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

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



9:30 a.m.
EHS 27
Performing an Effective Safety Walk-Around
Bldg. 70A-3377

2 p.m.
EHS 339
Asbestos Awareness

Bldg. 70A-3377

4 p.m.
Berkeley Lab Postdoctoral Society
Epidermal Stem Cells and Cancer

Fiona Watt, Cambridge Research Institute
105 Stanley Hall

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Daily Specials: Jan. 14-18

Today: Pork Pozole
Tuesday: Chicken Biryani, Simple Dal, Raita, Mango Chutney
Wednesday: Hot Link Sausage, Macaroni & Cheese, Cole Slaw
Thursday: Peppered Salmon, Ztempeh and Tofu Stir Fry, Brown Rice
Friday: Roasted Leg of Lamb, Mashed Potatoes, Green Breans

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

Lab Director Honored
By Economic Alliance

The East Bay Economic Development Alliance has presented its 2007 Vision Award to Berkeley Lab Director Steve Chu for having "greatly advanced the economic vitality and quality of life of the Bay Area." He and California State Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata were recognized last Thursday as two individuals "whose visions continue to inspire and benefit the East Bay." Chu was honored for innovation, Perata for leadership. The event took place at the Oakland Museum. A complete story will appear in Friday's issue of The View.

Lab Physicist to Head
U. of Tokyo Institute


Berkeley Lab physicist Hitoshi Murayama was appointed as the founding director of the Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (IPMU) at the University of Tokyo. The goal of the institute is to discover the fundamental laws of nature and to understand the universe from the synergistic perspectives of mathematics, statistics, theoretical and experimental physics, and astronomy. IPMU was launched as one of the World Premier International Research Center Initiatives of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Full story.


Clarification of Coffee
Bar, Cafeteria Hours

This week, the cafeteria and coffee bar will be open until 3 p.m.  Starting on Monday, Jan. 22, the hours will be extended to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on  Saturdays and Sundays.

No Lithium Batteries
In Checked Baggage

The Lab’s Travel Services department reminds employees that as of Jan. 1, the U.S. Department of Transportation no longer permits airline passengers to carry spare lithium batteries in their checked baggage. Spare batteries are defined as batteries carried separately from the devices they power. Spare batteries are allowed in carry-on baggage. This new regulation applies to all travel to, from or through the U.S. Go here for more information.


Bioscientist Signaling
An End to Tuberculosis


HIV, SARS, and ebola may get the headlines, but among public health officials, tuberculosis is the pathogen to watch. Once routinely treated with cheap antibiotics, TB is poised to make a terrifying comeback. More and more, doctors in developing nations are finding patients infected with strains of TB invulnerable to all but a handful of extremely expensive, exotic drugs. Without new methods to stop the spread of drug-resistant strains, the cost of treating TB could bankrupt even the most prosperous economies. Berkeley Lab physical bioscientist Tom Alber is working to forestall this dire scenario by characterizing a class of enzymes TB uses to sense and adapt to its environment, then subverting this system to thwart even the most stubborn strains of TB. Full story.

Textbook Reaction
Has a Subtle Twist


A textbook reaction fundamental to organic synthesis has a subtle twist, according to researchers in Germany and the United States. The SN2 bimolecular nucleophilic substitution involves the addition of one chemical group and removal of another in a single step. But scientists from Freiburg University, Germany, and Texas Tech University have now used pioneering crossed-beam experiments and computer simulations to show such reactions may be more complex than chemists had realized. Daniel Neumark, director of Berkeley  Lab’s Chemical Sciences Division, called the work “a beautiful experiment.” But other chemists contacted pointed out this is still a gas phase-isolated experiment. Full story.


Send Traffic Safety Ideas
For Chance to Win $50

In an effort to increase pedestrian, bicycle and automobile safety at the Lab, Director Steve Chu invites staff to submit their concerns and suggestions on improving conditions to [email protected]. Those who send in comments will be entered into a periodic drawing for a chance to win $50. Go here for more information on transit safety.

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