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Tuesday, January 20, 2004


10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Vacuum Equipment and Thin-Film Equipment Exhibit and Technical Workshop
Perseverance Hall

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Zeiss Technology Product Demonstration

11 a.m.
Organic Chemistry Seminar
De Novo Carbohydrate Synthesis
Professor George O'Doherty, West Virginia U.
120 Latimer Hall, Pitzer Aud.

4 p.m.
Life Sciences Seminar
The Role of Hydration in Protein Structure, Folding and Function
Teresa Head-Gordon, UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

Physical Chemistry Seminar
Nanocrystals and Nanocrystal Assemblies: Building with Artificial Atoms
Dr. Christopher B. Murray, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
120 Latimer Hall, Pitzer Aud.


Yoga Class with Chris Hoskins

3 p.m.
ALS/CXRO Seminar
Two-dimensional photoelectron angular distribution from Cu 3d orbitals: Atomic orbital analysis and atomic stereophotography
Fumihiko Matsui, Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Ikoma, Nara, Japan

4 p.m.
Chemical Engineering Colloquium
Nanoscience and Catalysis: The Effects of Local Composition and Structure on Catalyst Activity and Selectivity
Professor Alexis Bell, UC Berkeley
120 Latimer Hall, Pitzer Aud.

Market Carvery: Beef Stew with Two Sides
Fresh Grille: Grilled Chicken Salad Melt with Garlic Fries
Menutainment: Fiesta Taco Salad
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full menu

Mountain Lion Sighted;
Be Alert When on Hill

A mountain lion was reported last Wednesday at about 8 p.m. walking behind Building 51 in the vicinity of buildings 63, 64 and 55. Mountain lions are infrequently seen on the Berkeley Lab site. When this occurs, Lab Security posts the sightings on the "mountain lion" web page here. This page lists the most recent sighting and also provides some helpful hints on what to do if you should encounter one of these animals.

Windows XP Users
Beware of Latest Scam

Windows XP users: you may receive a message that begins with: “Window Update has determined that you are running a beta version of Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1). To help improve the stability of your computer, Microsoft recommends…” The message contains an attachment named "Winxp_sp1.exe," which if downloaded (as the message urges users to do) will cause your system to be infected with a Trojan horse program, TROJ_XOMBE.A. So if you receive this message, just delete it. Do not forward it to anyone else.

UC’s LabUPDATE Notes
Regents’ Contract Action

The latest issue of the University of California’s periodic newsletter of national laboratory matters, LabUPDATE, reports on the UC Regents’ action last week to prepare for possible contract competition at Berkeley, Livermore and Los Alamos. President Robert Dynes also notes that industrial partnering will be pursued for certain business operations at both Livermore and Los Alamos. Read the January issue here.


Lab’s Synthetic Biology
Program in Science Story

A Science magazine story on “a new breed of bioengineers (that) aims to create microbes from off-the-shelf parts” includes reference to Berkeley Lab’s pioneering Synthetic Biology Department. In the Jan. 9 issue, the article, “Microbes Made to Order,” also features a comment from the Physical Biosciences Division’s Jay Keasling. Read writer Dan Ferber’s story (via pdf file) here.


Lesko, Other Scientists
Push for Homestake Plan
By Bob Mercer

PIERRE, SD -- State legislators, students and everyday citizens will get a glimpse today of the sheer brain power that could be attracted to South Dakota's Homestake Underground Laboratory. Some of the world’s top physicists, including Berkeley Lab Nuclear Scientist Kevin Lesko, will spend this afternoon in Pierre for a public discussion about the Homestake project and the work they intend to conduct there, exploring the origins of our universe and searching for answers into how life began. Full story.


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