LBL Currents -- January 27, 1995

Performance-based management: Lab rated "excellent" in science and technology

LBL, along with Livermore and Los Alamos national labs, has received an overall rating of "excellent" for fiscal year 1994 as part of a first-time system of performance-based management by the University of California. The University operates the three laboratories for the Department of Energy, which validated the results in an independent evaluation.

"I am gratified by LBL's outstanding performance and encouraged by the success of the new evaluation process," said Director Charles Shank. "The joint effort has served to stimulate cooperation among all three participating entities and, in particular, has strengthened the bonds between the laboratories and the University through our pursuit of mutual interests."

The laboratory management contracts approved in 1992 by UC and the DOE pioneered the concept of performance-based management for not-for-profit laboratory contractors (see sidebar). A major goal of the current UC/DOE contracts is to match the historic excellence of science and technology at the three laboratories with the highest degree of administrative and operational effectiveness. To achieve this, DOE, UC, and the laboratories agreed to use performance "metrics" to drive laboratory improvement in a fashion similar to that used successfully in private industry by such firms as Motorola, Xerox, AT&T, and Ford.

Key objectives of the process are to improve the laboratories' operational efficiency and reduce costs associated with research, as well as reduce the need for frequent DOE audits at the laboratories. Central to the process are annual self-assessments by the laboratories and follow-up appraisals by UC and the DOE, all of which measure administrative and operational performance against jointly established metrics.

The labs were evaluated in two major performance areas: Science and Technology, and Administration and Operations.

The assessment of the laboratories' scientific and technological performance, based on peer review, was conducted by the UC President's Council on the National Laboratories, a 28-member panel of experts from within and outside the University system. The Council assessed the quality of science and technology at each lab as
"excellent," with most individual programs rated as "excellent" and some as "outstanding."

The University's administrative appraisal was conducted by the UC Laboratory Administration Office. At each laboratory seven categories were examined and rated: environment, safety, and health; facilities management; financial management; human resources; procurement; property management; and, at LLNL and LANL, safeguards and security. The laboratories all received ratings of "excellent" and "good" in each category."

"This is a real breakthrough," said Walter E. Massey, UC provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. "I hope the Department of Energy views this process and its results as a valuable tool, or perhaps a model, in its efforts toward contract reform on a national scale."

The laboratory self-assessments and UC appraisals are reviewed by the DOE as part of its own annual evaluation of the laboratories' performance. The DOE appraisals are performed by the Department's Oakland Operations Office for the Berkeley and Livermore laboratories and the Albuquerque Operations Office for the Los Alamos laboratory.

James M. Turner, acting manager of the DOE's Oakland Operations Office, said the new process is generating "an improved spirit of cooperation and partnership" and moving the laboratories toward "the balance the Department needs between excellence in both science and business systems."

In a report to UC President J.W. Peltason, Sidney Drell, the Stanford University physicist who chairs the advisory panel, said, "I believe that the Department of Energy should find it reassuring that, in the Council's opinion, the work of the laboratories is of excellent, and often outstanding, quality."

New era in lab management ushered in with current UC/DOE contract

The 4-by-7-foot Plexiglas display of 54 charts on Director Charles Shank's outer office wall is a graphic reminder of how life has changed for laboratory management in the last two years. Those charts, whose grids and bars record performance in six areas of operation, signal a new era of performance-based evaluation for LBL and its two University of California-managed Department of Energy counterparts.

UC and DOE negotiated new laboratory management contracts in 1992, including a pioneering concept of evaluation through performance measures. The contracts responded to a national mandate for increased accountability and efficiency within government-supported facilities.

The ratings process has been so well-received that the DOE is now requiring it of all its not-for-profit contractors as a way of driving laboratory

Klaus Berkner, LBL's Deputy Director for Operations, admitted to some growing pains in the evolution of meaningful performance "metrics," especially in administration and operations.

"In the first year, we tried to keep them broad, but when it comes to objective measures, that doesn't always work," Berkner said. "And if there's a pass-fail threshold measure, where the judgment is too fine, the rating is useless. So we've had to adjust the process in subsequent years to ensure the most relevant methodology."

Two dozen teams of representatives from each laboratory, DOE, and UC meet early in the year to develop performance measures and discuss common concerns. A "functional manager" from the Laboratory Administration Office at UC is assigned to each of seven business areas (the "safeguards and security" category does not apply to LBL) to coordinate efforts with laboratory "points of contact." What emerges from the discussions is a set of goals designed to improve customer service and reduce errors, cycle time, and costs.

The results have been positive for LBL--good-to-excellent ratings in administration and operations and excellent grades in science and technology. As the process enters its third year, further refinements will be made, Berkner said.

"What's encouraging about all this is that it moves us from an adversarial relationship with our sponsor to one of partnership between the DOE, the laboratories, and the university," he said. "The measures are worked out in concert and agreed upon together, with the joint goal of driving the laboratories to a higher standard of performance."

