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Tuesday, March 15, 2005


9 a.m.

EHS 280
Laser Safety
Bldg. 51-201

Evaluation of the Financial and Environmental Feasibility of a Network of Distributed 200 kWe Combined Heat and Power Fuel Cell Systems on the Stanford University Campus
Colella Whitney
Bldg. 90-3148

BLIS Tutorial

2 p.m.
EHS 345
Chemical Hygiene for Facilities
Bldg. 51-201

4 p.m.
Life Sciences
Genome Function in the Context of Architecture
Tom Misteli, National Cancer Institute
Bldg. 66 Auditorium


Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class with Naomi Hartwig ($10/$12)
Bldg. 937-302

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

1 p.m.
Scientific Computing
Destriping: A Fast, Approximate Map-Making Method for Plank
Mark Ashdown, U. of Cambridge
Bldg. 50B-4205

3 p.m.
Influence of Both Lateral Domain Formation and Interface Domain Wall on Exchange Bias Phenomena in TbFe/GdFe Ferromagnetic Bilayers
Stephane Mangin, Hitachi
Bldg. 6-2202

5 p.m.
Laser Safety Awareness
141 McCone Hall


Morning Editions:
Huevos Rancheros with Beans & Home Fries
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Cheese & Egg Quesadillas with Home Fries
Market Carvery: Chicken & Sausage Gumbo with Rice
Fresh Grille: Grilled Rueben Sandwich with Fries
Menutainment: Fiesta Taco Salad with Ground Turkey

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

Barletta Reappointed
As AFRD Director


Berkeley Lab Director Steve Chu has announced the reappointment, effective April 1, of William Barletta as Division Director of the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division (AFRD). Since May of 2004, Barletta has served at the request of the University of California, Office of the President (UCOP), as the Acquisition Team Manager for the Lab's management contract competition. "With the conclusion of this temporary assignment, I am pleased to welcome Bill back to the Division and to the Laboratory," Chu wrote in a memo. "I also commend Rick Gough for his excellent service as Acting AFRD Director and for his leadership, and I thank him for a job well done."


Tips on Using 'BLIS'
In Cafeteria at Noon

Berkeley Lab Information Systems (BLIS) is the new web portal for Lab employees. Learn the ins and outs of navigating the portal with BLIS developers today in the cafeteria lobby during lunch. BLIS provides directory information for DOE labs and UC campuses, one-click access to LETS Lite, commuter links, and more. To customize your own BLIS page go to


2-MW Generator Test Scheduled Tomorrow

Facilities will test the 2-megawatt, 12-kV generator tomorrow. While unlikely an interupption will occur, employees working in the Building 90 complex and Buildings 51 and 64 should take all necessary precautions. A public address announcement will be made prior to the test. For more information, contact Jim Murphy at x4175.

Prausnitz, left, and President Bush.

Prausnitz Gets Medal
At White House Event

Berkeley Lab chemist John Prausnitz, winner of a National Medal of Science, received his award during a White House ceremony yesterday. The medal is the nation's highest scientific honor. Prausnitz was one of eight recipients. He has developed molecular thermodynamics — an understanding of the way molecules interact in fluids and solids — for the design of separation operations in large chemical plants to make them more efficient, environmentally friendly and safe, and to reduce energy consumption. Full story.

DOE's Carwell Leads Museum to New Site
By Chauncy Bailey


Hattie Carwell — who works at the Department of Energy's Berkeley Lab Site Office — stands by a life-size, cardboard replica of George Washington Carver, the legendary African- American scientist. Nearby are wall-to-wall displays of inventors, engineers, and other blacks who have made their marks in white laboratory coats, all neatly arranged in a modest, gated storefront. For years, Carwell and others have sought a permanent home for the Museum of African American Technology Science Village in Oakland. A site has been found and the move will take place in April. Go to the Oakland Tribune's "Inside Bay Area" website for the full story. A profile of Carwell also appears in Friday's issue of The View.


'Theory of Everything' Confounding Researchers
By Keay Davidson

The most celebrated theory in modern physics faces increasing attacks from skeptics who fear it has lured a generation of researchers down an intellectual dead end. In its original, simplified form, circa the mid-1980s, string theory held that reality consists of infinitesimally small, wiggling objects called strings, which vibrate in ways that yield the different subatomic particles that comprise the cosmos. Advocates claimed that string theory would smooth out the conflicts between Einsteinian relativity and quantum mechanics. The resulting "theory of everything" could explain everything from the nature of matter to the Big Bang to the fate of the cosmos. Full story.

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