LBNL Currents

October 6, 1995


Table of Contents


Study shows Tritium Labeling Facility operating safely

By Lynn Yarris

The Laboratory has released to the public the results of a "risk assessment" conducted for its National Tritium Labeling Facility. The assessment shows that people who work at the Lab, as well as those on the UC Berkeley campus or who live in surrounding neighborhoods, incur virtually no increased risk of cancer as a result of the facility's operations.

Tritium is a radioactive form of hydrogen that emits beta particles (high-speed electrons) as it decays. If one or more hydrogen atoms in a chemical compound are replaced with atoms of tritium, biomedical researchers can monitor the emission of radiation and follow the compound as it moves through living cells. This is an important technique for studying biological processes or testing the effectiveness of new pharmaceuticals. The Berkeley Lab is the only user-facility in the United States where tritium-labeled compounds for biomedical studies are prepared.

The radiation emitted by tritium cannot penetrate clothing or skin, and travels only about five millimeters (two-tenths of an inch) through the air. However, tritium can be taken into the body by breathing tritiated water-vapor in the air, or by eating or drinking tritium-contaminated food or water. In response to community concerns, the Lab conducted a formal analysis of the risks posed by the National Tritium Labeling Facility, the only significant source of tritium at the Laboratory.

Specific findings of the assessment show that Laboratory employees who work in the immediate area outside of the facility are exposed to tritium levels that are one-ten thousandth (.0001) of the occupational health limits set by federal regulations and recommended by the International Commission on Radiological Protection. Their added risk of developing a fatal cancer as a result of this exposure amounts to less than one percent of what everyone in this country risks as a result of natural or "background" radiation--radiation that is always present in the environment. The increased cancer risk for local residents and people on the UC Berkeley campus, as well as other Laboratory workers, amounts to one-hundredth of one percent.

The 90-page report was prepared by Thomas E. McKone and Kevin P. Brand of the Health and Ecological Assessment Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. It is entitled: "Environmental Health-Risk Assessment for Tritium Releases at the National Tritium Labeling Facility at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Copies can be obtained by calling Shaun Fennessey at X5122.


New technique helps researchers identify "old" living cells

By Jeffery Kahn

A team of researchers led by Life Sciences' Judy Campisi has developed the first technique for identifying cells within living organisms that have reached old age.

Senescent cells, as they are called, no longer are capable of dividing yet remain metabolically active. Furthermore, they exhibit changes in form and function such as are evident between the supple skin of a child and the wrinkled skin of the elderly.

Scientists know senescence is an irreversible stage in the life of the cell, yet they are intent upon learning more about this vital process. Senescence not only may be an underlying cause of aging but also a means for preventing the uncontrolled growth of cells--what we know as cancer.

In an article published Sept. 26 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the research team describes a simple, rapid, and inexpensive test for identifying senescent cells. The new test, developed by Campisi, Life Sciences' Goberdhan Dimri, and colleagues at several other research institutions, gives science a powerful new tool for examining senescence.

Campisi says that because it had not been possible to detect or study senescent cells in a living animal ("in vivo" ), the research until now has focused on cells grown in culture. She says the new technique has provided the first actual evidence that senescent cells may exist in living organisms, and that they accumulate with age.

The ability to distinguish senescent cells in vivo should allow researchers to take a much closer look at their suspected role in tumor suppression and aging.

"One could say that senescence is the opposite of cancer," says Campisi. "Some of the same genes that drive uncontrolled proliferation in cancer seem to be under tight control, or actually turned off, in senescence."

Currently, many researchers are searching for genes with anti-proliferative or tumor-suppressive properties. Some are involved in basic science, such as, the quests to understand the processes of aging and cancer. Others are attempting to develop drugs and diagnostic procedures.

The new technique should allow scientists to screen compounds for senescence-inducing or senescence-delaying activity. These compounds may have anti-tumor or anti-aging properties. The method also can be used to identify genes able to stop cancerous cells from replicating. Likewise, it should help in the isolation of genes that trigger premature aging syndromes.

Campisi said the technique emerged after researchers discovered that senescent cells produce or express an unusual form of a particular enzyme. This enzyme, beta-galactosidase, either is absent or virtually absent in its senescence-associated form in presenescent cells.

Based on this finding, a simple assay was developed that uses a stain to detect the presence of the enzyme. Old cells--those that express the senescence-associated beta-galactosidase--turn blue.