Caption -- LBL Director Charles Shank in front of the Lab's display of 54 performance measurement charts. Photo by Steve Adams

View from Washington: Support for science still strong in D.C.

By Jeffery Kahn,

Chaotic political change is taking place in Washington, D.C., but even in this era of uncertainty, support for scientific research programs is both strong and bipartisan. That's the view from Washington according to Reid Edwards, LBL's manager of Government and Community Affairs.

Edwards, along with LBL Director Charles Shank, shared their insights with employees and answered questions during a January 21 briefing in the Bldg. 50 auditorium.

Shank said, "We are in a time of very dynamic change. The more we know about this change, the better off we are. This exchange gives everyone at LBL the opportunity to know everything that Reid and I know."

Edwards said that while the new Congress retains a favorable viewpoint toward the value of research, it intends to take a close look at individual programs.

"Republicans want to make choices, not go with overall, across-the-board funding cuts," Edwards said. "These choices will become clearer over the next two years." He said some political leaders continue to advocate the elimination of the Department of Energy.

"Though the future of DOE remains at issue, its functions are going to continue," he said. "Congress wants to eliminate federal bureaucracy but there's very little talk about eliminating any of the national laboratories. No one is saying `do away with LBL.'"

The Galvin Task Force on Alternative Futures for the DOE National Laboratories is scheduled to issue its report and recommendations on February 1. Edwards and Shank said most observers believe the report will include a strong criticism of DOE bureaucracy and its management of the national labs.

To eliminate regulatory redundancies, Shank said DOE should give its contractors (such as the University of California) more authority to oversee the laboratories. The labs would continue to comply with existing local, state, and federal laws.

"If we can cut away some of the spiraling bureaucracy," Shank said, "we can drive our overhead down--not just here at LBL but within DOE. Right now, what we have is checkers checking checkers who are checking checkers."

Edwards said that in terms of specific programs being examined in Washington, technology transfer is one area that appears headed for change. The new Congress does not want the labs doing short-term, applied research that traditionally has been done by private industry. So, said Edwards, the question in Washington is where should federal investment stop and private investment begin.

Elaborating on that point, Rod Fleischman, LBL's associate director for Industry and Government Partnerships, said that the federal government probably will require private industry to pick up more of the costs of joint lab/industry research efforts. Beyond that, the collaboration specifically may have to enhance the lab's and DOE's core capabilities. If not, the program may not be funded in the future, Fleischman said.

Edwards said fusion programs may face cuts. LBL's relatively small program in inertial fusion, a collaborative effort with Lawrence Livermore National Lab, should survive, but could be harmed if it is not distinguished from magnetic fusion, where a reduction in funding is possible.

Energy efficiency also may be on the chopping block. Edwards said support should continue for long range research and development in this area.

Shank credited Edwards for introducing him to many of the new leaders of Congress. Shank noted that new House Science Committee Chairman Rep. Robert Walker (R-PA) recently told a reporter that research institutions that are allied with universities have the highest value and funding priority.

"Rep. Walker cited the example of Caltech and JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)," Shank said. "I'd like him to give UC Berkeley and LBL as his example."

A video of the January 17 town meeting, entitled "The Coming Year in Washington," is available in the LBL Main Library (Bldg. 50).

Next Washington update

LBL Director Charles Shank will update employees on the events taking place in Washington at a Thursday, Feb. 23, noontime briefing in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium.

The Galvin Task Force on Alternative Futures for the DOE National Laboratories is scheduled to issue its report and recommendations on February 1. Shank, assisted by Reid Edwards, manager of Government and Community Affairs at LBL, will discuss the Galvin report as well as DOE's response including its new restructuring initiative.

This briefing will be the second in a series. Please note that due to rescheduling, the previously announced February 1, 15, and March 1 dates have been cancelled.

UC President Peltason announces retirement

University of California President Jack Peltason announced his retirement last Friday (Jan. 20), effective Oct. 1, 1995. Since his appointment in 1992 following the retirement of David Gardner, Peltason, 71, has been credited with leading the University to fiscal stability by cutting costs and building new ties to California businesses.

"I'm happy to say that the work I signed on to do is essentially completed," Peltason told UC Regents at a meeting in San Francisco. "I believe that now is the time to bring a new leader on board."

Peltason has led the University through one of the most difficult periods in its 126-year history. When his was appointed president, the University was in the first year of what was to become the largest loss of state revenue in history due to the worst recession since the Great Depression. This forced some $433 million in budget cuts and threatened to erode the historic quality of UC.

Almost three years later, faculty are teaching more, students are graduating faster, and California's top high school graduates are enrolling in record numbers.

Following his resignation from the $243,500-a-year president's job, Peltason plans to move back to Irvine, where he lived when he was chancellor of the UC campus there.

The UC Regents have announced that they will conduct an international search for a new president, but UC presidents have traditionally come from within the system. Newspaper reports say the front-runners for the position include UC Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Walter Massey, and Chancellors Chang-Lin Tien of UC Berkeley, Charles Young of UCLA, and Richard Atkinson of UC San Diego.

