LBNL Currents

September 15, 1995

Table of Contents

Directorate to downsize

By Ron Kolb,

Following on the heels of a $5 million cost reduction process in the Operations units of the Laboratory, a similar downsizing effort has begun in the Directorate to reduce administrative costs.

Restructuring and streamlining will result in a reduction-in-force of about 13 positions among the 75 employees in the offices of the Director; the Deputy Director for Research; Industry and Government Partnerships; Laboratory Counsel; Workforce Diversity; and Planning and Communications.

The first of these actions was announced last week, when the position of Associate Laboratory Director for Industry and Government Partnerships, formerly held by Rod Fleischman, was eliminated in a reorganization. Functions within that office, including government and community relations and technology transfer, have been temporarily reassigned to Deputy Director Pier Oddone pending further review.

"The Department of Energy has committed to a $14.5 billion reduction over the next five years," Laboratory Director Charles Shank said. "At least $1.4 billion of that is targeted for non-program cuts in the laboratories. We must be responsive to the Secretary, the DOE, and to Congress, although our actions are taken with a great sense of sadness and compassion for those who will be leaving us."

A call for voluntary layoffs was issued within the Directorate on Aug. 31. Depending upon how many volunteers commited by Sept. 14, a number of involuntary layoffs will be issued before Sept. 20. As was the case during the Operations reduction-in-force, which included 89 involuntary layoffs, affected employees will be provided with severance pay (if applicable), counseling and career assistance programs.

"This is the least pleasant task of any administrator," Shank told an open meeting of the Directorate staff. "But if we don't reduce our costs and take work out of the system, we won't have a future to debate. We will be losing very valuable, wonderful people. But broader forces are defining what we have to do."

Lab to offer fire house space, engine to City of Berkeley

By Ron Kolb,

The Laboratory has offered to discuss with the City of Berkeley the possible use of the Lab's fire station and a pumper engine by a Berkeley fire fighting crew if the city wishes to augment its coverage of the Berkeley hills area.

This prospect was proposed amid concerns expressed by Berkeley citizens and leaders that the Lab's recent reduction-in-force in Operations, which included three fire fighters, would jeopardize the safety of the surrounding hills communities. The Laboratory has pledged to continue providing mutual aid to neighboring cities in emergencies, as it has done for 25 years.

Lab Director Charles Shank said he and his staff would try to meet soon with city officials to explore options for the Laboratory to further contribute to the safety of the community.

"As a federal facility with limited dollars, our commitment must be to the safety of the Laboratory and its employees first," Shank said. "At the same time, we are citizens of the Bay Area, and we want to be responsive to our collective needs. Providing a shared facility arrangement, which would relieve the city of having to build another station in the hills, will be advantageous to all of us."

The engine being discussed is a 10,000-gallon-per-minute pumper that has served as a backup to the Laboratory's primary engine. It is equipped for a crew of three and had a value of $60,000 when purchased in 1980. The Lab's fire house has bunk beds and a kitchen that can be made available for use by the fire fighters.

As part of its budget reduction actions, the Laboratory announced last month that it would no longer be able to provide automatic first-response service in emergencies in certain defined areas of North Berkeley--an agreement the Lab sought and signed with the city in 1994. This free-to-Berkeley assistance was negotiated as a way to provide additional training for Lab fire fighters. However, with reduced staffing levels, Shank said, such a first-response commitment would put the Laboratory too much at risk. As of Oct. 1, first-call responsibility will revert to the city, as was the case prior to last September.

A Berkeley city crew housed at the Laboratory would be well positioned to resume this automatic response role, Shank said.

"Of course," he added, "the Laboratory will continue to be part of a multi-agency mutual aid program and will be among the pool of available agencies providing response assistance to communities on request."

Shank noted concerns expressed in the city regarding hazardous materials at the Laboratory and its capability to control spills and fires.

"We maintain a superbly trained emergency staff that includes fire fighters, industrial hygienists, health physicists and safety professionals," he said. "We are adequately staffed to manage hazardous materials at our low-risk facility as well as to assist in the community through our mutual aid agreement."

All Lab fire fighters have been trained to the Hazardous Materials Technician level, and its Fire Department staffing meets the hazardous materials emergency standards recommended in a recent independent analysis conducted under contract with the Department of Energy.

