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Thursday, February 17, 2005

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.,
Bldg. 90-3148

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

4 p.m.
Cosmoparticle Connections
Constantin Matchev, U. of Florida
Bldg. 50B-4205


10:30 a.m.
Center for Beam Physics
Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Uses of Tunable, Monochromatic X-rays From an Inverse Compton Source
Frank Carroll, MXISystems
Bldg. 71-264

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

The Borexino Experiment: Test of the Purification Systems and
Data Analysis in the Counting Test Facility

Davide Franco, INFN
Bldg. 50-5026

2 p.m.
Nanoscale Science & Engineering
Bottom-up Biomimetic Synthesis of Bone-Like Composite Materials
Jie Song
390 Hearst Mining Bldg.


Morning Editions:
Breakfast Ham & Eggs
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Linguisa with Eggs & Toast
Origins: Meat Lasagna with Salad
Fresh Grille: French Dip with Fries
Market Carvery: Roast Turkey with Mashed Potatoes & Veggies

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

Cell Engineering Firm
Using Lab Technology

Cellular Bioengineering, Inc., a new Hawaii biotech startup focused on regenerative medicine, is using its rights to Berkeley Lab technology for human nerve growth and is developing a "neural matrix chip" that combines synthetic and biological materials. The technology (large patterned arrays of neurons on charge-coupled devices) was licensed through the Technology Transfer Department last May. Developers included Life Sciences' Ellie Blakely, Kathy Bjornstad, Othon Montiero, Ian Brown, and James Galvin. Go here to read a story about the company.


Health Services Talk
Next Thursday

Connie Grondona, of the EH&S Division's Health Services, will discuss the various medical services provided at Berkeley Lab Thursday, Feb. 24, at 11 a.m. in Building 70A-3337. This informal discussion will include first aid advice, what the Lab voluntary exam program includes, and what can be expected from Health Services. Employees can also learn about general wellness screening tests. This is an opportunity to learn about other Lab services, including safety and computer classes.

Learn How to Relax
Quickly at Workshop

Laurie Yamamoto, with UC Berkeley's Tang Center, will facilitate a workshop on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon in Building 66-316 on relaxation. Participants will learn and practice deep breathing exercises, visualizations and simple office stretches that induce relaxation and boost energy. Go here to register (ASD 9038).


Two Lab Scientists
To Speak at AAAS


Two Berkeley Lab scientists will discuss their work at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which takes place in Washington D.C this week. Tomorrow, Evan Mills, of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, will explore the impact global climate change could have on the U.S. insurance industry. And on Monday, Thomas Budinger, who is head of the Life Sciences Division's functional imaging department, will discuss his work developing a way to monitor a patient's blood pulse pressure and other signs via wireless technology.

Daughters and Sons Day Happens in Early March

"Reach for the Stars" is the theme for this year's Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, which takes place Thursday, March 10, which is earlier than previous years. Now in its 12th consecutive year, Berkeley Lab will host guests of employees, both girls and boys ages 9 to 16, to a day of science filled with fun. With such a great turnout last year, the format will remain the same: a "Girls Career Fair" and a "Boys Career Fair," specially designed so that participants can meet and speak to professionals in various scientific fields. Volunteer opportunities also exist. Registration packets will be available today in the cafeteria. Go here to learn more.


Cyber Threats Increase During Holiday Weekend

Traditionally, hackers take advantage of long weekends — like the upcoming President's Day holiday — to stage attacks, particularly on systems running UNIX, including Linux. The Computer Protection Program (CPP) urges all employees to shut down their systems, if possible, before leaving for the three-day weekend. If you can't shut down, be extra vigilant. Examine logs and find out who's been logging into your system, see what processes are running, keep current with patching (contact the Help Desk), disable unused accounts, and register your account in the NETS database. In case of emergency, contact CPP staff.

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