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Wednesday, August 6, 2003


8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Summer Blood Drive
American Red Cross

9 a.m.
EHS 278: Ladder Safety

10 a.m.
EHS 279: Scaffold Safety

1 p.m.
EHS 116: First Aid

3 p.m.
ALS/CXRO Weekly Seminar
Photofragmentation of Core-Excited Molecules Investigated by Cation and Anion Yield Spectroscopy
Maria Novella Piancastelli, University Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy


7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Summer Blood Drive
American Red Cross

1 p.m.
EHS 60: Ergonomics for Computer Users

4 p.m.
Physics Division Research Progress Meeting
Marc Kamionkowski, Caltech

Origins: Beef Pot Pie
Fresh Grille: Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich
Adobe: Mediterranean Fish Stew
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full Menu
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Getting Supernovae
In Shape for Cosmology

Scientists at Berkeley Lab, working with colleagues at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the University of Texas at Austin, have established that the extraordinarily bright and remarkably similar astronomical "standard candles" known as Type Ia supernovae do not explode in a perfectly spherical manner. Led by Lifan Wang, an astronomer and astrophysicist in Berkeley Lab’s Physics Division, the researchers used the ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile to show that at peak brightness the supernova 2001el exploding star was slightly flattened, but a week later, the visible explosion was virtually spherical. Not only can this information be used to test modesls of how Type Ia supernovae originate and explode, Wang says, it also helps to underline "how valid supernovae are for doing cosmology." Full story.
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Lab Revises Building
49 Plan; Lot Eliminated

Berkeley Lab has issued a revised Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Environmental Impact Report on its proposed research office building (Building 49). After hearing comments from the community and considering alternatives to an earlier plan to construct a parking lot near the site, officials have eliminated the lot and instead plan to remove excess soils off-site. The review period for the NOP has been extended to Sept. 5. Copies of the revised NOP are available in the main library in Building 50.

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Committees Examine
DOE Lab Management

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The House Science Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources both held hearings last month on the management structure of the Department of Energy's national laboratories. Witnesses at both hearings agreed that the nature of the relationship between the management of the laboratories and the Department of Energy should be changed. All agreed that present practices, both in the labs and in Washington, can be improved. Decisions about when the government should open up the management contracts to competition is now a forefront issue. Read the American Institute of Physics analysis here.
In the News
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Reporter Takes Look At
Free-access Publishing

Rick Weiss, science writer for the Washington Post, took a close look at the current controversy surrounding a proposed system that would put scientific findings on the Web -- for free (Berkeley Lab life scientist Michael Eisen is one of the three founders of the Public Library of Science). This effort would overthrow the current system by which scientific results are made known to the world -- a $9 billion publishing juggernaut with subscription charges that range into thousands of dollars per year. Read Weiss’ feature here.


Prizes, Snacks, Pride
Available for Donors

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For those who think there’s no such thing as a free lunch, why not be a blood donor and find out? In addition to the juice-and-Danish snacks, the t-shirts, and the personal pride that donors receive when giving blood to help others, they qualify for a drawing that will award free lunches to six lucky participants. Free dance lessons will also be among the prizes. Walk-ins are welcome today and tomorrow, but times are limited, so interested donors should call 6266 before showing up. The Lab’s Summer Blood Drive is at Building 70A-3377. Hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, and 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow.


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