In addition to the three fire fighter positions the Lab gave up as a result of the reduction in force, another three full-time fire fighters were reduced to part-time. The present staffing of 17 at the Fire Department includes five on-duty fire fighters for each of three shifts around the clock.

New entrance sign for the Lab

In order to better reflect the identity of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Lab is planning to erect a new sign just below the "horseshoe" parking lot on the left side of Cyclotron Road. The sign will announce the "Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory," and bear a bronze medallion of Laboratory founder Lawrence.

Laboratory Director Charles Shank said the sign will contribute to a stronger Lab identity and will also be a lasting tribute to Dr. Lawrence. "His name and image will be a constant reminder to those who visit us that our facility represents a Nobel tradition of scientific excellence and achievement," Shank said.

Life Sciences Division Director Mina Bissell has volunteered to spearhead a campaign to solicit private contributions to help finance the sign.

"It's about time that we honor this institution with an entrance sign worthy of its distinguished reputation," Bissell said. "There are many members of the community who hold the Berkeley Laboratory in high esteem, and I'm sure they, and many of our own employees and retirees, would consider showing their affection with a small donation--even if it's only a dollar."

Project Manager Bill Wu of Facilities will oversee construction of the entrance sign. TEID's Flavio Robles Jr., did the preliminary design work and is fabricating the Lawrence medallion. The sign is expected to be completed the week before the October 28 Laboratory Open House.

Members or friends of the Laboratory community, past or present, who are interested in making a donation to the sign project may make a check payable to "Friends of the Laboratory" and send it in care of Yolanda Reyna to mail stop Donner Lab.

A stellar presentation

What makes the stars shine? This question puzzled human beings for thousands of years. Researcher Eric Norman of the Laboratory's Nuclear Science Division will shed some light in his talk on "Stellar Alchemy: The Origin of the Chemical Elements," to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the California Academy of Sciences' Morrison Planetarium.

Norman will describe the sequences of nuclear reactions that are believed to be responsible for the power generation in stars. "The ashes of these reactions are the heavy elements that we find on earth and throughout the universe," he says. He will discuss the evolution and final fates of stars, and review key astronomical observations that provide support for these theoretical ideas. The talk will be accompanied by slides and laser disk visuals, projected onto the dome of the planetarium.

Tickets are $3 at the door. For more information, or directions to the planetarium, call (415) 750-7127.

Physical examinations: Laboratory responds to charges

The Laboratory released the following statement on Sept. 12 in response to press reports concerning a pending lawsuit by the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco:

"The Laboratory, under Department of Energy requirements, provides routine post-hiring physicals for its employees in order to determine health conditions which might affect assigned job duties, and to contribute to employee health maintenance by providing the opportunity for early detection, treatment and prevention of injury and disease. A standard battery of tests is conducted within applicable laws. Employees are advised of the tests, procedures and results, which are confidential.

"The medical examinations do not currently include tests for syphilis or for sickle cell anemia, as suggested in press reports. The syphilis test was discontinued in 1993 when the DOE requirement for such a test was eliminated. The test for sickle cell anemia was eliminated at the Laboratory clinic this year for financial reasons, although employees are urged to get the test through a private physician.

"Female employees currently are given the option to have a pregnancy test, so that they may assess the risks associated with work in areas where they may be exposed to hazardous chemicals or materials. Notice of this test has always been given via clinic postings or personal contact."

Employees are reminded that the medical information in their medical records is available to them at any time upon written request. Record release forms are available at Bldg. 26, X6266. Service staff are also available to answer individual employee's questions regarding their own records.

Off-site shuttle route change

Hearst Avenue will be closed to traffic between Milvia and Shattuck from Sept. 18 through Oct. 27. During this time, the off-site shuttle will be re-routed and the Milvia/Hearst shuttle stop will not be accessible. For more information, contract Bus Services at X4165.

In Memoriam: Charles J. Hitch

Former UC President and LBNL participating guest Charles J. Hitch, who guided the University through the tumultuous years from 1968 to 1975, died on Sept. 11 in San Leandro. He was 85.