In Memoriam -- Leopoldo M. Falicov

Leo Falicov, a researcher in the Materials Sciences Division and professor of physics at UC Berkeley, died on January 24 at Alta Bates Hospital. He was 61.

Falicov was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied at the University of Buenos Aires and the University of Cuyo in Argentina, and then at the University of Cambridge, where he received his Ph.D. and honorary Sc.D.

Falicov came to the United States in 1960. He had appointments at the University of Chicago until 1969, when he was appointed professor at UC Berkeley. He joined LBL as a faculty scientist in the Materials and Chemical Sciences Division in 1978. He was chairman of UC Berkeley's Department of Physics from 1981 to 1983.

Falicov studied solid-state physics and the electronic, structural, magnetic, and chemical properties of solids and solid surfaces. He investigated superconductivity in metals, and its relationship to other order states.

"He was an outstanding researcher and contributed much to theoretical condensed matter physics," said Marvin Cohen, a researcher in LBL's Materials Sciences Division and fellow physics professor at UC Berkeley. "He was also very devoted to the University and Laboratory." Cohen was a colleague of Falicov's for 35 years.

Falicov was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1983. He was a fellow of the American Physical Society, Cambridge Philosophical Society, British Institute of Physics, Royal Danish Academy of Letters and Sciences, and the Argentine National Academy of Exact, Physical, and Natural Sciences.

He is survived by his wife, Marta Puebla, twin sons, Alexis and Ian, and sister, Estela.

Donations in Falicov's memory may be made to Cal Performances at UC Berkeley. There will be no public service.

In Memoriam -- Louise de Alba

Louise de Alba, former chief operator in Telephone Services, and one of the few employees who probably spoke to almost everyone here at one time or another, died on January 17. A resident of El Cerrito, de Alba was 66.

De Alba saw phone service at LBL go through many important technological transitions during her 25 years of employment. She began working at the Lab in 1966, when telephone service was provided by operators in the Bldg. 80 basement on what were known then as "cord boards." She continued to work as the Lab made the change to Centrex services in 1979 and then to ICS in 1990. She retired in 1991.

"She provided the Lab with many years of dedicated service," says ICSD's Sam Gibson, her former supervisor. "Those of us who were fortunate to have worked with Louise remember her efforts as an example of high quality and accomplishment."

De Alba is survived by her husband, Ruben, her mother, five children, and 10 grandchildren. Burial was at Sunset View Cemetery in El Cerrito on January 23. Contributions in her memory to your favorite charity are appreciated.

Quark Matter '95 Conference

By Mike Wooldridge,

This month 450 high-energy, heavy-ion physicists gathered at an event organized by LBL at the Monterey Conference Center to discuss the search for a new state of matter--quark matter.

Entitled "Quark Matter '95," the 11th International Conference on Ultra-Relativistic Nucleus-Nucleus Collisions was hosted by the Relativistic Nuclear Collisions (RNC) Program of the Nuclear Science Division. It was the second time LBL has organized the event, which is held every 1-1/2 years. Art Poskanzer, head of the RNC Program, chaired the organizing committee.

Quark matter, also known as the quark-gluon plasma, is made up of the building blocks of subatomic particles and the entities that bind them together--quarks and gluons, respectively. Scientists believe quark matter existed microseconds after the Big Bang, and that making it in an accelerator would be like recreating the early universe in the laboratory. Quark matter may also exist today in the cores of neutron stars left over from exploding supernovae.

The study of high-energy, heavy-ion reactions began at the Bevalac. Today, the search for quark matter goes on at other high-energy accelerators, such as the Super Proton Synchrotron at CERN, which attempts to create the matter by slamming together atomic nuclei as heavy as lead at velocities near the speed of light. An important facility in the future will be the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), which will start up in 1999 at Brookhaven National Laboratory. LBL is the leading laboratory in developing the Solenoid Tracker at RHIC (STAR), one of the two main detectors at that facility.

Nobel Laureate physicist T.D. Lee, who was a featured speaker at Quark Matter '95, gave an overview of the physics at RHIC. A highlight of the program was the presentation of results from the first run at CERN with lead beams, which took place only one month earlier. Speakers resident at LBL included Spiros Margetis, Volker Koch, Yural Kluger, Xin-Nian Wang, Marvin Justice (Kent State), Tim Hallman (UCLA), and Eleanor Judd (UC Space Sciences Laboratory). NSD's Jay Marx gave a lecture for non-scientists at the conference on quark matter, as part of the accompanying social program for scientists and companions.

The event featured several other non-technical presentations. The highlight was a lecture by Alan Leveton, a psychiatrist and marriage counselor, on the challenges of living with physicists.

Extensive use was made of the World Wide Web, where all abstracts were posted. LBL's Information and Computing Sciences Division set up computer facilities at the conference so participants could access electronic mail and prepare presentations.

The conference organizing committee included researchers affiliated with LBL, UC Space Sciences Laboratory, UC Davis, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and UCLA.

