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October 25, 1996


Laboratory Ushers in New Era with NERSC/ESnet Grand Opening

President Clinton sends letter of congratulations

By Lynn Yarris

"Not only must you count your blessings, you must make your blessings count," said Deputy Energy Secretary Charles Curtis, the featured speaker at the Oct. 22 grand opening ceremony for the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) and the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet). With the pressing of a button, Curtis activated a pair of virtual scissors that proceeded to cut through a digital red ribbon to mark the official opening of Berkeley Lab's new multimillion dollar supercomputing and networking facilities.

Hailed as the "most powerful combination of unclassified computing and networking resources in the United States," NERSC/ESnet is expected to serve thousands of researchers in laboratories and universities across the country.

"This facility will be one of the bridges to the 21st century that is strong enough for all to walk across," Curtis said. He also said that NERSC/ESnet, by strengthening the links between the national labs, universities, and private industry, will help in the fight ahead to "sustain public investment in science," despite continuing reductions in the federal budget.

Curtis was the final speaker in the grand opening ceremony, which began at 11 a.m. and was simultaneously broadcast to a packed Bldg. 50 auditorium, as well as the auditorium in Bldg. 66, and across the Internet via the MBone. Those watching were given a real-time demonstration of the power of NERSC/ESnet with a flawless transmission of experimental results from Argonne National Laboratory. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, attendees were treated to a short video, and then offered guided tours of three key new additions: the Machine Room, which houses NERSC's statuesque family of supercomputers; the operations center for ESnet, where a mind-numbing volume of digital traffic transmitted at blistering speeds is managed; and the incredible Scientific Visualization room where stunning virtual reality images of experimental data are projected onto a wall-sized screen.

Deputy Secretary Curtis called NERSC/ESnet the "culmination of a half-century investment in computer technology." He traced the roots of this new center back to the "vision of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the drive of (his scientific advisor) Vannevar Bush," saying they recognized the importance of federal support for scientific research and saw computers as the technology of hope.

"This center (NERSC/ESnet) provides us all with hope for the future," Curtis said.

In addition to Curtis, some 80 other distinguished visitors attended the opening ceremony and were given a special preview by William McCurdy, associate laboratory director for Computing Sciences. Among these guests were Edward McCracken, president and CEO of Silicon Graphics, Inc., Robert Ewald, president of Cray Research, Dominick DeAngelo, vice president for network services at Sprint, and Martha Krebs, director of DOE's Office of Energy Research. All gave remarks during the opening ceremony, following introductions by Berkeley Lab Director Charles Shank.

Not in attendance, but sending a letter of congratulations was President Bill Clinton. In the letter, which was read aloud by Curtis, the President applauded the staff at Berkeley Lab, along with members of the University of California and DOE.

"You have given scientists at universities and laboratories a powerful research tool that will help them to create a brighter future for us all."

CAPTION: NERSC Division Director Horst Simon speaks to invited guests during the grand opening ceremonies of NERSC and ESnet on Oct. 22. The virtual ribbon cutting was displayed on the three monitors, and broadcast live to employees in the Bldg. 50 and Bldg. 66 auditoriums, as well as on the Internet via the MBone.

CAPTION: Deputy Energy Secretary Charles Curtis haled NERSC and ESnet as bridges to the 21st century.


A Message from the Director

A Big Welcome

When the digital red ribbon surrounding the image of the Cray T3E was ceremoniously snipped by "virtual" scissors on Oct. 22, it signaled much more than the opening of an unclassified computing and networking center equal in scope to any in the nation. It symbolized the start of a new era of scientific research at Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, one that promises to have an international impact even before the center's enormous potential is realized.

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), the Energy Sciences Network (ESNet) and their affiliated units represent an historic opportunity for Berkeley Lab to make a major contribution to bringing large-scale high-performance computing to scientific discovery. Our success will be measured on the new knowledge that we are able to create by strongly coupling scientific problems to unparalleled opportunities in the dynamic world of supercomputing. The components are in place for lifting our scientific programs to new levels of excellence through our capabilities in imaging, networking, data management, and computing science research.

To encourage the integration of high-speed computation into our research efforts, we have committed approximately $3.5 million of this year's Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) funds to programmatic partnerships with computational sciences. In this year's LDRD, 21 proposals will be funded to jump-start computational programs.

As our newest core competency, Computing Sciences will be the nexus for exciting and innovative collaborations, both here and with our "collaboratory" partners throughout DOE, at universities, and in industry. NERSC/ESnet will continue the Berkeley Lab tradition of team-oriented interdisciplinary science-of-scale begun here by Ernest Lawrence 65 years ago.

Looking ahead to budget projections that suggest science funding on a lower trajectory, one thing remains clear: we will have to increase our scientific capability in order to thrive and be competitive into the next century. With our new computing sciences center as a tremendous advantage, we can and will remain at the cutting edge of the scientific world.

On behalf of the Laboratory, I welcome our new arrivals in Computing Sciences and look forward to their contributions to our legacy.

-- Charles V. Shank


UC Regents' Lab Oversight Committee Likes What It Sees During Visit to Berkeley Lab

By Ron Kolb

After almost eight hours of presentations and tours at the Laboratory on Oct. 16, UC Regent Sue Johnson, chair of the Committee on Oversight of the Department of Energy Laboratories, spoke on behalf of her fellow Regents in Berkeley Lab's Perseverance Hall.

"This has been a most satisfying day," she told Director Charles Shank and associates. "You've positioned the Laboratory to be right on the leading edge in terms of computing and of partnering with the (UC) campuses."

Her enthusiasm was echoed by others in the University contingent who had devoted the day to a Lab visit in order to learn more about the programs of the facility they manage on behalf of DOE. UC President Richard Atkinson was among those who heard Shank explain why Berkeley Lab is "a special place."

