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Tuesday, May 10, 2005


6:30 a.m.
EHS 116
First Aid Safety
Bldg. 48-109

8 a.m.
Human Resources
New Employee Orientation
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

9 a.m.
Magnetism Research at the ALS
Andreas Scholl
Bldg. 2-100B

9:10 a.m.
EHS 10
Intro to ES&H at Berkeley Lab
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

10 a.m.
EHS 123
Adult CPR
Bldg. 48-109

10:30 a.m.
EHS 60
Ergonomic Awareness for Computer Users
Bldg. 51-201

1 p.m.
EHS 116
First Aid Safety
Bldg. 48-109

2 p.m.
EHS 339
Asbetos Awareness
Bldg. 51-201

4 p.m.
Life Sciences
Development of an Imaging Agent Target: Apoptosis
Scott Taylor
Bldg. 66 Auditorium


9 a.m.
EHS 530
Fire Extinguisher Safety
Bldg. 48-109

11 a.m.
Scientific Computing
Near-Wall Treatments for Coarse Grid Large-Eddy Simulation
Jeremy Templeton, Stanford U.
Bldg. 50-4205

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. 70-191

3 p.m.
Advanced Light Source
Rashba Spin-Orbit Interaction at the Magnetic Metal Surfaces
Oleg Krupin, Freie Universitat
Bldg. 6-2202


Morning Editions:
Corned Beef Hash with Eggs
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Ham and Cheese Scramble with Home Fries and Toast
Market Carvery: Baked Ziti with Mozzarella and Side Salad
Fresh Grille: Corned Dogs with French 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

Chabot Science Award
For Lab Life Scientist


Eva Nogales, with the Lab's Life Sciences Division, is the recipient of the second annual Chabot Science Award. The $5,000 honor recognizes her work in the mapping of the atomic structure of the cellular protein tubulin. The protein is a flexible component of a cell that allows it to divide and multiply, and is the target of the anti-cancer drug, "taxol," a natural substance found in the bark of the Pacific yew tree. Go here to read a Chabot Space and Science Center press release on the award.


Eighth Graders Learn
About Nuclear Science

Kevin Lesko (pictured above), with the Lab's Nuclear Science Division, was among the scientists who presented lectures to 44 eighth graders from Oakland's Redwood Day School last week. Lesko explained the use of solar neutrinos in underground experiments. The students also heard from nuclear scientists Charles Currat, Gersende Prior, and Reyco Henning during their visit. In addition to the talks, a tour of the Advanced Light Source and lunch in the cafeteria was also provided.


Reminder: Softball
Managers Meeting

There will be a meeting of team managers for the Lab's softball league tomorrow at noon in the lower cafeteria. Those managing current teams, or wishing to form a new team, should attend. The league is comprised of about nine teams, made up of existing and retired employees, their spouses and children over the age of 18. For more information, contact league commissioner Steve Blair.


Rethinking the Basic
Laws Of Physics
By Keay Davidson

Legislators change laws from time to time, but Mother Nature's laws are eternal, or so it has seemed. Now, though, scientists are debating clues that suggest the laws of physics change over time. University of California scientists — including Berkeley Lab astronomer Jeffrey Newman and nuclear scientist Dmitry Budker — are among the major players on both sides of the debate, which threatens to shake up our basic notions of reality. Full story.

Pulling the Plug
On Electricity Leaks
By Michael Woods


American humorist James Thurber got a chuckle by observing that his grandmother "lived the latter years of her life in the horrible suspicion that electricity was dripping invisibly all over the house." Electricity "leaks" are no laughing matter today. Electronic products are wasting huge amounts of energy. Alan Meier, with Berkeley Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD), estimates that U.S. residential consumers spend over $5 billion annually on standby power. "In the future, many devices in the home and elsewhere will have digital network connections with potentially dramatic impacts on energy consumption," said Bruce Nordman, also with EETD. Full story.


ALS Electrician
Passes Away

Robert Thomas, the lead electrician at the Lab's Advanced Light Source, died on April 30 after a prolonged illness. Thomas began working at the Lab in 1990. He started out in the Facilities Division, but was matrixed to the ALS in 2000 and appointed lead electrician there. A memorial was held last Thursday. His spouse, Del Thomas, is also employed at the Lab in the Business Services Division.

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