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10 a.m.
EHS 10
Introduction to EH&S at Berkeley Lab
Bldg. 70A-3377

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig

Bldg. 70-191

Dance Club
Practice Session

Bldg. 51 Lobby

1 p.m.
EHS 614
Satellite Accumulation Areas Management

Bldg. 70A-3377



8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Energy Biosciences Institute
Rational Design of Catalytic Materials
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

9 a.m.
EHS 250
Qualified Electrician
Bldg. 70A-3377

Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

Dance Club
Beginning Waltz

Bldg. 51 Lobby

Environmental Energy Technologies
Improved Electrode Materials in Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) Batteries: Innovation and Optimization
Jordi Cabana, SUNY
Bldg. 90-3122

1 p.m.
EHS 33
EH&S for Work Leads: Research Labs
Bldg. 70A-3377

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Daily Specials: Jan. 11-18

Today: Lamb Korhesh, Basmati Rice, Roasted Eggplant with Mint and Shallots
Monday: Pork Pozole
Tuesday: Chicken Biryani, Simple Dal, Raita, Mango Chutney
Wednesday: Hot Link Sausage, Macaroni and Cheese, Cole Slaw
Thursday: Peppered Salmon, Ztempeh and Tofu Stir Fry, Brown Rice
Friday: Roasted Leg of Lamb, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

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

Recouping Lost Heat
Using Silicon Nanowires

Nanowire between heat source and heat sensing pads
Energy now lost as heat during the production of electricity could be harnessed through the use of silicon nanowires synthesized via a technique developed by Lab researchers, including Arun Majumdar, division director of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, and Peidong Yang, with Materials Sciences. The far-ranging potential applications of this technology include DOE’s hydrogen fuel cell-powered “Freedom CAR,” and personal power jackets that could use heat from the human body to recharge cell phones and other electronic devices. Full story.

Chamberlain Fellow
Wins Dissertation Award

For the second year in a row, a Chamberlain Fellow in the Lab’s Physics Division has won the American Physical Society's Mitsuyoshi Tanaka Dissertation Award in Experimental Particle Physics. Jed Biesiada, now with the Lab's ATLAS group at CERN, earned his Ph.D. from Princeton with a dissertation on the violation of charge-parity (CP) symmetry in the decay of B mesons to kaons. Biesiada's experimental work on the BaBar experiment at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center resulted in the observation of rare "b-to-d penguin decays" and the first measurement of CP violation in such decays, with implications for physics beyond the Standard Model. Read more here.


Stanford Physics Lab
To Lay Off 125 people
By Lisa Krieger

The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, one of the nation's premier physics research laboratories, is planning to stop work on two key projects and lay off more than 125 people because of a surprise reduction in federal spending on the physical sciences. SLAC had expected about $120 million in high-energy physics funds; instead it got about $95 million. Every program dealing with research in particles and particle astrophysics faces significant reductions. Full story.


Sky Surveys Explore Dark
Energy, Galaxy, Planets

SDSS telescope

A team of scientists recently announced the beginning of a new multi-year Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-III). The new program of four coordinated surveys will revolutionize the study of the distant universe, the Milky Way galaxy, giant planets, and dark energy, one of the biggest mysteries in contemporary science. The largest of the four surveys, the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), will measure the expansion of the universe with unprecedented precision. David Schlegel of Berkeley Lab’s Physics Division is the principal investigator of the BOSS component of SDSS-III. Full story.


Current Imbalance Cited
As Power Outage Cause

The preliminary investigation of a power failure that blacked out half the lab on Wednesday indicates the cause was probably a current imbalance on Buss 2 at the Grizzly Substation.  What caused the imbalance is not known. Protective relays tripped circuit breakers on the buss, as expected. Facilities isolated the transformers and, with the assistance of an experienced high-voltage electrical engineering contractor, tested all downstream circuit breakers at each switching substation. After inspections and tests, Facilities will begin switching the load back to Bank 2. As back-up protection, the Lab has been working with the Berkeley campus to coordinate transfer of power from its substation if needed during testing.

Start New Year Right
With Benefits Checklist

The start of a new year is an excellent time for Lab employees to assess their benefits and determine if anything needs to be updated or changed. To assist with that process, the Benefits Office has prepared a Top Ten checklist, which includes the following topics:

1. Check Your Paycheck        
2. Are your Benefits in Order?
3. Save on Premium Costs
4. Reduce your Taxes

6. Medical Plan ID Cards         
7. Behavioral Health
8. Save on Drugs
9. Ride Smart
10. Having a Baby?

Go here to learn more.


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