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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Days Until Runaround


8 a.m.
Human Resources
New Employee Orientation
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Nuclear Sciences
ECR Ion Sources Workshop
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

9 a.m.
EHS 276
Fall Protection Safety
Bldg. 51-201

9:10 a.m.
EHS 10
Intro to EH&S at LBNL
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

1:45 to 4:30 p.m.
Nuclear Sciences
ECR Ion Sources Poster Session
Perseverance Hall


9 a.m. to Noon
Nuclear Sciences
ECR Ion Sources Workshop
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

9:30 a.m.
EHS 604
Hazardous Waste Generator Training
Bldg. 51-201

11 a.m.
EHS 622
Radioactive & Mixed Waste
Bldg. 51-201

12:15 p.m.
Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class
Bldg. 70-191

4 p.m.
Synthetic Biology
Switches and Scaffolds: The Modular Logic of Cell Signaling Networks
Wendell Lim, UCSF
100 Lewis Hall

5 p.m.
Computational Research
Mars Rover Screening
Chip Smith
Bldg. 50B-1211


Morning Editions: Breakfast Quesadilla with Home Fries
Tomorrow's Breakfast:
Breakfast Bagel
Market Carvery:
Chicken & Peas with Pasta Tossed with Alfredo Sauce
The Fresh Grille: Grilled Provolone and Tomato Sandwich with Pasta Sala
Fiesta Taco Salad with Ground Turkey
Full Meal Deal:
Texas BBQ Burger, Fries, Side Salad, Coke & Pie

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

Phylogenetic Footprints
Now A Popular Tool


Scientists know that the regulatory elements that guide and control gene expression for the most part lie outside and between coding sequences. Now researchers are taking their search for these sequences genome-wide. Understanding noncoding elements is necessary to understand cellular and developmental processes at a molecular level. Phylogenetic footprinting, a method that sifts functional regulatory elements from nonfunctional DNA, has become an increasingly popular tool. Berkeley Lab genomics researcher Dario Boffelli has another useful tool he and his team have developed -- phylogenetic shadowing. Full story.

Women Snag Top Spots
At Livermore Lab
By Betsy Mason


Two women are set to fill high-ranking positions at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, including deputy director -- the highest position yet held by a woman at the lab. Cherry Murray, a senior vice president at Bell Labs, will take over the job of deputy director for science and technology. Jane Long, a hydrogeologist from the University of Nevada-Reno and former head of Berkeley Lab's Environmental Remediation Technology Department, will take over as associate director for energy and environment. Full story.

Luo, left, Gee, center, and Chu

Asian Traditions Focus
Of Autumn Moon Festival

Nearly 90 Berkeley Lab employees and their families attended the Asian Club's Autumn Moon Festival last Thursday in Perseverance Hall. Attendees enjoyed Chinese Moon Cake while listening to Larry Li Guo's version of Chang'er the Beauty and Houyi the Archer, a 1,000-year-old myth about their love for each other, the moon, and moon cakes. Paul Gee and Laura Luo were anointed the "king and queen" of the event. The two, pictured above in traditional garb, presented Lab Director Steven Chu with a moon cake. See this Friday's issue of The View for more about the event.


Certain Meetings
Require Notification

Employees planning meetings or conferences that will have more than 10 off-site visitors, need more than five reserved parking spaces, are longer than one day, or require the fulfillment of special requests, must submit a meeting notification form. Go here to access the form. For more information send e-mail here, or call Sam Houston (x4551) or Jim Breckinridge (x4588).

Lot C Parking Limited
Until Thursday

The perimeter of Parking Lot C, near Building 90, will be closed until Thursday during construction. As areas are completed, parking will be made available. For further information call Tipasa Samatua at x5611 or (510) 610-3979.


Status of Competition For Berkeley Lab Contract
By the Berkeley Acquisition Team
Bill Barletta, Acquisitions Manager


Federal legislation passed last fall requires that the next contract for managing Berkeley Lab must be competed. The first step in the Department of Energy's acquisition process was a DOE request for "expressions of interest" last May.   The University of California is not aware of any company or institution that has expressed interest in competing for Berkeley Lab.  

This is in contrast to the situation for Los Alamos, where more than 10 companies and institutions have expressed an interest. Lack of any public statements of interest does not mean that there are no other interested competitors. DOE has not disclosed the number or identity of expressions of interest it may have received for Berkeley Lab. Furthermore, there is no requirement that an actual competitor needs to have responded to the DOE request for an expression of interest in order to be eligible to compete for the Lab contract.

The next step in the acquisition process is for DOE to release a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for comment. This is expected soon. Following a comment period, DOE will issue a final RFP. The UC position, stated many times, is that it is preparing to submit a responsive and competitive proposal. The UC Board of Regents must approve submittal of the proposal based on review of the terms of final RFP. For answers to frequently asked questions about the contract competition, go here.

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