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10 a.m.
EHS 799
EH&S Self Assessment Training

Bldg. 70A-3377

Snow-Cover Patterns in the Sierra Nevada from Blended Satellite and Ground-Based Networks

Roger Bales, UC Merced
290 Hearst Mining Bldg. (campus)

Dance Club
Fox Trot Practice

Bldg. 51 Lobby

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

Bldg. 70-191


9:30 a.m.
EHS 27
Performing an Effective Safety Walkaround

Bldg. 70A-3377

10 a.m.
The National Academy's Beyond Einstein Report and the Future of Space Astronomy
Joel Primack, UC Santa Cruz
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

11 a.m.
Computational Research
Superlink-Online: A Large-Scale Distributed System for Genetic Linkage Analysis
Mark Silberstein, Technion, Israel
Bldg. 50B-4205

4:45 p.m.
Nuclear Engineering
Outline of Japanese Seismic Design Review Guide

Abe Hiroshi, Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization
Shepherd Room, 3rd Floor, Etcheverry Hall (campus)

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Breakfast: Garden Flats Scramble Wrap with Hash Browns
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Lorraine Omelet with Bacon, Swiss and Onions  with Hash Browns
Pizza: Spinach, Bacon and Blue Cheese
Grill: Turkey Burger
Cultural Cuisines: Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice
Deli: Chicken Prestini with Roasted Red Peppers and Provolone Cheese
Carvery: Chicken Parmesan with Pasta and Broccoli

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Ultraconserved Elements
In Genome Indispensable?

“Ultraconserved elements" have been perfectly conserved since the last common ancestor of mice, rats, and humans, some 85 million years ago. These and other highly conserved genomic sequences, discovered three years ago, are thought to have persisted with little or no change because they perform functions vital for viability or reproduction. However, Nadav Ahituv and Len Pennacchio, with Berkeley Lab’s Genomics Division, and Edward Rubin, director of the division, found that mice lacking an ultraconserved element showed almost no ill effects at all. Full story.


Primack Gives Lab Talk
On 'Beyond Einstein' Report


Joel Primack, leading cosmologist and member of the National Research Council's Beyond Einstein Program Assessment Committee (BEPAC), will appear in the Bldg. 50 auditorium at 10 a.m. tomorrow to discuss BEPAC's conclusions, which will be released later today. Before 2004, NASA's Beyond Einstein program comprised ambitious missions to explore cosmological questions such as the nature of dark energy -- indefinitely postponed when NASA's emphasis shifted to the Moon and Mars. Under pressure from Congress, BEPAC was formed to advise on how to restart the program. Primack will explain the report's proposed strategy for continued U.S. exploration of the universe. Go here for an abstract.


Lab and Campus Team Study Nuclear Detection


What do a terrorist nuke, bananas and kitty litter have in common? Because they all give off gamma rays, they can look the same to a radiation-detector. This highlights a critical problem: How can screeners find smuggled nuclear materials without slowing the inspection of imported goods to an economy-crippling crawl? A team of UC Berkeley researchers — including Berkeley Lab Physics Division Director Jim Siegrist — has just begun to tackle the dilemma. It's a key part of a new Academic Research Initiative sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security to tap the brainpower of the nation's best university scientists. Full story.

In the Genome Race,
The Sequel Is Personal

A consortium of government-financed academic centers announced in 2003 it had completed the human genome, fending off a determined challenge from the biologist J. Craig Venter. The consortium’s genome comprised just half the DNA contained in a normal cell, and the DNA used in the project came from a group of people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. But Venter could still have the last word. In a paper published yesterday, his research team announced that it has decoded a new version of the human genome that some experts believe may be better than the consortium’s. “I don’t want to fan the fires but I like this, it’s a really good genome,” said Edward Rubin, director of the Genomics Division at Berkeley Lab. Full story.


Lab’s Solar Technology at International Meeting

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Two Berkeley Lab-developed solar cell technologies will be featured at the 22nd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition in Milan, Italy this week.  Kin Man Yu will present a plenary talk on recent advances in multiband solar cells and Joel Ager, in a session chaired by Wladek Walukiewicz, will present a contributed talk on new hybrid III-nitride-silicon cell designs.  All three are with the Lab’s Materials Sciences Division. Both technologies have the potential to deliver high solar power conversion efficiency at a lower cost than what is available currently.  Go here to learn more about the team’s research.


Deadlines, Tips, Website to Assist with Fiscal Close

September marks the beginning of the fiscal year end for Berkeley Lab. The Lab is an integrated contractor to the Department of Energy and must close the accounting process for the year in accordance with congressional mandate and on a tightly coordinated schedule. In addition to general information for the entire Lab community, there are specific activities and deadlines that directly affect finance and business management staff. Go here for more information on fiscal close.

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