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


8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
ALS Users Meeting

11 a.m.
Computational Research Division
Flat MPI vs. Hybrid: Finite-Element Benchmarks on Seaborg and the
Eath Simulator

Nakjima Kengo, RIST, Japan

Nuclear Science Division
Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay: From Rates to Majorana Masses
Petr Vogel, California Institute of Technology
50 Auditorium

2 p.m.
Tri-Lab Career Fair
Pauley Ballroom, campus

5:30 p.m.
Information Session and Reception
LBNL, LLNL, LANL recruitment
Seaborg Room, Faculty Club


10 a.m.
Basic Electric Safety
Bldg. 51-201

11 a.m.
College of Chemistry
New Tools for Chemical Neurobiology: Photoswitchable Ion Channel Ligands
Matthew Banghart
120 Latimer Hall

1:30 p.m.
Surface Science and Catalysis
Water of Pt(111): Structure and Chemical Bond
Hirohito Ogasawara, Stanford U.
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

Origins: Roasted Leg of Lamb, with Two Sides
Fresh Grille: Double Mushroom Cheese Burger with Fries
Adobe: Chili Mac with Side Salad & Corn Bread
Choice of Roasted Teriyaki Chicken, Roasted Leg of Lamb with Two Sides, or Spinach Mushroom Stuffed Rock Sole in a Light Lemon Cream Sauce, with Two Sides
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
World of Science   Announcements

Chemistry Nobels for
Cell Membrane Work

Agre (L),

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2003 “for discoveries concerning channels in cell membranes”, with one half of the prize to Peter Agre, with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, “for the discovery of water channels” and one half of the prize to Roderick MacKinnon, with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute,“for structural and mechanistic studies of ion channels”. Full story.

What Are the Worst
Jobs in Science?

By William Speed Weed

Ah, science! Ennobling. Fascinating. Deeply challenging. Also, dangerous, gross and mind-bogglingly boring. The editors at Popular Science say they are sometimes brought up short by the realization that there are aspects of science that, when imposing titles and advanced degrees are stripped away, sound at best distasteful and at worst unbearable. Having chosen last month their second annual Brilliant 10, the magazine turned to this pressing question: Just how bad can a science job get? Full story.

The Power of Words:
The SSC in Literature

By Jeffrey Mervis


It may be 10 years late, but the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) has finally found a literary champion. It's Herman Wouk, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Caine Mutiny and a master of historical fiction. Still productive at 88, Wouk has made the SSC the focus of his latest novel, A Hole in Texas, due out next spring. "My longtime friend, Glenn Seaborg, used to ask me when I was going to write a novel about a scientist," recalls Wouk. "Well, A Hole in Texas is my shot at the target." Full story.

New LHS Exhibit:
How Sweet It Is!

The new “Candy Unwrapped” exhibit at the Lawrence Hall of Science goes beyond the sugar coating to look at the sweet science of candy. Visitors will get their five-senses worth in this interactive examination of the science that goes into our treats: biology, chemistry, physiology, and psychology. The exhibit — which includes 17 interactive stations — continues through Jan. 4. Go here for more information.

Bus Schedule Changes
Due to Runaround

On Friday, Oct. 10, the on-site shuttle bus service will close down between 11:40 a.m. and 1 p.m. to allow the Lab to conduct its annual Runaround event. All on-site traffic will be stopped as well, during this time. Off-site shuttle bus service will continue as normal. For more information, call Bus Services at x4165.

Election Update

Actor Prevails in
Bid for Governor


In an historical election, the actor best known for his role as 'The Terminator' has won the recall and will replace Gray Davis. Go here for more election news.


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