LBNL Currents

October 27, 1995


Laboratory Open House
Saturday, Oct. 28

Table of Contents


Researchers take new look at an ancient disease

By Lynn Yarris

The Advanced Light Source is providing a revealing look at one of the oldest and most persistent of all human diseases--malaria. Cathie Magowan, a parasitologist in the Life Sciences Division (LSD), is using the x-ray microscopy beamline at the ALS to obtain never before seen views of the malarial parasite inside a red blood cell.

According to the World Health Organization, each year 300 to 500 million people living in the tropics and subtropics become infected with malaria, suffering burning fever and severe pain. Nearly three million--mostly children--die. Medical researchers have been unable to stamp out a scourge described in 4 B.C. by Hippocrates, Magowan says, because the parasite's complex life-cycle makes it an extremely tough opponent.

Malaria is caused by the plasmodium parasite, which is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected female anopheles mosquito. The parasite enters the bloodstream and travels straight to the liver, where it is safe from any counteraction.

"When the parasite is introduced into the bloodstream, there is less than 30 minutes of vulnerability before it gets into the liver," says Magowan, who has been studying Plasmodium falciparum, the deadliest strain.

Once in the liver, it replicates itself many thousands of times before being released back into the bloodstream in a form that invades red blood cells. Once inside the red blood cell, it matures into a form that can offer up a shifty defense against the body's immune system.

"The parasite synthesizes a family of proteins that affect the adhesive properties of the host red blood cell," says Magowan. These proteins act in concert with tiny protrusions, called "knobs," which the parasite induces on the surface of the red blood cell. The combined effect is to anchor the cell to the wall of a capillary and prevent it from being transported to the spleen for destruction--the fate that normally befalls damaged blood cells.

While the red blood cell is in the blood stream, the parasite feeds on hemoglobin and multiplies. After 48 hours, the cell ruptures and the new parasites invade more red blood cells and repeat the cycle.

"Once inside the red blood cell, the parasite can keep changing the configuration of the new surface proteins so that the immune system doesn't have time to identify each new variant," Magowan says. Untreated, a malaria infection can last up to 100 days."

Electron microscopes have been used to obtain valuable information about the parasite inside a cell, but the cells had to be dehydrated and sliced into thin sections before they could be imaged. Consequently, there have been few detailed images of the malaria parasite within an intact cell.

Using ALS beamline 6.1, also known as the x-ray microscope, or XM-1, Magowan plans to record the entire cycle of the parasite in the red blood. She is working on the project with LSD's Mohan Narla, plus Werner Meyer-Ilse, John Brown, and John Heck at the Center for X-ray Optics, and researchers from Monash University in Australia.

"Until recently, no one had ever studied the malaria parasite inside the red blood cell with an x-ray microscope," says Magowan. "XM-1 gives us five times the resolution of light microscopes."

Already, Magowan and her colleagues have produced the clearest, most detailed images ever obtained of a malaria-infected red blood cell. One of the first areas being investigated is the interaction between the respective membranes of the parasite and the host cell. Previous studies by Magowan and her colleagues lead them to believe that the malaria parasite's ability to survive depends upon this interaction.

Membranes are the interfaces of the biological world, the site where cells interact with the exterior environment. Magowan and colleagues are studying the association between a protein expressed by the parasite called MESA (mature-parasite-infected erythrocyte surface antigen) and a protein in the red blood cell membrane called protein 4.1.

"It is known that MESA binds to protein 4.1 but no one has determined the consequence of that association," Magowan says. "Our findings suggest that MESA binding to protein 4.1 plays a major role in the parasite's viability."

Magowan is also using XM-1 to study other important proteins, including one that is in the knobs on the surface of an infected red blood cell, and one that binds infected cells to non-infected cells. In the future, when a scanning x-ray microscope comes on line at the ALS, she will use a fluorescent labeling technique being developed by LSD's Mario Moronne to locate and track the movements of various antigens in and out of both parasite and red blood cell membranes.

"X-ray microscopy should provide a better understanding of the ways in which infection with a malaria parasite changes a red blood cell," says Magowan. Such knowledge could help researchers finally tame this ancient beast.


CAPTION: Cathie Magowan of the Life Sciences Division is using the x-ray microscope (XM-1) beamline at the ALS to produce unprecedented images of malaria infections inside red blood cells. Photo by Don Fike



Opening doors to our future

By Charles V. Shank

Tomorrow's historic Laboratory Open House is an outstanding opportunity to show members of the community, and our own families, who we are and what we do. Symbolically, it represents a lifting of barriers to understanding what we are all about. In fact, it's a celebration of our accomplishments, and of the value and relevance they bring to all of our lives.

