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Thursday, May 8, 2003
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8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
American Red Cross
Building 70A-3377

9:30 a.m.
Frontiers of Science & Instrumentation, ALS
Narrow Gap Group III-Nitride Alloys – From Applications to Basic Science and Back Again
Wladek Walukiewicz, Materials Sciences
Building 6-2202

10 a.m.
Combustion Simulations
Diem-Phuong Nguyen, University of Utah
Building 50B-4205

11 a.m.
Mike Henesey, SRC Computers
Buiilding 50B-4205

Softball Team Managers
Lower Cafeteria

1:30 p.m.
Surface Science and Catalysis
Recent Applications of High-Resolution Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy
Larry Kesmodel, Indiana University
Building 66 Auditorium

4 p.m.
Physics Division
Run 2 Search for Long-Lived Heavy Charged Particles at CDF
Bill Orejudos
Building 50A-5132

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Neighborhood Meeting
A Conversation About Berkeley Lab
Strawberry Canyon, Haas Clubhouse


12:15 p.m.
Employee meeting with Dr. Ray Orbach, Director, Office of Science
Cafeteria lawn

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Soup: Pasta Florentine
Origins: Turkey Meatloaf
Adobe Cafe: Shrimp Louis
Fresh Grille: Garden Burger
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full Menu

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'Java Wave' Takes
A Brief Vacation

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Beginning tomorrow, the Java Wave coffee and snack van will take some time off. Service on the Hill will be suspended May 9-19, resuming on Tuesday, May 20. Java Wave is also looking for qualified and enthusiastic drivers to join the service team. Prospective names should be given to the van representative on the delivery route.

DOE Science Director
To Talk To Employees

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Dr. Ray Orbach, the Department of Energy’s Director of the Office of Science, will visit Berkeley Lab tomorrow for his annual On-Site Review of institutional planning. During the noon hour, he will be at the cafeteria, where he will speak to and with employees outside on the lawn – in the Building 50 Auditorium if it rains. Maggie Pinckard, a senior research associated in Environmental Energy Technologies, will provide Celtic harp music, and refreshments will be available before Orbach’s arrival at about 12:15 p.m. He will give remarks at around 12:30.
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Three from Lab Named New Academy Fellows

Three scientists at Berkeley Lab with joint appointments at the University of California, Berkeley, are among the 187 new Fellows and 29 foreign honorary members named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The honored scholars are Carolyn R. Bertozzi of Materials Sciences, William E. Deitrich of Earth Sciences, and Jennifer Doudna of Physical Biosciences. All will be inducted at an annual ceremony at the academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Mass., in October. Full story.

Mini Electric Vehicle
Getting a Test Run

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Lab citizens may have noticed a toy-like two-seater humming around the hill this week. The mini-car is actually an “NEV” – neighborhood electric vehicle – being evaluated for possible addition to the Lab fleet. The Italian “ZAP L.U.V.” plugs into a standard 110-volt outlet for recharge. For more information, contact Carol Earls at 6960. The ZAP web site can be checked out here.

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CBS Report Calls Him
‘Dr. Duct Tape’

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Environmental Energy Technology’s Max Sherman has developed quite a reputation for his research that analyzed duct tape’s shortcomings when it comes to sealing ducts. So CBS Evening Magazine, calling Sherman “Dr. Duct Tape,” did a whimsical profile of him, along with colleague Iain Walker, on a recent program. The report can be viewed (with RealPlayer software) here.

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House Bill Will Boost
Nanotechnology Efforts

The House of Representatives yesterday approved $2.4 billion legislation calling for intensified federal research and spending into nanotechnology, support which, if finally signed into law, could give a boost to Bay Area institutions providing leadership in the field. Those institutions include Berkeley Lab, which intends to open its Molecular Foundry in 2006. Read the San Francisco Chronicle's analysis of the field's potential here.

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Contact Health Services
For SARS-Area Travel

Employees planning to travel to regions that have been impacted by the SARS virus epidemic should contact Health Services prior to departure for a discussion of potential precautionary actions. The World Health Organization maintains a list of affected regions on its web site here. In general, the Laboratory is following guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and encouraging employees to postpone trips to or through SARS-affected regions. The CDC guidelines are here. For questions, contact Connie Grondona at 6951.

Backup Rates Reduced
For Large Data Volumes

The Lab's centralized computer backup service has reduced it rates for backing up large amounts of data. The new rates are $10 per gigabyte for the first 50 gigabytes per month, then $2 per Gbyte after that. Previously, the cost was $10 per gigabyte regardless of the amount. There is also a $10 per month service fee. For more information, go to the ITSD Backups Web page

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3-Day Shutdown for 'N'

Road N next to Buildings 6 and 37 will be closed to traffic (except emergency vehicles) tomorrow through next Tuesday, reopening May 14. Traffic to the Building 80 parking lot will be rerouted to Road N1. Parking spaces along Road N1 will be barricaded to allow two-way traffic. Pedestrian traffic will not be allowed through the work area. The closure is for Building 6 Southside Expansion project construction.

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Showers likely

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SECON level 3

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