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Wednesday, December 3, 2003


9:30 a.m.
EHS 275
Confined Space Hazards
Bldg. 51-201

11 a.m.
Nuclear Science Division
Light Nuclei in Potential Models
Robert Wiringa, Argonne National Lab
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

11:30 a.m to 2 p.m.
Lawrence Hall of Science
Holiday Gift Fair

Determining Critical Pressure and Duct Leakage in VAV Air-Handling Units
Clifford Federspiel, Principal, Federspiel Controls
Bldg. 90-3148

1 p.m.
EHS 274
Confined Space Retraining
Bldg. 51-201

2 p.m.
EHS 330
Lead Hazards Awareness
Bldg. 51-201

4 p.m.
College of Chemistry
Engineering Improved Adeno-associated Viral Vectors for Gene Therapy by Directed Evolution

Narendra Maheshri, UC Berkeley


7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Ironage Shoemobile Visit
Cafeteria parking lot

9 a.m.
EHS 280
Laser Safety
Bldg. 51-201

9:30 a.m.
Advanced Light Source
Steps and Spins: Recent Studies in Magnetic Perovskite Oxides
John Mitchell, Argonne National Lab
Bldg. 6-2202

1 p.m.
EHS 116
First Aid
Bldg. 48-109

1:30 p.m.
EHS 260
Basic Electric Safety
Bldg. 51-201

3 to 6 p.m.
Employees Activities Assoc.
Holiday Craft Fair


4 p.m.
College of Chemistry
Transient Electric Birefringence Studies of Cadmium Selenide Nanorods
Alexander Mastroianni
120 Latimer Hall

Origins: Cheese Tortillini with Choice of Three Sauces
Fresh Grille: Grilled Ham with Gruyere and Artichoke Hearts on Sourdough Roll
Adobe: Spinach Quiche with Potato Salad
Choice of Roasted Citrus Chicken; Salisbury Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Vegetables; or Crab Cakes with Two Sides
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5 - 7 p.m.
Full Menu


Bissell Named Winner
of Komen Research Award

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation recently announced the 2003 winners of its Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction. The award recognizes leading scientists for significant work that advances basic research concepts or clinical application in the fields of breast cancer. This year’s awardees are Walter Churchill Willett, of Harvard University’s Department of Nutrition, and Mina J. Bissell, director of the Life Sciences Division at Berkeley Lab. Go here to read the Komen Foundation press release.


India's Minister of State
Power Visits the Lab

A delegation from India visited the Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division last week to discuss the possibilities of increased cooperation between India and the U.S. in energy efficiency R&D and program development. The delegation was led by Jayawanti Mehta, India’s minister of state power. They met with EETD’s Stephen Wiel and Jayant Sathaye, who described their research and discussed potential areas of collaboration in energy-efficient standards and labeling, government procurement, and bringing efficient windows, lighting, cooling and other technologies to India.


Panel Advocates
Lab Competition
By Andrea Widener

A long-anticipated report has found that managers of federal research labs should regularly compete to continue running the science facilities, a judgment that could have a major impact on the University of California. Among its most controversial conclusions is that Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos labs contracts should be bid separately, which would likely make competition easier for an outsider and harder for UC. The report by the so-called Blue Ribbon Commission found that competition would benefit the labs and recommended a process to better link lab performance to the competition decision. Full story.


Funding for NIH
And NSF Unclear
By Ted Agres

Members of the two houses of the U.S. Congress last week reached agreement on a $328.1 billion omnibus spending measure that funds 11 departments and numerous agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The bill, which includes modest, though respectable, increases to both agencies, faces a very uncertain future when the full House and possibly Senate convene briefly next week to consider it. Full story.


Loaner Cell Phones Are Now Available

Going away on travel? Telephone Services has cellular phones available for short-term rental. Usage charges plus a prorated monthly service fee are applicable. There is a 30-day time limit on loaner cellular phones. Division level approval is required to borrow a cellular phone. To borrow a phone, e-mail the Telephone Service Center and include: user's name, project ID, pick-up and return dates, and roaming coverage needed. Call x7997 for more information.

SHARES Gifts Can Still
Be Made This Week

Although the Berkeley Lab SHARES charitable giving campaign officially concluded on Sunday, members of the Payroll Department have indicated that deductions in '04 paychecks can still be implemented beginning in January as long as the contributions are made by this Friday. For those who still haven't decided on a favorite charity or simply forgot during the long Thanksgiving weekend, the electronic pledge form is still active and available via the SHARES web site here.


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