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9:30 a.m.
Virtual Institute of Microbial Stress and Survival
Two Topics in Comparative Genomics: Methionine Synthesis and the Evolution and Annotation of Transcription Factors

Morgan Price
Bldg. 977 Sudar Auditorium (Potter Street)

10 a.m.
Benefits Office
Open Enrollment Meeting

Bldg. 50 Auditorium

11 a.m.
Advanced Light Source
Vortex Dynamics in Patterned Magnetic Thin Films

Sang-Koog Kim, Seoul National U.
Bldg. 6-2202

Environmental Energy Technologies
US-India Partnership in S&T, Environment and Health

Satish Kulkarni, U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India
Bldg. 90-3122

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig

Bldg. 70-191

Dance Club
Ballroom Dance Party

Bldg. 51 Lobby

1 p.m.
Scientific Computing
Image Segmentation With Optimization Techniques Used for Medical Imaging

Dorit Hochbaum, UC Berkeley
Bldg. 50F-1647

2 p.m.
Nano Institute
Reaction Chemistry Meets Lithography

Colin Nuckolls, Columbia U.
390 Hearst Mining Bldg.

2 p.m.
Benefits Office
Open Enrollment Meeting

Bldg. 50 Auditorium


Yoga Club
Yoga with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

Dance Club
Beginning East Coast Swing Lesson
Bldg. 51 Lobby

3:45 p.m.
Nuclear Engineering
Computational Safety: In Silico Evolution of Nuclear Power
Dr. Truc-Nam Dinh, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Room 3105 Etcheverry Hall

4 p.m.
Structural & Quantitative Biology Seminar
Professor Wayne Hendrickson, Harvard Medical School
105 Stanley Hall

4:30 p.m.
Fluorescence mapping of microbes in polar ice: what we are learning about metabolism at low-temperature and the archaeology of storms
Buford Price, UC Berkeley
1 LeConte

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Breakfast: Corned Beef Hash with 2 Eggs and Hash Browns
Monday's Breakfast: TBD
Pizza: Pineapple &  Ham Pizza
Grill: Fish Tacos with Mexican Style Slaw
Deli: Roast Beef and Cheddar Prestini with Horseradish Cream Sauce
Carvery: Flank Steak with Potatoes and Vegetables
Cultural Cuisines: California Burrito Bar

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full menu


Three Honored for 'Lab21'
Energy Efficiency Awards


The Laboratories for the 21st Century (Labs21) program has been named one of five recipients of the Presidential Awards for Leadership in Federal Energy Management. Eight individuals have been named, including three from the Environmental Energy Technologies Division: Dale Sartor, Geoffrey Bell, and Paul Mathew. The winners attended a reception in Washington D.C. on Wednesday night, and received their awards at a special ceremony, as well as a tour of the White House, today. The goal of the combined DOE and EPA Labs21 program is to improve energy efficiency and environmental performance of laboratories in the United States, and around the world. For more about Labs21, go here.

New Program Focuses On Sustainable Solutions

With an initial $2 million gift announced Tuesday, UC Berkeley will move to establish a new program aimed at providing students educational and research opportunities in the area of sustainable products and solutions. Based at the Center for Responsible Business at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, the Sustainable Products and Solutions (SPS) Program is being established in partnership with UC Berkeley's College of Chemistry. Financed initially with $2 million in seed money from the Dow Chemical Co. Foundation, the foundation intends to provide a total of $10 million over the next five years and to help the program secure additional foundation and corporate sponsors.


Probes Detect Enzymes Affecting Our Emotions
By Sarah Corcoran


A team led by Berkeley Lab chemist Christopher Chang is the first to develop chemical tools that measure directly monoamine oxidase (MAO) activity in living cells. MAOs catalyze amine oxidation, and the enzymes are responsible for breaking down amine-containing neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. Altered MAO activity levels have been linked with diseases such as depression, and MAO inhibitors are often used to treat both depression and anxiety. Our MAO levels, determined by our genes, may also affect aspects of our personality, said Chang. Full story.


NERSC's 'Franklin' Computer
Passes Acceptance Test

NERSC announced yesterday the successful completion of the acceptance test of one of the world’s largest supercomputers. The powerful Cray XT4 TM system contains nearly 20,000 processor cores and has a top processing speed of more than 100 teraflops. The next-generation supercomputer will be used to advance a broad range of scientific research. Named “Franklin” in honor of the first internationally recognized American scientist, Benjamin Franklin, the Cray XT4 system enables researchers to tackle the most challenging problems in science by conducting more frequent and increasingly detailed simulations and analyses of massive sets of data. Full story.

Lab, Lawrence Historian
To Give Hitchcock Talks

Former UC Berkeley history professor John Heilbron, whose many distinctions include authorship of the definitive biography Lawrence and His Laboratory, will present this year’s Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures on campus next week. The two-talk series, entitled “Physics and History: Links Between Two Cultures,” includes “Forged in the Baroque” (Nov. 7) and “Fractured in Modernity” (Nov. 8), both beginning at 4:10 p.m. in the International House auditorium. Go here for more details.

Artisans Sought
For Holiday Craft Fair

Lab employees who create arts and crafts are invited to sell their wares at the Lab's annual craft fair, on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Items must be handmade and artisans are asked to donate one item for a prize drawing at the fair. Interested staff should contact Robin Mitchell (x4141) for more details.

WageWorks Service
Disruption Notice

WageWorks, the vendor for the Lab's Commuter Benefits Program, will be performing a planned security upgrade on their website from 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 3rd to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 4th. During this time, employees will not be able to access program and account information. After the upgrade, you will be able to log-on, enroll and get your account information at:

Veterans Day
Holiday Option

Eligible employees have the option of using Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 12, as a paid holiday (if they have not already taken Cesar Chavez Day as a holiday) with approval from a supervisor. Those who do, however, must use a third vacation day on Wednesday, Dec. 26. See the "Limited Floating Holiday Implementation Guidance" web site for information on eligibility and time entry procedures. Laboratory policy concerning holidays is contained in the Regulations and Procedures Manual (RPM), Section 2.10. Go here to view the Lab's full holiday schedule.

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