Why senescent cells produce the enzyme is unknown. Campisi says it is unlikely that this activity is responsible for shutting down the ability of a cell to proliferate. Instead, she said, the enzyme probably is a consequence of senescence and most likely associated with the change in cell function that invariably accompanies senescence.

Researchers report that the senescence-associated beta-galactosidase is expressed by a variety of senescent human cells but that it is not a universal biomarker for senescence in every cell type. Among those cells for which it is a marker are two skin cell types--fibroblasts and keratinocytes.

"In vivo studies show that young skin has thick dermis with organized collagen fibers," Campisi says. "Old dermis is thin, with less collagen and less-organized collagen fibers. Senescent fibroblasts in culture are well known to produce large amounts of collagenase, the enzyme that degrades collagen. Thus, senescent cells not only stop dividing, but change function.

"And, examining skin from human donors of various ages, we now have shown that the frequency of fibroblasts and keratinocytes expressing the senescence-associated beta-galactosidase increases markedly with age." This, she says, suggests that the thinning of the skin that occurs with age may be due to the accumulation of senescent, collagenase-producing fibroblasts. The in vivo studies were done in collaboration with Monica Peacocke at the New England Medical Center.

Campisi said it would be foolish to attempt to completely reverse senescence in cells on the basis that the cessation of growth prevents cancer. On the other hand, the ability to manage or alter the changes in form and function that are synonymous with senescence--what is known as the senescent phenotype--has obvious value.

The biotech industry one day may attempt to change the phenotype of senescent cells, for instance, as a way to deal with the skin problems of older people. The new assay should prove helpful as a first line test to discover new drugs and monitor their effects in vivo.


CAPTION -- Judy Campisi and her team have developed the first technique for identifying "old" living cells.


New UC president gives thumbs up to labs

By Rick Malaspina

Wasting no time on his first day at work, UC President Richard C. Atkinson met with news reporters and gave a "thumbs-up" to the Berkeley, Livermore and Los Alamos labs and their continued management by the University.

"I think the laboratories are incredibly important for the country at this time in our history. They need to be run in a way that maximizes the relationship between the work they do and the work the goes on at universities around the country, not just at UC," Atkinson said in a "get acquainted" session with about 25 news reporters at UC systemwide headquarters in Oakland.

"My personal opinion is that it's too important a project for the University not to continue managing these labs," he said. "I frankly think that the University of California can do a better job than anyone else--certainly better than private contractors and the like--of managing the laboratories and ensuring that the quality of research the labs are doing is outstanding. I believe that it's important for the University to continue in this direction."

Atkinson, 66, an internationally respected scholar in psychology and cognitive science who was chancellor of UC San Diego for 15 years, met with reporters Monday after starting his first day on the job as UC's 17th president. He said he'd had a hard time finding a first cup of coffee and that he and his wife Rita, also a psychologist, would be living in a "tiny two-bedroom apartment" across Lake Merritt while roof and electrical repairs are being done on the president's official residence in Kensington.

"My living conditions are a little unique," he quipped.

Later, Atkinson talked by phone with the directors of the three UC-managed laboratories and greeted headquarters employees at a reception, saying that he planned to visit all parts of the UC system in coming months.

The 90-minute meeting with reporters touched on a wide range of topics. Along the way, Atkinson urged students to perform more public service work as part of their UC education; affirmed the need for a 10th UC campus in Merced; discussed funding projections for the UC system; advocated alternative teaching methods; said he would consider downsizing UC's central administration staff; and expressed his own commitment to student and staff diversity.

Throughout the session, Atkinson returned to his twin goals for his presidency--to ensure that UC continues to provide the highest possible quality of education to students and to maintain UC's leadership role in delivering "cutting edge" research for the benefit of California and the nation.

Atkinson, a former director of the National Science Foundation, sounded the same theme in commenting on the national laboratories and their relationship with the University, while also stressing the need for continued federal funding in basic research.


DOE Energy Awareness Month

Once again, the Department of Energy has designated October as Energy Awareness Month. This year's theme is "Energy Fuels our Future." All employees are encouraged to support the spirit of Energy Awareness Month by turning off lights and electrical equipment when they are not needed. This action and the others listed below will support the Lab's goal to reduce operating costs and run more efficiently. For those of you who would like information on how you can save energy at home, the Lab's In-House Energy Management Program is sponsoring an Energy Awareness Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the cafeteria. Representatives from PG&E and the Energy and Environment Division will be on hand to answer questions and distribute information.


In Memoriam--John G. Conway

John George Conway, retired staff scientist in the Materials Sciences Division (then MMRD), died on Sept. 26 from complications following a stroke. He was 73.

