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Friday, November 14, 2003


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

1:15 p.m.
Life Sciences Division
Cone Beam Tomographic Image Reconstruction: Algorithm Development and Application in Small Animal Imaging
Jicun Hu, Marquette U.
Bldg. 55-117

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


1 p.m.
EHS 274
Confined Space Retraining
Bldg. 51-201

2 p.m.
EHS 330
Lead Hazards Awareness
Bldg. 51-201

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
Studying the Structure of the Space-time and the Brain with Atomic Magnetometers
1 LeConte Hall
Michael Romalis, Princeton U.

7 p.m.
EIR Scoping Meeting
North Berkeley Senior Center

Market Carvery: BBQ Chicken Breast with Baked Beans & Corn on the Cob
Fresh Grille: Reuben Sandwich with Garlic Fries
Menutainment: Viva La Burrito! Chicken or Pork
Choice of Roasted Lemon Chicken; BBQ Chicken Breast with Baked Beans, Corn on the Cob; or Rueben Sandwich with Garlic Fries
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

Conferees Agree on Funds
For DOE Science in FY04

House and Senate conferees have completed work on the FY 2004 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill. The conference agreement provides $3.45 billion to the DOE Office of Science instead of the $3.48 billion as proposed by the House and $3.36 billion as proposed by the Senate. This is an increase of 5.8% or $190.5 million over last year's budget. Both Houses will vote on the bill, perhaps as soon as next week. Go here to read an analysis of the DOE funds by the American Institute of Physics.

Planning Impact Comments Sought at Monday Scoping

Berkeley Lab’s revised Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on its prospective Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) will be the subject of a public scoping meeting Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. The NOP outlines the criteria upon which the Laboratory will build a physical development framework in order to complete its mission through year 2025. The LRDP will feature land-use principles and policies to guide future growth and change. Go here to view relevant documents.

UC Reorganizes
Lab Management

As part of its ongoing commitment to strengthen the management of the UC-managed national laboratories, the University of California announced yesterday a new management organization that initially includes a strengthened internal organization and a new UC Laboratory Management Council. The organizational changes take effect immediately. Key among the changes is the creation of two associate vice president positions reporting to the vice president for laboratory management — one to oversee laboratory operations and administration and the other to oversee laboratory programs. Go here to read the UC press release.


Global Warming May
Spur More Wildfires
By the Associated Press

Drought- and beetle-ravaged trees in this mountain community stick up like matchsticks in the San Bernardino National Forest, bypassed by the fires still smoldering, but left like kindling for the next big blaze. Welcome to the future. Warmer, windier weather and longer, drier summers would mean higher firefighting costs and greater loss of lives and property, according to Berkeley Lab researchers Margaret Torn and Evan Mills, and the U.S. Forest Service. Full story.


Power Outage
in Building 51

Power will be turned off to the Building 51 Complex from approximately
6 a.m. tomorrow, until approximately 4 p.m. Sunday, to allow switchgear modifications. A Hill-wide public address announcement will be made prior to switching. Be sure to take all necessary precautions. For more information, contact Glen Skipper at x6125, or Jim Murphy at x4175.

The Lab Craft
Fair is Coming

The Lab's Annual Craft Fair will be held this year on Thursday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 7 p.m. Employees who are artists and craftspeople are encouraged to participate. Items for sale must be hand-made and crafters are requested to donate one item for a free prize drawing. Those interested in having a booth at the fair, should contact Robin Mitchell at [email protected] or x4141.


“Today at Berkeley Lab” answers questions from donors about this year’s SHARES charitable giving campaign:

Q: Were previous SHARES donations affected by the recent United Way billing scandal, and what has the Lab done to ensure that this doesn’t happen again?
A: Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley fully investigated the issues surrounding prior distribution of United Way funds, and both are convinced that the respective donations were not diverted or otherwise misused. United Way has since adjusted its policies to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.
Q: Can I just repeat my contributions from last year without filling out a form?
A: No. Unfortunately, no such records have been kept. Renewing donations, or initiating new ones, will require a fresh completion of the new electronic form.
Q: If I write a check, to whom to I make it out?
A: United Way of the Bay Area, which will distribute the funds to designated charities.


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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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