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Wednesday, November 5, 2003


8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Health Services
Blood Drive
Bldg. 70A-3377

10:30 a.m.
Human Resources
Open Enrollment Info Session
Bldg. 2-100B

11 a.m.
Nuclear Science Division
High-Energy-Density Laboratory Astrophysics
Bruce Remington, LLNL
NSD Auditorium

3:30 p.m.
Physics Division
On the B -> VV Decays
J. Muelmenstaedt, UC Berkeley
Room 191, Building 70, LBNL


8 a.m. to noon
Health Services
Flu Shots
Building 26

9 a.m.
EHS 278
Ladder Safety
Bldg. 51-201

10 a.m.
EHS 279
Scaffold Safety
Bldg. 51-201

Ironage Shoemobile Visit
cafeteria parking lot

1:30 p.m.
Human Resources
Open Enrollment Info Session for JGI staff
JGI conference room

Material Sciences
Reactions in Thin Surface Films in the Atmosphere: An Invitation to Surface Scientists

Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, UC Irvine
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

EHS 256
Bldg. 51-201

Market Carvery: Roasted Garlic Beef with Rosemary Potatoes, & Vegetable
Fresh Grille: Grilled Sausage Sandwich with Peppers & Onions
Adobe: Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl with Veggies
Choice of Roasted Citrus Chicken; Roasted Garlic Beef with Red Potatoes & Vegetable; or Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl with Veggies
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5 - 7 p.m.

Climate Change and Fires: Is There A Connection?

The devastating wildfires that scorched Southern California this past week, burning 743,000 acres, causing more than 20 deaths and destroying nearly 3,600 homes should not be dismissed as a freak occurrence. Berkeley Lab researchers Margaret Torn and Evan Mills, along with Jeremy Fried of the U.S. Forest Service, have been analyzing the potential effect of global climate change on wildfires in Northern California and the outlook is grim. Their latest report will be published in the journal Climatic Change but an advanced copy can be read here.

Golove Recognized for USPS Energy Plan

William Golove of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division has won a 2003 Presidential Award for Leadership in Energy Management. Golove was part of a team that developed the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Pacific Area’s Strategic Energy Management Plan (SEMP). The award honors Federal employees for their leadership in promoting and improving Federal energy management. Over the next few years, it is expected that the plan will save the USPS millions of dollars in energy costs, and reduce electricity use and the Service’s environmental impact.

Visualization Team Gets
Conference Award

Lab researchers Silvia Crivelli and Wes Bethel, of the Computational Research Division's Visualization Group, along with frequent collaborators Oliver Kreylos, Nelson Max and Bernd Hamann of UC Davis, received the "Best Application Award" at the Vis 2003 conference held recently in Seattle. The group won for their paper on ProteinShop, an interactive visualization tool for protein structure prediction and modeling. Go here to read more about ProteinShop.


Researchers Heard it
Through the Grapevine

In a story broadcast on CNN this past weekend, Lab researcher Susan Hubbard discussed the radar technology she and her Earth Sciences Division colleague Yoram Rubin developed to monitor the water content of grape-growing soil in Napa Valley. Go here to view the segment (requires RealPlayer).

Lab Nano Technologies
Cited In New Magazine


The carbon nanotubes of Berkeley Lab's Alex Zettl and a simple, inexpensive process to fabricate high-quality nanotubes are among the technologies featured in the premier issue of Nanotech Briefs, a New York-based bimonthly. It is billed as the first small-tech publication that focuses on biotechnology. It will feature the best of government and industry innovations in the field and the commercial market. The first issue can be viewed as a PDF file here (Lab stories on pages 10 and 19).


This Haute Couture is
Fashionable and Safe

Timothy Sampson
The Building 50 Auditorium pulsed to the beat of light rock yesterday as Facilities Division models showed off the latest in personal protective equipment for the debut of the Facilities Fashion Show. Conceived by Facilities’ WOW (Workers Observing Workers) steering committee, the show featured everything the well-appointed man or woman needs — from chemical suits to gardening gloves — to stay safe in edgy situations. Facilities Director George Reyes, who sported a stunning checkered barbecue apron and gloves, noted that, “This was an excellent opportunity to showcase both the equipment and the spirit and intent of the WOW program.”
Partly cloudy. Highs upper 50s to mid 60s (15° C).

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