Hitch became UC president a year after a deeply divided Board of Regents fired Clark Kerr. The era was marked by Hitch's defense of communist Angela Davis' right to teach at UCLA, his protection of the university's budget when threatened by then-Gov. Ronald Reagan, and his handling of student unrest over the Vietnam War. Through it all, he was a tireless advocate of the university.

Hitch joined UC in 1965 as vice president of business and finance under Kerr. Barely three years later he became president. A gifted behind-the-scenes negotiator, he instituted many reforms and innovations. Ethnic studies became of a regular part of the curriculum and the pass-fail system of grading was introduced. Students were given a larger voice in policy making.

After his retirement from UC at age 65, Hitch became president of Resources for the Future, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. He retired from that post in 1978.

In 1979, Hitch joined the Laboratory's Energy Analysis Program as a participating guest. During his tenure with the program, he was instrumental in setting up the California Institute for Energy Efficiency, a joint project of UC and the California energy utilities, which is based at the Laboratory.

"Hitch could open doors which no one else could," said E&E Division Deputy Don Grether. "His experience, advice and expertise were invaluable, especially in the organization of CIEE."

A native of Boonville, Mo., Hitch received his bachelor's degree in 1931 from the University of Arizona, then became a Rhodes scholar and earned his master's degree at Oxford. He later joined the Office of Strategic Services, forerunner to the Central Intelligence Agency. In 1961, Kennedy appointed Hitch assistant secretary of defense and comptroller of the Pentagon.

Hitch's wife, Nancy, died in 1983. He is survived by daughter Caroline Hitch Rubio of Hayward, grandchildren Veronica Marie and Manuel Ben Charles, and several nieces and nephews.

In Memoriam: Tom W. Sibary

Laboratory retiree Tom W. Sibary died at his home in San Francisco on Sept. 3. He was 75.

Sibary, who received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from UC Berkeley in 1943, worked at the Lab from 1955 to 1967, and again from 1975 to 1988, when he retired as section leader of the Laboratory's Electrical Engineering Group in Plant Engineering. He had held a similar position at the University in the early 1970s.

After his retirement, Sibary, a dedicated horticulturalist, and his wife Niki spent much of their time at the arboretum in Golden Gate Park, where they served as tour guides and made many friends from around the world.

Sibary was also known for his love of children, for whom he organized Easter egg hunts and other activities. He was a member of the Sierra Club, and enjoyed tennis and other sports.

Friend and fellow Lab retiree Hugh Stoddart said Sibary "sowed many seeds in his encounters with people, who took back to their homes ideas and information on how to maintain the planet. He was a unique human being who served society well."

Sibary is survived by his wife Niki, daughters Kay and Annie, and son Scott.

N e w s W i r e


The U.S. Congress continues to examine ways to restructure the national laboratories, most recently at a Sept. 7 joint hearing of two subcommittees of the House Committee on Science. Reporting on the hearing, the American Institute of Physics Bulletin of Science Policy News said "the outlook for the laboratories remains clouded. If there is one message to be taken away from the hearing, it is that the laboratories will be changed, although how and when this will occur is still an unknown." According to the Bulletin, although the national labs are held in high regard by Congress, the crusade to reduce federal spending continues to make them a target for cuts.


Among those testifying at the joint hearing (see above) was Judson King, interim provost of the University of California (and LBNL researcher). King said the labs have an essential role in maintaining the nation's preeminence in science and technology. However, he noted that there are weaknesses in how they are governed. A university-like environment helped the labs attract top researchers but, said King, over the years the system "has taken on too many of the trappings of conventional government agency decision-making.... The line between oversight and implementation has blurred, and the system's effectiveness has become compromised by a proliferation of orders, directives, audits, and reviews."


Alex Nichols of the Life Sciences Division has been selected to receive the Council on Arteriosclerosis Special Recognition Award to be presented at the American Heart Association 68th Scientific Sessions in Anaheim, Calif. on Nov. 15. The award, which consists of a plaque and complimentary registration to the Scientific Sessions, is in recognition of Dr. Nichols' contributions and achievements in the field of lipoprotein research.

Hispanic Heritage Month Events

Wednesday, Sept. 20, Lunchtime Concert, Noon, Cafeteria lawn

The San José-based Mariachi Tapatío ensemble will perform popular songs in Mexico's famous mariachi style.

