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Thursday, December 18, 2003


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


1 p.m.
Is there a Path to High Performance Reconfigurable Computing?
Costin Iancu
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.


Lab Group Gets “Hot Pick” Honor at Annual Meeting

A powerful cellular self-defense mechanism against breast cancer developed at Berkeley Lab was among the five “Hot Picks” selected from the more than 400 “late abstracts” recently presented at the American Society for Cell Biology’s annual meeting. Lab scientists Rosanne Boudreau, Ben Engel, Mark LeGros, Carolyn Larabell, and Paul Alivisatos received the honor for their work on “Mammary Epithelial Acini Induce Apoptosis in Breast Tumor Cells.” Full story.

An Art Party
With a Twist
by Carolyne Zinko

When young supporters of San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art needed a big spot for a towering piece of artwork created for their party, a furniture store seemed like the perfect gallery. Featured at the party was, "Ribet": an 18-foot-tall wall of corrugated, sliced white plastic which meandered like a lazy stream, creating a maze to walk through. The structure took 2 1/2 weeks to design, from computer blueprints to the selection of materials, to the cutting of shapes with water jets at Berkeley Lab. Full story.


Cafeteria Will Be
Open Tomorrow

Yesterday’s edition of “Today at Berkeley Lab” incorrectly stated that the cafeteria would not be open on Friday due to a special function. The cafeteria will be open tomorrow for breakfast and lunch. We regret the error.

Limited Bus Service
Briefly This Afternoon

Laboratory bus service will be interrupted briefly this afternoon so drivers can attend a holiday party. From 2 to 3:30 p.m., only one bus will run on a round-trip downtown and through the Lab every 40 minutes. At 2, 2:40 and 3:20, it will leave the Building 65 stop and travel the Bancroft route to downtown BART, then return via Hearst and Centennial Drive to the Strawberry gate and Buildings 62-66. It will then go through the Lab and back to 65. Regular service resumes at 3:30.

Holiday Schedule For
Paycheck Distribution

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. Go here to view your paycheck data online.

Update Name and
Address Info Soon

Employees who have moved or changed their name during the last year, and have not sent this information to the Lab’s Human Resources office, should do so before Jan. 16 to ensure receipt of 2003 W2 forms. To make this change, visit the Employee Self Service website. Employees with an international address or without access to the Internet should contact their HR Center for assistance.


Mostly sunny.
Highs: low 60s (15° C).

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SECON level 3

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