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Monday, February 2, 2004


4 p.m.
College of Chemistry
Mechanisms of Activation and Inhibition of Apoptosis: A Structural View
Yigong Shi, Princeton U.
100 Lewis Hall

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
Surface Interactions of a Single Superfluid Vortex
Rena Zieve, UC Davis
1 Le Conte Hall


9 a.m.
EHS 225
Forklift Safety
Bldg. 51-201

11 a.m.
College of Chemistry
Specific Control of Helical Peptide Self-Assembly
Alan Kennan, Colorado State U.
120 Latimer Hall

Yoga Class with Maya Smith
Bldg. 70-191

3 p.m.
College of Chemistry
High Throughput Experimentation in Catalysis and Polymer Research: Speeding up Polyolefin Development
Marc Oliver Kristen, BASELL Polyolefins
775A Tan Hall

4 p.m.
Life Sciences
RNAi-Mediated Epigenetic Control of the Genome
Shiv Grewal, Cold Spring Harbor Lab
Bldg 66 Auditorium

College of Chemistry
Organic Monolayers on Graphite: Two-Dimensional Chirality and Pano-Patterning
Steven Bernasek, Princeton U.
120 Latimer Hall.

Market Carvery: Jamaican Jerk Pork With Fruit Salsa and Pineapple Rice
Fresh Grille: Mexican Double Burger with Salsa & Guacamole
Menutainment: Chicken Dijon with Basmati Rice
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full menu

DOE, UC Announce
One-Year Lab Extension

In separate news releases, the U.S. Department of Energy and the University of California on Friday announced a one-year extension for Berkeley Lab’s management contract, to Jan. 31, 2005. The current contract was scheduled to expire last Saturday. DOE’s statement said the extension was granted “to provide sufficient time to conduct a competition that results in an award” to the selected manager. UC President Robert Dynes praised the decision, noting that “We have a long tradition of scientific and engineering excellence at Berkeley Lab, and we are tremendously proud of the laboratory's ground-breaking achievements.” Read releases from the DOE, UC, and Dynes’ letter here.

Abraham Unveils FY05
DOE Budget Today

Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham will release the Department of Energy's FY 2005 budget request today at DOE headquarters. The DOE budget is a portion of President Bush's overall budget request that will be presented to Congress. A webcast of the Secretary's remarks, beginning at 10 a.m. (Pacific Time), can be accessed here.


Lab's Nanoscience
Takes a Giant Step
By Ian Hoffman

Politicians, scientists and tech industry leaders on Friday attended a ceremonial groundbreaking, ushering Berkeley Lab's Molecular Foundry into the bevy of nanotechnology labs and industries springing up Bay-Area wide to alter matter at the level of atoms and molecules. Now a "virtual center" for nanotechnology tools and scientists at multiple University of California campuses, the foundry in 2006 will assemble under one roof 240 experts in disciplines ranging from physics to biology to engineering and genetics, joined in pursuit of extraordinary substances and machines unseen by human eyes. Full story.

Nanotech 'Stars' Discuss
Its Potential and Pitfalls
By Bernadette Tansey


It's no surprise that the Bay Area is a leading contender in the emerging field of nanotechnology. But could nanotechnology -- the design of materials about 50,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair -- bring changes in medicine, computing and energy, to name just a few arenas, that now seem like the realm of science fiction? The Chronicle invited three of the most prominent leaders in the field to join in a freewheeling discussion and give readers an insider's view of nanotechnology's potential and possible pitfalls. They include Venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson, Don Eigler, of IBM's Almaden Research Center, and Paul Alivisatos, director of the Lab's Molecular Foundry. Full story.


Applications for MSAP
Now Being Accepted

Applications for the UC Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP) are now available. MSAP — residential program held at Asilomar April 26-30 — offers participants insights into their managerial competencies, skills and potential. Scientific, technical and administrative employees with 1-5 years of supervisory or project management experience may apply. Five employees from Berkeley Lab may attend, to be determined by a Lab selection committee. Applications should be sent to Delia Clark, c/o Linda Matyas, Bldg. 937-500, by Feb. 20. For more information, call x6331.

Switching To Be Done
Today and Tomorrow

Today, the Lab will be performing 12Kv-distribution switching, and tomorrow, PG&E will do switching on the 115Kv-transmission line. The procedures will be transparent to the Hill community and it is highly unlikely that an interruption of power will occur. However, the possibility of an electrical power interruption always exists. Employees are encouraged to take all necessary precautions. For questions or additional information, contact Jim Murphy at x4175 or Mahesh Gupta at x5220.


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