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Thursday, December 4, 2003


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


10:30 a.m.
Center for Beam Physics
The Two-Frequency RF Photocathode Gun
David Dowell, SLAC
Bldg. 71-264

1 p.m.
Multi-Protein Complex Data Mining for Detecting Protein Interactions and Functional Organizations
Xiaofeng He

4 p.m.
College of Chemistry
Biocatalytic Routes to Structure-Directed Nanofabrication of Siloxanes, Organometallics and Metallo-Oxanes
Daniel Morse, UC Santa Barbara
120 Latimer Hall

Origins: Shrimp or Vegetable Fried Rice
Fresh Grille: Chicken Parmigiana Sub with Pasta Salad
Menutainment: Southern Fried Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Corn
Choice of Roasted BBQ Chicken; Fried Chicken with Two Sides; or Fish & Chips
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

Tributes to ALS, NCEM
Scheduled for Next Week

Berkeley Lab employees are invited to celebrate the milestones achieved this year by two of its most distinguished national user facilities. To honor the 20th anniversary of the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) and the 10th anniversary of the Advanced Light Source (ALS), the Lab will hold a special program of talks next Tuesday at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium (with live videocast in Building 66 Auditorium). Employee tours of both facilities will be offered between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. A full schedule, plus commemorative section, can be found in tomorrow’s issue of The View.


Extremely Urgent Warning to Windows Users!

A message generated by the Mimail.L worm, seemingly from someone named Wendy; contains an attachment purported to be a sexually explicit picture. Opening this attachment will infect your Windows system. Some versions of this worm encrypt this attachment (helping it escape detection) and include a password to decrypt it. Delete any version of this message immediately -- do not forward it! Still another version of this worm tells recipients that are being billed $22.95 for CDs that they have allegedly ordered, but that they can cancel their order by sending credit card information to [email protected]. Don't fall victim to this ploy-- just delete the message immediately.


Reminder on the Use of
Lab Property and Supplies

Laboratory facilities, tools, supplies, materials, and equipment (including computers and official vehicles) are U.S. Government property. As such, their use on or off the Laboratory site must be for official Laboratory business. Go here to review the complete text of the Laboratory's policy on the use of Laboratory property and supplies. Highlights of this policy also appear in the RPM.

Director Optimistic
About UC Contract

In light of media coverage in recent days of a provision in the FY04 budget bill that would require competition for the management contracts of all DOE labs, including Berkeley Lab, Director Charles Shank has cautioned employees not to be overly concerned. "I remain optimistic that the University of California will be in a strong position to continue its management of Berkeley Lab. Our historic relationship with the University and our decades-long record of scientific excellence will serve us well when future considerations are given to contract management." He noted a statement in this week’s DOE report by the blue-ribbon panel on competition, which said “scientific and technical output should have the greatest weight in evaluating contractor performance.” Shank promised to keep Lab employees informed of all developments that may impact future operations. Read the full text of the draft DOE report, Competing the Management and Operations Contracts for DOE’s National Laboratories, here.


UC Faculty Stunned
By Berkeley Lab Bid Plan
By Keay Davidson

UC Berkeley faculty shuddered Wednesday at the prospects that the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, their longtime neighbor and a veritable factory for Nobel Prizes, could be run by an out-of-state university or even a for-profit corporation. "This would be a major disaster, a really major disaster on top of everything else we have to deal with now" in the financially strapped UC system and state of California, said Randy Schekman, a professor of cell and developmental biology. Full story.

Craft Fair Showcases
Handmade Items

The Eighth annual Berkeley Lab craft fair will he held today from 3 to 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. Sponsored by the Employee Activities Association, the fair will feature a wide variety of handmade items for sale such as jewelry, photography, wreaths, candles, baked goods, tamales, art, blankets, clothes, and much more. For more information, contact Robin Mitchell at [email protected] or x4141.


Partly cloudy. Highs
in the low 60s (16° C).

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SECON level 3

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