Today at Berkeley Lab nameplate Berkeley Lab
Friday, August 1, 2003


9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Student Presentations
CSEE Summer Research Program
50 Auditorium

10:30 a.m
Center for Beam Physics Seminar
Energy Recovery at the Linear Collider: Novel Uses for the Spent Beams


No events scheduled.
Market Carvery: Southwestern Tri Tip, Spanish Rice & Veggies
Fresh Grille: Atlantic Salmon, Blackened Tomato Sauce
Menutainment: Viva La Burrito! Chicken or Pork
B'Fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full Menu

High School Students
Report Progress Today

Over the past six weeks, Berkeley Lab has provided 39 talented high school students from the San Francisco Bay Area with summer work experiences in science, computing sciences, technology and related areas. Today from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium, those students will conclude with brief presentations on their activities before friends, family and school administrators. Lab employees are invited to see and hear the closing talks in the High School Student Research Participation Program, sponsored by the Lab’s Center for Science and Engineering Education.

Chemical Engineer Wins
Top Institute Prize

Berkeley Lab chemical scientist Enrique Iglesia has been named winner of the 2003 R.H. Wilhelm Award by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. The award, which recognizes an individual’s significant and new contribution in chemical reaction engineering, is sponsored by ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Company. Iglesia, who is also a chemical engineering professor at Cal, is widely recognized for his work on the basic processes involved in the synthesis of inorganic structures and in their function as heterogeneous catalysts for reactions used in refining, energy conversion, petrochemical synthesis, and environmental protection. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Catalysis.
Physical Biosciences Adds Synthetic Biology Unit

Physical Biosciences Division Director Graham Fleming has announced the formation of the Department of Synthetic Biology, headed by faculty scientist Jay Keasling. Fleming said the department will integrate a wealth of new data and experimental advances in biology, engineering and nanoscience to develop organisms and biologically-inspired systems. Applications may include converting plentiful, renewable resources into energy; replacing environmentally unfriendly chemical syntheses; seeking out and destroying pathogens; and remediating recalcitrant environmental contaminants.

In the News
Fastest Canadian Computer Focuses on Astrophysics

A $900,000 supercomputer at the University of Toronto -- the fastest computer in Canada -- is heating up astrophysics research in Canada and burning its way up the list of the world's fastest computers. The new computer, part of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA), was ranked as the fastest computer in Canada and the 38th fastest in the world in the latest list, compiled by the Universities of Mannheim and Tennessee and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center at Berkeley Lab. (NERSC is No. 5 on the list). Full story.
Anti-terror Research Not Under Lock, Key
By Ian Hoffman

In a bow to scientists, the Bush administration is allowing most anti-terror research to remain free and open -- for now. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham declared in a recent memo that "unless a legal basis exists to control such research (either by classification or some other means), it shall not be controlled." That leaves scientists uncertain about whether they may publish their research or when they may collaborate with scientists and students who are not U.S. citizens or do not hold a U.S. security clearance. "It's one of those things like pornography: You know it when you see it. But that doesn't really help somebody," said Bill Barletta of Berkeley Lab. " As far as I can tell from the homeland-security point of view, there are no rules." Full story.

Partly cloudy

Weather icon

Extended Forecast


SECON level 3

Weather icon

More Information

Today at Berkeley Lab
is online at
Submit items to
[email protected]
Previous issue graphic
Archives graphic
DOE logo Office of Science logo UC logo