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Today

9:30 to 3:30 p.m.
EHS
Onsite Chair Massages
Bldg. 26-115

9 a.m.
EHS 135
Earthquake/Wildland Safety
Bldg. 48-109

Noon
Benefits Office
Looking Forward to Retirement
Alyssa Valladao, FITSCo
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

Noon
Director's Office
Brown Bag With Steve Chu, David McGraw
Bldg. 2-100

1 p.m.
EHS 339
Asbestos Awareness
Bldg. 70A-3377

1:30 p.m.
Materials Sciences
Surface Electronic States and Phase Transitions of Polymers
Keng Chou, U. of British Columbia
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

5:15 p.m.
Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191


Tomorrow

9:30 to 3:30 p.m.
EHS
Onsite Chair Massages
Bldg. 937-104

Noon
Yoga Club
Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70-191

Noon
EETD
Particles and People: Aerosol Movement Into and Around the Human Body
Miriam Byrne, U. of Galway, Ireland
Bldg. 90-4133

2 p.m.
Nanosciences/ Nanoengineering Institute
Explaining the Fluorescence Properties of Semiconductor Nanoparticles
Rajeev Ram, MIT
390 Hearst Mining Bldg. (campus)

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Morning Editions:
Italian Sausage with 2 Eggs, and Toast
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Biscuits and Gravy with 2 Eggs
Market Carvery: Beef Brisket with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

The Fresh Grille: Reuben Sandwich with Coleslaw and Fruit
Menutainment: Lemon Rosemary Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Research Could Lead
To Cancer Blood Test

Bertozzi

A team of researchers, led by Molecular Foundry director Carolyn Bertozzi, has developed a chemical profiling technique with the potential for detecting the onset of cancer at the cellular level. The technique is based on changes in the attachment of sugars to proteins (O-linked glycosylation) that are known to correlate with cancers and other diseases, such as inflammations and bacterial infections. Until now, scientists have lacked a practical means of monitoring such changes in a physiological setting. Full story.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Savings on LHS Classes
For Lab Employees' Kids


The Lawrence Hall of Science is offering after-school science and math enrichment classes for pre-schoolers through high schoolers at a discount to Berkeley Lab employees.  The classes meet for an hour weekly for four or eight-week sessions beginning at 2:30 or 4 p.m. The spring session begins next week. Many classes still have room for additional enrollments. The reduced member rate is in effect for all Berkeley Lab employees. Call the LHS Registration Office at 642-5134, or register online here. Use the member price when enrolling, and when prompted for membership number, use "LBNL."


Vehicle Mileage Reports
Are Now Due

Fleet Operations requests all vehicle custodians to report their monthly mileage immediately, even if they have gone to the pumps, since the computer system that usually provides this information is currently unavailable. Include the vehicle license number and the current mileage on the odometer. E-mail your report to Fleet@lbl.gov.

 

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GOVERNMENT NEWS
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Senate Bill Would Ease
Contracting With Labs


Legislation pending in Sacramento would make it easier for state agencies to contract with federal laboratories like Berkeley Lab to conduct state-funded research. Right now, such research partnerships are limited by conflicting state and federal rules. The Lab's Head of the Sponsored Projects Office, Jeff Weiner, offered expert testimony regarding the impact of the bill, SB 1629, at a hearing last week before the Senate Committee on Government Modernization, Efficiency and Accountability. It still faces consideration by the full Senate and the Assembly. To read the bill, which was authored by Sen. Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo), go here.
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SAFETY NOTE

Lesson Learned: Check
All Electrical Equipment

X-ray detector
A recent non-hazardous minor electrical shock experienced by a Berkeley Lab employee from a simple x-ray detector was of very low energy — only 480 volts DC — with current below the human hazard level. But it could have been prevented. The incident highlights the need to remind electrical designers, end users, and repair technicians of the importance of good, reliable grounding. When you plug in equipment, make a quick check of the power plug and cord. Is the third pin missing? Get it fixed before use, and don't use adapters. Read about the incident and its lessons here.
COMPUTER UPDATE

Changes to LBLnet
Affect Off-Site Domains

At noon on Saturday, the Lab's network, LBLnet, will be changing its Domain Name Servers (DNS) to prevent the distribution of information about non-Berkeley Lab domains from off-site. Users who have manually configured their DNS on systems such as laptops, will want to return to default settings. For details, contact the IT Help Desk (x4357).
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Partly cloudy; chance rain.
High: 69° (20° C)
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SECON level 3

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