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Friday, January 9, 2004


10 a.m.
EHS 345
Chemical Hygiene for Facilities
Bldg. 51-201

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

1 p.m.
System X: Building the Virginia Tech Supercomputer
Srinidhi Varadarajan, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Bldg. 50A-5132


9 a.m.
Quark Matter 2004 Conference
Oakland Marriott City Center

11 a.m.
The Relationship of Indoor, Outdoor and Personal PM2.5: Results from the RIOPA Study
Qingyu Ming, Rutgers U.
Bldg. 90-4133

1:30 p.m.
College of Chemistry
Structure and Function of Purple Bacterial Antenna Complexes
Richard Cogdell, U. of Glasgow
775 Tan Hall

3 p.m.
Bulk-Sensitive Photoemission for Pr-Based Heavy Fermion
and Spin-Polarized Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy for Fe Nanomagnets

Atsushi Yamasaki, Osaka U.
Bldg. 6-2202

7 p.m
College of Chemistry
Novel Variants of the Zwitterionic Claisen Rearrangement and the Total Synthesis of Erythronolide B
Vy Dong, UC Berkeley
433 Latimer Hall

Market Carvery: BBQ Chicken Breast with Baked Beans & Corn on the Cob
Fresh Grille: Reuben Sandwich with Garlic Fries
Menutainment: Killer Burrito! Chicken or Pork
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Popular Science: Dark
Energy Tops '03 Stories
by Tim Folger

For astronomers, 2003 brought some answers, more questions and a deepening conviction: Something strange is happening to the universe. A mysterious repulsive force called dark energy accounts for 73 percent of the entire mass-energy of the universe. A new tool set to launch within the decade, the SuperNova Acceleration Probe, will make the most detailed study yet of the dark-energy-driven expansion of the universe. "It sure seems that what we have here is an indication of some kind of new physics," says Saul Perlmutter, an astrophysicist at Berkeley Lab. Full story.

Researcher’s Letter
Printed in ‘Nature’


A letter by Jay Groves, with the Lab’s Physical Biosciences Division, and Michal Jaros and Michael Baksh, both with UC Berkeley, was published in the magazine “Nature” yesterday. The letter is on "Detection of Molecular Interactions at Membrane Surfaces Through Colloid Phase Transitions." Go here to read the letter. A non-technical explanation of the findings can also be found in Nature's News and Views, here.


New Clues to Planets
of Other Stars Detected
by Kenneth Chang

Canada France Hawaii Telescope

For the first time, astronomers — using the Canada France Hawaii Telescope — have detected a magnetic field around a planet around a distant star, offering one of the first clues to the properties of any planet outside the solar system. . Over the past decade, astronomers have found 119 planets around other stars. But because the planets are detected indirectly — by their gravitational tug on the stars — almost nothing is known about any of them beyond a lower limit of their masses. Full story (requires registration).


Lab Hosts Physics
Conference in Oakland

Physicists from around the world who study matter under the extreme conditions that existed in the first few microseconds of the universe will gather in Oakland next week for the Quark Matter 2004 conference. Hosted by Berkeley Lab, the conference will be held at the Oakland Marriott City Center. In addition to five days of scientific presentations, Quark Matter 2004 will also feature a workshop for teachers on Sunday, from noon to 5:00 pm. Go here for more information.


OSHA’s Coming to the
Lab: Are you Prepared?

Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) personnel will be at the Lab beginning Tuesday to begin a two-week site audit. The inspectors will walk through all labs, shops, and mechanical rooms to compile findings of deficient conditions. In preparation for the OSHA visit, employees are asked to refresh their knowledge by reviewing surveys on hazard communication, chemical safety, and electrical safety awareness. For more information, contact Paul Blodgett at x6218.

Correction on Visit by
Iron Age Shoemobile

The Iron Age Shoemobile will visit the Lab today, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the cafeteria parking lot. The date was listed incorrectly in the calendar section of yesterday’s edition of “Today at Berkeley Lab.”


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