Staging such an event is a monumental undertaking, and the tireless commitment of everyone who will be contributing to the Open House is greatly appreciated. I assure you that the benefits we will receive will make the months of planning and preparation all worthwhile.

We expect the Open House to promote our identity and help us introduce ourselves to first-time visitors. We will build upon the support of our public constituency and enhance a sense of unity and community among ourselves. It is a way to remain accountable to our stakeholders, to explain our work, and to convey the excitement of research and discovery, particularly to young people. And it should be fun, leaving a residue of warmth and good will with those who attend.

This is both a challenging and exciting time for our Laboratory. We are in the midst of a difficult period of restructuring and downsizing throughout DOE, and of vigorous debate in our nation's Capital over the value of research and the level of support it deserves. Facilities such as ours are being asked to reevaluate how we do things and to remain competitive and cost-effective in difficult times. We also share responsibility with our scientific colleagues throughout the country to expand public understanding and support for the American research enterprise.

The tours and demonstrations of our facilities and capabilities will offer visitors a rare close-up look at some of the world's most sophisticated tools for exploring the universe, large and small. Exhibits will graphically explain how our pioneering efforts have improved our lives through advancements in science and technology. Our compelling speakers will reflect the range of expertise that personifies a multi-program laboratory such as ours. And a variety of activities for children will serve to stimulate their imaginations and plant the seeds of discovery and the prospects for careers in science.

We want the Berkeley Lab to be distinctive, and distinguished within the field. We have erected a handsome new entrance sign, on which Ernest Orlando Lawrence's likeness reminds visitors that this is a place whose heritage is marked by innovation and achievement. At Open House, we will dedicate our main thoroughfares in the names of our Nobel Prize winners, as permanent reminders of our legacy of accomplishment and our continuing commitment to excellence.

And tomorrow, we open our doors to the community, and to this bold and uncertain future, fraught with possibilities. Please join me in welcoming, and being a part of, the Berkeley Lab's next great chapter.


CAPTION: A new entrance sign will greet employees and visitors to the Laboratory's Open House on Saturday. The stone facade bears the likeness of Lab founder Ernest O. Lawrence. The bronze relief was created by TEID illustrator Flavio Robles, Jr.


Discover magazine seeks technological innovators

Discover magazine has issued a call for applicants for its 1996 Discover Awards for Technological Innovation. The awards "celebrate the outstanding technological innovations of our time, and specifically, the scientists, engineers and inventors who all too often are the unsung heroes of our technological age."

In 1993, the Laboratory's Jerry Nelson won the Discover award in the "Sight" category for his design of the mirrors on the Keck telescope in Hawaii.

Nominations for the awards should solve a well-defined problem or meet a clearly defined objective.

Applications must be received by Friday, Dec. 1. For entry forms and more information, contact Bruce Davies in the Technology Transfer Department (X6461).

The categories for 1996 are:


Post-doc fellowship program

The Lab's Work Force Diversity Office is seeking applicants for the UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Established in 1984, the program seeks to improve the quality and diversity of UC faculty and to enhance the competitiveness of outstanding women and people of color Ph.D. degree holders for appointments at UC campuses and DOE labs through postdoctoral research experiences.

Completed applications and supporting materials must be received or postmarked by Dec. 1, 1995, for fellowships beginning July 1, 1996. They may be submitted to Harry Reed, head of the Lab's Work Force Diversity Office, or the UC Office of the President.

For more information about the program, visit the Work Force Diversity Office's home page on the World Wide Web (, or call Christine Jue (X6585).


Sato Travel presentation

Sato Travel will begin handling Laboratory travel needs on Dec. 1, 1995. Lab travelers and support staff are invited to attend a presentation by Sato Travel from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium. The program will include information on how Sato's travel technology will benefit the Lab's travel process, as well as general information on Sato Travel. There will also be a question-and-answer session. For more information, contact Julie Blickle at X6261.


