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Tuesday, June 10, 2003


9 a.m.
ESG/SSG Monthly Meeting
CIRCE: New IR Source Proposed for the ALS
Michael Martin, ALS

9:10 a.m.
EHS10: Introduction to ES&H
50 Auditorium

10:30 a.m
NT Users Group Meeting
Perseverence Hall

1 p.m.
EHS 330: Lead Hazards Awareness

4 p.m.
Life Sciences Division Seminar Series
Building 66 auditorium

Physics Division Research Progress Meeting
SNAP: Science, Missions, and Simulations
Alex Kim


9 a.m.
EHS 348: Chemical Hygiene

11 a.m.
Nuclear Science Division Colloquium
Status and Scope of High Intensity Proton Accelerator Project, J-PARC, in Japan
Shoji Nagamiya, KEK
50 Auditorium

Computing Summer Lecture Series
Art of Giving Presentations
Juan Meza
Perseverance Hall

1 p.m.
EHS 231: Compressed Gas

6 p.m.
EHS 125: Child/Infant CPR

Soup: Cajun Black Bean
Origins: Breaded Pork Chops
Adobe Cafe: Taco Salad
Fresh Grille: French Dip
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full Menu
Physics Scientist Receives
Noyce Teaching Prize

Robert Jacobsen, who holds a joint appointment with Berkeley Lab and the UC Berkeley Physics Department, has been named 2003 recipient of the campus’ Donald Sterling Noyce Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. The award, which carries a cash prize of $7,500, is given annually to a tenure-track faculty member in the College of Chemistry or Division of Physical Sciences who has demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching, including curriculum development. The selection is made by a faculty committee, based on letters of nomination, student evaluations, course materials, and supporting materials from faculty.
 In The News

Gammasphere’s Starring
Role in ‘The Hulk’

In the movie The Hulk, intrepid Berkeley scientist Bruce Banner is zapped by a machine called a Gammasphere. As a result, Banner transforms into a massive green monster at times of stress. Although Banner and his hulking alter ego are the latest fictional characters to emerge from comic book pages and make their way onto the big screen, Gammasphere is not merely a science fiction plot device. While scientists in real-world labs have never been turned into green giants by the machine, the real-life Gammasphere, built at Berkeley Lab, has provided valuable information about some other monstrosities. “Gammasphere allows us to study the forces inside unstable atomic nuclei that don’t exist in nature,” says Paul Fallon, a researcher at Berkeley Lab, where key scenes from The Hulk were filmed. Full story.


Portable CT Scanner
Joins Hunt for Energy

The portable scanner

Berkeley Lab scientists have developed the world’s first x-ray computed tomography (CT) scanner capable of examining entire core samples at remote drilling sites. The portable device, which employs the same high-resolution imaging technology used to diagnose diseases, could help researchers determine how to best extract the vast quantities of natural gas hidden under the world’s oceans and permafrost. Full story.

Power Outages
Set for Saturday

Electrical power outages are scheduled this Saturday in the building 50 and 85 complexes for electrical maintenance and repair. The building schedule:
   50A, 50C, and 50E: 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.
   50B, 50D, 50F: 7 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
   85, 85A, 85B: 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Power will not be affected in the main Building 50 section. Almost all computers in the buildings will be shut down for the day. The Lab's central e-mail, Internet and directory servers are expected to remain in service, but all other centralized and desktop systems will be down. For additional information, contact Jim Murphy at 6023 or George Ames at 6837.

Jewelry On Sale Today
For Grads, Dads, Brides

The Berkeley Lab Employees Recreation Association will be holding its annual June gold jewelry sale today in the cafeteria lobby from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Staged by Karats (“The Gold People”), the sale features chains, bracelets, rings, charms, earrings and white gold, many items well below retail cost. An additional 10% discount will be given on all prices.

UC’s START Program
Not Applicable to Labs

As many employees may have been told through a recent benefits mailing, the University of California has implemented the Staff and Academic Reduction in Time (START) program -- a voluntary program in which eligible employees may, with the approval of their department, agree to reduce their working hours and corresponding pay. START will not be implemented at Berkeley, Livermore or Los Alamos labs. UC adopted this measure in response to State budget cuts, a situation not applicable to the largely federally-funded labs.



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