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Wednesday, May 26, 2004

8 a.m. to Noon
Health Services
Skin Cancer Screening
Bldg. 26

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Travel Department
Gelco Training
Bldg. 90-026

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

11 a.m.
Nuclear Science
Ned R. Sauthoff, Princeton
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

EHS 622
Radioactive/Mixed Waste
Bldg. 51-201

12:15 p.m.
Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class with Chris Hoskins
Bldg. 70A-3377

3 p.m.
ALS/CXRO Seminar
Domain Walls and Interfaces in Antiferromagnets
Andreas Scholl, ALS
6-2202 conference room


8:30 a.m.
EHS 400
Radiation Protection-Fundamentals
Bldg. 51-201

2 p.m.
EHS 20
ES&H for Supervisors
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

3 p.m.
EHS 22
Ergo for Supervisors
Bldg. 50 Auditorium


Morning Additions: Banana Pancakes with Two Eggs and Sausage
Market Carvery: Chicken Mole with Refried Beans & Rice
Fresh Grille:
Grilled Shaved Ham & Pepperjack Cheese on Onion Roll
Menutainment: Chili Verde with Black Beans Rice & Tortilla

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

Full menu


French Chemistry Honor
For Neil Bartlett's Work

Neil Bartlett, a retired principal investigator with the Lab's Chemical Sciences Division, was recently awarded "Le Grand Prix" from La Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie, or, translated into English, The Foundation of the House of Chemistry. The international honor is the grand prize of the Foundation. The award commemorates Bartlett's life work on novel high-oxidation-state materials. He will receive the prize at a special ceremony this July in Paris. The honor commemorates French chemist Marcelin Berthelot.

Bell Receives Russian Professorship and Ph.D.


Chemical Sciences Division scientist Alexis Bell recently became the first person in the field of chemistry and chemical engineering to receive an honorary professorship of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He also received an honorary doctoral degree from the organization. The honor was conferred "...for his outstanding contributions to science and international cooperation." During his visit to Russia to accept the award, Bell presented two lectures: "Heterogeneous Catalysts and the Search for Structure-Function Relationships," and "Identification of Active Centers and Reaction Mechanisms: Grand Challenges for Researchers in the Field of Catalysis."

Dwayne Ramsey Nets
Cyber Security Award

Dwayne Ramsey, ITSD's liaison to the Department of Energy (DOE) and the University of California, and the Lab's acting Computer Protection Program manager, was one of two recipients of the 2004 Charlene Douglass Memorial Award presented at DOE's Annual Cyber Security Group Training Conference in Kansas City. The award recognizes people who have "significantly contributed to information security activities within the DOE complex." Ramsey was nominated for his efforts to significantly strengthen cyber security throughout the DOE national laboratory community by fostering a sense of cooperation and collaboration.


Windows Worm
On the Loose

Another worm that targets Windows systems, Beagle.Z, is sending messages with infected attachments. Examples of message subjects include "Notification," "Encrypted document" and "New changes." Attachments have names such as "You_are_dismissed.hta," "toy.hta" and "toy.vbs." The Lab's virus wall is detecting and eradicating this worm now, but you may have received an infected message before the virus wall was updated, so be sure to not open any attachment that you are not expecting, even if it appears to be sent by someone you know. Please update your system's anti-virus software immediately


EETD's Mills Appears In
CBS 'Osgood File'


Environmental Energy Technologies researcher Evan Mills was a recent guest on CBS Radio's popular "Osgood File," in a report about insurance companies and their fears about global warming. Mills, who has studied such companies and their response to energy issues, said although climate change increases uncertainty and risk, the insurance companies "are equipped to make a tremendous difference by being a force for positive change." Go here to read the transcript, and here for an expanded text version of the story.

'Building Better Landfill' Is Science Today Feature


After filling three 55-gallon fish tanks with garbage and watching -- and smelling -- the trash decay for months, Sharon Borglin of Berkeley Lab knows a thing or two about landfills. And after winning a 2002 Department of Energy Outstanding Mentor Award, Borglin also knows what it takes to ensure the next generation of scientists will also study sustainable living. Her story (written by Lab communications writer Dan Krotz) is the feature article in this week's package of Science Today, the CBS-radio broadcast reports produced by the University of California. Go here to read the story.

As Smog Thickens,
So Does Debate

As Southern California experiences a resurgence of smog, scientists say the government's strategy for reducing air pollution may be making it worse. The doubts have arisen because ozone is becoming more common in large cities on weekends, when heavy polluters are least active. Known as the "weekend effect," the phenomenon has long perplexed scientists and air pollution officials. Robert Harley, with Berkeley Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division, found that the weekend effect, once seen only in coastal urban areas, could now be observed as far inland as Sacramento and the northern San Joaquin Valley. Full story (registration required).


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

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SECON level 3

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