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8 a.m. to Noon
Health Services
Flu Shot Clinic (x6266 for appointment)

Bldg. 26

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig

Bldg. 70-191

2 p.m.
Nano Institute
Bio-Electronic Interfaces and Plasmonic-Molecular Electronic Integration

Nick Melosh, Stanford U.
390 Hearst Mining Bldg.

4 p.m.
Chemistry Department
Tuning the Reactivity of Metal-Carbon Multiple Bonds to Achieve New Catalytic Reactions

Marc J. A. Johnson, U. of Michigan
120 Latimer Hall


Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

Dance Club
Beginning Rumba Lesson

Bldg. 51 Lobby

2 p.m.
High Speed Semiconductor Detectors for Synchrotron Experiments at FLASH, LCLS and XFEL

Lothar Struder, Munich Centre for Advanced Photonics
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

3:45 p.m.
Nuclear Engineering
Neutron Measurement Techniques for Verification of Closely Packed Spent Fuel Assemblies Stored in a Reactor Pool

Young Ham, International Safeguards Cooperation and Technology Program
3105 Etcheverry Hall

4 p.m.
Chemistry Department
The Biochemistry of HIV Budding

Wes Sundquist, U. of Utah
105 Stanley Hall

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
Thermal and Quantum Phases of a Spin-1 Bose Gas

Dan Stamper-Kurn, UC Berkeley
1 LeConte Hall

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Breakfast: Biscuits and Gravy with Two Eggs
Monday's Breakfast: Banana Pancakes with Sausage Patties
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Cultural Cuisines: Burrito Bar

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Scientists Discuss Fire's
Environmental Effects

While the fires in Southern California are large, scientists believe they're not contributing significantly to global warming. Berkeley Lab earth scientist Inez Fung says carbon dioxide emissions from the fires represent just a pulse in contributing to global warming. "What we worry about is not just the fires but, associated with drought, the whole die back of forests. Less CO2 absorbed from the atmosphere by photosynthesis means there could be more litter, so there's increased fire load," said Fung. Full story.

Fischer with monitoring equipment

Heavy Media Coverage
Of Tower Monitoring Story

Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division, in partnership with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, staged media events at two Bay Area towers last week, where equipment has been installed to monitor regional greenhouse gases. EETD’s Marc Fischer was featured in the reports, which can be seen on the websites of the Sacramento Bee, the Stockton Record, KCRA-TV Sacramento, KRON-TV San Francisco, TV20 San Francisco, the Contra Costa Times, and Nature.

Mail SHARES Donation Today to Enter Raffle

Today is the last day to enter the first SHARES raffle. Employees who mail their SHARES forms by today are eligible to win a watch, two tickets to the Berkeley Repertory Theater, or a gift certificate to Amoeba Music. Those contributing to SHARES online can mail their raffle tickets (included in a packet mailed to staff last week) to Bldg. 937-400 (include contact information). Winners will be announced in Today at Berkeley Lab next week. Another raffle will be held after the campaign ends on Nov. 16. Employees can donate online or by filling out the mailed form. The campaign assists non-profit health and service agencies. E-mail SHARES with any questions.


Retired Lab Physicist
Heads Underground Lab

Neutrino detector at Homestake
Jose Alonso, a long-time physicist with Berkeley Lab’s Accelerator and Fusion Research Division, has been named the first director of the Sanford Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (SUSEL). The multipurpose facility is being constructed at Homestake, a former gold mine in South Dakota. Alonso, who retired from the Lab in 2002, was one of the principals behind the Bevelac accelerator configuration. While overseeing its operations, he helped develop technology for applying heavy ion beams to cancer radiotherapy and medical diagnostic imaging. In his final years at the Lab he coordinated accelerator and target elements for the Spallation Neutron Source. Since “retiring,” he’s been active in the Large Hadron Collider project. Go here for more on his appointment.

Longtime Administrator
At Lab, Tina Aitkens, Dies

Tina (Augustine) Aitkens, who for 26 years served as a staff administrator, supervisor, and human resources generalist at Berkeley Lab, passed away in a nursing home in Fremont on Tuesday after a long illness. She was 60. Aitkens was hired in March, 1977. She worked in several divisions, including the Advanced Light Source, Administrative Services, Accelerator and Fusion Research, and Human Resources. Her roles included Program Administrator for AFRD, supervisor of the ALS User Office, and HR specialist for General Sciences and Operations. A native of Arkansas, she was a very active member of her church.  She is survived by her son, Curtis, and one grandson. Services are pending.

Memorial for Yeast
Expert Robert Mortimer

A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday to honor Robert Mortimer, an eminent yeast expert and professor emeritus of molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley, who died Aug. 10 from complications of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. He was 79. Mortimer was officially hired by Berkeley Lab as a faculty biophysicist in 1991 and retired in 1995, but served as a longtime guest prior to his hire and after his retirement. The service will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, in north Berkeley.

Plans for Apple Leopard Release and Purchase

Apple is releasing the next version of its operating system (code-named Leopard) today.  The company has requested that the Lab bulk-order these upgrades in order to receive the best pricing.  The software-download page will have an entry for MAC OS X-Leopard to process these requests. Go here for more information on this topic and other current initiatives.

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