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Wednesday, April 23, 2003
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9 – 11 a.m.
EHS 276 Fall Protection Safety
Building 51, Room 201

11 a.m.
NCEM Seminar
From exit wave to structure: Obstacles and possible solutions
Dirk Van Dyck, University of Antwerp, Belgium
NCEM conference Room, B-72, Room 201

11 a.m.
"LUX - A Linac-based Ultrafast X-ray Source"
John Corlett & Stephen Leone,
Building 50 Auditorium

1 – 2 p.m.
EHS 277 Confined Space Permit Writer
Building 51, Room 201

2 – 3:30 p.m.
EHS 330 Lead Hazards Awareness
Building 51, Room 201

3 p.m.
Physical Biosciences Division Seminar Series
Structure on the Hill: Macromolecular Crystallography at the ALS
Gerry McDermott
Calvin Seminar Room

3 – 4 p.m.
PALS/CXRO Seminars in X-Ray Science & Technology
Norman Mannella, UC Davis
Building 6, Room 2202

4 p.m.
Chemical Engineering Colloquium
"Cell Cytoskeletal Actin-Bundle Assembly In-Vitro"
Cyrus Safinya, UCSB
120 Latimer Hall, Pitzer Aud.


8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Registration, Cafeteria

1:30 p.m.
Surface Science and Catalysis Seminar "Bio-inspired Synthesis of Micropatterned, Oriented Crystalline Materials"
Joanna Aizenberg,
Lucent Technology
Building 66 Auditorium

4 p.m.
Graduate Research Conference
Aaron Van Tassle, graduate student with Graham Fleming
"Photoisomerization of the Green Fluorescent Protein Chromophore
120 Latimer Hall

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Soup: Bean and Rice
Origins: Rainbow Trout Sauté
Adobe Cafe: Beef Tri Tips
Fresh Grille: Chicken Sndwch
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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SECON level 3

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Flooding Homestake Will Hurt Lab Prospects

Some of the nation's top scientists are urging Homestake gold mine owners to continue pumping water from the mine, saying flooding will hurt prospects for a national underground laboratory. "We believe the creation of a National Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory is of great importance to South Dakota and the nation," the group, which includes Berkeley Lab physicist Kevin Lesko, said in a statement. "We believe Homestake is a national treasure, a site uniquely suited for NUSEL." Full Story.

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Domenici, Atkinson Focus
On Los Alamos Contracts

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Senator Pete Domenici, R-New Mexico, supported a competitive process for the next Los Alamos National Laboratory management contract in comments at the laboratory’s 60th anniversary event yesterday. In response, University of California President Richard Atkinson wrote a letter to all employees at Los Alamos and Livermore, clarifying UC’s position and reiterating its desire to continue managing Los Alamos. The full text of Atkinson’s letter is here.


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Revolutionizing Drug Delivery
By Melinda Levine

New technology emerging from Berkeley’s bioengineering labs could revolutionize the treatment of deadly diseases that threaten rural populations from the highlands of Kenya to the townships of Kentucky. "By finding an alternative way to deliver drugs, we can open the door to more effective treatment of life-threatening illness," says UCB bioengineering professor and Berkeley Lab researcher Dorian Liepmann, who has been looking at new ways to deliver lifesaving drugs for almost a decade. Liepmann and post-doctoral researcher Boris Stoeber have developed a microelectro-mechanical system (MEMS) syringe to deliver a freeze-dried drug painlessly into the skin through an array of microneedles. Full story here.
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Skin Cancer Screening
Friday; Sign Up Now

The Health Services Department is offering its annual free skin screening clinic on Friday from 8 a.m. to noon in Building 26. Appointments can be made by calling 6266. Dermatologist Elizabeth Ringrose and Health Services physicians will be available to screen employees for skin cancer and evaluate problematic skin lesions.

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For Spring Blood Drive

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A two-day blood drive will be held Tuesday, May 6, and Thursday, May 8, in Building 70A, Room 3377, from 8-2 p.m. The American Red Cross Blood Services encourages donors to schedule appointments by signing up online at Please use company/group code "LBL" on the web form. For additional information contact Charlotte Bochra at X4268.

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