N e w s W i r e

BERKELEY LAB IN SPACE: When the space shuttle Columbia was launched on Oct. 20, it carried into orbit the second U.S. Microgravity Laboratory. One of the experiments aboard was co-designed by Physics Division mathematician Paul Concus and Stanford mathematics professor Robert Finn in collaboration with NASA's Mark Weislogel. The experiment is their second study of what happens to liquids in the absence of gravity. By videotaping the way in which a mixture of water and alcohol behaves when released into odd-shaped containers, the mathematicians can test whether equations that successfully describe capillary action and related phenomena on earth can be used in space. This information is important for the space station and other long-term missions under zero-gravity conditions. ARGONNE LAB DIRECTOR TO STEP DOWN: Alan Schriesheim, director of Argonne National Laboratory, has announced he will step down next July from the post he has held since 1983. Schriesheim, who is 65 and holds a doctorate in chemistry, came to ANL after a career with the Exxon Corporation, the first national lab director to be recruited from industry. He arrived at a time "ANL was considered the sick man of the DOE lab system," he has said, but believes he rejuvenated the laboratory through the Advanced Photon Source, a billion dollar high energy x-ray light source scheduled to open next spring, and the development of a huge research program in super-conductivity. ANL currently has an annual budget of about $500 million and a staff of nearly 5,000. In his announcement, Schriesheim said he is "reasonably confident" the multiprogram national labs will survive attacks from Congress "because we are a vital part of the science and technology infrastructure of this country." However, for the future, he said, "The political system and the taxpayers will need to be assured that the expenditure of funds on the labs is generating knowledge that is of benefit to society." HUMAN GENOME DIVERSITY PROJECT FACING TROUBLE: The Human Genome Diversity Project, a multimillion-dollar proposal to study genetic variations in populations worldwide, has been turned down in its request for funding from the United Nations. The project, which was conceived by Stanford geneticist Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, would collect DNA from 25 individuals representing approximately 500 different ethnic groups. The idea is to provide information on the genetic basis for the different predisposition and resistance to disease displayed by these groups. It would also enable scientists to reconstruct the recent history of Homo sapiens and understand how malleable the Genome is as an entity. The project has been backed by the Human Genome Organization (HUGO), and other scientific organizations, but has been criticized by a number of groups representing the indigenous peoples who are the main focus of the project. Critics generally equate the project with eugenics programs of the past and fear that the genetic inheritance of indigenous people will be commercially exploited.


Physicist lives 40 years of Laboratory history

Few at the Lab today can boast a history as long and rich as Tom Elioff, who was feted by colleagues this fall on his 40th anniversary as a Laboratory employee.

Beginning his career working with a team led by Nobelists Emilio Segrè and Owen Chamberlain, Elioff was eventually involved in the design, upgrade or operation of nearly all the major accelerators at the Lab--the 184-Inch Cyclotron, the Bevatron, and, in the early 1980s, the Advanced Light Source. He spent two years in the early 1970s at the Atomic Energy Commission in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw accelerator projects nationwide, including the construction of Fermilab.

Elioff is currently deputy director of the PEP-II division at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, where he is involved with construction of the B-factory. He talked about the early years recently with Currents writer Mike Wooldridge.

What are your earliest memories of the Lab?

Elioff: I came to UC Berkeley for graduate school in the fall of 1954, from Louisiana Tech. Normally grad students wouldn't come up to the Lab until their third year or so, but I remember talking to Emilio Segrè a few weeks after I arrived. His group was doing experiments at the 184-Inch Cyclotron and needed help running double shifts. He asked me what I did. I told him I built electronics, model airplanes. I guess I convinced him I could help out. In the mornings I helped some of the more experienced guys run the cyclotron. Sometimes I would come early and turn the cyclotron on. It was great fun.

What experiments were under way then?

Segre's group was doing polarization experiments, looking at proton-proton scattering. The key people involved were Owen Chamberlain, Tom Ypsilantis, and Herb Steiner.

Even more exciting was the planning underway for the first anti-proton experiment [the discovery that won Segrè and Chamberlain the Nobel Prize in 1959]. As a first-year graduate student, having a chance to be there was quite an opportunity.

Was there a sense at the time that these experiments would be as important as they turned out to be?

There wasn't time to think about it. People in the group were mainly focused on getting the experiment done. There was a lot of competition, too. Several other groups were looking for the anti-proton. If this experiment had not found it, for one reason or another, someone else probably would have in the next year or two. There was similar competition later for the anti-neutron. I was working on a detector for the anti-neutron when Bill Wenzel and his group discovered it.

How was the lab viewed back then as a scientific institution?

The 184-Inch Cyclotron was one of the primary tools in the world for high-energy physics. It was one of the reasons I came to Berkeley. The Bevatron was also starting up, so planning was going on for a lot of the experiments there. Facilities were getting started at other labs. The Cosmotron was being built at Brookhaven, not too far behind the Bevatron. But the "Rad Lab" was where the action was, where Lawrence had his empire, so to speak.

I imagine it was different at the Bevatron back then. When you pass it these days, it looks like a ghost town.

There was great excitement there, with everyone working to realize its full potential. Money was not a problem. Some of our shops ran three shifts a day to finish apparatus for the Bevatron on schedule. The Lab had the best shop and support facilities anywhere in the country. They were making detectors and equipment you couldn't buy. No one else could manufacture them.

Did you have much contact with Lawrence?