Shank began with an overview of the Lab's mission and history, including Ernest Lawrence's legacy of interdisciplinary groups tackling problems of great complexity. He also touched upon the current challenges represented by the country's re-evaluation of its commitment to research and the forces of change being faced by DOE.

On tour, Regents and administrators visited the Advanced Light Source, Human Genome Center, Lighting Efficiency Laboratory, and new Computing Sciences center. They also heard Jerry Rubin, a geneticist in the Life Sciences Division, discuss his work with the Drosophila genome in partnership with UC Berkeley and the National Institutes of Health.

Deputy Director Klaus Berkner told the group about the Lab's re-engineering activities, which are reducing overhead costs and improving efficiency. Shank moderated a panel on UC-Laboratory partnerships that featured several UC Berkeley, San Francisco and Davis faculty members commenting on the value of scientific exchange.

Besides Atkinson and Johnson, Regents participating in the program included Peter Preuss, David Lee, Meredith Khachigian, Pat Kessler, Judith Levin, and faculty representative Duncan Mellichamp.


Runaround XIX

A near-record 754 employees and retirees turned out for the 19th annual Berkeley Lab Runaround on Friday, Oct. 11. You'll find full coverage of the event on page four. Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt




Awards & Grants

This month, Berkeley Lab employees gained national recognition for their efforts at improving energy efficiencies on and off the Hill. On Oct. 24, Doug Lockhart of Operations received a DOE National Award for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for his development of engineering tools to minimize energy use here at the Lab and in the public and private sectors.

Earlier in the month, two Berkeley Lab researchers won Environmental Technology Partnership grants, which are jointly awarded by DOE and NSF for studies that lead to "more environmentally sound and energy efficient industrial processes." John W. Morris of the Materials Sciences Division received a $175,000 grant to explore the use of SQUID microscopes as non-destructive characterization tools for energy efficient manufacturing. Alexis Bell, also with MSD, received a $150,000 grant to conduct basic chemistry research for improving the catalytic means of making fuels and chemicals.


Spotlight on Structural Biology

CAPTION: In an Oct. 21 dedication ceremony, Lab Director Charles Shank, Deputy Director Pier Oddone, Structural Biology Division Director Sung-Hou Kim, and Roland Hirsch of DOE's Office of Health and Environmental Research (OHER) cut the ribbon on the new Structural Biology Support Facilities at the Advanced Light Source. The $7.9 million, 11,000 square-foot facilities, funded by OHER, will enable the application of a full range of molecular biology, biochemistry, and computational tools to the complex problems of biological systems. The new space includes wet laboratories, cold rooms, a cell culture laboratory, an x-ray suite, a dark room, a computer lab, restrooms, nine offices, and an elevator. Photo by Don Fike


News From Washington, D.C.

DOE institutes "virtual" genome institute:

The Department of Energy has announced the creation of a "virtual human genome institute" in an effort to better integrate the research at its three human genome centers. Berkeley Lab, Livermore and Los Alamos are all host to DOE-funded human genome centers. It is DOE's intention to link the research at these centers in a drive to sequence approximately 40 percent of the full complement of human DNA by the year 2005. The new Joint Genome Institute will also strive to share genome data faster through public data bases.

"Joint research could enable faster and more accurate diseases diagnosis and medical treatments and quite possibly prevent diseases altogether," said Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary. "Genome technologies also offer great promise for agriculture, environmental cleanup, energy use and production, and industrial processes."

According to Martha Krebs, director of DOE's Office of Energy Research, "The Joint Genome Institute will enable more efficient cooperation among DOE laboratories to develop the next generation of genome sequencing technologies."

The institute is scheduled to become fully operational in January 1997, under the leadership of Elbert Branscomb, an LLNL infomatics expert who has been designated "Chief Scientist of the DOE Human Genome Program."

DOE will allocate approximately $42 million the first year (about 45 percent of the total DOE human genome budget), with plans to spend approximately $150 million over the next three years. The new virtual institute's budget will be "task-based" with the allotment of funds to be determined by external review of proposed activities and the contributions of each of the three participating laboratories.

DOE public meeting in Oakland to address disposal of fissile material:

On Monday, Oct. 28, DOE will sponsor a public meeting in the Oakland Federal Building (1301 Clay St.) to solicit comments on the "Draft Nonproliferation and Arms Control Assessment of Weapons-Usable Fissile Material Storage and Plutonium Disposition Alternatives." There will be two sessions on Monday: 1-4 p.m., and 5-8:30 p.m., in Roybal Auditorium. The draft assessment is being developed to analyze options for managing hundreds of tons of plutonium and highly enriched uranium left over from the dismantling of thousands of nuclear weapons. The draft can be viewed on the internet at or a copy can be obtained by dialing 1-800-835-8009. All comments on the draft assessment are due by Nov. 6.

-- Lynn Yarris


In Memoriam Rosemary Barrett

Rosemary "Rosie" Jacquith Barrett, a 34-year veteran of the Laboratory and the University, died on Sept. 9 due to complications from a stroke. She was 82.

Barrett joined the Laboratory in 1947, working in the Health Chemistry Department, Safety Services (now EH&S) as a mathematician for the ALARA program. She is warmly remembered by her coworkers and friends.

A resident of Berkeley, Barrett was dedicated to education, and shared a love of animals with her husband. She supported education at Scripps College, where she received her degree in 1936, as well as Mills College in Oakland, UC Berkeley, and the San Francisco Zoo.

Barrett is survived by her husband Donald, to whom she was married for 51 years, and two nieces.




Energy Awareness Month

Lighting Lab Redesigns Energy-Hogging Torchieres

By Antonia Reaves

At 40 million and growing, halogen torchieres are now the biggest energy user in the lighting industry. A halogen torchiere is a floor lamp topped with a halogen-gas-filled bulb sitting in a bowl-shaped reflector that projects light towards the ceiling.

