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Thursday, December 23, 2004

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

Jan. 3

No Events Scheduled


Morning Editions: Swiss Cheese, Tomato & Avocado Omelet
Market Carvery: Chicken Fried Steak with Mashed Potatoes
The Fresh Grille: BBQ Pork Sandwich with Curly Fries
Station Closed

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Updated List Of
Library Journals

Yesterday’s edition of “Today at Berkeley Lab” provided an incomplete list of print and online journals that will continue to be purchased by the library. Given other Lab priorities and demands for resources, ITSD has chosen to cancel the majority of its journals. Go here to see the complete list of continued journals. For more information, contact Jane Tierney.


New Brush Patrol Will
Help Tame Wildfires

The Lab's fire station has recently acquired a new four-wheel drive brush patrol vehicle. With its more powerful and safer diesel engine, a larger water tank, and additional equipment, it is a vast improvement over the current unit it replaces. The truck will help firefighters more effectively battle flames in wild land areas. Firefighter Herb Ferrer, left, and Fire Marshal Gary Piermattei are shown above with the new vehicle.

'Today' Takes a Vacation

During the Holiday Shutdown, Dec. 24-31, "Today at Berkeley Lab," will not be published. The next issue will come out on Monday, Jan. 3. The editors wish all employees a safe and happy holiday. And a special thanks to those across the Lab who have supplied us with news items over the past year.


Chromosome 16 Fulfills Genome Commitment

The Joint Genome Institute (JGI), culminating a 16-year effort, has completed its share of the Human Genome Project with the publication of the DNA sequence and analysis of chromosome 16 in the Dec. 23 issue of Nature. JGI is the first of the five primary Human Genome Project sequencing sites, known as the "G5," to publish scientific articles describing each of the human chromosomes that they originally committed to sequence. The Department of Energy's commitment entailed chromosomes 5, 16, and 19, all sequenced by JGI, representing 11 percent of the human genome. Full story.

Neumark's Water Study Makes a 'Splish Splash'


Research led by Dan Neumark, director of Berkeley Lab's Chemical Sciences Division, made Science magazine's "Breakthroughs of 2004" list under the category of Splish Splash. Neumark's research revealed new information about water clusters, including the identification of two distinct forms of negatively charged water clusters, one with a hydrated electron located deep inside the cluster, and the other with hydrated electron bound to the cluster's surface. For more information on Neumark's latest work, click here.


Remember to Shut Down Computer Over Shutdown

Lab computers are attacked more over holidays than at any other time. Please shut down your computer unless it is absolutely necessary that it stay running. If you must keep it running, be sure to tighten security so that it does not fall prey to attacks. If you think your system has been attacked, contact the Computer Protection Program. Those with computer security-related emergencies can call x7770. For details, go here.

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