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Monday, May 5, 2003
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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: Garden Vegetable
Origins: NE Pot Roast
Adobe Cafe: Casserole
Fresh Grille: Chicken Snwich
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full Menu
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On Dinner Service

It’s not too late to register your opinion on possible provision of dinner service at the Berkeley Lab cafeteria. Go here to fill out a brief questionnaire.
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Chunli and Shank
Chinese Academy, Lab
Sign Cooperation Pact

Berkeley Lab Director Charles Shank and Bai Chunli, Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (left) signed an Agreement of Cooperation recently that will facilitate exchanges in science and technology. Under the arrangement, three top scientists from the Academy will spend up to three months each year at Berkeley Lab over a two-year period. They will attend training courses, give lectures, participate in collaborative research, and gain management experience. The visiting scientists will bring their valuable expertise to Lab projects while taking back with them broadened skills in academic leadership.


New Software Tracks
Packages Dock-to-Desk

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Tim Montoya bar-scans
a package

Tracking the hundreds of packages arriving daily at Berkeley Lab just got easier. As of today, employees who are waiting for packages can link to a dynamic intranet page and view the dock-to-desk (or lab bench) routing status of their shipments. The new automated iBOX tracking system deployed this week by the Receiving and Transportation departments utilizes barcoding to scan and follow a package from the time it arrives at Building 69 until it reaches the waiting employee. A tutorial on the system can be found here. Connect to the iBOX tracking site here.
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How To Sidestep A
Two-Pronged Vampire
By Peter Wayner

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Ian Woofenden and Matt Buchman . . . share a similar quest: to avoid wasting power in a way that most Americans unwittingly do every day. Both men have taken aim at the basic transformer, the power converter that allows electronic devices that commonly operate on 5 volts or 12 volts to run on 120 volts, the standard in most American homes. Alan K. Meier, a scientist at Berkeley Lab, said that transformers can waste one to three watts each. The amounts seem tiny, but they add up to as much as a "staggering 5 percent" of a home's power consumption, depending on how many electronic devices there are. Computers, televisions and other devices may be turned off for most of the day, but the black boxes run unless the device is unplugged. Full story.

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Japanese Supercomputer
A Wake-up Call to U.S.

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Horst Simon, director of Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division and NERSC Center Division, will be a keynote speaker in June at the International Supercomputing Conference in Heidelberg. Simon, interviewed about High Performance Computing Strategies in the U.S. for Spektrum der Wissenschaft, the German version of Scientific American, blamed a "culture of delays" for the U.S. falling behind the Japanese in supercomputer power. The interview, translated from the original German, is in this week's edition of the electronic newsletter Supercomputing Online. Full story.

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Physicists Say Cal
Department in Decline

By Keay Davidson

The academic quality and reputation of UC Berkeley's "crown jewel" physics department have declined and need "immediate and significant" action to halt the damage, a confidential report says. The report was prepared at the university's request by a six-member team of highly regarded outside physicists who visited the department in March. (Among those mentioned is former Berkeley Lab scientist Seamus Davis, who left last year for a post at Cornell University). Full story.

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