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Thursday, June 19, 2003


9 - 11 a.m.
(Note time change)
EHS 20 ES&H for Supervisors
Building 51-201

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
SSG Lecture Series
Diffusion of Nonequilibrium Quasiparticles in a Cuprate Superconductor

Joseph Orenstein MSD/LBNL
Conference Room 6-2202

Environmental Energy Technologies Division Seminar
The Efficiency of Electricity Generation in the U.S. After Restructuring
Catherine Wolfram, Asst. Prof. of Economics, Haas School of Business, UCB, and the UC Energy Institute
Building 90, Room 3148

1:30 p.m.
Environmental Energy Technologies Division Seminar
EPRI's Water & Sustainability Initiative & Public/Private Partnerships
Dr. William M. Smith, Market Driven Demand Response & Water and Sustainability, EPRI
Building 90, Room 3148

2 - 4 p.m.
EHS 530 Fire Extinguisher
Building 48-109

4 p.m.
Physics Division Research Progress Meeting
Davide Costanzo, Matt Dobbs (LBNL) Report from the ATLAS 'First Physics' Workshop
Building 50A-5132

5:30 – 7 p.m.
Friends of Science Lecture
Breast Cancer and the Cell Microenvironment
Mina Bissell
Perseverance Hall


11:30 a.m.
First Day of Summer
Classic Car Show and Barbecue

Cafeteria Lawn and Parking Lot

Mkt Carvery: Veal Parmigiana
Fresh Grille: Turkey Burger

Origins: Spinach Fettucini
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Simple Symbols
That Save Energy

Turning off computers and other office machines at the right time, or just letting them take naps, could save billions of dollars in energy -- if users only knew how to do it. A new study aims to harmonize clashing symbols for power, sleep, and other operating switches. For the full story on this and other new Science Beat topics, go here.

 In the News
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Science for Everybody
By Annalee Newitz

You've just been diagnosed with a disease whose name you can barely pronounce—where do you turn? Like a lot of people, you go online. If you know how to get good, peer-reviewed medical information on the Web, you go to the National Library of Medicine's database of scientific articles. When you want to read the articles, however, you are stymied. All you get is a short abstract— you have to cough up to $40 or $50 for the full text. Why can't you get free access to information that was paid for using your tax dollars? Activists at the Public Library of Science (PloS) in San Francisco want to know, too. Led in part by Nobel laureate Harold Varmus and charismatic gene-chip whiz kid Michael Eisen, PloS's mission is to make scientific knowledge a public good. Full story.
 In Memoriam

Mueller Memorial

A celebration of the life of Sonia Mueller, whose battle with cancer ended June 11 and was featured in last Friday’s issue of "Today at Berkeley Lab," will be held on Sunday. Family and friends can gather at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Lawson Road, Kensington. Donations may be made to, Oakland SPCA, or a charity of choice.

Summer student scene

40 High Schoolers
Begin Summer Work

The High School Student Research Participation Program began this week at Berkeley Lab, with 40 area high school juniors and seniors selected from over 99 applications to be part of this summer’s six-week work experience. The program, under the direction of Richmond High teacher Gwen Espino for the fourth year, has become a model education outreach and workforce diversity activity organized and run by the Center for Science and Engineering Education. The students’ experience will conclude with a closing session of presentations on Aug. 1. Read more about the program here.

Summer Science Camp
Openings Still Available

Science Exploration Camp scene
Berkeley Lab’s Science Exploration Camp (July 14 - August 22) has still a few openings. The camp provides a mix of recreational and science-oriented activities for school-age children entering 2nd through 6th grade. Camp activities are based on weekly themes, and registration is possible for individual weeks. For description of the camp and registration forms go here.
Lab Outlines Plans
For New Office Building

Berkeley Lab has issued a "Notice of Preparation" and has scheduled a "scoping" meeting for a proposed research office building that would be constructed near the lab’s main entrance. Meant to alleviate overcrowding in office space on site, the six-story, 65,000-square-foot structure would be built below Building 50 on Cyclotron Road by a developer who will lease it back to the lab. Community input will be gathered at a public meeting on June 30 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Street. Read the notice here, and a story on the building plans in Currents on June 27.

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