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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


11 a.m.
Chemistry Department
Cycloalkadienes in the Synthesis of Natural Products
Richmond Sarpong, UC Berkeley
120 Latimer Hall

University of California
UC Women's Forum on Staff Career Development
Associate President Linda Williams, UC Office of the President
Bldg. 50 auditorium

12:30 p.m.
Nuclear Engineering
A New Element Strategy in Nuclear Fuel Cycle? Toward Utilization and Reduction of Radioactive Wastes
Masaki Ozawa, Japan Atomic Energy Agency
237 Cory Hall

4 p.m.
Life Sciences & Genomics Divisions
Dedicated PET/CT Scanners for Imaging the Breast
Ramsey Badawi, UC Davis
Bldg. 66 auditorium

4 p.m.
Chemistry Department
Calculating Electron Excitation by Ions Moving Through Insulators: Non-Adiabaticity in Radiation Damage
Emilio Artacho, Cambridge University
120 Latimer Hall

4 p.m.
Nuclear Science Division
Neutrinos: Results and Future
Boris Kayser, Fermilab
Bldg. 50A-5132

4 p.m.
Mobile Communications: New Directions in Blue Sky Research
Joseph McGeehan, Toshiba Europe
290 Hearst Mining Building

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Breakfast: Banana Pancakes with Sausage Patties
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Roasted Veggie and Swiss Omelet with Toast and Hash Browns
Carvery: Chicken Teriyaki
Pizza: Feta and Roasted Vegetables
Deli: Turkey Pastrami Reuben with Swiss and Sauerkraut
Entrée: Pasta Bar with Choice of Sauce served with Salad & Garlic Bread
Grill: Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich

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

The Brazilians
Director Chu, center, with the Brazilian delegation.

Brazilians Visit Lab,
Talk Biofuels Research

A delegation of nearly 20 Brazilian scientists, government agency officials, and business leaders visited Berkeley Lab last Thursday to learn about the Lab’s biofuels research initiatives. The group met with several Lab scientists, including Steve Chu, Graham Fleming, Chris Somerville, and Terry Hazen, and toured facilities such as the Advanced Light Source and the Molecular Foundry. The group’s Berkeley Lab visit was part of a tour of U.S. energy research facilities that also included the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO.


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Chu Speaks at Urban
Planning Conference

By Tilde Herrera

Big names within the urban planning and transportation technology sectors met last week in Oakland to begin a conversation about how they could create more sustainable cities and vehicles. The Meeting of the Minds Conference brought together public officials, scientists, academics, auto manufacturers, and non-profits to discuss fuels of the future, improving transit systems, breakthroughs in urban design, climate change, and cutting-edge vehicle technology. Speakers included Berkeley Lab Director Steve Chu, who discussed the facility's efforts in advancing the use of feedstock grasses to produce biofuels that are more sustainable than corn, a crop often touted as a source for making ethanol. Full story.


Sexual Harassment Course
Online for Supervisors

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Employees who are required to re-take the AB1825 online sexual harassment prevention training course will receive an e-mail this week from UC Office of the President's Judy Boyette, Associate Vice President, Human Resources and Benefits. The e-mail will include a link to the online training course. Managers and supervisors who completed the online training in January, February, and March of 2006 will also receive the e-mail notification to take the course again. Faculty will receive an e-mail notification from their campus location. The deadline to complete the course is Dec. 31, 2007. Periodic reminders will be sent until the course is completed. Unlike the 2005 program, the online course is coordinated centrally by UCOP, with e-mail invitations sent from [email protected]. Logistical questions pertaining to the online course should be directed there. Go here to read UC’s sexual harassment policy.


Fiscal Close Deadlines
Loom; Check Dates

The Lab’s fiscal close starts this Friday. Employees involved in this process should be aware of this week’s pending deadlines for payroll, project management, travel, and procurement. Go here to view a list of these dates, and here to view the Office of the Chief Financial Officer’s fiscal close website.

Shoemobile Visits Lab
This Thursday

The Red Wing shoemobile will be on site this Thursday. The date on the flyer posted at some work areas is incorrect. Contact Betsy MacGowan at x2826 for more information.


Mercury Thermometers Should be Replaced

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Mercury thermometers, commonly found throughout the Lab, pose a problem because they are fragile and can be easily broken. When a thermometer breaks, the mercury can scatter over a large area. This presents a potential health risk to personnel and requires time-consuming decontamination and costly waste disposal. When ordering new equipment, specify non-mercury thermometers and components. Replace mercury thermometers with non-mercury, liquid-in-glass thermometers, or other devices such as digital thermometers. The EH&S Industrial Hygiene Group provides general-purpose, liquid-in-glass thermometers at no cost. Go here for more information.

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