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Wednesday, February 23, 2005


9:30 a.m.
EHS 604
Hazardous Waste Generator
Bldg. 50-201

11 a.m.
EHS 622
Radioactive/Mixed Waste Generator
Bldg. 50-201

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

3 p.m.
Advanced Light Source
Ions at the Solution/Vapor Interface Investigated by Photoemission
Hendrik Bluhm
Bldg. 6-2202

4:15 p.m.
Interdisciplinary Instrumentation
Bolometers and the Big Bang
Adrian Lee
Bldg. 50 Auditorium


8:30 a.m.
EHS 400
Radiation Protection-Fundamentals
Bldg. 50-201

Computing Science
Computer Protection Update
Dwayne Ramsey
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

Electricity Transmission in a Restructured Industry: Data Needs for Public Policy Analysis
Douglas Hale, U. S. Energy Information Administration
Bldg. 90-4133

1 p.m.
Scientific Computing
A Massively Parallel Particle-in-Cell Code for the Simulation of Field-Emitter Based Electron Sources
Arno Candel, SLAC
Bldg. 50A-5132


Morning Editions:
Breakfast Quesadilla with Home Fries
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Breakfast Bagel with Hash Browns
Market Carvery: Chicken Cacciatore with Two Sides
Fresh Grille: Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich with French Fries
Menutainment: Pasta Carbonara with Side Salad

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

Translating 'Nano'
Into Practical
By Kenneth Chang

In the hip science of ultrasmall nanotechnology, fantastical future possibilities like rampaging nanorobots capture the most attention, but the first fruits of the field have been more mundane: tiny bits of mostly ordinary stuff that just sit there. Yet these bits gain wondrous new capabilities simply because they are so small. At those sizes, say scientists, everything, regardless of what it is, has new properties, and that is where a lot of the scientific interest is. "That creates a new way to control the properties of materials," said Berkeley Lab materials scientist Paul Alivisatos. "Instead of changing composition, you can change size." Full story (requires registration).

Carbon Storage Holds Promise on Emissions
By Betsy Mason


With the Kyoto Protocol taking effect last week, most discussion about stemming global warming is focused on reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. But some Bay Area scientists are tackling the problem from another angle. The idea, known as carbon sequestration, or carbon storage, involves taking carbon dioxide emissions and putting it underground, where it is likely to stay for a long time. "You could eliminate essentially all of the emissions from power plants," said Berkeley Lab earth scientist Sally Benson. Full story (registration required).


DOE Education Advisory Panel Meeting Here Today


The Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board (SEAB) Task Force on Science and Mathematics is holding its first meeting at Berkeley Lab today. The work of the task force arises out of an initiative by former Secretary Spencer Abraham to enhance and better understand DOE's role in boosting student achievement in science and math. Berkeley Lab was selected as the inaugural meeting site because of what DOE indicates is its proven record in this area. Luis Proenza, President of the University of Akron, is task force chair, and former Berkeley Lab Director Charles Shank is a member.


Marburger: '06 Budget Preserves Science Assets

In his statement to the House of Representatives' Committee on Science last week, Presidential Science Advisor John Marburger acknowledged that the administration's federal research and development budget proposal for FY2006 involved difficult choices and priority-setting. However, he insisted that "within the pattern of detailed agency budgets, (the choices) preserve the nation's investment in the critically important assets of science and technology." Read his testimony here.


Lab Tour Guides Needed
For Staff Orientations

The Human Resources department is looking for volunteers to conduct bus tours for new employees on the second Wednesday and fourth Tuesday of each month. The bus tour takes about 45 minutes, during which guides will locate and describe most of the buildings on Lab property. No experience is necessary. A half-hour training session will be provided. Guides receive a free lunch after each tour. To learn more, contact Arabella Schmidt.

Improve Writing
Skills at

Employees interested in developing tools to communicate powerfully, logically, and precisely, via print or electronic mediums, are encouraged to attend the Franklin Covey Writing Advantage workshop on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Building 2-100B. Participants will receive a free copy of the Franklin Covey Style guide. Go here to register (ASD 0214).

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