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Monday, August 23, 2004

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


8 a.m.
Human Resource
New Employee Orientation
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

9:30 a.m.
EHS 10
Introduction to ES&H at LBNL
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

EHS 275
Confined Space Hazards
Bldg. 51-201

1 p.m.
EHS 274
Confined Space Retraining
Bldg. 51-201

2 p.m.
EHS 330
Lead Hazards Awareness
Bldg. 51-201

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


Morning Editions: Cinnamon Raisin French Toast with Bacon
Tomorrow's Breakfast:
Ham & Smoked Cheddar Scramble with Potatoes & Bagel
Market Carvery:
Chicken & Broccoli Pasta Toss with Creamy Alfredo Sauce
The Fresh Grille:
French Dip Sandwich with Fries
Southwestern Tortilla Casserole with Choice of Chicken or Cheese

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

Shuttle Bus Study
Is Underway

The Facilities Division is conducting a study of the Lab's shuttle bus service and invites employees, visitors and students to offer their feedback in a brief online survey. Regular shuttle system users, occasional riders, as well as past and potential riders are encouraged to complete the survey. The survey can be accessed until Friday, Sept. 3. Transportation administrators have been working with a consulting firm to evaluate the current routing and schedules to see if changes should be made. Go here to access the survey. For more information, contact Bill Llewellyn or Tammy Brown.

Crane Helps Lab
Reach New Heights

Last week, riggers in the Facilities Division took delivery of a gleaming new 60-ton capacity Terex AC 50-1 all-terrain crane. According to Riggers Supervisor Kevin Trigales, the AC 50-1 features a tight turning radius and compact dimensions that make it "perfect for our confined jobsites." Despite its compactness, the AC 50-1 boasts a total boom height of over 200 feet. It replaces a crane the Lab has leased since 1999, and provides new capacity to support a range of construction, operations, and emergency applications. Says Facilities Division Director George Reyes of the recent acquisition: "this new piece of equipment will enhance our ability to provide professional and safe lifting in support of the scientific mission."

Fighting Fire With Fire
To Slow HIV


UC Berkeley researcher Leor Weinberger (a Lab guest) and his colleague were contemplating the failure of conventional therapies to get to grips with HIV. "The vast majority of scientists don't believe it's possible to eliminate the virus or to develop a protective vaccine," he says. So he got to thinking of an entirely different approach: rather than destroying the virus, try instead to live with it. The result of his research is the design for a genetically modified virus that he hopes will be every bit as pervasive as HIV. "I'm apprehensive," admits Adam Arkin, a Berkeley Lab physical bioscientist and leader of the research team. "We are 99.99 percent certain nothing bad will happen, but you don't want to use a treatment like this until your understanding is good enough." Full story.


Chilean Dance Display
At Cafeteria Friday


The Latino and Native American Association (LANA) is sponsoring a Chilean folk-dance performance this Friday, from 12:30 to 1 p.m., on the outdoor stage adjacent to the cafeteria. Among the dancers in the group — known as "Araucaria: Dances of Chile" — is the Lab's own Karem Ojeda, who works in the cafeteria. The 14-member, 15-year-old group performs traditional dances from the north, central, and south regions of the country, including Easter Island. The event is free and open to all.

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

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