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Friday, October 29, 2004

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


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

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
Attosecond Science & Technology Paul Corkum
1 Le Conte Hall


Morning Editions: Corned Beef Hash with Eggs, and Toast
Market Carvery: Hoki Filet with Sundried Tomato Pesto Cream Sauce
The Fresh Grille: Double Mushroom & Swiss Burger
Viva La Burrito! Chicken or Pork

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

Take Action to Ensure
E-Mail is Working
on Nov. 2

As part of the Computer Protection Program's ongoing efforts to shield Lab users against escalating security threats, beginning Tuesday, all connections to the Lab's central mail server,, must be encrypted using secure sockets layer (ssl). Take a moment to ensure your e-mail is ready. Go here for more information.


Talk on Ergo Study
Takes Place Monday

Lezlie Morris, a registered nurse from Los Alamos National Laboratory, is giving a brown bag presentation at noon on Monday in Perseverance Hall.  The title of her talk is "Early Ergonomic Symptom Reporting—Does it Affect Treatment?" Morris will discuss her research on predictors of ergonomic injuries and follow-up investigation. The discussion is sponsored by the Lab's Health Services.

Conference on Aging
On Campus Tomorrow

The Center for Research and Education on Aging will host a free conference on "Enabling Technology for the Aging Population: From the Lab to the Home" tomorrow, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in UC Berkeley's Valley Life Sciences Building. Berkeley Lab life scientists Judith Campisi and William Jagust are among the speakers. Go here for more information.


IBM Supercomputing
Goes Retro With ViVA
By Stephen Shankland

For decades, high-performance computing customers have used machines with "vector" processors, but the vast majority of business computers and most supercomputers today use a "scalar" design. IBM now plans to bridge that divide using a feature of its new Power5 processors. With a technology called Virtual Vector Architecture, or ViVA, the 16 processor cores of a scalar server can be yoked together to act like a single vector processor. Bill Kramer, with Berkeley Lab's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, and other researchers there urged IBM to add ViVA and are collaborating in its development through a program called Blue Planet. Full story.

TV's to Go Dark, Will Be
Used for Special Notices

Berkeley Lab's network of television monitors, which have been conveying a daily version of the electronic "Today at Berkeley Lab" for two years both on and off the hill, will be turned off beginning Monday as a cost-savings measure. However, they will be activated on occasion when special announcements or broadcasts warrant their use. "Today..." will continue to be provided daily via e-mail to all employees on the main lab server as well as via the Lab's web home page. Supervisors are encouraged to post printed versions of the publication for employees who do not have computers.

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