Conway was hired by Glenn Seaborg in 1947 to establish a spectroscopy lab at Berkeley. He had worked as a spectroscopist on the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos since 1944, measuring the quantity and purity of plutonium and uranium.

Conway's Berkeley Lab research focused primarily on the radioactive elements of the actinide series, measuring the properties of such man-made elements as californium, berkelium and einsteinium. He was the first person to measure the isotope shifts of americium and plutonium and to observe the spectra of curium and californium. His non-nuclear research ranged from measuring the temperature of the sun's corona to exploring ways to make a better light bulb.

During his 39-year career at the Laboratory, Conway published more than 100 papers on his research into the properties of radioactive elements. He was selected twice as a visiting researcher at the University of Paris, South, in Orsay, France. He was a fellow in the Optical Society of America and a member of the American Physical Society and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy. He was president of the Northern California Society for Spectroscopy and chaired the San Francisco Science Symposium in 1966.

For his outstanding work in the field of spectroscopy, Conway received a Louis A. Strait Award in 1966 from the Northern California Society of Applied Spectroscopy and a William F. Meggers Award in 1970 from the Optical Society of America.

After retiring from the Lab in 1986, Conway continued working as a consultant in atomic spectroscopy at Livermore until the time of his death.

Conway was very active in the community, having served on the El Cerrito City Council from 1958 to 1963. He was elected mayor in 1961. As a coucil member, he championed recreation services and parks, and the construction of the El Cerrito Library, the El Cerrito Public Safety Building and the El Cerrito Community Center. Afterward he served on the East Bay Municipal Utility District recreation committee that opened San Pablo Reservoir to public use. He also served on the Contra Costa County Parks and Recreation Commission for eight years.

Conway's wife, Florence Bittner, died in 1992. He survived by sons John, Mike, and Patrick; daughters Jane, Ann, Kate, and Caroline; and five grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church of El Cerrito, or to the donor's favorite charity.


N e w s W i r e

Human radiation committee delivers final report:

President Clinton's Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments (ACHRE) in its final report said that significant progress has been made during the past 50 years in developing safeguard procedures to protect human research subjects. However, the committee also urged the federal government and biomedical researchers to review current practices to ensure that the rights and interests of society's most vulnerable members are protected. The committee further asserted that past experiments, conducted between 1944 and 1974, as well as environmental releases of radiation during that period, have left a profound "legacy of distrust." To this end, it recommended guidelines for compensating victims. ACHRE was chaired by Dr. Ruth Faden, director of the Bioethics Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

Effort to kill DOE dead for now:

A member of the House task force that proposed legislation to abolish DOE has conceded that the proposal is "dead" this year and may not ever be successful because of the complexity of the department and the difficulty of figuring out what to do with its disparate parts. Freshman Rep. John Ensign (R-Nev.), told reporters, "I'm not sure you'll ever be able to dismantle DOE: it's that much of a disaster in terms of how you would do it because it is so complex." He likened the task of differentiating between DOE's energy, nuclear weapons, and environmental programs to "straightening out spaghetti."

UCB doctoral programs get good grades:

The National Research Council has released its rankings of 3,634 doctoral programs at 274 institutions. Out of 36 UC Berkeley programs surveyed, 35 were ranked in the nation's top ten. Cal's doctoral programs in chemistry, mathematics, and statistics were ranked number one; the programs in physics and geosciences were ranked third. The report is available on the National Academy of Science's World Wide Web site. The address is:


UC Davis psychologist to speak on National Coming Out Day

Gregory Herek, a research psychologist at UC Davis, will speak at the Laboratory on Tuesday, Oct. 10, which is National Coming Out Day. His talk, scheduled for noon in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium, is entitled, "Heterosexuals' Attitudes Toward Lesbians and Gay Men: Does Coming Out Make a Difference?"

In addition to ongoing studies of the impact of AIDS on gay and bisexual men, Herek's empirical research includes studies of heterosexuals' attitudes toward gay men and lesbians, violence against them, public attitudes concerning the AIDS epidemic, and public education about AIDS.

A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS), Herek testified on behalf of the APA and five other national professional associations before the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee during hearings on gay people in the U.S. military.

The talk is sponsored by the Work Force Diversity Office.


National Hispanic Heritage Month

CAPTIONS -- The Lab closed out September with two presentations celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month. Above, a musician with Mariachi Tapatío strums a guitarrón, the traditional "bass guitar" of Mexican music. Mariachi Tapatío played for a lunchtime audience on the cafeteria lawn on Sept. 20.

