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Tuesday, December 7, 2004

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

EHS 225
Forklift Safety

Bldg. 75B-124

11 a.m.
College of Chemistry
Chemical Neurobiology: Unlocking Molecular Mechanisms of Nerve Cell Communication
Linda Hsieh-Wilson, CIT
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
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, Stanford U.
Bldg. 6-2202

4 p.m.
College of Chemistry
Spectroscopy of Carbon Nanotubes
Mildred Dresselhaus, MIT
120 Latimer Hall


10 a.m.
EHS 535
Hot Work Permit Training
Bldg. 51-201

11 a.m.
Nuclear Science
The Casimir Force: Background, Experiments, and Applications
Steve Lamoreaux, LANL
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

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

1 p.m.
EHS 135
Earthquake/Wildland Fire Safety
Bldg. 48-109

1:30 p.m.
EHS 260
Basic Electrical Hazard Awareness
Bldg. 51-201

3 p.m.
Probing and Developing Complex Oxides
Byron Freelon

Morning Editions: Breakfast Quesadilla with Home Fries
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Breakfast Bagel
Market Carvery: Roast Turkey Breast, Mashed Potatoes & Corn
The Fresh Grille: Rueben Sandwich with Fries
Fiesta Taco Salad

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

Physicists Mull
Year's Top Events


The American Institute of Physics has named the biggest scientific achievements of 2004. Many of the discoveries on the institute's list are highly technical and might seem arcane to the layperson. Yet some scientists perceive important — even theological — implications in them. Berkeley Lab physicist Gerson Goldhaber weighed in, speaking on future discoveries: "We have as yet no idea what 95 percent of the universe is made of or what its properties are. This means that all of the physics we know are only the properties of 5 percent of the universe. It is a sobering and exciting thought, how much we still have to learn." Full story.

Virginia Competes With
Maryland for Biotech


Business and education leaders in Northern Virginia are working hard to lure biotechnology companies. They've landed a major medical research institute, Janelia, and they're expanding university programs in the field. But for a daunting reminder of how far they need to go, all they have to do is look at neighboring Maryland, which ranked fourth in accounting firm Ernst & Young's most recent survey of the nation's major biotech centers. "Us being there makes Northern Virginia more attractive to biotech companies," said Gerald Rubin, a Berkeley Lab life scientist who will run the new Janelia Farm research campus. Full story.


Lab Holiday Party
On Dec. 15

On Wednesday, Dec. 15, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., the Lab will hold its annual Holiday Reception. During the event, to be held in the cafeteria, food and beverages will be served while a harp player provides seasonal tunes. Director Chu will also offer brief remarks. The entire Lab community is invited to attend.

Service for Bill Holley
In Tilden on Dec. 12

A celebration of the life of the late Berkeley Lab researcher William Holley (see Today at Berkeley Lab story here) has been scheduled by his family for Sunday, Dec. 12, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Tilden Park Brazilian Room, on Wildcat Canyon Road off Shasta Road in Berkeley. All of his friends and colleagues are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Gregersen-Cecchi Cancer Project Fund, c/o Alta Bates Summit Foundation, 2450 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705.


Wireless Security Topic
Of Brown Bag Talk

Jeanie Larson, Livermore Lab's incident response manager, will speak at the Computer Protection Brown Bag talk at noon this Thursday in the Building 50D-3416 conference room. The topic will be "Wireless Security for the End User: Truths and Myths."

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