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Monday, May 19, 2003
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1 p.m.
Chemistry Seminar
Towards Electronic Structure Theory of Subchemical Accuracy
Edward F. Valeev, Georgia Institute of Technology

2 p.m.
Safety Forum
50 Auditorium

4 p.m.
Structural and Quantitative Biology Seminar
TNF-alpha Converting Enzyme: Biogenesis, Activation and
Substrate Recognition

Marcos Milla, University of Pennsylvania
775 Tan Hall, campus

4 p.m.
ALS Special Seminar
ARPES studies of sodium purple bronze and the surface state of the sqrt(3) reconstruction of SiC(0001)
Per-Anders Glans, Brookhaven National Lab

4:30 p.m.
Physics Colloquium
P.A.M. Dirac and the Invention of Quantum Mechanics
Kurt Gottfried, Cornell
1 Le Conte Hall, campus


Traffic Safety Displays
Cafeteria Lobby

Environmental Energy Technologies Seminars
Electrically Conductive Polymers for Energy Conversion
Gao Liu, Electricochemical Technologies Group, AETD

4 p.m.
Life Sciences Seminar
Mechanisms of Estrogen Action in Brain: Implications for Memory Function and Prevention of Degenerative Disease
Roberta Diaz Brinton, University of Southern California
66 Auditorium

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Soup: Vegetarian Minestrone
Origins: Pork Loin
Adobe Cafe: Chicken Jmblaya
Fresh Grille: Turkey 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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This Week Dedicated
To Traffic Safety on Hill

Speeds, citations and complaints have been increasing at Berkeley Lab, so safety officials are taking the opportunity during National Traffic Safety Month to raise the awareness of drivers and bicyclists on the Hill about the need to slow down and respect traffic signs. Everyone who comes to the Lab tomorrow in a vehicle will receive a brochure on traffic safety. And tomorrow and Wednesday, lab officials and police officers will be in the Cafeteria lobby during lunch hours with displays highlighting traffic policies and site speed limits.

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Scientists Say Planting
Trees is a Cool Idea

By Jeffery C. Mays

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For a long time, city dwellers have said that urban blocks are hotter than suburban areas, and planners, scientists and environmentalists have advocated trees as a way to cool those same smoldering blocks. Now, using Newark and Camden, N. J., as examples, a study from researchers at NASA's Goddard Institute and Montclair State University has provided data to back both commonly held beliefs. (Berkeley Lab’s Hashem Akbari, an expert quoted in the story, says, "Trees do not really cool as much as they don't let the air heat. One tree would not bring much cool…But many trees have the potential of creating an urban forest that can reduce temperatures by 3 or 4 degrees.") Full story.

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ALS User Building
Passes Key Hurdle

A proposed User Support Building, to be located next to the Advanced Light Source, has passed the Department of Energy milestone called Critical Decision 0 (CD-0). This authorizes the project to proceed to the conceptual design phase and request project engineering and design funding. Construction would involve the demolition of Building 10 on the southwest side of the ALS, with a new building twice its size. The building would include a high bay for the assembly of experimental apparatus, a seminar room, modern analytical laboratories, and office space. Users at the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) and the proposed Molecular Foundry could also use the building.

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Directorate, Operations,
ASD at Safety Forum

A series of presentations on workplace injuries, in particular those that occur at the desk or in the office, will be presented today in a one-hour Safety Forum for Laboratory Directorate, Operations (Human Resources and Financial Services), and Administrative Services personnel. Although the 2 p.m. program in the Building 50 Auditorium is not mandatory for employees in those areas, all are encouraged to attend and get their questions answered. The forum will be videotaped for later viewing by those unable to participate. For questions, call Sharllen Lee at 2421.
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Fuel Pumps Down
For Vapor Testing

This Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., the dispensing fuel pumps at the Building 76 motor pool will be out of service. During that time, required testing will be conducted on the pump's vapor recovery system for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Those requiring fuel are encouraged to fill up vehicles before Wednesday. Questions can be addressed to Fleet Operations at 5475.
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Jave Wave Returns
To Lab Tomorrow

The Java Wave coffee and snack van will be making its rounds again tomorrow following a week-long vacation. The delivery schedule is as follows:

Bldg. 65: 8-8:15 a.m.
Bldg. 88:

8:20-8:35 a.m.
1:30-1:45 p.m.

Bldg. 90: 8:45-10 a.m
12:55-1:25 p.m.

Bldg. 84:

10:15-10:45 a.m.
12:30-12:45 p.m.
Bldg. 76: 11:30-11:45 a.m.
Bldg. 69: 11:50-12:05 a.m.
Bldg. 66: 12:10-12:25 a.m.
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Sunny and warm

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SECON level 3

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