Michael Smith, director of the American Indian Film Institute, visited the Lab on Sept. 27. He presented "Borders," a short film entry into the American Indian Film Festival. Smith also described his work with the Institute and the evolving depictions of Native Americans in the media.


Lab receives kudos for reducing energy consumption, costs

By Brennan Kreller

The Lab's In-House Energy Management (IHEM) program was given seals of approval with the announcement of four awards from the Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Management Program. Awards were given for fiscal year 1994 accomplishments that included reducing energy consumption and costs by 8 and 26 percent, respectively.

Doug Lockhart, chief of the IHEM Group in the Facilities Department, received a DOE IHEM Individual Award for his leadership role in conducting energy studies and implementing energy retrofits in several lab buildings. He also negotiated a new contract to change energy suppliers, which accounted for a decrease in cost (26%) far surpassing the decrease in consumption (8%).

Jon Gibson, an electrician in Maintenance and Operations, received a FEMA Individual Award for his work with the site-wide Energy Monitoring and Control System. As lead EMCS electrician, he is responsible for the installation, operation, and maintenance of all types of EMCS devices and their subordinate electrical systems. Among those systems installed in FY94, an annual savings of $57,820 has resulted.

DOE also recognized the team efforts of Facilities' Steve Greenberg, Steve Kromer, Mack Morgan, Oliver Morse, Tai Voong, and E&E's Michael Siminovitch, who collaborated on lighting energy efficiency retrofits in buildings 70 and 90. The project included installation of high-efficiency fluorescent lamps and ballasts, LED (light-emitting diode) exit signs and occupancy sensors, resulting in annual savings of $111,000 (1,387,000 kilowatt hours).

FEMP acknowledged a team consisting of Lockhart, E&E's Dale Sartor, Facilities' Chuck Taberski, and Michael Rhea of Michael Rhea and Associates. The team negotiated an energy savings performance contract for Bldg. 62, in which the subcontractor implemented a comprehensive energy efficiency plan, including lighting, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), and process load energy efficiency measurements.

IHEM continues to implement energy efficiency strategies lab-wide, including retrofit projects in Bldgs. 70, 70A, 50, 77, 54, 72, and 76, which include lighting, HVAC, and control systems. "By 1997 we plan to have all lighting retrofitted," said Lockhart, "most motors replaced with premium efficiency ones, and HVAC controls in almost every building. We will also have replaced half a dozen boilers."

CAPTION -- Award recipients include (from left) Jon Gibson, Doug Lockhart, Tai Voong, Dale Sartor, Steve Greenberg, Chuck Taberski, Oliver Morse, Mack Morgan, and Michael Siminovitch.


1995 Runaround Winners

On Friday, Sept. 22, more than 700 Lab employ-ees participated in the 18th Annual Laboratory Runaround, a 3.0-kilometer fun run that started near the Fire House, wound along the hilly roads around the Lab, and ended in a big party on the cafeteria lawn.

Sports enthusiast Glenn Seaborg gave the final countdown, and 9 minutes, 52 seconds later, Ken Gregorich was first to cross the finish line. A few minutes later, Kazuko Aoyagi finished first among women runners with a time of 12:31. This was her third victory in a row.

Afterwards, participants picked up complimentary T-shirts, indulged in refreshments provided by the Cafeteria, and enjoyed the inaugural performance of the Lab's new Music Club. A few brave souls competed for best women's biceps, best men's legs, funkiest running shoes, most pregnant, and youngest participant. In the end, a good time was had by all, thanks in large part to the many volunteers who make it all happen each year.


1    Michelle Huesman      12:46
2    Alexandra Gassmann    12:52
3    Hilary Baumann        13:13
1    Barbara Liepe         13:27
2    Mary Gross            13:38
3    Kathy Striebel        14:09
1    Kazuko Aoyagi         12:31
2    Meredith Montgomery   14:49
3    Dun Rose Sun          15:41
1    Ginny Lackner         16:08
2    Hannah Pena           16:28
3    Jane Colman           16:47
1    Jeanette Larsen        25:34
2    Hilma Johnsen          28:46


1    John Sterling          10:23
2    Chris Bardeen          10:42
3    Derek Yegian           10:52
1    Ken Gregorich           9:52
2    Steve Lindaas           9:57
3    Paul Blodgett          10:12
1    Eric Gullikson         11:44
2    Robert Clear           12:11
3    Tom West               12:48
1    Rich Sextro            12:18
2    Jeremy Lys             12:22
3    Luciano Moretto        13:12
1    Oliver Morse           13:39
2    Bob Sawyer             16:01
3    Robert Williamson      16:39
1    John Magee              27:16

  1. Amerilis Ersery (center) narrowly edges out Margot Salon (left) and Cheri Reid in the best biceps competition.

  2. The crowd gets ready.

  3. For some, it's a family affair.

  4. Frances Mann and Larry Bell, backed by others in the Lab's Music Club, belt out a tune for a tired but appreciative audience.

