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11:30 a.m to 2 p.m.
Center for Science & Engineering Education
Volunteer Recruitment Fair and LN2 Ice Cream Social
Perseverance Hall

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70-191

Dance Club
Practice Session

Bldg. 51 Lobby

1 p.m.
Materials Sciences
Donor Based Quantum Computation: How to Read the Spin State and Determine Its Decoherence

Martin Brandt, Technische Universitat Munchen
Bldg. 67-3111

2 p.m.
EHS 10
Introduction to EH&S at Berkeley Lab

Bldg. 70A-3377

2 p.m.
Nano Institute
Controlling Structure and Properties in Conjugated Polymers

Rachel Segalman, UC Berkeley
180 Tan Hall



7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Philanthropy Club
Blood Drive

Bldg. 2-100B

10 a.m.
Earth Sciences
Biocatalysis for the Synthesis of Novel Fuel

Lawrence Wackett, U. of Minnesota
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

Dance Club
Beginning Waltz

Bldg. 51 Lobby

Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

3:45 p.m.
Nuclear Engineering
Probing Structure and Dynamics of Molecules in Solids by NMR Spectroscopy: A Spin I = 1 Journey

Sasa Antonijevic, UC Berkeley
3105 Etcheverry

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
Solar Neutrinos: Old Questions About Hydrogen-Burning Stars
Wick Haxton, U. of Washington
1 LeConte

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Breakfast: Eggs Benedict
Salad: White Bean and Shrimp
Blue Plate: Burrito Bar
Grill: Meatball Sandwich
Deli: Apple and Turkey Sandwich
Pizza: Barbecue Chicken

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

University Harvests
For Alternative Fuel
By Paul Meincke

Here we are in the depths of January and it's finally harvest time in west central Illinois. But this is no ordinary harvest — the plant is Miscanthus Giganteus. This is the biggest Miscanthus research project anywhere, and the hope is that what has been grown outside Champaign will offer another option toward energy independence. Last year, the governors of Illinois and California celebrated a half-billion dollar grant from British Petroleum that teams the University of Illinois, UC Berkeley, and Berkeley Lab for research on developing bioenergy and alternative fuels. Full story.


Turn Off ‘Vampires’
To Cut Energy Bills

By Rebecca Clarren

There are insomniacs in our homes that run up the electricity bill. Microwave ovens, computers and TVs suck down power even when in sleep or standby mode. This "vampire energy loss" accounts for one percent of the world's carbon emissions, according to Alan Meier, with Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division. "When a consumer thinks the device is off, it should be using as little power as possible," says Meier. "But in their haste to get products onto the market, manufacturers don't make those modest design improvements, and we, the consumers, pay the price in unnecessarily high standby power use." Full story.

Staff Comment Sought
On New Homepage

Public Affairs is in the final stages of an upgrade of Berkeley Lab's homepage and connecting pages. The look and feel is modeled on the Physics Division homepage and will be encouraged for use by other divisions and departments. Public Affairs welcomes any specific suggestions on content or navigation that might make the site more user-friendly. Send suggestions by Friday, Feb. 1 to [email protected].

No New Registrations
For Weight Watchers

Due to overwhelming response to the “Weight Watchers at Work” program, meetings are now full and no more registrations will be accepted. Those interested in attending Weight Watchers meetings can go here to find a nearby location.


Weekend Tree Cutting
Shuts Lawrence Road

Lawrence Road across from Building 54 will be closed for tree removal tomorrow and Sunday. Normal traffic will resume on Monday.  For more information, contact Kirk Haley (x4171).

Let Dining Services
Know What You Think

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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