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Friday, September 24, 2004

Days Until Runaround


Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class with Naomi
Bldg. 70A-3377

4 p.m.
College of Chemistry
Structural and Functional Models of Nitrile Hydratase: A Smart Way to Hydrolize Nitriles
Pradip Mascharak, UC Santa Cruz
120 Latimer Hall


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

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
New Radiation Belts From Solar Storms
Mary Hudson, Dartmouth College
1 LeConte Hall


Morning Editions: Two Eggs with Biscuits & Gravy
Monday's Breakfast:
Spinach, Ham & Onion Omelet with Hash Browns
Killer Burrito! Chicken or Pork
The Fresh Grille:
Hot Wings with Vegetable Cruite & Fries
Origins: Lemon Pepper Hoki Fish with Rice & Vegetable

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

ALS Contributes to First
Total Molecule Measure

Physicists have made a "complete" measurement of the break-up of a molecule for the first time. Reinhard Dörner of the University of Frankfurt and co-workers in Germany, the U.S., Australia and Spain recorded the two electrons and two nuclei that were released when a single photon split a molecule of deuterium into its basic components. The technique could help shed new light on the fundamental properties of molecules. The experiment started by ionizing a jet of deuterium molecules with polarized photons from the Advanced Light Source at Berkeley Lab. Full story.

Johnston Has Definitive Word on Grids


Over the past 10 years, the idea of advancing science by developing networked "Grids" of widely dispersed computing resources has been endorsed and implemented by the DOE, NASA and NSF, among others. Europeans are aggressively deploying Grids, too. However, due to their complexity and the rush by industry to get a piece of the action, "Grid" has taken on many different meanings. Tony Hey, director of the United Kingdom's e-Science Initiative, turned to Berkeley Lab's Bill Johnston for the definitive definition, which he included in this open letter to the computing community.


Ames Helps Keep Lab Fully

Meet George Ames, the lead planner/ coordinator for the Facilities Division's Electric Shop. Now in his 25th year at the Lab, Ames is primarily responsible for scheduling power outages around the Lab, which are necessary in order to repair and maintain the Lab's power supply. "We have around 2,000 electrical panels and 38 substations here," he explains. "It takes about four years to inspect every one, then we start all over again." Having spent a quarter century here, he gets a charge out of how much the Lab has changed over the years. "We had 110 transformers when I first started, now we have 550." When he's not scheduling outages, you can find Ames out on the golf course or fishing.


Careless Smoking
Starts Fire Near Trailers

Smoking in a non-designated area and improper disposal of cigarette butts were the apparent causes of a recent fire near unoccupied trailers 29 B and C. The decked area between the trailers smoldered and caught fire starting around 8 p.m. on Sept. 5.  The picnic tables were completely burned and fire spread to the adjoining trailer walls by the time Lab firefighters arrived to extinguish the fire. No one was injured. Employees are reminded, especially during this season of extreme fire danger in the hills, to exercise care in the use and disposal of cigarettes. Discard ashes and butts in ash urns only.


Outdoors Club Looks
o the Stars

Berkeley Lab's Outdoors Club invites employees to join them for an "Introduction to Stargazing:   A Public Lecture and Planetarium Show" on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m., at Chabot Space and Science Center.   The event, hosted by UC Berkeley Extension, costs $15 per person and registration is required. Lab employees will meet in front of the center at 5:40 p.m. E-mail Dinah Levy for registration information.


Weekend Paving Closes
50E/50F Access Road

The access road to the loading dock and parking lot for Buildings 50E and 50F, and the lower parking lot for Building 70A, will be closed for repaving tomorrow. Workers will re-stripe the road on Sunday. Employees should avoid this area over the weekend. For more information, call Steve Blair at x5927.

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

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