Captions -- Helmut Satz from the University of Bielefeld in Germany comments on a presentation at Quark Matter '95. Half of the conference's 450 participants were from foreign countries.
Art Poskanzer of the Nuclear Science Division and Mollie Field, LBL's conference coordinator, discuss event logistics.
Nobel Laureate T.D. Lee talks about what physicists can expect at the new Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider facility.

R&D 100 Awards

It is not too late to submit an entry for a 1995 R&D 100 Award! Sponsored by R&D Magazine, the R&D 100 Awards carry considerable prestige among federal-funding agencies and private industry investors. Secretary of Energy Hazel O'Leary has praised the awards as one of the most important measures of technology transfer success for the national laboratories.

Winners of the 1995 awards will be honored at a banquet in Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry in September. More than 150,000 people are expected to view a month-long exhibition of this year's winners at the museum.

The awards are given for technical products that represent a significant technological advancement. Technical products are broadly defined to include any product, process, material, software, or system of scientific or technical origin or use. For entry forms and assistance in completing them contact Bruce Davies in the Technology Transfer Department at X6461. The deadline is February 1.

Black History Month activities at LBL

In celebration of Black History Month, the Laboratory, with assistance from the African American Employee Association,is sponsoring a number of activities throughout the month of February. All employees are invited to attend the events, which are listed below.

Month of February, Dining Center lobby

Fridays, LBL Dining Center Monday, Feb. 6, noon - 1 p.m., Bldg. 50 Aud. Thursday, Feb. 9, noon - 1 p.m., Bldg. 50 Aud. Tuesday, Feb. 14, noon - 1 p.m., Bldg. 50 Aud.

Thursday, Feb. 16, noon - 1 p.m., Bldg. 50 Aud. Wednesday, Feb. 22, noon - 1 p.m., Bldg. 50 Aud.

Friday, Feb. 24, noon - 1 p.m., Bldg. 50 Aud.

February EH&S Class Schedule

Date 	     Course	         Time       	Place
1/7	Lockout/Tagout (EHS 256)  9 a.m. - noon	90-4133
1/7 & 9	Radiation Protection-Radiological Worker I(EHS 430) - both days 8 a.m. - noon	66-316
1/8	First Aid (EHS 116)	8 a.m. - noon 	48-109
1/9	Machine Tool Safeguarding (EHS 245)	10 a.m. - noon	90-2063
1/10	Fire Extinguisher Use (EHS 530)	10-11:30 am	48-109
1/13	Crane/Hoist (Level 1) Training for Incidental	Operators (EHS 211)	8 a.m. - noon	70A-3377
1/14	Earthquake Safety (EHS 135)	10-11:30 am	48-109
1/14	EH&S Roles & Responsibilities for Supervisors (in office settings; EHS 025) 8 a.m. - noon
1/14 & 16  Radiation Protection-Radiological Worker I (EHS-430) -both days 1-5 p.m.	66-316
1/15	Adult Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation	(CPR; EHS 123)	9 a.m. - noon	48-109
1/16	Forklift Truck Safety (EHS 225)	8:30-10 a.m.	90-3148
1/16	Medical/Biohazardous Waste Training (EHS 730)	9-10:30 am	66-316
1/21	Introduction to Environment, Health & Safety	at LBL (EHS 010)	9-11:30 a.m.	66 Aud.
1/23	Accident Reporting/Investigation (EHS 815)	10 a.m. - noon	90-1099
1/23	Laser Safety (EHS 280)	9:30-11:45 am	90-2063
1/23	Chemical Hygiene & Safety Training (EHS 348)	1:30-4:30 pm	Calvin
Pre-registration is required for all courses except Introduction to Environment, Health & Safety at LBL (EHS 10). Call the Emergency Preparedness Office at extension 6554 to register for: CPR, First Aid, Fire Extinguisher Use, Earthquake Safety, and Building Emergency Team Training. Call extension 6612 or send a fax with your name, extension and employee number to extension 6608 to pre-register for all other EH&S courses.

Diversity Committee seeking new division representatives

Several members of LBL's Diversity Committee are reaching the end of their three-year terms. Members--one representing each division--are appointed by LBL Director Charles Shank, who bases his selections on nominations submitted by division directors.

In the next few weeks, directors from divisions needing new representation will each send the names of three nominees to Director Shank. If you are interested in being considered for participation on the committee, you are encouraged to tell your division director of your interest.

The divisions that will be submitting nominations include Administration, Earth Sciences, Life Sciences, Materials Sciences, Nuclear Science, and Physics.

The Diversity Committee was formed by Director Shank in 1992 to advise him on diversity issues in the Laboratory "with the aim of more fully integrating diversity into the Laboratory." Following a retreat on diversity issues held on-site last summer, the Diversity Committee added to its original mission the goal of becoming the "ears and voice" of Laboratory employees. The committee identified three areas of focus: employee development, communication, and education, and formed subcommittees to represent each area.

