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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


Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

3:45 p.m.
Nuclear Engineering
Engineering in the 21st Century: Risk, Ethics and Education (Part 1)
Daniel Tellep, UC Berkeley
3105 Etcheverry Hall

4 p.m.
Chemistry Department
Restoring Protein Homeostasis To Ameliorate Human Disease
Jeffery Kelly, Scripps Institute
105 Stanley Hall

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
Circuit Quantum Electrodynamics:  What is the Electric Field of a Single Photon?
Steve Girvin, Yale U.
1 LeConte Hall

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Breakfast: Corned Beef Hash with Eggs and Hash Browns
Monday's Breakfast: Roasted Veggie and Swiss Omelet with Hash Browns
Cultural Cuisine: Burrito Bar
Pizza: Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil
Deli: Turkey and Cheddar with Sun Dried Tomato Tapanade
Grill: Fish Tacos and Mexican Cole Slaw
Carvery: Beef Brisket with Mashed Potatoes

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

Age Research: A New
Angle on Getting 'Old'
By Erika Check Hayden


The Buck Institute in Novato, CA was founded on the premise that aging and disease are manifestations of the same biological processes, and they can be understood only by working across disciplines. In the 1950s, aging was thought to be intractable and there weren't a lot of ways to study it beyond simple observation. “People were essentially grinding up old and young rats” and coming up with descriptions rather than learning about mechanics, says Judith Campisi, a cellular and molecular biologist who splits her time between the Buck and the Life Sciences Division at Berkeley Lab. Full story.

Plugging the Internet
Into Clean Power
By Ben Arnoldy


They are the factories of the Internet economy. U.S. data centers and servers now consume more electricity each year than the entire state of Colorado. And while these data centers don't have smokestacks, many are spewing greenhouse gases through the electricity they burn. Sensing perils to their public image and bottom line, Google announced Tuesday it will plow $100 million into the research and development of alternative energies. Regardless of electricity supply, Google and other tech giants have serious fiscal reasons to go green. There's a huge expense for companies when computing and storage demands max out individual existing data centers. "The energy density of the servers is so high that the cooling capacity and the power capacity of existing data centers are running [out]," says Rich Brown, with Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division. Full story.


Leave Maintenance
To the Lab's Experts

Staff are reminded that any repairs to a building’s infrastructure must be made by the Lab’s Facilities Division. Even seemingly simple tasks, like changing a light bulb on a ceiling fixture, carries risk, even possible death by electrocution, which recently occurred at a private, non-DOE facility. Facilities Division employees are trained to recognize and control hazards, so don’t be tempted to take a short cut and fix it yourself. Contact the Work Request Center by calling x6274.


Researchers Receive
Physics Fellowships

Four Berkeley Lab scientists have been elected American Physical Society Fellows. They include Michael Crommie (Materials Sciences), Miguel Furman (Accelerator & Fusion Research), Augusto Macchiavelli (Nuclear Science), and Max Zolotorev (Accelerator & Fusion Research). Go here to see a complete list of fellows.


Enhanced Online Visitor
Pass System Beta Test

The Environment, Health and Safety Division’s Security and Emergency Operations Group is introducing an enhanced version of the Online Visitor Pass Request System.  The beta test version is available here to give the Lab community an opportunity to try out the system and provide feedback.  Instructions can be downloaded from a link provided on the log-in page (LDAP required).  The enhancements include: providing visitors with the ability to print out their own parking permits or bus passes, pre-vetting visitors for citizenship and/or birth country information, automating bus pass request procedures, and incorporating the Meeting/Conference notification form into the online system. Problems or questions should be directed to Maki Tabata (x7572)  by Friday, Dec. 10.  The online system will be available "live" on Dec. 14.

Got a Concern? Here’s
How to Resolve Issues

Berkeley Lab has a variety of avenues that employees can follow if they have a concern about something in the workplace. Most can be resolved informally through discussion with a manager or supervisor. If a more formal process is required, there’s the Employee Hotline (800-403-4744), representatives in divisional human resources centers, relevant collective bargaining representatives, the Ombud’s Office (x4130), the Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) office (x7635), and Internal Audit Services (x4472). Safety concerns can be addressed to the Environment, Health and Safety Division here. To read the policies for employee complaint resolution in the Berkeley Lab Regulations and Procedures Manual, go here.

EH&S Class Helps Staff Determine Defective Hardware

The Lab’s Environment, Health and Safety Division is hosting two sessions of a class on “Suspect/Counterfeit Items” (EHS-805) on Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. in Building 62-203. The class is geared towards staff responsible for procuring, inventorying, installing or inspecting high-strength fasteners (bolts, screws, nuts, and washers), electrical/electronic components, piping components, pre-formed metal structures or elastomers (O-rings, seals). Go here to register for the course and here for information on DOE's Suspect/Counterfeit and Defective Items program. Contact Michelle Flynn (x7073) with further questions.


Security Awareness Program Launches

The Environment, Health and Safety Division's Security and Emergency Operations Group is launching the “Security & You” awareness program to help the Lab community learn about security tips that can have a bearing on Lab work. The first series of slides provides information for Lab employees who invite foreign guests to the Lab for work assignments. To learn more, go here and scroll down to “Security.”

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