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11 a.m.
Chemistry Department
Bio-Inspired Polymers and Pano-Scale Building Materials
Ron Zuckerman
120 Latimer Hall

Environmental Energy Technologies
DAVIC - Distributed Energy Automation via Implicit Communication

Peter Palensky, Vienna U. of Technology
Bldg. 90-3122

1 p.m.
Molecular Foundry
Second-Harmonic Generation for Studying Structural Motion of Biological Molecules in Real Time and Space

Joshua Salafsky, Biodesy
Bldg. 67-3111

1:30 p.m.
Materials Sciences
Bestowing Chirality on Solid Surfaces

Francisco Zaera, UC Riverside
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

4 p.m.
Chemistry Department
Understanding Shape Selectivity in Zeolite Catalyses
Berend Smit, UC Berkeley
120 Latimer Hall

4 p.m.
Matter, Gas and Galaxies in the Abell 901/902 Supercluster
Catherine Heymans, U. of British Columbia
Bldg. 50A-5132



10 a.m.
EHS 256
LockOut/TagOut Verification
Bldg. 70A-3377

Dance Club
Intermediate Swing

Bldg. 51 Lobby

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

Bldg. 70-191

2 p.m.
Statistical Issues Related to Discovery

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

4 p.m.
Chemical Engineering
Stretching DNA in Space and in Time

Phillip Geissler, UC Berkeley
120 Latimer Hall

4 p.m.
Seaborg Center
Probing Actinide Electronic Structure Using High-Resolution Photoelectron Spectroscopy

Michael Heaven, Emory U.,
Bldg.  70-3377

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Daily Specials: Jan. 22-25

Breakfast: Chorizo Scramble with Tortillas
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Banana and Macadamia Pancakes
Salad: Taco Salad
Blue Plate: Snapper with Rice, Zucchini and Mushrooms
Grill: Eggplant Burger
Deli: Tony Soprano Sandwich
Pizza: Pineapple and Ham

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

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Bacteria Strains Race
Ahead of Drugs
By Sabin Russell

Jeff Brooks, a researcher with UC San Francisco for 29 years, has watched with a mixture of fascination and dread how bacteria once tamed by antibiotics evolve rapidly into forms that practically no drug can treat. Among the most alarming of these is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a bug now infecting otherwise healthy people in schools, gymnasiums and the home. Terry Hazen, senior scientist at Berkeley Lab, is not surprised by the tenacity of our bacterial foes. "We are talking about 3.5 billion years of evolution," he said. "They are the dominant life on Earth." Full story.


Soybean Genome Assembly
Aids Bioenergy Research

A preliminary assembly and annotation of the soybean genome, Glycine max, has been made available by the Joint Genome Institute to the greater scientific community to enable bioenergy research. The soybean genome project was led by Dan Rokhsar, with Berkeley Lab’s Genomics Division. Detailed knowledge of the soybean genetic code will enable crop improvements for more effective application of this plant for clean bioenergy generation. Knowing which genes control specific traits, researchers are able to change the type, quantity, and/or location of oil produced by the crop. Full story.

JGI User Meeting
Takes Place in March

Joint Genome Institute
The Joint Genome Institute invites its users and collaborators, as well as prospective new users, to attend its third annual user meeting, which takes place March 26-28. This international gathering of researchers with an interest in sequence-based science will offer three days of user presentations, tours, workshops, and poster sessions. This year's meeting will specifically emphasize the genomics of renewable energy strategies, biomass conversion to biofuels, environmental gene discovery, and engineering of fuel-producing organisms. A series of presentations by leading scientists advancing these topics will feature a keynote address by Berkeley Lab Director Steve Chu. For more information and to register, go here.

Meeting Looks at Future
Of Biosciences Research

Seeking to further the innovation in biosciences research, a symposium on “Accelerating Innovation in 21st Century Biosciences: Identifying the Measurement Standards and Technological Challenges” will be held Oct. 20-24 in Gaithersburg, MD. The gathering will be “focused on identifying and prioritizing measurement, standards, and technology needs that represent barriers to innovation, and impediments to achieving maximal societal and economic benefits of new discoveries in the biosciences.” Berkeley Lab life scientist Tamas Torok is a member of the steering/program committee for the symposium. Go here for more information.

New E-Mail Virus
Attacking Computers

Attackers are sending malicious e-mail with links to .exe files. The .exe files are viruses. The e-mails are disguised as greeting cards, Valentine's Day cards, and Super Bowl information. Also, a new vulnerability in Microsoft Excel, for which a patch does not yet exist, increases the likelihood attackers will send malicious Excel (.xls) attachments. The Computer Protection Program requests extra diligence be given to e-mail links and Excel (.xls) attachments in the coming weeks. More information is available here.


UC Vice President
For Budget Named

The UC Board of Regents last week appointed Patrick Lenz, one of California's leading experts in public higher education funding, UC's systemwide vice president for budget, effective no later than Feb. 25. Upon joining the University of California, Lenz will have held senior budget positions in all three segments of California public higher education. As vice president of budget, Lenz, 54, will have responsibility for developing, approving, communicating and implementing the university's operating and capital resources acquisitions, allocation and long-range budget plans. Full story.

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