Wednesday, Sept. 27, Guest Lecture, Noon, Bldg. 50 Auditorium

Michael L. Smith, founder and president of the American Indian Film Institute, will speak on "Native Americans and the Media Arts." Smith has spent the last 16 years organizing Native Americans in the film industry and promoting accurate depictions of Native Americans in the media. In 1975, while working with the Seattle-based United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, he started the first American Indian Film Festival. Smith is a member of the Sioux Tribes of Ft. Peck, Montana.

On September 11, Chicano Studies Professor Carlos Muñoz Jr. of UC Berkeley examined the future of affirmative action in his talk, "Multicultural Democracy or Apartheid: America's Choice for the 21st Century," held at noon in the Bldg. 50 auditorium. Muñoz noted the contrast between the growing percentage of people of color in California and their decreasing political involvement. Describing their lack of satisfaction and involvement with the 2-party system, Muñoz said the time may have come for the evolution of a formidable third party. Muñoz spoke as part of the Lab's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Computing Zone:

Computing Zone features topics of interest to computer users at LBL. Send suggestions and comments to Mike Wooldridge at

Windows 95 rolls onto Lab PCs

Microsoft released its long-awaited Windows 95 last month with unprecedented fanfare. Although the operating system will eventually replace Windows 3.1 and DOS systems currently in use at LBNL (and around the world), there are factors to consider before upgrading your system. For detailed information about Windows 95 at the Lab, see the Mac and PC Support Group Web pages: http://www-mpsg, or call X6858.

Why use Windows 95?

Who should upgrade to Windows 95? How to get Windows 95

Windows 95 is available from the Mac and PC Support Group (X6858), which has the proper pricing and configuration information to guarantee that installation is done properly. Users who purchase Windows 95 from outside LBNL should contact the Mac and PC Support Group before installing the software.

Computing Zone: Computer Virus alert

A new virus is making the rounds, and it lives in some of the most common computer files on the Hill--Microsoft Word documents. Since the virus travels in document files instead of executables files, most current anti-virus programs will not detect it. Details about the Word Basic Macro Virus and special software to scan for it is available on the Web:

Computing Zone:Focus Toolkit leaving VAX

The Focus Toolkit, a menu-driven application that provides easy access to most of the Laboratory's central administrative data, is being moved from the VAX computer to a UNIX computer. Because the UNIX Toolkit now contains all that was available on VAX and more, access to the VAX Toolkit will cease on Oct. 1.

Most of the Toolkit reports have been available on UNIX since early in the year. Over the summer, all of the Focus interactive portions of the Toolkit (e.g., Job Hazards Questionnaire, Training database, Stores Order Entry, etc.) were moved to UNIX.

During the transfer, many enhancements and additions were made to the Toolkit. Reports based on the new month-to-date Accounts Payable file are the latest addition. These reports, which can be found under the Ledger Reports submenu, show costs which have been collected during the current month from all types of purchase orders, including low-value orders, blankets, PSAs, and consultant agreements. This facility provides a day-by-day preview to the accounts payable activity that will be posted to the general ledger at month's end.

If you are still accessing the VAX Toolkit and would like continued access to the data, you must get a UNIX login. You may apply for a UNIX login via the Web at; click on Focus Application Form. If you are not familiar with the Web, you may contact 486-HELP or to request a UNIX login.

Human Resources Corner

1995 Personal Benefits Statement

This year the University of California mailed an annual Personal Benefits Statement to Laboratory employees in late August rather than late October. The Personal Benefits Statement contains June 30, 1995, fiscal year end balance information for the UCRP, DCP and 403(b) plans as well as information about current health and welfare plan enrollments.

Employees who have not received their Personal Benefits Statement should contact the UC Benefits Plan Administration Customer Service at 1-800-888-8267, extension 70651.

For the second year a computer glitch has caused sick leave balances to be incorrect on the Personal Benefits Statement for anyone with balances in excess of 100 hours. If there is an error on your statement, please review your most recent payroll-generated monthly leave statement. The monthly leave statement has your correct balance. If the monthly leave statement is incorrect, please contact the Payroll Office.

