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Wednesday, July 30, 2003


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8 a.m. — 1 p.m.
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Market Carvery: Chicken Cordon Bleu, Mashers & Veggies
Fresh Grille: Tuna Melt, Cheddar Cheese & Fries

Menutainment: Greek Salad Toss
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Abraham Takes Message
Of Science to Senate

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Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham told the Senate Subcommittee on Energy of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources yesterday that "there needs to be a broader appreciation of the critical role basic scientific research plays in future economic growth and national security, and quite frankly there needs to be a greater appreciation of what DOE has done in the past and can do in the future for science, technology, and future prosperity." His testimony supported increased Office of Science funding and included reference to Berkeley Lab’s research on the accelerating universe and dark energy. Read the text here.
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Quantum Dot Research
Receives Nano Award

The 2003 Nano Republic Awards, given by Larta (a technology "think tank") to honor today's most important products and services in nanotechnology, include the Most Promising Innovation Award given to Quantum Dot Corporation (QDC). QDC's products and services employ quantum dot (Qdot™) particles, tiny semiconductor crystals developed at Berkeley Lab, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Melbourne, and Indiana University. These nanometer-sized Qdot™ particles have unique, highly desirable properties that make them a superior detection platform for nucleic acids and proteins. Full story. The licensing of Berkeley Lab’s work to QDC through the Technology Transfer Department is described here.
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DOE Physical Sciences
Get Boost from Senate

A Senate report accompanying the FY 2004 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill gives considerable attention to the decline in the federal investment in physical sciences facilities and research. The decline in student enrollment in the physical sciences was described. "These trends must be reversed," Senate appropriators state. And, "Shrinking investment in the physical sciences and engineering poses serious risks to DOE's ability to perform its mission. It also threatens the nation's science and technology enterprise." Full text.

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EcoPass May Be
Your Ticket to Ride

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Daily gridlock and ratcheting pump prices got you down? Berkeley Lab commuters may have a chance at getting to and from work with much less stress, including wear and tear on their wallets. AC Transit is offering EcoPass, an ultra-low-cost, unlimited ride package to East Bay employers who can guarantee volume ridership. If Berkeley Lab can qualify, career employees could enjoy a bonus-purchase of the pass on a pre-tax basis at about the cost of four or five tanks of gas. A clickable on-line Employee Commute Preferences survey here will help in planning the Lab's transportation and parking needs as well as offer an opportunity to express interest in the EcoPass program. The password is "ecopass". Answers to the six questions are anonymous. Read more about EcoPass here.


New System Tracks
Closed Work Accounts

Berkeley Lab’s new Termination Notification System, to be utilized by all divisions beginning Friday, is an automated way of alerting supervisors, budget personnel and service providers of an employee’s departure. Now, when a worker’s termination is processed, e-mails will go to the employee and supervisor to advise that all business accounts will be disabled within two business days, unless exceptions are requested. This will ensure that computer accounts are closed and thus not subject to misuse or charged to the sponsoring division. For technical assistance, contact [email protected].


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