Runaround Volunteers

Runaround coordinators
Steve Derenzo
Michael Goldstein
Awards and prizes
Mary Clary

Course map
Bill Bero

Course monitors
Michael Bouchard
Don Bell, co-chair
John Turner
Sharon Barrett
Maturna Cabanilla
Gerry Fontinella
Lloyd Harmon
Ely Jimenez
Lydia Jimenez
Douglas Owen
Monte Whisenhunt

Dorothy Parker
Jane Biewer
Jane Chew
Amilia Ellis
Gloria Gill
Romy Perry
Patty Powers

Envelope distribution
Anne Fleming
Luanne Neumann

Finish-area stage and entertainment
Larry Bell
Steve Blair
Tom Reese
Wesley Steele
T.J. Becker
Learr English
Maria Fink
Tennessee Gock-Yuan
Holden Herbert
Don Krieger
Frances Mann
Peter Morley
Bob Shilling
Carol Stoker
Carrie Webber
Steve Wyrick

Finish-area setup
Dick Dicely
Janet Amos
Brad Bingham
Cyndi Fike
Carma Hamer
Kathie Hardy
Mary-Anne Holman
Irene Kan
Tony Linard
Suzanne Stroh

Pencil table
Del Thomas
Jose Olivares

Mary Oxnam
Carol Bruzzone
Sandra Elzy
Dave McPhearson
Emma Mims

Results tabulation
Mary Clary
Margaret Baker
Rosemarie Forment
Janice Magee

Nancy Tallarico

Official starter
Glenn Seaborg

T-shirt design
Niza Hanany

T-shirt distribution
Enola Converse-Carmen
Carol Adams
Maureen Jeung
Mildred Leonard
Bette Muhammad
Cathy Sage

Time keepers
Jimmie Johnson
Steve Hernandez
Robert Rimmer

U.S.E. Credit Union
Christie O'Brien

Water table
Rachel McGee
Tony Marquez
Sam Birky
Karyn Kelly
Roxanne Miravalle
Norman Wilcoxson

Lead bicycle
Michael Goldstein

Special thanks to those who helped from Administration, Transportation, Site Access, UCB Police Services, Facilities, Accelerator Operations, Riggers, Electronics Engineering, PID, TEID, and the Cafeteria


Calendar of Events for October 9-20

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.

9 m o n d a y


"Theoretical and Computer-simulation Studies of Damage Formation and Propagation in Semiconductors, Metallic Thin Films, and Structural Materials" will be presented by Dimitrios Maroudas of UCSB at 4 p.m. in the Pitzer Auditorium; Refreshments, 3:30 p.m.


"Quantum Mechanics and Electrons in Strong Magnetic Fields" will be presented by Bertrand I. Halperin of Harvard University at 6:15 p.m. in the George C. Pimentel Hall.


"Pulsars" will be presented by Dan Backer of UCB at 3:30 p.m. in 643 Campbell Hall.

10 t u e s d a y


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


Annual meeting & election at noon in the Bldg. 70A Conference Room.


Cardiologist Dean Ornish will be the guest speaker in a special seminar sponsored by the Life Sciences Division's Atherosclerosis and Lipoprotein Group from noon until 1 p.m. in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.


"Bethe Ansatz for Higher Spin Eight Vertex Models" will be presented by Takashi Takebe of UCB at 2:10 p.m. in 430 Birge Hall.

11 w e d n e s d a y


Adult CPR (123), 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Bldg. 48-109; Pre-registration is required, X6612.

12 t h u r s d a y


7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Bldg. 70A-3377; refreshments served.


General meeting at noon in Bldg. 90-1099.


"Quantum State Specific Measurements as a Probe of Mechanisms and Dynamics of Elementary Surface Chemical Reactions" will be presented by Daniel J. Auerbach of IBM Almaden Research Center at 1:30 p.m. in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.


TULIP (full-text Materials Sci. journals) at 3 p.m. in Bldg. 62-339.