Part of the attraction of halogen torchieres are manufacturer's claims of energy efficiency. Researchers in the Energy & Environment Division's Lighting Laboratory have discovered, however, that these claims are often overstated and misleading. In fact, results of tests performed at the Lighting Laboratory raise questions as to whether halogen torchieres are even as energy-efficient as table lamps using incandescents.

A halogen torchiere left on an average of four hours a day probably costs a PG&E customer as much as $60 a year in electricity. This cost is about three times as much as table lamps using incandescent sources. Standard torchieres use high wattage halogen lamps in the 300-600 watt range. Table lamps, on the other hand, typically use incandescents in the 60-100 watt range, or compact fluorescents in the 18-26 watt range.

Halogen torchieres have other disadvantages. When they are dimmed, for example, power quality drops significantly, a concern to electric utilities since drops in power quality have to be made up by costly adjustments to the power grid. In addition, according to E Source, a company specializing in energy-efficiency information, both Underwriters' Laboratory and the Consumer Products Safety Commission are reviewing halogen torchieres for fire hazard potential. The torchieres have been banned in several U.S. college dormitories.

The hazards and inefficiencies of halogen torchieres have long been a concern for Lighting Laboratory researchers Michael Siminovitch and Erik Page. Recently, E Source estimated that the explosive growth of halogen torchiere use has essentially wiped out the energy savings of all compact fluorescent lighting. This spurred Siminovitch and Page to pursue design and testing of an energy-efficient compact fluorescent (CFL) version of the torchiere.

First, they redesigned a standard halogen torchiere to accept a 38-watt CFL and electronic ballast. Next, they tested both a standard halogen torchiere and their CFL torchiere prototype using the lab's photogoniometer, a device that measures the intensity and direction of light exiting from a lamp and fixture. Test results from the photogoniometer demonstrate that the 38-watt CFL torchiere prototype nearly produces a light output equivalent to a 300-watt halogen torchiere.

To hasten production of a marketable CFL torchiere, the Lighting Laboratory formed a consortium with General Electric and Emess Lighting, one of the largest portable fixtures manufacturers in the United States. The consortium hopes to market an energy-efficient CFL torchiere costing under $50 by next spring. Emess Lighting engineers are working exclusively on a 55-watt CFL torchiere prototype that will generate more light output than the 300-watt halogen torchiere.

Instead of dimming, the CFL torchieres will utilize two to three power levels. Power quality will be better for the CFL torchiere generally, and will remain steady at different power settings. The cooler operating temperatures of CFLs greatly reduce fire risk. Because they last last five times as long and are so much more energy-efficient, the new CFL torchiere could save PG&E customers more than $350 in electricity and lamp replacement costs over the life of the CFL (about seven years).

Page estimates that replacing all halogen torchieres in the United States with CFL torchieres could save electricity ratepayers more than $1.5 billion annually and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 11.5 million tons a year.

CAPTION: Erik Page holds a CFL torchiere prototype (left) and a standard halogen torchiere (right) in front of an infrared photo showing the heat produced by each lamp. Both torchieres have been shortened for photometric testing. Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt


Waste Watchers

This is the second in a series of articles from EH&S's Waste Management Group (WM) designed to provide information to all generators of waste at Berkeley Lab (including hazardous, radioactive, mixed, biomedical, and waste destined for sanitary land-fill). The first article appeared in the Sept. 27 Currents. Soon, WM will have a home page on the Web where this information will be consolidated.

Meeting your needs: Waste Management is here to help waste generators manage waste in a way that minimally disrupts research or support activities. WM will help you comply with all requirements for waste generators. For example, if you need waste accumulation containers (drums, carboys, solvent cans) or a waste requisition form, an emergency supply of waste labels until you can get them from Stores, or have questions about waste pickups, call WM's "Rapid Response Technician" at 425-0824 (pager). In response to generators' concerns over WM's accessibility, this assignment has been created for one person who will provide same-day response to your needs during working hours. You may also contact Michelle Obrien (X5877), head of the Waste Operations Team, or your Generator Assistance Specialist.

Waste Pickup Times: The "Generator Guidelines" (PUB-3092) establish a time frame by which WM will pick up your waste within seven working days after you fax either a Hazardous Waste Disposal Requisition or a Radioactive/ Mixed Waste Disposal Requisition with a supporting RadTag (Radioactive Waste Tag). WM renews its commitment to achieve this standard for all waste types.

Once you FAX your requisition (X4838), it undergoes thorough reviews by WM's Certification and Compliance Teams to ensure your waste is properly character

ized for recycling, treatment, and ultimate disposal. If WM needs additional information--e.g., the waste is not adequately described, the documents aren't signed, or an RMA Waste Certification Form has not been filled out for waste leaving a Radioactive Materials Area (RMA)--this will affect WM's ability to pick up the waste within seven working days. In such cases, you will be notified within three working days after your requisition has been received.

If there is no pickup or communication between you and WM within seven working days after you have faxed your requisition, please call your Generator Assistance Specialist or Michelle Obrien (X5877). WM considers its failure to pick up waste within seven working days or to contact you within three working days reportable under its NCAR (Nonconformance and Corrective Action Report) system.

Radioactive Dry Waste Characterization: Many generators have been looking for help in characterizing and managing radioactive "dry waste": paper, plastic, rubber, glass, wood, or metal, but containing no free liquids. Contamination of dry waste with certain solvents or chemicals even if dry to the touch, can render the waste "mixed" (a combination of LLW and hazardous waste). Once waste becomes mixed, it's very difficult to find off-site options for it.

