By Monica Friedlander
It was back in 1978 that Harvey Levy first bounced around the notion of
organizing a labwide foot-race. "I hope you and your 12 friends have a good
time," a colleague told him.
As it turned out, Levy's "friends" numbered in the hundreds -- and his somewhat
skeptical colleague gave up smoking to shape up for Ber-keley Lab's first
Just like they do now, the participants took off at the Firehouse and then
huffed and puffed, laughed, cheered and competed their way up and down the
rolling Berkeley Lab hills in an event that would instantly turn into the Lab's
best attended social event of the year.
More than two decades later, little seems to have changed. As the 700-plus
runners, walkers and bikers gathered at the starting line last Friday on a hot
Indian summer day, the same mix of competitiveness, goofiness and good
old-fashioned fun prevailed.
This year's champions are Gregory Hura, with a time of 10 minutes and 8.3
seconds, and Jamie Bascom, with 11 minutes and 27.4 seconds. Both work in the
Life Sciences Division. Hura also won the race last year, and Bascom holds the
distinction of having the second-best time for a woman in the Runaround's
history. The only woman to have ever finished faster was Sarah Tabbutt, who won
four years in a row from 1982 to 1985.
Stephen Derenzo, who has coordinated the Runaround for all but its first couple
of years, says participation has increased over the years as more walkers
"I remember when three people in our building ran and everyone else was
cheering," Derenzo says. "Now no one is cheering. Everyone's walking or
Derenzo credits growing institutional and administrative support at the Lab
with the long-term success of the event. "It's more and more official and
organized," he says. "It has become part of Lab culture. Staff is assigned from
the Employee Activities Association, the roads are closed to traffic. We have
the administration to thank for that. Even the decorations and refreshments are
better. We had $1000's worth of refreshments this year. Harvey [Levy] would
have fallen off his chair."
Levy, however, was more than happy with the support he got the very first time
around. In fact, it was then-Lab Director Andy Sessler who made it possible for
Levy to turn his idea into reality. Serendipitously, the two of them literally
ran into each other while Sessler was finishing an exhausting run in Tilden
"I approached him when he was in a weakened state," Levy jokes. "He thought it
was a great idea. He just gave me carte blanche to do whatever I needed, and
the rest is history."
Levy put together a proposal, picked a course -- one that's challenging enough
for the serious runners yet manageable for the novices -- found someone (George
Kapus) to design the logo and T-shirts, and even organized a raffle to help
defray the costs. This was no small undertaking. "He did more work than I
liked," quipped his boss, Paul Stagnaro, a technical supervisor in Facilities.
"But it was well worth it."
* * *
Sessler was not the only high profile participant that first year. Among
others, Glenn Seaborg jumped on Levy's bandwagon in 1978. In later years he did
not take part in the actual race, but stayed involved in various capacities,
such as official starter. Sometimes he would give startled bystanders a chuckle
by jumping through the finish line and having his picture taken, arms up in
victory -- all in the spirit of fun. Last Friday, before the awarding of
prizes, Derenzo asked the crowd to observe a moment of silence in memory of the
1951 Nobel Prize winner and Run-around supporter who passed away early this
Now a corporate consultant, Levy stayed at the Lab for only a couple of years
after starting the Runaround. But his approach to the event prevails to this
day. What Levy wanted was to create a fun event, not merely an athletic race.
"I tried desperately to make it a joke," he says. "They had a run at Livermore,
but it looked too serious. I wanted to take the seriousness out of it and at
the same time give runners a chance to get involved."
Levy was a little amused, in fact, when his successor brought professional
expertise to the venture. "He brought measuring tape and I thought it was
funny. We didn't care, we just had fun."
Derenzo, a scientist who works at the Center for Functional Imaging, is a
serious marathon runner himself. At the time he took over the Runaround he was
already involved with organizing local club races and had the know-how to
organize an event of this scope.
"The race needed good time keeping and results, and someone who knew about the
technical aspects of accurate measurements," he says.
He first measured the course with a measuring wheel, then upgraded the battery
timers and eventually wrote a computer program for accurate time-keeping, which
is being used to this day. Derenzo's stewardship of the event doesn't end until
literally the very last minute. Even on the day of the event he gets an early
start: he first marks the course with his 25-pound flour sack, then checks to
make sure everything is on track organization-wise, and finally gives
participants instructions before jumping into the starting line himself.
"To his credit," Levy says, "[Derenzo] maintained the goofiness of the
Runaround. He did a fine job and drew people in."
To this day the Runaround still has what Levy calls "the categories of
absurdity" -- from best legs and best biceps to best costume and most pregnant
woman. The logo in 1978 was the frog, and in addition to the champion frogs,
awards included "Top Frog" to Andrew Sessler and "Nobel Frog" to Glenn Seaborg
for their support of the event. Levy rented a frog costume of his own, but as
luck would have it, the founder of the Runaround was sidelined with an injury
right before the event and had to settle for cheering everyone else on -- in
frog costume, nonetheless.
Derenzo remembers the whimsical atmosphere continuing over the years, with such
memorable entries as Mark Phillips, who in 1986 ran the entire race backwards,
signed his name backwards at the finish line, and had his name printed
backwards on the official results list.
