December ’06 Newsletter

Dear Members and Friends of CITRIS,

Dear members and friends of CITRIS,
As one year ends and another begins, we take a look at two similar
transitions from old to new in the worlds of computing and energy.

are set to reach their smallest possible size in the next two decades.
That means that the integrated circuit as we know it today is going to
change. Many CITRIS researchers are among those looking for new and
novel computing substrates. In our first feature, we learn more about
their work and what the next computer chip might look like.

are also dramatic transformations in how we will use fossil fuels more
efficiently and with greater regards to their impact on the carbon
balance. The CITRIS campus at UC Davis has been a pioneer in the
development of new energy efficient technologies and fuels of tomorrow.
We look at some of the major new developments in these fields at Davis
in our second feature.

The holidays are a busy time.
We appreciate you taking the time out of your schedule to support the
work we are doing here at CITRIS. We welcome your comments and ideas,
and wish you a happy New Year.

Professor Shankar Sastry
Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society

CITRIS Awards, Honors, & News

December 14: Engineering a Better World symposium
join us for a symposium celebrating five years of CITRIS and its
faculty, students and partners from the public and private sector on
Thursday, December 14 from 1:00- 5:30 p.m. A panelists of experts will
discuss "The Role of University Research in California's Future,"
followed by faculty presentations on energy and new markets for
information technology and then demonstrations of exciting research at
CITRIS. Details can be found at To register for this event, please send email to

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December 8: Gala and Dance Performance at UC Berkeley

at 4:00 p.m., the annual holiday party for members of the entire CITRIS
community will feature carolers and refreshments. And then at 6:00
p.m., members of the CITRIS Resonance Project will give a dance
performance involving participants dancing together in different and
remote geographical regions, with the resulting presentation broadcast.
Both events take place in the Gordon and Betty Moore Lobby of the
Hearst Memorial Mining Building on the UC Berkeley campus.

Environment: Greenpeace cofounder says sustainable future includes nuclear energy
Monday, December 11, 4 p.m., Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Ctr.
Patrick Moore, a leader in the international environmental field for
over 30 years, will give a special lecture titled "Searching for a
Sustainable Energy Future," sponsored by Berkeley's department of
nuclear engineering.

Scientists set up in Sierra to track shrinking snow pack

Research at the Sierra Nevada Hydrologic Observatory, which is led by
UC Merced engineering professor Roger Bales, one of the country's most
respected mountain-snow experts, was recently featured in the SF
Chronicle. The full article can be found at

Electronic medical records aid newborns

The National Institutes of Health has provided $1.35 million to a team
of researchers at UC Santa Cruz working to develop new statistical
approaches that could dramatically improve the care for severely ill
newborn babies. Read more about this approach at

CET Technology Breakthrough winners
The two top prizes at the CET Technology Breakthrough Competition went
to projects on a low-cost disposable genome chip and a portable
screening device for dengue fever. More information about this exciting
annual event can be found at