Interestingly, the contact I had with him was normally sometime between two and four o'clock in the morning. It happened a handful of times at the Bevatron.

He would walk in, sit down, and say, "Tell me what's going on. What did you find out today? What happened with the experiment?" Here I was, just a graduate student. I was always very nervous, but he was very relaxed. We would talk to him for awhile, and then he'd say some words of encouragement, and get up and leave.

He seemed like a very sharp guy. He liked to keep his fingers on everything that was going on. For him to show up at four o'clock in the morning to keep up with lab experiments leaves an impression.

Has the way physicists do science changed much during your career?

Definitely. Experimental groups were smaller back then. A group might consist of three or four physicists and three or four graduate students. The experiments were relatively short-lived. You ran them for several weeks, maybe several months. Generally, everyone in the group knew something about every part of the experiment.

Today you have hundreds of physicists working on a major experiment. For example, the BaBar detector currently under construction for the PEP-II project [designed to explore the lifetimes of Bo and anti-Bo mesons]. More than 500 scientists are involved from 10 countries and 70 institutions. It would be difficult for one person to be familiar with all the aspects of the experiment. There are electronic experts, scientists specialized in certain components of the detector, and those who are experts in analysis. It is a different way of doing science. Organization is vital.

How about at the Lab -- what are the biggest changes you've seen?

In the 50s and early 60s, this was basically a high-energy physics laboratory. The physics department at UC and the physicists at the Rad Lab were largely doing high-energy physics. The Bevatron was unique then. It was the place where most of the high energy physics--in today's terms, at least--was going on.

But it is hard to keep that up when you don't have land available for expansion. It was a different situation for Fermilab and Brookhaven, which had considerable flat land available. Fermilab's design started here in the early 60s. Ed Lofgren and his team did the conceptual design work, designing a 200 GeV machine, expandable to 400 GeV. We actually had two proposed sites in California, one at Lake Folsom and another near Oakdale. The Fermilab site won out. A lot of other accelerators also had their beginnings in the 60s--at SLAC, Argonne, Princeton, Cambridge.

And that paved the way for the Lab to become more of a multipurpose laboratory?

I think so. It was inevitable that we wouldn't have the largest machine forever. We had to evolve into a multipurpose institution, and with the talents of the Lab's staff and the proximity to the Berkeley campus, we could.

You have to appreciate what the Lab has become. Look at our publications--we have always been at the forefront of scientific research. Today it continues in even more areas.


CAPTIONS: Tom Elioff (right) and Henry Lancaster, Electronics Group Leader at the Advanced Light Source, reminisce at Elioff's 40-year anniversary reception. The two have been colleagues since the early days of the Bevatron.

Late-1950s graduate students (left to right) Dick Wiengard, Don Keller, and Tom Elioff make adjustments on an anti-neutron detector in the Bevatron parking lot.



Open Enrollment Month

November is Open Enrollment Month, a time when Laboratory employees can make changes in insurance plan coverage. All employees should have received the annual open enrollment announcement at home. If you have not received yours, contact the Benefits Office by e-mail at

You are encouraged to review the announcement and consider any recent life changes that may affect your insurance needs. Changes may be made in Accidental Death and Dismemberment, Dental, Dependent Care, Legal, Medical and Optical plans. A few changes in coverage have been made that should also be considered:

Medical Plans:

The PacifiCare Medical Plan is now available to Laboratory employees.

Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D):

Premiums will be paid on an after-tax basis and not on a pretax basis through the Tax Savings on Insurance Premiums program.

Employee-Paid Disability:

The monthly benefit maximum will increase from $5,000 to $10,000. Premiums will increase only for those participants who would benefit from the increased maximum coverage (employees earning more than $7,143 per month).

Basic and Expanded Dependent Life:

Full-time student status will no longer be required for dependent children ages 21-23.

COBRA Coverage:

Some COBRA plan members may experience a premium increase. Some future COBRA plan members may be eligible to continue medical coverage fro up to 5 years.

Open enrollment transaction forms must be returned to the Benefits Office by Thursday, Nov. 30.

Benefits/Wellness Fair

As part of Open Enrollment Month, the Benefits Office is sponsoring a Benefits/Wellness Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3 in the cafeteria lobby.

Benefits Office staff will be available for information and to schedule appointments with anyone needing to discuss their benefits package. They will also collect enrollment/change forms from employees who wish to make changes in any of their benefits plans.

Representatives from most of the UC group insurance plans will also be available to answer questions. They will be distributing membership booklets with detailed program descriptions.

Several Laboratory and UC campus departments will also have information tables at the Fair, with materials on wellness programs and health.

For Laboratory retirees, an Annuitant Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Shenanigan's Restaurant, #30 Jack London Village in Oakland.



