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Environmental Energy Technologies
Energy Consumption of the Building Materials Industry in China with a Focus on Cement
Wang Lan, China Building Materials Academy
Bldg. 90-3122

Dance Club
Free Lessons
Bldg. 51 Lobby (Bevatron)

Yoga Club
Class with Katie Lewis

Bldg. 70-191

3:50 p.m.
Nuclear Engineering
Heavy Ion Fusion Science

Alex Friedman
3105 Etcheverry (campus)

4 p.m.
Molecular Mechanisms for Initiating DNA Replication
James Berger, UC Berkeley
100 Lewis (campus)

4 p.m.
Student Competition Awards Ceremony

290 HMMB (campus)

4:30 p.m.
From the Big Bang to COBE, the Nobel Prize, and James Webb Space Telescope

John Mather, NASA
1 LeConte (campus)


4 p.m.
Life Sciences & Genomics
Telomere Length Maintenance in Immortalized Human Cells
Roger Reddel, Children's Medical Research Institute
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

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Breakfast: Swiss & Avocado Omelet
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Chorizo Scramble served with Warm Tortilla
Carvery: Sweet & Sour Chicken
Pizza: Sausage with Peppers and Onions
Deli: Italian Combo with Salami, Prosciutto and Provolone

Grill: California Turkey Burger
Entree: Macaroni Bar with Your Choice of Toppings and Sauces

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Smoot, left, and Reid

Smoot Carries Message
Of Science to Congress

Berkeley Lab physicist George Smoot joined four of his 2006 Nobel Prize-winning colleagues in delivering a strong message to the House and Senate in Washington, D.C. last week on the importance of science and scientific achievement to America's health and vitality. They were guests of Congress at the annual Nobel Laureates Capitol Hill day. In the photo above, Smoot is shown engaged in a conversation with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV. (Photo courtesy of Kara Delahunt)


Smoot Co-Nobelist Mather Talks on Campus Today


NASA senior astrophysicist John Mather, who shared the 2006 Nobel Prize with Berkeley Lab physicist George Smoot for their collaborative work on understanding the Big Bang, will discuss "From The Big Bang To COBE, The Nobel Prize, And James Webb Space Telescope" in an appearance at UC Berkeley this afternoon. The colloquium, sponsored by the Physics Department, begins at 4:30 p.m. in 1 LeConte Hall. He will describe the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite, which grew from work begun at UC Berkeley, and the technical challenges he faces in his current space telescope project.

Help Stem Skin Cancer
With Screening at Lab

Lab staff are encouraged to attend a free skin screening session at Health Services (Bldg. 26) on Wednesday between 8 a.m. and noon. Early detection is key in the fight against skin cancer. By some estimates, more than 1 million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year, with an approximate 10,000 deaths as a result. Prizes will be given to all participants who bring in their favorite sun hat. Appointments are recommended (call x6266), but walk-ins will be accommodated.


Climate Modeler Featured
On Local News Broadcast

Internationally recognized climate model expert Bill Collins of Berkeley Lab's Earth Sciences Division was featured in an interview with KGO-TV reporter Wayne Freedman that aired on Channel 7 last Friday. Collins told Freedman, "We have taken the planet to a place it has not been in recorded history. And we're going to take it...if we're not careful, to a place it has not been in 20 million years." See Collins' comments on tracking the progress of climate change in a videocast here.

Climate Change Roadmap Released

Delegates from 120 countries approved the first roadmap for stemming greenhouse gas emissions Friday, laying out what they said was an affordable arsenal of anti-warming measures that must be rushed into place to avert a disastrous spike in global temperatures. Commenting on the potential for negative impact on economic growth, delegate and Berkeley Lab environmental technologist Jayant Sathaye said: "I would say it (the Gross Domestic Product estimates) looks like a reasonable risk to take, compared to the impact of projected climate change." Full story.

Drug Discovery Tools Replicated in Nanoscience
By Vance McCarthy

Ron Zuckermann, lead scientist for Berkeley Lab’s Biological Nanostructures Facility at the Molecular Foundry, is taking the same techniques drug companies use to discover drugs to help nanoscientists cut the cost and shorten the time for their hunt for useful nano-compounds. Zuckermann helped invent the combinatorial chemistry process more than a decade ago, whereby researchers create and test thousands (and in some cases millions) of compounds for just the right properties. Full story.

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