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Monday, August 2, 2004

Noon to 1 p.m.
Employee Activities Association
Ticket Sale
SF Giants vs. NYM ($17)
Game day August 20, 7:15
Cafeteria Lobby

Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class with Inna Belogolovsky ($10/$12)
Bldg. 70A-3377


Computing Sciences
Summer Student Presentations
Perseverance Hall

4 p.m.
Physics Division
Research Progress Meeting
HERMES Run II—First Results
Ingrid-Maria Gregor (DESY)
Bldg. 50A-5132

5 p.m.
Computational Research
Mars Rover Screening
Chip Smith
Bldg. 50B-1211


Morning Editions: Banana and Walnut French Toast with Bacon
Market Carvery:
BBQ Beef Ribs with Ranch Mashed Potatoes & Vegetable
The Fresh Grille:
Grilled Turkey Club on a Roll
Greek Salad with Choice of Lamb/ Pork Meatballs with Cucumber-Yogurt Dressing
Full Meal Deal: Italian Burger, Fries, Side Salad, 20 oz. Root Beer & Pie

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full menu


Opening Thoughts
From Director Chu

In an interview late last week, Director Steven Chu provided some of his initial thoughts about the Lab, his "homecoming" to Berkeley, and the challenges facing him and the Laboratory. The video can be viewed here.

A New Advance
In Nanowires


A significant breakthrough in the development of the highly prized semiconductor gallium nitride as a building block for nanotechnology has been achieved by a team of scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley. For the first time ever, researchers have been able to control the direction in which a gallium nitride nanowire grows. Growth direction is critical to determining the wire’s electrical and thermal conductivity and other important properties.“ Our results will come as a surprise to those who have said that growth direction can’t be controlled,” says Peidong Yang, a chemist with the Lab’s Materials Sciences Division and a professor with UC Berkeley’s Chemistry Department who led this research. Full story.


UC Offers Admission
To Deferred Freshmen

The University of California will offer freshman admission to UC-eligible applicants who initially were referred to community colleges this year, thanks to a newly approved state budget agreement. "We are very pleased that the governor and Legislature have reached this agreement to preserve freshman access to the University of California for all eligible students," said UC President Robert C. Dynes. The budget approved by the Legislature also restores state funding for UC academic development (outreach) programs in California K-12 schools and sustains the governor's proposed level of funding for UC Merced, which had been removed from an earlier legislative version of the budget. Full story.


Francis Crick Remembered

British biologist Francis H.C. Crick, whose name will forever be linked with the American chemist James Watson for their discovery of DNA’s double helix structure, died last week at the age of 88, following a long battle with colon cancer. Crick and Watson’s discovery resolved longstanding questions about how DNA is able to replicate itself and how genetic material gets passed from one generation to another. The New York Times has put together an extensive tribute to Crick and his legacy. It can be read here.


Softball Scores

Results of the 7th week of play:

Ballpark Estimates over Animals 12-4
Rated X over Isotopes 15-1
SUDZ over Fully Loaded 12-10
Silver & Black over Camshafts 9-4

Hit & Run - BYE

Softball Standings

Place Team Record
1 Ballpark Estimates 6-0
2 SUDZ 5-1
3 Fully Loaded 4-2
4 Animals 4-3
5 Rated X 3-3
6 Hit & Run 2-4
7 Silver & Black 2-4
8 Isotopes 1-5
9 Camshafts 1-6

Morning fog, then sunny.
Highs: upper 60s (20° C).

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