The Committee works in collaboration with the Work Force Diversity Office (WFDO), headed by Harry Reed, who serves as management liaison to the committee, providing guidance and advice on diversity issues. The WFDO is responsible for developing a broadly based diversity program for LBL, including diversification of the workforce, management of diversity issues, enhancement of LBL's employee development practices, and implementation of the Committee's recommendations as they are approved by the Laboratory Director.

If you would like to learn more about the activities of the Diversity Committee, contact committee co-chairs Janet Jacobsen or Mary Worth, or your division representative. Committee members welcome your thoughts and ideas about the committee's activities.

Optional "1" soon to be mandatory for long-distance Lab calls

Effective January 1995, new U.S. area codes will have a different format. In the past, only 0 and 1 were used as the middle number of area codes. This format limited the number of possible area codes, most of which are now used. The new format will allow all 10 numbers (0 through 9) in the middle position, permitting the assignment of a totoal of 640 additional area codes.

Those area codes will now look like prefixes, making it difficult for phone-switching equipment to differentiate between local and long distance calls, unless the 1 prefix precedes long distance numbers. For example, 334 (Alabama), 360 (Washington), and 630 (Illinois) will be activated as new area codes in January. These numbers are in common use as local prefixes.

Currently LBL's ICS telephone system inserts the 1 for any user who does not dial the 1 before an area code, but will soon not be able to distinguish between a local seven-digit call and a long distance 10-digit call without the caller providing the 1 prefix.

Effective March 1, 1995, when dialing a 10-digit number, it will be mandatory that Laboratory users dial 1 before the area code. This is consistent with what you must currently do when placing long distance calls from your residence.

All auto-dialed and abbreviated numbers that are programmed with long distance 10-digit numbers will have to be re-entered with the number 1 in front of the number. If you need assistance, contact the ICS Service Center, X7997.

It is recommended that you start to reprogram your phone if you use the auto dial or abbreviated dial features. If you don't already use the 1 when dialing long distance numbers, you can start doing so immediately. For more information, contact Cindy Wood at X4777.

UCLGBA conference

The 1995 UC Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Conference and General Assembly will be held Friday through Sunday, Feb. 17-19, on the UC Santa Barbara campus. The conference will consist of a series of workshops, presentations, and performances. LBL employees interested in attending the conference should contact Shirley Claire, X4521, or Brennan Kreller, X6566, co-chairs of LBL's Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Employee Association.

Calendar of Events --January 30 to February 10

Calendar items may be sent via e-mail to, Fax to X6641, or Lab mail to Bldg. 65B. The deadline is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

30 m o n d a y


Cliff Burgess, of McGill University, will discuss "An Effective Use of Precision Electroweak Measurements" at 2:30 p.m. in 430 Birge Hall on campus.


Rebecca E. Taylor and Edward J. Maginn, Chemical Engineering Ph.D. candidates, will discuss, respectively, "NMR Studies of the Dynamics of Polymers at Interfaces," and "Molecular Simulations of Hydrocarbon Adsorption and Diffusion in Zeolites," at 3:30 p.m. in the Pitzer Auditorium of Latimer Hall. Refreshments will be served on the Terrace, 30 minutes prior.


Dr. Fiona Harrison of the Space Radiation Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, will discuss "Imaging in the Hard X-ray/Soft Gamma-Ray Band: A New Perspective in Astrophysics," at 4:30 p.m. in 1 Le Conte Hall.

31 t u e s d a y


Ken-ichi Tanaka, of the University of Tokyo, Japan, will speak on "Chemical Reconstruction Taking Place on Alloy and Bimetallic Surfaces" at 1:30 p.m. in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.

1 w e d n e s d a y


There will be a computerized
display of African-American
artifacts in the foyer of the
Dining Center, Mondays-Fridays,
8 a.m.-5 p.m., during February.


Professor Victor Benderskii of the Institute for Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Chernogolovka, Moscow will speak on "Semiclassical Approach to Multidimensional Tunneling in Non-Rigid Molecules and Molecular Complexes" at 2 p.m. in 425 Latimer Hall.

2 t h u r s d a y


Dr. Stevan Jovanovich of the Environmental Research Program will speak on "Robotic Screening for Microorganisms that Detoxify CR(VI)" at 9 a.m. in Bldg 90-3148.


Researchers Marc Fischer and Karina Garbesi of the Indoor Environment Program will address "Spatial and Temporal Variability in C02 Respiration from a Subalpine Meadow Ecosystem: Toward Balancing the Global Carbon Budget" at noon in Bldg. 90-3148.


D. Land of UC Davis will discuss "The Kinetics and Mechanism of Acetylene Cyclization Reactions on Pd(111)" at 1:30 p.m. in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.


Dr. Quan Sheng Shu of DESY, Germany, will address "Technical Challenges of Superconductivity and Cryogenics in Pursuing TESLA Test Facility" at 3 p.m. in the Bldg. 71 conference room.


Dr. Martha Mecartney from UC Irvine will discuss "Microstructural Design of Crystalline Oxide Thin Films via Sol-Gel Routes" at 4:10 p.m. in 105 Northgate Hall.

