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Monday, May 3, 2004


11 a.m.
Progress Towards A Solid State Quantum Computer
Steven Prawer, U. of Melbourne
Bldg. 71-264

Adaptive Engineering of Coherent Soft X-Rays
Thomas Pfeifer, U. of Wuerzburg
Bldg. 6-2202

Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class with Keith Olson
Bldg. 70A-3377

4 p.m.
Life Sciences
TGFb Signaling on Cytostasis and Metastasis
Joan Massague, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Bldg. 66 Auditorium


Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class with Maya Smith
Bldg. 70A-3377

4 p.m.
Life Sciences
Testing a 3D-Structure Based Hypothesis for the Transport of IgG Across Epithelia by the Neonatal Fc Receptor
Pamela Bjorkman, Caltech
Bldg 66 Auditorium

Morning Additions: Pancakes(2), Eggs(2), Hash Browns and Bacon (2)
Market Carvery: Fried Teriyaki Pork Ribs with Jasmine Rice and Bok Choy
Fresh Grille: Salisbury Steak with Fries and Vegetable
Menutainment: Veal Fritter with Mushroom and Wine Sauce
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Full menu


Barletta Gough

Barletta on Contract
Task; Gough Appointed

At the request of the University of California’s Office of the President, Berkeley Lab’s Bill Barletta, Director of the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division, has accepted a temporary assignment to assist in the upcoming management contract competition for the Lab. In the interim, Lab Director Charles Shank has appointed Rick Gough as Acting Division Director of AFRD. Gough will also oversee the Lab’s Office of Homeland Security. Read Shank’s announcement memo here.

Maritz Sold; No Change
In Lab Travel Process

Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) has received regulatory approval to acquire Maritz Corporate Travel (MCT). There will be no changes to the agency staff handling Berkeley Lab reservations, and the phone numbers remain the same. However, effective today, Lab employees will begin to see and hear the CWT brand as they interface with the contracted agency. E-mail communication will now originate from "" Logos on all materials, both printed and electronic, are being converted to reflect the CWT brand over the next few weeks. For questions, call the Travel Office at x4500.

Lab Staff to Give Talks
On Peta-Scalable Codes

Osni Marques and Tony Drummond of the Scientific Computing Group and Kathy Yelick of the Future Technologies Group in the Computational Research Division are among the speakers at a workshop today and tomorrow on "New Methods for Developing Peta-Scalable Codes" being held at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. The workshop, co-sponsored by the Department of Energy, will focus on languages and frameworks for developing codes that will efficiently utilize thousands of processors.

Facilities Quarterly
Seeks Reader Input

The Facilities Department would like to know what you think about its newsletter, Facilities Quarterly. The January/April 2004 issue is now on-line here, and the quarterly’s web site includes a link to a simple readership survey. The current issue includes stories on various facilities projects, including the Molecular Foundry construction, Site-wide Water Project, and the Bevatron EPB hall, plus features on facilities safety “fashions” and the Rosas’ Christmas.


Digital cylinder scan

Physicists Find Method
To Improve Audio
By the Associated Press

Two physicists have discovered a way to digitally map old, archived audio recordings and reconstruct the sound. Four years after hearing a radio report on the challenge of preserving aging audio recordings, particle physicist Carl Haber's newfound method of rescuing the classics is music to archivists' ears. Haber and a fellow Berkeley Lab physicist Vitaliy Fadeyev have found a way to digitally map the grooves in warped or damaged shellac records and wax cylinders — and play them back using a sort of virtual needle. To do so, they use the same optical scanning method — powered by a microscope and computer technology — that physicists employ for measuring the journeys of subatomic particles. Full story.

Latest Issue of ‘Beat’
Has Warming Package

SOLO probe
Research that addresses global warming – and carbon sequestration underground, in oceans and on land – is included in a special section of the lastest issue of Berkeley Lab’s web magazine Science Beat. It also features stories on chromosome-building protein structures, energy-saving windows, garbage-eating bioreactors, and pinpoint LED’s. For all this and more, go here.

Technique Plucks Genes
From Pathogen Genomes
By Robert Sanders

A quick new technique able to identify genes that evolve rapidly as well as those that change slowly already has pinpointed new targets for researchers developing drugs against tuberculosis and malaria, and it could do the same for other infectious diseases, according to a paper in the April 29 issue of Nature. The technique was developed by a research team that included co-author and graduate student Hunter B. Fraser from Berkeley Lab life scientist Michael Eisen’s lab. Read the UC Berkeley news release here.


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