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Thursday, February 5, 2004


7:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Ironage Shoemobile Visit
cafeteria parking lot

10 a.m.
EHS 260
Basic Electric Safety
Bldg. 51-201

10:30 a.m.
Scientific Computing Seminar
Summer rainfalls in Boreal forests
Jin-Ho Yoon, Iowa State
Bldg. 70A-337

1 p.m.
Scientific Computing
Exploiting Kronecker Product Structure in Image Restoration
James Nagy, Emory University
Bldg. 50A-5132

1:30 p.m.
Surface Science and Catalysis
Recent Developments on Anodes for Direct Fuel Utilization in SOFC
Raymond Gorte, University of Pennsylvania
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

4 p.m.
Physics Division Research Progress Meeting
Measurement of the Ratio of Inclusive W and Z Cross Sections and the Extraction of the W Width at the Tevatron
Alexei Varganov, University of Michigan
Bldg. 50A-5132


10 a.m.
EHS 339
Asbestos Awareness
Bldg. 51-201


Yoga Class with Naomi Harwig
Bldg. 70A-3377

1 p.m.
Scientific Computing
Trip report from the Earth Simulator Center
L. Oliker, J. Carter, & A. Canning, CRD & NERSC
Bldg. 50A-5132
Origins: Udon or Soba Noodles Beef, Shrimp or Vegetarian
Fresh Grille: Chicken Parmigiana Sub with Pasta Salad
Menutainment: Shrimp Louis
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full menu



Lab Wonders Make
Periodic Table Obsolete

By Andrea Widener

A note to high school students trying to memorize the periodic table: Look out, it's getting longer. Scientists from Lawrence Livermore Laboratory and a Russian nuclear research facility announced this week they have created two new elements, the most recent efforts in the highly competitive race to add to the periodic table. The elements, named 115 and 113 for the number of protons in their nuclei, are so rare they were seen just four times in a month of collecting data at the Russian Joint Institute for Nuclear Research. Kenneth Gregorich, who heads a competing nuclear elements team at Berkeley Lab, said he was particularly struck by the long life of element 105, the last element in the chain before it fell apart in a fission eruption. Full story.

Fluidigm Gets Sublicense
For Crystallization Patent

Fluidigm Corporation and Syrrx, Inc. today announced that Fluidigm has obtained from Syrrx license rights directed to the submicroliter crystallization of proteins. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Through its exclusive license with Berkeley Lab, Syrrx obtained broad patent protection for the crystallization of proteins in submicroliter volumes. Fluidigm's non-exclusive license with Syrrx provides it with freedom to operate relative to this significant family of patents. Full story.

Texas May Pursue
Los Alamos Contract

The University of Texas has taken a first step toward pursuing a contract to manage the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the birthplace of the atomic bomb. "We see this as an opportunity for service to our state as well as service to our country and its national security," UT Chancellor Mark Yudof said Wednesday. Full story.


List Serving Computer
Upgraded Today

The Lab's list serving computer,, will be upgraded today from noon to 1 p.m. The upgrade will be completed by 12:30 p.m. if possible. Mail for lab lists will be queued during that period and delivered afterward. Please contact the Help Desk at 486-HELP or visit their website for more information.

Building 66 Closed
This Weekend

Building 66 will close at 1 p.m. this Saturday so that Facilities can shut down the fume hood exhaust systems in preparation for an electrical power outage on Sunday. Building 66 will reopen at 6 a.m. on Monday. For further information, contact Jim Murphy at x4175.

Workshop on Mentoring
Students Next Tuesday

The Center for Science and Engineering Education (CSEE) is holding a "tea and workshop" on mentoring undergraduate and high school students, Tuesday Feb 10 at 3:30 p.m. in Building 7, room 211. All interested staff are invited. Issues addressed will include: What is the connection between mentoring students and workforce diversity? What are effective principles of mentoring and what do our students say about good mentors? Those hoping to have a student participant in one of CSEE's programs this summer should attend. Refreshments will be served. For information about CSEE and DOE's Outstanding Mentor Awards, go here.



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