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Thursday, March 24, 2005


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

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

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. 2-100B

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


8 a.m.
EHS 432
Radiation Protection Lab Safety
Bldg. 51-201

10 a.m.
Human Resources
Property Management: Part Two
Bldg. 69-Training Room

10:30 a.m.
Center for Beam
Physics The Electronuclear Fission Reactor and Neutrino Factory Based on Linear Collider
Ilya Ginzburg, Novosibirsk
Bldg. 71-264

Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class with Naomi Hartwig ($10/$12)
Bldg. 70-191

1 p.m.
Scientific Computing
Design Metrics in Quantum Turbulence Simulations: How Physics Influences Software Architecture
Damian Rouson, Naval Research Laboratory
Bldg. 50A-5132

2 p.m.
EHS 20
ES&H for Supervisors & Managers
Bldg. 51-201


Morning Editions:
Bacon, Tomato & Cheese Omelet
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Biscuits and Gravy with Two Eggs
Market Carvery: Roast Beef with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Fresh Grille: French Dip with Fries and Cole Slaw
Menutainment: Spaghetti with Meat or Marinara Sauce

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

New Structure
For Nanomotors


Physicists in the U.S. have built the first device that exploits the effects of surface tension. The "relaxation oscillator" consists of two droplets of liquid metal on a substrate made of carbon nanotubes and can be controlled with a small applied electric field. Alex Zettl and colleagues at UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab say the device could find use in various nanomechanical applications, including actuators and motors. Full story.

Lab Joins New RNA
Research Consortium

Research into ribonucleic acids (RNA) — the building blocks of life — is exploding as scientists worldwide discover the roles of RNA in genetics, health, disease and the development of organisms. The rapidly growing body of knowledge has created the need for researchers to develop a shared vocabulary and system for describing, cataloging and comparing their findings. An international team of RNA scientists, known as the RNA Ontology Consortium — headed by Bowling Green University and including Berkeley Lab — has now been formed to do just that. Full story.


Party Today

Stop by the cafeteria today from 3 to 4:30 p.m. to bid adieux to Pier Oddone, who is retiring from the Lab and will next serve as director of Fermi National Lab. Also note: the coffee bar will close at 1:30 p.m. today in preparation for the party.

The old badge, left, and the new one.
Merit Badge Updated
With Physicist's Help

The Boy Scouts of America is now offering a merit badge in Nuclear Science, thanks to the help of Howard Matis, a physicist with the Lab's Nuclear Science Division, and himself a former Eagle Scout. Matis provided expert assistance in updating the requirements and revising the text for what had been a pamphlet on the Atomic Energy merit badge. The new pamphlet teaches Scouts the fundamentals about nuclear science, atoms and radiation. Earning this new merit badge, however, will be a challenge, as candidates must choose from a list of activities that include building an electroscope or a cloud chamber. Go here to read the new badge requirements.


Outdoor Club Meeting
Moved to Today

Rainy weather prevented the Lab's Outdoor Club from meeting yesterday at the Botanical Garden. So, the gathering will happen today, same location, at 12:15 p.m. The group will be planning events for the upcoming spring and summer seasons.


No Badges Made
Tomorrow Morning

The badge office will be unable to create badges tomorrow from 8 a.m. to noon due to equipment upgrades. The office will be available for parking permits and other Site Access services. Contact Jim Breckinridge for more information.

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