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Monday, January 12, 2004


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


8 a.m.
Human Resources
New Employee Orientation
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

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

9:10 a.m.
EHS 10
Introduction to ES&H at LBNL
Bldg.50 Auditorium

Communication Protocols and Data Standards for Energy-Related Purposes
Various Speakers
Bldg. 90-3148

1 p.m
EHS 116
First Aid Safety
Bldg. 48-109

4 p.m
Options for a Vertex Detector at the Future TeV-scale e+e-
Linear Collider

Chris Damerell
Bldg. 50B-4205

Market Carvery: TBA
Fresh Grille: TBA
Menutainment: TBA
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


San Andreas Quakes
Show Cyclical Pattern
By Keay Davidson


Scientists have found striking evidence of a three-year cycle of earthquakes on the San Andreas Fault, a development that might lead to the first practical short-term earthquake forecasting in central California. The new research, which one expert called a tour de force of geoscience, suggests that the next peak of the cycle is likely to come late this year. But don't panic. In an interview, one of the study's two authors, geophysicist Robert Nadeau of the UC Berkeley Seismographic Laboratory and a guest in Earth Sciences at Berkeley Lab, emphasized that he was not formally forecasting an imminent surge in either small or large quakes. Full story.

Forum: Green Energy
Saves Greenbacks
By John Dodge


Clean energy advocates from around the country recently gathered in Olympia, WA with a unified message for the 2004 state Legislature. It goes like this: A greater investment in green energy would be good for the state economy. Thirteen states already have laws on the books that require utilities to deliver to their customers a certain amount of renewable energy, said Ryan Wiser, a scientist with Berkeley Lab. Full story.


Science Beat Highlights
ALS, NCEM Birthdays

A new special edition of Berkeley Lab's Science Beat highlights the 20-year anniversary of the National Center for Electron Microscopy, and the Advanced Light Source’s 10th birthday. Also included are stories on the world’s most powerful magnet, which is now housed here at the Lab, and making “relocatable” classrooms healthier and more energy efficient. Go here to read the full articles.

Wall-to-Wall Property
Inventory Next Month

Division Property Representatives and Coordinators equipped with scanners will aim at capturing all 17,000-plus DOE-numbered assets used at the Lab, beginning early next month. Property Custodians who know the exact location of their assets are key to a smooth and successful inventory. In preparation for the equipment count, Property Management is encouraging all employees to review their records for accuracy well before the inventory begins. Changes in status or location should be reported to the home Division. Go here for a list of property contacts by Division and web link to records.

Location Change for
Computer Classes

As a reminder to employees taking computer classes at the Lab, the location has changed from Building 51L to Building 90-0026.


UC President Comments on Proposed Budget Cuts


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued a 2004-05 state budget proposal Friday with $372 million in cuts for the University of California system. The proposed cuts would reduce student enrollments, raise student fees, scale back student financial aid, reduce spending on faculty, eliminate K-12 outreach, and make deeper cuts to research, administration, and other programs. UC President Robert Dynes, in a newsletter to UC employees, calls the cuts understandable in light of the state's deficit, but notes that they will have "a very real impact on what this institution is able to accomplish for the people of California." Read a special edition of "Our University" here.


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Highs: mid-50s (13° C).

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