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10 a.m.
EHS 116
First Aid Safety
Bldg. 48-109

11 a.m.
The Promise of High-Throughput X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy for Metalloproteomics. The Intersection of Inorganic Chemistry and Systems Biology

Robert Scott, U. of Georgia
Bldg. 6-2202

Dance Club
Intermediate Swing

Bldg. 51 Lobby

Health Services
Weight Watchers Info Meeting

Bldg. 66 Auditorium

12:15 p.m.
Yoga Club
Class with Chris Hoskins

Bldg. 70-191

1 p.m.
EHS 123
Adult CPR
Bldg. 48-109

1 p.m.
EHS 34
EH&S for Work Leads: Office
Bldg. 70A-3377



9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Accelerator and Fusion
Conference on Warm Dense Matter

Bldg. 50 Auditorium

9 a.m.
EHS 348
Chemical Hygiene and Safety
Bldg. 70A-3377

1 p.m.
EHS 231
Compressed Gas and Croygen Safety

Bldg. 70A-3377

4 p.m.
Life Sciences and Genomics
Flexible Modular Proteins in DNA Replication and Repair Machines
Walter Chazin, Vanderbilt U.
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

4 p.m.
D-\bar{D} Mixing

Yuval Grossman, Cornell U.
Bldg. 50A-5132

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Daily Specials: Jan 7-11

Today: Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Succotash
Thursday: General Tzo's Chicken, Jasmine Rice, Asian Slaw
Friday: Lamb Korhesh, Basmati Rice, Roasted Eggplant with Mint and Shallots

Breakfast: 6:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cafe: 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

New Study Demonstrates
Efficiency of Switchgrass
By Robert Service

Using the sun's energy to grow switchgrass and similar plants, and then converting it to liquid fuels, seems like a no-brainer. But so far, experiments with these "cellulosic" crop-based fuels have only been conducted on small scales, leaving open the question of how feasible the strategy is. Now, the first large-scale study shows that switchgrass yields more than five times the energy needed to grow, harvest, and transport the grass and convert it to ethanol. "This is a really important paper," says Chris Somerville, with Berkeley Lab’s Physical Biosciences Division and director of the Energy Biosciences Institute. The impressive yield numbers, he adds, will likely serve as a baseline for future studies, because agricultural scientists are making rapid strides at creating new, higher-yielding switchgrass strains. Full story.


New Law Will Ban Use
Of Phones While Driving

A new 2008 California state law, to go into effect July 1, will make it an infraction to drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone, except for those who use hands-free devices for listening and talking. Recent Highway Patrol data shows that the leading cause of distracted driver-related crashes in the state is cell phone use while driving. Telephone Services at the Lab (x7997) offers a variety of hands-free accessories for those who use Laboratory cell phones as part of their business responsibilities. See Today at Berkeley Lab for future stories about this law. Go here for a summary of the law.

M*A*S*H Actor Gives
M*A*T*H Talk Jan. 17

The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) is sponsoring “M*A*T*H: Alan Alda in Conversation with Bob Osserman” on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theater. Alda, best known for his role as Hawkeye Pierce on the TV show M*A*S*H, is an Emmy award-winning actor, director, and writer. Osserman, a mathematician, will talk with Alda about his lifelong interest in science, which led to his hosting of Scientific American Frontiers on PBS for 11 years. Tickets are available online (with a $7 service fee) here or at the Berkeley Rep box office (2025 Addison St.).

Post-Storm Cleanup
To Begin This Week

Berkeley Lab will be repairing and cleaning up areas affected by the recent series of storms that hit the Bay Area, beginning this week. These include: 1) the closed walkway behind Building 50, to be cleared of dead limbs; 2) Building 65 drainage, which will be rerouted to avoid future flooding; and 3) the hillside at the Blackberry Gate, which has been covered to avoid future slippage. Pedestrian detours and road flaggers will be in place as work proceeds. A street sweeper will remove debris from roads and parking areas on Saturday, and Lab gardeners are cleaning walkways and removing larger debris.

Latest Computing Report
Now Available Online

Staff can learn about the latest computing research taking place at the Lab by checking out the most recent installment of the CRD Report. The issue includes stories about the use of the IMG/M system for analyzing data on the microbes inside termites’ hindguts, the popularity of a paper showing how zinc oxide can be a good alternative for building photovoltaic devices, and Lab contributions to the latest Cyberinfrastructure Technology Watch, which features various SciDAC projects. Go here to view the report.

Non-Wells Fargo Members
Can Use Lab ATM for Free

Following up on a suggestion by a Lab employee, Wells Fargo, working with the Procurement and Property Management Department, has eliminated the service fee charged to non-Wells Fargo customers who use its onsite ATM machine, located near the cafeteria.

Call for Applications:
Staff Advisor to Regents

The University of California has announced the application period for selection of the 2008-10 Staff Advisor to the UC Board of Regents, which will run Jan. 16-Feb. 29. Staff Advisors serve as non-voting advisors to designated Regents’ committees to present staff perspectives on issues. All interested UC staff and non-Senate academic employees can go here for information about the role, eligibility, and applying. The application form can be obtained from Berkeley Lab’s Human Resources office, Bldg. 90-2121. Questions should be directed to UC's Lynn Boland (987-9996).

New Room for Weight
Watchers Info Meeting

Today's informational meeting for the next onsite Weight Watchers session has been moved to the Building 66 Auditorium, from noon to 1 p.m.

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