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Thursday, September 25, 2003
Only 15 Days Until the Runaround


9 a.m.
ES&H for Supervisors
Bldg. 51-201

1:30 p.m.
College of Chemistry
The Surface Science and Nanotribology of Carbon-based Films: The Ultimate Materials for Micro- and Nano-Machines?
Robert Carpick, U. of Wisconsin
Bldg. 66 Auditorium


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

1:30 p.m.
College of Chemistry
Preparation, Characterization and Catalytic Activity of Gold-Based Nanoparticles on HY Zeolite
Jacques Fraissard, U. de Pierre et Mari Curie
Bldg. 62-203

Origins: Udon or Soba Noodles with Beef, Shrimp or Vegetarian
Fresh Grille: Chicken Parmigiana Sub with Pasta Salad
Menutainment: Southern Fried Chicken
BBQ Spice Rubbed Chicken, Blue Nosed Bass, or Grilled Chicken Quesadilla with Spanish 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
New Sensitive Item Policy Begins Oct. 1

Property Management has announced a new policy, effective Oct. 1, that expands the list of “sensitive items” that must be tagged with a Property Control Bar Code. The list now includes cameras, personal computers, portable video cameras (each with a value of $300 or higher), and Personal Data Recorders or Organizers, regardless of value. Read the list of items, policy and tagging procedure here.


Downtown March
May Delay Traffic

Berkeley Lab employees are cautioned that traffic may be slowed today on Bancroft Way and other streets near the Berkeley campus, due to a planned rally and march by opponents of Proposition 54 (the Racial Privacy Initiative). The event is scheduled to begin at Sproul Plaza at 9:30 a.m., with at least 500 high school students expected to attend. The march is scheduled to begin around 1 p.m. heading west on Bancroft Way, then north on Shattuck Ave., east on Center St., and back to campus. The Berkeley Police Department is prepared to monitor the event to help ensure appropriate safety and enforcement actions are taken.
In the News
MRI scans demonstrate that females taking estrogen (ERT+) had larger hippocampus sizes than females not taking estrogen (ERT-)

Estrogen May Protect Against Aging Atrophy
By Sharon Tang-Quan

Scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Davis have discovered preliminary evidence that estrogen protects against age-related hippocampal atrophy. “Since previous findings from other laboratories suggested that estrogen replacement therapy may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease in postmenopausal women, we wanted to see if it would protect the hippocampus against atrophy, or shrinkage,” Berkeley Lab medical scientist Jamie Eberling said. Full story.

New Legal Plan
Carrier in 2004

The University of California announced that Signature Legal Care, the group legal program for UC employees, annuitants and their eligible family members, will be replaced by the ARAG Group (German-based Allegemeine Rechtsschultz-Versicherungs AG), the world's leading provider of legal expense insurance. The ARAG Group will administer the University's group legal plan at the current level of benefits, with possible minor changes, beginning Jan. 1, 2004. Eligible employees and annuitants may enroll in the legal plan during this November's Open Enrollment period.

Election Events Will
be Held on Campus

Now that California’s Oct. 7 election has been put back in motion by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent decision, various campus groups are sponsoring talks about some of the issues that will appear on the ballot. A forum on Prop. 54 (the Racial Privacy Initiative) will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at noon in 370 Dwinelle Hall. A four- person panel will discuss the proposal and field audience questions. On Thursday, Oct. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m., political, environmental, and energy experts discuss “The California Recall: Who, Why and What It Means for the Environment” in 114 Morgan Hall.


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