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7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Red Wing Shoemobile
Bldg. 51 Parking Lot

Environmental Energy Technologies
From Risk to Opportunity: Insurer Responses to Climate Change

Evan Mills
Bldg. 90-3122

1 p.m.
Berkeley Lab Institute
Powerpoint Advanced
Bldg. 90-0026

1:30 p.m.
Materials Sciences
Polymer Membranes That get Wetter as the Surrounding Air Gets Hotter
Nitash Balsara
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

3 p.m.
Chemical Sciences
Dynamics of Nanoparticles in Gas Suspension
Hans Siegmann
Bldg. 6-2202


9 a.m.
EHS 280
Laser Safety
Bldg. 70A-3377

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig

Bldg. 70-191

Dance Club
Practice Session

Bldg. 51 Lobby

Environmental Energy Technologies
Oil Independent Oakland Action Plan: Recommendations by the OIO Task Force to the City of Oakland to Reduce its Dependence on Oil

Jim Lutz
Bldg. 90-3122

2 p.m.
Nano Institute
Putting Nanostructures to Work for Biomedical Research
Younan Xia
120 Latimer Hall

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

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March 17-21 Menu
March 24-28 Menu

6:30 to 10:30 a.m.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Coffee Bar

Mon. - Thur: 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Weekends: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Iron From the Ring of Fire,
Not Dust, Study Shows

Lam, left, and Bishop
Most oceanographers have assumed that the iron needed to fertilize infrequent plankton blooms in the areas of the world's oceans known as high-nutrient, low-chlorophyll (HNLC) regions comes almost entirely from wind-blown dust. Now Phoebe Lam and James Bishop of the Earth Sciences Division have shown that in the Western Subarctic North Pacific, one of the world's major HNLCs, the key source of iron is not dust but the volcanic continental margins of the Kamchatka Peninsula and the Kuril Islands. The researchers report their findings in Geophysical Research Letters. Full story.


Parallel Computing Center
Launched at UC Berkeley

In partnership with Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp., UC Berkeley is looking to accelerate developments in parallel computing and advance the powerful benefits of multi-core processing to mainstream consumer and business computers. The partnership, announced Tuesday, establishes the creation of two Universal Parallel Computing Research Centers. Principal investigators include Berkeley Lab computational researchers James Demmel, David Patterson, and Kathy Yelick. Full story.


Staff Can Share Ideas
On Wellness Program

What do the terms holistic health, wellness and work-life balance mean to you?  To help the Lab’s Benefits Office develop a Wellness Program, employees are invited join a focus group where they can share their input and assist with strategic planning. Those who are interested should contact Gayle Tornberg by Monday, March 31.  Starting in April, focus groups will meet once a month for approximately 45 minutes.  All levels of employees, working in both scientific and operations divisions, are encouraged to participate.


Dietary Folate Intake
Linked to Sperm Health

Healthy men who report lower levels of the nutrient folate in their diets have higher rates of chromosomal abnormalities in their sperm, according to a new study by UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab researchers. Childbearing women are encouraged to include adequate folate levels in their diet, but the new findings provide evidence that what men eat may also affect reproductive health. Andrew Wyrobek, with Berkeley Lab’s Life Sciences Division, was the study’s co-principal investigator. Full story.


Patterson’s Computing
Contributions Honored

David Patterson, who led initiatives that have brought more respect and understanding to the computing profession, has been given the 2007 Distinguished Service Award by ACM (the Association for Computing Machinery). His leadership in the computing field extends from his tenure on several federal policy boards to his multiple awards for teaching excellence. Patterson has a joint appointment with UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division. Full story.


After Long Closure,
Mining Circle Reopens

After a decade under wraps as a construction staging area, UC Berkeley's Mining Circle has been restored to its pastoral glory, offering a prime open space for sun worshippers in the northeast quadrant of campus. The circle's lawn and reflecting pool, originally built in 1914, make a fine place to study its new neighbor, Stanley Hall. And if time allows, check out the glorious lobby of the neaby Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

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