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Friday, October 10, 2003

11:30 a.m.
Scientific Computing Seminar
Multiscale Simulation: Methodology and Applications in Silica
Dr. Maohua Du, U. of Florida

1 p.m.
Optimal Aeroacoustic Shape Design Using the Surrogate Management Framework
Alison Marsden, Stanford U.


9 a.m.
College of Chemistry
n-Hexane Isomerization over Pt/ZrO2-SO4: Roles of Acidity & Pt
Jean-Pierre Gilson, Paris la Défense (France)
775A Tan Hall

4 p.m.
College of Chemistry
A New Structural Paradigm for Allosteric Regulation of Enzyme Function by Magnesium
Dr. Eileen K. Jaffe, Fox Chase Cancer Center
100 Lewis Hall

Origins: Atlantic Salmon with Green Goddess Dressing, Rice & Vegetable
Fresh Grille: Grilled Ham & Cheese with Small Tomato Soup
Menutainment: Viva La Burrito! Chicken or Vegetarian
Choice of Cornish Game Hen w/Orange Sauce; French Dip Sandwich with Garlic Fries and Salad; or Baked Trout Hunter Style with 2 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

Bright Sun, Flashy T’s: It's Runaround Time

They will start at high noon today, hundreds of runners and walkers participating in the 26th annual Berkeley Lab Runaround. No need to pre-register; just show up at the Firehouse (Building 48). All current and retired Lab employees and participating guests will be eligible for a free t-shirt, designed (photo) this year by UC Berkeley's Leitha Thrall, and for post-race prizes to be awarded on the cafeteria lawn. The run is sponsored by the Employee Activities Association, which will also provide free refreshments and entertainment. An informal bike-around starts at the Firehouse at 11:30. Go here to see a course map.

In the News

Marvin Cohen:
Alchemist at Large


The Economist chronicles the life of Marvin Cohen, a Berkeley Lab senior scientist and professor of physics at UC Berkeley whose love for science is captured in his words: “I have probably thought about physics every day for the past 50 years.” The article, which spans Cohen’s wide-ranging materials sciences research on superconductors, new classes of superhard solids, and nanotubes, can be read here.


Solar Cells Come
Down to Earth

Solar cells are still ten times too expensive for use in housing, but recently developed nanorod composites could change that. If a Berkeley Lab group achieves its ambitions, carbon-based solar cells could cost as little as a tenth of the price of today's silicon-based versions. The work started in the late 1990s, when Paul Alivisatos and his team developed nanorods with electrical characteristics similar to semiconductors. Read the full article here.


Nobelist James Watson
Headlines DNA Celebration


Five Nobel laureates, including James Watson, will join the founders of four of the world's most innovative biotechnology companies tomorrow to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA and the biotechnology industry it spawned. The free symposium will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Pauley Ballroom of the Martin Luther King Student Union Building. Guests that did not pre-register before October 2 will be directed to another room on campus TBD for simulcast viewing of the symposium. For more information, click here.

  World of Science

Making the Case for
High Energy Physics
By Audrey T. Leath

Most of the recent machines for high energy physics research have been "sold" to policymakers for the same purpose: seeking evidence of the Higgs boson and supersymmetry, Neil Calder of SLAC told the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel. As the research community begins to prepare for an international Linear Collider - which has been designated the highest priority for the U.S. particle physics program - the message "has to be different," Calder declared. Full story.


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