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Thursday, August 7, 2003


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


10 a.m.
EHS 339: Asbestos Awareness

1 p.m.
Molecular Foundry seminar
Nanoscale Architectural Control of Organic Functional Materials for Photonics and Molecular Electronics
Prof. Alex Jen, U. of Washington

Origins: Turkey Meatloaf
Fresh Grille: Garden Burger with Guacamole, Salsa and Cheddar
Menutainment: Shrimp Louis
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full Menu
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Research on Bone-like Material
Receives $4.3 Million Grant from NIH

Antoni Tomsia of the Materials Sciences Division will receive a $4.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop new bone-like materials that could greatly improve implants such as artificial hips and shoulders. The five-year grant includes $3.5 million to develop complex nanocomposites for bone generation, and $800,000 for a new microscope to facilitate this work. Tomsia will lead the research, with help from a multidisciplinary collaboration of scientists from Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley and San Francisco campuses, and the Bothell, Washington-based SkeleTech, Inc. Read about Tomsia’s research here.

Immigration Bureau
Arrests 3 After Probe

After a year-long investigation of employee files to verify work authorizations of non-citizens, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested three Berkeley Lab employees for immigration documentation violations. The bureau issued a news release yesterday indicating that the three are legal permanent residents who have been convicted of crimes -- including domestic violence, vehicle theft, and cocaine possession -- which make them subject to removal from the U.S. Berkeley Lab cooperated fully with federal agents in the document reviews of 4,000 employees. The three arrested individuals, whose identities are being withheld due to privacy restrictions, are on leave pending review of their cases.

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Campus Teams Patching
Windows Security Flaw

A flaw in the Microsoft Windows operating system has left UC Berkeley IT security teams scrambling to patch thousands of PCs before online vandals can compromise them. (Berkeley Lab’s Computer Protection Program successfully blocked incoming traffic here to protect Windows systems on July 18. See Today at Berkeley Lab 7/25). Off-campus access to some network ports has been shut down temporarily to ward off intruders. Craig Lant, campus information systems security officer, said any unpatched Windows PCs on campus are potentially at risk, but so far the actual damage has been fairly limited. Full story.


DOE Video Touts Investment in Office of Science

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When Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham went before the Senate Subcommittee on Energy of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources last week, he took with him a six-minute videotape extolling the virtues of investments in DOE’s Office of Science. Utilizing film clips and stills from Berkeley Lab and other labs, Abraham made the case for strong federal support for the programs being conducted here and elsewhere. To view the tape (with RealPlayer video software), go here.
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Gold Jewelry Sale Set Next Tuesday

Karats, the people who regularly visit the lab with sales items on 14-karat gold jewelry, have scheduled a summer visit for next Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Cafeteria. Chains, bracelets, rings, charms, earrings and white gold will be featured at the sale, sponsored by the Employee Activities Association.


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