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Friday, May 30, 2003


1 - 4 p.m.
Groundbreaking for the Stanley Biosciences and Bioengineering Facility
Site of the former Stanley Hall


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Origins: Corned Beef
Adobe Cafe: Burritos
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In the News
Eighteen Supernovas
Discovered in Cetus

An international research group has detected 18 supernovas, formed between 4 billion and 7 billion years ago, using Japan's Subaru Telescope in Hawaii, astronomers said Thursday. The project is being conducted in collaboration with astronomers from various countries, including researchers from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and Berkeley Lab. It was the first time such a large number of supernovas have been observed at one time, the University of Tokyo astronomers said. Full story.

Labs to Keep Giving Polygraph Tests
By Andrea Widener

Last fall, a panel of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences found that polygraph tests are unproven, and perhaps even dangerous, as a tool to search for potential spies at the nation's nuclear weapons labs. Its measures of heart rate, breathing and sweaty palms are easily tripped by the nervous but innocent, and easily fooled by experts. What's more, the panel said, the polygraph gives security experts a misleading sense of security because spies can pass the screening test. Despite this overwhelming finding, and a congressional mandate to reevaluate use of the test, the Department of Energy has stuck by the polygraph. Full story.


Groundbreaking Today
For Stanley Hall Facility

Join Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Stanley Biosciences and Bioengineering Facility, today at 1 p.m. at the site of the former Stanley Hall. The groundbreaking will be followed by a panel discussion on "Health Sciences for 21st Century," at 2 p.m. in room 390 of the Hearst Memorial Mining Building. Panelists from the Lab include Carolyn Bertozzi of Materials Sciences, Carlos Bustamante and Jennifer Doudna of Physical Biosciences, and Teresa Head-Gordon of Chemical Sciences. Susan Marqusee of Physical Biosciences will moderate the discussion. There will be a reception at 3 p.m. in the Betty and Gordon Moore Lobby of the Hearst building. This event is free and open to the public.
DOE Resource Center To Return in June

Current and former DOE workers and contractors interested in filing claims for medical assistance for illnesses due to radiation, silica or beryllium exposure at work will have another opportunity next month to get their questions answered. A joint DOE -Department of Labor Traveling Resource Center will return to the East Bay June 2-5, setting up at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in Pleasanton from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Representatives will be on hand to assist individuals with claims under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. Full story.

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