"A Large Bulk Galaxy Flow on Large Scales" will be presented by Tod Lauer of KPNO at 3:30 p.m. in 1 Le Conte Hall; Refreshments, 3 p.m., 661 Campbell Hall.


"Recent Results of Electroweak Measurements with Heavy Flavors" will be presented by Dave Charlton of the University of Birmingham at 4 p.m. in Bldg. 50A-5132; Refreshments, 3:40 p.m.

13 f r i d a y


"Time-Dependent Channel Formation in a Laser-Produced Plasma" will be presented by Peter E. Young of LLNL at 10:30 a.m. in the Bldg. 71 Conference Room.


"Analyses of Microbial Communities in Nature using Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Profiles: Patterns of Diversity among the Actinoplanes" will be presented by George Garrity of Merck Research Labs at noon in Koshland Hall, Room 338.


"Improved Non-Invasive Diagnosis of Valvular and Carotid Disease" will be presented by Dorian Liepmann of UCB at 1 p.m. in 3110 Etcheverry Hall; Refreshments.

16 m o n d a y


Lockout/Tagout (257), 9-11 a.m., Bldg. 51-201; Pre-registration is required, X6612.


"Catalytic and Electrocatalytic Properties of Early Transition Metal Nitrides" will be presented by Levi Thompson of the University of Michigan at 4 p.m. in the Pitzer Auditorium; Refreshments, 3:30 p.m.


"High Energy Density Physics in the Laboratory with Lasers" will be presented by Michael Campbell of LLNL at 4:30 p.m. in 1 Le Conte; Refreshments, 4 p.m., 375 Le Conte.

17 t u e s d a y


SPIN (Physics and Astronomy database) at 11 a.m. in Bldg. 50-134.


"Coronal Gas in the Galactic Halo: New Far Ultraviolet Observations with `ORFEUS'" will be presented by Mark Hurwitz of UCB at 3:30 p.m. in 643 Campbell Hall.

18 w e d n e s d a y


Crane Recertification (216), 8-11 a.m., Bldg. 70A-3377; Pre-registration is required, X6612.


General meeting at noon in the lower cafeteria.


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


Herb Garden Planting, 12:30 p.m. in front of the cafeteria.

19 t h u r s d a y


Basic Elect. Hazard Awareness (260), 9-11 a.m., Bldg. 51-201; Pre-registration is required, X6612.


"Spectroscopic and Electrochemical Studies of Ionic and Molecular

Adsorption at Metal Electrodes" will be presented by Jacek Lipkowski of the University of Guelph at 1:30 p.m. in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.


SPIN (Physics and Astronomy database) at 3 p.m. in Bldg. 62-339.


"Goals & Plans for the Next Linear Collider" will be presented by David Burke of SLAC at 4 p.m. in Bldg. 50A-5132; Refreshments, 3:40 p.m.

20 f r i d a y


Introduction to EHS (10), 9-11:30 a.m., Bldg. 51-201.

Laser Safety (280), 1-3:30 p.m., Bldg. 51-201; Pre-registration is required, X6612.


"Three-Dimensional Image Reconstruction of Local Adsorption

Geometries by Holographic Diffuse LEED" will be presented by Harald Wedler of the University of Erlangen at 3 p.m. in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.


On-site flu vaccinations

Health Services is offering the second of two flu vaccination clinics--to employees over age 18--from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 12, at Bldg. 26. The cost is $8, payable by check that day to V.N.A.H.N.C. (Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Northern California). Please call Health Services ((X6266) for an appointment. It is suggested that you contact your own physician if you have specific personal concerns about receiving the vaccine. For more information, contact Nancy Montoya, R.N., at X6266.

Dining Center Menu for Oct. 9-13

Early Bird-- Whole wheat & honey pancakes w/coffee--$2.05
Today's soup-- Sante Fe turkey bean-- $1.35 & $1.95
Bistro fare-- Chicken breast saute w/veggies & rosemary mashed potatoes*--3.95
Passports-- South of the Border --a la carte
Sadie's Grill-- Dill havarti burger w/fries--$325

Early Bird-- Princess Sadie, hash browns & coffee--.$2.95
Soup-- Vegetable barley--$1.35 & $1.95
Bistro fare-- Beef stroganoff over egg noodles w/steamed veggies--$3.95
Passports-- Mexican fiesta salad--$3.95
Sadie's Grill-- Philly cheesesteak w/fries--$.95

Early Bird-- Croissant breakfast sandwich w/coffee--$2.95
Soup-- Beef vegetable noodle--$1.35 & $1.95
Bistro fare-- Pasta & pollo: fusilli, chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan*--$3.95
Passports-- South of the Border--a la carte
Sadie's Grill-- Tuna melt w/fries--$3.25

