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Thursday, July 24, 2003


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


8:30 – 11 a.m.
EHS 275
Confined Space Hazards
Building 51-201

11 – noon
EHS 274
Confined Space-Retraining
Building 51-201

1 – 2:30 p.m.
EHS 330
Lead Hazards Awareness
Building 51-201

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
EHS 277
Confined Space Permit Writer
Building 51-201

Market Carvery: Udon or Soba Noodles with Beef, Shrimp or Vegetarian
Fresh Grille: Veal Parmigiana Sandwich with Pasta Salad

Menutainment: Southwestern Fried Chicken
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full Menu
Physicists Build
World's Smallest Motor

Only 15 years after UC Berkeley engineers built the first micro-scale motor, a UC Berkeley physicist has created the first nano-scale motor—a gold rotor on a nanotube shaft that could ride on the back of a virus. "It's the smallest synthetic motor that's ever been made," said Alex Zettl, a scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division and professor of physics at UC Berkeley. " Nature is still a little bit ahead of us—there are biological motors that are equal or slightly smaller in size—but we are catching up." Zettl and his UC Berkeley graduate students and post-docs report their feat in the July 24 issue of Nature. Full story.
In the News

Semiconductors Circuits Shrinking

A new type of nanotube made of gallium nitride can capture some of the properties from nanowires and carbon nanotubes, while dropping some of the poorer characteristics. This means that nanowires and carbon nanotubes, the next-generation building blocks for electronic circuits, could soon shrink semiconductor circuits down a thousand times. "Each of these—semiconductor nanowires, carbon nanotubes, and semiconductor nanotubes—will play a big role in nanocircuits of the future," said Peidong Yang, a University of California, Berkeley, chemist and a faculty scientist at Berkeley Lab. Full story.

Bustamante Honored
by Biophysical Society

Carlos Bustamante, head of the Physical Biosciences Division’s Advanced Microscopies Department, and a professor of molecular and cell biology, physics, and chemistry at UC Berkeley has been awarded the Biophysical Society’s Founder Award. Bustamante was cited for his pioneering role in single-molecule biophysics. The Society will honor him, along with eight other scholars, next February 16 at its annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.


Blood Drive Coming Soon

The onsite Summer Blood Drive, an ongoing partnership between Berkeley Lab and the American Red Cross Blood Services, will be held Wednesday, August 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thursday, August 7, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in bldg. 70A-3377. In order to provide adequate staffing, the American Red Cross encourages donors to make an appointment online at The website has a new look and when making an appointment, start with "registration" and follow the prompts. The sponsor code is "LBL". Eligibility requirements are available on the website or call Charlotte Bochra at 4268, if you have questions. Please consider donating. Just one hour out of your day would help the American Red Cross respond to the needs of supplying blood to our community hospitals.


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