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Monday, February 3, 2003
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4:30 p.m.
Precision Spectroscopy with Ultrashort Pulses

Speaker: Theodor W. Haensch, Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics
1 Le Conte Hall

UC Berkeley campus
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Cafeteria Extends
Lunch Hours

Berkeley Lab's dining center will open 30 minutes earlier for lunch, beginning today. The new service hours are 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Many other changes are being introduced, including new deli sandwiches and entrée features. See details in the Feb. 7 issue of Currents.

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Soup: Potato Cheese
Origins: Garlic Chicken
Adobe Cafe: Chile Verde
Fresh Grille: Open-face Beef Tacos

Full Menu

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Blood Drive
This Week

Berkeley Lab's two-day Winter Blood Drive will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Bldg. 70A, Room 3377. Donors are encouraged to schedule appointments online at the BeADonor website (use company/group code "LBL" on the web form). For more information, contact Charlotte Bochra at X4268.

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Setting the Record Straight On Property Management

Recent media reports about financial management issues at Los Alamos National Laboratory have included references to Berkeley Lab's property inventory and control system. Some have implied that the Laboratory's $2.56 million in unaccounted-for property in FY02 ($500,000 of which has been subsequently reacquired) is an indication of mismanagement or illegal activity. Here are the facts. The news reports have either ignored or minimized the context for that number and the very fact that the Lab's property management system is rated "outstanding" by unbiased measures. Full story

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UC Scientists See
Little Effect If Lab
Contract Lost

Keay Davidson,
Chronicle Science Writer
Saturday, February 1

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Despite the Department of Energy's damning report on lab mismanagement,
many University of California scientists say scientific research would suffer little if UC lost its six-decade federal contract to run the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

(Berkeley Lab's Mark Levine, Division Director for Environmental Energy Technologies, sees "profound impact" if UC severs from Berkeley Lab.)
Full story

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The Right Gene
for the Job

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A red blood cell is tough and flexible because certain
proteins in its membrane link together. But this interferes with the cell's development - so the gene for the protein linker makes two forms, one that links and one that doesn't. Berkeley Lab researchers have found the switch that controls this alternative splicing. How did they do it? Read this and other articles in the latest edition of Science Beat.

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Internet Access
Blocking in Effect

Computer systems that can no longer access the Internet may have been blocked because of vulnerabilities that have not been fixed by the announced deadline of last Friday. For information and solutions, contact [email protected].

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Road Closures

  • The section of Glaser Road that passes by Buildings 79 and 77 will be closed to through traffic (except emergency vehicles) today from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. for excavation needed to replace water valves.
  • Road N between Buildings 6 and 37 will be closed to traffic today due to construction activities for the ALS Southside Expansion Project. Traffic to the Building 80 parking lot will be rerouted to Road N1. Parking spaces along Road N1 will be barricaded to allow two-way traffic.
  • Road S will be closed to through traffic tomorrow from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. to complete work on the Sitewide Water Project. Road S connects McMillan and Glaser Roads between Building 76 and the Grizzly Substation.

Life Sciences Postdoc Day Tomorrow

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The annual Life Sciences Postdoc Day will be held tomorrow beginning at 10 a.m. with a poster session in Perseverance Hall. This will be followed at noon in the 50 auditorium by Douglas Koshland of LSD, who will speak on "Chromosomes: Better Packaged and More Integrity than Your Average Politician. How Do They Do It?" Everyone is invited to attend.

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