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Environmental Energy Technologies
Building Occupants with Information Feedback Generate Significant Resource Savings
Michael Murray, Lucid Design Group
Bldg. 90-3122

Yoga Club
Yoga with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70-131

1 p.m.
Computational Research Division
Scientific Application Performance on Candidate PetaScale Platforms
Lenny Oliker
Bldg. 50B-4205

2 p.m.
Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute
Chemical, Physical and Biological Aspects of Carbon Nanotubes
Hongjie Dai, Stanford University
390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

3 p.m.
Pictures in Art, Science, and Engineering
UC Berkeley Men's Faculty Club

4 p.m.
Chemistry Department
Just say N,O. Amidates as Simple Ligands for Complex Chemistry
Laurel Schafer, University of British Columbia
120 Latimer Hall


Yoga Club
Yoga with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-131

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Morning Editions: Biscuits and Gravy with Two Eggs
Market Carvery: Chicken Picatta with Rice Pilaf and Vegetables
Fresh Grille: Fish & Chips

Menutainment: Viva El Burrito with Chicken or Pork

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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L to R, Catherine Adam, Diane Bauer, Christine Naca, Martin Pollard

JGI Invention Wins ‘Ergo Cup’ Competition

Emerging from a record field of 28 finalists representing many major multinational companies, a team of scientists and engineers from the Joint Genome Institute and Berkeley Lab won the 2007 Ergo Cup. The JGI’s “Shake ‘N Plate” instrument took the prize for the “team-driven workplace solutions” category at the 10th Annual Applied Ergonomics Conference. The winning innovation, “Shake ‘N Plate,” is a simple device designed to alleviate upper body fatigue associated with bacterial culture plating. The winning team included Christine Naca, Martin Pollard, Diane Bauer, Catherine Adam, Simon Roberts, Karl Petermann, Charlie Reiter, Ira Janowitz, Karli Ikeda, Miranda Harmon-Smith, Sanna Anwar and Damon Tighe. Full story.


Nobel Laureate Creates
Science Education Fund

Berkeley Lab astrophysicist George Smoot has converted his Nobel Prize money into a charitable fund at the East Bay Community Foundation. His new fund will be used to further the cause of science education and training by devoting it to fellowships for graduate and post-doctoral students. He also said he has arranged with the University of California, Berkeley Foundation for matching grants to establish a center providing science training for high school students as well as continuing cosmology research. Full story.


Daughters/Sons Day
Applications Available

Applications for Berkeley Lab employees' children to attend this year's "Daughters and Sons to Work Day" on April 26 will be handed out today in the cafeteria during the noon hour and can be downloaded here. This year's program, 14th in the annual series, will offer science workshops, a career fair, and an ice cream social for kids' from 9 to 16. Workshop packages include "Virtual Visit to Mars," "Liquid Nitrogen," "Structures/Changes in Matter," and "DNA Spooling: The Building Structures of Life."Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Cost is $20 per child. Contact Joe Crippen at x5816 with questions.

Video of S&E Policy
Meeting Available

Employees not able to attend Thursday's meeting on proposed changes to the Lab's S&E policy, hosted by Deputy Director Graham Fleming and Scientific Advancement Committee Chair Natalie Roe, can watch a video of the proceedings here. Go here to view a PDF of the Powerpoint presentation used at the meeting. Comments on this proposal will be accepted through April 1.


Hyperlens view (center) of nanowires

Goal of Nanoscale Optical
Imaging a Step Closer

Scientists have developed a "hyperlens" that brings them one major step closer to the goal of nanoscale optical imaging. The new hyperlens, described in the Feb. 23 issue of the journal Science, is capable of projecting a magnified image of a pair of nanowires spaced 150 nanometers apart onto a plane up to a meter away. "Capturing the information carried by evanescent waves is the Holy Grail of optical imaging," said Xiang Zhang, UC Berkeley professor of mechanical engineering and a faculty scientist at Berkeley Lab, who is principal investigator of the study. Full story.


‘Zero-energy’ Homes
Planned in Washington

By Sonia Krishnan


Berkeley Lab researcher Alan Meier of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division is quoted in a recent Seattle Times article that explores how the city of Issaquah, WA, is pushing zero-energy home construction. Keeping appliances such as stereos, computers and televisions plugged in all day consumes between 500 and 1,000 kilowatt-hours a year per household, said Meier, who has written on the phenomenon. That's comparable to about one month of power consumption, he said, and equals at least 700 pounds in carbon-dioxide emissions. "Standby power is one of the biggest obstacles to achieving a zero-energy home," Meier said. Full story.


Blum (right) in 2005 Lab visit with Director Chu (left), Graham Fleming

Feinstein’s Husband
Takes on Starring Role

By Richard C. Paddock

They are one of California's most influential political couples: four-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Richard Blum, a wealthy businessman, philanthropist and behind-the-scenes political advisor. For decades, first as San Francisco mayor and then as senator, Feinstein has had the public persona while Blum has operated in the background. Now, at 71, Blum has stepped into the limelight to take over as chairman of the University of California Board of Regents. (Read the Times profile here)

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