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Monday, July 7, 2003


No events scheduled.


8 a.m.
New Employee Orientation
50 Auditorium

9 a.m.
EHS 123: Adult Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation

9:10 a.m.
EHS 10: Introduction to EH&S
50 Auditorium

Computer Protection Brown Bag
“Solar Sunrise: Dawn of a New Threat”
Video documentary

Market Carvery: TBA
Fresh Grille:
Menutainment: TBA
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full Menu
Lab’s Nano Solar Cell Technology Licensed

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Janke Dittmer, Wendy Huynh, Paul Alivisatos and the tiny solar cell (on tweezer at top)
Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division developed a solar cell technology that combines self-assembled inorganic semiconductor nanocrystals into a plastic composite to produce lightweight, flexible solar cells of almost any size and shape. Nanosys was so impressed with the work, by a team headed by Paul Alivisatos, that the Palo Alto company licensed it. And now Nanosys has received an $850,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to further develop and commercialize the product. Full story. The Lab’s original 2002 news release on hybrid solar cells can be read here.
In the News
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PLoS Gets Lift With
Introduction of Sabo Bill
By Marian Moser Jones

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In a new TV spot, a man walks out his front door with his briefcase, and stops at the sidewalk to tie his shoe, as a voiceover says "in the year 2003, the Public Library of Science made it possible for people all over the world to have access to the latest scientific discoveries. Shortly thereafter, things began to change." The man stands up. And flies away. The Public Library of Science, or Plos, is airing this 30-second spot as part of an awareness campaign this coming fall, in hopes that its own initiative to make all scientific research publicly available online will take off as well. The initiative got some lift recently, in the form of a bill introduced by Representative Martin Sabo (D-MN) that would require research funded by the US government to be freely available without copyright restrictions. Berkeley Lab life scientist Michael Eisen, the co-founder of PloS, has been outspoken in his support for this initiative. Full story, and link to TV ad.

In Memoriam

Services Set Friday
For Physicist Ron Ross

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Ron Ross, a long-time faculty senior scientist in the Physics Division at Berkeley Lab and Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley, died on June 25 at age 71. He received his A.B. and Ph.D at Berkeley and joined the faculty in 1963, where he worked on a variety of projects in experimental particle physics. Following his retirement from the Physics Department in August 1994, he continued to actively participate in the Cold Dark Matter Search experiment here. A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, July 11 – his 72nd birthday -- at 2 p.m. in the Tilden Park Botanical Gardens.


WageWorks Offers
Savings for Commuters

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The Site Access office announces the introduction of a new commuter benefit program. “WageWorks” will enable employees to order and pay for pretax transit passes on-line with automated payroll deductions. Transit tickets will be mailed to a home address or other location. WageWorks offers a wide range of transit options, including AC Transit, Amtrak, BART, CalTrain, Muni, SamTrans, Translink, and Vallejo Transit. Get more information here, or call 7572 with questions.


All Summer Students
Welcome at Barbecue

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The Center for Science and Engineering Education (CSEE) is hosting a summer student barbecue, sponsored by Berkeley Lab's Employee Activities Association, on Friday at noon on the Advanced Light Source patio. The students’ mentors are also welcome to attend the event. All students at the lab this summer are invited, but those who are not part of any CSEE program must contact Joe Crippen at 5816 or [email protected] if they wish to attend. (NOTE: Parking lot N2 will be closed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday).


Reminder: New
Stores Hours Today

Effective today, the Central Storeroom will be open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This change in hours will be evaluated during a 60-day trial period. Stores customers should contact Don Prestella at [email protected], or call 4224 for any questions or comments. Stores orders may be placed by direct purchase at Building 78 (behind the Facilities craft shops), via the on-line Stores site, by telephone at 5087, or by FAX at 4211. Inventory tours can be arranged at 7881.


Computing Brown Bag
To Feature Hacker Video

At tomorrow’s Computer Protection Brown Bag event, the video "Solar Sunrise: Dawn of a New Threat" will be shown. This video, produced in cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Infrastructure Protection Center, portrays an FBI/NIPC computer hacker investigation involving attacks on U.S. computer systems. It begins at noon in the Seaborg Conference Room, 70A-3377.


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