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Wednesday, March 23, 2005


10 a.m.
EHS 535
Hot Work Permit Training
Bldg. 51-201

Effect of Indoor Environment on Productivity in Office Environments
Olli Seppanen, Helsinki U.
Bldg. 90-3148

Monolithic Active Pixel Sensors for the Vertex Detector of the International Linear Collider
Devi Contarato, DESY
Bldg. 50B-4205

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

12:15 p.m.
Outdoors Club
Planning Meeting
Botanical Garden

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

1 p.m.
Human Resources
Screening Resumes & Conducting Reference Checks
Bldg. 2-100B


8:30 a.m.
EHS 400
Radiation Protection Fundamentals
Bldg. 51-201

10 a.m.
Property Management: Part One
Bldg. 2-300F

11 a.m.
Crystal Structure and Microstructural Characteristics of CaTiO3-NdAlO3-Based Ceramics
Bostjan Jancar, Jozef Stefan Institute
Bldg. 72-201

Did Life Come from Mars?
Paul Davies, Macquarie University, Australia
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

1:15 p.m.
EHS 735/738/739
Bloodborne Pathogen/Biosafety Training
Bldg. 51-201

1:30 p.m.
Human Resources
Understanding and Preventing Workplace Violence
Bldg. 100B

2 p.m.
Materials Science
Status, Opportunities and Challenges in Silicon Photovoltaics
Ajeet Rohatgi, Georgia Institute of Technology
390 Hearst Mining Bldg.

3 p.m.
EHS 730
Medical/Biohazard Waste
Bldg. 51-201


Morning Editions:
Pork Chop and Eggs
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Bacon, Tomato & Cheese Omelet
Market Carvery: Beef Stroganoff with Buttered Eggs Noodles
Fresh Grille: Grilled Sausage Sandwich with Peppers & Onions
Menutainment: BBQ Chicken with Baked Potato and Veggies

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

Science Lessons Taken
In Real World Strides
By Jackie Burrell

JGI's Mariana Anaya with student.

Transgenic mice, a mysterious green "poison" and an 8-foot-long double helix attracted dozens of young scientists to "All About DNA Day," a multilab celebration of all things molecular. This inaugural DNA fest was designed by scientists from Berkeley Lab and the Joint Genome Institute, together with a team of experts from Clayton Valley High School. Full story.

Lab Guest Gets Grant
For Atomic Research
By Santosh Rao


The Department of Energy has awarded a $564,000 renewal on a federal grant to a Western Michigan University physics professor, who will lead a team of WMU students on an atomic research project. Nora Berrah, a guest at the Lab, and her team of students will continue to work at both WMU's campus and at the Advanced Light Source (ALS) at Berkeley Lab during the next three years to better understand the interaction of matter, such as atoms, molecules and negative ions. Full story.


Lab's Golf Club
Gets in the Swing

With their first tournament under their belt, members of the Lab's Golf Club would like to encourage others here to join in time for the next event on April 23 at Chardonnay Golf Club in Napa. In the first competition, held March 13, Mark Campagna was first in the first flight (68) and Nick Palaio was first in the second flight (71). Both work for the Engineering Division. For information on joining the club, contact Dave Plate (x7232).


Two incorrect dates were listed in yesterday's edition of Today at Berkeley Lab. The Outdoors Club meeting is today at 12:15 at the Botanical Garden, and the Workplace Violence course is tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in Building 2-100B.


History Channel Show
Featured Lab's Alper

When the History Channel's one-hour program "Tactical to Practical" was preparing a show on how nanotechnology is ushering in a new era in fashion — from advanced camouflage to self-cleaning garments — they came to the experts at Berkeley Lab to explain nanotechnology. The piece that aired last fall features Materials Sciences Deputy Director Mark Alper in two short background segments filmed in Building 66. The series explored innovations developed for combat that have evolved into useful tools for civilian life and was hosted by Hunter Ellis, former Navy Fighter Pilot and "Survivor" contestant. Go here to watch the program (requires RealPlayer software).


Nanotech Forum
On Campus April 30

The Berkeley Nanotechnology Forum — to be held on campus Saturday, April 30 — features leading scientists, entrepreneurs, and academics, presenting how nanotechnology is poised to revolutionize our near future by impacting the "triple bottom line": business, society, and the environment. The event is free for UC Berkeley faculty and students, as well as Berkeley Lab employees. Lab Director Steve Chu will provide the keynote speech for the event. Go here for more details.

Congressman Honda Gets 'Champion' Award


Congressman Mike Honda, a strong supporter of the Lab, was honored with a "Champion of Science Award" on campus yesterday. The award was presented by the Science Coalition, a group that seeks to expand and strengthen the federal government's investment in university-based research. Honda sits on the House Science Committee and is the senior democrat on its Subcommittee on Energy.

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