If there are other errors on your Personal Benefits Statement, please circle the incorrect data and fax a copy to the Benefits Office at X7563, or send to Mail Stop 938A. The Benefits Office will research the error and contact you.

Open Enrollment news

In late October, Lab employees will receive their Open Enrollment Announcement. As always, the announcement will include benefits changes and provide complete instructions for making changes during the November Open Enrollment month for changes effective Jan. 1, 1996. No major benefits plan changes are anticipated this year.

Employees should keep their Personal Benefits Statement accessible to use in conjunction with the Open Enrollment announcement you will receive in October.

The Benefits Office is planning an Open Enrollment Fair with the insurance vendors on Nov. 3 in the cafeteria. Watch Currents for future announcements.

Tech transfer workshop

The UC Berkeley Haas School of Business will present a short workshop entitled "Commercialization of Technology: Working with Early Start-Ups vs. Established Companies" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21 in the Wells Fargo Room at the Haas School of Business. Space is limited. Please call Mary Hart, X6462, if you would like to attend.

Runaround XVIII: Runners get ready!

The 18th Annual LBNL Runaround--an end-of-summer highlight--will take place on Friday, Sept. 22. The run will start promptly at noon near the LBL firehouse, and end 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) later at the cafeteria parking lot (see Sept. 1 Currents for course map).

Individual and group costumes are a popular feature of this fun event, and repeat participants are encouraged to wear their oldest Runaround T-shirts.

The event is open to all LBL employees and retirees. Remember, you don't have to run to participate. Ample time will be allowed for even leisurely walkers to finish. For safety reasons, please avoid driving on the Hill during this hour. Shuttle-bus service will be suspended while the run is in progress, and the cafeteria parking lot will be closed to cars.

When you cross the finish line: Keep your finishing order and form a single file in the chute, moving quickly to keep it clear for other runners. You will be handed a numbered envelope, which you should fill out at the results table and exchange for a Runaround T-shirt at the T-shirt table.

Following the event: There will be fun prizes, and trophies will be awarded to the first man and woman to finish the course. The top three men and women finishers in each age category will receive medals.

BikeAround: For the first time, this year's event will also include a bicycling component. The BikeAround, which is strictly non-competitive, begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Firehouse and follows nearly the same route as the Runaround. It should finish in plenty of time for bikers to participate in both events.

Race results will be published in Currents as soon as they are available. Complete results, including your individual finishing time, will be mailed to you.

Runners take on business world

Some of the favorites to win the Runaround met the "Corporate Challenge" last month by competing in a 3.5-mile (5.6-kilometer) road race though downtown San Francisco. The Lab sent nine to the August 9 event, which attracted some 1,000 participants from Bay Area businesses. It was the second year in a row LBNL has participated.

The Lab competed only in the men's category this year. The five fastest LBNL finishers comprised the team, which placed third out of 88 mens' teams.

LBNL participants included Stefan Hinderberger, Brooks Boyd, Paul Blodgett, Ken Gregorich, Steve Lockett, Finn Magnusson, Rich Brown, Deric Yegan, and Steve Buckley.

Green Team adopts San Leandro beach

The Green Team, a group of ecology-minded Lab employees, is participating in the California Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept. 23, by cleaning up Roberts Landing Beach in San Leandro. The group "adopted" the beach through California's Adopt-a-Beach program.

Volunteers will be participating in a state-wide effort to pick up trash along the entire California Coast that day. The Green Team will collect trash from 9 a.m. until noon, then tabulate the amount and types of trash found on the beach. This data will become part of a statewide database maintained by the California Coastal Commission. Lab employees, families, and friends are welcome to participate in this state-wide event.

Robert's Landing is a restored coastal marsh and strip of beach that lies about one-half mile south of the San Leandro Marina. The Green Team will meet at the southern parking lot of the San Leandro Beach. Transportation will be provided from the parking lot into Robert's Landing, as the area is not accessible by car.

Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves, a windbreaker, sun hat, sunblock, and sunglasses. Trash bags and sodas will be provided. The City of San Leandro maintains a picnic area near the parking lot where volunteers may wish to relax after the cleanup.

For more details and a map, contact Anne Kumaranayagam at X4962.

Calendar of Events September 18-29

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.

