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Friday, July 16, 2004


10 a.m.
ASD Academy
Calendar Tips and Tricks
Curtis McDonald
Bldg. 2-100B

Summer Lecture Series
The Energy-Water Connection: Can We Sustain Critical Resources and Make Them Reliable, Affordable, and Environmentally Sound?
Jim McMahon
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class with Naomi Hartwig ($10/$12)
Bldg. 70A-3377

1 p.m.
Scientific Computing
Sparse LU Factorization for Circuit Simulation Matrices
Tim Davis, U. of Florida
Bldg. 50A-5132


Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class with Inna Belogolovsky ($10/$12)
Bldg. 70A-3377


Morning Editions: Two Pancakes, Two Eggs & Two Bacon
Market Carvery:
Seafood Spaghetti with Marinara & Crispy Calamari & Side Salad
The Fresh Grille:
Hot Rueben Wrap with Onion Ring & Root Beer Float
Chicken or Pork Burrito

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

Chu Reminds Regents
Of Lab Space Needs

Berkeley Lab's incoming Director, Steven Chu, was introduced to the University of California Board of Regents in San Francisco yesterday, and he wasted no time in getting down to business. Taking a few moments to praise the scientific quality that he said he has found at the Lab, Chu told the Regents that sustained excellence will depend heavily upon adequate space, both on the hill and on campus. Full story.

Another Lab Sailor
Fares Well in Crossing


The Chuck Shank -skippered "First Light" wasn't the only Berkeley Lab-staffed sailboat to cross the Pacific in a race this summer (see yesteday's edition of Today at Berkeley Lab). While Shank had a crew of three, Rob MacFarlane of the Information Technologies and Services Division did it alone. Setting off on June 26 from San Francisco to Hanalei Bay, Kauai, in the 2004 SSS Singlehanded TransPac Race, MacFarlane traversed the course in 13 days, 18 hours, 29 minutes and 50 seconds, good for sixth place among the 21 boats. That's the fastest passage he's completed in four tries. Go here for the race results, and here to see MacFarlane's biography page for the race.


Holiday Schedule Has
Been Revised

The winter holiday shutdown schedule for this year has been revised. The Lab has designated Thursday, Dec. 30, and Friday, Dec. 31, as the two New Year's holidays. Previously, Thursday had to be taken as either a vacation or leave-without-pay day. This change means employees will only have to take one vacation or leave-without-pay day (Wednesday, 12/29) during the calendar year 2004 shutdown. The rest of the 2004 schedule remains the same.  The Lab reopens on Monday, Jan. 3. In addition, the holiday schedule for calendar year 2005 has been posted. Go here to view both schedules and an explanation of the holiday, leave, and vacation options.


Attosecond, Mold, Smog
Stories in Science Beat

The latest issue of the Lab's webzine Science Beat is now posted online. In it, you'll find stories on an artificial parasitic virus that promises to interfere with HIV, while multiplying in competition with it; scientists who are learning the secrets of breaking water into oxygen molecules and hydrogen ions; the affect of moldy buildings on health; why the weekends are getting smoggier in California; and the attoseconed slicing of x-rays. Go here to read the latest issue.

A Revamped SNAP
Website is Launched

The Lab's SuperNovae- Acceleration Probe, or SNAP, website has recently been redesigned, and now includes new features, including Powerpoint slide presentations detailing the science and the technical concepts behind SNAP, and a spectacular new animation of the proposed satellite done by Zach Radding and Robin LaFever. Go here to view the new website and here to view the animations, one of which may require a software download (instructions included).


Don't Miss Today's
Summer Lecture

Environmental Energy Technologies' Jim McMahon will present the last installment of the Lab's Summer Lecture Series today at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. He will discuss "The Energy-Water Connection: Can We Sustain Critical Resources and Make Them Reliable, Affordable and Environmentally Sound?"

Vehicle Custodian:
Watch Those Plates

Important pieces of aluminum hang on each GSA vehicle — the Federal license plates, also referred to as "tags." Federal tags are symbols of government authority and accountability. Because they are not locked to the vehicles, they can fall off, or be removed.Vehicle custodians should routinely check to ensure that the tags are in place. If one or both are missing, notify Fleet Operations (x5475) so the proper authorities can be alerted and new license plates obtained.

Morning fog, partly sunny.
Highs: low 70s (22° C).

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