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Wednesday, June 4, 2003


8:30 a.m.
EHS 275, Confined Space Hazards

11 a.m.
Nuclear Science Division
String Theory and Large-N QCD
Joe Polchinski, UC Santa
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, U. of
Exeter, England


10 a.m.
EHS 345, Chemical Hygiene for Facilities

Special Seminar, Life Sciences
Epigenetic regulation of tumor resistance to therapy
Dr. Amato Giaccia, Stanford

1 p.m.
EHS 116, First Aid

4 p.m.
Physics Division RPM
ATLAS Detector at the LHC
Gil Gilchriese

5:30 p.m.
Grant-Writing Workshop
Dr. Amato Giaccia, Stanford
Perseverance Hall

Soup: Mushroom Bisque
Origins: Spinach Quiche
Adobe Cafe: Turkey Breast
Fresh Grille: Ham 'n Gruyere
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full Menu
In the News

Water Purifying Project
Inspired By Lab’s Gadgil

By Sarah Yang

Florentino Mota
with UV Tube
BERKELEY – Throughout many regions of Mexico, the distribution of clean water is so variable that highly chlorinated water may reach one house while the home next door gets water contaminated with disease-causing pathogens. Researchers at the UC Berkeley are offering a solution with a water disinfection system affordable enough for an individual household in a developing nation – a solution inspired by Berkeley Lab’s Ashok Gadgil and his UV Waterworks invention. Starting in July, researchers from the Mexican Institute of Water Technology will start a six-month pilot project using the UC Berkeley-designed UV Tube, a treatment system that uses ultraviolet light to disinfect the water. Full story.

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Weighing Sheer Power
Vs. Vast Data Pools
By John Markoff

For almost two decades the federal government has heavily underwritten elaborate centers to house the world's fastest supercomputers. But now two leading American computer researchers are challenging that policy. They argue that federal money would be better spent directly on the scientific research teams that are the largest users of supercomputers. (Berkeley Lab’s Horst Simon is also part of the debate, arguing for the increasing important of centers like NERSC). Full story.


Four-armed Nanocrystals May Help Solar Cells
By Celia Henry

A few years ago, chemistry professor Paul Alivisatos and his coworkers at the University of California, Berkeley, and Berkeley Lab noticed that some nanocrystals would unexpectedly form branched structures. Now, the researchers can make those branched structures controllably and reproducibly. Using the material CdTe, they can make four-armed structures known as tetrapods, which they say could be used in solar cells or as additives in polymers. Full story.

Grant-Writing Workshop
To Be Offered Tomorrow

Dr. Amato Giaccia, a faculty member in the Department of Biochemistry at Stanford and a National Institutes of Health Study Section Leader, will be presenting a workshop on grant writing tomorrow beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. The workshop should be of special interest to Post-docs, principal investigators, and Ph.D. students, although all interested parties are invited. Among the topics to be covered are the review process, common pitfalls, focused research plans, the balance between over-generality and excessive technical detail, titles and abstracts, and tone and style.

Berkeley Noon Concerts
Begin Tomorrow

The Downtown Berkeley Association has announced a summer schedule of nine free noontime concerts on Thursdays beginning this week. Opening the series at the Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza, across from the Lab bus stop, will be the jazzy R&B band Soulful Strut, currently performing at Enrico's in San Francisco. Subsequent programs will feature Brazilian capoeira, a cappella singing, Dixieland jazz, and American roots music. The entire two-month program can be viewed here.



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