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Development of Cellulosic Biofuels

Chris Somerville
290 Hearst Mining Bldg.

Dance Club
Practice Session

Bldg. 51 Lobby

Environmental Energy Technologies
From Steeplechase to Sprint: How to Remove the Hurdles and Get Utilities to Embrace Energy Efficiency

Peter Cappers

4 p.m.
Chemical Engineering Department
Colloids as Building Blocks: Anisotropy and Its Effect on Particle Assembly

Michael Solomon
120 Latimer Hall



10:30 a.m.
Accelerator and Fusion Research
Proton Beam Writing: a Platform Technology for 3D Nanopatterning

Jeroen van Kan
Bldg. 66-136

11 a.m.
Physical Controls on the Assembly of Biomolecular Materials

Jim De Yoreo
Bldg. 72-201

4 p.m.
Far-Reaching Environmentally Friendly Motor Vehicle Technologies

Yasuhiro Daisho
290 Hearst Mining Bldg.

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Breakfast: Eggs Benedict
Salad: Thai Beef
Blue Plate: Veggie Curry with Rice
Blue Plate 2: Ribs, Corn on the Cobb, Baked Beans Potato Salad
Grill: Bratwurst, Potato Salad and Sauerkraut
Deli: Chicken Chipotle Panini
Pizza: Sundried Tomato and Pesto

6:30 to 10:30 a.m.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Coffee Bar

Mon. - Fri: 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Weekends: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chu to Address State
Of the Lab on March 10

Berkeley Lab Director Steve Chu will present a “State of the Laboratory” address on Monday, March 10, at noon at the Building 50 Auditorium. In his address, Chu will discuss the impacts of the FY 08 Omnibus Appropriations bill on the Lab, the Bush Administration's FY 09 budget request and provide updates on major scientific initiatives, among other topics. His address will be simulcast to the Building 66 Auditorium.


Somerville Gives Lecture
On Cellulosic Biofuels


Berkeley Lab physical bioscientist and Director of the Energy Biosciences Institute Chris Somerville will present a talk on the “Development of Cellulosic Biofuels” today at noon in 290 Hearst Mining Building on campus. In his talk, Somerville will discuss how plants can be deployed on a large scale to capture and store solar energy, and the degree to which it may become possible to use photosynthesis for sustainable production of renewable, carbon-neutral energy. This site will be activated at noon today for a live broadcast of his talk.


Opinion Piece on Pros And Cons of Nanotech

What is nanotechnology, and what does it encompass? This week in the Los Angeles Times, Aatish Salvi and George Kimbrell debate the promises, ethical concerns, applications and government regulation of nanotechnology. In the first installment, in which the writers define the scope of nanotechnology, Salvi says the technology will help produce renewable energy, clean water, cancer cures and next-generation computing, while Kimbrell says nanoparticles can create unique and unpredictable human health and environmental risks. Full story.


Slicing Through
The Nanowedge


Nanodevices like those that read modern hard drives consist of sandwiches of different materials whose individual layers, and the interfaces between them, are crucial to performance. At the Advanced Light Source, Chuck Fadley of the Materials Sciences Division and his colleagues have developed the "swedge" technique for penetrating below the surface to look at the chemical composition, magnetic properties, and precise electronic structures of these buried nanolayers and interfaces. Swedge scans a specially grown sample incorporating a wedge-shaped layer, using a nanometer-wavelength standing wave. Go here for recent developments at the ALS and at Germany's BESSY, and here for more on Fadley's research.


Life Scientist Comments
On Rotavirus Milestone


The determination of high-resolution structures of large multiprotein complexes by cryo-EM just took an important step with the publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of a structure of the icosahedral "inner capsid particle" of human rotavirus by a research team at Brandeis and Harvard. A commentary on this work by Berkeley Lab life scientist Robert Glaeser in PNAS notes that the ability to build an atomic model of the viral proteins into the cryo-EM density map is at least as good as it is for the 0.38 nm-resolution X-ray crystallographic map to which it is compared. Full commentary can be found here.

Inventors Earn Nearly
$1 Million in Royalties

Royalty checks were awarded to Lab inventors on Jan. 31. Licensing income was up 11 percent this year, yielding over $965,000 of distributions for 110 scientists whose inventions and software were licensed by industry. The average distribution was $8,855, while the largest was more than $114,000. Over $2.1 million in additional licensing income will go to the Lab, primarily for research and development. Go here to see a photo of royalty check recipients.


DOE - CSU Regional Partnership Meeting At Lab Today

Berkeley Lab's Center for Science and Engineering Education is hosting more than 150 visitors today in a meeting designed to expand a model for recruiting, preparing, and retaining new science and math teachers through partnerships between universities, federal labs, industry, and K-12 education. Participants include representatives from DOE's Office of Science, other national laboratories, state teacher preparation programs, federal agencies, corporations, foundations, and the California State University system. The model involves a summer research internship program for students preparing to become middle and high school teachers, which engages them in scientific research through active experimentation and inquiry, and brings this orientation to learning, teaching, and participating in real science into their own classrooms. For more information about the program, along with an agenda, click here.

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