18 m o n d a y


"Experimental and Computational Protein Design" will be presented by Tracy Handel of UCB at 4 p.m. in the Pitzer Auditorium; Refreshments, 3:30 p.m.


"Containment Phenomena in Passive Advanced Light Water Reactors" will be presented by George Yadigaroglu of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland, at 4 p.m. in 3106 Etcheverry Hall; Refreshments, 3:45 p.m.


"Charge Ordering and Superconductivity in Bad Metals" will be presented by Steven Kivelson of UCLA at 4:30 p.m. in 1 Le Conte; Refreshments at 4 p.m. in 375 Le Conte.

19 t u e s d a y


Introduction to EH&S (EHS 10), 9-11:30 a.m., Bldg. 66 Auditorium.

20 w e d n e s d a y


Radiation Protection-Rad. Worker I (EHS 430), 8 a.m.-noon, Bldg. 51-201, concludes on Friday; pre-registration is required, X6612.

Bldg. Emergency Team Training (EHS 154), 9-11:30 a.m., Bldg. 48-109;

pre-registration is required, X6612.


General meeting, noon, lower cafeteria.


The musical group Mariachi Tapatio will perform at noon on the cafeteria lawn.


Noon, Bldg. 90-2063.

21 t h u r s d a y


First Aid (EHS 116), 8 a.m.-noon, Bldg. 48-109; pre-registration is required, X6612.


The UC Berkeley Haas School of Business will present a short workshop entitled "Commercialization of Technology: Working with Early Start-Ups vs. Established Companies" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Room at the Haas School of Business


"The Nature of Life...And Other Topics as Time Allows" will be presented by Mark Alper of the Materials Sciences Division at 11 a.m. in Bldg. 66-316.


Noon - 1 p.m., Bldg. 70A Conf. Rm.


"Force Microscopy of Ice Surfaces near -8 Degrees Celsius: Electrostatic Effects on Tip-Surface Forces" will be presented by Samuel C. Fain of the University of Washington at Seattle at 1:30 p.m. in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.


"The Winds of Jupiter and Saturn" will be presented by Phil Marcus of UCB at 3:30 p.m. in 1 Le Conte Hall; Refreshments, 3 p.m., 661 Campbell Hall.


"New Concepts in Cancer Research: Beyond DNA Sequence" will be presented by Donald Coffey of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine at 4 p.m. in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.


"Report from the EPS/HEP Conference '95" will be presented by Axel Kwiatkowski of LBNL at 4 p.m. in Bldg. 50A-5132; Refreshments, 3:40 p.m.

22 f r i d a y


Radiation Protection-Rad. Worker I (EHS 430), 8 a.m.-noon, Bldg. 51-201, continued from Wednesday; pre-registration is required, X6612.


"Electron Beam Ion Source (EBIS): Current Status and Future Developments" will be presented by Evgeny Donets of the Laboratory for High Energy, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR), Dubna, Russia, at 10:30 p.m. in the Bldg. 71 Conf. Rm.


Noon, in front of Bldg. 48.

25 m o n d a y


Noon - 1 p.m., Bldg. 2-100B.


"Experimental Studies of Solvent Quality in Model Polymeric Fluids: Implications for Extensional Viscoelastic Flows" will be presented by Michael Solomon of UCB; "Studies of Protein Interactions and Separations in Aqueous Electrolyte Solutions" will be presented by Christopher Coen of UCB at 3:30 p.m. in the Pitzer Auditorium; Refreshments, 3 p.m.


"Tunneling From a 1D Hydrogen Atom" will be presented by John Goodkind of UCSD at 4:30 p.m. in 1 Le Conte Hall; Refreshments, 4 p.m., 375 Le Conte Hall.

26 t u e s d a y


"The Mammary End Bud as an Experimental Animal" will be presented by Charles Daniel of UCSC at 4 p.m. in Bldg. 62-203.


Eric Norman of the Nuclear Science Division will speak on Stellar Alchemy: The Origin of the Chemical Elements" at 7:30 p.m. at the California Academy of Sciences Morrison Planetarium.

27 w e d n e s d a y


Michael Smith, Director of the American Indian Film Institute, will speak on "Native Americans and the Media Arts" at noon in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium.

