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Friday, May 2, 2003
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10:30 a.m.
Center for Beam Physics
Coherent Synchrotron Radiation in Electron Storage Rings, John Byrd, ALS
Building 71, Room 264

11 a.m.
Two-Dimensional Dopant Profiling of Semiconductors using the Scanning Capacitance Microscope, Joseph Kopanski, Semiconductor Electronics Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Building 5, Room 136

Environmental Engineering:
Satellite Remote Sensing of Soil Water Content: Current and Future Outlook,
Tom Jackson, USDA
Bechtel Engineering Center, Hudson Room 240, Campus

1 p.m.
Scientific Computing: New Method for the Solution of Poisson's Equation in Domains of Arbitrary Aspect Ratio,
Rob Ryne
Building 50A, Room 5132

4 p.m.
GLENN T. SEABORG LECTURE (sponsored by ExxonMobil): Structure and Reactivity of Organolanthanide Complexes from a Computational Perspective, Odile Eisenstein, Université Montpellier
120 Latimer Hall, Campus


4 p.m
Structural and Quantitative Biology: Protein Unfolding in the Cell, Andreas Matouschek, Northwestern U.
100 Lewis Hall, Campus

4:30 p.m
Department of Physics: Nonlinear Optical Physics
Robert W. Boyd, M. Parker Givens Professor of Optics, University of Rochester
1 Le Conte Hall, Campus

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Soup: Boston Clam Chowder
Origins: Roasted Pork Loin
Adobe Cafe: Burritos
Fresh Grille: Fresh Salmon
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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UC Faces Congress
On Los Alamos Issue

University of California leadership spent another difficult day in Washington yesterday addressing the concerns of Congress about the recent financial audits at Los Alamos National Laboratory. UC President Richard Atkinson was again non-committal on the institution’s decision about competing for the management contract. But Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Kyle McSlarrow made it clear that Berkeley Lab’s contract is not in danger. "That decision has been made," he said, referring to the DOE’s intent to renegotiate the UC contract with Berkeley Lab for another five years. UC’s memo on the hearings can be read here.

UC, Clerical Union Reach Tentative Agreement

The University of California announced yesterday that it has reached a tentative agreement with the Coalition of University Employees on a new labor contract for UC clerical employees. (Berkeley Lab had reached agreement on wages with CUE last year). CUE notified university officials late Wednesday night that its members voted to accept a settlement agreement proposed by state mediator Micki Callahan. Full story.

DOE to Compete ‘New’ Idaho Lab Contract

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham announced today that the Department of Energy will compete and award separate contracts to implement the Department's plan to revitalize the nuclear energy mission at its Idaho laboratory complex and to accelerate the environmental cleanup of the site. The laboratory, which will be renamed the Idaho National Laboratory, will specialize in developing advanced nuclear energy technologies and other ways of responding to the nation's future energy and national security requirements. Full story.

Dietrich Among Newest
National Academy Picks

William E. Deitrich, a member of Berkeley Lab’s Earth Sciences Division and a professor of earth and planetary sciences at UC Berkeley, is one of 72 new members elected this week to the National Academy of Sciences. The honor, which also went to 18 foreign associates from 11 countries, recognizes distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Election to membership in the Academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer. Those elected this week bring the total number of active members to 1,922. Full story.
EETD Scientists Win Technical Editors Award

Primary author Tengfang (Tim) Xu and William Tschudi have been named recipients of the 2003 Maurice Simpson Technical Editors Award for their paper, "Energy Performance of Cleanroom Environmental Systems." The two project managers in the Building Technologies Department of Environmental Energy Technologies were honored by the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST). The award is given to the authors of the best technical paper published by the IEST during the previous year. They will receive their honor at a meeting in Phoenix on May 20.
Government, Community
Relations Manager Named

Don Medley has been selected as Berkeley Lab's new manager of government and community relations. Beginning this week, Medley is responsible for the laboratory's federal, state and local government relations, and for the management of the lab's community relations activities. The former senior public policy manager for Intuit, Inc., he has also worked for two members
of Congress who have served on the House Appropriations Committee. He has a B.A. in political science from the University of Alabama and an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
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