WM recently clarified and modified several waste characterization and management requirements for generators, concerning waste accumulation logs, segregation, etc. We can also tell you how to avoid mixed waste. If you are interested in learning more, contact your Generator Assistance Specialist or a member of the WM Certification Team (X4826). WM will soon provide formal guidance in a pamphlet, and will revise the Generator Guidelines to incorporate these changes.


Congressional Visit

CAPTION: Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich.), vice chair of the House Science Committee (right), tours the NERSC machine room with Associate Lab Director Bill McCurdy (left) and Lab Director Charles Shank during an Oct. 11 visit to Berkeley Lab. This was a return trip home for the congressman, who received his Ph.D. in physics from UC Berkeley, and worked at the Lab in nuclear physics for six years. Ehlers also visited the Advanced Light Source and the Human Genome Laboratory. Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt


Runaround Attracts Second Largest Crowd Ever

More than 750 Lab employees participated in the 19th annual Berkeley Lab Runaround, a 3.0 kilometer fun run that started at noon on Friday, Oct. 11, near the Fire House, and ended in a celebration at the cafeteria. The final count had 754 participants on foot or in wheelchairs, 10 on bicycles (in an 11:30 a.m. BikeAround), one on rollerblades, and several tots in strollers and backpacks.

The first person to cross the finish line this year was Crispin Hetherington, who clocked in with a time of 9:42. The first woman to finish was Michelle Huesman, with a time of 12:25.

After the run, participants grabbed water bottles supplied by the USE Credit Union, picked up T-shirts designed by TEID's Crystal Stevenson, then enjoyed snacks supplied by the cafeteria staff, and musical entertainment by the Lab's Music Club. Deputy Director Pier Oddone traded in his running shoes for a chance to use a starting pistol (although he wasn't allowed to use one!), and at the other end of the run, he handed out prizes to the top finishers. Co-organizer Steve Derenzo handed out prizes for such accomplishments as youngest baby, shabbiest running shoes, best costume, best women's biceps, and best men's legs.

In a show of team spirit, several of our colleagues in Berkeley Lab's Washington, D.C., office participated in their own 5K Runaround--starting at the same time--through the streets of the capital. They also received T-shirts for their efforts.

All in all, the event was another rousing success, thanks in large part to the hard work of all the volunteers, and to the sponsorship of the Employees' Activities Association.

1996 Winners

Runaround XIX Volunteers

Special thanks to those who helped from Operations, Transportation, Site Access, UCB Police Services, Facilities, PID, TEID, Cafeteria


Runaround winner Crispin Hetherington accepts his trophy.

Michelle Huesman was the first woman to cross the finish line this year.

Cheyenne Clarke, held by big sister Julie Mach, hugs the teddy bear she won for being the youngest (almost 1 year old) Runaround participant. The girls completed the circuit with mom Nancy Fleischauer, who won the "most pregnant participant" competition last year.

A few brave men lined up for the "best legs" contest, which was eventually won by Randy de Guzman, second from right.

After the run, folks enjoyed food and music outside the cafeteria. Photos by Roy Kaltschmidt




Open Enrollment It's Your Call

The 1996 annual Open Enrollment Period begins on Nov. 1, and ends at midnight on Nov. 24. Information brochures and personalized open enrollment statements are now being mailed.

This year, plan changes will be paperless--you will make all Open Enrollment changes by telephone. A special toll-free, 24-hour Open Enrollment Action Line will be accessible between Nov. 1 and Nov. 24. Instructions on using the Action Line are included in the Open Enrollment brochure.

You should carefully review the summary to ensure that eligible dependents are listed. Please make changes as necessary. Also, make note of any plan changes and premium costs, even if no enrollment changes are warranted.

The following information highlights the upcoming changes:

In addition, information will be available on the HR Department's website and UC's Bencom website. You must contact the carrier(s) directly this year for directories and additional plan information; the Benefits Office will have a limited supply for internal use. Toll-free numbers are listed in the Open Enrollment brochure; materials requested will be mailed out within two days. All changes must be made by Nov. 24.

Each eligible employee will receive a special Open Enrollment Access Code, printed on the 1996 Open Enrollment Statement, to use in making changes on the Open Enrollment Action Line. You may also use your Benefits PIN to make Open Enrollment changes. If you do not receive your Open Enrollment announcement in the next two weeks, or if you lose your Personal Action Code or forget your Benefits PIN, contact the Benefits Office (X6403) or

1997 Health Plan Rates


New Home Pages Offer Open Enrollment Help

This week the new Benefits, Compensation & Records home pages as well as the new Human Resources home pages are going up on the Web. Here you will find information on Open Enrollment, the new Open Enrollment Telephone Line, rate tables, telephone numbers, and other pertinent tidbits.

You will be able to meet the HR staff online and correspond with them via e-mail by clicking on the e-mail icon underneath their photo. The location or URL for the Human Resources Department remains the same: . Benefits, Compensation & Records will be one of the links (clickable icons) off the main HR page. That URL is: http://


Lab to Offer Televised Oracle Training Courses

In November, the Laboratory will begin offering interactive Oracle training courses broadcast live by the Oracle Channel. All classes are held from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Bldg. 936-12. To register for a class, send a fax to X4072 or call X5999. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. on the Monday prior to the week the class is to be held. For information about class content, check out the World Wide Web at Workplace/EDT/career.folder/DevCareer.html


Microsoft Federal Here

Representatives from Microsoft Federal (the division of Microsoft that deals with the federal government and national labs), will give a series of "how to" sessions on Office 95 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the Bldg. 50 auditorium.

The schedule is as follows:

9-10 a.m.         Microsoft Internet briefing

10:30-11:30 a.m.   Microsoft Office

12:30-2 p.m.       Round table with the NT Users Group and others

The morning presentations are geared to the nontechnical user and are open to all interested employees. The afternoon session is geared to technical staff and NT Systems managers.