3 f r i d a y


General discussion, 11:30 a.m. -1:30, in the Dining Center conference room.


"Weak Chemical Bonds and Anisotropies of Van Der Waals Forces by Scattering of Beams of Aligned Atoms and Molecules" will be discussed by Professor Vincenzo Aquilanti of the Department of Chemistry, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy, at 2 p.m. in 425 Latimer Hall.

6 m o n d a y


Dr. Shirley Moore, associate professor of history at California State University, Sacramento, will present a talk, "No Cold Weather to Grapple With," a discussion of the migration of African Americans from the South to California, from noon to 1 p.m.
in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium.


Dr. Kathleen C. Taylor, of the Physical Chemistry Department of General Motors Corp., Warren, Mich., will address "Catalytic Exhaust Emission Control" at 4 p.m. in Pitzer Auditorium, Latimer Hall.

7 t u e s d a y


"Radiation Protection - Radiological Worker I" (EHS 430) will take place from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. on Feb. 7 and 9. Call X6612 to register or fax registration to X6608.

"Lockout/Tagout Training" (EHS 256/257) will be offered from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. in Bldg. 90-4133. Call X6612 to register, or fax registration requests to X6608.

8 w e d n e s d a y


"First Aid" (EHS 116) will be held 8 a.m.-noon in Bldg. 48-109. Call X6554 to pre-register.

9 t h u r s d a y


"An Industrial Approach to Remediation" will be presented by Dr. George Pierce of CYTEC, Linden, NJ, at 10 a.m. in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium.


"Machine Tool Safeguarding" (EHS 245) will be offered from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Call X6612 to register, or fax registration to X6608.


Visiting Practitioner David Cohen, bicycle activist and co-founder of PedEx, a non-motorized delivery service company, will speak on "Cargo Bicycles - A Traditional Solution to a Modern Problem," at noon in Bldg. 90-3148.


Actress, comedienne and storyteller Marijo returns to LBL this year to perform from noon-1 p.m. in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium.


A. Nilsson, of LBL and Uppsala University, Sweden, will discuss "Local Probing of the Surface Chemical Bond Using Core Level Spectroscopies," at 1:30 p.m. in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.


Mary Ann Plano will speak on Crystallume `CVD Diamond Films for Electronic Applications,' at 4 p.m. in 105 Northgate Hall.

10 f r i d a y


"Fire Extinguisher Use" (EHS 530) will be offered 10:00-11:30 a.m. in Bldg. 48-109. Preregistration is required; call X6554.


Prof. Minh Duong-van, of LLNL and Stanford Children's Hospital, will

speak on "Chaos of the Heart and its Control," at 10:30 a.m. in the Bldg. 71 conference room.

Currents online edition

The full text of each edition of Currents is published electronically on the World Wide Web at the following URL:

Dining Center -- January 30 to February 3


Sadie's Early Bird: Buckwheat-banana pancakes w/coffee $2.05

Soup of the Day: Split pea w/ham reg. $1.35 lg. $1.95

Bistro Fare: Turkey tetrazzini w/green beans & Focaccia bread $3.95

Passports: South of the Border a la carte

Sadie's Grill: BBQ beef on a bun w/fries $3.05


Sadie's Early Bird: Smoked pork chop, eggs & hash browns $3.40

Soup of the Day: Vegetarian chili reg. $1.35 lg. $1.95

Bistro Fare: Beef & broccoli stir fry over rice $3.95

Passports: South of the Border

Sadie's Grill: Fishwich & fries $3.05


Sadie's Early Bird: Breakfast sandwich w/coffee $2.60

Soup of the Day: Chicken w/rice reg. $1.35 lg. $1.95

Bistro Fare: Pork roast w/onions, & potatoes, gravy & vegetables $3.95

Passports: South of the Border a la carte

Sadie's Grill: Grilled ham & cheese on rye w/potato salad $3.05


Sadie's Early Bird: Big blueberry pancakes $1.95

Soup of the Day: Jambalaya reg. $1.35 lg. $1.95

Bistro Fare: Southern fried catfish w/corn relish salad & red beans $3.95

Sadie's Grill: Santa Fe chicken sandwich w/spicy fries $3.75


Sadie's Early Bird: Ham scramble $2.50

Soup of the Day: Creamy clam chowder reg. $1.35 lg. $1.95

Bistro Fare: Pasta Piatti! $3.95

Sadie's Grill: Philly cheese steak sandwich & fries $3.95

Cafeteria raises a few prices

Cafeteria manager Kathy Taylor has announced that effective Monday, Jan. 30, there will be a slight price increase on a select few food items due to increased costs. The price increase, which is the first cafeteria has seen in several years, will affect only those items which have become more expensive to purchase.

Science Bowl needs volunteers

The 1995 LBL Regional Science Bowl will be held at the Laboratory on Saturday, Feb. 25. Volunteers are needed as judges, moderators, time keepers, and many other positions. Graduate students are especially encouraged to volunteer, but anyone is welcome to participate in this fun and educational event.

