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Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig

Bldg. 70-191

1 p.m.
Chemistry Department
Stochastic Pulse Sequences for Structural Studies by Solid State NMR
Robert Tycko, NIH and Ivan Dmochowski, U. of Pennsylvania
D62 Hildebrand Hall (campus)

2 p.m.
Nano Institute
What is the Smallest Volume Into Which Light Can Be Focused, Efficiently?

Eli Yablonovitch, UC Berkeley

Building With, Manipulating, and Interrogating Biomolecules at the Surface at Nanoscale Dimensions
Ashutosh Chilkoti, Duke U.

390 Hearst Mining Bldg. (campus)

4 p.m.
Chemistry Department
Xenon's Paradoxes, Xenoparticles, and Zebrafish Tales

Ivan Dmochowski, U. of Pennsylvania
120 Latimer Hall (campus)


3:45 p.m.
Nuclear Engineering
Information Session on Nonproliferation Graduate Program
John Abrefah, PNNL
3105 Etcheverry Hall (campus)

4 p.m.
Chemistry Department
Substrate Activity Screening: A New Method for Inhibitor Discovery
Jonathan Ellman, UC Berkeley
105 Stanley Hall (campus)

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
The Black Hole Singularity in a Quark Gluon Plasma

Steve Shenker, Stanford U.
1 LeConte (campus)

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Breakfast: Corned Beef Hash with  Two Eggs and Toast
Pizza: Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil
Grill: Fish Tacos with Mexican Style Cole Slaw
Cultural Cuisine: Burrito Bar
Deli: Turkey and Smoked Gouda with Sun Dried Tomato Tapenade
Carvery: Cheesy Turkey Lasagna with Salad and Garlic Bread

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

DOE Approves Lab’s Site Environmental Report

Each year, Berkeley Lab prepares a two-volume Site Environmental Report that summarizes its management performance, presents monitoring results, and describes significant programs conducted the previous calendar year. The 2006 report was recently approved by the Department of Energy and is available at the EH&S Division website. The Lab received “A” ratings for each of the three contract environmental-performance measures. Other highlights include resource conservation and pollution prevention achievements, and emission- monitoring results well below regulatory limits, demonstrating responsible environmental stewardship. Printed and CD copies of the report are available. Contact Mike Ruggieri (x5440) for more information.


'Dark Energy' Still
Baffles Astronomers

By Robert Boyd

Ten years ago, an unexpected astronomical discovery stunned the scientific world: Two rival teams of astrophysicists separately claimed that most of the universe is made of an invisible substance they called ''dark energy.'' Only a tiny fraction, they said, consists of the ordinary atoms that make up stars, chairs and people. ''We don't know any more today than we did 10 years ago,'' said Berkeley Lab physicist Saul Perlmutter, the leader of one of the discovery teams, at an anniversary conference this month sponsored by NASA. Full story.


Post-Doc Wins T-Shirt
Contest for Runaround

The winner of this year’s Runaround t-shirt design contest is Parag Vaishampayan, with the Joint Genome Institute. Vaishampayan said his design was inspired by the bioenergy programs at the Lab and JGI. The Runaround takes place Friday, Oct. 19, at noon at the fire station. T-shirts will be given to all participants and volunteers. Refreshments and entertainment follow the race on the cafeteria lawn. Go here for more information.


Hundreds to Converge
For Joint User Meetings

For the first time, the Users' Meetings of the Advanced Light Source and the Molecular Foundry are being organized jointly and will be held Oct. 4-6 at Berkeley Lab. More than 500 participants are expected at the meeting, which will include a plenary session, a poster session, and several workshops. Organizers hope to stimulate strong interactions between the two user communities. The ALS meeting co-chairs are Peter Fischer and Ken Goldberg, while Jeff Bokor is coordinating from the Molecular Foundry. More information on the Users' Meeting can be found here. A special edition of Today at Berkeley Lab next week will provide additional details.

Stanley Hall Dedication
On Campus Tomorrow

When UC Berkeley’s Stanley Hall is officially dedicated tomorrow, it will represent more than an increase of much-needed space. The facility ushers in a new era of bioscience research and will be a catalyst for innovations that may one day lead to new treatments for diseases, energy sources, and environmental clean-up tools. "The goal all along was to bring together brilliant minds from a range of physical, biological and engineering sciences to catalyze the kinds of synergies that would lead to major new discoveries across the whole field of bioscience," said Berkeley Lab Deputy Director Graham Fleming. Full story. The public can view Stanley Hall at an open house on Saturday at 1 p.m. Go here to RSVP.


Nuclear Scientist Elected
To LHC User Committee


Berkeley Lab nuclear scientist Peter Jacobs was elected as one of 12 members of the new U.S. Large Hadron Collider User Organization's Executive Committee. Jacobs is a member of LHC’s ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment) team, which seeks to recount the birth of matter. The LHC User Organization will assist U.S. scientists with housing, office space, and communication needs, as well as keeping policymakers updated on the progress of LHC experiments.

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