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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

9 a.m.
Washington Projects Office
Update on Molecular Foundry
Mark Alper
Washington D.C.

9:30 a.m.
EHS 275
Confined Space Hazards
Bldg. 51-201

10:30 a.m.
Structural and Chemical Transformation in Nanocrystals
Paul Alivisatos
Bldg. 6-2202

Noon to 1 p.m.
Voter Registration
Cafeteria Lobby

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

Employee Activity Assoc.
Amateur Emergency Radio Group Meeting
Bldg. 48-117

1 p.m.
EHS 274
Confined Space Entry Retraining
Bldg. 51-201

Lab Weight Watchers
General Meeting
Bldg. 26-109

3 p.m.
Some New Ideas on Resonant Inelastic X-ray Spectroscopy
Frank de Groot, Utrecht U.
Bldg. 6-2202


7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Ironage Shoemobile Visit
Cafeteria parking lot

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

9:30 a.m.
Development of Simple Data Analysis Software for the Quantitative Analysis of XPS Spectrum AND Nondipole Effects in Atomic and Molecular Photoionization
Hamody Hindi and Daniel Rolles
Bldg. 6-2202

11 a.m.
College of Chemistry
Gold Catalyzed Cycloisomerizations and Ring Expansions
Jordan Markham
120 Latimer

1:30 p.m.
Surface Science and Catalysis
The Surface Chemistry of Carbon-Nitrogen Bonds on Pt(111)
Mike Trenary, U. of Illinois
Bldg.66 Auditorium


Morning Editions: Corned Beef Hash, Two Eggs & Toast
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Bagel Sandwich, Ham or Bacon, Eggs & Cheese
Wild Greens:
Grilled Chicken & Wild Greens Fajita Salad with Cilantro & Lime Dressing
The Fresh Grille:
Roasted Garlic & Herb Burger with Provolone with Twister Fries
Market Carvery: Grilled Indian Spiced Turkey & Zucchini with Tomato-Mango Yogurt Sauce

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

FFUs: Setting a Course
For Energy Efficiency

Cleanroom Magazine interviewed Tengfang (Tim) Xu — a researcher in Berkeley Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division — on fan filter units for use in clean rooms. The story appeared in a special report on the development of FFU testing methods that appeared in its September issue. As Xu explains, FFUs are smaller, easier to install, and more portable than traditional airflow systems for clean rooms. They provide a simple means of delivering filtered air to environments requiring high degrees of cleanliness. To read the article, go here. An article on testing FFUs by Xu appears here.

Are Budget Cuts
Dulling UC Luster?
By Suzanne Pardington


The University of California has long been considered the gold standard for American public universities. But four years of budget cuts may be dulling the university's luster. "We still have the best students and the best faculty here, but they don't have the best resources anymore," said Misha Leybovich, an engineering physics major at UC Berkeley. For example, the physics department has replaced human readers with computers to correct assignments. "The bigger issue is not online homework but students not being able to enroll in classes they need," said Bob Jacobson, an associate physics professor and Berkeley Lab researcher. Full story (registration required).


Celebrate Autumn Moon Festival With Asian Club

The Berkeley Lab Asian Club will host an Autumn Moon Festival on Thursday, Sept. 23, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Perseverance Hall. The festival is a popular celebration of abundance and togetherness dating back to China's Song Dynasty over 1000 years ago. The event traditionally occurs on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month — when the moon is at its fullest and brightest — an ideal time to celebrate the summer's harvest and the lore of mythical Moon Goddess Chang O. The entire Lab community is invited. Go here to make a reservation (deadline is Friday).

Dental Plan Rep
Here on Tuesday

A representative from the Delta Dental Plan will present two talks at the Lab next Tuesday. The first takes place at 12:30 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. The second will occur at 3 p.m. on the fifth floor of Building 937. Due to limited space in Building 937, reservations are required. Call x6997 to save a spot.

Voter Registration
Action Postponed

Today's voter registration and information activity scheduled for the noon hour in the Cafeteria lobby has been postponed. When a new date is determined, it will be announced in "Today at Berkeley Lab."


Telephone System
Outages on Saturday

The Lab telephone system will be upgraded this Saturday, which will require a Lab-wide loss of dial tone for approximately 3 minutes starting at 7 a.m. At about 9 a.m., Building 937 and the Oakland Scientific Facility will experience an additional loss of dial tone for less than 2 minutes. The outages and the restoration of services will be announced on the Hill's PA system. In the event of an emergency, activate the nearest fire alarm and wait for emergency personnel. Direct questions or concerns to Cindy Wood (x4777).


Paving Projects
Limit Parking

Tomorrow, Glaser Road from Building 79 to the Building 77 stop sign will be closed for paving. Parking along Building 77 (area R) will also be unavailable. The road east of Building 77A will become two-way with flaggers in place to maintain access to Building 77. The small parking area (N4) north of Building 25A will also be paved on Thursday afternoon and unavailable for parking after noon. For more information call Steve Blair at x5927.

On Friday, strip parking along Lawrence Road across from and below the Cafeteria will be paved. Lawrence Road will remain open with flaggers. Call Steve Blair for additional information.

On Friday, perimeter parking in Building 90's lot C—and not the entire lot as previously announced—will be closed for paving. For further information call T. Samatua at x5611 or (510) 610-3979.

Sunny and warm.
Highs: mid 80s (29° C).

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