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Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009


Building a Futuristic Electron Gun

Free electron lasers of the future will use superconducting linear accelerators to accelerate a million or more electron bunches a second. Key to high brightness and high repetition rates is the accelerator's electron injector. Berkeley Lab scientists are building a revolutionary injector prototype of the kind the new generation of light sources will require. "Our goal is to develop and clearly articulate the unique scientific applications for these new kinds of light sources, and to define what's needed to achieve them," says John Corlett of Berkeley Lab's Accelerator and Fusion Research Division (AFRD), who is coordinating the research effort. More>

shastaSpecial Event: Researchers Present at State Climate Change Conference

New research shows that climate change in California will make power plants, transmission lines and other portions of the state's energy infrastructure vulnerable to flooding, fires and other disasters, according to leading scientists from Berkeley Lab. This research and other new work on greenhouse gas emissions in California and around the world will be presented at the Sixth Annual Climate Change Symposium in Sacramento this week. Lab presenters include Jayant Sathaye, Andre Frossard Pereira de Lucena, Peter Larsen, Marc Fischer, Thomas Kirchstetter, and Stephane de la Rue du Can, all with the Environmental Energy Technologies Division. More>

congressWashington Update: Keasling to Testify Before House Committee

Acting Deputy Director Jay Keasling will testify before the House Science Committee's Energy and Environment Subcommittee on "Biological Research for Energy and Medical Applications at the Department of Energy" today at 11 a.m. (PST). The hearing will be webcast live here.

Special Event: Memorial Celebration for Harry Reed this Friday

reedA memorial celebration for Harry Reed, who passed away on July 21, will be held Friday from noon to 1 p.m. in Perseverance Hall (Bldg. 54-130). Reed began work at the Lab in 1982 as a collective bargaining representative, was the Personnel Director from 1988 to 1993, and was instrumental in establishing the Lab's Office of Workforce Diversity and the Diversity Council. He was named the Lab's Ombudsman in 2006. Lab staff are invited to attend and share photos and memories. Those planning to attend can RSVP here. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch.

EH&S: Popular 'All Hazard Awareness' Classes Added

Due to an increased demand for "All Hazard Awareness" (EHS0135), the Lab's Emergency Services Program will offer two additional training sessions before the end of the fiscal year. The classes will be held in Building 48-109 on Wednesday, Sept. 23, and Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to noon. Go here to register. For more information, contact Sara Wynne (x5861).

krumpEmployee Activity: 'Krump' Exercise Class Today at Noon

Today, from noon to 1 p.m. in Building 76-235, the Berkeley Lab Dance Club will be holding its first "Krump" class. This hard-hitting hip-hop style will be accessible to beginners, with the goal to have fun and burn calories. The class will be lead by Lab employee Oscar Aguayo, who has an extensive hip-hop background. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. For more information, call x5257.

Site Access: Grizzly Peak Gate Closed After Morning Hours Until Further Notice

Due to a malfunction, the Grizzly Peak Gate will be closed outside its normal hours of 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. It is anticipated the problem will be fixed by Monday morning. For more information, contact Jim Murphy (x4175).

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