Early Bird-- Blueberry pancakes w/coffee--$2.05
Soup-- Creamy clam chowder--$1.35 & $1.95
Bistro fare-- Spinach salad w/mushrooms, eggs, bacon, tomatoes & vinaigrette--$3.95
Passports-- South of the Border---a la carte
Sadie's Grill-- Turkey, ham & Swiss on sourdough w/fries--$3.95

Early Bird-- Ham scramble w/coffee--$2.60
Soup-- Minestrone.--$1.35 & $1.95
Bistro fare-- Pasta Piatti w'breadstick*--$3.95
Passports-- Pasta Piatti w'breadstick*--$3.95
Sadie's Grill-- Ortega cheeseburger w/fries--$3.95p>
*Denotes recipe lower in fat, calories & cholesterol


LBNL welcomes new employees

The Laboratory welcomes the following career employees who began working here during August and September:
David Dragnich       Directorate
Heather Freeman      Energy & Environment
Aaron Lee            Life Sciences
Julie Radosevich     Facilities
Burnley Riley        Life Sciences 
Johathan Sumner      Operations
Thea Tisty           Life Sciences
Kenneth Wan          Life Sciences
Zena Werb            Life Sciences 
Alice Yee            Life Sciences
Raymond Yeh          Life Sciences


New coupon books here

The 1996 Entertainment Coupon Books are now available from the LBL Employee Buying Service. The books, which are available for Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties, cost $40 each, and offer savings of up to 50 percent on dining, travel, shopping, theater, sports and more. The books are available from Helen Coleman of the Employees Buying Service, who is in the cafeteria lobby from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Berkeley Chamber hosts 1995 crush festival

In celebration of the 1995 grape harvest, the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce will host a wine and food tasting, complete with grape stomping, from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Berkeley Marina Marriott.
The newest California wines will be featured alongside food offerings from several East Bay restaurants. Alice Waters of Chez Panisse will be guest hosting the event. Proceeds from a wine cellar raffle will be donated to the "Edible Schoolyard" at Martin Luther King Middle School.
Specially priced $25 tickets (normally $30 advance and $35 at the door) are available to all Laboratory employees. Contact Shaunn Fennessey in Community Relations (X5122) for tickets or additional information.


New Segrè book reveals father-son relationship

Excerpts from the newly published book "Atoms, Bombs, and Eskimo Kisses: A Memoir of Father and Son," by Claudio Segrè, son of the late Nobel Laureate Emilio Segrè, will be read by members of the Segrè family at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the Black Oak Book Store, 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley. Claudio's widow, Elizabeth will be joined for the reading by children Francesca, Joel, and Gino (now a graduate student at the Lab). She says the book centers on the theme of "how a scientist father doesn't know how to communicate with his son." Emilio, who worked at the Laboratory from the late 1930s until his retirement in 1972, was awarded the 1959 Nobel prize in physics. He died in 1989. Claudio died earlier this year.


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 is 5 p.m. Friday.


'78 OLDSMOBILE sta. wgn, exchange engine, new brakes, radio/cass., great cond., $1550/b.o. Nik, X4688, 526-6246

'80 AUDI 5000, sunroof, new brakes, smog OK, 130K mi., runs great, leaving the country, $1100. Guido, X4347, 664-2887

'88 DODGE Dakota truck, white, 5-spd, camper shell, runs great, good commuter, $3800/b.o. 245-8334 (eve.)

'90 PONTIAC Le Mans LE, 42.5K mi., 2-dr, a/t, reg. maint., garaged, AM-FM, red, $3200. Olivier, X7030

MOTORCYCLE, '81 Yamaha Maxim 550, 16K mi., runs well, $750. Fred, X6964, 937-3165

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


BIG GAME TICKETS, 4 seats needed for Cal at Stanford, will pay $15/seat. Dan, X7356

HARDWOOD BRANCHES, recently cut, 1-2" dia. w/fairly straight sections 18" or longer, for use in ethnic dance routine, sm. or lg. quantities OK, will pick up. Matty, X4167, 339-2340


CAL FOOTBALL, Faculty & Staff Day, Sat., 10/14, 3:30 p.m., vs. Oregon Ducks, family ticket (admits 4 people), sec. C, $36. 1-800-go bears

S. F. OPERA, Wagner, "Die Valkyrie," Sat. night 11/4, 2 tickets, first row balcony, $52 ea. (subscriber price). Norman, X5624, 841-9216


