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Thursday, December 11, 2003


9 a.m.
EHS 400
Radiation Protection-Fundamentals
Bldg. 51-201

An Australian Perspective on Distributed Energy Resources
Hugh Outhred, U. of New South Wales
Bldg. 90-3075

2 p.m.
EHS 123
Adult Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation
Bldg. 48-109

4 p.m.
Physics Division
MiniBooNE Status: The First Year of Operation
R. Van de Water, LANL
Bldg. 70-191


8 a.m.
EHS 432
Radiation Protection-Lab Safety
Bldg. 51-201

10:30 a.m.

Beam Physics
5 MeV Linear Accelerator of Electrons With Up to 300 kW
Electron Beam Power for Industrial Applications

Vadim Auslender, BINP
Bldg. 71-264

11 a.m.
ASD Academy
The Promise of Nanoscience at the Molecular Foundry
Paul Alivisatos
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

1 p.m.
Cosmological Defect Simulations Using AMR
Jon Urrestilla
Bldg. 50F-1647

Market Carvery: Spaghetti with Meatballs, Salad & Cheese Toast
Fresh Grille: BBQ Pork Sandwich with Fries
Menutainment: Calimari Steak Piccatta with Fettucini Alfredo
Choice of Roasted BBQ Chicken; Spaghetti with Meatballs, Salad & Cheese Toast; or Calamari Steak Piccatta with Fettucini Alfredo
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

Building 49 Project
Passes Major Hurdle

Berkeley Lab's proposed new research office building, named Building 49, passed a major milestone yesterday when the University of California's Board of Regents approved its design and environmental assessment submitted by the Lab. Deputy Director Sally Benson and Architect Danica Truchlikova gave most of the presentation to the Regents' Committee on Grounds and Buildings at the UC Office of the President in Oakland. Also on hand were Facilities representatives Laura Chen, Dave Tudor, Rich McClure and Jeff Philliber, and TEID graphics specialist Robert Couto. The Lab hopes to break ground on the six-story, 65,000-square-foot project, to be constructed south of Cyclotron Road just inside the Blackberry Gate entrance, early in 2004, for occupation in 2005.


Radiation on Mars OK
For Visits, Study Says

Humans could survive an extended visit to Mars without dying of radiation exposure, a study of the cosmic rays bombarding the Red Planet has found. Astronauts should in the future be able to shield themselves from cosmic radiation without significant increases in the risk of cancer and other radiation-induced diseases, according to scientists, including Berkeley Lab life scientist Cary Zeitlin. Full story.


Dates for December
Paycheck Pick-Up

Lab employees who don’t have electronic deposit may pick up their December paychecks from 10 a.m. to noon in Building 69-102, on Friday, Dec. 26, for bi-weekly-paid employees, and on Wednesday, Dec. 31 for monthly-paid employees. Photo ID will be required. Paychecks not picked up will be mailed to Lab offices for receipt on Jan. 2. Direct bank deposit advice forms will be mailed on Dec. 23, though some employees may not receive them before the holiday shutdown. To view your paycheck data online after Monday, Dec 22, go here.

Shutdown Plans Due Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the deadline for turning in Special Needs memos requesting monitoring of experiments over the holiday break. Go here to get a copy of the form.


Phil Price Receives
APS Fellowship

Phil Price — a scientist with the Environmental Energy Technologies Division’s Indoor Environment group — has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society. The fellowship program was created to recognize members who’ve made advances in knowledge through original research and publication or made significant and innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology. Price was cited "for his outstanding work to develop predictive maps of indoor radon, perform real-time computed tomography of tracer gas plumes, and public outreach for protecting building occupants from chemical and biological agents." Go here to learn more about the fellowship and to see a complete list of new fellows.

Nature Provides Clues
to Foiling Cyber Attacks

Taking their cues from Mother Nature and biodiversity, computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of New Mexico are collaborating on a National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported project to study "cyber-diversity" for computer systems as a way to fend off malicious viruses, worms and other cyber attacks. In nature, diseases are most devastating when an infection-causing organism encounters a "monoculture." Computer viruses and worms exploit the same flaw on every computer running the same software. Full story.

Reminder on Stopping
Unsafe Work Activities

All Lab employees, contractors, and participating guests are responsible for stopping work activities considered to be an imminent danger, which is defined as any conditions or practices that could reasonably be expected to cause death, serious injury, or environmental harm. Stopping unsafe work applies to all activities conducted at the Lab and off-site facilities operated by Lab personnel, except locations and personnel under the jurisdiction of the Memorandum of Understanding Between UCB and LBNL Concerning Environment, Health and Safety Policies and Procedures (Appendix VI, Policy on Authority for Stopping Unsafe Work at the University of California at Berkeley). Go here to review the policy's complete text.

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