Cozy products offer warmth, energy savings

Contributed by Antonia Reaves

What do you do to stay warm at the Laboratory during the winter months? If you are one of the many who tuck an electric space heater under your desk, the In-House Energy Management Program invites you to consider a safer, more energy-efficient solution.

Electric space heaters typically use 1,000 to 1,500 watts; about six times the wattage needed to power computers and monitors. Because of their high wattage, electric space heaters are often responsible for tripping circuit breakers, which often leads to lost work on computers. Electric heaters can also make the surrounding area uncomfortably stuffy, especially if ventilation is poor.

To remedy the situation, the Laboratory has made available several products that heat the person--not the space--for a fraction of the wattage of an electric space heater. Manufactured by the TRILITE company, they are available through the Boise Cascade Office Products catalog.

One product, called the Cozy Foot Rest, measures 20"x14"x1", weighs six pounds, and fits easily under a desk to provide foot warmth. An ergonomic design allows the user to adjust the angle of the foot rest for maximum comfort Since the foot rest uses only 150 watts at its highest setting, it costs less than $3 a year in electrical costs if operated four hours a day, five days a week during the winter months. A comparatively used electric space heater would cost approximately $20 a year. The Cozy Foot Rest sells for about $70.

Another second product, called the Cozy Foot Warmer, offers comforting warmth at only 75 watts, and costs about $52. It costs less than $1.50 a year to operate if used as above. A third produce, called "Cozy Toes," uses 150 watts and costs about $64.

All of the products are UL-listed and are generally safer to use than an electric space heater. For more information, contact Antonia Reaves at X7228.


Calendar of Events
October 30 - November 10

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

10 A.M.-3 P.M.


30 m o n d a y


"On-Line Modelling and Control of an Industrial Terpolymerization Reactor" will be presented by Babatunde Ogunnaike of DuPont at 4 p.m. in the Pitzer Auditorium; refreshments, 3:30 p.m.


"First Science with The W.M. Keck Telescope" will be presented by James R. Graham of UCB at 4:30 p.m. in 1 Le Conte; refreshments, 4 p.m., 375 Le Conte.

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"Large Scale Velocity Fields" will be presented by Hume Feldman of Princeton University at 12:30 p.m. in 375 Le Conte.


LBNL Library & MELVYL Catalogs at 3 p.m. in Bldg. 62-339.


"Globular Clusters -- the Key to Almost Everything'" will be presented by Ivan King of UCB at 3:30 p.m. in 643 Campbell Hall.


"Interaction of the APC Tumor Suppressor Protein with Catenins" will be presented by Paul Polakis of Onyx Pharmaceuticals at 4 p.m. in Bldg. 66-316.

1 w e d n e s d a y


November is Open Enrollment Month. During this time you can enroll, change, transfer or cancel enrollment in the group insurance plans, including AD&D, Dental, DepCare, Legal, Medical and Optical. For more information send requests to


"Personal Financial Management" will be discussed by Oliver Stafford, CFP, at noon in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium, Session 1 of 2; brown bag.


Noon in the Bldg. 50F Conference Room, brown bag lunch.


12:10-1 p.m., Bldg. 2-300.

2 t h u r s d a y 


General information on Lab's new travel provider; 10-11:30 a.m. in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium


"Maximizing Growth and Wealth Accumulation" will be discussed by Oliver Stafford, CFP, at noon in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium, Session 2 of 2; brown bag.


"Recent Applications of HREELS in Surface Science" will be presented by Larry L. Kesmodel of the University of Indiana at Bloomington at 1:30 p.m. in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.


Current Contents via MELVYL at 3 p.m. in Bldg. 62-339.


"HERA-B: Study CP Violation Using HERA Protons" will be presented by Dominik Ressing of DESY/HERA-B at 4 p.m. in Bldg. 50B-4205; refreshments, 3:40 p.m.

3 f r i d a y


"Density Perturbation of a Breathing KV Beam - A Mechanism for Beam Halo Formation" will be presented by Wen-Hao Cheng of LBNL & UCB at 10:30 a.m. in the Bldg. 71 Conference Room.


The Laboratory's annual Open Enrollment/Wellness Fair will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the cafeteria lobby. This is an opportunity to meet with insurance vendors.


"Conceptual Study of Light Water Cooled Reactors Operating at Supercritical Pressure for Improving Economy and PU Utilization" will be presented by Yoshiaki Oka of The University of Tokyo at 1:30 p.m. in 3102 Etcheverry

6 m o n d a y


"Diffusion-driven Coarsening of Foams Trapped in Porous Media" will be presented by David Cohen of UCB; "Bubble Coalescence in Electrolytic Gas Evolution" will be presented by Richard Stover of UCB, 3:30 p.m. in the Pitzer Auditorium; refreshments, 3 p.m.


