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Environmental Energy Technologies
BIM: An Emerging Enabling Technology
Vladimir Bazjanac
Bldg. 90-3122

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig

Bldg. 70-191

Dance Club
Practice Session

Bldg. 51 Lobby

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


Laboratory Holiday

No Events Scheduled

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Daily Specials: Jan. 14-18

Today: 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. - 3 p.m.

Combustion, Climate
Slated for NERSC Work

NERSC Cray XT4 system
The Department of Energy has announced that it is allocating about 10.4 million CPU hours on supercomputers at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Berkeley Lab as part of a program to accelerate scientific discoveries in multiple disciplines, including climate, physics, combustion and material science. The one-year allocations will go to 11 projects by researchers in universities, national labs and industry. Last year, the DOE allotted nearly 9 million CPU hours at NERSC to seven projects. The awards are part of a program called Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE), launched in 2003. Full story.


Science Education Event
Will Inform Volunteers

All Berkeley Lab staff members are invited to the first CSEE Volunteer Recruitment Fair and LN2 Ice Cream Social, which will be held next Friday, Jan. 25, in Perseverance Hall. Between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., employees can learn more about the Center for Science and Engineering Education (CSEE) and its education and outreach programs, including how to become a part of preparing the next generation of scientists and engineers. Ice cream prepared and cooled with liquid nitrogen will be offered to all. For more information, call x5511, or write here.

VIEW Today: ’08 Budget,
Dark Energy’s Milestone

The January edition of Berkeley Lab’s bimonthly tabloid, “The VIEW,” publishing today, features an update on the impacts of the FY08 federal budget on Lab programs, and a tribute to the 10th anniversary of the discovery here of the mysterious “dark energy” that dominates our universe. Other features look at the Lab’s new dining hall management, the installation of the world’s strongest electronic microscope, and the fascinating avocation of dog lover Wendy Corr.

Register Now for Next
Blood Drive Jan. 28-29

The Philanthropy Club will be sponsoring a blood drive at Berkeley Lab on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 28 and 29, in Building 2, Room 100B. Monday times are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Tuesday’s are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register for an appointment online here, or call Heather Pinto at x4181 for information.



Another Energy Award
For Molecular Foundry

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) has chosen Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry as first-place winner of the Beyond Green 2007 High Performance Building Award. Lab representative Jim Krupnick accepted the honor yesterday in Washington on behalf of the Foundry and its architects, SmithGroup of San Francisco. The Beyond Green awards recognize initiatives that shape and catalyze the high-performance building market, as well as the real-world application of high-performance design and construction practices. The Foundry recently received the LEED “Gold” certification for “green” building design excellence.


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Policy Report: Chemical
Exposures Cost Billions

Serious gaps in existing laws regulating the production and use of hazardous chemicals fail to protect public health and the environment, according to a new report released yesterday by researchers at UC Berkeley and UCLA. As a result of this inadequate oversight, it says, chemical and pollution-related diseases among children and workers in California cost the state's insurers, businesses and families an estimated $2.6 billion in direct and indirect costs. Existing problems and recommended policy changes are detailed in "Green Chemistry: Cornerstone to a Sustainable California," which has been endorsed by 127 faculty members from seven UC campuses, plus Berkeley and Livermore national labs. Full story.

DOE, EPA Praise Light
Bulb Replacement Results

Americans are more than making good on their pledges to help fight climate change by replacing their lights with ENERGY STAR-qualified CFLs (compact fluorescent lights). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that CFL sales for 2007 were nearly double those in 2006, accounting for about 20 percent of the light bulb market in the U.S. ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the EPA and the Department of Energy. ENERGY STAR-qualified CFLs use about 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Full story.

Monday Is a Holiday; Berkeley Lab Closed

Berkeley Lab will be observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a University holiday on Monday. It’s been a national holiday since 1986. Lab services will be limited, and most employees will receive a vacation day. Go here to find out more about the meaning of the holiday as described by Coretta Scott King at the King Center in Atlanta.
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