Runaround coordinator Stephen Derenzo
assesses the entry for the best biceps
The light-hearted approach, however, was never meant to undermine the
seriousness of the race for the elite runners who give it their all to be first
across the finish line. Moreover, Derenzo says, the Runaround gives everyone --
from the marathon runner to the casual walker -- a reason to stay in shape and
"When people plan a race, they think about it for months ahead of time. Even
for three kilometers they put in 30 kilometers for preparation. It's a big
Although the Runaround appears to grind along like a well-oiled machine --
which it largely does -- Derenzo worries that people may take things for
granted. "The organizational structure is more fragile than people think," he
says. "There are countless people involved. And even at the best of times there
is always a crisis of some kind." This year, for example, the organizers had to
rent chairs and tables at the last minute when they could not be obtained from
the regular source.
Over the past few years the event has added a non-competitive Bikearound as
well, which starts half an hour before the main event. Meanwhile, some other
modes of transportation, such as rollerblading, popular in 1978, have been
eliminated for safety reasons.
Regardless of the individual approach to the Runaround, everyone agrees that
what makes the event such a success is the community spirit it engenders.
Whether the participants are retirees or competitive marathon runners, store
keepers or Nobel Prize winners, during the Runaround they're all in it
"The Runaround creates a sense of family," Levy says. "At least for one day,
people are in it elbow to elbow."
Full Runaround results will soon be pos-ted on the Runaround website at http://cfi.lbl.gov/~derenzo/runaround/.
- Runaround coordinator: Stephen Derenzo
- EAA representative: Kathy Gray
- Protective Services: Don Bell
- Prizes and water table staff: USE credit union
- Official starter: Pier Oddone
- Publicity: Public Information Department
- T-shirt design: Flavio Robles
- Radio crew organizer:Alan Biocca
- Awards and results tabulation chair: Mary Clary
- Course monitor organizer: Mike Bouchard
- First aid table: Barbara Brown and Judy Kody
- Refreshments committee chair: Mary Oxnam
- Decorations committee chair: Dorothy Parker
- Finisher card committee chair: Anne Fleming
- T-shirt distribution committee chair: Sam Vanecek
- Finish area setup committee chair: Richard Dicely
- Finish area band: Steve Blair and company
- Timing committee chair: Jimmie Johnson
- Pencil table committee chair: Del Thomas
By Paul Preuss
Even before the U.S. Senate's failure last week to ratify the
Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, the political challenges of monitoring nuclear
testing around the world were proving more intricate than the technical
challenges -- politics among the treaty's 155 signatory nations, and among the
201 staff members of the Treaty Organization's Preparatory Committee (PrepCom)
Earlier this year, Deb Agarwal of the Lab's Information and Computing Sciences
Division served as a "cost-free expert" on information technology, on loan from
the U.S. Department of Energy to PrepCom's Provisional Technical Secretariat.
After a stay this spring in Vienna, where the treaty organization is
headquartered, and another visit last month, Agarwal has a new appreciation of
how things get done in the international arena.
Agarwal was in Vienna to advise on the practicality, economy and security of
`reliable multicasting,' a method of transmitting data to multiple receivers at
once and retransmitting, if necessary, to insure that nothing is lost. "I
reported to the people responsible for setting up the Global Communication
Infrastructure, the private network that will transmit data from the detecting
stations to the International Data Center."
Eventually more than 321 sensors will feed data to the International Data
Center through dedicated earth stations and satellites. Fifty primary seismic
monitoring stations around the world will transmit continuously, backed up by
another 120 stations sending sample information; 11 hydroacoustic stations will
pick up sounds transmitted great distances underwater. Sixty "infrasound"
arrays will receive low-frequency sound waves carried primarily through the
ground, and 80 radionuclide stations will sample the air.
"Originally the idea was that all this data would flow directly from each
sensor to the International Data Center, where it would be analyzed and then
shared with all the states that requested it -- that's called the `basic
topology,'" says Agarwal. "Then some countries wanted a `partitioned
subnetwork' -- the network hook-up would be the same, but national centers
would get the data, then forward it to the international center. In an
`independent subnetwork,' each state would maintain its own network from the
sensors to their national center, and then forward the data to the
Every extra link in the chain increases the chance of transmission error or
failure; since the treaty demands overall reliability of 98 percent, each link
must be more than 99.5 percent reliable. This seemed an obvious job for
"The network people were thrilled with the idea," Agrawal continued, "so I
started to write up a preliminary report for the May meeting of PrepCom's
technical working group. Then the International Data-Center people said, `Wait
a minute. If this data goes to more than one receiver, it could end up going
straight to some of the subscriber countries without going through us. The
treaty says we're supposed to be the central site.'"
The result was a "two-week-long, knock-down, drag-out fight to keep me from
even presenting the preliminary report," Agarwal says. "These guys were
fighting for their place in the verification system and were concerned that
they might appear to be advocating a technology that was against the treaty."
Although Agarwal's preliminary report was finally published at the meeting, "I
had brought up a lot of politically sensitive things unintentionally by
suggesting multiple receivers of the data," she says. "Governing bodies in some
countries had been persuaded to sign the treaty on the basis that their data
was going to an international center. Raw sensor data can reveal a lot of
things one country may not want another country to know about right away,
besides nuclear explosions -- earthquakes or troop movements or reactor
accidents, for example."
