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Wednesday, May 21, 2003
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LBNL Emergency Amateur Radio Group 48-109

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


9:30 a.m
Advanced Light Source/SSG Lecture: Frontier of SR Science & Instrumentation: Holographic imaging of atomic structure, Part 2; Charles S. Fadley, UC Davis & Materials Sciences Division
Bldg. 6-2202

Environmental Energy Technologies Division Seminars
Incentives in Water Management Reform: Assessing the Effect on Water Use, Production and Poverty in the Yellow River Basin, Jinixia Wang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing; Scott Rozelle, University of California, Davis
Bldg. 90-3148

New Dance Club Series
Bldg. 71-146U

4 p.m.
Life Sciences Division Seminar: Structure and Action of Myosins and Kinesins: Variations on a Theme? Ronald Milligan, Scripps Research Institute
Bldg 66 Auditorium

4 p.m.
Physics Division Research Progress Meeting: Gamma Ray Bursts: an Enigma being Unraveled; Alvaro De Rujula (Boston U. and CERN)
Building 50A-5132

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Soup: Broccoli and Cheese
Origins: Veal Ragout
Adobe Cafe: Fettuccine
Fresh Grille: Crab Cakes
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Life Sciences Postdoc
Wins Cancer Grant

Lisa Chu, a postdoctoral researcher in the Life Sciences Division, has been named the winner of a $97,800 prostate cancer research award from the Department of Defense. Chu was honored for her research proposal, "Dietary Determinants of Prostate Cancer." The competitive grant is a two-year traineeship award presented annually by the Prostate Cancer Research Program of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, DOD.

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Engineering Report Profiles
Hansen's Pole Tales

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Berkeley Lab scientist-engineer Tony Hansen and his frequent research trips to Antarctica are featured in this month's edition of the Engineering Division's "Significant Events Report." The issue also includes a story on the dedication of the Coherent Scattering Chamber at ALS Beamline 12.0.2 and a message from Division Director Jim Triplett on how the division is coping with reductions in force. The on-line newsletter, which highlights news and features from division staff, can be read here.

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Beware of New “Fizzer” Worm

A new Windows- targeting worm called “Fizzer” has made its way into Lab computers. "Fizzer" not only damages the computer’s systems, it also uses those infected systems to install backdoor programs, including a mail engine that sends infected messages to other machines. “Fizzer” can also spread via KaZaA and chat channels. "We now have reports from multiple Windows machines here at the Lab indicating that Norton AV has detected and eradicated “Fizzer,” says Gene Schultz of the Lab’s Computer Protection Program. “Notify your system administrators to update the anti-virus software on Windows machines immediately. Go here to get information concerning how to clean up a machine infected by “Fizzer.”

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National Threat Level
Rises to Secon 2

As the country moved yesterday to a national threat level of orange --high risk of a terrorist attack -- Berkeley Lab moved its own security condition (Secon) to Level 2. This means emergency personnel have been put on alert, security patrols will be increased, identification at the gates will have to be verified with parking permit or employment badge, and random vehicle inspections will be conducted. The Office of Homeland Security's announcement yesterday can be read here.

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Personnel Policy Changes
Posted for Comment

The Laboratory proposes to modify several of its personnel policies to clarify language in several areas, delete provisions that are no longer applicable, and conform to recent changes in the law. A summary of these changes may be found here with links to each of the proposed changes. These changes affect nonrepresented employees only. Represented employees should review their union agreements or contact their union representatives for information regarding their situation. Those who wish to comment on these changes must do so by e-mail or in writing by June 20 to Mary Bishop, Policies Analyst, at MS 937R0600, or [email protected].


Encryption Course
To Be Offered June 12

Due to popular request, Berkeley Lab's Encryption Fundamentals course will be offered again on June 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Bldg. 50B-4205. A description of the course can be found here. There is no charge for attending, and employees can enroll on-line here.

Traffic Note Clarified

In the traffic safety brochure distributed to employees yesterday, reference was made to potential congestion due to the movement of truckloads of dirt at the proposed Molecular Foundry. Though excavation for the building will involve a significant amount of soil, all of that soil will remain and be re-used on-site.

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Sunny and warm

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SECON level 2

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