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Thursday, January 29, 2004


8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Molecular Foundry Users' Workshop
Bldg. 66 Aud.

11 a.m.
Chemistry Graduate Research Seminar
Jared Lewis and Joseph Fassler
120 Latimer Hall, Pitzer Aud.

EETD Seminar
Development of New HVAC Design Tools: Search for the Holy Grail of Ventilation Research
Dr. Jelena Srebric,
Penn State U.
Bldg. 90-3148

1:30 p.m.
Physics Division
Research Progress Meeting
Interference Study of Charmonium Reactions at FNAL E835

Paolo Rumerio, Northwestern
Bldg. 50B-4205

4 p.m.
Inorganic Chemistry Graduate Research Conference
Peter Pauzauskie and Anthony Contreras
120 Latimer Hall, Pitzer Aud.

6 p.m.
Reception and Poster Session
Molecular Foundry Users' Workshops


10:45 a.m.
Keynote Address
Molecular Foundry Users’ Meeting
Why Nano? Why Now?
Larry Bock, Chairman, Nanosys
66 Auditorium

11:30 a.m.
Molecular Foundry Groundbreaking
Building 66

Yoga Class with Naomi Harwig
Bldg. 70A-3377

1 p.m.
BASIC Nanotechnology Forum
The Architecture of Nanoscience in the Bay Area: Education, Research and Industry
66 Auditorium

4 p.m.
Physics Division
Measuring sin^2 2\theta_{13} with the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Reactors
Yifang Wang (IHEP, China)
Bldg. 50B-4205

Inorganic Chemistry
Reticular Synthesis of Metal-Organic Frameworks and the Design of New Materials for Hydrogen Storage
Omar Haghi, U. of Michigan
120 Latimer Hall, Pitzer Aud.

Origins: Spaghetti with Meatballs, Salad & Cheese Toast
Fresh Grille: BBQ Pork Sandwich
Menutainment: Santa Fe Chicken Chili Pie
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Full menu

ALS User Gets ‘Elves’
To See Protein Shapes


Scientists are finding a computer program called Elves to be a nearly magical solution to the tedious and time-consuming task of determining the 3-D shape of proteins from X-ray diffraction data. According to Elves developer James Holton of the Physical Biosciences Division — who now operates an X-ray beamline devoted to protein crystallography at the Advanced Light Source — researchers can unleash Elves on a set of X-ray diffraction data and go on to other things while the computer spits out a protein structure. Read Robert Sanders’ UC Berkeley press release here.

SNAP Satellite

Lab Work Among Top 10
Achievements in 2003

The Office of Science recently announced their top 10 achievements of 2003, and work done at the Lab was included in two of those picks. Among the mentions was the Joint Genome Institute’s participation in the completion of the human genome, and the proposed use of the SuperNova Acceleration Probe to measure the expansion history of the universe. Go here to see the complete list of top achievements.


Grad Students Come To Lab for Fellowship

Berkeley Lab is a strong partner in the DOE’s Computational Science Graduate Fellowship program, which supports some of the nation’s best computational science graduate students. Berkeley has hosted 13 students over the last three years, including Mary Ann Leung, who worked with Andrew Canning in the Computational Research Division last year. She is profiled in the program’s 2003 annual magazine. Go here to read the story. For more information about the program, contact local coordinators Phil Colella or Jon Bashor.

The Lighter Side
Of Ron Gronsky


Lab material scientist Ron Gronsky, who is also UC Berkeley’s academic senate chair this year, is featured in an article in the Berkeleyan, the campus’s faculty and staff newspaper. In the story, Gronsky discusses the challenges facing the senate, and, on the lighter side, reveals his passion for blues guitar and souped-up cars (which appears at the end of the article). Go here to read the full story.

Accolades for Koomey’s
Book on Making Choices


Jonathan Koomey — a scientist in the Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division — was selected as a finalist for the “2003 Readers Preference Editor's Choice Awards” in the science and mathematics category. His book — Turning Numbers into Knowledge: Mastering the Art of Problem Solving — is described as “a lively and entertaining guide to help people beat information overload, hone their decision-making skills, and achieve success in this information-glutted world.” Koomey is currently on leave while serving as a visiting professor at Stanford University. Go here to read more about the award, and here to read a description of the book by the publisher.


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