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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


8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Philanthropy Club
Blood Drive

Bldg. 2-100B

Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

Dance Club
Beginning East Coast Swing
Bldg. 51 Lobby

1 p.m.
Benefits Office
Open Enrollment Meeting
OSF/Oakland-Room 238

3:45 p.m.
Nuclear Engineering
Neutron Scattering as a Probe of Complex Disorder

Ray Osborn, Argonne Lab
3105 Etcheverry

4 p.m.
NMR Studies of Protein Interaction in Gene Expression
Gerhard Wagner, Harvard U.
105 Stanley Hall

4:30 p.m.
A Wrinkle in Space: Quantum Isospectral Nanostructures

Hari Manoharan, Stanford U.
1 LeConte

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Breakfast: Biscuits and Gravy with Eggs
Monday's Breakfast: Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy, Eggs and Hash Browns
Pizza: Buffalo Chicken
Deli: Chicken Club Prestini
Carvery: Turkey Lasagna with Salad and Garlic Bread
Cultural Cuisines: Burrito Bar
Grill: Fish and Chips

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

Fleming Taking Sabbatical;
Alivisatos Acting Deputy


Berkeley Lab Director Steve Chu has announced that his Deputy Director, Graham Fleming, will step down to take “a long overdue and well-earned” sabbatical. Associate Laboratory Director and Materials Sciences Division Director Paul Alivisatos will serve as acting Deputy beginning Dec. 1. “Graham has helped raise the scientific standard across the Lab,” Chu said. “As a result of his hard work, LBNL is a stronger laboratory and well-positioned to compete for future DOE initiatives.” A formal search committee for the permanent Deputy position will be named shortly. Read about Fleming’s tenure and more comments from Director Chu here.


SHARES Campaign
Extended Three Days

The deadline for the Berkeley Lab SHARES charitable giving campaign has been extended three days. The last day to make donations, and to become eligible to win a raffle prize such as a vintage computer and tickets to Great America, is now Wednesday. The campaign supports the Lab's commitment to reach out to surrounding communities and help organizations that depend largely on donations. Go here to learn more and to make online donations. E-mail [email protected] with any questions.

Sample Inventory
Starts in January

Because the Lab scored so well in last year’s “wall-to-wall” inventory, the Department of Energy has approved a relatively small statistical sample inventory for next year. Validation of approximately 10 percent of the nearly 23,000 barcoded assets is scheduled to begin on Jan. 21. While all equipment with an acquisition value of $1 million or more and all laptops will need to be verified, the remainder of the inventory will involve samples of both “controlled” (over $5,000 in acquisition value) and sensitive items (go here for the list of sensitive property). Employees may link to their individual property records to confirm or update locations for assets assigned to them by their divisions. Employees can contact their Property Representatives for more information. The Core Property Group is available to support division efforts.


Materials Researcher
Honored by Society


The Materials Research Society (MRS) has awarded Ramamoorthy Ramesh of the Lab’s Materials Sciences Division its 2007 Turnbull Lectureship for his research on oxides and his "enthusiasm and leadership in conveying the excitement of this field." A professor in UC Berkeley's Materials Science and Engineering Department and one of the most cited researchers in physics, Ramesh did pioneering research on high-temperature superconductors at Berkeley Lab. He will receive the award, which includes $5,000 and a plaque, at the MRS fall meeting in Boston, where he will deliver the Turnbull Lecture, "Whither Oxide Electronics," on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Full story.

Poster Prize for Lab
Computing Scientists


Three researchers from Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences won the "Best Poster" at the SC07 supercomputing conference held this week in Reno. Zhengji Zhao, Juan Meza and Lin-Wang Wang were recognized for their poster describing "A New O(N) Method for Petascale Nanoscience Simulations," which describes the new “linear scaling 3 dimensional fragment” method for ab initio electronic structure calculations. The poster was one of 39 accepted for the conference from more than 150 submissions. SC07 is the leading international conference on high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. Go here for more information.

Video of Chu Energy
Talk Now Online

A talk presented by Berkeley Lab Director Steve Chu at the “Meeting of the Minds” conference in Oakland in September has been posted on the EV World website. In the lecture, Chu discusses the various avenues that Lab researchers are pursuing to come up with sustainable transportation fuels, from investigating the cellulose-digesting microbes in termite guts to fabrication of artificial plants. Go here to watch the video.


Discounted Discovery Kingdom Holiday Tickets on Sale

The Lab’s Employee Activities Association is now selling Discovery Kingdom Holiday in the Park tickets for $20. Tickets are valid Friday, Nov. 23 through Dec. 23. To purchase tickets, contact Arabella Schmidt (x2902).

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