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Thursday, January 20, 2005

7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Red Wing Shoemobile
Cafeteria parking lot

9:30 a.m.
Multi-Isotope Studies Short Wavelength Photolysis: Applications to the Early Solar System, Mars, and the Evolution of Life on Earth
Mark Thiemens, UC San Diego
Bldg. 6-2202

4 p.m.
Materials Science
In Situ Elecrton Microscopy of the Operation of Nanoscale Devices
John Cumings, Stanford
348 Hearst Mining Bldg.

4 p.m.
The Day-Night Analysis in the Salt Phase of SNO
Kathryn Miknaitis, U. of Washington
Bldg. 50A-5132


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

1 p.m.
Scientific Computing
Kinetic Lattice Monte Carlo Study of Vacancy Assisted Arsenic Diffusion and Time Dependent Clustering Effects in Silicon
Ben Haley, UC Davis
Bldg. 50F-1647

2 p.m.
Nanoscale Science & Engineering
Nanodefect Engineering for Improved Si Solar Cell Materials
Eicke Weber
390 Hearst Mining Bldg.


Morning Editions: Swiss Cheese, Tomato & Avocado Omelet
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Two Eggs, Corned Beef Hash, & Toast
Menutainment: Vegetable Lasagna With Two Sides
The Fresh Grille: BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
Market Carvery:
Meatloaf with Potatoes & Vegetable
Special Deal: Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Moutain Dew, Sierra Mist 12 packs for $2.99

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

Ganges Water Quality
And Fuzzy Logic

Thomas McKone — a scientist in the Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division — has co-authored a paper examining the use of fuzzy logic in risk assessment and environmental modeling. The article, featured as a cover story in the Jan. 15 issue of Environmental Science and Technology, applies fuzzy logic to the assessment of water quality in the Ganges River to judge whether two locations are "safe" for bathing. Bathing in the Ganges plays a significant role in Indian religious ritual. Full story.
Waychunas (left) and Steefel inspect a device used to grow and monitor nanocrystals.

Nanotechnology Used
To Study Environment
By Francesca Hopkins

Nanotechnology, normally used for work with the crystal structures of silicone chips and pure oxides, is being used for something a little more dirty at Berkeley Lab, like learning how to clean up environmental contaminants such as nuclear waste. Earth Scientists Glenn Waychunas and Carl Steefel are using techniques that allow them to study the environment at the nanoscale as part of the new Center for Environmental Kinetics Analysis (CEKA) program, based at Pennsylvania State University. Full story.


Deputy Secretary
McSlarrow Resigns

Kyle McSlarrow, Deputy Secretary of Energy, announced his resignation yesterday. He first served as DOE Director Spencer Abraham's chief of staff, starting in 2002, then moved to the deputy secretary position. Go here to read Abraham's statement on the resignation.


Schultz Chosen as Cyber Security 'Weatherman'


When Information Security magazine assembled a six-person team of cyber security experts to offer predictions about looming threats for 2005, Gene Schultz, with the Lab's Computer Protection Program, was among those selected. According to the article, entitled "Storm Warnings," the forecast is grim. They predict that the scope and severity of familiar threats — such as exploited browser flaws, destructive worms, DoS attacks, cracked wireless networks and schemes to undermine e-commerce systems — will intensify as the result of increasingly automated hacking tools and enterprises that remain vulnerable. Full story.


How to 'Execute'
Topic of Class

Supervisors and managers who would like to improve their team's execution of business priorities can attend a daylong Franklin Covey class on "Four Disciplines of Execution," Thursday, Jan. 27 in Building 2-100B. Participants will learn how to "focus on the wildly important goals, create a compelling scoreboard, translate lofty goals into specific action, and hold each other accountable, all the time." The class is free for Administrative Services Division employees, with a small fee for non-ASD staff. Go here to register (ASD 0227).

Breast Oncology Retreat
To Be Held Jan. 31

Joe Gray, Berkeley Lab's Life Sciences Division director, invites researchers here to participate in UC San Francisco's annual "Breast Oncology Program Retreat," Monday, Jan. 31, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Representatives from UCSF, Stanford, the Lab, the Buck Institute, and other biotechnology partners will be on hand for the event, which takes place at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco. The retreat will focus on targeted imaging and diagnostics, new therapeutics and targeted therapies, and practical considerations in bringing new markers and therapies from the lab to the clinic. Go here to register.

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