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8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative
UC Berkeley Energy Symposium
Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union

9 a.m.
EHS 530
Fire Extinguisher Safety
Bldg. 48-109

The California Hazard Institute: At the Intersection of the Environment, Information Technology, and Complex Systems
John Rundle, UC Davis
Bldg. 290 HMMB, UC Berkeley campus

Dance Club
American Tango Lesson Practice
Building 51 Lobby

Using Light to Clean Up the Environment: Photocatalysis, Surface Science, Nanotechnology and Novel Materials for Environmental Protection
Alexander Orlov, Cambridge University
Bldg. 90-3122

12:15 p.m.
Employee Activities Association
Yoga with Chris Hoskins
Bldg. 70-131

1 p.m.
EHS 154
Building Emergency Team
Bldg. 48-109

2 p.m.
Computational Research Division
Scalable Trace-Based Performance Analysis of Parallel Applications
Felix Wolf, University of Tennessee
Bldg. 70-191

4 p.m.
UC Berkeley Chemical Engineering Department
Gecko Adhesion: From Contact Mechanics to Biomechanics
Kellar Autumn, Lewis and Clark College
120 Latimer Hall


10 a.m.
EHS 345
Chemical Hygiene for Facilities
Bldg. 70A-3377

Environmental Energy Technologies
What's Good for the Planet and the Economy is Good for Health (With the Right Leadership)
Richard Jackson, UCB
Bldg. 90-3122

1 p.m.
EHS 62
WorkSmart Ergonomics
Bldg. 70A-3377

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

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Market Carvery: Chicken Cacciatore with 2 Sides
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Menutainment: Spaghetti & Meatballs with Side Salad

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Forum Addresses
BP Deal Concerns

By Tim Dunn

Scientists and administrators from UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab gathered Monday to discuss the new Energy Biosciences Institute in an attempt to address community concerns over the proposed deal with BP. The forum was organized in response to public criticism of the proposed contract with the energy company. Six speakers, including Lab director Steven Chu, each presented on a unique facet of the institute, which will be created to explore biofuels technology. Full story.

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Climate Modeling Using
Aerosols More Accurate

By Joshua Romero


Even as computer modeling of global climate change has improved, global warming doubters have criticized projections for the future as being little more than educated guesses. But the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released this month, shows that even earlier and cruder models accurately predicted global temperature increases. “At that time [1990], climate models were just beginning to include aerosols,” said atmospheric physicist Surabi Menon, a contributing author to one of the chapters of the report who works at Berkeley Lab. Full story.

Students Raise Money
For Darfur Stoves

Two high school students from Worcester, MA, recently raised $1,000 for the Lab’s Darfur Stoves Project by making and selling 75 mittens. They call their charity work Mittens for Hearts and plan to continue their work in the future. The stoves, which reduce the consumption of wood, spare Darfur women the dangerous task of walking long distances from camp to gather fuel, an endeavor that can take seven hours a day, and exposes them to attack, rape and murder. They were developed by Berkeley Lab researchers in cooperation with local inhabitants and aid organizations. For more information on Darfur cookstoves, go here.


Report Seeks to Bolster
Medical Research Funding

The University of California recently joined a consortium of leading scientific and medical institutions around the country to warn that persistent flat-funding of biomedical research could thwart advances in treatments for such devastating diseases as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. UC is one of nine signatories to a report on the status of U.S. medical research and its funding, which was released at a press conference on Capitol Hill on Monday. The report, Within Our Grasp – Or Slipping Away? Assuring a New Era of Scientific and Medical Progress, can be found here.

S&E Hiring, Promotion
Policies Subject of Forum

The second of two “Town Hall” meetings to discuss proposed changes to the hiring and promotion policies for scientists and engineers (S&E) will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. Lab Deputy Director Graham Fleming and Scientific Advancement Committee chair Natalie Roe will review the proposals and respond to questions from the audience. The meeting will be shown live via video link in the Building 66 Auditorium and at the Joint Genome Institute, Bldg. 100-149C. The new policies are undergoing a 30-day review and can be read here.

Google's ‘Summer of Code’
Tackles Evolution

Students of evolution with an interest in developing web accessible and highly interactive phylogenetics, the "family trees" of species, could get paid $4,500 to do so if they win a stipend from Google's "Summer of Code." Suzi Lewis and Chris Mungall of the Life Sciences Division are among the mentors from Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, and North Carolina's National Evolutionary Synthesis Center who have posted "Phyloinformatic" project ideas to be developed this summer. Just one catch: interested students must apply by this Saturday. To read the ideas and how to apply, go here.

Women in Science
Talk Tomorrow

The East Bay Association for Women in Science presents Alternative Careers in Biotech and Pharma, a talk by Kay Monroe, Director of Project Management of Dynavax Technologies, tomorrow from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Novartis, Room 4.104, 4560 Horton St., Emeryville. Scientists and science enthusiasts, men and women, are welcome. Meetings are free and open to non-AWIS members. Go here for more information and directions.

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