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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. 70A-3377



2 p.m.
EHS 345
Chemical Hygiene for Facilities
Bldg. 70A-3377

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Breakfast: Banana and Macadamia Pancakes
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Potato Pancakes with Smoked Salmon, Sour Cream, Capers and Chives
Salad: Spinach Bacon
Blue Plate: Meat or Veggie Lasagna with Caesar Salad and Garlic Bread
Grill: Steak Sandwich
Deli: Chicken and Chipotle Panini
Pizza: Smoked Salmon with Creme Fraiche

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

Sick Building Syndrome,
Outdoor Ozone, Linked


A team of researchers at Berkeley Lab, including Mike Apte and Mark Mendell of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, has found evidence that the prevalence of building-related symptoms (BRS) increases with increasing outdoor concentrations of the pollutant ozone. They have also discovered that the type of air filter that some buildings use in their ventilation systems may also play a role in the prevalence of BRS. BRS, more commonly known as sick building syndrome, is a set of health symptoms reported by office workers, which improve when they leave the work environment. Full story.


Math, Science Institute
Celebrates 25 Years


The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), located in the hills near Berkeley Lab and affiliated with UC Berkeley, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a number of activities. On Saturday, pianist Christopher Taylor and David Benson, author of Music: A Mathematical Offering, will converse with MSRI scientist Bob Osserman at 4 p.m., followed by a reception. Scientific talks will take place Sunday through Wednesday, including a lecture by Berkeley Lab earth scientist Inez Fung. Lab Director Steve Chu will provide the keynote address at a banquet next Tuesday. Go here for more information.


Insurers Try to Calculate
Risks of Climate Change

Before Hurricane Katrina came along, U.S. insurers didn't consider climate change when they assessed the risk of events like floods. Now they're factoring in a changing world, and it's costing consumers in places like New Orleans. National Public Radio’s All Things Considered discussed this issue on Monday, including comments by Berkeley Lab’s Evan Mills of Environmental Energy Technologies, who called insurers “messengers of risk.” Listen to the report here.

Computing Report Makes
2007 ‘Top Story’ List

Under the title “Manycore Angst,” the Dec. 21 issue of HPCwire listed the “Berkeley View” report as one of the year’s top stories. Published by UC Berkeley’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences department, the paper was co-authored by Berkeley Lab computational researchers Kathy Yelick, John Shalf, David Patterson and former staff member Parry Husbands. The publication said the report was “a wake-up call to the computing community about the perils and pitfalls of our manycore destiny.” Full story.

Dining Services Seeks
Employee Feedback

Cal Dining, Berkeley Lab's new food service provider, invites employees to offer their comments on the recent changes at the cafeteria by filling out a brief survey. The information will assist Cal Dining in providing the best possible service and menu to staff. Go here to take the survey.

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