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Wednesday, December 1, 2004

11 a.m.
Nuclear Science
Exploring the Proton Spin
Werner Vogelsang, Brookhaven National Lab
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Employee Activity Assoc.
Lawrence Hall of Science Gift Fair

12:15 p.m.
Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class with Chris Hoskins($10/$12)
Bldg. 70-191

3 p.m.
Phase Transitions, Photofragmentation, and Ultrafast Dynamics: Experiments Using Circularly Polarized X-Rays
Anthony Young
Bldg. 6-2202


7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Ironage Shoemobile Visit
Cafeteria parking lot

Modeling and Simulation of a Solar Assisted Desiccant Cooling System
C. Maalouf, U. of La Rochelle
Bldg. 90-3148

1 p.m.
Scientific Computing
An Algebraic Analysis of Augmented Lagrangian Techniques Applied to Saddle-Point Linear Systems
Chen  Greif, University of British Columbia  
Bldg. 50A-5132

1:30 p.m.
Surface Science and Catalysis
Chemistry and Mechanism of New Catalysts for the Selective Oxidation of Hydrocarbons via the CH Activation Reaction
Roy Periana, USC
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

4 p.m.
The Theory of More than Everything
Shamit Kachru, Stanford U.
Bldg. 50A-5132


Morning Editions: Breakfast Bagel
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Swiss Cheese, Avocado & Tomato Omelet
Origins: Roast Beef with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
The Fresh Grille: Grilled Sausage Sandwich with Peppers & Onions
Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuit Topping

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

Theory on Earth's
Core Up for a Test
By Keay Davidson


Researchers are preparing to test the highly controversial theory of a San Diego scientist, J. Marvin Herndon, who thinks a huge, natural nuclear reactor or "georeactor" — a vast deposit of uranium several miles wide — exists at Earth's core, thousands of miles beneath our feet. Despite doubts from other scientists, Herndon is taken seriously by Berkeley Lab physicist Richard Muller. Since the 1970s, Muller has done pioneering research in diverse fields, including cosmology and planetary sciences. Full story.

Lab Employee Takes
Long Walk in the Park
By Leslie Mladinich


East Bay hiking trails circle reservoirs, crest precipitous mountain peaks and meander through family-friendly picnic parks. What better time of year is there to explore our backyard wilderness and burn off holiday calories? There are no better guides than Berkeley Lab's Seth Rosen, with the Technology Transfer Office, and Samantha Pinney. On June 19, Rosen and Pinney trekked 50 miles of trails through two counties in one day. Their journey raised $2,000 for a group that helps grandparents raising grandchildren. Full story.


Dell Adapter Replacement Tomorrow
And Friday

Computer maker Dell is recalling AC power adapters sold with some Latitude, Inspirion and Precision laptops between 1998-2002 due to reports of overheating. ITSD has arranged for a Dell representative to come to the Lab's cafeteria from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow and Friday to determine whether employees have a recalled adapter, based on their adapter number. If so, Dell will replace it on the spot. Dell is also offering replacements by mail. Go here to read more about the recall.

Writing a Successful Employee Worksheet

The ASD Academy will hold a workshop on writing a successful employee worksheet for the performance appraisal process on Monday, Dec. 13, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Building 2-100B. Sue Bowen and Diana Attia will facilitate the workshop, which will teach employees how to design, draft and develop an Attachment A. Prior attendance at the Franklin Covey's Writing Advantage workshop is helpful. Registration deadline is today. Go here to register (ASD 9103).

Science Museum Gift
Fair at the Lab

Today is the final day for employees to buy educational toys, kits, and science-oriented gifts from the Lawrence Hall of Science Museum store. LHS employees will again staff tables in the cafeteria lobby today between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Employee Activities Association.


When Science Flees the U.S.
Commentary by David Baltimore

The United States is the richest nation on Earth, the world's biggest beneficiary of the global economy. But will it last? Not that long ago, the "global economy" meant that routine factory jobs were going overseas. The unions squawked, but others recognized that the U.S. could concentrate on high- value-added commerce: discovery, innovation, high-technology manufacturing, knowledge-based industries. And we've done very well developing technology and growing our economic base in these areas. So well, in fact, that such development seems like an auto-catalytic process or a "virtuous cycle" that will continue propelling us forward for generations. But the system is overtaking us. Full story.

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