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Wednesday, May 14, 2003
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8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
TOUGH Numerical Simulator Symposium
50 Aud.

11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Earthquake supply/technology vendors
Cafeteria lobby

Microbial Biology Seminar
Expression of Proteins and Metabolites in Chloroplasts Via Chemically Inducible Control
Peter Heifetz, Diversa, San Diego
101 Life Sciences Add., campus

2:15-5 p.m.
National Fabrication Peer Group Meeting
71 Conf. Room

3 p.m.
ALS/CXRO Seminar
Coherent excitation processes in lanthanide systems
Kai Starke, Freie Universität, Berlin

4 p.m.
Chemical Engineering Colloquium
Electrophoretic Stretching of Single Molecules of DNA
Sean Ferree, UC Berkeley
Optimization of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Synthesis by a Marine
Microalga: Physiological and Bioreactor Studies

Tracy Hsiao
120 Latimer, Pitzer Aud., campus

4 p.m.
Molecular & Cell Biology Seminar
Cell Signalling Pathways in Malignant Transformation
Christopher Marshall, Institute for Cancer Research
100 Genetics & Plant Biology Bldg., campus

5 p.m.
Genomics & Computational Biology Seminar
Discovering the Function of Proteins and Proteomes
Doug Brutlag, Stanford
141 Giannini Hall, campus


9:30 a.m
ALS/SSG Seminar
Using Time Resolved Infrared Spectroscopy to Watch the Two Gaps in MgB2
Ricardo Lobo, LPS - ESPCI CNRS, Paris

10 a.m.
Earthquake Drill
Duck, Cover, Hold, Evacuate

11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Earthquake supply/technology vendors
Cafeteria lobby

3 p.m.
ALS Art Show
3-4:30 p.m.
ALS patio

4 p.m.
Molecular & Cell Biology Seminar
Small GTPases and Cancer
Christopher Marshall, Institute for Cancer Research

100 Genetics & Plant Biology Bldg., campus

4 p.m.
Physics Research Progress Meeting
Recent Results on Charm Physics at BaBar
David Williams, UC Santa Cruz
50 Aud.

4 p.m.
UC Berkeley Commencement
The Challenge of Being the Greatest Generation
Leon Panetta
Hearst Greek Theatre

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Soup: Red Bean and Rice
Origins: Stuffed Bell Peppers
Adobe Cafe: Roasted Chicken
Fresh Grille: Garden Burger
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full Menu

Task Force to Examine Future of Engineering

Deputy Director Sally Benson has formed a task force that will help chart the future of the Engineering Division at Berkeley Lab. In the face of large project funding fluctuations, the Lab is challenged to provide a stable staffing environment for engineers while providing state-of-the-art technical expertise to partners internal and external to the Laboratory. Kem Robinson is chair of the planning group, which includes representatives from Engineering and from its present and potential partner divisions. Peter Denes and Roderich Keller are co-leaders of the task force, which will address issues, challenges and opportunities facing the Division. Full story.

Ray Orbach Discusses
20-Year Facilities Plan


Office of Science Director Ray Orbach talked about his efforts to craft a 20-year strategy for lab facilities in a talk to employees during his visit to Berkeley Lab last Friday. He also discussed this laboratory’s new management contract with the DOE, which he said will be very different from past versions. View his complete 20-minute talk (via RealPlayer software) here. A report will also be featured in this Friday’s Currents.

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Soot Affects Climate
More Than Expected

Recent studies of black carbon particles in the atmosphere have revealed that they play a larger role than previously thought in the global climate. In today’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a paper by NASA’s Makiko Sato and James Hansen and Berkeley Lab’s Tihomir Novakov concludes that the amount of sunlight absorbed by soot was two to four times larger than usually assumed. Full story. Another paper by a team that includes Novakov, Thomas Kirchstetter, Jonathan Sinton and Jayant Sathaye of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division found that variations in atmospheric soot -- generated by traffic, pollution, wood and coal burning, and fires -- have affected global temperatures since the late 1800s. Read the paper here.


Another One
Bites The Dust

By Roy Berendsohn


For years, we’ve been telling people to clean the condenser coils on their refrigerators. It makes sense, we’ve said, because the dust acts as insulation and reduces airflow over the coils. Clean the coils and you are contributing to a more thermally efficient and more energy-efficient appliance. Nice try. A recent issue of Home Energy magazine debunks this long-cherished belief and a few others. Berkeley Lab’s Evan Mills reports in an article entitled "Common Energy Myths" that "small savings may indeed arise, [but that] efforts to actually measure this effect have typically come up empty-handed." Full story.

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Tomorrow is Annual
Bike-to-Work Day

Thousands of Bay Area commuters, including Berkeley Lab employees and guests, are being encouraged to conserve energy while getting fresh air and exercise by bicycling to work tomorrow. The LBNL Bicycle Coalition maintains access maps and bike resource lists on its web site here. More information on this year’s Bike-to-Work Day activities in the Bay Area can be found here.

Keeping Anti-Virus
Software Up to Date

Although Berkeley Lab has a highly effective virus wall, not all mail goes through the virus wall for "disinfecting." It is important, therefore, to keep a system's anti-virus software up to date for both PC’s and Macintosh users. Send an e-mail to [email protected] for more information.

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