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Wednesday, July 23, 2003


10 a.m. – noon
EHS 20
ES&H for Supervisors
Building 51-201

Noon – 1 p.m.
Summer Lecture Series
Christian Kisielowski, "If We Could Only Account for Every Single Atom,"
50 Auditorium

Noon – 1 p.m.
Note Change In Room
Computing Sciences Summer Student Seminars: Forget Theory for a Minute. Build it...Break it...Fix it," a practical talk about robotics and electronics; Zach Radding
Perseverance Hall

Noon – 1 p.m.
Meet the Clubs Fair
Cafeteria Lawn

1 – 4:30 p.m.
EHS 432
Radiation Protection Safety
Building 51-201


9 – 11 a.m.
EHS 276
Fall Protection
Building 51-201

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
ALS/SSG Lecture Series
Universal Nodal Fermi Velocity in High Temperature Superconductors, Xingjiang Zhou, ALS, Berkeley Lab
Conference Room 6-2202

Market Carvery: Roasted Breast of Turkey with Bread Dressing
Fresh Grille: Black Forest Ham with Gruyere and Artichoke Hearts

Menutainment: Spinach Quiche with Potato Salad
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full Menu
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Science Magazine Explores
Future of Supercomputing
By Katie Greene

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Scientists trying to model everything from the death of a star to the structure of a protein don't have the computing power they need. But help may be on the way, according to a Science article that explores the future of supercomputing. "The world of supercomputing is churning," says Horst Simon, director of Berkeley Lab’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), "and something new will come out." A major obstacle is writing code to harness the power of an escalating number of processors, adds Juan Meza, head of high-performance computing research at NERSC. "While it was difficult to program for 16, 32, or 64 processors, we always believed that it would become easier for larger numbers once we learned how to do it. But the further up we went, to 500, 1000, and 10,000 processors, the harder and harder it became." Full story.
In the News
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Bad Air Breeds Ailments
In Homes, Offices
By Andy Miller

Polluted indoor air causes illness daily in offices, schools and homes across the country. Evidence has been growing for more than 20 years that the air we breathe indoors typically is more polluted than outdoor air, even in an area such as metro Atlanta with high levels of outdoor air pollution. Medical costs related to indoor air quality dwarf the costs of sickness tied to outdoor air, according to indoor air experts. Improved indoor environments could save employers at least $7 billion annually from reduced health care costs and higher productivity, says Berkeley Lab’s William Fisk. Full story.


Alex Pines Wins
Faraday Medal

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The Council of the Royal Society of Chemistry has selected Berkeley Lab Materials Sciences researcher and UC Berkeley Professor Alex Pines as the Faraday Medalist and Lecturer for 2004. The Council cited Pines "many profound theoretical and experimental contributions to nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, through which NMR has become a powerful analytical tool for materials of many kinds." As a recipient of the award, Pines will visit Britain for two weeks this Fall to give a series of lectures at several scientific centers and Universities, including a special lecture for young scientists and high school students at the Royal Institution in London.


Lab Computers Not For
Music, Movie Sharing

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Certain types of activities are prohibited when using Laboratory computers, including the use of protocols such as KaZaA, Gnutella, e-donkey, e-mule, and others for music and movie sharing. Not only does this type of sharing violate copyright laws, it also uses a disproportionate amount of networking resources, interfering with scientific and institutional activities at the Lab. The Computer Protection Program monitors all use of these protocols; violations are handled in accordance with the Lab’s Regulations and Procedures Manual. To learn more about regulations regarding the use of government computers, go here.


‘Meet the Clubs’ Fair Today

The Lab’s annual “Meet the Clubs” fair, organized by the Employees Activities Association (EAA), will be held today from noon to 1 p.m. on the cafeteria lawn. Representatives of EAA’s 19 recreational, cultural and wellness clubs will be on hand to talk with visitors about their groups and hand out information. Refreshments and entertainment will be available. Come and find a new club to join!


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