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Thursday, September 16, 2004

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


8 a.m.
EHS 432
Radiation Protection-Lab Safety
Bldg. 51-201

11 a.m.
Magnetism of Thin Lanthanide Metal Film
Eugen Weschke, Freie U.
Bldg. 6-2202

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

1 p.m.
College of Chemistry
In Situ MRI: If the Sample Can't Go to the Magnet, the Magnet Must go to the Sample
Pablo Prado, Quantum Magnetics
Bldg. D-64 (Hildebrand Hall)


Morning Editions: Bagel Sandwich, Ham or Bacon, Eggs & Cheese
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Two Pancakes, Two Eggs & Two Bacon
Spinach, Potato, & Mushroom Casserole with Side Salad
The Fresh Grille:
Crispy Chicken Patty Sandwich w/ Smoked Cheddar and Bacon
Market Carvery: Sweet & Sour Pork with Jasmine Rice

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

Image of chromosome 5

Chromosome 5 Final
Sequence Released

Four years after publicly revealing the official draft human genetic sequence, researchers at the Joint Genome Institute, which includes Berkeley Lab scientists, have reached the halfway point in dotting the i's and crossing the t's of the genetic sentences describing how to build a human. The newly finalized chromosome 5 is the 12th chromosome polished off, with 12 more to go. As the new sequence reveals, this chromosome is a genetic behemoth containing key disease genes and a wealth of information about how humans evolved. Full story.


Understanding Protein
'Tail' May Stem Cancer

A unique tail at one end of a protein called Ubc12 stabilizes a molecular workshop that assembles the "on-switch cells" used to accelerate cell replication. The discovery of the exact structure of the tail and its role in cell replication holds promise that researchers can develop new types of drugs targeting the tail or the workshop itself, turning off the unrestrained multiplication of cancer cells. The study also shows that a slight change in a structure common among many enzymes performing similar jobs can create a new enzyme with a unique activity. Berkeley Lab's James Holton, with Physical Biosciences, was among the study's authors. Full story.

Four Terminated After
Los Alamos Investigation


Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Pete Nanos issued a memo to employees at the lab yesterday, describing personnel actions taken as a result of the recent incident involving missing Classified Removable Electronic Media (CREM). Noting that his administration and the University of California "will not tolerate a disregard for the rules and standards," Nanos said that 4 of the 23 individuals placed on investigatory leave were terminated, and one is pending resignation in lieu of termination. Seven received disciplinary actions, one is still under investigation, and 10 are permitted to return to work. Go here to read the memo, and here for UC's statement on the actions.


Date for Delta Dental
Talks Is September 22

Yesterday's issue of "Today at Berkeley Lab" listed the incorrect day for talks by a Delta Dental representative. They will take place next Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium, and 3 p.m. on the fifth floor of Building 937.

Fiscal Close Prompts
Parking, Traffic Snags

Lab employees will likely encounter limited parking and traffic disruptions around the Hill through September as several fiscal year-end projects take place. Staff are encouraged to car pool or use public transportation to minimize the impact, and are urged to use caution in construction areas.

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