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Friday, July 2, 2004

Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class
Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70-191

1 p.m.
Scientific Computing
Extreme Supercomputing
Erik DeBenedictis, Sandia Lab
Bldg. 50A-5132


Independence Day Holiday


Computing Sciences Computing the Cosmos
Julian Borrill
Perseverance Hall


Morning Additions: Two Eggs with Ham, Biscuit & Gravy
Origins: Baked Talapia with Sundried Tomato Tapenade
The Fresh Grille: Chicken Nuggets Cup & Fries with Side Salad, BBQ Sauce
Market Carvery: Southwestern Baked Chicken with Black Beans & Corn

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Full menu


A fluorescent plankton sample obtained by VERTIGO.

Bishop Sets Sail With


Jim Bishop of Berkeley Lab's Earth Sciences Division has joined Ken Buesseler of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and a full crew of other ocean scientists on the three-week VERTIGO cruise aboard the University of Hawaii's research vessel Kilo Moana. VERTIGO, for vertical transport in the global ocean, studies how matter sinks to the bottom of the sea. Bishop's interest is carbon; he's using the multiple-unit large-volume filtration system he engineered, MULVFS, and he'll be testing a Carbon Explorer float equipped with a new optical sediment trap. Go here to join the VERTIGO cruise by way of daily updates.

Former Lab Staff Head UC Davis Lighting Center

The California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) has been created at the University of California, Davis, to develop energy-efficient lighting with market-friendly design. Since lighting accounts for nearly a fourth of the nation's electrical energy consumption, more efficient fixtures have a tremendous potential for reducing consumption. Lighting specialists Michael Siminovitch and Konstantinos Papamichael, both formerly with Berkeley Lab, head the new facility. Full story


Lab Closed Monday
For July 4 Holiday

In celebration of the Independence Day national holiday, the Lab will be closed on Monday. The editors of "Today at Berkeley Lab" wish all employees a safe and fun day off.

Encryption Fundamentals Course To Be Offered

Encryption is one of the most potentially powerful security solutions available, yet few genuinely understand how encryption works and the kinds of cryptographic solutions available. The Lab's Computer Protection Program is offering a free course, "Encryption Fundamentals," from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 15 in Perseverance Hall. Go here to read the course description, and here to sign up.


Lab Scientists Address
Threat of Bioterrorism
By Betsy Mason

With everyone worrying over the use of chemical or biological weapons by terrorists, Bay Area scientists have joined forces to predict how such weapons would infiltrate homes and other buildings. Work at the Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley labs is coming together to address the threat of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. The goal is to make predictions about the spread of dangerous materials fast enough to help emergency managers react and drastically reduce casualties.Scientists at Berkeley have been studying how indoor and outdoor air is exchanged in residential homes. "That work has suddenly now become extremely useful," said Ashok Gadgil, an environmental physicist at Berkeley Lab. Full story.

Molecular Foundry

Lab Research Featured in New Campus Webzine

UC Berkeley's College of Letters & Science has teamed up with the College of Chemistry to launch a monthly online research magazine to highlight groundbreaking research in the physical and biological sciences. ScienceMatters@Berkeley will feature a variety of research topics, from biology and mathematics to physics and chemistry. The first issue includes articles about the Berkeley Lab's Molecular Foundry, exploring dark matter, and innovative work on the structure and mechanisms of the hepatitis virus that could lead to new treatments for the disease. Go here to look at the inaugural issue.

Towering Stack of Yucca
Documents Released

The U.S. Department of Energy certified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to make public on the Internet approximately 1.2 million documents totaling some 5.6 million pages regarding Yucca Mountain. To get a sense of their volume, if the pages were stacked one on top of the other, it would reach a height of approximately 1,800 feet, three times the height of the Washington Monument.   Laid end-to-end, these 5.6 million pages would extend approximately 1,000 miles or almost one-half the distance from Washington, D.C. to Las Vegas. Full story.


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