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Thursday, June 5, 2003


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


10:30 a.m.
Center for Beam Physics Seminar
Optical Mixing Driven Kinetic Electrostatic Electron Nonlinear (KEEN) Waves
Bedros B. Afeyan, Polymath Research Inc.
Bldg. 71-264

Soup: Tuscan White Bean
Origins: Chckn. Caesar Salad
Adobe Cafe: Asian Noodles
Fresh Grille: Veg. Sandwich
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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New Sensor Chip
The Size of Glitter

By Sarah Yang

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The sensor chip measures 5 mm.
Engineers at UC Berkeley have successfully tested a wireless sensor chip so small that if someone were to sneeze, it just might blow away. The new "smart dust" chip integrates sensors and transmitters onto a platform that measures a mere 5 square millimeters, or slightly bigger than a fleck of glitter. The chip will be the brains behind the new generation mote, dubbed "Spec" by its creators. The Spec mote brings together years of Smart Dust and TinyOS research led by Cal’s Kris Pister and Berkeley Lab’s David Culler, who is also a UCB professor of computer sciences. While Pister led research into miniaturizing the hardware components for Smart Dust, Culler and his research team developed the TinyOS operating system that allows the mini-motes to communicate with one another. Full story.
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Scientists Urged--Create
Tools to Fight Terrorism

By Ian Hoffman, Staff Writer

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is beckoning scientists to deliver high-tech tools for the domestic war on terror, from miniature
chem-bio detectors for firefighters to new ways of scanning ports and border traffic for radiological bombs. Yet a prime conduit for those technologies -- the federal government's nuclear weapons and science labs -- face a thicket of potential problems in turning their ideas into real-life products as rapidly as they and the government would like."'Come help us,' is the message," Mike Burns, head of the new agency's Office of National Laboratories, told business developers for U.S. Department of Energy laboratories and sites during a conference Tuesday. Full story.

University and UPTE
Reach Pact Agreement

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The University of California and the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE) union reached tentative agreement for both the research support professionals and technical employees. The Berkeley Lab wage package includes a 3.5 percent merit allocation for FY03 and 3 percent for FY04, with specified minimum increases for employees based on their performance appraisal ratings and position within the salary range. The allocation for posted promotions and reclassifications is 1 percent each fiscal year, and any unspent funds from this allocation will be distributed in a merit-based manner following the end of the fiscal year. The approval and ratification processes are expected to take about one month. The contract will become effective on the date of ratification, and both contracts are effective through Sept. 30, 2004. Upon ratification, the Lab will begin the process to implement retroactive pay increases as quickly as feasible. UC’s news release can be read here.

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Fellowships Will Honor Homeland Security Efforts

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation is accepting nominations for four $2,500 Homeland Security Awards. They will go to individuals or companies that are making a measurable and constructive contribution related to basic and/or advanced research in the area of homeland security which will result in a significant and positive benefit to society. Innovations will be cited in four categories: Border/Transportation Security, Emergency Response, Information Sharing, and Biological-Radiological-Nuclear. All nominations are accepted online here and must be submitted by June 16.

Lab’s Computer Supply
Contractor To Close on Friday

GC Micro, the laboratory's computer supply subcontractor, will be closed for one day, this Friday, to move to a new location. Customers ordering by phone, fax or online can resume placing orders on Monday, June 9. Also, effective June 9, the company’s Fax number will change. The new Fax number will be 707-789-0700. There will be no change in the company phone number.



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