includes Hydrogen Cells

Hydrogen fuel cells are a particularly impressive candidate for “greening” the motor trade. By reacting hydrogen and oxygen in the presence of an electrolyte, fuel cells can generate electricity without combustion, pumping out only water and making them exceptionally environmentally friendly as a source of energy for transportation. The cost of materials has ruled out widespread commercial use - until now.  Earlier this year, research at Berkeley Lab uncovered a platinum-nickel alloy 90 times more efficient than the carbon ones currently used. Full story.


'Rebuilding Together'
Needs Volunteers

Lab energy teams wrap water heaters
"Rebuilding Together," a national volunteer organization that provides free improvements for the homes of low-income seniors and people with disabilities, are recruiting volunteers for their Saturday, April 28, project. Berkeley Lab employees are invited to join Energy Teams that will go house-to-house installing simple energy and water efficiency measures. Contact Allan Chen (x4210) for more information, or go here.


Campus Forum Today
On Biosciences Institute

An educational forum on the recently announced partnership to produce biofuels that includes energy giant BP, UC's Berkeley campus, Berkeley Lab and the University of Illinois will be held today in 145 Dwinelle Hall, and Lab and campus employees are invited to attend. Lab Director Steve Chu will be a central presenter, as will Physical Biosciences Division Director Jay Keasling and plant biologist Chris Somerville. The forum will last from 3 to 6 p.m., with the last hour devoted to audience questions.


Ergo Tip: Use Computer Workload Hazard Controls

Computer workload hazard controls allow computer users to avoid ergonomic-related problems, especially when workloads increase. Supervisors should encourage employees to take regular breaks (at least 2-3 minutes for every 30 minutes of computer work). In addition, cross training can help supervisors distribute the workload so employees can help each other, and avoids single-point failure on critical projects. Plan for temporary help during ‘crunch’ periods. And use keyboard shortcuts to relieve strain of repetitive mouse use. More information on hazard controls can be found here.


Leemann Steps Down At Jefferson Lab


Christoph Leemann, Director of the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, announced last week that he will resign from that position after six and a half years at the helm of the research facility. Leemann will also step down as President of Jefferson Science Associates, a joint venture between the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) and CSC Applied Technologies, which was awarded the management and operating contract from the Department of Energy in a re-competition last Spring. Full story.

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