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Monday, December 6, 2004

Macintosh Users' Group
The Next MacOS X Revolution: Tiger

Ron Ustach, Apple Computer
Bldg. 90-3148

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

1 p.m.
Scientific Computing
Overview of the SciDac Community Climate System Model Project
John Drake, ORNL
Bldg. 50A-5132

2 p.m.
Travel Office
Understanding Foreign Travel
Perseverance Hall

4 p.m.
Structural and Quantitative Biology
Local routes revisited: the space and time dependence of the Ca2+ signal for phasic transmitter release at the rat calyx of Held
Bert Sakmann, Max-Planck-Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg
2050 Valley Life Sciences Bldg.

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
Putting the Mechanics Back into Quantum Mechanics
Keith Schwab, U. of Maryland
1 Le Conte Hall


9 a.m.
EHS 348
Chemical Hygiene & Safety
Bldg. 51-201

EHS 225
Forklift Safety
Bldg. 75B-124

11 a.m.
Organic Chemistry
Chemical Neurobiology: Unlocking Molecular Mechanisms of Nerve Cell Communication
Linda Hsieh-Wilson, California Institute of Technology
Pitzer Aud., 120 Latimer Hall

Operation Diagnostics-The Use of Visualization Techniques and Operation Patterns to Verify and Optimize Dynamic Building and System operation
Oliver Baumann, Ebert-Ingenieure Munich, Division of Building and System Simulation
Bldg. 90-3148

1 p.m.
EHS 231
Compressed Gas
Bldg. 51-201

Reactions of Water and Cr (VII) Aqueous with Surface of Metal Oxides
Ping Liu, Standford University
Bldg. 6-2202

4 p.m.
Pitzer Lecture
Spectroscopy of Carbon Nanotubes
Mildred Dresselhaus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Pitzer Aud., 120 Latimer Hall


Morning Editions: Ham & Swiss Cheese Omelet
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Breakfast Quesadilla with Home Fries
Origins: Spinach Frittata with Roasted Potatoes
The Fresh Grille: Hot Turkey & Swiss Sub with French Fries
Pasta with Marinara or Meat Sauce

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

ALS to Shed Light
On Human Evolution
By Rosanne Spector

A team of Stanford University scientists will use Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source to help answer one of anthropology’s big questions: just how closely related are Neanderthals—the primates that disappeared 30,000 years ago—to modern-day humans? The scientists will create high-tech images of ancient teeth to compare Neanderthals with humans. They plan to measure the internal structures found in the tooth images—for instance, the thickness of the enamel covering—and compare them with modern human teeth. Full story.


Fitness Balls Not
For Use as Chairs

Fitness balls are inflatable balls designed for exercise or rehabilitation. Recently, some employees have considered using fitness balls in place of office chairs. Such an exercise device should not be confused with a suitable and safe ergonomic chair. Scientific data has not demonstrated their suitability for daily sitting. An employee at another DOE site recently sustained a back injury from falling while seated on a fitness ball. Safety concerns include: Getting on and off or reaching from the ball may constitute a falling hazard; upright postures can't be maintained during tasks requiring reaching or moving; users cannot navigate around the workstation; and the sitting surface doesn't provide adequate support. Contact Jeffrey Chung at x5818 for further assistance.


Website Offers Buildings’
Seismic Status

In FY2004 the Facilities Division launched a comprehensive seismic reevaluation of all Berkeley Lab's buildings. As a result, the seismic ratings of many buildings have changed. This does not mean that the Lab's buildings are any less safe than they were 20 years ago, but rather that they are being reevaluated with knowledge based on actual building performance in major earthquakes. As the results of this ongoing effort become available, they are posted to the Facilities Seismic Status Lookup website.

Heavy Truck Traffic
Requires Patience

From now until the end of the year, there will be numerous large trucks bringing steel to the Molecular Foundry construction site. In many places these large trucks will use the entire roadway to navigate tight turns. They will be escorted by security vehicles that will drive ahead and block the road to make sure there is enough room for the trucks in tight turns and narrow spots. Laboratory employees are requested to be patient when they see the flashing yellow lights. Typically, the traffic will be stopped for less than one minute.


Change in Laboratory
Nonsmoking Policy

Because of the recent fire caused by smoking materials, the Laboratory is proposing changes to its nonsmoking policy to better clarify where smoking is and is not allowed. This policy affects all employees, guests, contractors, and visitors. To view the proposed changes, click here. In addition to appearing in RPM §2.23(J), this policy will appear in the Health and Safety Manual (PUB 3000), §12.21. To provide comments about the proposed changes, send them in writing to Mary Bishop (MS 937R0600, [email protected]) by Jan. 5, 2005.

Cloudy, chance of rain.
Highs: mid 50s (12° C).

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