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Wednesday, December 17, 2003


10:30 a.m.
Center for Beam Physics
Direct Simulation of Friction & Diffusion for Au+79 Interacting
With Magnetized and Unmagnetized Electrons

David Bruhwiler, Tech-X Corp.
Bldg. 71-264

3 p.m.
Application of Photoelectron Spectroscopy to Practical Semiconductor Interfaces
Piero Pianetta, Stanford U.
Bldg. 2-100B

4 p.m.
Physics Division
Very High Energy Particle Astronomy with the All-Sky Survey High Resolution Air-shower Detector (Ashra)
Makoto Sasaki, U. of Tokyo
Bldg. 50B-4205


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

9 a.m.
EHS 530
Fire Extinguisher
Bldg. 48-109

11 a.m.
Science for Non-Scientists
Viruses as Building Blocks for Functional Structures of Nanoscale Dimension
Matt Frances
Bldg. 66-316

4 p.m.
Physics Division
Desparately Seeking WIMPs
Joe Silk, Oxford U.
Bldg. 50A-5132

Market Carvery: TBA
Fresh Grille: TBA
Menutainment: TBA
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5 - 7 p.m.


More News On
Lab Competition
By Matthew Artz

One of the University of California’s best-heeled rivals for the contract to manage Berkeley Lab has dropped out of the competition before it even began. “The Berkeley lab is so integrated with Cal Berkeley we don’t think it’s in our interest to compete that straight up,” said William Madia, Executive Vice President for Laboratory Operations at Battelle Corp, a nonprofit that already manages four Energy Department labs. Madia doubted that other companies and institutions would battle UC for the Berkeley Lab, but he said Battelle is one of several companies and institutions considering bids for UC’s other two federal labs—Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos—set for open competition when UC’s management contracts expire in 2005. Full story.

Rhodopseudomonas palustris

Genome Project Reveals
Versatile Microbe

A team of researchers, including some from the Joint Genome Project, has sequenced the genome of a highly versatile and potentially useful bacterium. The multidisciplinary effort determined the complete genetic sequence of Rhodopseudomonas palustris, a bacterium that could potentially be used for cleaning up toxic industrial waste and as a biocatalyst for producing hydrogen as a bio-fuel. Full story.


Read Latest Issue
Of ‘Our University’

New University of California President Robert Dynes has issued his first edition of “Our University,” a periodic newsletter for UC employees. Among the items featured in this issue is the launch of “Dynes Desk,” an e-mail account that staff can use to forward comments and questions to the president. Go here to read the latest issue of “Our University.”

‘Science for Support
Staff’ Talk Tomorrow

In a lecture presented in lay terms, Lab researcher Matt Francis will discuss his work on the designed modification and use of viruses as building blocks for functional structures of nanoscale dimension. Says Francis, these hybrid biological/non-biological systems could find applications in catalysis, delivery of drugs to specific organs, or in the development of light collection antennae for solar cells. The talk begins at 11 a.m. tomorrow in Building 66-316. Light refreshments will be served.

Cafeteria Dinner
Service Will End

The Cafeteria has announced that, due to a lack of customers, their dinner service will be discontinued as of this Friday. The service has operated on a trial basis for the past few months. The cafeteria will be closed all day on Friday for a special function, and will close at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 23. It re-opens on Jan. 5. Holiday party trays and desserts are available for purchase through the cafeteria. To place an order, call x5357.


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