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Tuesday, May 18, 2004


8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Astrophysics Conference
Wide-Field Imaging From Space
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

9 a.m.
EHS 279
Scaffold Safety
Bldg. 51-201

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

Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class with Maya Smith
Bldg. 70-191

Air Quality, Transportation, Health, and Urban Planning: Making the Links
Julian Marshall, UC Berkeley
Bldg. 90-3148

1:30 p.m.
EHS 256
Bldg. 51-201

4 p.m.
Life Sciences
Similarity Measures in 3D Electron Microscopy
Nikolaus Grigorieff, Brandeis U.
Bldg. 66 Auditorium


11 a.m.
Nuclear Science
The Hydrogen Economy: Opportunities for Basic Research to Address Some Grand Challenges
Mildred Dresselhaus, MIT
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

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

12:15 p.m.
Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class with Chris Hoskins
Bldg. 70-191

3 p.m.
Elves and the Acceleration of Crystallography
James Holton
Bldg. 6-2202


Morning Additions: Breakfast Quesadilla with Home Fries
Market Carvery: Baked Chicken with Sundried Tomato & Pesto Rice
Fresh Grille: Grilled Reuben Sandwich with Twister Fries & Large Dispenser Soda
Menutainment: 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

Through The Eyes
Of Berkeley High

The students in Lucinda Daly's Berkeley High photography class decided they wanted to do a study on a rarely examined aspect of Berkeley. So they chose Berkeley Lab. They arrived on April 14, via a Lab shuttle bus, and proceeded to document life here. Chaperoned by two tour guides, the class took pictures of everything from danger signs to giant microscopes. By the end of the tour, everyone had finished at least a roll of film and had a new view of life on the Hill. The photographs are on display in the cafeteria starting today, through Friday. Employees are invited to a reception there on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. For more information, contact Shannon Magee x2975.


Amid Italian Pomp,
Chemist Receives Honor


John Prausnitz, a scientist in the Lab's Chemical Sciences Division, recently received an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from the University of Padua, located in Italy. The degree was conferred in a colorful ceremony in an ancient palazzo where Galileo lectured 400 years ago. Prausnitz has, over the last 10 years, hosted numerous students and postdocs from the University of Padua. He also received an honorary degree from the University of L'Aquila, Italy in 1983.


High-End Computing Plan Has Been Released

The White House recently released a "roadmap" to improve federal support of high-end computing, shortly after the Bush administration announced a new effort to build the world's top computer. The report calls for a "coordinated, sustained" federal research program over 10 to 15 years, lays out an "interagency collaborative strategy," and proposes pilot projects -- all to get breakthroughs that transform high-end computing technology, which federal officials and industry groups agree must be the world's best for the sake of U.S. economic competitiveness. Go here to read the full report.


Language of Science
Lags Behind Nanotech

When Berkeley Lab researcher Paul Alivisatos and his fellow scientists succeeded in making invisibly small, atomic-scale cages -- each one a hollow sphere of interlinked cobalt and oxygen atoms with a crystal of platinum rattling around inside -- they had created an entirely new chemical substance. The cages -- so small that tens of thousands of them would barely span the diameter of a human hair -- can spur chemical reactions that would not otherwise occur and are one of the latest substances from the field of nanotechnology. But with their work completed, they faced one more difficult task: what to call their creation. Full story (registration required).

Fire Truck Mishap
Damages Grizzly Gate

An accident at 4 p.m. Monday involving a Lab fire truck returning from an off-site call has disabled the Grizzly Gate off Centennial Drive. While repairs are being made to the automatic gate, security guards will keep the Grizzly entrance open from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. No one was injured in the mishap, which also involved an exiting passenger vehicle and an unoccupied government truck. Emergency services manager Dan Lunsford is working with University police and the Alameda County Fire Department to determine the cause. A reserve fire truck is in operation while repairs are being made to the damaged vehicle.

Lab Practices for 'The
Big One' on Thursday

Berkeley Lab's annual Earthquake and Evacuation Drill will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. This event helps the Lab prepare for the projected earthquake on the Hayward fault.   It will begin with a PA announcement, instructing employees to Duck-Cover-Hold, and then evacuate the building to their assigned assembly areas. The drill will take no longer than ten minutes. For more information, contact Valerie Quigley at x7032.


Securing Linux Topic Of
Brown Bag Today

Chip Smith of the Computational Research Division will talk about keeping Linux systems secure at the next Computer Protection Program Brown Bag today at noon in Building 50B-4205.


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Highs: mid-60s (18° C).

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