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10 a.m.
EHS 256
LockOut/TagOut Verification
Bldg. 70A-3377

Dance Club
Fox Trot Practice

Bldg. 51 Lobby

If Telecommunication is Such a Good Substitute for Travel, Why Does Congestion Continue to Get Worse?
Patricia Mokhtarian, UC Davis
290 Hearst Mining Bldg. (campus)

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

Bldg. 70A-3377

3 p.m.
Substrate-Induced Band Gap Opening in Epitaxial Graphene
Shuyun Zhou, UC Berkeley
Bldg. 6-2202


7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Red Wing Shoemobile

Bldg. 51 Parking Lot

9 a.m.
EHS 280
Laser Safety

Bldg. 70A-3377

1:30 p.m.
EHS 60
Ergonomic Awareness for Computer Users
Bldg. 70A-3377

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Breakfast: Ham and Cheddar Scramble with Hash Browns
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Strawberry Cinnamon French Toast with Sausage
Pizza: Sausage with Peppers and Onions
Grill: Salmon Salad
Cultural Cuisine: Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Deli: Portabello and Brie Prestini with Sundried Tomato, Pesto Mayonnaise
Carvery: Flank Steak with Potatoes and Vegetables

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Green Tech May Mean
Jobs for the East Bay

The green technology surge could produce a boomlet of jobs and economic activity in the East Bay, but the region must play its cards right to capture an employment upswing, according to panelists who gathered this week at a conference to survey the East Bay's economy. Working in its favor is the region’s world-class research and academic centers, such as UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab, which are already in a joint venture with oil giant BP to develop biofuels. Full story (registration required).

Increase in Moisture
Content Tied to Humans

Observations and climate model results confirm that human-induced warming of the planet is having a pronounced effect on the atmosphere’s total moisture content. Those are the findings of a new study appearing in the Sept. 17 online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Using 22 different computer models of the climate system and measurements from the Special Sensor Microwave Imager (SSM/I), atmospheric scientists, including Berkeley Lab computational researcher Mike Wehner, have shown that the atmospheric moistening over the bulk of the world’s oceans is caused by the increase in carbon dioxide caused by the burning of fossil fuels. Full story.


88’s Electrical Upgrade
Reduces Energy Waste

Berkeley Lab’s 88-inch cyclotron is going green, reducing energy waste by replacing ten of its original quadrupole power supplies, which are only 17 percent efficient, with new switches that are 85 percent efficient. The upgrade will reduce the maximum power needed for the beam line quadrupoles from 39kWatt to 7kWatt. Based on a typical operating schedule, the cost savings will pay for the new switches in less than four years. ”The 1960’s-designed 20kWatt power supplies were operated on less than 5kWatt loads so they were regulating badly and very inefficient, and parts to repair them are no longer available,” said Lab engineer and project coordinator Gudrun Kleist. Other staff involved in the upgrade include Jim Rice, Marco Monroy (both with the Engineering Division), and Steve Warner (Facilities).

Interview With Orbach
Available on Website


The Business of Government Hour radio program broadcast a previously recorded hour-long interview with Department of Energy Under Secretary for Science Raymond Orbach.  During the program, Orbach discussed his thoughts on transformational science, the American Competitiveness Initiative, ASCR, SciDAC, large-scale facilities and the Department's Bioenergy Research Centers. Go here to listen to the interview or read a transcript.


Asian Club Hosts
Full Moon Celebration

Berkeley Lab’s Asian Association (BLAA), with support from the Employee Activities Association, will host a Full Moon autumn celebration in Perseverance Hall on Friday, from 4 to 6 p.m. This traditional cultural event brings families and friends together to cherish "perfection in life.” Moon-cake and tea will be provided. Staff are invited to share their thoughts on this tradition during the event, and those who play a musical instrument are welcome to perform.


Discount Tickets Sold
For High School Musical

Lab employees can purchase discounted tickets for Disney’s High School Musical: The Ice Tour. Performances are scheduled for Oct. 18-20 at Oakland’s Oracle Arena. Go here to place an order. Use “BERKLAB” for the promotional code. High School Musical is a modern retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, involving two high school juniors, Troy and Gabriella, who are from rival cliques. Despite peer pressure, the two perform together in their school's high school musical and inspire others to resist the status quo.


Name Spelling, College Wrong in Tuesday TABL

Yesterday’s edition of Today at Berkeley Lab included an article from the Fresno Bee on funding for water studies. The reporter misspelled Berkeley Lab scientist Yu-Shu Wu’s name. Another article included the wrong college affiliation for new Center for Science and Engineering Education head Susan Brady. She earned her B.S. from the University of Southern California.

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