After the May meeting, Agarwal completed her study. Multicast technology proved
to work well in the organization's network; although its potential cost savings
were minimal, its great advantage was reliability -- even if confined to
transmitting data to the International Data Center and a country's own data
"Still, the fight over publishing that report was even harder than over the
first one," Agarwal says, and the upshot was that her expert services were
temporarily declined by the Provisional Technical Secretariat, "because they
didn't want to be seen as pushing this technology."
Agarwal attended the September Working Group meeting as a member of the U.S.
delegation -- her report made available only because the task leader of the
communications group added it as a 14-page amendment to the group's agenda.
Despite support from this quarter, however, Agarwal was sure that reliable
multicasting would fall victim to international nerves and internal turf wars.
"I really thought my report had killed it."
Then, on the last day of the meeting, "a member of one of the European
delegations came up to me and said, `Deb, we want to use multicasting for our
station's data.'" Since they had to establish a link from the station to their
own data center, in addition to the link to the International Data Center, they
saw multicasting as an opportunity to get the data to both places reliably and
save money, too. Agarwal hopes that if this national multicasting experiment
can be put in place, it may serve to allay the fears of other nations.
Is the effort still worthwhile, now that the U.S. has refused to ratify a
treaty that cannot officially go into effect without that ratification?
"Whether every country has ratified the treaty or not, once the International
Monitoring System is in place and the Global Communications Infrastructure and
International Data Center are up and running, no nuclear explosion anywhere in
the world should escape notice," says Agarwal. "That's something worth doing by
itself. It is still my hope despite the recent setback that the treaty will
obtain the necessary ratifications and enter into force."
The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization Preparatory Committee's Home
Page is at http://www.ctbto.org/. The U.S. Department of Energy's research and
development program on behalf of the treaty is detailed at
http://www.ctbt.rnd.doe.gov/ctbt/. For more about Deb Agarwal's experiences with the
PrepCom, see her report on "CTBTO Cost-Free Multicasting Expert" and related
links at http://www-itg.lbl.gov/~deba/CTBTO/.
By Ron Kolb
Berkeley Lab will play a significant role in a bold new initiative in health
sciences research announced recently by the University of California at
Promising to "help set the national agenda for health sciences in the new
century," UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Berdahl announced the Health Sciences
Initiative at a press conference on Oct. 6. The half-billion-dollar proposal
will unite physical and biological scientists and engineers to enhance human
health in a variety of ways.
The initiative will pay for two new buildings, to be built on campus at a cost
of $300 million, and will involve as many as 400 researchers -- both current UC
employees and new hires from the fields of biology, public health, psychology,
physics, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science.
"This will be a new way of doing health science, a new approach to the pursuit
of discovery," Berdahl said. "This is innovative, boundary-crossing research
that brings together traditionally separate fields to solve some of the most
important health problems." Outcomes could include new developments in cancer
treatment and medical imaging, therapies for brain and spinal cord injuries,
and the understanding and treatment of genetic and infectious diseases and the
onset of dementias in old age.
Berdahl and other speakers at the news conference cited Berkeley Lab several
times as a facility critical to the success of the program by bringing both
scientific expertise and world-class instrumentation to the collaboration.
Executive Vice Chancellor Carol Christ credited Laboratory Director Charles
Shank with the vision that helped catalyze the initiative.
"Chuck ShankÖsaid something a few years ago that has often resonated in my
mind," Christ said. "He said the greatest challenges of twentieth century
science came from reducing problems to their most fundamental elements; the
great challenges of twenty-first century science will come from understanding
complexity. We want to create the circumstances that allow our scientists to
meet the challenges of understanding complexity."
She also noted, "The Lawrence Berkeley National Lab will provide an enormously
powerful set of tools and capabilities, ranging from the genome project to the
Advanced Light Source."
Among those participating in the announcement as part of the Health Sciences
Initiative were Berkeley Lab's Alexander Pines, Tom Budinger and Ron Gronsky,
all of whom hold joint appointments on campus. Deputy Director Pier Oddone and
Physical Biosciences Division Director Graham Fleming also attended. Key
initiative researchers include Carolyn Bertozzi and Eva Nogales.
Material scientist Ron Gronsky spoke about the engineering challenges inherent
in the initiative's objectives, including advances in imaging, bioinformatics,
micro-electromechanical systems, and robots. "We are so fortunate to have a
national laboratory with us, that allows us to do things that very few others
are able to do," he said.
Pines spoke about his work in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and
the challenges of characterizing molecular structure. He highlighted his
efforts to "brighten the picture of NMR using lasers" in a collaboration with
colleague Tom Budinger of the Center for Functional Imaging.
Alexander Pines was among the
speakers at the Oct. 6 press
conference announcing UC's Health
Sciences Initiative. Pines, one of
the Lab participants in the project,
highlighted the Laboratory's work
in the cutting-edge areas of nuclear
and magnetic resonance imaging.
"Tom is pushing the envelope in magnetic fields, pushing the frontier of
high-field MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)," Pines said. He also mentioned
another lab collaborator, John Clarke, and their combined efforts to develop
MRI without magnets, using a new class of detectors.
