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Thursday, November 11, 2004

9:30 a.m.
Coherent Undulator Radiation
David Attwood, UC Berkeley
Bldg. 6-2202

11 a.m.
Local Characterization of Materials Using VEELS and Core-Loss EELS
Rolf Erni, UC Davis
Bldg. 72-201

Mathematical Modeling in Public Health: The Case of Residential Exposure to Secondhand Smoke
Neil Klepeis
Bldg. 90-3148

2 p.m.
Nanosciences & Nanoengineering Institute
Direct Assembly of Ge Island Arrays on Patterned Si Surfaces
Oscar Dubon
390 Hearst Mining Building

4 p.m.
Plans for the Reactor Neutrino Experiment Double-CHOOZ
Maury Goodman, ANL
Bldg. 50B-4205


9 a.m.
EHS 116
First Aid Safety
Bldg. 48-109

Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class with Naomi Hartwig ($10/$12)
Bldg. 70A-3377

1 p.m.
EHS 339
Asbetos Awareness
Bldg. 51-201

2:30 p.m.
EHS 345
Chemical Hygience for Facilities
Bldg. 51-201


Morning Editions: Chorizo Burrito
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Two Eggs, Sausage, Biscuits & Gravy
Market Carvery: Spaghetti with Meatballs, Salad & Cheese Toast
The Fresh Grille: Grilled Sausage Sandwich with Fries
Chicken Picatta Pasta Toss with Garden Salad

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

Gagil Lauded For Water
Filtration System

A low-cost water purification system that uses ultraviolet light to kill bacteria — developed by Berkeley Lab Environmental Energy Technologies scientist Ashok Gadgil — was one of the five projects that received the Tech Museum Awards on Wednesday, which honors those who use technology to improve the human condition around the world. The winners were presented $50,000 checks. So far, more than 200,000 people in Mexico and the Philippines are benefiting from Gadgil's water filtration system. An organization in India is also getting ready to install in rural regions of that country his system, which costs about $1.50 to provide drinking water to one person for a year, he said. Full story.

Alternative Metrics
For Supercomputers

Strohmaier, top, and Bailey

Two alternative methods of benchmarking supercomputers are nearing completion, just as the most popular metric for benchmarking performance — the Top500 list, which is maintained at Berkeley Lab — has resulted in a new list of the world's most powerful systems. In a recent eWeek article, Computational Research Division researchers David Bailey and Eric Strohmaier comment on these emerging benchmarking methods. Go here to read the story.


Benefits, Wellness
Fair at Lab Monday

This year, employees will see a new twist on the Open Enrollment benefits fair, which takes place between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Monday in Perseverance Hall. In addition to representatives, who will be on hand to answer questions about their services, several health care organizations will offer "wellness" activities, such as blood pressure screening, body fat analyzing, and a chair massages. Speakers from UC Berkeley and the Lab will give short talks on various health and wellness topics. Also, personal trainers from two downtown Berkeley health fitness clubs, YMCA and 24-Hour, will be present. Other attractions include trivia games, raffle drawings, and give-away items.


Road Near Bldg. 71
Closed During Clean-Up

Clean-up of an oil leak containing polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB's) is under way near Building 71 and may result in the intermittent closure of  Chamberlain Road until activities are completed — perhaps up to a week. Three gallons of oil leaked from a scrap metal bin containing old electrical capacitors last weekend, a spill that exceeded two regulatory thresholds. Employee exposures to the PCBs are expected to be well below levels at which health is endangered. This incident demonstrates the importance of carefully handling items that contain PCBs and placing only appropriate materials in scrap metal bins.


TEID 'Creative Services' Now With Public Affairs

A reorganization of the laboratory’s publishing, creative services and A/V support for conference rooms — formerly part of the Technical and Electronic Information Department (TEID) — has been announced by Deputy Director for Operations Sally Benson. Among the changes, publishing and creative services responsibilities will move from the Information Technologies and Services Division to the Public Affairs Department, where they will be consolidated into a new Creative Services Office (CSO). Go here to learn more about the changes.

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