28 t h u r s d a y


Chemical Hygiene & Safety (348), 8:30 a.m.-noon, Bldg. 51-201; pre-registration required, X6612.


Noon - 1 p.m., Bldg. 70A Conf. Rm.


"Ultrathin Metal Films: From Unusual Structures to Novel Storage Media" will be presented by Mathias Wuttig of AT&T Bell Laboratories at 1:30 p.m. in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.


Lincoln Greenhill of CFA will speak at 3:30 p.m. in 1 Le Conte Hall, title to be announced; Refreshments, 3 p.m., 661 Campbell Hall.

29 f r i d a y


"Mechanical Behavior of the Annulus Fibrosis" will be presented by Jeffrey Lotz of UCSF at 1 p.m. in 3110 Etcheverry Hall; Refreshments.


"Adsorbate-Induced Surface Stress" will be presented by Alexander Grossmann from KFA-Julich at 3 p.m. in Bldg. 62-203.

Dining Center Menu for Sept. 18-22


Early Bird Honey wheat pancakes w/coffee $2.05

Today's soup Vegetable noodle(TM) $1.35 & $1.95

Bistro fare Chicken etouffe saute w/zucchini, eggplant,& tomatoes w/rice $3.95

Passports South of the Border a la carte

Sadie's Grill Grilled turkey jack melt on sourdough w/fries $3.95


Early Bird Corned beef hash & eggs w/coffee $2.75

Soup Red beans, sausage & rice $1.35 & $1.95

Bistro fare Pasta saute: linguine, tomatoes, basil & parmesan breadcrumbs(TM) $3.95

Passports Mexican fiesta salad $3.95

Sadie's Grill Chili cheesedog w/fries $3.05


Early Bird 1 pancake, 2 eggs, 2 bacon w/coffee $2.95

Soup Chicken posole $1.35 & $1.95

Bistro fare Greek salad w/oregano vinaigrette(TM) $3.95

Passports South of the Border a la carte

Sadie's Grill Grilled crabmeat sandwich w/fries $3.95


Early Bird Blueberry pancakes w/coffee $2.05

Soup Manhattan clam chowder(TM) $1.35 & $1.95

Bistro fare French dip w/potato salad or coleslaw $3.95

Passports South of the Border a la carte

Sadie's Grill Western bacon cheeseburger w/fries $3.95


Early Bird Ham scramble w/coffee $2.60

Soup Beef vegetable & pasta $1.35 & $1.95

Bistro fare Pasta Piatti w'breadstick(TM) $3.95

Passports Pasta Piatti w'breadstick(TM) $3.95

Sadie's Grill BBQ beef sandwich w/fries $3.75

(TM)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.

Estimates" take softball title

LBNL softballers took the field on Sept. 6 for the Lab's version of the World Series. Ball Park Estimates edged Environ-Mets to take the 1995 title. Members of Ball Park Estimates include Greg Traynor, manager, Greg Portmann, Cary Zeitlin, Mark Locatelli, Tony DeVuono, (front row) John Espinoza, Suzie Kito, Cindy DeVuono, and Rose Mota. Not pictured: Miguel Valdez, Susan Mahler, Nathan Martin, Julie Hayden and Kristi Young.

1995 Final Standings

First Place: Ball Park Estimates

Second Place: Environ-Mets

Third Place: Rated X

Fourth Place: Astros

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.


'71 VW Westfalia camper, ~100K mi., newly repaired clutch, transmission, heads & battery, stereo, chains, other extras, needs some body work, exc. running cond., $1200/b.o. Dick Fish, X4850, 527-4986 (eve.)

'72 PORSCHE 914 1.7 Targa, needs cosmetics, gd tires, rare factory Mahle mags, gd runner, $1650. Bill, 527-3788 (after 6 p.m.)

'77 MERCEDES 240D, sunroof, brn, leather int., new clutch, battery, glow plug relay, glow plugs, break pads, p/s master cyl., speedometer cable & rear windshield, very gd running cond., leaving USA, $3700. Susan or Ahmad, 245-7424

'79 CHEVY Camaro Z28, 350 C.I. engine, 4BBL carb., a/t, a/c, dk blu w/tan int., 97K orig. mi., runs well, could use minor body work, $2100. Maureen, X4121, 372-6707

'80 CADILLAC Seville, 350 cu. in. engine, low mi., leather, Michelins, wire wheels, 2-tone, $3200. Bill, 527-3788 (after 6 p.m.)

