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Monday, August 25, 2003


1 p.m.
Environment, Health and Safety
Confined Space Retraining
Building 51-201

2 p.m.
Environment, Health and Safety
Lead Hazards Awareness
Building 51-201


8 a.m.
Employee Development and Training
Writing Advantage

9 a.m.
Environment, Health and Safety
Chemical Hygiene
Building 51-201

9:10 a.m.
Environment, Health and Safety
Introduction to EH&S at LBL
Building 50-Auditorium

1 p.m.
Environment, Health and Safety
Compressed Gas
Building 51-201

2 p.m.
Secure Communication Seminar
Provable Security
David Pointcheval, École Normale Supérieure
Building 54-130B

Market Carvery: Fried Chicken with Potato Salad & Vegetable
Fresh Grille: Country Fried Steak Sandwich with Onion Rings
Origins: Cheese Enchilada Casserole with Rice & Black Beans
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full Menu
Image of a fruitfly embryo
Gene expression in a
Drosophila embryo.
$15 Million Grant Awarded to the Berkeley Drosophila Transcription Network Project

A $15 million dollar, five-year grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences has been awarded to a multidisciplinary team in the Genomics, Life Sciences, and Engineering Divisions. The grant is to develop methods to read the information encoded in animal genome sequences. While the recent sequencing of the human genome is a tremendous step forward, most of the information it contains cannot be read. With the funds, the team — the Berkeley Drosophila Transcription Network Project — will use the fruit fly as a model to determine the DNA sequences bound by proteins that control in which cells genes are expressed.

In The News

NASA Sees a Hot Time
in the Old Town
By Dan Whipple

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It has been about 200 years since a British scientist wandering through London discovered the urban heat island effect, which causes cities to be considerably warmer than the surrounding countryside. In 1820, naturalist Luke Howard calculated nights in the city were 3.7 degrees F. warmer and days 0.34 degrees F. cooler than in the country. He attributed the difference to city fuel use. Now NASA is using space-age technology to study the problem, promoting light-colored roofing material and more trees to help cool things down in a warmer, more energy intensive world. Studies by DOE's Berkeley Lab in California suggest mitigation strategies for urban heat island effects could save $5 billion to $10 billion in energy costs annually in the United States. Full story.


Talk by Cryptography
Expert About Secure Communications

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David Pointcheval, a leading expert in the field of modern cryptography, will present two half-day seminars on cryptography and secure communications, from 2-5 p.m., tomorrow and Wednesday, Aug. 26-27, in the Perseverance Hall addition (54-130B). Pointcheval has provided significant results in proving the security of several cryptographic algorithms and published numerous papers at the leading cryptographic conferences. His research focuses on provable security using reduction techniques. He will speak about provable security on Tuesday, and authenticated key exchange on Wednesday.

New Personnel Policy
Changes Are In Effect

Effective immediately, the Lab has implemented several changes to various human resources policies. These changes serve to clarify language, delete provisions that are no longer applicable, and conform to recent changes in the law. Click here to find a summary of these changes and links to the relevant RPM sections.


The Lab’s Own Wimbledon

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No, it wasn’t Serena Williams or Andre Agassi whacking balls at the Channing Way courts in Berkeley last Wednesday and Thursday. It was members of the LBL Tennis Club, duking it out for the top spot in the group’s annual doubles tournament. In the end, it was a couple of Joe's — Joe Harkins from Facilities and Joe Kwan with Accelerator and Fusion Research — who claimed the top spot. In addition to annual tournaments, the club (founded in 1996) hosts noon-time matches and other activities. Membership is free and open to players at all levels. To join, contact Joe Harkins at x7486 or [email protected].


Sunny and hot.
Highs 80s-100s inland.

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SECON level 3

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