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Tuesday, July 27, 2004

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

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

9:30 a.m.
Confined Space Hazards
Bldg. 51-201

1 p.m.
EHS 274
Confined Space Retraining
Bldg. 51-201

2 p.m.
Lead Hazards Awareness
Bldg. 51-201

5 p.m.
Computational Research
Mars Rover Screening
Chip Smith
Bldg. 50B-1211


9:30 a.m.
EHS 604
Hazardous Waste
Bldg. 51-201

11 a.m.
EHS 622
Radioactive/Mixed Waste
Bldg. 51-201

Computer Protection Program
Network Security Visualization Tools
Kiran Lakkaraju, NCSA
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

12:15 p.m.
Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class with Chris Hoskins ($10/$12)
Bldg. 70A-3377

3 p.m.
The Study of Ion-Pairing and Ion-Solvation in Lithium Battery Electolytes by Soft X-ray Absorption/Emission Spectroscopy
Vera Zhuang
Bldg. 6-2202


Morning Editions: Ham & Smoked Cheddar Scramble with Potatoes & Bagel
Market Carvery:
Spinach, Mushroom, & Tomato Quiche with Fruit Salad
The Fresh Grille:
New York Deli Steak Sandwich with Garlic Fries
Fiesta Taco Salad with Ground Turkey

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

The Promise, Perils Of
Nanotech Revolution
By Keay Davidson

Nanotechnology could revolutionize science, technology, medicine, and space exploration. Nanotechnology could ravage the environment, eliminate jobs and lead to frightening new weapons of war. Those are two extreme takes on the hottest, and potentially most controversial, new technology since biotech and PCs. In federal fiscal year 2004, the funding is $106 million, compared to $56 million in 2001. One of the recipients is Berkeley Lab, which is studying how nanoparticles are transported and altered in the environment, including within air, water, living organisms and cells, including the cells' genetic material. Full story.

An Explosive Theory
About Volcanoes
By David Pescovitz

The hulking steel volcano simulator in UC Berkeley professor Michael Manga's laboratory is a far cry from the baking soda-and-vinegar science fair projects of our youth. Of course, that's to be expected. What's unusual is that Manga, also with Berkeley Lab's Earth Sciences Division, is trying to answer the same question posed by the quintessential science class experiment: Why do volcanoes erupt? More specifically, Manga's research explains why volcanoes sometimes erupt by oozing lava and other times violently burst ash into the air. Understanding what makes magma erupt in these two very different ways, sometimes from the same volcano, could help scientists determine how hazardous a particular volcano may be. Full story.

SUDZ 10, Animals 4
Fully Loaded 11, Rated X 3
Hit & Run 11, Isotopes 7
Ballpark Estimates 11, Camshafts 8 Silver & Black - BYE


ALS's Smith To Address Physics Teachers at

Neville Smith, scientific director of Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source, is among the featured speakers at next week's American Association of Physics Teachers in Sacramento. Smith will speak on Monday, Aug. 2, about "Big Science in the Service of Small Science." Among his many achievements, Smith was awarded the prestigious Davisson-Germer Prize of the American Physical Society in 1991 for his accomplishments in the development of momentum-resolved photoemission spectroscopies. Go here for more information about the conference.


One-Time Password
Project Is Underway

If you have a hard-to-crack password and use secure shell to encrypt everything sent over the network, you will not necessarily be safe from Internet attacks. Increasingly, attackers are installing software in compromised systems outside the Lab's control that captures all input, including passwords, in and out of these systems. To counter this threat, a Lab team is examining the feasibility of implementing one-time passwords on Unix systems. With one-time passwords, each user never enters the same password twice, crippling the hackers' ability to attack systems. The one-time password team solicits any input or suggestions you may have.

Tomorrow's Computer Protection Talk Changed

The presentation on Internet Explorer vulnerabilities originally scheduled for noon tomorrow has been postponed until next month. It is being replaced with a talk by Kiran Lakkaraju of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. He will speak on that institution's new network security visualization tools. The lecture will take place at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium.

Morning fog, then sunny.
Highs: low 70s (21° C).

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