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Friday, November 21, 2003


10:30 a.m.
Phase Retrieval for Image Reconstruction
James Fienup, U. of Rochester

11 a.m.
EETD Seminar
Economic and Environmental Horizons for China to 2020
David Roland-Holst, UC Berkeley
Bldg. 90-3075

Earth Sciences Division
Natural Gas Hydrates: Fundamental Principles and Applications
E. Dendy Sloan, Colorado School of Mines
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

1:30 p.m.
Material Sciences
The Double Layer Approach to Promotion, Electrocatalysis, Electrochemical Promotion and Metal-Support Interactions
Costantinos Vayenas, U. of Patras
Bldg. 66 Auditorium


2 p.m.
Center for Beam Physics
Building a Non-Linear Map for an RF Gap
Dan Abell, Tech-X Corp.
Bldg. 71-264

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
Fossil Fuels in a Greenhouse-constrained World
Robert Socolow, Princeton U.
1 LeConte Hall

Market Carvery: Southwestern Chicken Casserole
Fresh Grille: Fried Fish with Cajun Tartar Sauce & Fries
Menutainment: Viva La Burrito! Chicken or Pork
Choice of Roasted Lemon Chicken; Southwestern Chicken Casserole; or Fried Fish with Cajun Tartar Sauce & 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

An Energetic Visit by
Marin High Schoolers

Thirty juniors and teachers Mary Carabell and Sue Fox from Sir Francis Drake High School's SEA-DISC program trekked to Berkeley Lab from San Rafael yesterday to learn about energy efficiency and environmental research here. SEA-DISC is the school's "Studies of the Environment Academy-Drake Integrated Studies Curriculum," which offers specialized classes for upper division high school students in environmental studies. The field trip has become an annual event, and this is the fifth year the class has come to Berkeley. Roland Otto, head of the Center for Science and Engineering Education, taught a seminar on energy efficiency in the home using the Energized Learning website, and the students took tours of the energy-efficient lighting lab and the Advanced Light Source.


Report on Foreign-Born
Science Workers Issued

The National Science Board recently released a report on the U.S. science and engineering workforce, saying new figures on foreign-born workers in science and technology make it crucial for the government to "act now" to meet future needs in these fields. A sampling from 2000 Census figures indicates a larger than previously known percentage of degree-holding, foreign-born professionals working in the United States. Go here to read the National Science Foundation press release, and here to view a copy of the report.

GAO Defers Call
for Open Access
By Eugene Russo

U.S. government agencies funding research should work toward a uniform conflict of interest policy, according to a recently-released US Government Accounting Office (GAO) report. The GAO studied but did not offer any recommendations on making government-funded research data freely available to the public. GAO study author Richard Cheston said it was “premature” to make recommendations on data release, given that it would involve “carefully walking through a minefield of concerns.” However, the GAO did call for more immediate release of research results from the Department of Education. Full story.

A Chemical Reaction
To the Next Big Game

Who says science and football don’t mix? As part of the preparation for this year’s Big Game, the campus’s chemistry department recently conducted a very special titration, which magically turns a red (Stanford’s color) solution to a beauteous blue and gold. Lab employees who have followed the Bears' season know tomorrow’s match-up is more than just a continuation of a 106-year tradition. A bowl berth — the first since 1996 — is on the line. Go here to read UC Berkeley’s complete coverage of the Battle for the Axe, including a webcast of the titration.


Lab Golfing Club is
Looking for Linksters

Interested in playing golf with your colleagues at work? Then consider joining the Berkeley Lab Golf Club. The group hosts regular tournaments played by USGA rules at courses throughout the Bay Area, Reno and Monterey! Dues are $65 for returning members, and $75 for new members. The deadline for payment is Monday, Dec. 8. The cost includes membership in the NCGA. For more information, contact Dave Plate at x7232 or [email protected]. Or go here to visit the club’s website.

‘Tis the Season for
Holiday Happenings

With Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas just around the corner, many workplaces begin organizing various holiday-related activities, such as toy and food drives for those less fortunate, as well as craft fairs, concerts and plays. “Today at Berkeley Lab” would be happy to help publicize events that employees are sponsoring at the Lab. Send information via e-mail to the editors, and they will make every effort to post these announcements.

Power Outages Will
Occur This Weekend

Power will be turned off to the Building 51 Complex and Building 64 from approximately 6 a.m. tomorrow until about 4 p.m. on Sunday, to allow switchgear modifications. A public address announcement will be made prior to switching. Employees are asked to take all necessary precautions. For more information, contact Glen Skipper at x6125 or Jim Murphy at x4175.


Partly cloudy. Highs 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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