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Tuesday, December 9, 2003


8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Human Resources
New Employee Orientation
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

9 a.m.
EHS 348
Chemical Hygiene
Bldg. 51-201

Synchrotron Radiation Tomography: Methods and Applications
John Kinney, LLNL
Bldg. 2-100B

9:10 a.m.
EHS 10
Introduction to ES&H at LBL
Bldg. 50-Aud


Anniversary Program
Tribute to ALS/NCEM
50 Auditorium
(Video in 66 Auditorium)

1 p.m.
EHS 231
Compressed Gas
Bldg. 51-201

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Facility Tours
Bldg. 72 and Bldg. 6

4 p.m.
Physics Division
Vertex Detection in LHCb
Niels van Backel, NICKHEF

Bldg. 50A-5132

Life Sciences Division
Development of Small Animal PET Scanners at U. of Washington
Thomas Lewellen
Bldg. 66 auditorium


10 a.m.
EHS 535
Hot Work Permit Training
Bldg. 51-201

4 p.m.
College of Chemistry
Photoresist Removal in IC Manufacture Using Sub-Critical and Super-Critical Fluids
Dennis Hess, Georgia Tech
120 Latimer Hall

6 p.m.
EHS 125
Child/Infant CPR
Bldg. 48-109

Market Carvery: Curried Beef or Curried Vegetables
Fresh Grille: Reuben Sandwich with Fries
Menutainment: Fiesta Taco Salad
Choice of Roasted Garlic Chicken or Curried Beef or Curried Vegetables
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

Reminder About
Anniversary Events

Today, employees can attend talks and tours that commemorate the founding of both the National Center for Electron Microscopy (1983) and the Advanced Light Source (1993). The lectures start at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. Tours of the facilities will run between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., during which shuttles will depart from the cafeteria to both sites every 10 minutes.


Chakraborty Named Head For Biology Computation

Physical Biosciences Division Director Graham Fleming has appointed Arup Chakraborty as the new department head of Theoretical and Computational Biology. "Today’s extraordinary challenges in the life sciences will not be met without new strategies to analyze and predict solutions to biological problems," Fleming said in citing Chakraborty’s distinguished record in the field. Chakraborty serves as the Warren and Katherine Schlinger Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Chemistry, and is the Chair of Chemical Engineering at UC Berkeley. He is also on the Materials Sciences staff at Berkeley Lab.

Nature Prints Nadeau’s
Letter on Earthquakes


In a recent letter to Nature, Berkeley Lab earth scientist Robert Nadeau, along with other researchers, describes why “the time-varying deformation field within a fault zone, particularly at depths where earthquakes occur, is important for understanding fault behavior and its relation to earthquake occurrence. But detection of this temporal variation has been extremely difficult.” Go here to read the full letter.


Science and Engineering
Doctoral Degrees Decline

Same story, different year, some might say of new data from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that shows almost across-the-board reductions in the numbers of doctoral science and engineering (S&E) degrees earned in 2002. The 24,500 degrees nationwide represent the lowest number since 1993. A nationwide survey reports the number of research doctoral degrees in all fields earned by students attending U.S. universities declined by 2 percent last year, dipping under 40,000, which marks the first time in nine years doctorates fell below that threshold. Full story.

Bush Signs Nano
Technology Law

President Bush has signed into law the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act. The measure provides $3.7 billion for nanotech R&D, including programs at DOE’s national laboratories. It also establishes programs to ensure technology transfer and research on the societal and ethical implications of nanotech development. Go here for more details.


Are You Slipping
on Pine Needles?

The H&S Division is looking into the number of slips, trips and falls caused by pine needles and other tree debris on Lab walkways. If the problems are found to be frequent, those walkways will be cleaned more often to reduce the hazard. Employees who have problems on wet walkways should contact their division safety coordinator describing when and where incidents have occurred. For information, contact John Chernowski at x 7458 or [email protected].

Location Change for
Computer Classes

As of yesterday, all classes scheduled to take place in the Building 51L computer training facility have moved to Building 90-0026 (in the basement).


Rain likely today.
Highs: upper 50s (14° C).

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SECON level 3

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