"Heat/Mass Transfer Study for Binary and Multicomponent Mixture - Condensation in Vertical Tubes" will be presented by Alex D. Dvoiris of Exergy at 4 p.m. in 3106 Etcheverry; refreshments, 3:45 p.m.


"Base-Einstein Condensation in a Dilute Atomic Gas" will be presented by Eric Cornell of the University of Colorado at 4:30 p.m. in 1 Le Conte; refreshments, 4 p.m., 375 Le Conte.

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LBNL Library & MELVYL Catalogs at 11 a.m. in Bldg. 50-134.


"Statistical Mechanics and Black Hole Entropy" will be presented by Steve Carlip of UCD at 2:10 p.m. in 430 Birge Hall.

8 w e d n e s d a y


9 t h u r s d a y


7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., near Bldg. 77.


Current Contents via MELVYL at 11 a.m. in Bldg. 50-134.


General meeting at noon in Bldg. 90-1099.


"The Use of Symmetry in Surface Vibrational Spectroscopy" will be presented by Michael Trenary of the University of Illinois at Chicago at 1:30 p.m. in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.


Bruce Buffett of UCB will speak at 3:30 p.m. in 1 Le Conte Hall, title to be announced; refreshments, 3 p.m., 661 Campbell Hall.


"Big Bang Nucleosynthesis: Consistency or Crisis?" will be presented by Gary Steigman of Ohio State University at 4 p.m. in Bldg. 50B-4205; refreshments, 3:40 p.m.

10 f r i d a y


"Modeling Of Bone-Implant Systems" will be presented by Donald L. Bartel of Cornell University at 1 p.m. in 3110 Etcheverry Hall; refreshments.


Dining Center -- Oct. 30-Nov.3


Early Bird--
Whole wheat & honey pancakes w/coffee                   $2.05
Today's Soup--
Spicy black-eye pea                             $1.35 & $1.95
Bistro Fare--
Fish saute w/garlic, parsley & olives, 
w/wild rice & veggies*                                  $3.95
South of the Border                                a la carte
Sadie's Grill-
Marinara & provolone cheeseburger w/fries               $3.60

Early Bird--
1 pancake, 2 eggs, 2 bacon & coffee                     $2.95
Today's Soup--
San Francisco style cioppino*                   $1.35 & $1.95
Bistro Fare--
Old Fashioned beef stew w/steamed rice                  $3.95
Mexican fiesta salad                                    $3.95
Sadie's Grill--
Chicken Monterey w/Jack & salsa & fries                 $3.95

Early Bird--
Biscuits & gravy w/2 eggs & coffee                      $2.05
Today's Soup--
Beef vegetable                                  $1.35 & $1.95
Bistro Fare--
Smoked turkey, pesto, provolone, sun-dried 
tomatoes & focaccia*                                    $3.95
South of the Border                                a la carte
Sadie's Grill--
Western bacon cheeseburger w/fries                      $3.95

Early Bird--
Blueberry pancakes w/coffee                             $2.05
Today's Soup--
Manhattan clam chowder*                         $1.35 & $1.95
Bistro Fare--
Chicken Caesar salad                                    $3.95
South of the Border                                a la carte
Sadie's Grill--
BBQ beef on French roll w/seasoned fries                $3.95

Early Bird--
Ham scramble w/coffee                                   $2.60
Today's Soup--
Split pea & lima bean                           $1.35 & $1.95
Bistro Fare--
Pasta Piatti w/breadstick*                              $3.95
Pasta Piatti w/breadstick*                              $3.95
Sadie's Grill--
Salmon burger w/celery root aioli & fries                $3.95

*Denotes recipe lower in fat, calories & cholesterol


Currents ONLINE edition

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.


Financial planning seminars

The following brown-bag, financial planning seminars are scheduled for November. All are at noon in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium.

Personal Financial Management
Oliver Stafford, CFP
Noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1

Maximizing Growth and Wealth Accumulation
Oliver Stafford, CFP
Noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2

Estate Planning
Jack Eugene Teeters, Esq.
Noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14


Paper recycling program to go lab-wide

An office waste recycling program that began this summer as a pilot project in the Bldg. 90 complex (see Aug. 8 Currents) will be phased in lab-wide, beginning next week.

The office waste recycling program targets all white paper for recycling by a new service provider, Richmond Sanitary. The separation of the white paper will be the responsibility of each employee. Special receptacles and copies of the new guidelines will be distributed over the next two months to all employees, beginning with the Bldg. 50 and 70 complexes.

