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Thursday, November 13, 2003


9 a.m.
EHS 400
Radiation Protection-Fundamentals
Bldg. 51-201

Benefits Office
Behavioral Health and Wellness Programs
Ana DeNoon and Kristl Buluran, UC Berkeley
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

Assessing the Reliability and Economics of Wide-Scale Grid-Connected Distributed Energy Generation with Application to Electric Power Systems Under Stress
Hisham Zerriffi, Carnegie Mellon
Bldg. 90-3148

1:30 p.m.
Material Sciences
Surface And Catalytic Studies of Bioengineered Nanoparticles
Daniel Strongin, Temple U.
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

2 p.m.
Human Resources
Open Enrollment Info Session
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

4 p.m.
Physics Division RPM
Toward a 1-GeV Laser-Driven Accelerator Module

Wim Leemans
Bldg. 50A, Room 5132


8 a.m.
EHS 432
Radiation Protection-Lab Safety
Bldg. 51-201

10 a.m.
EETD Seminar
Organic Pollutants in the Environment: Remediation, Sampling and Analytical Approaches
Hugo Destaillats
Bldg. 90-3148

10 a.m.
Physics Division
The Future of Physics Education and the Fate of the Universe
Various locations

2 p.m.
College of Chemistry
When and Why Do Like-Charged Colloids Attract Each Other in Solution?
Per Linse, U. of Lund
775B Tan Hall

4 p.m.
College of Chemistry
Nanosized Metal Chalcogenide Clusters as Starting Compounds for New Materials
Dieter Fenske, U. of Karlsruhe
120 Latimer Hall

Market Carvery: Roast Leg of Lamb with Garlic Potatoes & Vegetable
Fresh Grille: Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Bacon & Corn Relish
Menutainment: Pasta & Pepperoni Casserole, Caesar Salad & Garlic Bread
Choice of Roasted BBQ Chicken; Leg of Lamb with Garlic Potatoes & Vegetables; or Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Bacon & Corn Relish
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5 - 7 p.m.
Full Menu

Quest for WIMPs May
Unmask Dark Matter

Silicon detector from CDMS II

Using detectors chilled to near absolute zero, from a vantage point half a mile below ground, physicists of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search yesterday announced the launch of a quest that could solve two mysteries that may turn out to be one and the same: the identity of the dark matter that pervades the universe, and the existence of supersymmetric particles predicted by particle physics theory. Scientists of CDMS II, an experiment managed by the Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, hope to discover WIMPs, or weakly interacting massive particles, the leading candidates for the constituents of dark matter. Berkeley Lab is a partner in the collaboration. Full story.


Physics is Focus of
Friday Conference

High school teachers, college faculty, physicists, postdocs, and students will visit the Lab tomorrow for the first-ever joint meeting of the American Physical Society California Section and American Association of Physics Teachers Northern Californian/Nevada Section. The conference will focus on “The Future of Physics Education and the Fate of the Universe.” More than 253 attendees have signed up for workshops on such topics as neutrinos, cosmic rays, energy-efficient windows, protein crystallography, and the Supernova Cosmology Project. On Saturday, attendees will participate in activities on campus. For information, contact Michael Barnett at x5650.

Labs VP Comments
On Contract Legislation


In a letter to University of California - managed laboratory employees, Vice President for Laboratory Management Robert Foley has indicated that UC is proceeding "as if we will compete" for all contracts with its Department of Energy laboratories, including Berkeley Lab if necessary. His update on the status of legislation dictating the need for such competition includes a commitment to visit each of the labs over the coming months "to engage in fruitful discussion on these and other issues that I know are very important to you." Read his correspondence here.

Members of USPS Energy Group Pay Recent Visit

Members of the U.S. Postal Service’s National Energy Program Steering Committee came to the Lab yesterday to learn more about the research that takes place here. The Lab has provided technical assistance to this committee, and its precursor, for nearly eight years. While here, they toured the Advanced Light Source and National Center for Electron Microscopy. Among their hosts was Bill Golove (photo, far right), with Environmental Energy Technologies, who recently received a Presidential Award in Energy Management for his efforts towards developing an energy management plan for the Postal Service.


We Want To
Hear From You

The editors of “Today at Berkeley Lab” want to include as many human interest stories as we can in our publication. But to do so, we need employees on the hill and downtown to inform us about people (maybe yourself) who’ve won an award, are doing something interesting at work, or have a unique hobby. Announcements of special events and activities are also welcome. Send story ideas to [email protected].


Talk on Behavioral
Wellness Today

An informational meeting on behavioral health and wellness programs for Lab employees will be held at noon today in Building 50’s auditorium. Counselor Ana DeNoon and Health Educator Kristl Buluran, both with UC Berkeley, will speak about these essential components of staff benefits. Brown-bag lunches are welcome. The event is sponsored by the Lab’s Benefits/Health Care Facilitator Program. For more information, contact Loida Bartolome-Mingao at x6997.

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in the low 60s (17° C).

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Throughout the month of November, employees can go here to donate to their favorite charity, through the Lab’s SHARES program.

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