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Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

Dance Club
Beginning Night-Club Two Step
Bldg. 51 Lobby

4 p.m.
Chemistry Department
Chan Memorial Lecture: The Molecular Basis of Eukaryotic Transcription

Roger Kornberg
Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Center

4 p.m.
Nuclear Engineering
The Lead-Cooled Fast Reactor: Concepts for Small and Medium-Sized Reactors for International Deployment

Craig Smith
3105 Etcheverry

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
Casimir Effects

Peter Milonni
1 LeConte


Environmental Energy Technologies
Buffer Gas Cooling: A Tool for Trapping Neutral Atoms

Bonna Newman
Bldg. 90-3122

4 p.m.
Life Sciences and Genomics
The DNA Damage Response of Hypoxic Cells
Catherine Muller-Staumont
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

5:30 p.m.
Water Resources Center Archives
Desalination, With a Grain of Salt: A California Perspective
Heather Cooley
250 Goldman School

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Page, left, and Chu

Google Reps Visit Lab;
Discuss Energy Efforts co-founder Larry Page and members of’s RE<C (Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal) team visited the Lab last Thursday, meeting with Lab Director Steve Chu and energy researchers from the Lab and UC Berkeley. RE<C is an effort to develop electricity from renewable energy sources that are cheaper than electricity produced from coal. Three areas were discussed: solar thermal, wind, and geothermal. Geothermal information was presented by Ernest Majer, Stefan Finsterle, Curtis Oldenburg, and Mack Kennedy (Earth Sciences). Ryan Wiser participated in the talk on wind, while Arun Majumdar and Arlon Hunt (all EETD) discussed solar thermal. Policy and economics experts, including Mark Levine (EETD) and Wiser, explored the advancement of public policies that will accelerate the development of renewable energy.

Berkeley Chancellor Talks
Energy at Senate Hearing


UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau testified last Thursday before a U.S. Senate panel, chaired by Senator Barbara Boxer, that is examining greenhouse gas emissions. During his testimony, Birgeneau discussed the collaboration with Berkeley Lab on the Energy Biosciences Institute, Joint Bioenergy Institute, and Helios. “California has demonstrated national and international leadership in committing to reduce its green house gas emissions,” he said. “Berkeley is at the forefront of energy research, and specifically energy research and implementation to make these goals viable.” Go here to read his full testimony.


Chemical Scientist First
Holder of Solvay Chair


UC Berkeley Professor Rich Saykally, with Berkeley Lab’s Chemical Sciences Division, has been named as the first holder of the International Solvay Chair in Chemistry by the International Solvay Institutes of Belgium.  The chair was created to enable visits to Belgium by an eminent chemist. He will present the inaugural lecture “Water Music:  The Latest Word on the Most Important Substance in the Universe”  in Brussels on April 22. Saykally’s research involves spectroscopy of clusters, liquids, ions, nanostructures, and electrolyte surfaces, among other areas.


GM Tests Lithium-Ion
Batteries for Chevy Volt


General Motors’ highest priority technology will reach the proving grounds this month as engineers test the lithium-ion battery for the Chevy Volt. Although lithium-ion has been used in cell phones and laptop computers, engineers don’t yet know how the technology will perform in an automotive setting. Battery experts have questioned whether lithium-ion EV batteries are ready. “It depends on your definition of the word ‘ready,’” says Elton Cairns, with Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division. “If you ask, ‘Can it be done?’ The answer is yes. If you ask, ‘Will it be affordable by today’s consumers?’ The answer is no.” Full story.


‘Daughters/Sons’ Day
Registration Now Open

The Lab’s annual “Daughters and Sons to Work Day” event takes place Thursday, April 26. Employees are encouraged to bring youngsters ages 9 to 12 to the Hill for a day of fun science workshops, a career fair, and an ice cream social. Participants can choose from three workshop packages: Virtual Visit to Mars, Liquid Nitrogen, or DNA Spooling: The Building Structures of Life. Go here to download an application, or stop by the cash registers in the cafeteria to pick one up. The deadline is Friday, April 18.

Retirement Planning
Workshop Wednesday

Lab employees interested in learning about retirement planning are invited to register for “Passport to Retirement,” a half-day financial workshop sponsored by the Benefits Office and the Berkeley Lab Institute (BLI). The workshop takes place on Wednesday, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.  The course — presented by Morgan Stanley financial advisor George Noceti — is free, however a $25 cash-only fee is required to cover materials. Go here to register.
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