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Thursday, October 28, 2004

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

9:30 a.m.
Momentum Resolved Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering as a Novel Emergent Tool to Study Correlated Electron Systems
M. Zahid Hasan, Princeton U.
Bldg. 6-2202

11 a.m.
Probing Local Stoichiometry in InGaN Based Quantum Wells of Solid-State LEDs
Joerg Jinschek
Bldg. 72-201

1:30 p.m.
Surface Science
Combination of Enzymes and Metal Catalysts: A Powerful Approach in Asymmetric Catalysis
Jan-Erling Backvall, Stockholm U.
Bldg. 66 Auditorium


8 a.m.
Radiation Protection-Lab Safety

Bldg. 51-201

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

2 p.m.
Nanoscience & Nanoengineering Institute
Nanoscale Phenomena in Ferroelectrics for Memories
R. Ramesh, UC Berkeley
390 Hearst Mining Bldg.

2:30 p.m.
Recent Advances in Gas-Avalanche Radiation Imaging Detectors
Amos Breskin, Weizmann Institute
Bldg. 50A-5132


Morning Editions: Chorizo Burrito
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Corned Beef Hash with Eggs, and Toast
Market Carvery: Spaghetti with Meatballs, Salad & Cheese Toast
The Fresh Grille: BBQ Pork Sandwich
Pot Roast with Vegetables and Side Salad

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full menu
From left, Birgeneau,
Tauscher, and Chu

Tauscher, Birgeneau
Make Visit to the Lab

Yesterday, U.S. Representative Ellen Tauscher (California's 10th Congressional District), visited Berkeley Lab to provide the keynote address to the biennial Laboratory Women's Forum. While at the Lab, she attended a brief meeting with Director Chu and new UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau. According to Chu, they discussed plans for greater collaboration between the campus and the Lab, the detrimental effect of current U.S. visa policies on science, and the need to ensure federal support for multidisciplinary research institutions.

Coming Next Week:
Berkeley Lab SHARES

Berkeley Lab's annual charitable campaign, "SHARES," begins its 2004 drive next week when donor packets are delivered to all employees. The program gives staff the opportunity to share a portion of their income with organizations and individuals in the local community who depend upon such support for their outreach efforts. Hundreds of potential recipient programs, including 13 science-oriented groups comprising the "SHARES" list, will be available for selection. Other qualified non-profits can be identified by the donor. E-mail giving will also be available. Go here to ask questions about the campaign. More information about the SHARES program will be available in Friday's edition of The View .


NASA Lays Claim To Computing Crown

According to NASA, its new supercomputer, Columbia, is now the fastest in the world. Columbia has achieved a speed of 42.7 teraflops in a standard benchmark test, say scientists. NASA's achievement is the third claim to supercomputing superiority to be announced since Sept. 29, as manufacturers and researchers race to hone their machines before the official update of the Top 500 supercomputer list on Nov. 8. "It's a little like a poker game," says Berkeley Lab's Horst Simon, director of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center. "Everyone is gradually showing some cards, but the actual winner won't be announced until November." Full story.

Potential Cancer
Marker Found


A research team led by the University of Texas, including researchers from Berkeley Lab, has found a potential new protein marker for the prognosis of breast and ovarian cancer. In the journal Nature Medicine, the researchers report tumor cells that "overexpress" the protein Rab25 are more aggressive and associated with poorer outcome. Thus, Rab25 could represent a novel marker of tumor behavior. Berkeley Lab researchers include Wen-lin Kuo, Anna Lapuk, Kyosuke Yamada and Joe Gray, all with the Life Sciences Division. Go here to read a University of Texas press release on the discovery.


All Invited to Gay,
Lesbian Group Meeting

The Berkeley Lab GLBTF Club will be holding its monthly meeting in the cafeteria (lower level) today between noon and 1 p.m. Though the group's focus is on gay and lesbian issues, all Lab employees are invited. Topics to be discussed include morale and diversity in the workplace, thought-provoking movies, books, and articles, as well as politics and the upcoming election.   The mission of the club is to encourage tolerance and understanding throughout the Lab community.

Bulb Planting
At Noon Today

The Hill looks beautiful in the spring, with pockets of colorful flowers sprouting across the Lab's landscape. But these blooms are no accident. They happen thanks to the hard work of employee volunteers who get down on their hands and knees in the fall to plant bulbs. The Green Team is sponsoring a bulb planting today, starting at 11:30 a.m. in the cafeteria, to which all employees are invited to participate. For more information, call Ken Woolfe at x7739.

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