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Tuesday, May 27, 2003


8 a.m.
New Employee Orientation
50 Auditorium

4 p.m.
Physics Division RPM: Recent Run II Results at D0, Marumi Kado, Berkeley Lab.
Building 50A, Room 5132

4 p.m.
Life Sciences Division Seminar
Regulation of Apoptosis and Differentiation by Genotoxic Stress
Jean Wang, University of California, San Diego
Bldg 66 Auditorium


3 p.m.
ALS/CXRO Seminars in X-Ray Science & Technology
TBA. Brendan McLaughlin, Queen's University of Belfast
Building 6-2202

Soup: Vegetable w/Orzo
Origins: Enchiladas
Adobe Cafe: Taco Salad
Fresh Grille: Steak Sandwich
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full Menu
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Disabled, Veterans
Identification Invited

Berkeley Lab Director Charles Shank has invited individuals with a disability, special disabled veterans, Vietnam-era veterans, recently separated veterans, and other qualified veterans to self-identify as part of the federal mandate for institutions to take affirmative action to hire and promote those individuals. Submitting such information is voluntary and will be kept confidential. Employees who wish to accept the invitation can respond one of two ways: by printing and filling out a form here, or going on-line through employee self-service here. Surveys are to be completed by June 13 and hard copies may be sent to Human Resources, MS 937-0600. Questions should be addressed to Harry Reed at 4130. To read Director Shank's memo, go here.
World of Science
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Five Spacecraft Join To Solve Auroral Puzzle

A remarkable set of observations by five spacecraft orbiting the Earth has led to a breakthrough in understanding the origin of a peculiar and puzzling type of aurora. Seen as bright spots in Earth's atmosphere and called "dayside proton auroral spots," they were first discovered by NASA's IMAGE spacecraft in 2000. By combining observations made last year by the European Space Agency's four Cluster spacecraft and IMAGE, a team lead by UC Berkeley physicist Tai Phan has established that the auroras occur when fractures appear in the Earth's magnetic field, allowing particles emitted from the sun to pass through and collide with molecules in our atmosphere. Full story.


Two Lab Researchers
At Thomas Symposium

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Image of Alex Pines

Advanced Light Source Division Director Daniel Chemla and Materials Scientist Alex Pines will be among those paying tribute to the late Iran Thomas of the Department of Energy's Office of Science at a special symposium Wednesday and Thursday. "BES Science 2018: A Future Retrospective" will be held at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, Va., in honor of Thomas, long-time Director in the Office of Basic Energy Sciences who died on Feb. 28. Chemla will speak at 9 a.m. Thursday on "Enabling BES Science: A retrospective on the growth of BES science in materials sciences, chemistry, and biosciences." Pines will talk later, at 4:30 p.m., on "Imaging with Magnetic Fields." Announcement, program and registration details can be found here.


UC Berkeley Announces
Lifelong Learning Institute

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UC Berkeley is establishing a new program for adults 50 and older that will allow them to enroll in classes taught by retired faculty members free of homework or exams. The program, which begins this fall, will feature initial course offerings that range from an examination of the American soul to a review of new approaches to disease prevention. Most classes will be held at UC Extension's headquarters in downtown Berkeley. Emeriti faculty from UC Berkeley and scholars from other Bay Area colleges and universities will teach the non-credit courses. For more information, go here.
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