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Monday, September 15, 2003


INPA Journal Club
Precise Measurement of the 7Be(p,g)8B S-factor
Arnd Junghans, U. of Washington
Bldg. 50-5026

Mexican Independence Day Music Performance

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
Control of Quantum Systems for Information Processing
Birgitta Whaley, UCB
1 Le Conte Hall


9 a.m.
EHS 60
Ergonomics for Computer Users
Building 51-201

4 p.m.
Physics Division
A Novel Application of HEP Technology to the Problem of Audio Presentation
Vitaliy Fadeyev
Building 50A-5132

Life Sciences Division
Functional Elucidation of Cancer Genomes
Joe Gray
Building 66

Market Carvery: Short Ribs with Baby Carrots, Peas & Red Potatoes
Fresh Grille: Double Bleu Cheese Bacon Burger with Roasted Garlic
Menutainment: Meat or Vegetable Lasagna
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full Menu
Using Silver Nanowires
As Explosives Detector

By Bob Sanders

Silver nanowires

Minuscule wires a few nanometers across are proving to be versatile electronic components, as demonstrated recently by chemists who used silver nanowires as key elements of a sensitive explosives detector. The researchers, led by Berkeley Lab Materials Sciences Division researcher Peidong Yang, also an assistant professor of chemistry at UC Berkeley, made about a trillion silver nanowires -- essentially nanocopic needles -- and packed them tightly together in a thin layer. Full story.

In the News
New UC Regents
Chosen by Governor

The state Senate confirmed appointments Thursday of United Farm Workers Union co-founder Dolores Huerta and Westwood One radio network chairman Norman J. Pattiz to the University of California Board of Regents. Huerta will serve the remainder of Pattiz's term, which expires March 1. Pattiz will begin a new 12-year term on the 26-member board. Following approval by the Senate Rules Committee, the full Senate voted 25-5 to confirm the appointments made by Gov. Gray Davis. Full story.

Install Security Patch Or Lose Network Access

As reported in Friday’s Today at Berkeley Lab, Windows NT, 2000 and XP system users must install a security patch as soon as possible. All computers that have not installed this patch will have their network access blocked tomorrow. The patch and more information are available here. For Novell clients, ITSD will run the installer during login for the latest Windows patch to protect machines from future Blaster type attacks. The process starts at 6 a.m. today and will run until 6 p.m. tomorrow. It will only execute once for each machine. The installer will not install a patch on machines that already have it installed. For help, contact the Help Desk at [email protected] or x4357.

Mexican Independence Celebration Today

On September 16, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest in the Mexican village of Delores, rang the church bell to call the villagers to a meeting. There, he inspired the masses to rise up against the oppressive rule of the Spaniards. It was a momentous decision that revolutionized the course of Mexican history. After their independence was won, Mexicanos began an annual celebration of this day. In honor of Mexican Independence Day, the Lab's Latino and Native American Association will present an hour of cultural music by the band "Los Cenzontles" on the cafeteria patio today.
Cafeteria Dinner Service Begins Today

Based largely on recent survey results from about 600 laboratory employees, the Berkeley Lab cafeteria will be serving dinner each weekday evening from 5 to 7 p.m., beginning tonight. Almost all of those 600 respondents to the survey favored a dinner service. Food items will be available for in-hall dining or for take-out.

In Memoriam
Former Lab Physicist Frank Crawford Dies

Frank Crawford, a professor emeritus of physics at the UC Berkeley and a Berkeley Lab research scientist from 1953 to 1957, died July 28 at the age of 79. Crawford helped design and engineer the liquid hydrogen bubble chamber, a detector that allowed scientists to see and photograph the interaction of particles produced by cyclotrons and other particle accelerators. The work led to a Nobel Prize in physics for UC Berkeley team leader Luis W. Alvarez in 1968. For more information, go here.


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