Budinger noted that the Health Sciences Initiative is special in its
involvement with the undergraduate program on campus. "This is being put right
into the curriculum," he told reporters. "I claim that here, we're at the
forefront. [The Initiative] affects students at a number of levels. The idea of
linking mathematics with biology, and bringing these teaching programs
together, is unique."
Berdahl said this kind of focus on health sciences research at a campus that
has no medical school is unprecedented. "We're at the forefront of a movement
that approaches health care through the basic sciences in various
Christ referred to the two prospective new buildings as "new communities of
scientists. One will combine biologists, physicists, chemists and engineers;
the other will bring together faculty in public health, in immunology, and in
neuroscience. These new neighborhoods, in which faculty are not contained in
their departments, will foster interdisciplinary collaboration."
The Initiative will be implemented over the next four to five years, according
to Berdahl. About $124 million in private gifts and state support has already
been committed for the public health and neuroscience building, proposed for
the west end of campus, and for the molecular engineering and bioengineering
building, which will go up on the old Stanley Hall site at the east end.
After a two-year hiatus, Berkeley Lab's Open House will return in the year 2000
with new themes and an increased emphasis on science careers and education.
Third in a series of public events that open the Laboratory's doors to the
community for a day, next year's version will be the first offered in the
spring - Saturday, May 6, 2000.
The previous two Open Houses, both held in the fall, drew an estimated 5,000
visitors each to tour the facilities, hear scientific talks and enjoy food and
Open House 2000 will do all that, but with a few new twists. A "science
festival" will attract students from throughout the region and provide a
"passport" experience in four thematic areas -- particles and matter, biology
and the genome, home energy and the environment, and computing. A family
science tent of interactive activities for younger children will also be
In addition, a Job and Career Fair will highlight the opportunities available
to prospective employees in many fields of science and scientific support.
Programs and divisions are encouraged to begin planning their participation. A
call will be issued soon to identify unit coordinators to work with the Open
House Planning Task Force. Finally, volunteers will be sought to contribute to
planning and staging activities.
Ideas, advice and questions are welcome and may be sent to Ron Kolb,
coordinator for Open House 2000, at email@example.com. Look for more details in
future issues of Currents.
RHIC Commissioned at Brookhaven
October 4 saw the official commissioning of the $600-million Relativistic Heavy
Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The world's newest and
biggest particle accelerator for nuclear physics research is a product of an
international collaboration that included many scientists and engineers from
Berkeley Lab. It is expected to recreate conditions believed to have existed in
the universe just after the Big Bang.
"This is a remarkable moment for science," said Energy Secretary Bill
Richardson, who was on hand for the commissioning ceremonies. "This new
accelerator, which was completed on schedule and on budget, will be the only
place in the world where researchers can do this kind of physics."
Said BNL director John Marburger, "We at Brookhaven are thrilled to present to
the international science community a world-class facility for the 21st
RHIC features a pair of synchrotron rings inside a tunnel 3.8 kilometers (2.4
miles) in circumference. Beams of heavy ions -- atoms stripped of electrons
from heavy elements such as gold -- traveling through these rings in opposite
directions at nearly the speed of light will be forced to collide, liberating
up to 36 trillion electron volts of energy in a volume comparable to that of an
This enormous energy density will create new matter at a temperature ten
thousand times that of the sun. Such conditions should create a quark-gluon
plasma, something that cannot be done at existing accelerator facilities
anywhere else in the world.
The information to be extracted from the study of quark-gluon plasmas should
have applications not only in nuclear physics, but in particle and astrophysics
as well. To acquire this information, RHIC will rely on two giant detectors,
STAR and PHENIX, and two smaller detectors, PHOBOS and BRAHMS. STAR, which
stands for Solenoidal Tracker at RHIC, is the first to be finished and one of
the most complex detectors ever constructed.
Its centerpiece is a large-volume Time Projection Chamber designed and built at
Berkeley Lab under the leadership of Jay Marx in the Nuclear Science
Division.-- Lynn Yarris
On Monday, Oct. 18, Berkeley Lab dedicated a memorial bench in front of Bldg.
70A in memory of Earl Hyde, esteemed chemist and the Laboratory's first deputy
Joining members of Hyde's family at the dedication were current Lab Director
Charles Shank (sitting in the middle) and former director Andy Sessler (right,
Hyde, who died on March 3, 1997 at the age of 76, worked at the Lab from 1949
to 1986. Sessler named him to be the Lab's first deputy director in 1973.
Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt
By Paul Preuss
A segment of "At Discovery Canada," a science show that aired recently on the
Discovery Channel up north, featured a long segment on the work of Adam
Hitchcock at the Advanced Light Source.
Hitchcock, a visiting chemistry professor from McMaster University in Ontario,
discussed his work on polymers using soft x-ray microscopy on Beamline 7.0. He
also gave an excellent introduction to the principle of synchrotron light,
which the show's hosts used to preview the Canadian Light Source now under
construction at the University of Saskatchewan. The show can be seen on the web
at http://exn.ca/news/video/19990927-atdisco.ram (for Hitchcock's segment, be
sure to slide past the first 41 minutes and 30 seconds).