Berkeley Lab Welcomes New Employees

The following new employees joined the Laboratory during the months of August and September:

Majdi A. Baddourah, NERSC
Armando R. Bautista, OPER
Hannah L. Chauvet, E&E
Cecilia Chavez, LSD
Michael J. Declerck, NERSC
Chris H.Q. Ding NERSC
Richard A. Gerber, NERSC
James J. Hayes, EH&S
David Hom, MSD
Peggy Jellinghausen, OPER
John C. Jensen, ENG
Stephen Johnson, E&E
John P. Jones, ICSD
John W. Kaitschuck, NERSC
Barbara L. Kargard, EH&S
Yoshinori Kohwi, LSD
Xiaoye She Li, NERSC
Michelle Miller, LSD
R.K. Owen, NERSC
Terumi Kohwi-Shigemats, LSD
Edward R. Raynolds, E&E
Rebecca Rishell, LSD
Glenna J. Rogers, OPER
Nancy E. Rothermich, EH&S
Paul D. Whybark, EH&S
Francis Yee, ICSD



In the Oct. 11 issue of Currents, the title of a chart on page 4 listing the Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) allocations was mislabeled. The allocations are for FY97. We apologize for any confusion the error may have caused.


Currents Online

The full text of each edition of Currents is published on the Lab's home page on the World Wide Web. View it at under "Research News and Publications." To set up your computer to access the World Wide Web, call the Mac and PC Support Group at X6858.


Employees' Arts Council Sponsoring Tour of Chinese Antiquities

The Employees' Arts Council is sponsoring two docent-led tours of the "Splendors of Imperial China" at the Asian Art Museum in Golden Gate Park on Saturday, Nov. 23. Hailed by scholars and critics as the greatest collection of Chinese art ever to be shown in America, this exhibition spans 4,000 years of history and features hundreds of the incomparable treasures of China, which were personally collected by its emperors. Included in the exhibition are paintings, jades, bronzes, ceramics and lacquerware that were passed among China's imperial rulers from century to century.

Two tour times are available: 8 a.m. and 8:20 a.m. Discounted tickets are $18 for adults, $12.50 for seniors (65 and over), $5 for children (11 and under) and $11.50 for youth (12-17). If you are a member of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, tickets may be purchased for $12.50 each. If you are interested in seeing this exhibition, reservations are required and payment must be received no later than Nov. 8. Additional information and reservations are available from Mary Clary at X4940.

Galleries in the Asian Art Museum are accessible to wheelchair users. A limited number of wheelchairs are available without charge at the museum entrance.

Diversity Committee soliciting proposals for special events

The Laboratory's Diversity Committee invites all employees and employee groups to submit proposals for events and activities that celebrate diversity in the workplace. Proposals should recommend events or activities that help foster an understanding and appreciation of diversity. Employee proposals will be used to develop the Lab-sponsored Diversity Calendar for 1997. Examples of past activities include performers, speakers, displays in support of events and themes such as:

Recommendations will be reviewed by the Diversity Committee. Although employee suggestions are welcome any time, the committee would like to receive recommendations for activities by Nov. 15 in order to facilitate planning for next year.

Suggestions for diversity activities or events should be forwarded in writing (or by electronic mail) to a Diversity Committee representative, committee chairperson Janet Jacobsen, or Gail Kato in the Work Force Diversity Office. Contact Kato (X6588) for a current listing of committee members.


Canned Food Drive

The African American Employee Association (AAEA) will launch its annual canned food drive at the Lab on Friday, Nov. 1. All donations will go to the Richmond Rescue Mission in Richmond. Look for the green and purple buckets in the cafeteria lobby.


Retirement Fete

Don Cowles is retiring after more than 35 years service to the Laboratory. A retirement luncheon is planned in his honor at Hs Lordships Restaurant in Berkeley on Friday, Nov. 15. Tickets will be available through Nov. 11. Please contact Bob Stevenson (X7724) or Martha Condon (X7135) for tickets.

November EH&S Class Schedule

Pre-registration is required for all courses except Introduction to EH&S. To pre-register for all other classes, send e-mail to LBNL Training-Registration in the HR zone or send a fax to X4072 with your name, employee ID number, extension, and class name, date & code (or call X5999).


Golf Club Results

The LBNL Golf Club held its monthly tournament at Bethel Island on Saturday, Oct. 12. Results of the tournament are as follows (with gross scores in parentheses):

First Flight

First Place, Nobuo Kobayashi, 72 (91)
Second Place, Mark Campagna, 75 (82)
Third Place, Ralph Sallee, 75 (89)

Second Flight

First Place, Skip Giacoletti, 67 (92)
Second Place, Ryan Lai, 71 (92)
Third Place, Gary Palmer, 76 (107)

The next tournament will be held at Bennet Valley in Santa Rosa on Saturday, Nov. 30.

If you are interested in joining the club, contact Rich Cobb at X5969. For information about monthly tournaments, contact Jerry Young at X6649.




CALENDAR OF EVENTS -- October 28 -November 8,1996

Calendar of Events at Berkeley Lab


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. 

Scientific Conferences


Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour Saturday night.

MON., OCT. 28


General meeting at noon in the lower cafeteria.


Classical Group Rehearsal, 5-7 p.m. in the cafeteria; for information contact Wesley Steele at X7893.

WED., OCT. 30


Folk Group Rehearsal, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria; for information contact Larry Bell at X5406.



FRI., NOV. 1


MON., NOV. 4


Classical Group Rehearsal, 5-7 p.m. in the cafeteria; for information contact Wesley Steele at X7893.



Oracle Webserver Overview, 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Bldg. 926-12.

EH&S Class

Basic Electrical Hazards (EHS 260), 9:30-11:30 a.m., Bldg. 54.

V O T E -- Tuesday, Nov. 5

WED., NOV. 6


Database Tuning, 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Bldg. 936-12.