Cardboard recycling through the Association of Retarded Citizens (ARC) of Berkeley will also go lab-wide in the coming months. Custodial staff will continue to pick up cardboard boxes, but will transport them to nearby cardboard bins which are then emptied regularly by ARC trucks.

Questions regarding the new policy should be directed to Facilities Custodial Services manager Bob Berninzoni at X5576.


Work Request Center a phone call away

Need a new shelf installed, table built, or ant infestation zapped? The Facilities Work Request Center welcomes all your requests for work at the Laboratory. The WRC currently handles 40-60 calls per day, with near immediate electronic transmission of your request to the required service provider within Facilities. Make your requests by phone at X6274, fax at X6272, via QuickMail to "Facility," or e-mail/vax-mail to The mailing address is M.S. 76-100.


F l e a M a r k e t

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


'36 FORD 5 window coupe, w/'73 9" Ford rear end, boxed in frame, stored in garage for 18 yrs., no rust, no motor & trans., $3750. Gary, X7451, 276-4445 (11 a.m.-3 p.m.)

'78 MERCURY Bobcat sta. wgn, great cond., 87K mi., reliable, runs very well, 2.8-liter V-6 engine, rebuilt carburetor, 3-spd a/t, p/s, p/b, a/c, AM-FM radio/cass., white w/blue int., very clean, $725 (incl. smog). X7859, 939-2006, (eve./wkend)

'84 HONDA CRX, 85K mi., great cond., new clutch, tires, front brakes, $3300/b.o. Stephanie, X7315, 849-3955

'85 FORD Escort, 76K mi., runs great, leaving USA, $1K. John, X5935, 843-8946

'85 HONDA Accord hatchbk, 96K mi., 5-spd, asking $3100. Peter, X5983, 687-1827

'86 TOYOTA Tercel, 5-spd, a/c, AM/FM cass., 170K mi., runs well, $1800. Rob, X4213, 652-3621

'87 FORD/MERCURY Lynx, 5-spd, 70K mi., gd engine & tires, needs clutch, $1200/b.o. 635-4417 (after 6 p.m.)

'89 HYUNDAI Excel, 80K mi., 4-spd., p/s, 4-dr, gd cond., runs great, $2K/b.o. Sasa, X7621, 845-4138

'91 MAZDA 323, 5-spd, 50K mi., 3-dr., radio/cass, like new, great mpg, no a/c, $5500/b.o. Kathy, X4385, 482-9053 (eve.)

MOTORCYCLE, '92 Suzuki Intruder 1400cc, Corbin seat, Metzler tires, windscreens, saddlebags, black, 18K mi., $5200. Jennifer, X6770, 339-8084

MOTORCYCLES, '84 Honda XR250R, $995; '82 Yamaha YZ 490, $800. X6598, 689-7213

CAMPER SHELLS (2), for full sz. trucks, exc. cond., 1 for long bed, 1 for short bed, $ 300/b.o. ea. X6598, 432-2383, 689-7213

WANTED: station wgn, '87, '88 Taurus, Escort, Subaru, gd cond., reasonable miles. Abraham, X7708, 283-5386


CARPOOL, rider needed for 4 person carpool from Vacaville, Fairfield area, share driving, Mon.-Fri. work hrs. 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mark, X4671, (707) 448-7979

CARPOOL, rider/driver commuting from Benicia-Vallejo, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Maria, X4035


FRENCH SPEAKING INDIVIDUAL(S), native or proficient to converse in French at lunch, will teach Cantonese or Mandarin in exchange. Tennessee, X5013


CAL FOOTBALL, 11/4 vs. Washington, 2:30 p.m., 2 seats, $20 ea.; 11/11 vs. Arizona, 12:30 p.m., 2 seats, $20 ea.; 11/18 vs. Stanford, 12:30 p.m., 2 seats, $35 ea. Fumiko, (415) 202-0364


AIRLINE VOUCHERS (2), America West each worth $100 towards an AmWest plane ticket, transferable, $80 ea. Katherine, X4839, 655-0742

BICYCLE, Univega VivaSport, '81,10-spd road bike, $40. Allan, X4210, (415) 621-4231

BIKE HELMET, Giro Hammerhead, med., 1-1/2 yr. old, gd cond., no accidents, hardly used, $15/b.o. Barbara, X4390, 843-0796

COMPACT DISC STEREO SYSTEM, miniature, AIWA, w/remote, dbl cass. deck & receiver, incl. 3-band equalizer, super t-bass, 3-way bass reflex speaker system & more, 5 yr. warranty, brand new, asking $300/b.o. 635-8224 (msg.)

