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7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
RedWing Shoemobile

Bldg. 51 Parking Lot

11:30 a.m.
Benefits Office
Enrolling in Your UC Retirement Savings
Joseph Hager
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

4 p.m.
Higgs Results from CDF

Wei-Ming Yao
Bldg. 50A-5132


10 a.m.
Materials Sciences
Coupled Lattice and Polarization Dynamics in Ferroelectric Nanolayers Studied With Ultrashort X-ray Pulses

Clemens von Korff Schmising
Bldg. 6-2202

Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70-191

Dance Club
Ballroom Dance Practice
Bldg. 51 Lobby


Go here for more on the relocation of staff from Bldg. 937 (downtown) to the Hill

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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.

Dutton Named Lab’s Site Construction Coordinator


Les Dutton of the Directorate’s Project Management Office has been named Berkeley Lab’s Site Construction Coordinator, a newly created position that will help the Lab smoothly navigate more than $500 million in infrastructure improvements and construction projects over the next six years. Chief among Dutton’s responsibilities is ensuring that the Lab’s daily operations are impacted as little as possible by the upcoming projects, which include construction of the Helios Energy Research Facility and the Computational Research and Theory Facility, demolition of the Bevatron, and several seismic upgrades. Despite these efforts, there will be impacts to traffic, parking, pedestrian walkways, and noise levels as construction material and personnel are transported to various worksites. Employees with questions and concerns can contact Dutton at (510) 499-0195 and [email protected]. Go here for more information.


Brown-Bag Talk
On Nutrition at Lab

The Lab’s Health Care Facilitator’s office is hosting a brown-bag talk on nutrition next Wednesday (May 21) from noon to 1 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. Dr. Renee Fogelberg from Kaiser will discuss “How Healthy Eating and an Active Lifestyle Can Be Yours.”  All Lab employees, including those involved with the “Active-for-Life” and onsite Weight Watchers programs, are encouraged to bring their lunch and questions to this meeting.


Space Rock Impacts
Cooled the Planet

A Columbia University geophysicist believes that space rocks that hit earth thousands of years ago are more numerous than once thought. Such objects can release as much energy as 1,000 nuclear bombs, throwing debris, dust, and gases into the atmosphere, blocking sunlight and temporarily cooling the planet. A team of researchers led by Berkeley Lab earth scientist Richard Firestone recently announced the discovery of evidence that one or two huge space rocks exploded high above Canada 12,900 years ago. The detonation, they believe, caused widespread fires and dust clouds, and disrupted climate patterns so severely that it triggered a prolonged period of global cooling. Full story.

Taking a Step Towards
3-D Invisibility Cloak

Physicists have in recent years made it possible to bend, or refract, light in the opposite direction to any natural materials. These metamaterials make it possible to create invisibility cloaks that hide an object by steering light around it. So far, researchers have created negative refractive-index materials and even an "invisibility cloak" for visible light and microwaves. But they have all been flat, working only in two dimensions. Now Jason Valentine, with Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division, claims to have made a 3-D metamaterial with a negative refractive index. Full story.

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