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Wednesday, August 27, 2003


9:30 a.m.
Hazardous Waste Generator
Building 51-201

10 a.m.
Macintosh User Group
Panther, G5 and iChat, Oh My!
Monika Mohler and Ron Ustach, Apple Computer
Building 70A-3377 Conference Room

1 p.m.
CRD Computing Seminar
On Improving the Performance of the Linear Solver Restarted GMRES
Allison Baker, University of Colorado
Building 50A-5132

2 p.m.
Secure Communication Seminar
Authenticated Key Exchange
David Pointcheval, École Normale Supérieure
Building 54-130B

3 p.m.
Medical/Biohazard Waste
Building 51-201

4 p.m.
EECS Colloquium
"Sustaining the Silicon Revolution in the 21st Century"
Tsu Jae King, UC Berkeley
306 Soda Hall


9:30 a.m.
Progress Report From IMS: The UVSOR-II Project and
the GSCF4 Project for Molecular Inner-Shell Calculations

Nobuhiro Kosugi, UVSOR Facility
Building 6-2202

Employee Picnic & ASD Academy Grand Opening
Advanced Light Source Patio/Trailer 7C

1:30 p.m.
College of Chemistry
Structural Dynamics and Device Applications of Metallic Nanoscale Material
Ralph Nuzzo, University of Illinois
Building 66 Auditorium

Market Carvery: BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Mashed Potatoes & Corn
Fresh Grille: Hot Ham & Cheese with Artichoke Hearts on Potato Roll
Menutainment: Greek Chicken 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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ASD Academy Opens
its Doors Tomorrow

The Administrative Services Department’s ASD Academy — which will provide the Lab’s administrative professionals with a range of educational, networking, and career development resources — will officially open for business tomorrow. The grand opening will take place during the annual picnic ASD hosts for its employees, starting at noon on the Advanced Light Source patio. Picnic attendees can tour the Academy’s Resource and Learning Center (located nearby in Trailer 7C) and learn more about the services offered there. The Center will be open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Click here for more information about the Academy.


CUCSA Airs Staff Issues
At Regents' Meeting

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In a summary address to the UC Board of Regents, the outgoing chair of the Council of UC Staff Associations (CUCSA) discussed the three areas her group focused on this year: communications, faculty-staff partnering, and an educational fee waiver for dependents of UC employees, reports Berkeley Lab’s junior delegate to CUCSA, Linda Rutkowski. UC Riverside’s Maggie Souder, speaking on behalf of staff at the other nine campuses and Berkeley and Los Alamos labs, said the group will continue to address these and other issues of importance to staff welfare, including staff representation on the Board of Regents. Full story.
World of Science   Safety Notes
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Mars 101: The Facts
and the Fiction

Today, Mars will be closer to our earth than it has been in over 100,000 years. We know a great deal about the red planet from centuries of work by astronomers and from decades of data beamed back from unmanned spacecraft like the twin Viking landers, which in 1976 became the first spacecraft to land successfully on the planet. "To a certain extent, we think we know quite a bit about Mars now based upon Viking," said Arden Albee, a mission scientist with the Mars Global Surveyor, a satellite in orbit around the red planet. "But probably a lot of the things we think we know are wrong." Here's some of what know — or think we know — about Mars. Full story.

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Lessons Learned: Old
Batteries May Leak

As the weather heats up, so does the chance for injury from leaking batteries. Batteries that are left in unused electrical devices, especially on hot days, may break down and leak caustic chemicals. Hand injuries can result from contact with the chemicals. It is recommended that batteries be removed from devices that will be unused for extended periods of time, and stored in a cool, dry place (55 to 77 degrees is ideal). If employees do come in contact with these chemicals, they should quickly rinse their hands with cool tap water. If redness, irritation or burning occurs, seek medical advice as soon as possible.


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