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Wednesday, March 12, 2003
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10 a.m.
Monthly test of Lab Public Address system, followed immediately by the Building Manager radio test AND the Lab Amateur Emergency radio net.

10:30 a.m. – noon
EHS 135: Earthquake/Wildland Fire Safety
Building 48, Room 109

11 a.m.

Nuclear Science Division Colloquia,Order and Quantum Phase Transitions in the Cuprate Superconductors, Subir Sachdev,
Yale University
Building 50 Auditorium

6 – 8 p.m.
EHS 125: Infant/Child CPR
Building 48, Room 109

Full EH&S class schedule


9 - 11 a.m.
EHS 123: Adult Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation
Building 48, Room 109

4 p.m.
Physics Division Research Progress, Double Beta Decay: is the Neutrino Mass within Reach?
Steven Elliott (LANL)
Building 50A, Room 5132

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Soup: Mushroom Bisque
Origins: Short Ribs
Adobe Cafe: Pasta Toss
Fresh Grille: Fish Fillet Sandwich
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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A state Senate committee heard commitments to openness, ethics and reform, then expressed solid support yesterday for continuing University of California management of all three Department of Energy laboratories, including Berkeley Lab. Laboratory Director Charles Shank, who testified along with his counterparts at Livermore and Los Alamos, told the Senate Select Committee on Oversight of the DOE Labs that Berkeley Lab “has been, and will continue to be, committed to performing world-class research with an efficiency driven by world-class business practices.” Full Story.

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NERSC Supercomputer
Seeks Secrets of Ages

By Ian Hoffman

The nation's most powerful supercomputer outside of the intelligence community and the nuclear weapons labs started hunting last week for exploding stars, the secrets of fusion and the future of global warming, humming away in a nondescript Oakland office building. It will crunch the most profound problems that 2,000 of the nation's best scientists can muster, and be one of the first machines to fulfill the dream of realistic, detailed simulation for basic science. "I think this generation gets us into reality, if you look at it as the third leg of science, along with theory and experiment," said Horst Simon, director of NERSC. Full Story.

Universe as Doughnut:
New Data, New Debate
Satellite Illuminates COBE Findings
By Dennis Overbye

Long ago in the dawn of the computer age, college students often whiled away the nights playing a computer game called Spacewar. It consisted of two rocket ships attempting to blast each other out of the sky with torpedoes while trying to avoid falling into a star at the center of the screen. The game was amazingly faithful to the laws of physics...only one feature seemed outlandish: a ship that drifted off the edge of the screen would reappear on the opposite side. Real space couldn't work that way. Or could it? Full story.

Power Line Switch
Scheduled for Friday

A 12kV power switch is scheduled for Friday to isolate an “unloaded bus” (electrical line) at the Blackberry Canyon Service Area (Switch Gear A6). It is highly unlikely that these operations will affect the Lab community. However, the possibility of an electrical power interruption always exists. The switching operation will be completed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Prior to switching, a public announcement will be made. The Blackberry Canyon Service Area includes the Building 50 complex, 51 complex, 54, 55, 55A, 60, 63, 64, 65 complex, 67B, 67C, 70, 70A, 71 complex, 88, and 90 complex. For questions or additional information, contact Jim Murphy at 4175 or Mahesh Gupta at 5220.

Corporate Travel Cards:
Official Business Only

Corporate travel cards may be issued to career employees who travel on official Laboratory business at least once a year. Except in extenuating circumstances, corporate travel cards should be used only for expenses associated with official Laboratory travel. Amounts charged to the cards are billed directly to the cardholder. The cardholder is personally responsible for paying all charges and keeping the account current. The Laboratory will not reimburse or pay late fee charges incurred in connection with the corporate card. Travelers are reimbursed by submitting a travel expense report. P-cards may not be used for travel expenses or registration fees. Full policy.

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