Folk Group Rehearsal, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria; for information contact Larry Bell at X5406.



7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., near Bldg. 79.

EH&S Class

First Aid (EHS 116), 8 a.m.-noon, Bldg. 48-109.


Data Warehousing for DBA's, 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Bldg. 936-12.

FRI., NOV. 8


Items for either calendar may be sent via e-mail to, faxed to X6641, or mailed to Bldg. 65B. The deadline for the Nov. 8 issue is 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4.

Seminars & Lectures

October 28, Monday

Emilio Segrè Distinguished Lectureship

"The Physical Heritage of the Cold War" will be presented by Wolfgang K. H. Panofsky of SLAC at 7:30 p.m. in the George C. Pimentel Hall.

October 29, Tuesday

Computational Biology Seminar

"Data Visualization and Annotation of Genomic Sequence" will be presented by Gregg Helt of UCB at 11:30 a.m. in Bldg. 2-100B.

Life Sciences Division Seminar

"Metal-Ion Active-Sites in Biomolecules: New Insights from X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy" will be presented by Keith Hodgson of Stanford University at 4 p.m. in the Bldg. 66 auditorium.

Physics Division Research Progress Meeting

"Recent ALEPH Results from the 161 GeV Run" will be presented by Luigi Rolandi of CERN at 4 p.m. in Bldg. 70A-3377; refreshments, 3:40 p.m.

October 30, Wednesday

The Energy and Resources Group Colloquium

"Proposition 204: Towards Restoration of the Bay Delta Ecosystem" will be presented by David Yardas of the Environmental Defense Fund at 4 p.m. in 2 Le Conte Hall; refreshments at 3:30 p.m. in 310 Barrows Hall.

ALS/CXRO Seminar

"Photoemission Spectroscopy and Microscopy With Circularly Polarized Synchrotron Radiation" will be presented by Gerhard Fecher of the Johannes-Gutenberg University at 4:10 p.m. in

Bldg. 2-400; refreshments, 3:50 p.m.

October 31, Thursday

Building Energy Seminar

"Information and Telecommunication Technologies: The Next Generation of Residential DSM and Beyond" will be presented by Chuck Goldman of E&E at noon in Bldg. 90-3148.

Surface Science and Catalysis Science Seminar

"Magnetic Thin Films and Nanostructures: Novel Anisotropy, Transport and Hysteric Properties" will be presented by Kannan Krishnan of the Materials Sciences Division at 1:30 p.m. in the Bldg. 66 auditorium.

Physics Division Research Progress Meeting

"BNL-E852 Partial Wave Analysis Results for the eta pi- and pi+ pi- Systems at 18 GeV/c" will be presented by Joseph Manak of the University of Notre Dame at 4 p.m. in Bldg. 50B-4205; refreshments, 3:40 p.m.

November 1, Friday

Center for Beam Physics Seminar

"The Musical Score, the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra, and the Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses" will be presented by Rick Trebino of Sandia National Labs at 10:30 a.m. in the Bldg. 71 conference room.

Earth Sciences Division Seminar

"Environmental Geophysics: Theory and Applications" will be presented by Louise Pellerin of the Earth Sciences Division at 11 a.m. in Bldg. 90-2063.

November 6, Wednesday

Life Sciences Division Seminar

"TFIIH, a Factor Involved in Three Aspects of Cell Life - Transcription, DNA Repair and Cell Cycle: Implication in Various Genetic Disorders" will be presented by Jean-Marc Egly of Université Louis Pasteur at 4 p.m. in the Bldg. 66 auditorium.

ALS/CXRO Seminar

"Low Energy Electron Holography in Transmission and Reflection" will be presented by John Spence of the University of Arizona at Tempe at 4:10 p.m. in Bldg. 2-400; refreshments, 3:50 p.m.

November 7, Thursday

Center for Environmental Biotechnology Seminar

"Bioprocessing Strategies in Bioremediation and Waste Utilization" will be presented by Murray Moo-Young of the University of Waterloo at 11 a.m. in 338 Koshland Hall.

Surface Science and Catalysis Science Seminar

"Brownian Motion on Surfaces and its Relationship to the Equilibration of Surface Morphology" will be presented by Norman Bartelt of the Sandia National Laboratories at 1:30 p.m. in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.


Flea Market


'66 PORSCHE 912, "0" mi. engine, complete, "basket," perfect, rust-free body, project car. Bill, 527-3788

'84 AUDI 5000S, mint cond., 5-spd, loaded, sunrf, Alpine stereo, 2nd owner, 115K mi., $3800/b.o. 558-9212

'84 MAZDA 626, 118K mi., 4-dr, 5-spd, a/c, p/s, cruise ctrl, AM/FM cass., gd cond., new parts, runs exc., leaving country, $1900. Lothar, X4555

'85 VOLVO DL sta. wgn, exc. cond., 5-spd, p/s, p/l, light blue $5300/b.o 525-4895

'86 BMW 528e, 110K mi., a/t, p/s, p/b, a/c, p/l, p/w, ABS, 4-dr, white, leather, very gd cond., 1 owner, $5K. 235-3983

'86 DODGE Colt, beige, running very well, less than 167K mi., leaving, avail. end of Oct. in Los Altos, $1200. Teresa, X4664

'86 OLDSMOBILE Cutlass Ciera Br, runs great, 91K mi., light blue, all records lst 3 yrs, exc. maint., new tires/parts, avail. 11/15, $3400/b.o. Jan, X4417, 548-7120

'89 NISSAN pickup, SE V-6, king cab w/jumpseats, a/c, 5-spd, bedliner & shell, new tires, tilt wheel, exc. cond., 1 owner, all records, $6100. Diane, 525-9393

'91 VW Fox, 89K mi., gd cond., 4-dr, 5-spd manual trans., a/c, AM/FM cass. pull out, $5700/b.o. Jhane, X4622, Matt, (415) 386-8997

'93 TOYOTA T100 4X4, deluxe long bed w/liner, std cab, CD player, AM/FM, ALB, $15.5K/b.o. Margo, X6280, (415) 871-4450

'94 FORD Taurus, V-6, 3.8L, a/t, p/s, AM/FM/cass., phone, everything elec., 100K hwy mi., new registration, $8400. Michael, 845-4381 (eve.)