DAYBED w/trundle, hardly used, paid $370, asking $200. Peter, X5983, 687-1827

DINING ROOM TABLE, tile-top country style, w/4 Windsor chairs, like new, $150; CTX SVGA 14" color monitor, $130; Alpha cross-country ski tracker, $30. David Robertson, 597-0215

FUTON, full sz., mattress & frame, $50. Chris, X6558

LEVI'S 501 jeans, new, sz. 31, 32 & 33 waist, 30 & 32 length, $20 ea. Cheri, 669-0338

LIGHT FIXTURE for dining rm, $8; Panasonic printer, $25; IBM PC & Epson printer, $150. 831-9172

MATTRESS, full sz., gd cond., spring, $40. Francisco, 549-3537 (eve.)

MATTRESS, twin mattress & boxspring, clean, $50; NIKON 8008 AF body w/50mm AIS (non-AF), $400. Greg, X5315, 883-1278 (msg.)

MONITOR, Apple 15" Multiscan color, $300. Bill, X4686, 601-1404

MOVING SALE, dbl futon + frame, $110; desk + 2 chairs, $100; color TV, Sharp, 21", $120; computer desk, $100; bookcase, 67"x29", $20; ofc. chair, $80. John, X5935, 843-8946

REFRIGERATOR, 36" wide, side-by-side, auto-defrost, white, Signature, Frostless 29, $200/b.o. Jim, X7302

SOFABED, queen sz., $50; recliner, $25; Schwinn 12-spd, like new, w/rear rack, head & tail lights, $150/b.o. Julie, X4583, 232-6919

WALKING SHOES, AVIA, women's sz. 9, white, never worn, $60. Shelley, X4737

WASHER/DRYER, apt sz., stackable, Sears Kenmore, exc. cond., $300 for both. 526-9378

WEIGHT SET, incl. bench, leg extension, straight bar, curl bar, dumbbells & 400 lbs., hardly used, like new, paid $450, asking $275. Lisa, X5314, 906-9786


ALBANY, 1 bdrm. in lg. 3-bdrm, 2-bth apt, quiet area, parking, nr UC Village, avail. 11/1, $270/mo. + last mo. rent & $100 dep. Mark, X4427, 527-7806

BERKELEY, Euclid/Cedar Ave., 5 blks from UCB, furn. rm in pvt home, kitchen privs., washer/dryer, deck, bay view, nr trans., shops, tennis cts. & Rose Garden, no smoking, no pets, $450/mo. + util. 548-1287

CROCKETT, 3-bdrm, 2-bth house, secluded w/trees, spacious living rm, lg. wrap-around deck w/Carquinez Strait view, 15 mi. to LBNL, 5 min. to I-80, $1050/mo. Frank, 540-0838

EL CERRITO, Arlington Blvd. nr Potrero, nr Del Norte BART station, on #7 bus line, furn. 1-bdrm in-law apt, bay view, use of washer/dryer, avail. 10/28, $450/mo., utils. incl. 235-5261

KENSINGTON, 1-bdrm, 1-bth house, bay view, frpl, hand-painted beam ceiling, stove, refrig., yd & patio, nr bus & shopping, garage, no pets, avail. 11/15, $1K/mo. 527-2937

LAFAYETTE, 2-bdrm, 1-bth upper unit in secluded, woodsy duplex, balcony, washer & dryer nearby, new paint/carpet, $885. Helmut, 284-2092, 299-0565

OAKLAND, 2-bdrm, 1-bth house, w/bonus rm, yd, well-maint., nr shopping, no garage, suitable for 2 people. 654-8334 (after 6 p.m.)

OAKLAND HILLS, nr Claremont Hotel, new, 1-bdrm in-law apt, balcony, 3-bridge view, hardwd flrs, 1-car garage, use of washer/dryer, for 1 person, non-smoker, no pets, bicycle to Lab, $795/mo. incl. utils. + sec. dep. 841-6285

WANTED: studio/apt for single post-doc. visiting, any place in Bay Area, nr BART,12/95-11/96. Liliane, X4441, 450-0524


EL CERRITO, 3-bdrms, 2-1/2 bth townhome, move-in cond., remodeled kitchen w/custom oak cabinets, frpl, attached 2-car garage w/storage cabinets, incl. washer, dryer, refrigerator, window coverings, exc. loc., walk to BART, bus & shopping, 15 min. to LBNL, offered by orig. owner, $165K. Randy Morton, 527-9800, 235-8921


SO. LAKE TAHOE, Tahoe Keys, 3-bdrm, 2.5-bth house, w/boat dock, mountain views, quiet area, nr everything. Bob, 376-2211


LOST: black zippered carrycase w/notebook containing class notes for MSE 123, last seen Friday, possibly in Bldg. 62 or Bldg. 2. Please contact 642-0205


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