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11 a.m.
New Palladium-Catalyzed Reactions for the Stereoselective Synthesis of Tetrahydrofurans and Pyrrolidines
John Wolfe, U. of Michigan
120 Latimer Hall

4 p.m.
Physics Division
The MiniBooNE Muon Neutrino; Electron Neutrino Oscillation Search
David Schmitz, Columbia
Bldg. 50A-5132

4 p.m.
Life Sciences & Genomics Divisions
Unleashing the Anti-Athrogenic Therapeutic  Potential of the ABCA1 Reverse Cholestoral Transport Pathway
John Bielicki
Bldg. 66 Aud.


Dance Club
Intermediate Rumba
Bldg. 51 Lobby

Telemedicine: An Evolving Tool for Improving Health Care Access and Delivery
James Marcin, UC Davis
290 HMMB (campus)

12:15 p.m.
Yoga Club
Yoga with Chris Hoskins
Bldg. 70-191

3 p.m.
XAS and PEEM on Ferroelectric Capacitors Under a Simultaneously Applied Bias Field
Hermann Kohlstedt, Institut fur Festkorperforschung and CNI
Bldg. 6-2202 Conference Room

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Breakfast: Waffles served with Fresh Sliced Strawberries and a Side of Bacon
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Lorraine Omelet with Bacon, Swiss and Onions
Wild Greens: Taco Salad Tuesday
Carvery: Bimini Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Mango Salsa
Pizza: Pineapple & Ham Hawaiian
Deli: Spicy Hot Coppa & Salami with Provolone & Pepperoncini Prestini
Grill: Chicken Monterey Sandwich

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

SF Magazine Takes Look
At Biofuels, Other Options

Berkeley Lab, Steve Chu, Jay Keasling and Chris Somerville are all prominently featured in an article in the December issue of San Francisco magazine. The article, “Are We Backing the Right Fix for Global Warming?” by Jaimal Yogis, takes a look at biofuels research and the funding and politics behind it. Much of the discussion focuses on the Energy Biosciences Institute, a partnership in which Berkeley Lab plays a major role, and its funding grant from BP. Full story.

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LA Times: Small
Steps, Big Savings

On Monday’s editorial page of the Los Angeles Times, the publication endorsed the making of appliances and buildings more efficient as an inexpensive way to fight global warming. The evidence included comments from Berkeley Lab researcher Hashem Akbari, who estimates the savings from a simple fix like requiring white roofs, which would reflect sunlight and therefore lower cooling costs, at more than $1 billion a year nationwide. It also cites a 2005 Lab study of 16 major industries, which found enough waste heat to generate 96,000 megawatts of power, which is nearly a fifth of nationwide electricity demand. Go here to read the full editorial.



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Ends at Midnight Tonight

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For Science to Progress, Public Trust is Critical
By Colin R. Pulham

Public Engagement with science and technology is increasingly being viewed as a vitally important activity for practicing scientists and researchers. Nevertheless, it is still regarded by many within the scientific community as either an optional extra or a waste of valuable time that could be better spent pursuing research goals. This is despite strong statements from governments, learned societies, and research-funding organizations about the importance of dialogue with the public. Full story.


Global Warming May Bring New Infernos
By Dave Downey

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Malibu fire  

Some climate experts say last month's enormous, wind-driven infernos, which torched 368,000 acres and destroyed 1,751 homes and businesses in San Diego County alone, could become a regular feature of life in Southern California. The region is in store for "a big, heavy drying spell," said Norm Miller, a climate scientist at Berkeley Lab. Miller said 19 of 23 climate models scientists developed for California suggest many future storms will veer north, showering Seattle with more rain than it receives now and causing less to fall between Sacramento and the border. And, he said, "we're seeing more heat waves in Southern California. They're just going off the charts." Full story.

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