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Friday, September 19, 2003


10:30 a.m.
CBP Seminar
Amplification of Ultrashort Laser Pulses in Plasma; Characterization of Laser-Accelerated Proton Beams
Matthias Dreher and Malte Kaluza, Max Planck Institute
Bldg. 71-264

11 a.m.
Earth Sciences Division Seminar
Critically Stressed Fractures and Faults and Fluid Flow: From the Strength of the Intraplate Lithosphere to the Frictional Strength of the San Andreas Fault
Mark Zorback, Stanford University
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

1 p.m.
Scientific Computing Seminar
Finite Difference Method for Electronic Structure Calculations
Jean-Luc Fattebert, Center for Applied Scientific Computing, LLNL
Bldg. 50A-5132


4 p.m.
Structural & Quantitative Biology Seminar
Copper-Zinc Superoxide Dismutase and ALS
Joan S. Valentine, UCLA
Lewis Hall, campus

5:30 p.m.
Friends of Science Lecture
Sequencing to Understand Life Big and Small
Eddy Rubin, Director, Genomics Division
Perseverance Hall

Origins: Beef Chow Mein
Fresh Grille: Fish & Chips
Menutainment: Viva La Burrito! Chicken or Pork
Dinner: Pesto Sundried Tomato Crusted Salmon or Roasted Chicken
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
Tom Cahill at Ground Zero in New York
Study Extends Analysis
Of 9/11 Air Quality

A new study of World Trade Center air samples analyzed in large part at the Advanced Light Source puts forth a model for how the debris pile acted like a chemical factory, cooking together the components of the buildings and their contents to give off gases of toxic metals, acids, and organics. The study also confirms preliminary reports on the size, composition, and origin of the pollutants ejected after the towers' collapse. ALS Beamline 10.3.1 user Tom Cahill of UC Davis presented the findings at a recent meeting of the American Chemical Society in New York City. Full story.


Dialogue With Senior
Lab Managers Today

The second in a series of conversations between laboratory employees and Berkeley Lab senior management will be held today at noon in the Genomics Building (84), room 3118. Lab Director Charles Shank and Deputy Director for Operations Sally Benson will be on hand to bring people up-to-date on current issues as well as answer questions from the audience. Attendees are invited to bring brown bag lunches during the one-hour discussion.

Departing UC Chief Praises DOE Labs

In his final message to the University of California-managed Department of Energy laboratories, retiring UC President Richard Atkinson congratulates them on their “tremendous accomplishments” during his eight-year tenue. Writing in the latest issue of LabUpdate, a newsletter compilation of Berkeley, Livermore and Los Alamos news, Atkinson praises lab employees and friends for creating labs that are “outstanding in their technical quality and critical in their importance to the nation.” Read Issue 9 here.


Campus Land Use Plan
Subject of Monday Event

UC Berkeley is drafting its Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) that will help shape the look, feel and academic direction of the campus for the next 15 years. It has invited the public to examine the 2020 plan between 5 and 9 p.m. Monday at the Clark Kerr campus, 2601 Warring St. The plan is scheduled to be completed and available for review this spring. The public is invited to send written or e-mailed comments about the conceptual plan and the scope of the plan's environmental impact report from now until Sept. 29. Send written comments to Jennifer Lawrence, Capital Projects, 19336 University Ave., Suite 300, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720-1382, and e-mails to [email protected].


Part of Lawrence Road
To Close for Paving

Lawrence Road between buildings 37 and 35 will be reduced to a single lane today in preparation for paving. Tomorrow, a longer stretch of Lawrence Road, from the "Big C" switching station to the Firehouse, will be closed while paving is in progress. Detours will be marked. Also, on Monday, Lawrence Road between Buildings 31 and 48 will be reduced to one lane while workers install a new guardrail. The project will take about four days to complete.


Delay Looms For U.S. Life Sciences Funding

A dispute between the White House and the Senate involving overtime pay regulations looks as if it might delay funding for the National Institutes of Health. Funding for the National Science Foundation may also be delayed by substantial differences between versions of appropriation bills already passed by the House and the Senate’s marked up version. To date, the House has passed its versions of all 13 appropriations bills while the Senate has passed only five. The Scientist reports the latest on life sciences funding here.


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