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11 a.m.
Scientific Computing
Robust Multilevel Preconditioners for Problems with Strongly Discontinuous Coefficients

Yunrong Zhu
Bldg. 50F-1647

1:30 p.m.
Materials Sciences
Examining Small-Scale Plasticity Through Quantitative in situ TEM Nanocompression Testing

Andrew Minor
Bldg. 66 Auditorium



Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig

Bldg. 70-191

Environmental Energy Technologies
Tropospheric Aerosol Chemistry via Aerosol Mass Spectrometry
Douglas Worsnop
Bldg. 90-3122

Dance Club
Practice Session

Bldg. 51 Lobby

2 p.m.
Nano Institute
Directed Assembly of Metal-Cyanide Cluster Magnets
Jeff Long
180 Tan Hall

4 p.m.
Chemistry Department
Reaction Pathways for Metal-Catalyzed Dehydrogenation of Ammonia-Borane: Selectivity Dictates Extent of Hydrogen Release
Tom Baker
120 Latimer Hall

4 p.m.
Mobile Century: Using GPS Mobile Phones as Traffic Sensors

Alexandre Bayen
290 Hearst Mining Bldg.

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Breakfast: Zucchini and Pepper Frittata
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Spanish Omelet
Salad: Chef's
Blue Plate: Korean BBQ Ribs
Blue Plate 2: Roast Turkey
Grill: Black Bean Burger
Deli: Brie and Ham Panini
Pizza: Cajun

6:30 - 10:30 a.m.
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Coffee Bar
Mon.-Fri: 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Weekends: 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

New Speaker Scheduled
For Monday 'Theatre' Talk


A “Science at the Theater” talk by Jerry Tuskan scheduled for this Monday will feature a new speaker. Tuskan will be unable to present the lecture due to a family emergency, so Dan Rokhsar, who, like Tuskan, works with the Joint Genome Institute and the Lab’s Genomics Division, will discuss “Genomic Advances to Improve Biomass for Biofuels.” The free event takes place Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the Berkeley Repertory Theater (2025 Addison St.).

Society-Scale Projects
At CITRIS Poster Event

The 2008 CITRIS poster and demonstration session — taking place Thursday, Feb. 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. —  will feature some of the group’s most innovative societal-scale research projects. These include novel solar cells, UV water projects, low-cost airborne particulate monitors and thermoelectric refrigeration and power generation. The event takes place in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building on the UC Berkeley campus.


Get Letterhead Goods
From Creative Services

Staff who have been ordering business envelopes and letterhead through PSS/Corporate Express should be aware that the company will no longer be offering these products. To obtain these goods, contact the Lab’s Creative Services Office. Allow for a 15-day turnaround on orders. Print or photocopy orders paid for with appropriated funds must be handled by the Government Printing Office. To place these orders, contact the Creative Services Office. For more information, contact Faye Hutchings.


Cellulosic Ethanol


Among the hundreds of thousands of species that flourish in Costa Rica, one group of insects holds the attention of scientists with a stake in the biofuels industry. Wood-boring termites abound in this Central American country, and the microbes within the guts of these cellulose-feasters may hold a key to toppling the barriers to commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol production. “These bacteria are absolutely loaded with hydrolytic enzymes principally for cellulose and xylan decomposition,” says Phil Hugenholtz, with the Joint Genome Institute and Berkeley Lab’s Genomics Division.  “This is good news.” Full story.

Campus, Lab Partner
With India on Science

Acknowledging India's power in the field of science and technology, UC Berkeley has sought greater partnership with the country in finding "scientific solutions for global challenges.” "There are opportunities for partnership with India on sustainable energy initiatives for the country and the world," Cal’s Chancellor Robert Birgeneau said. Berkeley Lab’s International Energy Studies group, together with California Energy Commission and California Public Utilities Commission, has just entered into an agreement with Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission on energy efficiency. Full story.


Celebrate Black History Month During February


To recall and celebrate the positive contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter Woodson established Black History Week. The first celebration occurred Feb. 12, 1926. For many years, the second week of February was set aside for this celebration to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, as part of the nation's bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History Month. Go here to view a list of Black History month events taking place around the Bay Area.

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