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Friday, May 9, 2003
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12:15 p.m.
Employee meeting with Dr. Ray Orbach, Director, Office of Science
Cafeteria lawn


4:30 p.m.
UC Berkeley Department of Physics
Studying Dark Energy with Supernovae: Now, Soon, and the Not-Too-Distant Future
Saul Perlmutter, Berkeley Lab
1 Le Conte Hall, Campus

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Soup: Boston Clam Chowder
Origins: Chicken Sausage
Adobe Cafe: Burritos
Fresh Grille: Swordfish
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full Menu

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DOE Roundtable Looks
At Lab in 20 Years

When Office of Science Director Ray Orbach sits down in Perseverance Hall today, he will be hearing from Berkeley Lab’s executive and scientific leadership about the Laboratory’s vision for the next 20 years. This meeting with Orbach, scaled down from previous versions and limited to program representatives, will be a roundtable discussion of initiatives and priorities. Orbach will break during the noon hour to talk to Laboratory employees on the cafeteria lawn, beginning at around 12:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

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Physics Department OK, Says Campus Response
By Robert Sanders, Public Affairs
UC Berkeley

A front-page story in the San Francisco Chronicle last Friday may have left some readers with the impression that Berkeley’s physics department has fallen from the top ranks. Not so, wrote Chancellor Robert Berdahl and Dean of the Physical Sciences Mark Richards in a letter to the editor. The department "remains among the top five in the nation and is the premier department at any public university in the country. UC Berkeley can match its physics faculty against any physics department in the world, as our highly talented graduate and undergraduate physics students can attest." Full story.


Earth Scientists Enter
Debate About Volcanoes

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Lava from Hawaii volcano

In a "Perspective" story in this week’s issue of Science, Berkeley Lab geochemist Don DePaolo and geodynamicist Michael Manga defend a fundamental assumption of Earth science, the mantle plume model of hotspots, against an outbreak of seismic skepticism. A mantle plume is a source of extra-hot rock rising from deep in the planet -- probably from the base of the mantle itself, where it meets the iron-rich liquid core. Mantle plumes are thought to underlie "hotspots" far from plate boundaries, like those under the Hawaiian Islands or Yellowstone National Park. But some do not believe they exist. Full story.

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UC President Receives
NSF Service Award

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ARLINGTON, Va.—Richard C. Atkinson, the highly respected president of the University of California system since 1995, will receive the 2003 Vannevar Bush Award for lifetime contributions to the nation in science and technology. The National Science Board (NSB) will present Atkinson with the Bush award for his groundbreaking research and long-standing public service at an annual awards dinner May 21 at the Department of State. Atkinson is the 25th recipient of the award since its inception in 1980. Full story.
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More Web Sites Unfriendly
To Netscape 4.7 Users

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Those who regularly use Netscape 4.75 as their Web browser may notice that many Web sites have a tagline reading: "This site is best viewed using Netscape 6 or 7 or even Internet Explorer." Of particular interest to Lab employees is the fact that UC’s Human Resources and Benefits Web sites will soon require Netscape 6.2 (or greater) or Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 (or greater). For information about reconciling web and email browsers, go here.

Film Service Halted,
At Least for Time Being

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The cafeteria's film processing service has hit a contractual snag and has been discontinued. The Facilities Department is looking for another company to resume the service. All orders received prior to the termination of service have been processed and can be picked up on the counter near the coffee bar.

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SECON level 3

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