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11 a.m.
Computational Research
Electronic, Optical and Transport Properties of Quantum Dot Intraband Devices

Nenad Vukmirovic, U. of Leeds Bldg. 50F-1647

Yoga Club
Class with Katie Lewis

Bldg. 70-191

2 p.m.
EHS 274
Confined Space Entry Retraining

Bldg. 70A-3377

5:30 p.m.
Friends of Science
Nanoscience at Work: Creating Energy from Sunlight

Paul Alivisatos
Berkeley Repertory Theatre


8:30 a.m.
Berkeley Lab Institute
Learn iT - Word Intermediate
Bldg. 90-0026

9 a.m.
EHS 348
Chemical Hygiene & Safety
Bldg. 70A-3377

10:30 a.m.
Berkeley Lab Institute
Effective Presentations

Bldg. 2-100B

1 p.m.
Berkeley Lab Institute
Learn iT - Word Advanced
Bldg. 90-0026

1 p.m.
EHS 231
Compressed Gas & Cryogen Safety

Bldg. 70A-3377

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Breakfast: Breakfast Burrito served with Beans
Tomorrow's Breakfast: French Toast with Fruit Salad and Sausage Links
Carvery: Chicken Piccata
Pizza: Pinapple and Ham Hawaiian Pizza
Deli: Barbecue Chicken and Cheddar Prestini with Spicy Slaw

Grill: Samurai Steak Sandwich
Entree: Pasta Bar with Your Choice of Sauce served with Garlic Bread

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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KQED Radio Program
On Indoor Air Quality


Mark Mendell of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division made a radio appearance last Friday on QUEST, KQED's multiplatform science series, in a segment about indoor air quality. Mendel talked about the dangers, especially to children, posed by common chemicals including paint. Use and availability of toxic household chemicals are regulated in other countries, whereas "in the United States the rights of the manufacturer are considered paramount." Thomas McKone contributed to research for the radio segment, which can be heard in full here.

Acidic Surface of Water Confirmed by Study

Pure, neutral water has an acid skin. This striking notion has now been confirmed by calculations and tests by an international team of scientists. The finding could be significant for a number of disciplines. The low pH could affect the rates of carbon dioxide absorption at the ocean surface, says Berkeley Lab chemical scientist Richard Saykally. Full story.


Workplace Violence
May Lead to Dismissal

It is the policy of the Laboratory to create and maintain a community in which all employees can work together in an atmosphere of respect and civility, free of harassing and threatening behaviors. Laboratory policies are designed to protect and promote the rights of members of the Berkeley Lab community, and to prevent actions that interfere with those rights and with the Laboratory's mission. Any threat or violent act by an individual associated with Berkeley Lab will be considered serious misconduct and may be the basis for disciplinary action or dismissal. To assist managers and individuals in assessing situations involving workplace violence, the Laboratory has established a Crisis Action Team (CAT). Read more about the policy and the CAT program here.

Shrinking the Cost
For Solar Power
By Michael Kanellos

One of the big problems with solar power has been that it costs more than electricity generated by conventional means. But some experts think that, under certain circumstances, the premium for solar power can be erased, without subsidies or dramatic technical breakthroughs. A sufficiently large solar thermal power plant could potentially generate electricity at about the same cost as electricity from a conventional gas-burning power plant, say experts, including Jian Lin, who heads the China Energy Group for the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Berkeley Lab. Full story.


Wednesday Workshop
On Retirement Website

Fidelity Investments will present a workshop on their new NetBenefitsSM website on Wednesday, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. Participants will learn how to plan and manage their retirement accounts using this new online service. No registration is required.

Meet Tech Transfer Staff
And Win a Grand Prize

Representatives from the Lab's Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management will be in the cafeteria today through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Employees are invited to stop by and learn about protecting intellectual property and licensing inventions and software. They can also take a quiz testing their knowledge of Lab inventions, which will make them eligible for the grand prize: a catered lunch with Director Steve Chu and five other winners.

Bloodmobile Visits Next
Week; Register Now

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will visit the Lab on Monday, May 21, and Tuesday, May 22, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria parking lot. Go here to register for an appointment. The bloodmobile's visit is sponsored by the Lab's Philanthropy Club.

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