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Friday, October 17, 2003


8 a.m.
EHS 432
Radiation Protection
Bldg. 51-201

1 p.m.
Scientific Computing
Architecture Independent Performance Characterization and Benchmarking
Erich Strohmaier
Bldg. 50A-5132

2 p.m.
EHS 339
Asbestos Awareness
Bldg. 51-201

4 p.m.
College of Chemistry
Spin Dependent Transport in Magnetic Oxide Junctions
120 Latimer Hall


8 a.m.
EHS 206
Crane Training
Bldg. 51-201

9 a.m.
Computing Information Systems
Windows XP: Level One
51L Training Facility

4 p.m.
College of Chemistry
Signaling by PDA: Dynamics of Catalysis and Localization
Susan Taylor, UCSD
100 Lewis Hall

Mechanical Engineering Dept.
Some Fundamental Problems in Dislocation Dynamics
Xanthippi Markenscoff, UCSD
3110 Etcheverry Hall

4:30 p.m.
Physics Dept.
An Enhanced Cosmic-Ray Flux in Diffuse Interstellar Clouds, Inferred From Laboratory measurement of H#+ Recombination
Benjamin McCall
1 LeConte Hall

Market Carvery: Southwestern Chicken Casserole
Fresh Grille: Fried Catfish with a Blackened Tomato & Corn Sauce
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B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5 - 7 p.m.
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Fleming Visits FSU as
Distinguished Visitor

Physical Biosciences Division Director Graham Fleming visited Florida State University last week as part of the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program, which gives students and faculty the chance to learn from some of science’s leading authorities. Professor Fleming shared his work on electron transfer in photosynthesis, and specifically discussed how plants optimize their photosynthetic processes during the course of a day in response to brighter and dimmer sunlight. While there, the FSU radio program Headlines interviewed Fleming. Go here to listen to the broadcast (Real Audio required).

Genome Deserts
Yield DNA Gold


Vast regions of the human genome thought to be genetic “deserts” harboring DNA sequences of no value may actually contain heretofore hidden nuggets of DNA gold. Berkeley Lab’s Eddy Rubin and a team of researchers compared DNA sequences from gene deserts in humans, mice, frogs and fish, and discovered that DNA sequences can regulate the "expression" of genes over surprisingly long distances. Read the full story in this week’s issue of The View. Go here to read the report in today’s issue of Science Magazine.



These Chinese 'Cures' Can Cause Cancer

Herbal products such as “Mother Earth’s Cough Syrup” and “PMS-Ease” are sold over the Internet as “natural” medicine even though they contain a cancer-causing agent that was banned for import by the FDA two years ago. Berkeley Lab scientist Lois Gold, director of the Carcinogenic Potency Project at UC Berkeley, co-authored a letter in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine warning about more than 100 products that contain aristolochic acid, a known carcinogen that’s used in traditional Chinese medicine. Gold’s NEJM letter can be read here.

Scientist Shows Power
Of 'Experimental Math'

By Lysander Jim


If you want to make a mathematician scoff, tell him that you will make an original discovery about pi. The presumption, of course, is that you'll catch something that over 2,000 years of mathematics has not. This skepticism explains the astonishment of the mathematical community at a discovery in 1996. That year, David Bailey, now chief technologist for the National Energy Research Computing Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and two collaborators published their findings—a new formula for expressing pi as an infinite series. Full story.

Los Alamos Researchers
Envision Space 'Elevator'

Researchers are proposing an elevator reaching 62,000 miles into the sky that would be able to launch payloads into space at a far lower cost than the space shuttle. The Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists are so convinced it can be a reality that they are working on their own time on technical details. Five to 10 scientists at any given time are analyzing the economics and technical specifications of how the elevator would work and possible health risks to those using it. Full story.


UCOP Proposing New and Revised Policies

The University of California is proposing a new policy on Conflicts of Interest Created by Consensual Relationships and a revised policy on Sexual Harassment and Procedures for Responding to Reports of Sexual Harassment. If adopted, the policies would cover all members of the University community, including Laboratory employees. Click here to view the proposed policies.


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