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Tuesday, June 3, 2003


11 a.m. - noon
EHS 274 Confined
Building 51-201

Health Services Seminar:
A Dermatological View of
Summer at Berkeley Lab
, Dr.
Howard Maibach.
Building 50 auditorium


11 a.m.
Nuclear Science Division Colloquium
String Theory and Large-N QCD
Joe Polchinski, UC Santa Barbara
Perseverance Hall

3 p.m.
ALS/CXRO Seminar on X-Ray Science & Technology
Seeing Magnetism in a New Light: Ultrafast Optical Studies of Magnetic Metals
Rob J. Hicken, University of Exeter, England
Conference Room 6-2202
Soup: Tomato Basil
Origins: Meatloaf
Adobe Cafe: Taco Salad
Fresh Grille: Cajun Sausage
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full Menu
In the News
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Cheap, Simple Microbial
Factories for Antimalarial Drug

By combining genes from three separate organisms into a single bacterial factory, UC Berkeley chemical engineers have developed a simpler, less expensive way to make an antimalaria "miracle" drug that is urgently needed in Third World countries. The research, published online June 1 in Nature Biotechnology, was conducted by Jay Keasling, who is also a faculty scientist in the Lab’s Physical Biosciences Division (PBD), and Vincent Martin, also a staff scientist in PBD. Full story.

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UC Statement on LLNL
Security Management

Bruce B. Darling, University of California senior vice president for university affairs and interim vice president for laboratory management, issued the following statement May 30 regarding new developments involving security matters at Livermore Lab. “We take these incidents very seriously, and we are taking immediate and decisive actions to address them…” Darling said. (UC is commissioning an independent external review of security management at Livermore following the discovery that an electronic key card went missing for several weeks before being reported to upper management. The lab has reprogrammed its electronic locks and reports no indications of any actual security breaches as a result of either the missing key card or a previously disclosed missing key set. As was reported over the weekend, NNSA also will be conducting a review of security at Livermore). Full story.

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Berkeley Fuses
Biotech, Engineering
By Dan Levy

The biotech industry may be stalled in the test tube, but that doesn't mean the university-industrial complex is standing idle. UC Berkeley broke ground last Friday on the $162 million Stanley Bioscience and Bioengineering Facility, a humongous research and teaching building scheduled to open in 2006. "We want to bring the whole range of disciplines to the same work space for this new science of quantitative biology," said Berkeley Lab’s Graham Fleming, a chemistry professor and director of Berkeley's Quantitative Biomedical Research Institute, or QB3. Full story.


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From Distant Galaxies, News of a 'Stop-and-Go Universe'
By John Noble Wilford

ASHVILLE, May 30 — New observations of exploding stars far deeper in space, astronomers say, have produced strong evidence that the proportions of the mysterious forces dominating the universe have undergone radical change over cosmic history.

The findings, reported here at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society, which ended Thursday, supported the idea that once the universe was expanding at a decelerating rate but then began accelerating within the last seven billion years, scientists concluded.

The new research by Dr. John Tonry, an astronomer at the University of Hawaii, and another group led by Dr. Saul Perlmutter of Berkeley Lab, confirmed the earlier surprising discovery that the universe is indeed expanding at an accelerating rate and has been for at least the last 1.2 billion years. But four supernovas, almost 7 billion light-years away, appeared to exist at a time the universe was slowing down, Dr. Tonry said. Full story.

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Skin Screening Seminar
At Noon Today

Health Services will present a brown bag seminar today titled “A Dermatological View of Summer at Berkeley Lab.” The event, which will be held in the Building 50 Auditorium, will feature Dr. Howard Maibach, a professor of dermatology at UC San Francisco.



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