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10:30 a.m.
Seaborg Center
Actinide Separations Chemistry at IGCAR

P.R.Vasudeva Rao, Dept. of Atomic Energy, India
Bldg. 70A-3377

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig

Bldg. 70-191

2 p.m.
Nano Institute
Inorganic Nanowires for Energy Sciences and Nanoelectronics
Yi Cui, Stanford U.
390 Hearst Mining Bldg. (campus)

2 p.m.
EHS 10
Intro to EH&S at Berkeley Lab
Bldg. 70A-3377

4 p.m.
Chemistry Department
Chemical Approaches to Understanding Copper and Peroxide Biology in the Brain
Christopher Chang, UC Berkeley
Bldg. 120 Latimer Hall (campus)


Dance Club
Practice for Fox Trot
Bevatron Lobby

Yoga Club
Yoga with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

3:45 p.m.
Nuclear Engineering
Nuclear Power and Nuclear Proliferation in the 21st Century
Ivan Oelrich, Federation of American Scientists
Etcheverry Hall, Room 3105

4 p.m.
Innovation Goes Public
Bruce Perens, Sourcelabs
290 Hearst Mining Building

4 p.m.
Chemistry Department
RNA Structure, Catalysis and the Origin of Life
William G. Scott, UC Santa Cruz
105 Stanley Hall

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
Exotic Orders from Geometrical Frustration
Ashvin Vishwanath, UC Berkeley
1 LeConte Hall

5:30 p.m.
Community Relations
Reducing Our Carbon Footprint: A Low-Energy House in Berkeley, Kabul and Washington D.C.
Rick Diamond, EETD
Berkeley Repertory Theatre

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Accelerator Physics:
The Plasma Revolution
By Navroz Patel

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Particle accelerators that use plasma technology promise to shake up the fields of high-energy particle physics and cancer treatment. Challenges remain, but smaller, cheaper machines are within reach. A handful of groups are working on a new way to accelerate particles — known as wakefield acceleration — that should not only help push physicists towards the next energy frontier, but also provide affordable, table-top accelerators that could revolutionize cancer treatment. "Experiments over the next few years could make or break our field," says Wim Leemans, LOASIS program head at Berkeley Lab. "Still, I'm hopeful that we will be able to further address issues such as beam quality and that wakefield acceleration will really prosper." Full story.


‘Monitor’ Story Highlights
Dark Energy Proposals

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Research efforts to probe the mysterious “dark energy” of the universe, including Berkeley Lab’s SuperNova Acceleration Probe (SNAP), are discussed in a story from yesterday’s issue of the Christian Science Monitor. In writer Peter Spotts’ story, the original 1998 discovery of dark energy by Berkeley Lab’s Saul Perlmutter and his team is recalled, and Perlmutter reflects upon “the fight between dark energy and gravity.” Full story.


Physicists Pin Down
Spin of Single Atom

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Scientists who dream of shrinking computers to the nanoscale look to atomic spin as one possible building block for both processor and memory, yet setting the spin of an atom, let alone measuring it, has been a challenge. Now, physicist Michael Crommie and colleagues have succeeded in measuring the spin of a single atom, moving one step closer to quantum computers and "spintronic" devices built from nanoscale transistors based on atomic spin. "From a technical point of view, this demonstrates a new ability to engineer, fabricate and measure spin-polarized nanostructures at the single atom level," Crommie said. “This means we can now start incorporating it into other structures." Full story.


Science at the Theatre 2:
Diamond Speaks Monday

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The second community lecture series devoted to Berkeley Lab’s quests to find sustainable carbon-free energy and more efficient energy practices will be held this fall at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The Helios Talks, begun last spring as part of a new “Science at the Theatre” program, resume on Monday at 5:30 p.m. with Rick Diamond, Berkeley Lab’s Building Energy Group deputy in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division. He will speak on “A Low-Energy House in Berkeley, Kabul, and Washington, D.C.,” first of the series’ three talks devoted to reducing the world’s carbon footprint. The talks, sponsored by Berkeley Lab’s Friends of Science, are all free and open to the public. Full story.

UC Berkeley Announces
Constitution Day Events

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Next Monday has been declared national Constitution Day, and to celebrate the occasion, UC Berkeley has launched a new web site dedicated to the signing of our country's founding document, plus it will sponsor a lecture and forum on constitutional issues. U.S. Circuit Court Judge A. Wallace Tashima will speak on “The War on Terror and the Rule of Law” at 4:10 p.m. Monday in the Lipman Room of Barrows Hall, and several experts will discuss free speech and academia on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Moffitt Library’s Free Speech Movement Café. Read Chancellor Birgeneau’s invitation to the campus community here.


Administrative Assistant
Fischer Passes Away

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Sandi Fischer, an administrative assistant in the Computational Research Division, died unexpectedly from natural causes at her home in Oakland Sunday night. She was 56. Fischer joined Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Health and Safety Division in 2000 and moved to the Computing Sciences organization in 2003. Most recently, she supported the Scientific Computing and Visualization groups. Her co-workers remember her kindness, helpfulness, diligence and efficiency. In her spare time, Fischer enjoyed her cats, reading, and relaxing at the beach. The family is not planning a funeral or memorial service, but memorial contributions may be made to charities supporting libraries, children, or animals.


Paving Preparation Will Impact Lab Roads Tomorrow

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Goebel Paving will be grinding roads tomorrow in preparation for new surfacing in the coming two weeks. Road closures, car park closures, and traffic controls will be in effect tomorrow from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. In subsequent days, drivers and bicycle riders are cautioned to be aware of the rough surfaces until repairs are completed. Roads to be affected include those adjacent to buildings 75 and 76, 46 and the cafeteria, and the lower road at buildings 62 and 66. The Building 7 parking lot will also be impacted. For information, contact Mike Elizalde (x6021) in Facilities.

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