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7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
RedWing Shoemobile

Bldg. 51 Parking Lot

Environmental Energy Technologies
Water, Energy, and Climate Change in California

Larry Dale
Bldg. 90-3122

1 p.m.
EHS 62
WorkSmart Ergonomics

Bldg. 70A-3377

4 p.m.
Bayes vs. Frequentism: Return of an Old Controversy

Louis Lyons, Oxford U.
Bldg. 50A-5132



Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig

Bldg. 70-191

Dance Club
Practice Session

Bldg. 51 Lobby

Environmental Energy Technologies
BIM: An Emerging Enabling Technology

Vladimir Bazjanac
Bldg. 90-3122

1 p.m.
Scientific Computing
Scientific Data Mining: Challenges at the Petascale
Chandrika Kamath, Livermore Lab
Bldg. 50A-5132

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

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Daily Specials: Jan. 14-18

Today: Peppered Salmon, Tempeh 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.

Is High-Octane Gas
Bad for Environment?
By Brendan Koerner


Many who are enamored of their car try to do right by using premium gasoline. But is 93-octane gas significantly worse for the environment than run-of-the-mill unleaded? Some drivers contend that they've achieved better gas mileage by using premium, but their claims probably can't hold up to scientific scrutiny. According to Tad Patzek, with Berkeley Lab’s Earth Sciences Division, the main determinant of miles-per-gallon potential is a fuel's heating value. And there is simply no significant difference between premium and regular in terms of heating value. But emissions on the production end are another matter, he says. A gas is usually made premium by the addition of oxygenates, or hydrocarbons that contain one or more oxygen atoms. Making a gallon of premium gas thus consumes more energy than making a gallon of regular. Full story.

Story Reports on Turkey
Problem, Safety Issues
By Doug Oakley

They're breaking windows, defecating on public property and intimidating workers. Now scientists at Berkeley Lab are calling them a public safety problem. Who would have thought a bunch of wild turkeys could cause so much trouble? At least 60 of them that are reproducing like rabbits have officials in the Berkeley hills lab worried someone is going to get hurt. The hubbub started last spring when the growing group of gobblers got bigger. At the time, they were a cute sideshow, and occasionally interrupting a meeting with loud gobbles. Full story.


DOE's Orbach Responds
To Budget Reductions

These have been trying times for Raymond Orbach, the undersecretary for science at the Department of Energy (DOE) — and for the physical scientists who depend on funding from his department. Two weeks ago, Congress slashed $400 million in proposed increases for the 2008 budget of DOE's Office of Science, the largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States. “It's the will of Congress and the people, and the president has signed it,” said Orbach. “We're going to do the very best we can, but it's going to be very difficult for us. It represents a substantial departure from the president's request.” Full story.

Facilities, Outage Subjects
Of Building Teams Meeting

Berkeley Lab staff are invited to attend the next quarterly Building Managers and Building Emergency Teams seminar on Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. The meeting will feature two timely issues — a Facilities Division update and a debriefing on the power outage that occurred last week. Facilities Division Director Jennifer Ridgeway will attend to explain her division's recent changes. Rocky Saunders, Emergency Services Manager, will discuss the Lab's response to the outage.

CITRIS Research Talks Feature Lab Scientists


UC Berkeley’s Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) has scheduled its series of weekly lectures, two of which feature Berkeley Lab researchers. Mary Ann Piette, with the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, will discuss “Automating and Optimizing Demand Response in Commercial Buildings” on Jan. 30 and Chris Somerville, with the Physical Biosciences Division, will talk about “Development of Cellulosic Biofuels” on Feb. 27. All talks take place at noon on Wednesdays in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building on campus, and are broadcast live online at mms:// webcast the day and time of the event. Previous lectures can be viewed here.

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