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Monday, June 16, 2003


8 a.m.
All-Day Plenary Meeting
Engineering Task Force
Building 50 Auditorium

11 a.m
EHS 535: Hot Work Permit

7:10 p.m.
Organic Chemistry Seminar
Chromium(III) – Catalyzed Asymmetric Pericyclic Reactions:Discovery and Mechanism
Rebecca T. Ruck, UC Berkeley
433 Latimer Hall


Environmental Energy Technologies Division Seminars
Technical Staff Council Seminar
Skills Database
Girish Ghatikar, Energy Analysis, EETD
Building 90-3148

Soup: TBA
Origins: TBA
Adobe Cafe: TBA
Fresh Grille: TBA
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full Menu
Math Prize Awarded
To Bell, Colella

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Berkeley Lab mathematicians John Bell and Phillip Colella have been named as co-recipients of the 2003 SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering, awarded by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). According to SIAM President Mac Hyman, the prize recognizes "outstanding contributions to the development and use of mathematical and computational tools and methods for the solution of science and engineering problems." This is the first year the prize, which will be presented tomorrow, has been awarded. Full story.
 In the News
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Hot? Blame the Pavement
By Eric Berger, Houston Chronicle

With a pave-it-all mentality, Houston is clearly warmer than the surrounding plains, its asphalt-covered roads and roofs storing heat and stoking summer's fiery temperatures by up to 9 degrees . . . Research into mitigating heat island effects has only begun in recent years with a greater recognition of the problem. Although results have been mixed, some research is promising. By placing a reflective roof on a Target store in Austin two years ago, scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory lowered temperatures from a summer high of 168 degrees to 126, dropping energy bills by 14 percent. The materials' extra cost was almost immediately offset by energy savings. Full story.


Lab Cited for Success
With ‘E85’ Fuel Plan

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Berkeley Lab is looking forward to the opening of its new onsite E85 (ethanol) fueling station this summer. The station is one of the first of its kind in California, and a rare application of E85 on the west coast. The program has been cited by the Department of Energy as one of its success stories within regulated fleets for reducing the nation’s dependence on petroleum through the use of alternative fuels. Read about the program on page two of the Alternative Fuels Data Center newsletter here.

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Smoot (right) receives Einstein Medal

George Smoot Wins
Albert Einstein Medal

Berkeley Lab astrophysicist George Smoot was awarded the Albert Einstein Medal for 2003. The medal was presented by the president of the Albert Einstein Society, Professor Peter Fricker, at a ceremony on June 4, at the University of Berne in Switzerland, to honor Smoot's pioneering work on cosmic microwave background. The Society organizes the annual Einstein Medal public ceremony in Berne to honor a person for outstanding scientific achievements and cultural merit. Full story.



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Classic Car Show and Barbecue This Friday

The Annual "First Day of Summer" classic car show and barbecue,
sponsored by the Employees Activities Association and the
Communications Department, will be held this Friday from 11:30
a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the cafeteria lawn and parking lot. Come early to view the cars, hot rods and motorcycles, and enjoy music by the Rhythm and Blues Band. Be there or be square!



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