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Open Enrollment

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Environmental Energy Technologies
Particle Transport by Walking People: Tracking and Re-Suspension

Mark Sippola
Bldg. 90-3122

1 p.m.
Berkeley Lab Institute
Microsoft Excel Advanced
Bldg. 90-0026

1:30 p.m.
Materials Sciences
Functionalizing Surfaces With Membrane Proteins Using Nanolipoprotein Particles
Todd Sulchek, Livermore Lab
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

4 p.m.
The Clustering of Luminous Red Galaxies, and Applications to Cosmology

Nic Ross, Penn State
Bldg. 50A-5132


Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig

Bldg. 70-191

Dance Club
Practice Session

Bldg. 51 Lobby

1 to 3 p.m.
Benefits Office
Open Enrollment Vendor Fair
Perseverance Hall

2 p.m.
Nano Institute
Supramolecular Organization From Nanometers to Centimeters in Bioactive Materials
Samuel Stupp, Northwestern U.
390 HMMB

4 p.m.
Chemistry Department
Enantioselective Hydroformylation and 3,4-Diazaphospholanes
Clark Landis, U. of Wisconsin
120 Latimer Hall

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Breakfast: Omelet with Bacon, Swiss and Onions
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Biscuits and Gravy with Eggs and Hash Browns
Pizza: Sausage with Peppers and Onions
Grill: Blue Cheese Burger with Carmelized Onions
Deli: Caprese Prestini
Carvery: Roast Loin of Pork with Potatoes
Cultural Cuisines: Chinese Chicken Salad

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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San Francisco Federal Building

Lab-Designed Efficiency
Earns Building Honors

Time Magazine has named the San Francisco Federal Building one of its 2007 "Best Inventions of the Year" winners in the architecture category. Its citation noted that the building is “really a machine for delivering sunlight and fresh air to the people who work there. Eighty-five percent of the work space gets natural sun, and windows manned by computer let in outside air to maintain the building's temperature with a minimum of air-conditioning.” The building’s energy efficiency features were modeled by scientists in Berkeley Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division using EnergyPlus software, led by Philip Haves. Full story. Go here to read a Lab article about EETD’s contributions to this design.

Nanotube Radio Explained
On All Things Considered

National Public Radio’s All Things Considered program recently featured a story on a nanotube radio, developed by Berkeley Lab materials scientist Alex Zettl and a UC Berkeley team. Built from a single carbon nanotube, the radio is 100 billion times smaller than the first commercial radios and requires only a battery and earphones to tune in to a station. Go here to listen to the full broadcast and access links that enable listeners to hear the radio.


Make Appointments Now
For Next Blood Drive

The Lab’s Philanthropy Club will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, Nov. 19 (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and Tuesday, Nov. 20 (7 a.m. to 3 p.m.) in Building 2-100B. Staff should make their appointments now. Go here to register online. For more information, contact Heather Pinto (x4181).

Correction: Parking
Pass Exchange Schedule

Yesterday’s article in Today at Berkeley Lab on the parking pass exchange omitted the date for employees whose last name begins with “F.” These staff should visit the cafeteria on Tuesday, between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.


Pollution in China
May Impact Our Air

You may have heard about the "high road to China." Well, atop Marin County's Mount Tamalpais, it’s more like the "winding road to China." It requires no passport, just a key. No packing, just a heavy coat because the wind can blow at this old Nike missile radar station where Steve Cliff, a guest with Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source, collects China in a box — dust, dirt, chemicals, pollution he says has traveled in the jet stream all the way across the Pacific from Asia. Go here to watch a video on this story.


Materials Scientist
Gets Japanese Honor

Chuck Fadley, a physicist with Berkeley Lab's Materials Sciences Division and UC Davis, was presented with an award from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science for his development of characterization methods based on photoelectron spectroscopy and synchrotron radiation, and for his mentoring of young scientists. Fadley received the award while attending the Sixth International Symposium on Atomic-Level Characterization for New Materials and Devices in Kanazawa, Japan. Fadley is one of the world's foremost practitioners of photoelectron spectroscopy and a veteran user of the Advanced Light Source.


Benefits Vendor Fair
Tomorrow: 1 to 3 p.m.

As part of Open Enrollment, which ends Nov. 27, the Lab is hosting a Vendor Fair, where staff can meet with representatives of the various health plans to be offered by the University of California in 2008. In addition to medical vendors, staff from the Lab’s Health Services department, Delta Dental, Fidelity, and Prudential will be on hand. Visitors can also receive free chair massages and goodie bags. The event runs tomorrow from 1 to 3 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. Go here to view a complete list of open enrollment events.


Minimize Injury Risk When Moving Workplaces

Lab employees who are moving their workstations can minimize the risk of injury related to lifting, carrying, and tripping by taking some precautions. Contact Facilities (x5404) to request assistance. When moving small items, don’t exceed what can be comfortably lifted and carried, keep the load close to your body, and avoid bending or twisting. Use elevators and ramps and don’t overload tote boxes. Keep walkways and aisles clear while packing, moving, and unpacking. Use hand trucks and carts when possible. Request an ergonomics evaluation for all new computer workstations. These safety tips can also be found at the 1-Minute-4-Safety website.

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