Students from 16 Bay Area high schools will participate in the day-long event. The double-elimination competition will be question-and-answer with buzzers, judges, and time-keepers. Questions will be drawn from a variety of scientific disciplines. The winning team will go to the National Science Bowl, to be held in April in Washington, D.C. The 1993 national winner was LBL-sponsored Albany High School.

To volunteer, contact Karin Levy at X5513.

Construction and parking don't mix

The Facilities Department is managing substantial construction projects, some of which require large equipment on the site. From time to time parking places must be blocked off so that the equipment can come in and do its job.

Fred Lothrop, manager of Site Assess Services, reminds us that these blocked off places are NO PARKING. Moving the barricades and parking in those spaces is illegal and you are subject to citation from the UC Police Department. This is not a problem that is going away soon. Heed the barricades and park elsewhere. (It will be much easier on your pocketbook!)

Metric notes

A variety of hand tools and other laboratory supplies in metric sizes are available through Stores. Many traditionally non-Stores items, such as metric fasteners, are now offered as well. For a list of the metric items available, contact Paul Hootman at X4524.


Flea Market ads may be sent via e-mail to, Fax to X6641, or Lab mail to Bldg. 65B. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday.


'80 FORD 3/4-ton 4x4 pickup truck w/camper shell, gd cond., engine great, $3400/b.o. Bob, X7670, 432-2383

'80 HONDA Prelude, runs/looks great, a/t, a/c, new stereo, sunroof, $1000. Emily, 547-0727

'85 BUICK Le Sabre, 8-cyl., 115K mi., fully powered, a/c, new brakes & tires, snow chains & ski rack, runs great, $2900. Lotti, X6631, 649-0427

'90 MAZDA Miata, red, fully loaded, low mileage, alarm, $11,500. 415/593-5234

'90 TOYOTA Celica, 2-dr sport coupe, loaded, racing stripe, thin windbar, special paint, cherry cond., 66K mi., book $9500, asking $8500/b.o. 637-1871 (days), 674-1303 (eves)

WHEELS, kmc, alloy custom, fit Toyota or Chevy, 15x10, $225/b.o. Bob, X7670, 432-2383


BICYCLE for 13-yr-old girl. Ian, X4174, 548-7102

GOOD HOME for deserving dog; gd-natured, athletic, youthful (3-5 yr old) male German shorthair; handsome, great watchdog, friendly & puppy-like; wary of (human) males, but responds quickly to love & attention. X7156

MOTORCYCLE: Honda Shadow or Kawasaki Vulcan, 700 cc or bigger. Doug, X6626, 526-4644

PHISH TAPES, looking to trade, save on postage! Have HQ 10/28, 10/31, 11/18 & 12/2 '94s & more. Mike, X7857.

TODDLER CAR SEAT, baby backpack w/belt. Peter, X7653, 530-3044

UKULELES to donate to 3rd grade class at Jefferson School in Berk. Will receive wonderful thank-you letter in return.

VHS VCR, good cond. Keith, X5141, 548-2005


MAN'S RING, on rd nr Bldg 17,
1/19. Martin, X5806, X6235

BLUE ADDRESS BOOK, found on walkway between Bevatron Circle and Bldg. 65. Jean, X5678.


BICYCLE, Specialized Hardrock mtn bike, 18" frame w/21 spds, only 3 short rides since new, absolutely perfect, $200/b.o. David, X4629, 415/927-7258

CAMERA, Canon T50, 35mm slr, electron. program. auto. exposure, flash, 80-200 mm f3.9 1-touch macro zoom lens, cover, strap, v. gd working order, $100. Ron, 837-3914

CAMERAS, Minolta XD-11 & X-700 bodies w/many MD lenses. Fred, X4892

COMPUTER SYSTEM, Mac IIsi, 5-mb ram, 80-mb hd, mouse, Apple extended keybd, Apple 13" hi-res color (Trinitron) monitor, all cables & documents, system v. little used in home environment, asking $850. Rob, X4920

COUCH, custom-designed 9-ft, nearly new, $600/b.o. Karin, 254-1551

DOUBLE BED & wd hdbd, 6 mos. old, $60/b.o. Willie, 452-4486 (eves) or Valerie, 642-4077 (days)

ELECTRONIC TYPEWRITER, Brother model CE50, like new, barely used, $40. Doug, X6626, 526-4644

MOVING SALE, all must go by 2/18, oak desk $70, sofa w/futon $50, coffee table $10, dining table $30, 22" Sony color TV $70, queen waterbed, hdbd w/mirror & shelves $150, misc. household items, Lotti, X6631, 649-0427

PEDESTAL BED, queen size dark stained oak, w/hdbd, mattress, $150. Doug, X7141, 825-7717

PIANO, 1913 Kranich & Bach "Cabinet Grand" upright, needs some work, make offer. 724-4635

PRINTER, Epson FX100 dot matrix $50. Don, X4656

RAFT, white-water, 12-ft, new elec. trolling motor, both $495/b.o., will separate. Bob, X7670, 432-2383

