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8 a.m.
EHS 432
Radiation Protection Laboratory Safety
Bldg. 70A-3377

10 a.m.
Materials Sciences
Ultrafast Structural Dynamics Observed with Atomic Scale Resolution
Nuh Gedik, California Institute of Technology
Bldg. 6-2202

Wireless Sensors that Don't Require Batteries: Generating Energy from Almost Nothing
Jim O'Callaghan, EnOcean, Salt Lake City, Utah
Bldg. 90-3122

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70-131

Dance Club
Club Practice
Bldg. 51 Lobby (Bevatron)


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

Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-131

3:50 p.m.
For the Best Nuclear Data Who Do You Call?
Edgardo Browne
3105 Etcheverry (campus)

4 p.m.
Chemistry Dept.
Structure and Mechanism of a DNA Polymerase: Nature's Copier and Spellchecker in Action
Lorna Beese, Duke University
100 Lewis Hall (campus)

4:30 p.m.
Physics Dept.
Heterogeneous Dynamics in Biology and Nanoscience
Kingshuk Ghosh
1 LeConte (campus)

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British Economist Talks
Today on Climate Change

"The Economics of Climate Change: Is tackling climate change a pro-growth strategy for California?" That's the title of this evening's public talk by Sir Nicholas Stern, head of the United Kingdom Government Economic Service and author of the highly regarded report, the "Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change." It takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. in 155 Dwinelle Hall on campus. Berkeley Lab Director Steve Chu will introduce the economist, who will explain how inaction on climate change could lead to the kind of economic downturn that has not been seen since the Great Depression and the two world wars. Go here for a live webcast.


UC Joins Efforts
To Curb Global Warming


The University of California has joined the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, a broad effort by the nation’s higher education institutions to address global warming by neutralizing their greenhouse gas emissions and accelerating research and educational efforts to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate. “As a public research university, we have an obligation to continue our leadership role in the area of environmental stewardship,” said UC President Robert Dynes, who signed the commitment on behalf of the 10-campus system. Full story here.


Computer simulation of proton beam
Faster Crunching
Thanks to Einstein

Relativity theory insists that no matter what speed you choose for your spaceship — snail-like or close to light speed — the laws of physics always look the same. Yet in the March 30 Physical Review Letters, a theorist reports that the complexity of physics calculations is not the same at all speeds. Merely imagining particle interactions from a speeding spaceship's point-of-view could dramatically accelerate computer calculations, especially for phenomena involving particles moving close to light speed. Jean-Luc Vay, a Berkeley Lab physicist in the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division, reported the discovery. Full story.


Agilent Manager Talks
About Trends in Nano
By Vance McCarthy

Last year, Agilent Labs donated a metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) reactor to the Molecular Foundry at Berkeley Lab. The MOCVD is a widely used method for the growth of materials used in development of nanotechnology applications, and will prove especially useful for research into nanowires and other inorganic nanomaterials. Nano World News talked with Grant Drenkow, Nanotechnology Program Manager at Agilent Technologies, about nanoscience areas that hold the most potential and excitement. Read the interview here.


Reminder to Scientists,
Engineers: Take Online Poll

Scientists and engineers are encouraged to participate in an opinion poll in response to proposed policy changes regarding S&E Job Classifications. The poll solicits input on four possible job title options, and Deputy Director Graham Fleming would like to know how the affected audiences feel about those options. Go here to participate (LDAP authentication required). The poll will be available through this Sunday. Go here to review the new policies.

Warehouse Move
Ahead of Schedule

The warehouse move from the Berkeley site to Richmond is progressing ahead of schedule. The majority of Equipment Held for Future Projects (EHFFP), Facilities Stores, archives and records, and the Library storage area will be moved by April 4. The Facilities Division will post the new start-up date as soon as computer systems are in place. Facilities would like to thank all divisions and Lab employees for their cooperation in making this move a success. Facilities was able to take the time to review all items before loading them, which insured the safety of its personnel and the materials.
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