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Friday, October 3, 2003
Only 8 Days Until the Runaround


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8:55 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
ALS User’s Meeting
Bldg. 50 auditorium

9 a.m.
EHS 225
Forklift Training
Bldg. 51-201

5 p.m.
Lab Martial Arts Club Training Session
Bldg. 71

Origins: Chicken Parmesana with Fettucini Alfredo
Fresh Grille: Roasted Mahi- Mahi
Menutainment: Viva La Burrito! Chicken or Pork
Choice of Roasted Chipotle BBQ Chicken, Beef Stew w/Fresh Baked Bread, Rice & Apple Pie, or Captain's Platter
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
McKone Wins Award for
Pollution Research

Thomas McKone, a senior scientist in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, was awarded the International Society of Exposure Analysis’s (ISEA) 2003 Constance L. Mehlman Award for his “contributions in exposure analysis research that provided new approaches for the reduction or prevention of exposures and that helped shape national and state policies.” Specifically, McKone developed the CalTOX model, which assesses the risk of hazardous waste and air pollutants, and is widely used by state and federal agencies in the U.S and Europe. McKone received the award at the annual ISEA conference held last week in Italy. For details about McKone’s research, click here.
  In the News  
Lasers Create Possibilities For Biological Technology

Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Berkeley Lab have taken another step in the quest to build a compact, tabletop x-ray microscope that could be used for biological imaging at super-high resolution. By firing a femtosecond laser -- a laser that generates light pulses with durations as short as 100 trillionth of a second -- through a gas-filled tube, they were able to create more efficient "laser-like" beams in regions of the spectrum that were previously inaccessible. The research, published today in Science, involves Berkeley Lab’s Andy Aquila, David Attwood, and Eric Gullikson. Full story.

World of Science

New On-line
Archive for Biology
By Charles Q Choi

The physics community's open-access server for math and physics archives,, has created a site for quantitative biology papers called “q-bio.” This new site is intended to draw physicists into working on problems of direct biological relevance. Scientists interested in biological physics, computational biology, neural science, systems biology, bioinformatics, mathematical biology, and theoretical biology are invited to subscribe and submit preprints and reprints to q-bio. The full story can be read here.

Government Seeks Next
Generation of Biosensors
By Ted Agres

The Department of Homeland Security's Advanced Research Project Agency (HSARPA) has issued its first call for proposals to develop the next generation of biosensors for detecting potential biological and chemical attacks. HSARPA plans to award $350 million in contracts this year and is seeking proposals to develop, field test, and commercialize sensors capable of detecting a wide range of biological and chemical agents in the open air as well as inside buildings. For the full story, click here.


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