'94 PLYMOUTH Voyager, exc. cond., 55K mi., $12.5K/b.o. (707) 585-3637

MOTORCYCLES, '82 Kawasaki, GPZ 305, old but reliable, incl. lots of spare parts, almost a second bike, $400; '87 Yamaha Razz, runs strong, $200. Detlef, 848-2608 (after 8 p.m./msg.)


VANPOOL from the Tri-Valley area (Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon), San Ramon riders can be reimbursed for 1/2 their vanpool cost, can receive $50 voucher for other riders from these areas, 1-2 more riders needed. Philip, X6583


CAL PERFORMANCES, Midori, Sun., 10/27, 3 p.m., Zellerbach, 2 tix, $62/pr.; Tallis Scholars, Wed., 10/30, First Cong. Church, 2 tix, $50/pr.; Bryn Terfel, Sat., 11/2, 8 p.m., Zellerbach, 1 balcony tix, $25, 1 mezz. tix, $31; Guarneri Quartet, Fri., 11/8, Zellerbach, 1 tix, $16. Barbara, 642-6750, 845-3313 (after 7 p.m.)

SF OPERA, Carmen, Sat. eve., 11/2, Civic Aud., pair equiv. to Opera House front balcony, $84/pr. P. Concus, 526-3519

SF OPERA, Carmen, Tues., 11/5, 2 tickets, 1/2 price, $110/pr. Barbara, 642-6750, 845-3313 (after 7 p.m.)


BASKETBALL PLAYERS, Sat. afternoon pick-up game, "Berkeley Bricks," current group is moderate in skill, mostly 30+ in age, we play indoors on a wood court (easy on the knees). Joel, X6715

ELECTRIC DRYER, lg. cap., will trade gas dryer or buy if price is right. Teresa, X6246

HOUSE TO SIT over Christmas week, relatives visiting, not enough space at our house. Vern, X7504, Lindsay, 528-2951

MICROSCOPE, monocular and/or binocular, for young student; globe (terrestrial), pre 1940 preferred. 526-2007

NIGHT ATTENDANT for Owen Chamberlain, prefer male, Rockridge area, Oakland, work for rm exchange. 653-2740, 524-4654


BABY SWING, Cosco Quiet Time, barely used, will deliver, $25/b.o. Teresa, X6246

BED, Sealy, queen mattress, boxspring & frame, $300; single foam-core futon (w/o frame), $50; exc. sm. couch, $125; upholstered chair, $20; 3-1/2 x 5 wool area rug, $25; lamps; Craftsman 10" table saw, $225; Roland 4000S spinet piano w/MT100 sequencer & software $1500; Commodore Amiga 3000 w/UNIX & tape drive $1K; lg. EPI spkrs, $250/pr.; JVC turntable, $80; figure skates, women's 5-1/2, $20; youth tennis racket, $10, misc., best reasonable offers. Bill, X7493, Cate, X5835, 558-8617

BIKE, women's 10-spd, $40. Diana, X6444

BIKE, Schwinn Starlet, great for K/1 girl, 12" frame, banana seat, sparkle purple paint, white fenders, spotless, $75. Carol, X4812

BOX SPRING & FRAME, twin sz., exc. cond., $40. Patti, X5151

CABINET, audio/video rack style, 6' tall, 30" wide, 12" deep, 4 adj. height shelves - 2 glass, wood finish, $60/b.o.; wading pool, w/slide for toddlers, $15/b.o.; wrought iron fence, w/gate & installation hardware, new, never installed, costs $330 new, $220/b.o.; kitchen table, heavy pine, dark color, two leaves (48" dia. round w/o leaves in), $60/b.o., chairs avail. at addt'l cost; executive office desk w/return, walnut panels, top quality metal frame, $600 new, $400/b.o. Philip, X6583

CHILD CAR SEAT, Gerry Double Guard booster model 675 (40 lb. & over), orig. $50, $20; kneeling chair, black, $10; Graco windup baby swing, $15. Dianne, 886-5527

COMPUTER & MONITOR, 486DX2/66, 15" Samsung monitor, 14/4 internal fax modem, Colorado 250MB backup, $1200. Jeff, 625-8752

ENTERTAINMENT CENTER, black, fits up to 25" TV, clear glass door, room & shelves for VCR & audio storage, asking $75; home bike, gd cond., asking $25; Yorx stereo w/CD, AM/FM stereo, dbl cass., many others standard options, asking $100. Bachir, 841-9733

FLEA MARKET, Sat., 10/26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., corner of Monterey & Colusa, benefits pre-school. Vern, X7504

HORSE for partial sponsor in Oakland hills, 5 yr. old TB, needs intermed. rider, very sweet, well started in jumping & dressage, beautiful location, flex. days. Beth, 208-3010 (eve.)

