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Friday, April 23, 2004


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

11:30 p.m.
Earth Month
Environmental Fair
Cafeteria Lawn

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


9 a.m.
EHS 156
Building Manager Training
Perseverance Hall

10 a.m.
Retirement Planning Workshop
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

5:30 p.m.
Friends of Science
Bringing Climate Change Back Home
Margaret Torn
Berkeley Main Library

Morning Additions: Two Eggs with Cornbeef Hash and Biscuits
Origins: Chicken Parmgiana with Fettucini Alfredo
Earth Day BBQ: Jamaicain BBQ Jerk Ribs or Barbados Style Chicken, with two side dishes and dessert
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Full menu


'A Day In The Light':
Lab Work in Spotlight

Metropolis magazine, one of the architectural design industry's most influential publications, has devoted its May cover story to the new New York Times Manhattan headquarters, now being designed with the assistance of lighting experts from Berkeley Lab. Writer Martin C. Pedersen calls it "the most ambitious lighting experiment in American commercial real estate" and "a 24-hour experiment in lighting design." "They have a lot of different systems going into this building, and for each one they have a research team looking into cost, performance, and impact on the tenants," says the Lab's Eleanor Lee, who is overseeing the lighting experiment. Full story.

U.S. Science Losing
Edge, Group Warns

A new coalition of research universities and high-tech companies opened a public campaign this week to implore the federal government to increase funding for basic research as their answer to the job losses hitting the U.S. workforce as a result of offshoring. The Task Force on the Future of American Innovation warned that the United States is at a tipping point where it stands to lose its long-standing technological edge to competitors such as India, Russia and China, which are replicating the U.S. model, including pouring money into basic research. Full story.


Tropical Menu on Tap
At Environmental Fair

Today's Environmental Fair will include a special barbecue by the cafeteria staff, featuring a tropical menu that includes Jamaican barbecue "jerk" ribs, Barbados-style chicken thighs, tropical rice pilaf medley, Caribbean green beans, black beans and rice, curried zucchini with papaya chutney and coconut rice, and yams and apples with glazed pecan topping. A low-priced three-item combination plate with drink will be offered. The fair runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Torn Presents Climate Change Talk on Monday

Earth scientist Margaret Torn will present an Earth Month talk on "Bringing Global Climate Change Back Home," on Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the Berkeley Public Library. Her presentation is sponsored by the Lab's "Friends of Science" organization. In her lecture, Torn will discuss the reach of climate change down to our Bay Area neighborhood, where the way land is used and even the soil in our own back yards can have significant effects on how carbon is cycled between land and atmosphere, with far-reaching implications for climate regulation.

Nano*High Lecture Features Robert Ritchie


Robert Ritchie, with the Lab's Materials Sciences Division, will teach students about Micromachines during his lecture tomorrow for Nano*High, a monthly series geared towards teenagers and teachers. His talk will focus on the fabrication, use and application of tiny machines and structures which are as small as 25,000ths of an inch in size. These devices are called MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) and have a myriad of uses, such as sensors in automobile airbags, tiny handheld turbine engines, and in medical applications.


Documenting Visitors From Other Countries

Visitors from around the world play a vital role in sustaining the creative environment and achieving the mission of Berkeley Lab. The Lab's Security Office reminds all employees of their responsibilities under DOE's guidance, requiring all DOE facilities to document the visits and assignments of foreign visitors who are citizens of or were born in sensitive or terrorist-sponsoring countries.  Visitors and assignees from those countries require DOE secretarial approval before they can be badged or allowed Laboratory access.  These approvals are currently taking over 6 months. Contact security [email protected] or Maki Tabata at x7572 as early in the hiring or invitation process as possible. Persons from sensitive countries assigned to the Lab do not require DOE approval, but they must be entered into the DOE database prior to their arrival on site.  Contact security [email protected] or Gloria Acosta at x5132 for additional information. Go here for detailed instructions.


Mostly sunny.
Highs: upper 70s (26° C).

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