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Monday, October 11, 2004


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

4 p.m.
Synthetic Biology
Building a Synthetic Biology with Computationally Designed, Biologically Active Proteins: Theory Experiments, Applications
Homme Hellinga, Duke U.
100 Lewis Hall

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
What Can We See, How Do We See It, and Why Do We See Things That Aren't There?
Donald Glaser, UC Berkeley
1 Le Conte Hall


8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Employee Activities Assoc.
Karats Jewelry Sale
Cafeteria Lobby

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

9 a.m.
Washington D.C. Projects Office
The Energy Science Network: Enabling Large-Scale DOE Science
William Johnson
Washington D.C.

Advanced Light Source
Recent Progress in Soft X-Ray Microscopy
David Attwood
Bldg. 2-100B

EHS 348
Chemical Hygiene Safety
Bldg. 51-201

9:10 a.m.
EHS 10
Intro to EH&S at LBNL
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

1 p.m.
EHS 231
Compressed Gas & Cryogen Safety
Bldg. 51-201


Morning Editions: 2 Pancakes, 2 Eggs, Hash Browns & 2 Bacon
Tomorrow's Breakfast:
Ham, Egg,& Swiss Cheese on a Croissant
Market Carvery: Beef Stroganoff with Egg Noodles
The Fresh Grille: Grilled Chicken, Olive & Peppers Melt
Southern Fried Steak with Mashed Potatoes & Corn

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

New Research Campus
Aims at Tough Problems
By Jocelyn Kaiser


Neuronal circuitry and imaging technologies will be the focus of the new Janelia Farm Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Janelia Farm is run by former Berkeley Lab scientist Gerald Rubin. To decide on Janelia's research focus, five workshops, held earlier this year, asked scientific leaders to think about problems tough enough to require 100 people working for 10 years. One workshop participant, Berkeley Lab molecular biologist Eva Nogales, hopes Janelia's teams will devise new detectors and computational methods for imaging nonhomogenous macromolecules. "It could be a quantum leap in what is being done right now," Nogales says. Full story.



In Cyber- Space, a Dark Alliance
By Gregory Lamb

For years, Spammers worked in shadowy corners of the electronic world, trying to get network defenses to plant their junk e-mail. Virus writers exploited computers to take them over. Now, they're starting to work together. Even top-notch computer scientists may take hours to design a "patch" to stop a virus or Spam, a response time that's far too slow. Computer scientist Stefan Savage and his partner, Berkeley Lab's Vern Paxson, have set two goals: one is to understand better how worms and viruses spread, accumulating minute detail on their limitations and characteristics. They also want to better predict how fast a virus will spread and how destructive it will be. Full story.


Protect Windows From JPEG Flaw

A security flaw in how Windows systems and applications handle JPEG graphics makes systems vulnerable if users view a .JPEG file on the web or in e-mail. To remove this vulnerability, patches are required on both the operating system (e.g., Windows Server 2000 and Windows XP) and Microsoft applications (e.g., Office XP, Office 2003, etc.). Go here to ensure your operating system is patched, and here for Microsoft applications. When you go to the Windows Update site, avoid downloading Service Pack 2 for Windows XP. Because of its numerous flaws, the Lab's Information Technology and Services Division does not recommend installing this service pack.

Beware Supposed
Microsoft Messages

A very authentic-looking message purporting to be from Microsoft is circulating around the Internet. With a subject of "Urgent Reminder: Download SP2 Today" and a sender address of "[email protected].com," the message urges users to download Service Pack 2 for Windows XP. The message is bogus. The link does not go to a Microsoft address. Those who receive this or similar messages should delete them immediately. Microsoft does not send unsolicited messages of this nature, but members of the hacking world frequently do.


Early Holiday Idea:
The Gift of Blood

During the holiday season, blood supplies are traditionally low. Lab employees are asked to help reverse that trend by donating blood on Wednesday, Nov. 3 (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.), or Thursday, Nov. 4 (7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.), when the Red Cross hosts a blood drive at the Lab, in Building 70A-3377. Potential donors can go here to review eligibility requirements and make an appointment. For more information, contact Charlotte Bochra (x4268).

'Computer Protection
Quarterly' Is Now Posted

The latest issue of the Computer Protection Quarterly is now available. In this issue are updates on the Windows XP Service Pack 2, upcoming computer security events, and important security tips for users of Windows systems, Mac OS, and Netscape Navigator. There is also an article about how to minimize vulnerabilities associated with Internet Explorer. Go here to view the publication.

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