In a separate project, Daniel Shannon and Daphne Pontbriand of Shanda
Productions in Montreal, Quebec, visited the lab of Robert Cheng to film a
segment for their new series on space flight. Using specially designed
experimental gear, Cheng has done combustion research on numerous flights
aboard NASA's KC-135 "vomit comet;" in the course of this fundamental research
he has become a leading authority on the behavior of fire under conditions of
Finally, all the way from Tel Aviv, Israel, came producer Herb Krosney and his
crew to film a series on the history of nuclear medicine, destined for the
History Channel. Krosney's crew interviewed Al Ghiorso on the roof of Bldg. 71,
with the Lab's great historical accelerators, the Bevatron and the 184-Inch
Cyclotron (reborn as the ALS) in the background.
Krosney also enlisted the aid of Sheri Brenner of TEID's Audio-Visual Services
in locating historic footage of experimental medical techniques using heavy ion
In light of the failure of the U.S. Senate to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban
Treaty last week, Energy Secretary Bill Richardson has directed DOE
Undersecretary Ernest P. Moniz to undertake a comprehensive internal review of
the Stockpile Stewardship Program that will assess the fitness of the program's
structure "in meeting current and long term needs for certifying the
In the post Cold War era, Richardson said, "we are dependent on a new set of
facilities and scientific resources" to maintain the nuclear deterrent, a task
that will require the Administration and Congress to work together "whether or
not a Test Ban Treaty is ratified."
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Is your computer running a little rough? Has performance fallen off? Does it
crash when you need it most? If so, maybe it's time for a desktop tune-up.
The Mac/PC Support Group in the Computing Infrastructure Support Department is
now offering just such service that will identify problems and either fix them
or suggest corrections. Charlie Verboom, who supervises the group, says the
"tune-up" is similar to preventive car maintenance, aimed at keeping things
running well and preventing major breakdowns.
"We've identified a number of common conditions on computers that can be
annoying in the short run but also very disruptive in the long run," Verboom
said. "We use a pretty exhaustive checklist to address these potential
problems, as well as take care of a number of related functions at the same
The service costs $90 for a one-hour service call, although the price is fixed
even if the tune-up takes longer. A similar service will be offered for
supported Hewlett-Packard and Apple printers for the same price. Major repairs
and parts are not included.
Appointments will be scheduled in between other, more urgent calls as support
engineers are available.
Users will also be presented with available options for expanding the
capabilities of each computer and recommendations for improvements. Among
others, tune-up services include:
- Removing unnecessary items/ extensions
- Running tests from Norton Utilities 4
- Cleaning the memory and disk cache in Navigator and making IMAP mail
- Defragmenting the hard drive
- Upgrading Netscape to the latest version (4.51)
- Upgrading Microsoft Office 97 to SP2
- Removing Fprot and installing Norton 5 Virus with updates
- Checking network settings
- Cleaning the equipment
- Checking cables for wear.
The preventive maintenance for Apple and Hewlett-Packard printers will check
page counts, determine printer lifecycle, clean components, and replace toner
and cartridges where necessary.
To learn more about this new service, visit the website at http://www.lbl.gov/htdocs/CS/help/PMEXT.html. &Jon Bashor
Why should I contribute? Who benefits? Where does my contribution go? And what
options are available for donating?
As Berkeley Lab prepares for its employees' annual charitable giving campaign
in November - called SHARES - these questions become important to those
considering a gift. This year, employees will be able to get the answers at two
information fairs to be held next week.
The SHARES Fair West will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday,
Oct. 27, in the lobby of Bldg. 937 (the Berkeley Tower), where about 250 Lab
employees work. The SHARES Fair East will follow the next day, Oct. 28, in the
Lab cafeteria, also from 11:30 to 1:30.
As the official kickoff to the Lab's 1999 charitable giving campaign, the
SHARES Fairs will feature information tables with representatives from
Community Health Charities, the United Way of the Bay Area, Earth Share of
California, and the Bay Area Black United Fund, as well as representatives from
agencies served by these organizations. Additionally, there will be members of
some of the 23 local nonprofit agencies chosen by the Lab for their special
compatibility with Berkeley Lab's missions in science and education.
Eurest Dining Services is supporting the cafeteria fair with a special meal
deal -- a grilled hot dog, chips and soft drink for $2.19.
The Berkeley Lab campaign begins Monday, Nov. 1, and ends Wednesday, Nov. 24.
All Lab employees will receive a campaign packet the week of Nov. 1.
During each week of the campaign, employees who make a donation will be entered
in a prize drawing. Early donors will be eligible for drawings in each
subsequent week. Among the prizes are tickets for a San Francisco ferry trip,
meals at East Bay restaurants, clothing and more. The Lab's Computing
Infrastructure Support Department is donating four free desktop computer
tune-ups, a new service with a regular cost of $90. Donors should include their
prize ticket in their pledge form return envelope.
SHARES stands for Science for Health, Assistance, Resources, Education and
Services, which reflects the many outreach programs of community agencies which
will benefit from employee donations.
"Our goal is to make it easy and rewarding for every employee to find a
community organization to support, either with a one-time donation or through
monthly payroll deductions," said Ron Kolb, head of the Lab's Public
Communications Office and coordinator of this year's SHARES campaign. "With
hundreds of worthy choices available, we think that everyone here can find a
good reason to participate."
Information on the campaign and on the available agencies can be accessed
online at www.lbl.gov/shares/.
