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Friday, September 23, 2005

8 a.m.
EHS 206
Crane/Hoist Operator: Over 2 Tons
Bldg. 70A-3377

Yoga Club
Class With Naomi Hartwig
Bldg. 70-191

1 p.m.
Scientific Computing
Climate and Carbon Software Engineering and Research on High-End Computers
Forrest Hoffman, Oak Ridge Lab
Bldg. 50A-5132

1:30 p.m.
EHS 60
Ergonomic Awareness for Computer Users
Bldg. 70A-3377

2 p.m.
UC Berkeley
Quantum Dot Lasers: Challenges and Potential
Alexey Kovsh, NL Nanosemiconductor GmbH
390 Hearst Mining Bldg.


Yoga Club
Class with Inna Belogolovsky
Bldg. 70-191

1:30 p.m.
Human Resources
Understanding and Preventing Workplace Violence
Bldg. 50A-5132

4:30 p.m.
Physics Department
Applications of Photonics to the Life Sciences and Medicine-Biophotonics
Dennis Matthew, UC Davis
1 LeConte Hall

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Morning Editions:
Biscuits and Gravy with 2 Eggs

Monday's Breakfast:
Breakfast Quesadillas with Home Fries

Market Carvery: Spaghetti with Meat or Marinara Sauce
The Fresh Grille: BBQ Pork Sandwich with Coleslaw and Fries

Menutainment: Viva El Burrito

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

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Supernova Blast Cause
Of Mammoth Extinction?

A distant supernova that exploded 41,000 years ago may have led to the extinction of the mammoth, according to research that will be presented tomorrow by Berkeley Lab nuclear scientist Richard Firestone. Firestone, who conducted the research with Arizona geologist Allen West, will unveil this theory at the second "International Conference of the World of Elephants" in Hot Springs, SD. Their theory joins the list of possible culprits responsible for the demise of mammoths, which last roamed North America roughly 13,000 years ago. Scientists have long eyed climate change, disease, or intensive hunting by humans as likely suspects. Now, a supernova may join the lineup. Full story.


Glaser Road
Closed Today

Glaser Road, between Macmillan and Lawrence Roads, will be closed until 3:30 p.m. today to accommodate a special event being hosted by the Engineering Division. Questions about this closure can be directed to Madonna Fricken (x6161).

Parking Restrictions
On Chamberlain Road

Some parking spaces along Chamberlain Road, between Buildings 71 and 90, will be closed this Monday through Friday, Oct. 28. These spaces will be used as a sidewalk while a nearby wooden walkway is replaced. Use caution when walking in this area. For more information, contact Charles Taberski (x6076).

Grizzly Gate, Old Town Closed This Weekend

Grizzly Gate will be closed tomorrow for roadway resurfacing. MacMillan Road will also be closed east of Building 76. On Saturday and Sunday, paving will close access from the north (McMillan Road) to the Old Town area and the ALS. Access to the Building 6/7 parking area is available via Sally's Alley. Call Steve Blair (x5927) for more information.


Scientists Urged to Give
Alert on Publications

Berkeley Lab researchers whose work is accepted by peer-reviewed journals are encouraged to alert the Communications Department about the publication prior to or upon acceptance. The Lab's news release policy involves multiple reviews, including that of Director Steve Chu. In order to ensure timely distribution of the news in conjunction with the publication date, release preparation time of two weeks is requested. Scientists are urged send e-mail to Lynn Yarris when a paper is submitted or accepted for publication.

Berkeley Students Offer
Free Statistical Analysis

Graduate students in UC Berkeley's Statistics Department are offering free consultation services (under faculty supervision) to Berkeley Lab researchers. It can be provided at any stage of the research process, but scientists are encouraged to make contact as close as possible to project initiation. Those interested in learning more about this service should contact Professor Bin Yu.


Years of Research
Ruined in Katrina Flood

As rising floodwaters swamped New Orleans, Louisiana's chief epidemiologist enlisted state police on a mission to break into a high-security government lab and destroy any dangerous germs before they could escape or fall into the wrong hands. Armed with bolt cutters and bleach, Raoult Ratard's team entered the state's so-called "hot lab," and killed all the living samples. Many other scientists in the region have lost years of research, either through storm damage or voluntary destruction. Full story.
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