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Tuesday, February 8, 2005

10 a.m.
EHS 135
Earthquake/Wildland Safety
Bldg. 51-201

EHS 289
Laser Safety Awareness
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

1:30 p.m.
EHS 256
Bldg. 51-201

4 p.m.
Measurement of the Top Quark Mass at CDF Run II
Jean-Francois Arguin, U. of Toronto
Bldg. 50A-5132


8 a.m.
Human Resources
New Employee Orientation
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Employee Activities Assoc.
Karats Jewelry Sale
Cafeteria lobby

9:10 a.m.
EHS 10
Intro to EH&S at Berkeley Lab
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

9:30 a.m.
EHS 275
Confine Space Hazards
Bldg. 50-201

11 a.m.
Nuclear Science
Helium: Probing the Exotic and Searching for the Strange
Zheng-Tian Lu, ANL
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

12:15 p.m.
Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class with Chris Hoskins ($10/$12)
Bldg. 70-191

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

2 p.m.
EHS 330
Lead Hazards Awareness
Bldg. 51-201

3 p.m.
Studies of Complex Systems from Within
Norah Berrah, Western Michigan U.
Bldg. 6-2202

4 p.m.
Nuclear Medical Imaging: Techniques and Challenges
Bill Moses
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

4 p.m.
Energy and Resources Group
Energy Efficiency in China: Glorious History, Uncertain Future
Mark Levine
20 Barrows Hall (campus)


Morning Editions:
Pork Chop & Eggs with Toast
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Breakfast Bagel
Market Carvery:
Sweet & Sour Pork with Jasmine Rice
The Fresh Grille: Grilled Turkey with Jack Cheese Sandwich
Menutainment: Fiesta Taco Salad with Ground Turkey

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

Science Budget Dips
In DOE Plan for FY06

Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman unveiled the administration's proposed budget for fiscal year 2006 yesterday, citing "tough choices" that reflected a 3.8 percent reduction to Office of Science programs. Noting that the government's three priorities are the war on terrorism, homeland defense, and economic recovery, he also stressed the importance of maintaining "cutting-edge science" within the Department. Science is requested in the plan to receive $3.46 billion in FY06, with the biggest increase in Fusion Energy Sciences due to a proposed $50 million contribution to ITER, the international burning plasma experiment. Go here to review DOE's budget documents. Impacts on Berkeley Lab will be analyzed in the Feb. 18 issue of The View.


Instrumentation Lecture Series Starts Tomorrow


Front-line science builds on new ideas, but also relies on breakthrough instrumentation. Many activities at the Lab are directed towards developing advanced measurement techniques and instrumentation. Despite very disparate goals, some of these efforts share common problems and could benefit from sharing experience and expertise. As a first step in establishing a forum for information exchange and interdisciplinary collaboration, a bi-weekly lectures series is being launched. The first talk will be on "Nuclear Medical Imaging: Techniques and Challenges," given by Life Sciences Division researcher Bill Moses at 4 p.m. tomorrow in the Building 50 Auditorium. Suggestions for future speakers and topics can be sent to Moishe Pripsten.


Demo of New Job
Website Thursday

A brown-bag lunch will be held at noon on Thursday to demonstrate the newly revamped Current Job Opportunities website. New features include the option to upload résumés or CVs to automatically search for jobs that include similar qualifications and an "e-mail your friend" function, which enables users to send actual job postings to those who might be interested. The event will be held in the Building 50 Auditorium. The new site will be officially launched on Monday.


Neumark Selected Vice Chair of APS Group

Daniel Neumark, director of the Lab's Chemical Sciences Division, has been elected as the vice chair of the American Physical Society's Division of Chemical Physics. His term will begin in March. Neumark has served as director of Chemical Sciences since 2000. His research interests include the investigation of spectroscopy and dynamics of transition states, radicals, and clusters using frequency and time-domain techniques. He is also a professor of chemistry at UC Berkeley.

Former Lab Scientist
A Pioneering Woman
By Betsy Mason


Jane Long was among the first women to graduate from Brown University and the only one in her class with an engineering degree. She was also the first female dean of a mining school. Now, she's the first female chief of energy and environment at Livermore Lab. "She was always good at managing multiple things," said former colleague and Berkeley Lab earth scientist Sally Benson. Long became head of the energy resources division at Berkeley Lab and engineered a research alliance with oil companies in the state. Later she led the Lab's environmental remediation department. Full story (registration required).


NIH-Funded Research
To be Available Free
By Alex Barnum

The National Institutes of Health recently adopted a new policy designed to make the results of federally funded medical research available quickly and free to the public. Berkeley Lab scientist Michael Eisen, co-founder of Public Library of Science, or PLoS, praised the announcement. "The federal government is the world's biggest sponsor of scientific research," he said. "It has the singular potential to change the way scientific information is made accessible." The NIH articles would be made publicly available through PubMed Central, a database maintained by the NIH's National Library of Medicine. Full story.

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