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Thursday, April 22, 2004


8:30 a.m.
EHS 400
Radiation Protection-Fundamentals

Bldg. 51-201

Cool Colors for Summer: Characterizing the Radiative Properties of Pigments for Cool Roofs
Ronnen Levinson
Bldg. 90-3148

1:30 p.m.
Surface Science and Catalysis
Surface and Gas Phase Chemical Processes during Dielectric Thin Film Growth by Chemical Vapor Deposition
John Crowell, UCSD
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

4 p.m.
Physics Division
Toward a Better Standard Candle: Understanding Type IA Supernovae
Lifan Wang
Bldg. 50A-5132


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

Earth Month
Environmental Fair
Cafeteria Lawn

Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70A-3377

1 p.m.
Scientific Computing
Convergence of Exact and Inexact Krylov Subspace Methods
Edward Givelberg, UC Berkeley
Bldg. 50D-3416

Morning Additions: Dollar Size Pancakes with 2 Bacon & 8 oz. Juice
Origins: Pasta Bar with Choice of Pasta & Sauces
Fresh Grille: Garden Burger with Guacamole, Salsa and Cheddar
Menutainment: Shrimp Louis
Kid's Stuff: Chicken Nuggets or Corndogs w/ Chips & Soda
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Full menu


Info, Food, and Fun at
Tomorrow's Eco-Fair

More than 20 organizations and agencies dedicated to the principles of Earth Month will set up information tables tomorrow at Berkeley Lab's Environmental Fair, taking place on the lawn at the cafeteria. From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., representatives from groups like the Sierra Club, Ecology Center, Audubon Society, and the Lab's own Green Team will be on hand to talk to employees and distribute materials. A special outdoor barbecue will also be featured. Employees located in Building 937 can take a shuttle bus, which will depart at 12:05, to the festivities. They can return using the Hearst Street shuttle.

Today is 'Daughters
And Sons' Day

The groups of youngsters you may see at the Lab today are here as part of the "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" activities. The children will attend science workshops and career fairs, and be treated to a special lunch in the cafeteria. "Today at Berkeley Lab" would like to extend a special thanks to all Lab employees who volunteered for this event.

Volunteers Needed For
Lab 'Rebuilding' Team

Rebuilding Together is a national organization that provides free improvements for the homes of low-income seniors and people with disabilities. This year's event will take place on Saturday, and the Lab needs volunteers to staff "Energy Teams," which will install simple energy and water efficiency measures, such as blankets for water heaters, caulking, weather-stripping, compact fluorescent lamps, and water-saving faucets. Those interested in participating should contact Allan Chen.


Database Catalogs
21,000 Human Genes
By Helen Pearson

Researchers have compiled a comprehensive catalogue of over 21,000 human genes: as many as three-quarters of the total number of genes thought to be in our genome. Experts say the catalogue, called the Human Full-length Complementary-DNA Annotation Invitational Database (H-Invitational Database), will help geneticists identify what each gene does in the human body, including their contribution to certain diseases. "It is a tremendous resource," says Len Pennacchio, who studies human genomics at Berkeley Lab. Full story.


Cal in Bidding War
To Keep Its Own
By Carrie Sturrock

In the world of chemistry, UC Berkeley's Carolyn Bertozzi (who is also a researcher in Berkeley Lab's Materials Sciences Division) is a hot shot. She is developing new ways of detecting cancer and treating tuberculosis. A long list of major awards graces her resume, including a MacArthur "genius" grant. Stanford and the California Institute of Technology already have tried to poach her. Others are in the process. Working at a wealthy private institution certainly would mean a higher paycheck. UC Berkeley officials have watched in alarm during California's fiscal crisis as schools like Harvard and MIT increasingly have sought Cal's most brilliant faculty. Full story.


City Warning Siren Test Will Take Place Today

The City of Berkeley will test potential outdoor warning and notification system sites today and on April 29, sometime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. They are studying potential locations and testing system characteristics with mobile sirens, some of which may sound near the laboratory. The test will involve four siren soundings lasting one minute, with several minutes in between. Proposed testing locations include one on Panoramic Way at the Oakland border.


Mostly sunny.
Highs: upper 60s (19° C).

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SECON level 3

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