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


Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70-191

Dance Club
Fox Trot Practice

Bldg. 51 Lobby

2 p.m.
Nano Institute
Take It to the Limit: Extremes of Heat and Charge Transport
Arun Majumdar, UC Berkeley
390 Hearst Mining Bldg. (campus)

4 p.m.
Chemistry Department
Hydrogen Storage in Microporous Coordination Solids with Exposed Metal Sites
Jeffrey Long, UC Berkeley
120 Latimer Hall (campus)


7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Philanthropy Club
Red Cross Blood Drive

Bldg. 2-100B

Dance Club
Fox Trot Practice

Bldg. 51 Lobby

Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

3:45 p.m.
Nuclear Engineering
What's Next for Reactors In the Anticipated “Nuclear Renaissance’

Ning Li, Los Alamos Lab
3105 Etcheverry Hall (campus)

4 p.m.
Chemistry Department
Exploring the Protein Energy Landscape: Disorder, Dynamics, and Protein Function
Peter Wright, Scripps Institute
105 Stanley Hall (campus)

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
The High-Energy Earth: Gamma-ray Flashes and Electron Beams from Lightning
David Smith, UC Santa Cruz
1 LeConte Hall (campus)

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Breakfast: Biscuits with Country Gravy and Two Eggs
Monday's Breakfast: Garden Flats Scramble with Hash Browns
Pizza: Supreme
Grill: Mushroom and Swiss Turkey Burger with Fries
Cultural Cuisine: Burrito Bar
Deli: Italian Combo
Carvery: Eggplant Parmigiana with Ziti

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full menu
Prototype 3D scanner of historical cylinder recordings

Lab Audio Preservation
Technology Gets Grant

The U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) yesterday announced the funding of a 3D optical scanner, under development at Berkeley Lab, which is designed to digitally preserve old audio recordings. The $507,233 interagency agreement between IMLS and the Department of Energy was announced by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and IMLS Director Anne-Imelda Radice. The scanner is being developed by Lab physicists and engineers Earl Cornell, Carl Haber, Jian Jin, and Robert Nordmeyer. IMLS hopes the technology will be used to save historically important recordings, such as Native American speeches and songs of the early 1900s that are housed in UC Berkeley’s Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology. Go here for more information.


HP Labs to Narrow
Its Research Focus
By Therese Poletti


Prith Banerjee, a 46-year-old former academic, is on a mission to shake up Hewlett-Packard's famous research labs. Taking his cue from legendary HP co-founders Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, the new director of HP Labs has been meeting individually with as many of HP's 600 researchers as he can.  "We exchanged e-mail," said Berkeley Lab computer scientist David Patterson. "My impression is that he is asking the question, 'If we have these world class universities nearby, isn't there some way that we can leverage those local resources in a way that could make HP even more effective?' " Full story.

Life Scientist’s Aging
Blog Voted a Favorite

The Scientist magazine invited famous science bloggers to identify their favorite blogs. Attila Csordas, author of the blog Partial Immortalization, picked three, including Ouroboros, a blog operated by Berkeley Lab life scientist Chris Patil. Patil’s blog reviews articles on the biology of aging, or biogerontology. Go here to read The Scientist article, and here to view Patil’s blog.


Proposed Computational Research and Theory Facility

Chu to Discuss Helios, CRT Buildings at Brown Bag

Lab employees interested in getting an update on two proposed Berkeley Lab projects, the Helios Energy Research Facility and the Computational Research and Theory (CRT) Facility, are invited to attend a brown bag lunch this Monday at noon in the Building 50 auditorium. Director Steve Chu will discuss the importance of the two facilities to the Lab’s research goals, and take questions from the audience. Light refreshments will be served. Go here to learn more about the two proposed facilities.


Lab Materials Scientist
Joins Hydrogen Group

Phil Ross, a senior scientist with Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division, has been appointed to the Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC).  Established by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the HTAC reports to the Secretary of Energy and advises on hydrogen fuel cell program goals, objectives and policies. Ross is a leading authority on electrochemical research. Most recently he helped identify a platinum-nickel alloy that is the most active oxygen-reducing catalyst ever reported. Hydrogen fuel cell development has been severely hampered by slow oxygen-reduction catalysis. Go here for more about the HTAC.


Benefits Office
Closed Monday

The Lab’s Benefits Office will be closed on Monday so its staff can attend training in preparation for this year’s Open Enrollment session (Nov. 1-17). Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday. Visit the Benefits website for assistance during the closure.

Training for Monitoring
And Analysis of Data

Training sessions on “Application of Data Monitoring and Analysis” will be held Wednesday and Thursday, at 9:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. The course (BLI 2002) will help employees develop metrics to monitor deficiencies within their functional area and to analyze this data to determine trends. Go here to register.

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