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9:30 a.m.
Scientific Support Group
Future Soft and Hard X-Ray Sources

Yves Petroff, MESR
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

Environmental Energy Technologies
The Energy in Western Europe, Spain and Germany: From Renewable Energies to Energy-Saving Programs

Jose MaCampos, Tecnalia Technological Research Corporation, Spain
Bldg. 90-4133

1:30 p.m.
Materials Sciences
New Materials and Concepts for High Efficiency Solar Cells
Wladek Walukiewicz
Bldg. 62-203

4 p.m.
Constraining the Evolution of the Most Massive Galaxies Since z~1

Richard Cool, U. of Arizona
Bldg. 50A-5132


Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70-191

Dance Club
Practice Session

Bldg. 51 Lobby

2 p.m.
Nano Institute
Nanowire Electronics: What's Special About 1D?
Mark Lundstrom, Purdue U.
390 HMMB

4 p.m.
Chemistry Department
Charge Transfer-Charge Transfer-State Formation and Deactivation in Transition Metal-Based Chromophores: Design Implications for Dye-Sensitized Photovoltaics
James McCusker, Michigan State U.
120 Latimer Hall

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Breakfast: Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes with Sausage
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Corned Beef Hash with Eggs and Hash Browns
Cultural Cuisine: Chinese Chicken Salad
Pizza: Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions
Deli: Caprese Prestini
Grill: Blue Cheese Burger with Carmelized Onions and Bacon
Carvery: Rosemary and Garlic Roast Loin of Pork with Roasted Potatoes

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

Chu on Science Education
On ‘Today’ Show Friday

"Class of 2020: Science" is the latest chapter in a continuing series of reports on NBC’s “Today” show scheduled for airing tomorrow morning during the 7 to 9 a.m. program. Berkeley Lab Director Steve Chu is featured in the report, from an interview at the Lab taped on Oct. 19. The series is following a group of students from their first day in kindergarten to their high school graduation. Every two weeks, they focus on a different facet of their education through the students', parents' and teachers' eyes. Science is this week’s focus, and Chu provides a view of science and math education nationally.


Earth Scientist Chosen
For Diablo Canyon Panel

State Attorney General Jerry Brown recently appointed Robert Budnitz, with Berkeley Lab’s Earth Sciences Division, to a three-year term on the Diablo Canyon Independent Safety Committee (DCISC). The DCISC was established in 1986 under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission as an independent committee charged with reviewing the safety of PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. The DCISC consists of three members, one each appointed by the Governor, the Attorney General, and the California Energy Commission. Budnitz is an expert in nuclear safety engineering.


Once Again, Scientists
Abuzz Over Fruit Flies
By Emily Martinez


In the world of genetics, few species are as well studied as fruit flies in the genus Drosophila. The recent publication of the genetic codes for 12 species of Drosophila will allow continued focus on the species in the developing field of comparative genomics. The paper, featured in the scientific journal Nature, resulted from the collaboration of an international consortium of more than 100 scientists. Michael Eisen, with Berkeley Lab’s Genomics Division, helped direct the project. Full story.

Can Baking Soda Curb Global Warming?
By Michael Kanellos

Some scientists have proposed compressing carbon dioxide and sticking it in underground caves as a way to cut down on greenhouse gases. Joe David Jones wants to make baking soda out of it. He’s come up with an industrial process that captures 90 percent of the carbon dioxide coming out of smoke stacks and mixes it with sodium hydroxide to make sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda. The energy required for the reaction to turn the chemicals into baking soda comes from the waste heat from the factory. "If you can use the waste heat, it strikes me as a potentially feasible approach," said Alex Farrell, with Berkeley Lab’s Earth Sciences Division. Full story.


Lab Researchers Give Campus Talk on Future of Energy

Three Berkeley Lab researchers will be part of an interactive, moderated panel discussion on the role of technology in solving energy issues on Thursday, Dec. 6. The panel includes Associate Lab Director and materials scientist Paul Alivisatos, physical bioscientist Harvey Blanch, and Arun Majumdar, Environmental Energy Technologies Division director. The CITRIS-sponsored event, which starts at 5:30 p.m. in Stanley Hall, will be followed by a reception that includes light refreshments. Go here for more information.


X-Ray Talk This Morning Moved to 50 Auditorium

Due to broad employee interest in the subject and the speaker, this morning's talk by physicist Yves Petroff, "Future Soft and Hard X-Ray Sources," has been moved to the Building 50 Auditorium. It begins at 9:30 a.m. Petroff has an international reputation for leadership in synchrotron radiation-related research and has been distinguished by his years of experience as director of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility. For 19 months in 2001-02, Petroff served as special advisor to then-Advanced Light Source Director Daniel Chemla at Berkeley Lab.

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