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Happy Halloween


Economics of Information and Network Goods

Hemant Bhargava, UC Davis
290 Hearst Mining Bldg.

Dance Club
Intermediate Foxtrot Lesson
Bldg. 51 Lobby

12:15 p.m.
Yoga Club
Class with Chris Hoskins

Bldg. 70-191


Environmental Energy Technologies
Looking Past the Trellis: An Insider's View of Oberlin's Green Academic Building

John Scofield, Oberlin College
Bldg. 90-3122

1:30 p.m.
Materials Sciences
Investigation of Ice/Vapor and Solution/Vapor Interfaces Using Ambient Pressure Photoemission Spectroscopy
Hendrik Bluhm
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

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Breakfast: Ham and Cheddar Scramble with Hash Browns
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Strawberry Cinnamon French Toast and Sausage
Pizza: Supreme
Grill: Mushroom and Swiss Turkey Burger with Fries
Deli: Portabello and Brie Prestini with Sundried Tomatoes and Pesto Mayo
Carvery: Baked Fish with Lemon Pepper Crumbs, Rice Pilaf and Squash
Cultural Cuisines: Chicken Enchilada Casserole

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

Biofuels Only Part
Of Energy Solution
By Fareed Zakaria

Much hope for an affordable clean-energy solution has been placed on the potential of biofuels like ethanol. Berkeley Lab's Chris Somerville, prospective director of the Energy Biosciences Institute, shares that optimism — but also says that technologies are improving the prospects of a whole range of alternative energies. “It’s not a silver bullet,” cautions Somerville. “If we could obtain 1 percent solar efficiency on 1 percent of the land in the world, that would be enough to provide about 20 percent of our total energy use." Go here to read a Q&A with Somerville and here to watch a video on this topic.

Earthquake Shakes Lab;
No Apparent Damage

Seismograph from last night's tremblor
Last night's 5.6-magnitude earthquake at 8:04 p.m. near Milpitas was felt throughout the East Bay, including Berkeley Lab. A preliminary assessment of structures and landscape indicates no apparent damage here. However, building managers are encouraged to inspect their facilities and report any anomalies to Rocky Saunders (x7032). The quake reminds Laboratory staff of the possible vulnerabilities involved in such an event and of the need to review both institutional and individual earthquake preparedness. Go here to find tips on Lab earthquake safety and to sign up for training classes. Details on last night's earthquake can be found on the U. S. Geological Survey web site. A state Office of Emergency Services bulletin warning of the increased possibility of another earthquake in the next few days can be read here.

Benefits Open Enrollment
Month Begins Tomorrow

Lab employees can make changes to their University of California health and welfare benefit plans tomorrow through Tuesday, Nov. 27. Enrollment and re-enrollment in the flexible spending account (HCRA and/or DepCare) must also be done during this time. All changes, which must be made via the “At Your Service” website, take affect Jan. 1. The site also includes information on the new CIGNA medical plan and the elimination of PacifiCare. Go here to view a schedule of Open Enrollment information meetings for staff. For more information, contact the Benefits office (x6403).

SHARES Raffle Prizes
For Early Donaters

Three employees who donated during the first week of the SHARES charitable campaign won raffle prizes. Doug Goodman (OCFO) won a watch, Jim Johnson (Engineering) won two tickets to the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Paul Concus (Computational Research) won an Amoeba Music gift certificate. Another raffle, including tickets to Great America and the Chabot Space and Science Center, will be held after the campaign ends Nov. 16. Employees can mail their tickets (Bldg. 937-400) after donating online or send them in with a hard copy of the form. Go here to make online donations. E-mail [email protected] with any questions.

Last Two Flu Clinics
Tomorrow, Friday

The Lab’s Health Services department is hosting two more clinics. The first will be held at the Joint Genome Institute tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in room 149A, and the second on Friday in Building 937’s first-floor conference room from 8 a.m. to noon.

Efforts Made to Help Control Lab’s Turkey Flocks

With the Lab’s turkey population now in excess of 60 birds, the Environment, Health and Safety and Facilities Divisions are taking steps to help control their growth and prevent interaction with humans. The group is testing non-toxic repellants, such as coyote urine and decoys, and investigating safer insect and grub control in planted areas where turkeys like to eat. The two divisions are also looking at other deterrent methods. Staff should not feed the turkeys and shoud submit a work request to clean areas soiled by turkey droppings. And while the animals aren’t known to attack humans, bicyclists should use caution when riding near flocks, and pedestrians should avoid coming too close. For more information, contact Don Lucas (x7002).

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Partly cloudy.
High: 64° (18° C)
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Non-emergency Incident Reporting: Call x6999

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