MACINTOSH Performa 460, 12 MB RAM, 13" color monitor, Stylewriter II printer, 4X external CD ROM + speakers + misc. CDs, $1K buys all. Nick, X6314

MIXER, 5-spd, nearly new, $10; 8" cake pans (2), never used, $5; ceramic tea pot, thatched house, new; misc. picture frames, $3 ea.; box of lg. plastic hangers, $2; cass. tape orange crate, new, $1. 843-2097

MOUNTAIN BIKE, 21-spd Trek 850, $150/b.o. Steve, X5346

MOVING SALE, master bedroom set (head board, 2 night stands, armoire, chest of drawers & mirror) & queen-sz. mattress/spring box, $400; sleeper sofa, $40; sleeper love-seat, $30; crib & mattress, $60; baby stroller, $10; kitchen table + leaf & 4 chairs, $40; baby play pen, $20. Shimon, X5202, 215-7708

OPERA GLASSES in leather case, $50; Pelican Pens 200, blue, fountain fine nib + ball pt., $100; 400 rollerball, $85; Parker fountain pen, fine + BP w/malachite finish, $100; Cartier gold le Must FP, med. pt., $295; Namiki retractable FP med. pt., $75. Lisa, X6268, 841-4855

PIANO, upright, early 20s, exc. cond., $950; hollow body elec. guitar, Guild T-100-D, exc. cond., '66, $600; acoustic guitar, Goya, early 60s, $250; Fender Deluxe revere amp, vacuum tube type, $200; precision base, Seville, $125; Miracle Piano teaching system, keyboard, cables, manual & disk, $100. Nick, 938-7969

WINDOW SHADES (8 avail.), rattan, matchstick roll-down, gd cond., $5 ea.; futon, queen sz., gd cond., $50. 558-9212


ALAMEDA, rm in house, share kitchen, bath, storage, laundry, safe, no smoking, prefer female, avail. 11/1, $350/mo. Rebecca, 522-5341

BERKELEY, sublet 1-bdrm apt in 4 unit bldg., exc. access to public trans., furn., avail. approx. 1/1 - 2/28, $550/mo. + util. Bill, X5229, 548-2150

BERKELEY, Elmwood/South of Campus area, 1-bdrm sublet 10/30 - 12/6, furn. w/kitchen, washer/

dryer, $775. Steven, X6966, 204-9494

BERKELEY, Park Hills Estates, nr Tilden Park & LHS, 3-bdrm, bth, dining rm, living rm, $1750/mo. w/lease. Chitra, 540-0510

BERKELEY brn shingle, furn. rm in family home for quiet, non-smoking person, easy walk to BART, UCB, LBNL shuttle, shops & cinemas, washer/dryer, phone in rm, kitchen privs., nr Ohlone Park, short term OK, avail. 11/1, $400/mo. Rob, 843-5987

BERKELEY HILLS, 1-bdrm in-law apt, 1.5 mi. from LBNL, short walk to golf course & Tilden, sep. entrance, bay view, 12' beam ceilings, walk-in bdrm closet, pvt. garden & patio, $775/mo. + $25/mo. utils. Jane, X8693

NO. BERKELEY HILLS, studio w/garden, parking, laundry & kitchen, 5 min. from LBNL/UCB, avail. Dec. '96-June '97 or longer, $700/mo. Jan, X4417, 548-7120

SO. BERKELEY, Bancroft nr Telegraph, located atop Campus Textbook Exchange, across the street from UCB & LBNL shuttle stop, studio, avail. 12/18, $531/mo. Susan, X4125, 204-9582

EL CERRITO, furn. 2-bdrm house, linens, dishes, laundry fac., enclosed garden, nr BART, school & shopping, avail. 11/1, $1400/mo. incl. utils. X7961

HERCULES, townhouse w/all amenities for rent, sale or lease option, located in cul-de-sac. John, 709-0220

KENSINGTON, furn. 3-bdrm house, view, 2 cats, avail. short term during fall/winter, $1200/mo. 526-2007

KENSINGTON, glass house w/views, verdant setting, share w/professional woman & exuberant Labrador, pvt. courtyd, entrance, bth & lg. bdrm, workshop space avail., off-st. parking, $500/mo.+1/2 utils. 528-3575

EXCHANGE: family house in Oxford, UK, offered in exchange

for similar in Berkeley area, July-Dec., 1 mi. east of city center, convenient to Univ. of Oxford, Oxford Brookes Univ. & hospitals, 3-bdrm (1 dbl, 1 twin, 1 single), 1.5 bth, all appliances, garden, car exchange also possible.

WANTED: housing for 2 in Albany, prefer long term. Mor, X6878, 528-3408

WANTED: short-term accommodation for visiting scientist & spouse, 11/10-30 or longer. Winni, ++49 40 4398236,

WANTED: family between houses seeks short term rental (3-6 mo.) or house-sit (2-bdrm min.). John or Holly, 832-3841

WANTED: 2 professional women looking for quiet 2+ bdrm rental w/garden, prefer Elmwood/

Rockridge area, approx. $1200/mo. 420-0760

WANTED: furn. house/apt for distinguished visiting professor from Germany & his wife, from Jan. til June '97 (min. 2-bdrm). 525-8807, 527-8692

WANTED: 2-3 bdrm house/apt. for postdoc, wife & 2 kids, starting late Oct./Nov. 1, for 1-2 yr. Rob, X4213

WANTED: 2-bdrm house (or 3-bdrm if not too expensive) for postdoc & wife, needed now for 1 to 2 yr., prefer No. Berkeley/No. Berkeley Hills, expecting a child in Jan. Uli, X4125

WANTED: short-term accommodation for visiting researcher (f) from Germany, 11/15 - 12/15. X5205, 528-0810


BERKELEY HILLS, 1115 Woodside (above Grizzly Peak nr LBNL), 3-bdrm, 3-bth house, lg. family rm, view of Tilden Park, reduced price, $325.5K. 528-2430


BAHAMAS, Taino Beach Resort, nr Freeport, 1-bdrm condo, slps 4, every amenity, pool, tennis, on beach, 60 days adv. notice, $500/wk. X6005


LOST: sapphire earring, in the vicinity of the Haas Business School, 9/17, sentimental value, reward. 465-8809


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