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10 a.m.
EHS 256
LockOut/TagOut Verification
Bldg. 70A-3377

Benefits Office
Retirement Readiness Program: NetBenefits

Alyssa Valladao, FITSCo

12:15 p.m.
Yoga Club
Class with Chris Hoskins

Bldg. 70-191

1 p.m.
EHS 62
WorkSmart Ergonomics

Bldg. 70A-3377

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


7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Red Wing Shoemobile

Bldg. 51 Parking Lot

9:30 a.m.
Advanced Light Source
Integrated Systems for Sunlight to Fuel
Heinz Frei
Bldg. 6-2202

10 a.m.
EHS 26
EH&S for Managers, Supervisors and Principal Investigators

Bldg. 70A-3377

Environmental Energy Technologies
New Services for Building Maintenance Enabled by
Building Automation Systems
Heikki Ihasalo, Helsinki U.
Bldg. 90-3122

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Breakfast: Eggs Benedict
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Popeye Omelet

Carvery: Chicken with Sundried Tomatoes and Artichokes
Pizza: Double Stuffed Pepperoni
Deli: Turkey Pastrami Prestini with Swiss and Sauerkraut on Rye

Grill: Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich
Cultural Cuisine: Roast Fish with Mediterranean Herb Tomato Sauce

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Partnership to Aid China Efficiency Efforts

The Dow Chemical Company, Berkeley Lab, and the Chinese Energy Research Institute recently announced a joint partnership program aimed at supporting China's efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy intensity. The partnership comes on the heels of recent re-commitments by the Chinese government to reduce energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product by 20 percent by 2010. "It's important for companies to address global energy challenges," said Lab Director Steve Chu. "Dow's commitment to this project and its global vision surrounding sustainable energy should be commended." Full story.


Alivisatos, Helios to Be
Keynote at Cleantech ‘07


Associate Lab Director for Physical Sciences Paul Alivisatos will be one of the keynote speakers in this year’s “Cleantech” international conference on global sustainability in Santa Clara, May 20-24. Alivisatos will discuss “Helios Project: Cleantech” on May 24 at 8:30 a.m. Also on the program is former Berkeley Lab materials sciences staffer Ilan Gur, who speaks on May 24 at 3 p.m. about “Air-Stable Inorganic Nanocrystal Solar Cells.” Cleantech is being combined with the annual Nanotech conference this year. Go here for information on the program.


Patent Requirements
For Outside Consulting

When a consulting or employment agreement containing a claim for invention and patent rights is offered to an employee, the text of the proposed consulting or employment agreement must be reviewed and approved by the Technology Transfer Department before execution of the agreement by the employee.  Under the terms of the University/Department of Energy Contract, the agreement must include specific language concerning University of California property and patent rights in order to obtain Laboratory approval. That language can be found here. Questions on inventions and patent articles in a proposed consulting agreement should be directed to the Technology Transfer Department.


Nanotube Needles Deliver
Quantum Dots in Cells

Quantum dots

Multiwalled carbon nanotubes can be used as nanoinjectors to deliver quantum dots inside cells, a technique that could enhance studies of cellular processes. Berkeley Lab Molecular Foundry Director Carolyn Bertozzi and Lab materials scientist Alex Zettl, along with graduate students, created the devices by first connecting a single nanotube to an atomic force microscope tip. Full story.

Metabolic Reconstruction
Of Metagenomic Data

The field of metagenomics — studying communities of microbial genomes — is much like of the early days of the California Gold Rush, with labs vying to stake their claim. Amidst the prospecting, the call has been issued for methods to separate fool's gold from the real nuggets. Such a gold standard has now been provided through work led by the Joint Genome Institute and colleagues from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center. Their results are published in the May edition of Nature Methods. "We are now exploring ways to analyze metagenomic data to enable accurate classification of sequence fragments into their corresponding species populations," says JGI researcher and Berkeley Lab genomicist Konstantinos Mavrommatis. Full story.


Travel Green at Lab
Using Loaner Bicycle

Employees who need to get around the Lab but want to use a method that has less environmental impact and is more convenient and healthy can take advantage of a new program set up by the Lab's Bicycle Coalition. The group has purchased a bicycle that staff can use to reach various locations around the Hill. The seven-speed bike features a shock-absorbing seat post and a waterproof pannier (rack bag) for carrying documents or other items. The bike is located near the front entrance of Building 90. Employees can sign it out (and get the lock key) in room 1140. Two different-sized helmets (use required at the Lab) are available. Comments or suggestions about the service can be sent to Bruce Nordman or Steve Greenberg.

Flags at Half-Staff Yesterday for Police Memorial Day

Numerous Lab employees were curious about the reason for flying the flags yesterday at half-staff. The answer: as part of National Police Week, a public law signed by President Clinton in 1994 dictated that all flags at government buildings should be displayed at half-staff on May 15 each year -- National Peace Officers Memorial Day. Go here to see the law.

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