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Wednesday, May 12, 2004


8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Red Cross
Blood Drive
Bldg. 70A-3377

9 a.m.
EHS 276
Fall Protection Safety
Bldg. 51-201

Noon to 1 p.m.
Employees Activities Assoc.
Giants vs. A's Ticket Sale

Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class with Chris Hoskins
Perseverance Hall

Brown Bag Discussion With Director Shank
Bldg. 90-3148

1 p.m.
EHS 61
Ergo Evaluation Training
Bldg. 51-201

3 p.m.
Resonant Scattering Studies of Nanoscale Magnetism
Jeff Kortright
Bldg. 6-2202

Scientific Computing
Projective Geometry for Computer Vision
Raquel Romano
Bldg. 50F-1647


7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Red Cross
Blood Drive
Bldg. 70A-3377

9 a.m.
EHS 280
Laser Safety
Bldg. 51-201

Noon to 1 p.m.
Employees Activities Assoc.
Giants vs. A's Ticket Sale

1:30 p.m.
Surface Science and Catalysis
Spectroscopic and Kinetic Studies of Surface Intermediates and Mechanisms: Catalytic Oxidation Reactions on Platinum
John Gland, U. of Michigan
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

2 p.m.
Four Roles of Leadership:
Pre-Work Session

Bldg. 2-100B

5:30 p.m.
Friends of Science
Biology, Technology, and the Clinic: Lab-UCSF Partnership Fights Cancer
Joe Gray
Perseverance Hall


Morning Additions: Durango Breakfast Bagel with Hash Browns
Market Carvery: Lemon Pepper Pork Chops with Two Sides
Fresh Grille: Salmon Burger with Onion Rings
Origins: Saffron Rice Curried Peas & Roasted Potatoes with Nan & 20 oz. Dansani
Full Meal Deal: New York Deli Burger, Fries, Side Salad, Rootbeer Float, & Pie

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

Full menu

Health Care Facilitator
Is There To Help

Loida Bartolome- Mingao, Berkeley Lab's Health Care Facilitator, provides confidential consultation and counseling services, as well as educational presentations, to employees, retirees, and eligible dependents. In addition to explaining health plan services, she can assist with such issues as unpaid or denied medical, dental, and vision claims and unsatisfactory provider or medical group services. Bartolome-Mingao also provides one-on-one assistance in resolving difficult health and welfare issues. For more information, e-mail her or call x6997. Read the May 28 issue of The View to learn more about the Health Care Facilitator program.


New Web Pages Help
With Safety Concerns


Do you have a safety concern? Do you have a suggestion about safety? If so, Acting EH&S Division Director Robin Wendt encourages you to check out two new web pages: Safety Concerns notes the ways you can communicate a concern about safety, including the use of a new Lab e-mail address and toll-free phone number. And Safety Suggestions tells how to submit suggestions or questions about safety at the Lab. Both sites can be accessed from the EH&S home page and include anonymous submission options. For questions, call x5514.


Computer Experiments Transforming Math

Many people regard mathematics as the crown jewel of the sciences. Yet math has historically lacked one of the defining trappings of science: laboratory equipment. Now, computers are starting to give mathematicians the lab instrument they have been missing. At a recent workshop, organizers David Bailey, with Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division, and Jonathan Borwein of Dalhousie University, argued that computer experimentation is launching a new epoch in mathematics. Full story.

Moving Up:
Victor Markowitz


Victor Markowitz created his own position at the Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute. It grew out of his ideas on how to implement industrial practices at the research center; a collaboration between the Lawrence Livermore, Lawrence Berkeley, and Los Alamos national laboratories. "The question was: when did we do it (start industry practices)? It's not like they never thought about it. It just seemed like, at this point, they decided to make a more serious attempt at introducing practices," he said. Full story.


Lab Issues, Highlights
At Today's Brown Bag

Today's Brown Bag conversation featuring Berkeley Lab Director Charles Shank and Deputy Director Pier Oddone will offer employees the opportunity to hear directly from senior management on issues, accomplishments and challenges. The lunchtime discussion begins at noon in the Building 90-3148 conference room, and is one in a series of scheduled dialogues between employees and lab leadership.

ALS Electrical
Switching Today

Facilities electricians will today carry out 12-kv power switching at the ALS Switching Station (SWA3), returning the ALS to its normal configuration. A hill-wide announcement will precede switching operations. The procedures will be transparent to the Lab community, and it is highly unlikely that an interruption of power will occur. However, the possibility of an electrical power interruption always exists.   Please take all necessary precautions. For additional information contact Jim Murphy at x4175 or Mahesh Gupta at x5220.

Campus Graduations Mean More Traffic

It's that time of year again and soon UC Berkeley will be holding their numerous graduation ceremonies. Several of these will be held in the Greek Theater, which could impact on traffic entering and exiting through the Blackberry Gate. Problems can be expected tomorrow when the campus's Commencement Convocation — which features "Nightline" anchor Ted Koppel — takes place at 4 p.m., and next Friday, May 21, at 9 a.m. when six departments conduct their graduation there. Go here for a complete schedule of ceremonies.

Checks Only For
Baseball Tickets

As announced last week in "Today at Berkeley Lab," the Employee Activities Association is selling tickets to the June 26 A's vs. Giants game in the cafeteria this week between noon and 1 p.m. To make a purchase, be sure to bring your checkbook, since cash or credit cards will not be accepted.


Mostly sunny.
Highs: mid 60s (18° C).

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