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Tuesday, April 29, 2003
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12th Users Meeting for the Advanced Photon Source
Argonne National Laboratory:

The Planck Data Analysis Workshop: Today – Friday. Julian Borrill and Radek Stompor, CRD, hosting.
Oakland Scientific Facility

9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
EHS 604 Hazardous Waste Generator
Bldg. 51-201

11 a.m.
Environmental Energy Technologies Division Seminar: Energy Revolution: Policies for a Sustainable Future, Howard Geller, author and former director of ACEEE, Current Director of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project in Boulder, Colorado
Building 90, Room 3148

11 – noon
EHS 622 Radioactive & Mixed Waste Generator
Bldg. 51-201

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
EHS 735/738/739 Biosafety/Bloodborne Pathogen
Bldg. 51-201

3 – 3:45 p.m.
EHS 730 Medical/Biohazard Waste
Bldg. 51-201


3 p.m.
ALS/CXRO Seminars in X-Ray Science & Technology:
Multifrequency FMR Study of FexPt1-x Nanoparticles
Magda Ulmeanu, U. Duisberg, Germany
Building 6, Room 2202

4 p.m.
Life Sciences Division Distinguished Lecturer Series: Intracellular Signaling: Communication Between the Endoplasmic Reticulum and the Nucleus, Peter Walter, UCSF
Building 66 Auditorium

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Soup: Tomato Basil
Origins: Country Meatloaf
Adobe Cafe: Taco Salad
Fresh Grille: Sausage Snwch.
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Full Menu

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Polymer May Provide
Vehicle For Vaccines

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A simple method of shuttling proteins into cells via microscopic polymer beads shows promise as a general way of carrying vaccines or bits of DNA for gene therapy, according to chemists at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Professor of chemistry Jean M. Fréchet, with postdoctoral fellow Niren Murthy and their colleagues, designed a polymer that falls apart in acid to form thousands of little molecules that swell and explode the cell's digestive chamber before the acids have a chance to degrade the antigens. Full story.


DOE-sponsored Program
May Ease Cells Into Cars
By Jeffrey Winters

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Prototype auxiliary power unit converts gas to electricity
The stock in fuels cells rose—figuratively and literally—after President George W. Bush called for hydrogen-powered cars in his State of the Union address in January. After all, fuel cells and the so-called hydrogen economy go together like peanut butter and jelly. But SOFCs are still not cost-competitive. High operating temperatures -- an advantage when it comes to fuel processing -- create a constellation of problems. "You get very difficult materials interactions," said Steve Visco, a researcher who is leading fuel cell research at Berkeley Lab. "High operating temperatures also create problems in terms of seals and insulation." Full story.

Laboratory Will Converse
With Neighbors May 8

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Berkeley Lab management and scientific initiative leaders will spend an evening on Thursday, May 8, engaging in conversation with members of immediate neighborhoods interested in learning more about the Lab’s current and future activities. Among the topics will be the Molecular Foundry, energy efficiency and the Berkeley Lamp, the supernova program (SNAP), other scientific projects, fire protection and vegetation management, and science education programs. All Lab employees are invited to attend, from 7:30 to 9:30 at Haas Clubhouse, Strawberry Recreation Area, 2nd Floor Club Room. For information, call 7292.

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New Chemical Management System Now on Web

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An improved Web-based version of the Chemical Inventory System, renamed the Chemical Management System (CMS), is now available for use by research and support staff. The new system ensures that Berkeley Lab will continue to meet its regulatory commitments for chemical reporting, while also providing users with an enhanced chemical inventory tracking and reporting tool. Upgraded security measures have been incorporated into CMS to ensure sensitive information is protected. The application runs on both PCs and Macs, with Netscape or MS Explorer. Starting next month, training will be offered to prospective users. Contact Lee Aleksich x2994 for more information, or to enroll in a training session.
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Crosswalk Upgrade Will
Partially Close Gayley

Beginning at 6 a.m. tomorrow, UC Berkeley campus crews will be improving the crosswalk across Gayley Road at East Gate, affecting traffic around the area. The northbound lane of Gayley will be partially closed all morning. The site is just south of Donner Lab, across from the Hearst Greek Theatre. Pedestrians should use the alternate crosswalk south of construction. The project should be completed by early Thursday morning.

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