Denny Parra, Ralph Sallee, Matt Hilburn and John Christman are members of the
LBNL Golf Club, the winner of the annual DOE Golf Challenge held recently at
the Mira Vista Golf and Country Club in El Cerrito. Livermore Lab was second,
Sandia third, DOE-Oakland fourth, and SLAC fifth.
Individual honors went to Sallee, Christman, Parra, Victor Hou, and Matt
Hilburn. Other Lab team members included Bruce Hongola, Cam Stephens, Don
Weber, Ed Miller, Mark Campagna, and Nancy Sallee. The award plaque will soon
be displayed in the cafeteria trophy case.
Health Fair on Wednesday
The Benefits Office is sponsoring a Health Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 27, from
10:30 to 2:30 in Perseverance Hall. Representatives from UC-sponsored group
insurance health and welfare programs, including HMOs, dental, legal, and other
insurance carriers, will be on hand to provide information and answer
questions. Also planned during the event are health screening services and
A representative from National Instruments will be onsite the full week of Oct.
25-29 to teach a two-session LabView class. The first part, offered Monday
though Wednesday, will cover the basics, with Thursday and Friday focusing on
advanced topics. Either or both sessions may be taken.
The cost is $1,095 for the basics class and $399 for the advanced class. A
valid Lab account number is required. For more information contact Roger
Dwinell at X7701 or email@example.com.
Enhanced Access to ACA Journals
Lab employees now have online access to 34 journals of the American Chemical
Society (ACS) thanks to a contract with the California Digital Library. Since
access is limited by IP address, users must go through the Lab network. To link
to these titles, as well as to the other 355 online journals, look up the
Library's journal page at http://www-library.lbl.gov/Library/text/ftext/ejour.html.
Last Chance for Onsite Flu and Pneumonia Shots
On Oct. 28 Health Services is offering Lab employees 18 and older a second
chance to get low-cost flu and pneumonia shots at the Lab. The vaccinations
will be given from 8:00 a.m. to noon this Thursdays in Bldg. 26. The cost is
$12 for the flu vaccine and $25 for the pneumonia vaccine.
Health officials encourage vaccination for people over the age of 65 and for
anyone suffering from heart, lung or other serious health problems. Health
Services also suggests that people contact their personal physician for any
questions regarding the vaccine. To make an appointment call X6266.
The vaccination program is made possible through the Visiting Nurse Association
and the Hospice of Northern California (VNAHNC). Payment may be made by cash or
check, payable to VNAHNC.
Fire Department Seeks Members For Auxiliary Team
Lab employees are sought to join the Fire Department's Auxiliary Team, which
trains once a month and is on-call to assist the Fire Department in the event
of a major disaster. Team members must be able to take an hour a month off work
for the training and be able to leave their regular work to work with the Fire
Department should such an emergency occur. Team members also participate in
exercises for emergency preparedness.
Lab employees are invited to contact Fire Captain and Auxiliary Team
Coordinator Charles Palmer at X7685 or Fire Chief Stacy Cox at x6360.
Discount Tickets for Annual Christmas Revels
For the fifth year in a row, Ken Woolfe of the Engineering Department will
participate in a unique form of musical theater: the Christmas Revels, to be
held at the Scottish Rite Theater in Oakland. The event celebrates the holiday
season with a mix of music, dance and drama built on themes from rituals of
This year's show focuses on the Northlands: Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.
Featured will be the award-winning Springar dancers from Norway and the
Karelian Folk Ensemble from Karelia, a Finnish speaking province in Russia.
More than 80 local singers, dancers, actors and children will also perform, and
audience participation is always an integral part of the show.
The Employees' Art Council (EAC) has reserved a block of tickets for the 5:00
p.m. performance on Saturday, Dec. 11.
Tickets purchased through the EAC are $17 for adults and $7 for children under
12 and seniors (65 and over). For tickets contact Mary Clary at X4940 or
MMClary@ lbl.gov. The deadline for reservations and payment is Friday, Nov.
The Scottish Rite Theater is located at 1547 Lakeside Drive in Oakland.
Additional information is available from the Revels website at http://home.earthlink.net/~calrevels/
Computer Animation at Hall of Science
"A Peek Inside Pixar Animation Studios: Working the Magic of Computer
Animation" will be the topic of a special event to be held at UC Berkeley's
Lawrence Hall of Science on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 2:00 p.m. Computer animation
expert David Haumann of Pixar Studios will demonstrate the evolution, art and
technology of the growing field of computer animation in the film industry.
Haumann has contributed to "A Bug's Life" and "Toy Story" and was the lead
technical director for the Academy Award-winning "Geri's Game." The
presentation is included with museum admission. Seating is limited.
Other events at the Hall of Science include: "The Atoms Family," through Jan.
9; "Balancing Acts" exploring sustainable technologies, through Jan 17; and
"Dancing Physics: Original Prints on Art and Science," through Jan. 9.
For more information call the Lawrence Hall of Science at 642-5132.
The full text and color photographs of each edition of Currents are published
online at http://www.lbl.gov/Publications/Currents/. You may find a link to
Currents on the Lab's home page under the heading "Publications." The site
allows users to do searches of past articles going back to 1994.
Calendar of Events
The Berkeley Lab Calendar is published biweekly here on the World Wide Web and in Currents
by the Public Information Department. Employees can list a meeting, class, or event in the
Calendar by using this submission form.