SKI EQUIP. for kids, downhill skis sizes 120 & 140 w/poles & boots, $45 ea. set. Ivana, 524-9039

SKI TICKETS, discount, Alpine Meadows. Ron, X4410, 276-8079

SKI TICKETS, $5 discount all-day adult, at Kirkwood, gd til 5/15. Pepi, X6502

SKI TICKETS, Heavenly Valley, 3 adult ($39 ea.), 1 child all-day lesson w/equip. & lunch $45, gd til end `95 season. Bob, X4580, 229-5549

TABLE, wood painted white, 45"x30," w/4 chairs, $20; REI fiberfill summer sleeping bag, $20; ficus house plant, 5-ft tall, 19" pot, $10. Linda, X4817, 236-6331

ZOOM LENS, Tokina AT-X 24-40mm, f/2.8 manual focus, v. clean, exc. cond. Stephanie, X4317, 849-3955


ALBANY, 10-rm house, 2 bdrms, 1.5 bths, 2-car garage, formal dining rm, basement, $1365/mo.+1st & last+$1100 dep. Frank, X6077, 707/745-1436

BERKELEY, furn. studio w/skylight, tall ceilings, parking, 15-min. walk to UC/LBL, avail. 3/1. $485/mo. 548-9869

BERKELEY, semi-furn. 1-bdrm unit w/parking, 15-min. walk to UC/LBL shuttle, avail. 3/1. $505/mo. 540-0385

BERKELEY, upstairs furn. 1-bdrm, 5-min. walk to UC/LBL shuttle, avail. mid-Feb., $615/mo. incl. parking, water, heat. 527-1358

BERKELEY HILLS, furn. rm in priv. home; on Euclid/Cedar Ave.; 5 blks from campus; kitch. privileges; wash./dry.; deck; view of SF/bay; nr transp./shops/Rose Garden; no smoking or pets; pref. visitng scholar or FT working person, $450+util. Laura, 548-1287 (h), 643-0436 (w)

EL CERRITO, lg. 3-bdrm 2-bth apt w/patio, carport, laund. fac., nr Plaza/BART/bus, 1-yr lease, $975/mo.+sec. dep. 222-5780 aft. 6 p.m.

LIVERMORE, 2 rms, full bth, own entrance, range, refrig., wash./dry., children welcome, pets ok, $450+utils. 373-1023

MENDOCINO coast, 8 acres, secluded 3-bdrm, 2-bth house, river & ocean view 3 mi. west, 700-ft. elev., grassland, mature forest, gardens, avail. May. $900. Photos. 707/937-4015

MONTCLAIR, share old house in woods on 3/4-acre with 2 men,1 woman, mid-'30s, 2 cats, 2 goats, sunny upstairs bedrm+space for dance, art, music, gardening. $375. Matty, X4167, 339-2340

N. BERKELEY, 2-story studio cottage, newly remodelled, many windows & skylights, new carpet & wd flrs, granite counters, hot tub, wash./dry., sundeck & patio, wooded views, walk to LBL shuttle, shops, etc., avail. 3/1, $800/mo. Sarah, X5541, 486-0457 (eves)

N. BERKELEY, small furn. studio apt (1 rm, kitch., bth) in 5-unit Victorian, laund. fac. in bldg, garden shared by other tenants, no offstreet parking, pref. non-smok., no pets, nr campus, gourmet ghetto, avail. 2/1, $577.08/mo. incl. utils., 1st, last & $200 sec. dep. Carol, 229-4901

1-bdrm apt, pool, saunas, undergrnd parking, walk to shops, restaurants, movies, $700/month. 486-7472, 547-0727 aft. 4 p.m.

PT. RICHMOND, spacious 2-bdrm
2-bth condo. w/panoramic view, no smokers or pets, $1200/mo./b.o. 895-3584 msg.

WALNUT CREEK, 2-bdrm 1-bth house in quiet wooded setting, hdwd flrs, new appliances, no smokers or pets, avail. 2/1. $975/mo. 895-3584 msg.

WANTED: furn. 2-3 bdrm in Berk.
6/1-8/31 for visiting German professor. Reinhard, X7870.

WANTED: apt or house to rent in Berk. for retired visiting professor & wife, 3/28-4/30 (dates flex.), non-smok., no pets, v. quiet & neat. 548-3877


BAHAMAS, 1-bdrm condo. on beach, sleeps 4, every amenity, Taino Beach Resort Club, 2 mos. adv. notice, $500/wk (Sat.-Sat.). 528-1614


ALAMEDA, 2100 sq. ft, 3-bdrm, 2-bth, 2 bonus rooms, hdwd flrs, stained glass windows, nr Webster St./schools/trans., $221000. Joseph/Eva, 357-5298

ROSSMOOR (co-op for those 55 & older only), spacious 2-bdrm, 2-bth, veranda w/view, wood-slat shades, like-new carpet, lino., appliances in top cond., nr clubhouse/golf/swimming, $54,500, $475/mo. covers mort. bal. ($10K), landscape maint., security, etc. 524-9473


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