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Friday, December 5, 2003


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


10 a.m.
Fall Semester Undergraduate Student Presentations
Bldg 2-100

Origins: Baked Salmon with Sundried Tomato Tapenade
Fresh Grille: Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich with Onion Rings
Menutainment: Viva La Burrito! Chicken or Pork
Choice of Roasted Lemon Herb Chicken; Chipotle BBQ Short Ribs, Roasted Potatoes, & Vegetable; or Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowl
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

Nanosensors' Niche
in Nanotechnology

At some point in the future, nanosensors will revolutionize the detection of biological and chemical substances, displacement and motion, force and mass, and acoustic, thermal and electromagnetic stimuli. has developed a report that highlights the recent work in nanosensor development, including research at Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division that produces uniform, tear- or rod-shaped nanocrystals from cadmium selenide for use in semiconductor chips. Full story.

NSF Debuts $30 Million
"Cyber Trust" Program

The risks of identity theft, e-mail viruses, denial-of-service attacks, system glitches and other online hazards often make the average person's reliance on computer systems more of a leap of faith than a bond of trust. To promote research into more dependable, accountable and secure computer and network systems, the National Science Foundation has issued a solicitation for the Cyber Trust program, which expects to fund up to $30 million in awards. Full story.

Clarifying News Reports
Of Contract Extension

Recent press stories about the upcoming Berkeley Lab contract competition have noted that the current contract extension expires January 30, 2004. This is the most recent of a number of extensions to the previous contract, which expired September 30, 2002, while a new contract was being negotiated. It is the lab's expectation that further extensions will be agreed to, as necessary, to continue the operation of the laboratory through the end of the competition process.


Will Port Cargo Get
'Nuclear Carwash?'
by Ian Hoffman

Despite massive federal investment in radiation detectors and X-ray machines for U.S. maritime ports, security officials still can't be sure of finding a nuclear weapon hidden in a cargo container. The problem is that plutonium and enriched uranium — the essential ingredients of atom bombs — are just weakly radioactive and their emissions can be shielded or absorbed by cargo as common as food, wood and plastics. Scientists think the answer is a new twist on technologies used to search for solar neutrinos and the illegal diversion of nuclear fuel. Researchers tested the idea at Berkeley lab's 88-inch Cyclotron and were encouraged. Full story.

Toy Drive for Native
American Children

The Lab’s Latino And Native American Association (LANA) is once again partnering with the group “Indian People Organizing for Change” to sponsor a toy drive. Collection boxes will be set up at various buildings around the Lab, including the cafeteria, Building 50, and Building 90. The toy drive runs through Dec. 19. In other LANA news, the organization recently received a $141 check from Chevy’s restaurant to support their scholarship fund. LANA provides scholarship monies for students at Berkeley and Richmond High Schools, as well as D-Q Tribal College and Oxnard College.

Come Hear What
They Have Learned

Fall semester undergraduate students present their end-of-semester talks, starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 8 in Building 2-100. Topics include “Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Analysis by Gas Chromatography,” “3-D Histopathology of the Mammary Gland,” and “Isolation and Growth of Archaea from Environmental Samples.” Refreshments will be served. The event is sponsored by the Center for Science and Engineering Education.


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