The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on Monday in the week that Currents is published.
In addition to the events listed below, Berkeley Lab's Washington, D.C.
Projects office is hosting a Science
and Technology Seminars series.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EXPO
10:00 - 2:00, Perseverance Hall
5-DAY LABVIEW CLASS STARTS
Call Roger Dwinell at X7701
10:30 - 2:30, Perseverance Hall
FLU & PENUMONIA SHOTS
11:30 - 1:30, lobby of Bldg 937 (downtown Berkeley)
8:00 - 12:00, Bldg. 26Call X6266 for
11:30 - 1:30, cafeteria lobby
7:30 - 3:30, cafeteria parking lot
11:30 - 12:40, cafeteria parking lot
Dance classes are held every Monday from noon to 1:00 on the lower level of
Bldg. 51, with practices on Wednesdays at noon. Martial arts classes are held
every Monday and Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:15 p.m. at the same location.
Seminars & Lectures
PHYSICS DEPARTMENT COLLOQUIA
"Evidence for a Cosmological Constant
from a Study of Supernovae" will be presented by Gerson Goldhaber of the
Physics Division and UC Berkeley.
4:30 p.m., 1 LeConte Hall
LIFE SCIENCES DIVISION
"Molecules, Mice and Men: New Paradigms for
Understanding Aging" will be presented by Judith Campisi of Life
4:00 p.m., Bldg 66 auditorium
MATERIALS SCIENCES DIVISION
"Metal Oxides: O2 Chemistry and Dynamical
Effects on Oxide Reactivity" will be presented by Lars G. M. Petterson of
Stockholm University, Sweden.
1:30 p.m., Bldg. 66 auditorium
ASTRONOMY DEPARTMENT COLLOQUIA
CENTER FOR BEAM PHYSICS
"Pulsar Planets" will be presented by
Aleksander Wolszczan of Pennsylvania State University.
4:30 p.m., 2 LeConte
"Characterization and Debugging of the ALS
Lattice" will be presented by Christoph Steier of Accelerator and Fusion
10:30 a.m., Bldg. 71 conference room
PHYSICS DEPARTMENT COLLOQUIA
"Deep Earth Physics: Fads and Fallacies
in a Fragmented Science" will be presented by Don L. Anderson of the California
Institute of Technology.
5:45 p.m., Pimental Hall
LIFE SCIENCES DIVISION
"C-Tetrads: A Tell-Tale Noe" will be presented
by Kalle Gehring of McGill University.
4:00 p.m., Bldg 84-318
CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL BIOTECHNOLOGY
MATERIALS SCIENCES DIVISION
"Applications of Genomic
Sequence Data to Bioremediation and Microbial Physiology" will be presented by
Frank Robb of the University of Maryland.
Noon, 338 Koshland Hall
"The Ice / Water Interface: Computer
Simulations of 4 Crystallographic Ice Interfaces" will be presented by Anthony
Haymet of the University of Houston, Texas.
1:30 p.m., Bldg. 66 auditorium
ASTRONOMY DEPARTMENT COLLOQUIA
EARTH SCIENCES DIVISION
"Magnetic Fields in TTS" will be
presented by Chris Johns of UC Berkeley.
4:30 p.m., 2 LeConte Hall
"Thermally Driven Coupled Processes in
Unsaturated Fractured Tuff" will be presented by Yvonne Tsang of Earth
11:00 a.m., Bldg 90-2063
For more information or to register contact Susan Aberg at Saberg@lbl.gov or
enroll via the web at http://www-ehs.lbl.gov/ehstraining/registration/. For a
full, updated schedule of EH&S training sessions see
Employees may use either vacation or leave without pay for those days. Those
who have not accrued enough vacation days may receive an advance against future
`98 TOYOTA, Avalon XLS V6, 18K mi, fully loaded, white pearl w/ grey leather
seats, wood grain, 6 passenger, keyless entry, CD, moonroof, alloy wheels,
$27,000/bo, X4319, (925) 833-1668
`94 PLYMOUTH, Voyager, green, 6 cyl, 7 seats, back seats removable, ac,
am/fm/cass, 77K mi, good cond, $8,000/bo, Winnie, X4213, 841-8148
`93 FORD, Ranger STX 4X4, 5 spd, new tires and clutch, exc cond, 54K mi,
$8,700/bo, Scott, (925) 376-9618
`91 FORD, Escort GT, silver, 16 valve, stick shift, 5 spd, 97K mi alarm, pwr
steer, cruise, am/fm/ cass, $2,600/bo, Victor, X6081
`84 TOYOTA, Corolla, 4 dr, 5 spd, 125K, ac, dark red, well maintained, runs
great, $2,000/ bo, Ted, X4203 or Cloe, 841-4104
`91 SUZUKI 500 GSE, red, 25K mi, looks great, new breaks, tires ok, good for
commute, parked in front of Bldg 74, $1,700/bo, Sylvain, X5419, 502-5419
`87 KAWASAKI VULCAN VN1500-B, 22K, metallic blue, superclean, new tires/seat,
performance pipes, $2,900, Maria, X4619, or Garry, X5721
`86 HONDA MAGNA V45, 23K, very clean, runs great, 150 PSI compression,
new/tires/seat/battery/fork seals, $2,200, Maria X4619, or Garry, X5721
