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11 a.m.
New Tools for Imaging Protein Conformation and Association in Live Cells

Alanna Schepartz, Yale U.
120 Latimer Hall

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Security and Emergency Operations
Red General Parking Pass Exchange: Last Names F-K
Cafeteria Lobby

Environmental Energy Technologies
Homeowners' Decisions on Energy Efficient Renovations: Influences and Policy Misconceptions

Charlie Wilson, U. of British Columbia
Bldg. 90-3122

2 to 3:30 p.m.
Benefits Office
Open Enrollment  Meeting

JGI-Room 149B

4 p.m.
Life Sciences and Genomics
Remodeling, Repair and Recognition: Structural Biology of Helicases in DNA Repair and Virus Sensing
Karl-Peter Hopfner, U. of Munich
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

4 p.m.
Interactions and Instabilities in Cosmology's Dark Sector

Mark Trodden, Syracuse U.
Bldg. 50B-4205

4 p.m.
Spectroscopic Properties of Aerosols and Their Microscopic Origin

Ruth Signorell, U. of British Columbia
120 Latimer Hall

5:30 p.m.
Water Resources Center Archives
Climate Change Implications of Waste Treatment

Perry McCarty, Stanford U.
112 Wurster Hall


11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Security and Emergency Operations
Red General Parking Pass Exchange: Last Names L-Q
Cafeteria Lobby

Dance Club
Intermediate Rumba

Bldg. 51 Lobby

Innovations at the Design-Manufacturing Interface

Costas Spanos, UC Berkeley
290 HMMB

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

Bldg. 70-191

4 p.m.
Seaborg Center
The Quest for Therapeutic Actinide Chelators

Patricia Durbin
Bldg. 70A-3377

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Breakfast: Eggs Benedict
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Chorizo Scrable with Flour Tortillas
Pizza: Spinach, Feta, and Red Onions
Grill: Chicken Quesadilla with Sour Cream, Salsa and Guacamole
Deli: Ham, Brie and Apples on Baguette
Carvery: Meat Loaf with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Cultural Cuisines: Taco Salad

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

SHARES Campaign
Enters Final Week

There’s still time to donate to Berkeley Lab’s SHARES charitable giving campaign, which ends this Friday. The campaign, now in its fourth week, is a convenient way to assist non-profit health and service agencies while supporting the Lab's commitment to the community. As of last Friday, 68 Lab employees have donated almost $35,000. Employees can donate online or by filling out their donation forms. Go here to learn more, or e-mail [email protected] with any questions.

EH&S Division Offers
Online Safety Survey

Staff are encouraged to complete an online survey on the Lab’s safety culture and the services provided through the Lab’s Environment, Health and Safety Division. The 30-question survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. All input is anonymous. The survey — which includes new questions on ergonomics — will help identify which EH&S systems are working well and which need more attention. The survey ends Wednesday, Nov. 21. Go here to take the survey.


Large Hadron Collider
Completes its Circle

LHC'S ATLAS Detector
At a brief ceremony deep in the French countryside last week, the last interconnect in the world’s largest cryogenic system, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), was sealed. This is the latest milestone in commissioning the LHC, the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. The LHC’s cryogenic system has the task of cooling some 36,800 tons of material to a temperature of just 1.9 degrees above absolute zero. To do this, over 10,000 tons of liquid nitrogen and 130 tons of liquid helium will be deployed through a cryogenic system including over 40,000 leak-tight welds. Last week’s ceremony marks the end of a two-year effort to connect all the main dipole and quadrupole magnets in the LHC. Full story.


‘Petascale’ Book in Series
Edited by Lab’s Simon

The College of Computing at Georgia Tech and Chapman & Hall/CRC Press announced the launch of “Petascale Computing: Algorithms and Applications,” the first published collection on petascale techniques for computational science and engineering, at the SC07 conference. “In the same way as petascale computing will open up new and unprecedented opportunities for research in computational science, I expect this current book to lead to a deeper understanding and appreciation of research in computational science and engineering,” said Horst Simon, Berkeley Lab’s associate director for computing sciences and editor of Chapman & Hall/CRC Press’ new Computational Science book series. Full story.


New Employee Orientation
Moves to Online Program

The Berkeley Lab Institute (BLI) has launched a New Employee Briefing (NEB), a 20-minute online program to introduce new employees to Berkeley Lab, with details on how the institution is organized, where things are, and links to information needed to work here. Current employees are invited to view the NEB and provide ideas about what other information could be included to make working at the Lab easier.  To view the NEB and provide feedback, click here.

Workshop on Lab’s
Tuition Reimbursement

The Berkeley Lab Institute (BLI) will offer a workshop on the Lab's Tuition Reimbursement Program on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Building 2-100B from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn about the program’s policy and guidelines, the types of services offered, how to access the necessary forms, and getting reimbursed. This workshop is free. Go here for more information and to register, or call Karen Paris (x5122).


Get Confirmation Number for Open Enrollment

Employees who are making changes to their benefit plans during open enrollment are reminded to submit and confirm their selection to finalize the online transaction. The confirmation number should be kept on record. If multiple changes are made at different times during open enrollment, then the last confirmation before Nov. 27 will be the one the system will apply. Go here for more information and to make changes and receive a confirmation number.

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