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Monday, January 5, 2004


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Market Carvery: Chicken & Broccoli Pasta Toss with Creamy Alfredo Sauce
Fresh Grille: French Dip Sandwich with Fries
Menutainment: Veal Picatta with Pasta Alfredo and Steamed Vegetable
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5 - 7 p.m.

DOE Gives NERSC 4.9
Million Hours of Work

The DOE's Office of Science recently announced that three key computational science projects have been chosen to receive a total of 4.9 million hours of supercomputing time at the Lab's NERSC Center. The projects are expected to significantly advance the understanding of the makeup of the universe, the chemical process by which plants convert sunlight to energy while removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and the turbulent forces that affect everything from weather to industrial processes. Full story.


Ultra-Thin Nanoscale
Fibers Are Developed

Researchers have developed a process to create wires only 50 nanometers (billionths of a meter) thick. Made from silica, the same mineral found in quartz, the wires carry light in an unusual way. Because the wires are thinner than the wavelengths of light they transport, the material serves as a guide around which light waves flow. In addition, because the researchers can fabricate the wires with a uniform diameter and smooth surfaces down to the atomic level, the light waves remain coherent as they travel. Full story.

Computer Protection
Publication Released

The latest issue of the Computer Protection Quarterly newsletter is now available online, with articles on such topics as keeping your Mac OS X system secure, a new service for automatically installing Windows security patches, news about upcoming classes and the latest Internet scams, and a review of the most prevalent worms and viruses caught by the Lab’s virus wall. Go here to read the newsletter.

Enhanced 911 Service
Introduced This Month

To provide better emergency responses, ITSD’s Networking and Telecommunications Department will be implementing Enhanced 9-1-1 (E911) starting this month. When a call is placed to x7911 (from the main Lab site) or 9-911 (from offsite facilities) from a Lab extension, the E911 system automatically pinpoints the location of the caller by providing their extension, name, building and room. To ensure that this information is accurate, approval for all room changes or new room number assignments must now go through Facilities. Updates will appear in future editions of “Today at Berkeley Lab.”

Lab Employees Excluded
From UC Unit 99 Vote

The Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) has approved a Consent Election Agreement between the University of California (UC) and the University Professional Technical Employees (UPTE) that excludes Berkeley Lab from the UC Administrative Professional employees' representation election, which is likely to occur in February or March 2004. The Berkeley Lab Administrative Professionals may possibly vote at a later time if an employee organization files a new petition with PERB. Job classifications that would be included or excluded in the unit and whether certain employees are appropriately identified as supervisors or confidential employees are among the questions that remain to be addressed if such a petition is filed. Full story is available in Word Format.

Technology Glitch
Leads to Message Errors

A renegade prompt in the new "test phase" version of the Asset Management System erroneously distributed notices last Friday advising a number of Lab employees that their property information had been changed. These messages, generated from the "test" system, can be identified by the source e-mail address [email protected]. They are not linked to the current property records and should be disregarded.


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