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Monday, April 14, 2003
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2 p.m.
Building Emergency Teams
Building 48, Room 109


10 a.m.
EHS 155
Building Emergency Teams
Building 937, Room 302

10:30 a.m.
EHS 60
Ergonomics for Computer Users
Building 51, Room 201

Computing Sciences, Computer Protection:
Securing Wireless Networks
Ted Sopher, LBLNet Services
Building 50 Auditorium

Environmental Energy Technologies:
Deregulating UK Gas and Electricity Markets: How is Competition Working for Residential Consumers?
Catherine Waddams, Director, Centre for Competition and Regulation, University of East Anglia, UK
Building 90, Room 3148

2 p.m.
EHS 530
Fire Extinguishers
Building 48, Room 109

4 p.m.
Life Sciences Division:
Stem Cells in Normal Breast Development and Breast Cancer, Max S. Wicha, Director, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Building 84, Room 318

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Soup: Corn & Chile Bisque
Origins: Roast Pork Loin
Adobe Cafe: Chk. Jambalaya
Fresh Grille: Turkey Burger
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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SECON level 2

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Science Codes Blaze on NERSC Computer

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After only six weeks running in production mode, the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center's 10 teraflop/s IBM SP supercomputer has scientific applications running at up to 68 percent of the system's theoretical peak speed, compared with the 5-10 percent that is typical. The computer, named "Seaborg," is the most powerful unclassified computer in the U.S. with the largest aggregate memory. Some of the recent calculations could not have been done on any other unclassified American computer. Full story.

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Congressional Efforts
Back Science Funding

There has been activity on both sides of Congress to increase funding for the Department of Energy's Office of Science. The House Science Committee quickly passed an authorization bill that provides for annual budget increases between 9.7 and 15 percent in the next four years. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is working on its own bill that will go to the floor in May. In addition, 39 senators signed a letter to the Senate leadership recommending a 10 percent increase in the Office of Science budget for next year. The American Institute of Physics analysis can be read here.

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Electrical Loads Switch
To Grizzly Thursday

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The Facilities Division Electrical Department will be switching all Lab loads to the upgraded Grizzly substation on Thursday. The procedures will be transparent to the Laboratory community and it is highly unlikely that an interruption of power will occur. However, the possibility of an electrical power interruption always exists. Take all necessary precautions. A hill-wide Public Address Announcement will be made prior to switching. For information, contact Jim Murphy at 4175 or Mahesh Gupta at 5220.


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GAO Auditors Here Beginning April 28

The General Accounting Office has announced that it will send an audit team to Berkeley Lab in late April to “determine the effectiveness of internal controls over procurement methods and property management systems.” The GAO visit will be the third in a series of audits of Lab procurement and property areas. The GAO audit follows an Office of Science audit in January and an Inspector General’s (DOE) audit in February. A sampling of transactions will be tracked to test the effectiveness of the controls. Full Story.

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‘Hulk’ Crew’s Return
Will Impact Parking

A film crew from the forthcoming Universal movie “The Hulk” will be returning to Berkeley Lab tonight to prepare for a brief scene shoot on Tuesday afternoon on the Advanced Light Source patio. To accommodate their vehicles, parking spaces outside the ALS, next to Building 53 and along McMillan Road will be blocked off, after 6 tonight and all day tomorrow. ALS pedestrian access will not be affected, though the film set will be restricted. The movie, parts of which were filmed here last April, is scheduled for release June 20.

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