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Thursday, August 14, 2003


9:30 – 10:30am
SSG Lecture Series: Spectroscopic Studies of Electronic Structure in Organic Superconductors and Semiconductors
Kevin Smith
Conference Room 6-2202


10:30 a.m.
Theoretical and Applied Aspects of NESTOR: A Compact Electron Storage Ring X-Ray Source Incorporating Strong Laser-Electron Interaction Dynamics
Dr. Andrey Zelinskiy, Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology
Building 71-264

Market Carvery: Chicken Cacciatore with Pasta
Fresh Grille: BBQ Pork Sandwich
Menutainment: Cobb Salad
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full Menu
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Bush Administration's R&D Priorities for FY 2005

In recent presentations to the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel and the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee, Patrick Looney, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Assistant Director for Physical Sciences and Engineering, described attempts within the Administration to take a broad view of the entire federal science portfolio. He quoted from a recent memorandum issued by OSTP Director John Marburger, which outlines several research initiatives that should "receive particular attention," including nanotechnology, a molecular level understanding of life processes, and environment and energy initiatives such as climate change. A synopsis of the memo can be read here.

Mountain Lion Sighting

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This past weekend there was a reported sighting of a mountain lion on the Laboratory property. The sighting occurred when the Lab was generally quiet and unoccupied at 3:15 a.m. Sunday. There have been no other sightings in the past two years, and it is not known if this lion will remain in the area. A few years ago, we had weekly reports of sightings, and a mountain lion may be active in our general area once again. All local sightings have ended with the lion withdrawing quickly after it was observed. Although it is extremely unlikely that you will see or encounter a mountain lion and the few sightings in this area have all ended with the mountain lion withdrawing almost immediately, you may wish to look at the suggestions provided by the California Department of Fish and Game.

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Lab's Heat Island Group
Hosts Roofing Workshop

Eight students from commercial testing labs and the roofing materials industry attended a workshop on August 8th to learn how to test the solar reflectance of roofing materials. The workshop was taught by Berkeley Lab’s Heat Island Group and the Cool Roof Rating Council, a new industry organization that has formed to oversee the testing and certification of roofing products for their ability to reflect solar radiation. Berkeley Lab researchers have demonstrated that more reflective roofs reduce air conditioning loads, save energy, and help reduce the urban heat island, with the secondary effect of decreasing smog episodes. Here, Hashem Akbari, leader of the Heat Island Group, (second from left), demonstrates how to take a solar reflectivity measurement with a pyranometer.

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LANA Scholarship Fundraiser

Berkeley Lab’s Latino and Native American Association (LANA) is holding a fundraiser at Chevy's Fresh Mex restaurant in Emeryville on Thursday, Aug. 14 from 5 to 10 p.m. (1890 Powell Street). Fifteen percent of the proceeds on food and drinks will go to LANA’s scholarship fund. In order for the scholarship credit to be applied, participants will need to present a LANA flier when ordering. To obtain one, or for more information, contact Alice Ramirez at x6600 or send an email to [email protected].


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