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Friday, October 24, 2003


8 a.m.
Earth Sciences
Symposium on Underground Injection Science and Technology
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

10 a.m.
Earth Sciences Division
OpenOffice on the Mac Platform
Louis Suarez-Potts
Bldg. 70A-3377

10:30 a.m.
Center for Beam Physics
Measuring the Electrical Conductivity of a Single, Warm Dense Matter State
Andrew Ng, LLNL
Bldg. 71-264

11:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m.
Costco Membership Drive
Bldg. 937 Lobby

1 p.m.
A Proposed Standard for Matrix Metadata With a View Towards a Self-Adapting Large-scale Solver Architecture
Victor Eijkhout
Bldg. 50A-5132

4 p.m.
College of Chemistry
Breaking Bonds with Low-Coordinate Iron: Chemistry Inspired by Nitrogenase
Patrick Holland, U. of Rochester
120 Latimer Hall


9 a.m.
Research Business Models Workshop Alignment of Funding Mechanisms With Scientific Opportunities
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

EHS 280
Laser Safety
Bldg. 51-201

4 p.m.
Mechanical Engineering Dept.
Mechanics of DNA packing and Ejection in Viruses
Rob Phillips, CIT
3110 Etcheverry Hall

4:30 p.m.
Physics Dept.
Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics With Single Atoms
Herbert Walther, Max-Planck Institute
1 LeConte Hall

Origins: Baked Salmon with Sundried Tomato Tapenade
The Fresh Grille: Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich with Onion Rings
Viva La Burrito! Chicken or Pork
Choice of Roasted Chipotle Chicken; Flank Steak with Green Peppercorn Sauce & Steak Fries; or Blue Nosed Bass with Roma Tomato Demi Sauce & Sauteed Shrimp
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


Amber Waves of Grain
on a Mission to Mars


Mars came nearer to Earth this year than it has in more than 50,000 years, but a new technology could bring it closer still. Scientists have developed a fully sustainable disposal system to deal with waste on long-range space flights using a simple byproduct of wheat. Wheat grass, an inedible part of the wheat plant, can be used to reclaim pollutants produced from burning waste on a spaceship, according to Shih-Ger Chang and other Environmental Energy Technologies researchers from Berkeley Lab and NASA. Full story.


Building With
Green in Mind
By Amy Nolan

Lanny Cope says he's no tree hugger, but he's crisscrossing the state preaching the merits of green building. The Knoxville architect became a convert to the green building movement when his firm won the job of designing Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Research Support Center. A report released this month by the Capital E group, Berkeley Lab, and some California state agencies concluded that financial benefits of green design are between $50 and $70 per square foot in a LEED building. Financial benefits came from lower energy, waste and water costs; lower environmental and emissions costs; lower operating and maintenance costs; and increased productivity and health. Full story.

What’s With All The Holes in the Road?

Several ‘Today at Berkeley Lab’ readers have inquired about the tiny holes drilled into roads around the Lab. According to Michael Dong, chief mechanical engineer, the holes are part of the Sitewide Water Project, which involves the installation of a cathodic protection system on all the Lab's water mains. The system uses sacrificial anodes — to prevent the pipes from corroding due to stray electrical currents — that are connected to the pipes by electrical wires. The holes were created to test the cathodic protection system to ensure stray electrical currents can flow between the pipes and the sacrificial anodes. The holes will be filled soon.


Seaborg Photo Display
Back and Secure

Ann-Margret and Seaborg

An array of photos and other memorabilia commemorating the life and times of the late Berkeley Lab nobelist Glenn T. Seaborg has returned to the Building 70A lobby, just down the hall from Seaborg’s last office. New locks have been installed on the cabinets, and designer Marilee Bailey of the Technical and Electronic Information Department has reset the images – including (above) a photo of Seaborg with actress Ann-Margret when both received the Great Swedish Heritage Award in 1984.

Time To
Turn Back
the Clocks

If employees want to make sure they aren’t late to work on Monday, then they must turn their clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday evening. Why? Daylight savings time is over, and the country reverts back to standard time. Did you know that standard time was instituted in the U.S. by the railroads in 1883? Before then, the time of day was a local matter, and most cities and towns used clocks on a church steeple or in a jeweler's window to track the hours.

ASD Training
Open to Everyone

The ASD Academy has room available in three of its upcoming training courses for any employee who is interested in participating: ‘Writing Advantage,’ from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, and ‘Managing The Stress of Change,’ from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 17. To sign up, contact Linda Matyas at x5345 or [email protected].


Sunny and warmer.
Highs upper 80s.

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SECON level 3

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