BUNK TWIN BEDS w/ladder, mattresses & pallets, walnut finish, $150/b.o. Kathy, 524-1315

DOG CARRIERS, 1 lg., $50; 1 med., $30; printer, Panasonic AX-P1180, hardly used, $100/b.o. Jon, 482-5473

GOLF CLUBS, Taylor Made regular graphite shaft metal woods (1, 3, 5) $325; Taylor Made stiff steel shaft metal woods (1, 3, 5) $175; Wilson reg. steel shaft persimmon woods (1, 3, 5) $50. Nobu, X4585

MAC SE 1/0, software, manuals, orig. owner, immac. cond., $275/b.o.; 4 1 MB 30-pin SIMMS avail., $24 ea. Christian, 655-4080

MATTRESS full sz., $ 40. Nathan, X4914

MOVING SALE, queen sz. futon mattress w/wool wrap & burgundy cover, 1.5 yr. old, $100. Olivier, X7030

PANTS, new, Levi's 501, sz. waist 31, 32 & 33 x length 30 or 32, $20. Cheri, 669-0338

PIANO, spinet Steinert (Jewett), old case but great sound, all new insides, $500. K. Weinstein, 631-9285 (eve.)

RANGE, 30", elec., 2 ovens, very gd cond., light yellow base w/black glass doors, $400/b.o. S. Lynn, 642-1634

SAILBOARDS, '94 Mike's Lab 8'-10" Race, exc. cond, $695; '93 Fanatic Mega Ray 282, 9'-3", exc. cond., w/blade fin, $295. X6797, 236-4347

WICKER COUCH, antique, w/2 side chairs, brown, $550 for set; Country wooden dbl bed frame from ~1870, hand-painted trim w/flowers, $350; Arts & Crafts rockers, $350 & $100; rustic, old, French farm table, ~2.5'x4', $300; primitive red pine 3-drwr dresser, $250; dbl futon w/foam core, $50; wool sheep rug 4'x5', $40; 10-speed bike, 20 yr.-old Motobecan, for sm. adult, $40. Ellen, X5062


BERKELEY, Ashby area, sublease from 10/15/95 to 11/10/95 to visiting scientist, spacious, 1-bdrm apt., furn., hardwd flrs, kitchen, no smoking, nr Rockridge BART, $500. Martin, X4800

BERKELEY, Elmwood, furn. 1+bdrm apt, split level, walk to UCB & public trans., lg. garden terrace, view, incl. linen, TV, hi-fi, VCR, microwave, nonsmoker, $695/mo. 843-6325

BERKELEY HILLS, furn. rm in 4-bdrm house, 5 blks from UCB, nr LBNL shuttle & BART, 3 professional adults (2 visiting scholars), no smoking, no pets, $450/mo. + util. 548-1287

NO. BERKELEY, lg., sunny, upstairs, furn. rm w/patio in lg., quiet house, nr trans. avail. 11/1/95-5/1/96, share kitchen & bath, no smoking or pets, suitable for one person only, $365/mo. incl. laundry fac. & utils. 525-8043.

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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.)

WANTED: LBNL visiting scientist seeks furn., 1-bdrm apt. nr UCB, for 1 yr. beginning 11/15, $800-$900/mo. Gail, X6185

WANTED: furn. 2-bdrm apt/house needed 10/15 -12/15 for visiting professor (2 persons) from Japan. E.R. Weber, 642-0205


EL CERRITO, 3-bdrm, 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, 527-9800, 235-8921 (eve.)


SO. LAKE TAHOE, Tahoe Keys, 3-bdrm, 2.5-bth, 2-story house, w/boat dock, mountain views, quiet area, nr everything. Bob, 376-2211


CAT, to gd home, mature, outdoors, male, very affectionate, very gd w/kids, neutered, healthy. Myla, 883-9429


Currents/The View and the Communications Department Staff

Published once a month by the Communications Department for the employees and retirees of Berkeley Lab.

Reid Edwards, Public Affairs Department head
Ron Kolb, Communications Department head

Pamela Patterson, 486-4045,
Associate editor
Lyn Hunter, 486-4698,

Dan Krotz, 486-4019
Paul Preuss, 486-6249
Lynn Yarris, 486-5375

Ucilia Wang, 495-2402
Allan Chen, 486-4210
David Gilbert, (925) 296-5643

Caitlin Youngquist, 486-4020
Creative Services Office

Berkeley Lab
Communications Department
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