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Friday, February 7, 2003
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11 a.m.
Earth Sciences Division
CO2 Flow Through Fractured Soils: Examples from the San Andreas and Calaveras Faults, California
Jennifer L. Lewicki, University of South Florida
Building 90-2063

Environmental Engineering
Probabilistic Climate Model Diagnostics for Hydrologic and Water Resources Impacts Studies
Kosta P. Georgakakos, HRC/Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD
Hudson Room, 240 Bechtel Engineering Center

1 p.m.
National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center
Solid Earth Simulation using the GeoFEM Platform on the Earth Simulator
Kengo Nakajima, RIST, Japan
Building 50A-5132

1:30 p.m.
Surface Science
And Catalysis
Self-Organization of Molecules in Liquids in the Bulk and at the Surfaces
Gabor Palinkas, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Building 66 Auditorium

Deadline to RSVP for March 15 Sessler Symposium dinner
Contact: Tom Gallant at [email protected]

Deadline for nominations to Employee Activities Association Advisory Panel
For more information, write to [email protected]


4:30 p.m.
Department of Physics
First Results from the Kamioka Liquid Scintillator Anti-Neutrino Detector
Stuart Freedman, UC Berkeley
1 Le Conte Hall

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Soup: Boston Clam Chowder
Origins: BBQ Tri-Tip
Adobe Cafe: Burritos
Fresh Grille: Alaskan Cod Fish

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Research Priorities Set
By Office of Science

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Berkeley Lab is expected to play a major role in several of the priorities announced this week by the Department of Energy's Office of Science. Director Ray Orbach, in unveiling Science's $3.3 billion budget request for FY2004, listed his top research targets: support for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), next generation computing architecture, nanoscale science, Genomes-to-Life, climate change, scientific discovery through advanced computing (SciDAC), science teachers professional development, and upgraded facilities to explore the fundamental nature of energy and matter.

The powerpoint presentation that Orbach used in his budget rollout on Monday can be viewed here.

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Analysis: '04 Non-Defense R&D Budget Flat

President Bush's budget proposal for fiscal year 2004 would provide overall increases for federal investment in research and development—especially for defense development and homeland security research. But "other R&D programs—those unrelated to security—would experience flat-lined funding, funding cuts, or only modest increases under the President's proposal," reports Kei Koizumi, director of the R&D Budget and Policy Program for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). A summary of his findings, plus a link to a comprehensive review and complete analysis of all aspects of the proposed Federal research and development budget by AAAS, can be found here.

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Large Telescope Yields
Ultrasharp Images

Astronomers have successfully
tested a new method to remove atmospheric blurring from large ground-based telescopes. The experiments were made in November 2002 and January 2003 at the 6.5-meter (21-foot) telescope at the MMT Observatory on Mount Hopkins, Ariz. The project is a collaboration of the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory and Italy's Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri in Florence. Full story.

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Andy Sessler Symposium
Sets Speaker Line-up

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Speakers have been announced for a free symposium to celebrate former Lab Director Andy Sessler’s scientific achievements and humanitarian contributions, scheduled for March 15, Sessler’s 75th birthday. The program begins at 1 p.m. in the Building 50 auditorium and will feature:

  • George Trilling, Physics Division: "The American Physical Society After 100 Years"
  • Irving Lerch, American Physical Society: "The Conscience of Science: Human Rights and Human Welfare"
  • Kwang-Je Kim, Argonne National Lab: "FELs, Red and Green"
  • Simon Yu, AFRD: "Control of Intense Charged-Particle Beams"
  • Art Rosenfeld, California Energy Commission: "The Conservation Bomb, and how Andy Sessler Helped Trigger It"
  • Bob Palmer, Brookhaven National Lab: "Managing Muons"

In addition, Don Prosnitz of Lawrence Livermore Laboratory will be the speaker after a reservations-only dinner that evening in the Cafeteria. For information, contact Tom Gallant at [email protected]

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Road Closure

Road S will be closed to through-traffic on Monday from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. for repair of a water main valve. Road S connects McMillan Road and Glaser Road between Building 76 and the Grizzly Substation.

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