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Monday, October 20, 2003


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


9:30 a.m.
Hazardous Waste Generator
Bldg. 51-201

11 a.m.
Radioactive and Mixed Waste Generator
Bldg. 51-201

Lab Dance Club
Salsa Lessons (six-week series)
Bldg. 71-146U

2 p.m.
Fire Extinguisher
Bldg. 48-109

4 p.m.
Life Sciences Division
Repair Strategies for Deaminated and Methylated DNA
Priscilla Cooper
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

College of Chemistry
Electron Tunneling Through Proteins
Harry Gray, CIT
Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel

Origins: Jamaican Jerk Pork with Fruit Salsa & Pineapple Rice
Fresh Grille: Double Mexican Burger with Salsa & Guacamole
Menutainment: Chicken Dijon with Basmati Rice
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
Lab Report Contributes
To Sierra Water Warning

A 2001 report by Berkeley Lab Earth Sciences researchers, led by Norm Miller, has been cited in a new report warning that global warming is threatening Sierra water supplies. The study, by the Sierra Nevada Alliance, says that snow elevation could rise by 500 feet in the next few decades and predicts temperature increases of 2.5 to 10.4 degrees during the next century. “Troubled Waters of the Sierra” utilized numerous studies by climatologists and researchers, including the Lab’s report, “Climate Change Sensitivity Study of California Hydrology.” Read the water study here, and the Reno Gazette-Journal’s summary here.

Comment Meeting On
Building 49 Tonight

A public meeting to receive and record comments on Berkeley Lab's draft Environmental Impact Report on its proposed research office building, Building 49, will be held tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. The six-story, 65,000-square-foot structure, which will alleviate space constraints by relocating 240 existing employees, is scheduled to be built by fall 2005 on a site just inside the Blackberry Gate. Public comments are welcome until Nov. 3. Documents can be reviewed at the Berkeley Public Library, the Berkeley Lab library in Building 50, or via the Internet, here.


Increased Office of Science
Funding Gets Support

Several local U.S. Representatives joined in writing to the chair and ranking Democrat of the House's Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee in support of increased funding for DOE's Office of Science. More than 80 legislators, including the Bay Area’s Barbara Lee, George Miller, Zoe Lofgren, Mike Honda, and Anna Eshoo, signed the letter. An analysis by the American Institute of Physics of the status of Office of Science funding in Congress can be read here. The Senate and House are expected to complete the reconciliation of their versions of the Energy and Water appropriations bill soon.

U.S. Allots $9.7 Million
To Worker Illness Plan

Key congressional committees have authorized DOE to transfer $9.7 million to their Environment, Safety and Health workers compensation program. The additional funding will be used to expedite the processing of applications submitted to DOE under Part D of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act, enacted by Congress in 2000. The DOE will invest the $9.7 million in both the field, collecting workers' records, and in the case processing operation, assembling cases for physician panels. Go here to read more about this transfer.

Costco Membership
Available to Employees

As state employees at a federal facility, Berkeley Lab staff qualifies for membership in the Costco warehouse store. Representatives of the company will be set up at two locations this week to provide information on membership: Wednesday in the Cafeteria lobby and Friday in the Building 937 lobby. Both sessions will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. With the sale of a $45 "Gold" family membership, Costco is offering a $10 "cash card" for purchases in the store. Go here to find out more about Costco.


Reminder on Network and
Telecommunications Taboos

Attaching unauthorized equipment to the Laboratory's networking and telecommunications infrastructure, such as hubs, switches, wiring, and wireless access points, is not permitted under Lab policy. All requests for communications and networking resources or services must be processed through the Networking and Telecommunications Department. Go to R.P.M. sections 9.01D and 9.02A to learn more about these policies.


Mostly sunny, highs
in the mid-70s.

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SECON level 3

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