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Wednesday, October 13, 2004


10 a.m.
EHS 802
Occurrence Reporting & Processing

Bldg. 51-201

11 a.m.
Nuclear Science
The Science Driving the Jefferson Lab 12-GeV Upgrade
Rolf Ent, Jefferson Lab
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

12:15 p.m.
Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class with Chris Hoskins ($10/ $12)
Bldg. 70A-3377

1 p.m.
EHS 530
Fire Extinguisher Safety
Bldg. 48-109

3 p.m.
Soft X-ray Emission Studies of Electronic Properties in Nanostructures

Tony Van Buuren, LLNL
Bldg. 6-2202

4 p.m.
College of Chemistry
Synthesis and Reactivity of Single-Site Catalysts Based on Exchanged Zeolites
Howard Lacheen, UC Berkeley
120 Latimer Hall


9:30 a.m.
Electron-Nuclear Coupling: New Approaches for Chemical and Molecular Physics
Erwin Poliakoff, Louisiana State U.
Bldg. 6-2202

10 a.m.
EHS 535
Hot Work Permit Training Bldg.51-201

1 p.m.
Earthquake/Wildland Safety Bldg. 48-109

4 p.m.
Sprites, Halos and Elves in the Upper Atmosphere: What Are They, and Where Do They Come From?
Harald Frey
Bldg. 50A-5132


Morning Editions: Durango Breakfast Bagel with Hash Browns
Tomorrow's Breakfast:
Chorizo Scramble with Flour Tortillas & Home Fries
Market Carvery: Pasta Tossed with Italian Sausage, Peas, Mushrooms & Choice of Two Sauces
The Fresh Grille: Grilled Ham with Bacon & Swiss, BBQ Sauce on a Grilled Roll
Tuscan Grilled Vegetables with Couscous

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

Eruption of Data, Not
Lava at St. Helens

By Kenneth Chang


When Mount St. Helens was last erupting in the 1980's, Elliot Endo used a ruler to measure seismographs. Now he tracks them with a high-end cell phone. Technology for measuring volcanic gases has also improved. In 1980, scientists could detect only sulfur dioxide, but sulfur dioxide dissolves in water, and that could lead to misleadingly low measurements. Now instruments exist to measure carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide. However, even precise gas measurements are not enough to predict the explosiveness of an eruption. Berkeley Lab earth scientist Michael Manga said identical gas-rich magma coming out of the same volcano would not always produce the same eruption. Full story (registration required).

Lab Research Among
R&D Winners


Department of Energy national laboratories and companies with research funded by DOE have won 36 of the 100 awards given this year by R&D Magazine. Berkeley Lab's contributions include electrochromic window technology that can save a fourth or more of the energy lost through windows, and a synthetic rotational nanomotor that can run indefinitely and is rugged enough to withstand the harshest of environmental conditions, with such potential applications as bio and environmental sensors, cell phones, PDAs, optics and airbags. Go here to read about the Lab's technology, and here for a complete list of this year's winners.


Important Notice About
IMAP E-Mail Access

All mail clients reading mail on a Lab IMAP server must use SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) to encrypt the connection starting on Nov. 2. This affects only the reading of mail from the IMAP server — there is no change in sending mail. The change is being made in response to the Lab's policy that prohibits the use of clear text passwords. All Lab versions of Mozilla found here have been preconfigured to use SSL. If you downloaded the Mozilla client directly from or if you use Netscape or another older mail client, you may need to change your preferences to use SSL. For detailed instructions go here, or contact the Help Desk (x4357).

Lab Helps Youngsters
Learn 'What's Next'

Berkeley Lab and Joint Genome Institute (JGI) scientists will participate tomorrow in the Department of Energy's "What's Next" Expo in Chicago. The expo is an outgrowth of Secretary Spencer Abraham's "Scientists Teaching and Reaching Students" (STARS) program, which seeks to leverage the resources of DOE's national laboratories "to help create a new generation of scientists." Nearly 500 seventh and eighth graders are expected to attend. Berkeley Lab will have workshops on the electromagnetic spectrum and nanoscience, and the JGI will host a demonstration on the spooling of DNA. Representatives from the Lab include materials scientist Christian Kisielowski and Center for Science and Engineering Education undergraduate interns Julia Chamberlain and Eric Feng. Go here for more information on STARS.

Safety Stand-Down
Follows SLAC Accident

A serious accident at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center on Monday, which resulted in a technician suffering severe burns from an electrical fire, led to an all-day stand-down of work at SLAC called yesterday by Director Jonathan Dorfan. "The safety of each and every one of you is of primary importance," Dorfan wrote to all SLAC employees, "and the response of our laboratory must be far-reaching and effective." Accelerators were stopped, meetings were held to review hazards and procedures, and Dorfan addressed the entire laboratory staff in the afternoon. The accident, and the Director's actions, are reminders to all at Berkeley Lab about the importance of safety in the workplace. Go here to read the official statement on the accident.

A Happy Ending For 'Nanocat'

Last week, Today at Berkeley Lab ran a story on "Nanocat," a small, six-week-old kitten found near the Molecular Foundry construction site by employees in the Environment, Health and Safety Division. A call was put out for the adoption of Nanocat, and the Lab community rose to the occasion. First to respond was Kristi Shaw in Business Services. "She is such a good kitty, very cuddly," says Shaw. "I took her to the vet, and other than having a slight respiratory infection and only weighing 1 pound and 9 ounces, she's doing very well." Shaw had been thinking about getting another cat, since her previous one died about a year ago. When she saw the story in Today... she jumped at the chance to adopt Nanocat. Here's wishing them a long, happy relationship.  

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