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Tuesday, May 20, 2003
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11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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


LBNL Emergency Amateur Radio Group

Computer Protection Brown Bag
A First Look at Windows Server 2003 Security
Jason Judkins, Lawrence Livermore

3 p.m.
ALS/CXRO Seminar
Characterization of Efficiency-Limiting Defects in Silicon-Based Solar Cell Materials Using Synchrotron Radiation X-ray Techniques
Tonio Buonassisi, Materials Sciences

3 p.m.
Physical Biosciences Seminar
Alternative Role for Alternative Splicing: Gene Regulation by Functional Coupling of Alternative Splicing and Nonsence-Mediated mRNA Decay
Steven Brenner, Physical Biosciences
Calvin Seminar Room, campus

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Soup: Red Lentil
Origins: Tuna Casserole
Adobe Cafe: Taco Salad
Fresh Grille: Reuben Sndwch
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Lab’s Kumar Gets Top
Energy Service Award

The Association of Energy Engineers has announced that Berkeley Lab’s Satish Kumar, of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, will receive the AEE Energy Service Professional of the Year award. Kumar was honored for his work in developing the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP), which provides an overview of current best practice techniques available for measuring and verifying energy savings resulting from the implementation of energy and water conservation measures in existing buildings as well as new construction. For more about IPMVP, sponsored by the Department of Energy, go here.

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California Ranked No. 1
In Small Tech Firms

When it comes to sheer volume of small tech companies, California towers over the rest of the nation. The state is home to three times the number businesses that deal in MEMS and microsystems than second-ranked Massachusetts, and twice as many in nanotechnology, according to a Small Times magazine analysis. "From the pure asset perspective, California blows everyone away," said Mark Modzelewski, executive director of the NanoBusiness Alliance. Berkeley Lab’s work with Intel and startup Nanomix are mentioned. Full story.

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Latest ‘LabUpdate’
Notes Regents’ Reports

The University of California’s sixth issue of "LabUpdate," a newsletter that hightlights activities involving its three Department of Energy laboratories, includes reports from last week’s UC Board of Regents meeting. It summaries a discussion with National Nuclear Security Administration Administrator Linton Brooks on competing the Los Alamos contract, and it references an annual report on all three labs by President’s Council Chairman William Friend. Read a pdf file of the newsletter here.


Theme for Traffic Safety
Month: Slow Down

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As the brochures and cafeteria displays will remind employees, no speed above 25 miles per hour -- and some cases, 10 and 15 miles per hour in designated areas -- is permitted for bikes or automobiles at Berkeley Lab. This is one of the reminders being given to drivers this week at the Lab as part of National Traffic Safety Month. In any given day, more than 2,000 vehicles travel to and around this 200-acre site, making for busy roadways traversed everywhere by pedestrian walkways. The two biggest violations are running stop signs and exceeding posted speeds, especially on downgrades. Learn more at the noontime exhibit on traffic safety today and tomorrow in the cafeteria lobby.

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Retirement Planning Talk
On Investments Thursday

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Fidelity Investments will be presenting a workshop Thursday for Berkeley Lab employees on "Creating an Investment Strategy." The noon talk in the Building 50 Auditorium is part of Fidelity’s workplace retirement planning series designed to help University of California Retirement Program members focus on their post-employment futures.
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Physics Grad Students

First-year Physics graduate students are on the rise at U.S. universities, a new American Institute of Physics study shows. The number of first-year physics/astronomy students for the year 2000 (2,697) was some 5 percent higher than the recent low in 1997. In 2002 numbers about to be published, there are 15 percent more first-year grad students than in 1997. In 2000 figures, foreign students (52%) outnumber U.S. students (48%), Chinese students (25%) make up the largest single international component, and women constitute 19% of the first-year physics grad students, 29% in astronomy.

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