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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

9 a.m.
EHS 280
Laser Safety
Bldg. 51-201

9 a.m.
EHS 530
Fire Extinguisher Safety
Bldg. 48-109

Heterogeneity, Incentives and Sustainable Water Use
David Zilberman, UC Berkeley
Bldg. 90-3148

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

3 p.m.
Electronic Structure of Strongly Disordered Systems From ARPES
Felix Baumberger, Stanford U.
Bldg. 6-2202

4 p.m.
Panel Discussion with UC Berkeley Environmental Scientists
Mulford Hall, Room 159.

5:30 p.m.
Friends of Science Lecture
Imaging Voices of the Past: Using Physics to Restore Early Sound Recordings
Carl Haber, Physics
Berkeley High School Library, Allston Way and Milvia St.


7 a.m.
Red Wing Shoemobile
Cafeteria Parking Lot

9:30 a.m.
Influence of the Third Dimension of Quasi-2D Cuprate Superconductors on Angle-Resolved Photoemission Spectra
Arun Bansil, Northeastern U.
Bldg. 6-2202

EETD Seminar
The California Energy Crisis: Is It Too Early to Write the History?
Ed Kahn, Analysis Group, Inc., San Francisco
Bldg. 90-3148

1:30 p.m.
Surface Science and Catalysis Seminar
Water Layers on Surfaces: From Basic Science to Applications
Prof. Micha Asscher, Hebrew University, Israel
Bldg. 66 Auditorium

4 p.m.
Physics Division
Cosmoparticle Connections
Constantin Matchev, U. of Florida


Morning Editions:
Corned Beef Hash and Eggs
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Breakfast Ham & Eggs
Market Carvery: Beef Stroganoff with Egg Noodles
Fresh Grille: BBQ Chicken Sandwich with Crispy Onions & Fries
Menutainment: Pasta Bar with Meat or Marinara Sauce

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

Chemist John Prausnitz
To Get National Medal


President Bush announced on Monday that he had selected eight eminent scientists to receive the nation's highest honor for science — the 2003 National Medal of Science — and one of them is John M. Prausnitz, Senior Scientist in Berkeley Lab's Chemical Sciences Division and a Professor of Chemical Engineering at UC Berkeley. An authority on molecular thermodynamics, Prausnitz will receive his award at the White House on March 14. Medal of Science Laureates are selected for pioneering research "that has led to a better understanding of the world around us, as well as to the innovations and technologies that give the United States its global economic edge." Full story.


Three Lab Scientists Elected to NAE

Three Berkeley Lab scientists have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional honors for an American engineer. The Environmental Energy Technologies Division’s Harvey Blanch was elected for his advances in enzyme engineering, bioseparations, and biothermodynamics. The Computational Research Division’s David Culler was elected for his contributions to scalable parallel processing systems. And Arunava Majumdar, of the Materials Sciences Division, was elected for his contributions to nanoscale thermal engineering and molecular nanomechanics. All three are also faculty members at UC Berkeley. For more information, go here.

Berkeley Lab, UCSF Unite Against Cancer

Berkeley Lab and the University of California, San Francisco entered into an informal affiliation Feb. 11 designed to integrate the two institutions' cancer research programs. Joe Gray, director of Berkeley Lab’s Life Sciences Division and leader of the Breast Oncology program at UCSF’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Frank McCormick, director of UCSF’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, will lead the collaboration. The partnership will promote a multidisciplinary inquiry into the fundamental causes of cancer, and help parlay this knowledge into effective therapies. For more information, watch a recent talk by McCormick.

Bargaining Update

Employees and others picketing along the Berkeley Lab main entrance road in recent days are members of the SX (service) bargaining unit, represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union. As was noted recently in Today at Berkeley Lab, Laboratory management presented alternative offers to AFSCME to reach a new wage agreement, and it appears they have both been rejected. While the union has not formally communicated this fact to the Laboratory, leaflets distributed during picketing state that an impasse has been reached in local bargaining. Bill Elkins, Manager, Labor and Employee Relations, states, however, that “the union’s declaration of impasse is incorrect and premature. We are willing to meet and bargain in good faith with the union to resolve this matter. While we respect the union’s right to peacefully engage in informational picketing, we stand ready to bargain with them in good faith.” No new bargaining sessions with AFSCME are scheduled at this time.


Today’s Environmental Debate Features EETD’s Harte


John Harte, a scientist with the Environmental Energy Technologies Division and UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, is part of a panel discussion convened today that involves UC Berkeley environmental scientists and the authors of a recent and controversial essay entitled "The Death of Environmentalism." The discussion, which takes at 4 p.m. in room 159 of Mulford Hall, is the first debate between the essay's authors and scientists. For more information, go here.

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