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Thursday, April 17, 2003
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9 a.m. – noon
CANCELLED EHS 400 Radiation Protection-Fundamentals

Environmental Energy
Technologies Division,
SimSPARK: A Building
Simulation Platform to Predict
Head and Mass Transfers Using Models with Different Levels of Details,
Laurent Mora, LEPTAB,
University of La Rochelle, France
Building 90, Room 3148

Noon – 1 p.m.
Giants Tickets for May 15 and A's Tickets for June 21 on sale in cafeteria lobby.

1 – 2 p.m.
HPC at Fraunhofer ITWM - Research and related industry projects, Franz-Josef Pfreundt, Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics.
Building 50A, Room 5132

1 – 3 p.m.
EHS 155
Building Emergency Team

Building 48, Room 109

4 p.m.
Physics Division: Parity Violation in Electron-Electron Scattering: First Results from SLAC E158, Yury Kolomensky
Building 50A, Room 5132


8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
EHS 403 Radiation Protection-Lab Safety

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Soup: Broccoli Cheese
Origins: Chicken with Polenta
Adobe Cafe: Salmon Salad
Fresh Grille: Sloppy Joes
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full Menu
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Mostly cloudy

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SECON level 3

Security level lowered

Effective immediately, all DOE facilities have been directed to lower their security status to Secon Level 3, to coincide with the Department of Homeland Security advisory system. To learn more about Lab security measures for ID cards, gate access, shuttle and visitor access, go here.

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NERSC Scientist's Book
Lifts Computer's Status
By W. Wayt Gibbs

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"One of the greatest ironies of the information technology revolution is that while the computer was conceived and born in the field of pure mathematics . . . until recently this marvelous technology had only a minor impact within the field that gave it birth." So begins Experimentation in Mathematics, a book by Berkeley Lab's David H. Bailey and Jonathan M. Borwein due out in September. The book documents how computers, once looked on by mathematical researchers with disdain as mere calculators, have gained enough power to enable an entirely new means to achieve fundamental discoveries. More.

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Reminder to Check Assets In Your Name

Property listed in Berkeley Lab's inventory database assigns custodial responsibility to individuals who either acquired or use it. There's a quick and easy way to check the information in the database to ensure that the delegation of responsibility, and the asset, are accurate. For simple instructions, go here.

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Nanowire Comb Emits
in the UV

By Jacqueline Hewett

Scientists have fabricated an ultraviolet laser array from zinc-oxide nanowires. The team from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory say its comb-shaped structure may find uses in nanometer electromechanical systems (NEMS) "In general each comb structure has more than 10 nanowires branches in parallel," lead researcher Peidong Yang told "The largest structure we can grow has 50 nanowire branches." Full article here.

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'Tropical Night' Spring
Dance Set For May 3

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The Berkeley Lab Dance Club is now selling tickets for its annual spring gala, set for Saturday, May 3, from 7 to 11:30 p.m. in the dining hall. "A Tropical Night on the Hill" will feature a Polynesian theme and will include dancing to all styles of music, two dance lessons, a cash bar, and Polynesian and Asian-influenced Hors d'oevres and appetizers. Employees, spouses and friends are welcome. Tickets at $30 each are on sale through April 25. More information here.

Building 6 Walkway Closure

The walkway that runs alongside Building 6 from the Building 2 bridge to Building 80 will be closed for repairs beginning today through Friday, April 25. The contractor will be using the parking lot in front of Building 7 as a staging area.

Fuel Pumps Out of Service

On Monday morning the fuel dispensing pumps located at the Building 76 Motor Pool area will be out of service from 8-11 a.m. for BAAQMB vapor recovery testing. Employees requiring fuel are encouraged to visit the dispensing facility before close of business Friday. For more information, contact Fleet Operations personnel at X5475.

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