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Thursday, July 31, 2003


8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Badge, Parking Office Closed


9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Student Presentations
CSEE Summer Research Program
50 Auditorium

10:30 a.m
Center for Beam Physics Seminar
Energy Recovery at the Linear Collider: Novel Uses for the Spent Beams

Market Carvery: Chicken Provencale with Couscous
Fresh Grille: Sloppy Jose on Onion Roll

Menutainment: Steak Caesar Salad
Origins: Sushi
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full Menu
State Budget Hits UC Hard; Fees
to Rise 30%, No New Salary Funding

The 2003-04 state budget adopted by the California Legislature will lead to deep cuts in non-instructional programs at the University of California, a 30 percent student fee increase, the UC system's first instance of borrowing to cover regular operations since the early 1990s, and a one-year delay in the opening of UC Merced. The budget also provides no state funding for salary increases for faculty and staff. In addition, facing a $38 billion state budget deficit, the Legislature adopted language indicating that the state will not provide funding the following year -- the 2004-05 fiscal year -- for any student enrollment growth, employee salary increases, or other inflationary cost increases at UC. Full story.
McKane Named ‘Champ’
Of Energy Efficiency

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy named Berkeley Lab’s Aimee McKane one of four Champions of Energy Efficiency for 2003 today in New York. The awards recognize leadership and accomplishment in the energy efficiency field. The citation honored McKane as a "leader in facilitating the development of industrial market transformation initiative partnerships, including Compressed Air Challenge and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Industrial Best Practices... She has shown exceptional persistence and skill in bringing together disparate market players, and hammering out compromises that have truly transformed markets towards greater energy efficiency."

Updated Melvyl
Catalog Goes Live

The California Digital Library’s online Melvyl-T catalog is now live, offering enhanced search, display, and interlibrary loan options, plus updated data on the 23 million books, journals, and other holdings in the libraries of the 10 campuses of the UC system, as well as Hastings School of Law, the Center for Research Libraries, Berkeley Lab, the California Academy of Sciences, the California Historical Society, and the Graduate Theological Union. The legacy Melvyl catalog will continue operating until August. Melvyl-T is found here and through the digital library’s website.

In the News
Scientists Find ‘Fingerprint’
In Tropopause Changes

A team of scientists, including Michael Wehner of Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division, has determined that human-induced changes in ozone and well-mixed greenhouse gases are the primary drivers of recent changes in the height of the tropopause – that is, the boundary between the stratosphere and troposphere. The team used the IBM SP supercomputer at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) for modeling their research, which has also been reported on National Public Radio and Their research report can be read here.
‘Heat Island’ Effect
Warming Up Fresno
By Mark Grossi

It might rain on Fresno's torrid run at a record for consecutive 100-degree days. Statistics show July heat has hit Fresno hardest, raising its monthly average temperature by almost 5 degrees -- strong evidence that more streets and more buildings mean higher readings. This is Fresno's warmest July since 1996. The temperatures are driven even higher by an "urban heat island" effect, said Allan Chen, spokesman for Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, a leader in research on the effect. Full story.

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