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Thursday, December 2, 2004

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


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

K+   à pi+ nu nubar at BNL E787/E949
Bhuyan Bipul
Perseverance Hall Annex

1 p.m.
Scientific Computing
Double Excitations Within Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory Linear Response
Fan Zhang, Rutgers U.
Bldg. 50A-5132

2 p.m.
Nanosciences & Nanoengineering Institute
Nanowire-Based Sensors
Roya Maboudian, UC Berkeley
390 Hearst Mining Building


Morning Editions: Swiss Cheese, Avocado & Tomato Omelet
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Corn Beef Hash, Eggs & Toast
Market Carvery : Chicken Cacciatore with Pasta
The Fresh Grille: BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
Cobb Salad

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

New Microscope Focuses Nanotech Dream
By Michael Kanellos

Simulation of a TEAM microscope shot of diamond.

The Department of Energy is enlisting partners to develop a microscope that can capture images of particles measuring a half an angstrom, or half the size of a hydrogen atom, a necessary step in the nanotechnology evolution. The $100 million project—known as TEAM, or Transmission Electron Aberration-corrected Microscope—is being conducted at five national laboratories. The first TEAM microscope, which will be located at Berkeley Lab, is expected to become operational by 2007 or 2008. Full story.

Building a More
Efficient Fume Hood

Researchers at Berkeley Lab believe they can save the country more than $1.5 billion a year in electricity by updating the 60-year-old design of a laboratory staple: the fume hood. There are close to a million fume hoods in the United States, protecting high-school chemistry students and industry researchers alike by sucking up airborne chemicals, microbes, and particles. But hoods also suck up a lot of power: a typical one uses more energy each year than three homes. Full story. Read a Berkeley Lab article on this technology here.


On Display
At Craft Fair

A plethora of one-of-a-kind, handmade items will be available for purchase at the Lab's ninth annual Craft Fair next Thursday, Dec. 9, from 3 to 6 p.m. All items featured at the fair are created by Lab employees, and make wonderful holiday gifts for friends and family. A drawing for free prizes will be held during the fair, which takes place in the cafeteria.


Dell on Site To Check
Out Bum Adapters

Employees with Dell Latitude, Inspirion and Precision laptops made between 1998 and 2002 may have adapters that are prone to overheating. Representatives from Dell will be at the Lab today and tomorrow (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the cafeteria) to check out adapters for these models to see if they are defective. Go here to read more about the recall.


DOE Issues Proposal
Call for LANL Contract

The National Nuclear Security Administration of the Department of Energy has issued a draft request for proposal (RFP) for the competitive selection of management to operate Los Alamos National Laboratory. This is the second draft RFP to be issued for laboratories currently operated by the University of California — Berkeley Lab's draft RFP was released on Oct. 15. Go here to read NNSA's announcement. Read a comment from UC Vice President Robert Foley here.

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