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Tuesday, November 9, 2004

8 a.m.
Human Resources
New Employee Orientation
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

9 a.m.
EHS 278
Ladder Safety
Bldg. 51-201

Life Sciences & Genomics
Ecogenomics and Phenomics: The New Frontier in Bioremediation of Toxic Waste Sites
Terry Hazen
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

2 p.m.
Benefits Office
Open Enrollment Info Session
Bldg. 941-155


9 a.m.
EHS 278
Ladder Safety
Bldg. 51-201

11 a.m.
Nuclear Science Spectroscopy Experiments With Fast Beams of Rare Isotopes
Thomas Glasmacher, Michigan State U.
Bldg. 50 Auditorium


Morning Editions: Swiss Cheese & Potato Scramble with Sausage Patty
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Breakfast Quesadilla with Home Fries
Market Carvery: Roasted Chili Rubbed Tenderloin with Baked Potato & Vegetable
The Fresh Grille: New York Deli Burger with Onion Rings
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

Fastest Computers
List Is Released


BlueGene/L, created jointly by the Department of Energy and IBM, sits at the top of the most recent TOP500 Supercomputer Sites list. BlueGene was followed closely by NASA Ames Research Center's Columbia, NEC's Earth Simulator, MareNostrum at the Barcelona Supercomputer Center, and Lawrence Livermore Lab's Thunder. The TOP500 list, released twice a year, was started in 1993 to provide a reliable basis for tracking and detecting trends in high-performance computing. Among those compiling the list are Erich Strohmaier and Horst Simon, both with Berkeley Lab's National Energy Research Scientific Computer Center, which was 21st on the list. Go here to see the complete list.

Cosmic Doomsday

The Universe will last for at least 24 billion years, according to astrophysicists who have modeled dark energy forces to work out the fate of the cosmos. However, physicists are still divided — some say it will keep expanding forever, whereas others believe that it will begin to contract and ultimately collapse in a big crunch. The Supernova/Acceleration Probe (SNAP) could provide much needed data, say researchers. The craft was proposed by scientists at Berkeley Lab who want to study the light from hundreds of supernovae to track the rate of cosmic bloat, but the project is currently on hold. Full story.


Life Sciences' Gray Named Cancer Program Advisor

Joe Gray
, Division Director for Life Sciences at Berkeley Lab, has been selected to serve as a member of the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute, a program of the National Institutes of Health. The Board assists and advises NCI Director Andrew C. von Eschenbach, who invited Gray to be a member. Its primary task is oversight of the full portfolio of extramural programs of the Institute. Go here to read about the NCI.

Artisans Sought
For Craft Fair

Lab employees who like to create arts and crafts are invited to sell their wares at the Lab's ninth annual craft fair, to be held Thursday, Dec. 9, from 3 to 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. The items must be hand made and artisans are asked to donate one item for a prize drawing at the fair. Interested staff should contact Robin Mitchell (x4141).

Learn to Adjust
Your Ergo Chair

The Lab's Environment, Health and Safety Division is hosting a workshop on Friday — from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the B50 Auditorium — to review ergonomic adjustment features for various chairs used here at the Lab. Representatives from All Seating, HAG, Herman Miller, Humanscale, Neutral Posture, and Steelcase will each provide 15-minute presentations. There will be a hands-on practice session during the last 30 minutes of the program. For questions, contact Jeffrey Chung (x5818) or Edith Perry (x7170).

Helpful Tips on Catching the Shuttle Bus

The Lab's shuttle bus drivers would like to remind employees of the proper way to catch a bus. For those at stops in downtown Berkeley, have your ID card ready and use it to wave down approaching buses. Check the route sign posted in the bus windshield, to make sure you're taking the correct bus (either Hearst or Bancroft). If the bus pulls away before you reach the stop, do not run in front of bus or hit the bus to make the driver stop. This poses a serious safety hazard.

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