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Friday, May 14, 2004


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

Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class with Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70A-3377

1 p.m.
Scientific Computing Seminar
ProteinShop: A Graphical Environment for Protein Structure Prediction Silvia Crivelli
Bldg. 50A-5132

2 p.m.
XPS and Nanomaterials: An Overview of the Last 30 Years of Activity at the Namur Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Electron Spectroscopy (LISE)
Jean-Jacques Pireaux, Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix
Bldg. 6-2202


Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191


Morning Additions: Two Eggs with Biscuit & Gravy
Origins: Teriyaki Chicken with Basmati Rice & Cabbage & a 20 oz. Dansani Water
Fresh Grille: Reuben Sandwich, Choice of Fries & Pasta Salad
Full Meal Deal: Cordon Bleu Burger, Fries, Side Salad, Raspberry Sprite Float & Pie

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

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What Is A Beamline, And Why Is It Important?


Last month, the editors of "Today at Berkeley Lab" inaugurated a new feature inviting members of Berkeley Lab to e-mail their questions about the Lab's people, places, programs, and policies. Here's a question from Kimberly Reetz, of the Human Resources Department, that many others have also wondered about: "What the heck is a beamline, and why is it important?" Well, beamlines come in various sizes and shapes, but the ones Reetz is inquiring about are the main experimental tools of the Advanced Light Source. Go here to see the answer. And if you're wondering about something, send an e-mail to  "Do You Ever Wonder?"


Misused Extension Cords Could Create Hazard

Extension cords are found in many work locations at Berkeley Lab. Using an extension cord is convenient, but if misused, can create unsafe conditions. Potential hazards include fires from overloaded cords, electrical shock from worn or damaged cords, and trip and fall accidents from unsecured cords. According to the National Electrical Safety Foundation, extension cords should be used only on a temporary basis. For extension cord safety do's and don'ts, go here. Read more about Lab safety issues in today's issue of The View.


Designer Virus
Stalks HIV


It took Berkeley Lab researcher Adam Arkin and UC Berkeley professor David Schaffer just $200,000 and a grad student to develop a potential treatment for AIDS. And that scares them. That's because the therapy itself is a virus. They created a virus altered to latch onto HIV and mute its ability to become AIDS. They've tested the theory in a computer model and in cells in a dish. The results have been promising, and if they continue in that vein, the researchers could begin animal testing by the end of this year. Full story.


DOE Launches 2.0

Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham recently launched " 2.0," the next major step in government science information retrieval. is the gateway to reliable information about science and technology from across federal government organizations. The site offers groundbreaking, user-friendly technology enhancements to the interagency science portal. While retaining the content and advances originally unveiled in December 2002, Version 2.0 will now search 47 million pages of government R&D results and present the result to the patron in relevancy-ranked order. Full story.


Lab Reaches Local Wage Accord with AFSCME

A tentative agreement was reached last Friday night in Oakland on a new wage agreement for FY 2004 for Laboratory employees represented by AFSCME, Local 3299. This group includes bus drivers, truck drivers, custodians and technical assistants who provide service support to the Lab. The one-year agreement provides for a two percent wage adjustment retroactive to Oct. 1, 2003 for all eligible Lab employees in the SX unit, along with 1.35 percent for posted promotions, reclassifications and individual equity adjustments. Full story.

Site Services Topic
Of ASD Course

Don Prestella, from the Lab's Facilities Division, will teach a class on Site Service this Tuesday at 9 a.m. in Building 62-203. The course (ASD 9041) will cover such topics as shipping and receiving, mail services, transportation, and move coordination. Go here to register.



Morning fog, then sunny.
Highs: upper 60s (20° C).

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