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Thursday, July 17, 2003


9:00 a.m. – noon
EHS 400 Radiation Protection

Building 51-201

10:00 a.m. – noon
EHS 154 Building Emergency Team Training
Building 48-109

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Summer Student Orientation
Building 50B, room 4205


11:00 a.m.
Chemistry Lecture
Diamond Molecules: Novel Materials for Nanotechnology
Dr. Shenggao Liu
Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

Market Carvery: Roasted Half Chicken with Wild Rice Blend
Fresh Grille: Grilled Deli Meat and Cheese Sandwich with Potato Salad

Menutainment: Ahi Tuna Salad
Origins: Sushi, Sushi, Sushi
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full Menu

Science Committee:
Supercomputing Essential
To U.S. Competitiv

Members of the House Science Committee, meeting yesterday to review federal policy on supercomputing, heard a litany of concern from industry and government officials regarding the state of the nation’s computing infrastructure. "Supercomputers help design our cars, predict our weather, and deepen our understanding of the natural forces that govern our lives, such as climate," said Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY). "So when we hear that the U.S. may be losing its lead in supercomputing, that Japan now has the fastest supercomputer, that the U.S. may be returning to a time when our top scientists didn't have access to the best machines, that our government may have too fragmented a supercomputing policy - well, those issues are a red flag that should capture the attention of all of us." Boehlert urged Ray Orbach, Director of DOE’s Office of Science, to undertake a "coordinated, concerted" approach to maintaining U.S. dominance in supercomputing. For more information go here.

Regents’ Panel VotesTo Raise Student Fees

Acting to prevent ever-deeper state budget cuts from damaging the quality of the student instructional program, the Finance Committee of the University of California Board of Regents voted yesterday to raise 2003-04 student fees 25 percent above their current level. The committee also gave UC President Richard C. Atkinson authority to increase the fee hike to 30 percent if the state's budget situation requires. For resident undergraduates, a 25 percent increase would be $960 and a 30 percent increase would be $1,150. The full Board of Regents will act on ratification of the committee actions today. Full story.


Wave Goodbye
To Java Wave

Due to a shortage of patrons and a dwindling economic bottom line, Berkeley Lab’s mobile refreshment service "Java Wave" will discontinue operations after Friday. The coffee van, which also offered breakfast and lunch items along with a comprehensive drink service, was an experiment that attracted loyal customers at stops across the hill, albeit not enough of them.

Cafeteria Walkways to
Close for Paving

This Saturday a paving contractor will resurface two areas outside the Cafeteria. Friday the walkways that lead down from the bus shelter to the cafeteria will be closed for prep work. Detours will be in place. The area will be reopened on Monday, July 21. Please use caution.


In the News

NASA Announces Space
Radiation Research Grants


NASA has selected 28 researchers to conduct ground-based research in space radiation biology and space radiation shielding materials. Sponsored by NASA's Office of Biological and Physical Research, this research will use the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory and the Alternating Gradient Synchrotron at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Berkeley Lab’s Eleanor Blakely is among the recipients, and will research the early markers of space-radiation-induced human cataractogenesis. Full story.


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