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Friday, February 18, 2005

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.

3 p.m.
Twinning and the Orientation Relationships of   Icosahedral Phase with Magnesium Matrix
Alok Singh, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
Bldg. 72-201

4 p.m.
On the Nature of the Massive Transformation: Some New Perspectives
William Soffa, U. of Virginia
Bldg. 72-201


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

9:10 a.m.
EHS 10
Intro to ES&H at Berkeley Lab
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

9:30 a.m.
Advanced Light Source
Quantum Chemical Approach to X-ray Spectroscopy: Application to Small Molecules and Surfaces
Klaus Herman, Friz-Haber Institut
Bldg. 6-2202

1:15 p.m.
EHS 735/738/739
Bloodborne Pathogen/Biosafety Training
Bldg. 50-201

3 p.m.
EHS 730
Medical/Biohazard Waste
Bldg. 50-201

4 p.m.
Life Sciences
The Evolution of Defective Genes and Genomes
Howard Ochman, U. of Arizona
Bldg. 66 Auditorium


Morning Editions:
Linguisa with Eggs & Toast
Tuesday's Breakfast: Ham & Cheddar Scramble with Hash Browns
Menutainment: Viva El Burrito! Chicken or Pork Burrito
Fresh Grille: Fish Sandwich with Fries
Market Carvery: Eggplant Parmesan with Salad & Vegetables

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

Chu Adds Three to New
Senior Management Team


Berkeley Lab Director Steve Chu has announced the senior management team he will propose when the Lab and the University of California present their partnership vision to the Department of Energy's contract competition panel next week in Chicago. The team includes three new appointments — Physical Biosciences Division Director Graham Fleming to succeed Pier Oddone as the Laboratory's Deputy Director; Paul Alivisatos, Materials Sciences Division Director, to become Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for Physical Sciences; and Business Services Division Director David McGraw, to become ALD for Operations. They will join three other current scientific ALD's — Joe Gray (Biosciences), James Siegrist (General Sciences) and Horst Simon (Computing) on the senior team. Read Director Chu's memo announcing the new appointments here.

Global Light Source
Website Is Launched

The international light source community, which includes Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source, yesterday launched the first website dedicated to providing the latest news and information on the world's accelerator-driven light sources (synchrotrons and free-electron lasers) and the science they produce. The site was developed and is jointly maintained by the Light Source Communicators Group, whose members represent light source facilities in Europe, North America and Asia. Along with the ALS, other American sponsors include the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne, the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven, and the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory at SLAC. Go here to visit the new site.

Reminder: Monday
Is a Lab Holiday

In honor of President's Day, the Lab will be closed on Monday. The holiday commemorates the birthdays of George Washington (Feb. 22, 1732) and Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12, 1809). Today at Berkeley Lab will return on Tuesday, after the three-day weekend.


Lab Among Others Trying
To Solve Arsenic Problem
By Mark Clayton

In Nepal's agricultural flatlands, women line up at village wells with earthen or metal pots. The water they pump out is sweet and apparently clean. Tragically, it's also often laced with arsenic. In a scene repeated in more than a dozen countries, tens of millions of people are drinking from arsenic-tainted wells. Some have called it the largest mass poisoning in history. Now, researchers — from Harvard, Columbia, the Centers for Disease Control, the World Bank, and Berkeley Lab — are racing to fix this mistake. Full story.


ACS Director Jacobs
To Speak Next Week


Madeleine Jacobs, Executive Director and CEO of the American Chemical Society, will visit Berkeley Lab next Friday and will speak on "Ten Ways to Make a Difference." The one-hour talk begins at 11 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. Jacobs, the first woman to hold the top ACS position, heads the world's largest scientific society. A science journalist as well as a chemist, Jacobs has spoken worldwide on topics ranging from gender equity in science to the challenges facing chemists in a global environment. Her subject in the Lab address is personal and professional growth. Go here to learn more about Jacobs.


Computer Protection Overview on Thursday

Dwayne Ramsey, the Lab's Computer Protection Program Manager, will give a strategic update on the Computer Protection Program and its plans at the group's next brown bag event at noon on Thursday in the Building 50 Auditorium.

Reminder: Turn Computer
Off During Holiday Break

To prevent hackers from attacking during the long weekend, the Computer Protection Program urges all employees to shut down their systems before leaving work. Go here for more information.

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