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7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Environment, Health and Safety
Red Wing Shoemobile

Bldg. 51 Parking Lot

9:30 a.m.
Scientific Support Group
Time-Resolved X-Ray Imaging of Magnetic Nanostructures Driven by Spin-Torque
John Paul Strachan, Stanford U.
Bldg. 2-100B

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Security and Emergency Operations
Red General Parking Pass Exchange: Last Names R-T (bring Lab ID)
Cafeteria Lobby

1:30 p.m.
Materials Sciences
Photon-In/Photon-Out Soft-X-Ray Spectroscopy: The Coming In-Situ Tool for Surface and Interface Science

Jinhua Guo
Bldg. 66  Auditorium

2 p.m.
Benefits Office
Open Enrollment Meeting

Bldg. 90-2063

4 p.m.
Probing Dark Energy with the SDSS and DES

Josh Frieman, U. of Chicago
Bldg. 50A-5132


10 a.m.
Benefits Office
Open Enrollment Meeting

Bldg. 937-302

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Security and Emergency Operations
Red General Parking Pass Exchange: Last Names U-Z (Bring Lab ID)

Cafeteria Lobby

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig

Bldg. 70-191

Dance Club
Practice Session

Bldg. 51 Lobby

2 p.m.
Nano Institute
Exciton-Exciton Interactions in Semiconductor Nanocrystals in the Context of Lasing and Solar Energy Conversion

Victor Klimov, Los Alamos Lab
390 HMMB

4 p.m.
Methods and Mechanistic Pathways in Catalytic Alkene Polymerization
Clark Landis, U. of Wisconsin
120 Latimer Hall

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Breakfast: Popeye Omelet with Fruit Salad
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Biscuits and Gravy with Eggs
Pizza: Three Mushroom with Roasted Garlic and Pesto
Deli: BBQ Chicken Prestini with Cheddar and Spicy Slaw
Carvery: Beef Goulash and Noodles
Cultural Cuisines: Southwestern Chopped Chicken Salad
Grill: Greek Gyro on Pita with French Fries

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

Contract Signing Launches
EBI; Somerville to Direct

The contract that officially establishes the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI), the $500 million partnership with BP headed by UC Berkeley and including Berkeley Lab, has been signed by all parties, it was announced today. Chris Somerville, plant biologist on campus and researcher with the Lab’s Physical Biosciences Division, was named director of the EBI. The institute will perform ground-breaking research aimed at the production of new and cleaner energy, initially focusing on advanced biofuels for road transport. “The Institute will also examine the social, economic and environmental implications of using cellulosic biofuels to meet a significant proportion of the earth's energy needs,” said Somerville. Go here to read the announcement, and here to view the contract and other EBI materials.

ESnet4 Reaches Milestone
For Science Network

Two of the nation’s leading research networks – DOE’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), which is managed by Berkeley Lab, and Internet2 – have completed five interconnected rings, each consisting of one or more 10-gigabit-per-second (Gbps) paths. These five rings form a coast-to-coast network that is the backbone of DOE’s next-generation scientific network. Called ESnet4, the new network built by this partnership is a highly reliable, high capacity nationwide network that will greatly enhance the capabilities of scientists at national laboratories and universities across the country. Full story.


Leopard Upgrade
Help Available on WIKI

To assist employees who are experiencing difficulty with the recently released version of Mac OS (Leopard), the Lab’s IT Division has posted links to resources that may be helpful on its Wiki website.  Those with information to share are welcome to add it to the Leopard Bulletin Board there. For further support, staff can fill out a Help Desk request form or call x4357.


Low-Intensity MRI Takes
First Human Brain Scan

It takes only a tiny magnetic field to see clear through a person's head, a new study shows. A method called ultra-low field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has captured its first, blurry shots of a human brain, revealing activity as well as structure. Ultra-low field MRI scanning was first performed with a single SQUID in 2004 by a group led by John Clarke, with Berkeley Lab's Materials Sciences Division. But this only allowed objects about the size of an apple to be scanned. The new device uses seven SQUIDs and can scan much larger objects. Full story.

PC-Era Energy Twinkles
At Supercomputer Show

There's a lot that goes into making a supercomputer: wires, silicon and testosterone. It's like the PC era, especially in the 1990s, when vendors couldn't wait to boast about the latest performance gain. You can find that aggressive, eye-twinkling energy again at the supercomputing's annual show, SC07. The booths are big, the crowds are big and the boasts are epic. Erich Strohmaier, an author of the Top500 and Berkeley Lab researcher, said today the minimum performance requirement for a computer to make the Top500 list is at least 6 teraflops. But if growth rates continue at their exponential pace, by 2015 the last system on the Top500 list will be at least a petaflop. Full story.


Lab Blood Drive Next
Monday and Tuesday

The Lab will be hosting a Red Cross blood drive in Building 2-100B on Monday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. First time donors are welcome.  Go here to register for an appointment. The event is sponsored by the Lab's Philanthropy Club.


Action Required for Health Reimbursement Accounts

Staff who are not making changes to their 2008 benefit plans do not need to take action during open enrollment. The exceptioin is for those who want to enroll or re-enroll in a Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA) or Dependent Care Reimbursement Account (DepCare). A change is also required for those currently enrolled in PacifiCare, since that plan is being eliminated. For more information, contact the Benefits Office (x6403). Open enrollment ends Nov. 27. Go here to make changes.

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