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Archives for October 2010

New Year, New Upgrades at the Bay View Café

Improvements include Niman Ranch beef and expanded selection of pastries. More>

 

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Cool cities, Cool Planet With Art Rosenfeld

Oct. 11, 2010 Science at the Theater: Berkeley Lab scientists discuss how cool roofs can cool your building, your city … and our planet.

Speakers: Arthur Rosenfeld, Professor of Physics Emeritus at UC Berkeley, founded the Berkeley Lab Center for Building Science in 1974. He served on the California Energy Commission from 2000 to 2010 and is commonly referred to as California’s godfather of energy efficiency.

Melvin Pomerantz is a member of the Heat Island Group at Berkeley Lab. Trained as a physicist at UC Berkeley, he specializes in research on making cooler pavements and evaluating their effects.

Ronnen Levinson is a staff scientist at Berkeley Lab and the acting leader of its Heat Island Group. He has developed cool roofing and paving materials and helped bring cool roof requirements into building energy efficiency standards.

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Showcase Your Creativity at Pumpkin Carving Contest

With Halloween just around the corner, the Guest House and Lab Café are sponsoring the Lab’s first-ever pumpkin-carving contest. Employees can pick up pumpkins from the cafeteria lobby on Monday, Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or contact the Guest House for delivery). Participants will have three days to design and carve their pumpkins (science motifs especially welcome), and must bring them back to the lobby on Thursday, Oct. 28, between 10 a.m. and noon. Staff can come by to vote from noon on Thursday until Friday at 1 p.m., when the winner will be announced. First place gets a free night’s stay in a studio suite at the Guest House and second place gets lunch for two at the Lab Café.

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Electrical Link to Living Cells

Caroline Ajo-Franklin and Heather Jensen of the Molecular Foundry have designed an electrical link to living cells engineered to shuttle electrons across a cell’s membrane to an external acceptor along a well-defined path. This direct channel could yield cells that can read and respond to electronic signals, or efficiently transfer sunlight into electricity.

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Gmail, Lab Website, LDAP Programs Down Tonight

Most Lab IT services including Gmail, the lbl.gov website, and all services which utilize the Lab’s LDAP username and password will be temporarily unavailable tonight, beginning at 6 p.m. and lasting for approximately one hour. When complete, the maintenance will increase the resiliency of key services in the event of a power outage. Incoming e-mail will be queued and delivered once service is restored. More>

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