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Thursday, July 10, 2003


All Day
State Energy Advisory Board

Building 90-3148

8 a.m. – 4:40 p.m
Workshop on National
Laboratories and Universities

Building 66 auditorium

9 a.m. – noon
EHS 280
Laser Safety
Building 51-201

1:30 – 3 p.m.

EHS 135
Earthquake/Wildland Fire Safety
Building 48-109

7:30 – 9 p.m.
Public Lecture
Norman E. Borlaug
145 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley


9 – noon
EHS 225
Forklift Training
Building 51-201

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Computing Sciences summer student seminars: Tour of the NERSC Center, Oakland Scientific Facility.
Building 65 shuttle bus stop.

Market Carvery: Roasted Chicken Gratin Potatoes & Vegetables
Fresh Grille: Top Sirloin Steak Sandwich, Fries or Onion Rings

Origins: Sushi, Sushi, Sushi
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full Menu
NMR-produced protein structure
(courtesy Wemmer Group)
NIH Funds Powerful Magnet for Protein Studies
By Bob Sanders

The National Institutes of Health awarded UC Berkeley nearly $6 million this week to purchase the most powerful magnet available today for studying protein structure and to push its limits in discovering the structure and dynamics of biomolecules. The five-year, $5.9 million grant will be run by researchers who are part of the California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research (QB3). QB3, a collaboration between UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco and UC Santa Cruz, is one of four California Institutes for Science and Innovation (Cal-ISI) created in 2000 at the University of California through a partnership of state and industry support. "One of the central themes in QB3 is using structural biology to understand how biological molecules - proteins, nucleic acids and carbohydrates - carry out their function," said project leader David Wemmer, UC Berkeley professor of chemistry and a faculty scientist at Berkeley Lab. " Full story.


State Energy Board Picks Lab for Meeting

The State Energy Advisory Board, a national group with a statutory responsibility to advise the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program on matters affecting the states, will meet at Berkeley Lab today and tomorrow. The organization is made up of about 30 state energy office directors, local weatherization program coordinators, academics, and consultants. The Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division will be the host in Building 90. The California Energy Commission will also be participating in the agenda.


Take Tour, Find Out
What’s in Stores

Tours of the Central Storeroom, where many of the Laboratory’s main supplies are available for purchase, can be arranged by calling 7881. The tour program is part of Stores’ current efforts to be as accessible as possible to people at the Lab, including establishing a more flexible new set of daily hours (7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.). 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.
Safety Notes

Fire Season Heats Up
In the East Bay

While it may be hard to fathom on foggy summer days, Berkeley Lab sits in a fire-prone area. Lab property has been overrun by fire in the past, and the Tunnel Fire in the Oakland-Berkeley Hills in October 1991 came close. With the fire fuel load very high this year, the Lab’s program to manage onsite vegetation is in full swing. Information about the vegetation management program, links to local fire resources, and the Fire Evacuation streaming video "May I have Your Attention, Please" are available here. Enter your LDAP name and password, and click on "wildland fires" in the index.

In the News

The Hulk:
Fact vs. Fiction
By Stefan Lovgren
for National Geographic News

A few years ago, the filmmakers behind The Hulk began surfing the Internet in search of some real-life science to update the classic comic book story about a shy scientist who transforms into a raging beast. On the Web site for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, they found what they were looking for: the Gamma Sphere. "The Gamma Sphere in the movie is very realistic and looks the same as the real one," said I-Yang Lee, who heads Berkeley's nuclear physics program. "But there's one big difference. Our Gamma Sphere doesn't emit radiation, it detects it." OK, so there may not be a real gamma ray machine that occasionally zaps poor scientists and turns them into giant green monsters. But the science behind Hollywood movies is turning increasingly sophisticated. As audiences grow more science savvy—there are even Web sites rating movies based on the plausibility of movie physics—filmmakers strive to make their movies as scientifically realistic as possible. Full story.



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