BERKELEY, house, 2 bdrm/2 bth, short-term rental, exquisite architect-designed,
on edge of Tilden Park, view, garden, deck, study, dining room, darkroom, furn,
security system, near bus, non-smokers, no pets, $2,000/mo, 10/29 - 12/13, Evan
BERKELEY, house, quiet neighborhood, 15 mins walk west of downtown, recently
restored, 2 bdrm, furn, hardwood floors, fireplace, living, dining, share
yard/laudry, avail 11/1, $2,000/ mo, non-smokers, Chris, X7028
EL CERRITO HILLS, furn rm, bay view, incl utilities, share wash/dry/kitchen, 15
min from Lab, $600/mo, Larry, X5406, 235-9268
ELMWOOD, share elegant 11 rm house w/ 2 men, 1 woman, nonsmoking professionals,
$600/mo + dep, shared exp, $745 for mstr bedroom w/ frplc, huge closet, piano,
yellow labrador, laundry, sauna, hardwd floors, exc neighborhood, woman pref,
WEST BERKELEY, room for rent, shared kitchen/bth, garden, close to
transportation, no long-term commitment, ideal for visiting researcher/student
looking for month-to-month, Ted, X4203, or Cloe, 841-4104
BABY ITEMS, 1 wood crib, $50; 1 metal frame crib w/ adjustable front panel and
drawer, $100; 2 crib mattresses, $20 each; 2 battery-powered swings, $30 each,
BIKE, Trek 2100, composite racing bike, alumnium fork, carbon frame, titanium
rim, very light, Shimano 101, very good cond, $400/bo (new $1,200), Jens
COMPUTER GAMES, Mac, CD's, Myst, never opened, $12; Star Trek, Borg, $10;
Warcraft, Orcs and Humans, never opened, $5, Jon, X5974
FAX, fully functional, buy or loan for a year, Werner, X2901, 525-1090
FURNITURE, contemporary, new, six Scandinavian dining chairs, natural color,
$50 ea; glass dining and coffee tables, $100 ea, Inna, X2419, (925) 933-1747
FUTON, double, black w/ light-colored frame, $75, Madeline (925) 280-1907
MATTRESS, queen, box, frame, $100/bo; bookcase, 5 shelves, brown, $20; 2
bookcases, 5 shelves, self-assembled, white, $5 or free with purchase of other
items, Hong, X6334, 442-7556 (pager)
MATTRESS, twin, box, frame $45/ bo Annie, X4207, 841-8171
METRANOME, $16, Duo, X6878
MOVING SALE, mountain bike GT Outpost, lights, lock and cable, $150; table + 4
chairs, $100; futon, full w/ frame and cover, $100, Simon, 642-1440
REFRIGERATOR, Norcold portable dual voltage chest type, 12 vdc or 117 vac model
MRFT-630, clean, low hours, $250, Bill, X5649
STAIRMASTER, 4400PT, like new, perfect cond, $1,300/bo, (new $2,350), pick up
in Berkeley, John, 643 5181
WASHER/DRYER, gas, model WLW3310B, energy savings, exc cond, $200/bo; Eureka
Bravo Upright Vacuum 9000, exc cond, $30/bo, Tim, X7810, 865-4308 (eve)
HOUSING, room, visiting postdoc researcher from Spain, 11/1, prefer close to
Lab, Victor, X2455, 655 3629
HOUSING, studio, apt, shared house, postdoc, 11/1, smoke-free, Usman,
HOUSING, furn room, visiting post-doc, 11/1, Maxime, X2362
HOUSING, room, studio, visiting MD from France, non-smoker, 1 to 3 years,
HOUSING, studio or 1 bdrm apt, visiting scholar, pref North Berkeley hills,
Paola X2428, 981-1171
SO LAKE TAHOE, spacious chalet in Tyrol area, close to Heavenly, peek of the
Lake from front porch, fully furn, sleeps 8+, sunny deck, pool, spa in club
house, close to casinos, shopping and more, $125/night, Maria, 724-9450
TAHOE KEYS, house, 3 bdrm, 2-1/2 bth, fenced yard, quiet area, close to many
attractions, private dock, great view of lake and mountains, $150/night, 2
night min, Bob, (925) 376-2211
COUCH, hide-a-bed, large, brown, vinyl, good cond, presentable, will deliver to
Berkeley/Richmond area, Maren, X2486
PUPPIES, brown with black, 6 wks, very cute, Rafeeg, X5621, 601-5572
WATER HEATER, 30 gallon, gas, you haul, Duo, X6878
VANPOOLERS wanted from Tracy, meet at Tracy Walmart at 7:00, return at 3:30,
cost depends on number of riders, Mike Rushing, X7036
Ads are accepted only from LBNL employees, retirees, and onsite DOE personnel.
Only items of your own personal property may be offered for sale. Submissions
must include name, affiliation, extension, and home phone number.
Ads must be submitted in writing -- via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), fax
(X6641), or delivered/ mailed to Bldg. 65B. No ads are taken over the phone.
Ads will run one week only unless resubmitted in writing. They will be repeated
only as space permits.
The deadline for the Nov. 5 issue is Friday, Oct. 29.