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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Employee Activities Assoc.
Karats Jewelry Sale

10 a.m.
EHS 20
EHS for Supervisors
Bldg. 51-201

11:30 a.m.
Ergonomics Fair

Cafeteria lawn

3:30 p.m.
Radiation Damage: Is there a Cure?
Ray Egerton, U. of Alberta,
Bldg. 6-2202

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


9 a.m.
EHS 225
Forklift Training
Bldg. 51-201

12:15 p.m.
Employee Activity Assoc.
Amateur Emergency Radio Group Mtg.
Bldg. 48-117

12:15 p.m.
Employee Activities Assoc. Yoga Class with Chris Hoskins ($10/$12)
Bldg. 70A-3377

3 p.m.
Unusual Electron Dynamics in the Quantum Frustrated Cobaltates: Emergence of a New State of Matter?
M. Zahid Hasan, Princeton U.
Bldg. 6-2202


Morning Editions: Breakfast Quesadilla with Home Fries
Tomorrow's Breakfast:
Breakfast Bagel
Market Carvery:
Baked Basil & Sun-dried Tomato Chicken, Pilaf Rice & Vegetable
The Fresh Grille:
Grilled Reuben Sandwich with Twister Fries & Large Fountain Soda
Fiesta Taco Salad with Ground Turkey

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

Study Predicts Hotter
California Summers


A team of 19 scientists, including Berkeley Lab's Norman Miller and Larry Dale, predict that California will experience significantly hotter summers by 2100. Their research was published in the August 16 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. As co-authors of the paper, Miller and Dale conducted analysis related to heat waves, temperature extremes, water resources, and snowmelt. According to the study, hotter summers could impact human health and water availability. Go here to read a Sacramento Bee story on this research. Go here to read the study.

A Train Without
The Daily Grind
By Bruce Bigelow


Plans are afoot to develop a prototype of an urban transit system that adopts recent innovations in magnetic levitation technology. The "urban maglev" uses a new type of permanent magnet. The magnets, made in long bars, are arranged so that the magnetic orientation of the bar is at a right angle to the magnetic orientation of the adjacent bars. The arrangement, called a Halbach array (named for Berkeley Lab scientist Klaus Halbach, who died in 2000), generates a strong magnetic field below the magnets. Full story.


NIH Ethics Report
Stirs Debate

The U.S. Office of Government Ethics has called upon the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to enact far more restrictive conflict-of-interest regulations on outside consulting activities than what has been proposed by NIH Director Elias Zerhouni and a special "blue ribbon" panel of experts.   However, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) has countered that prohibiting NIH intramural scientists from consulting and interacting with colleagues "would certainly drive very talented people out of government service," said FASEB president Paul Kincade. Full story.

Softball Season Ends,
Playoffs Now Begin

Scores from final week

Rated X 16, SUDZ 5
Fully Loaded 13, Silver & Black 12 Camshafts 12, Hit & Run 0
Ballpark Estimates 10, Isotopes 0 Animals - BYE

Playoff teams:

Ballpark Estimates (8-0)
SUDZ (6-2)
Fully Loaded (6-2)
Rated X (4-4)


An article about the Lab's Ergonomics Fair (taking place today and tomorrow) that appeared in yesterday's edition of Today at Berkeley Lab included a reference to raffle prizes. There will be no raffle drawing at the fair.


Reminder About Outside Employment

When is it permissible to engage in outside employment, and what types are allowed? Outside employment opportunities are extremely varied, but five basic rules to remember are: the work is done outside Lab hours and not on Lab premises; it does not interfere with or detract from the performance of your Lab duties; it does not create a real or apparent conflict of interest; you do not use Lab supplies, equipment, facilities, or resources; and your management supervisor is aware of and concurs with your employment arrangements. Go here for more details.

Morning fog, then clearing.
Highs: low 70s (21° C).

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