'84 MAZDA RX-7, 80K mi., white, new tran. & clutch, $2K/b.o. Mark, 525-4623 (5-10 p.m.)

'85 MAZDA 626, a/t, gd cond., 135K mi., $2250. Jean-Paul, 254-7436

'85 MAZDA 626LX, 106K mi., very gd cond., a/c, p/s, p/b, AM-FM cass., sunroof, 5-spd, Prolock anti-theft dev., $2700/b.o. Johan, X5652, 540-6052

'85 OLDSMOBILE sta. wgn., 102K mi., new water pump & brakes, a/t, a/c, runs well, $2600/b.o. 644-8315

'87 SUBARU 4WD wgn, runs great, very gd cond., Yakima roof rack, $3475/b.o. John, X7752

'87 SUZUKI Samurai, white, hard top, 4WD, 5-spd, 125K mi., $1995. Tony, X5595, (415) 274-8898

'88 BMW 535is, blk/blk lthr, 5-spd, 97K mi., smog OK, exc. cond., $14,200. Steve, X6228

'89 TOYOTA 4x4 pickup, 5-spd, w/camper shell, $5500/b.o. X7176

MOTORCYCLE, '70 Yamaha 750 special, gd cond., $800. Bill, (707) 427-1155

TRUCK CAMPER, rides low, cranks up for camping, exc. cond., $3500. X7729, 799-7041


BIKE, 1-12 spds OK. Ynag, X4464

COFFEE TABLE, inexpensive. Anders, X4601, 526-3374

MACINTOSH 580c or 180c computer & printer. Frank, X4636, 253-1735

MODEM, that will work with a Mac SE/30 & a 286 IBM clone, under $50. David, X7326

PLEDGES for 12K "Walktoberfest" for American Diabetes Assoc., tax deductible, can be made payable to the ADA & sent in advance to Julie Jones, 69-201, X4583

TENOR SAXOPHONE, looking for a Selmer MK VI or Yamaha, will consider all brands. X7249, 947-0447

VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS, Mon., Wed. & Fri., noon-1 p.m., Bldg. 62 parking lot, parking, lockers & showers avail., show up & play. Donn, X4162


ELTON JOHN CONCERT, Sat., 9/16, Shoreline Amph., 2 lawn tix, $32 ea. Nancy, X4497

49ER FOOTBALL, 2 tickets, 9/17 vs. New England, $40 ea. Al, X5901, 672-2716

S.F. OPERA, balcony ticket, Fri. eve. 8 p.m. performances, 10/13 La Cenerentola, 10/20 Madama Butterfly, 11/24 Don Giovanni, $32 ea. performance. Jon, X6516, 704-0530

S.F. OPERA, Sat. eve., balcony pr., Anna Bolena 9/30, possibly others, $84/pr. P. Concus, 526-3519


BIKE, touring, 5-spd, chain lock, luggage rack, runs well, going abroad, $60. James, X4939

BIKE, road not mtn., Miyata 12-spd, black 20" frame (for shorter rider), nice cond., $140. Dennis, X4702

BIKE, man's 26", never used, $90. Hutchie, 235-2136

COLOR TV w/remote, 13", 1 yr. old, $89. Roberta, X7962

COMPUTER, Mac SE, 1/0, 2 internal floppies, immac. cond., lots of software, manuals, $290; printer, Imagewriter II, dot matrix, extra color cartridge, $70; 2400 baud modem, mint cond, $30, 4 1 MB 30-pin SIMMS, $25 ea. Chris, X7395

DRYER, elec., 125V, $150; full sz. foam mattress, $30. Hiro or Yasko, X4414, 525-9432

EXERCISE BIKE, Cross Trainer + extras, $250/b.o.; Levi 501's, 31, 32 & 33, new, $20; lawn edger, $75; gas BBQ grill, $50. Cheri, 669-0338 (eve.)

GAME SYSTEM, Nintendo, complete w/4 games, 2 controllers, $60. Pam, X4558, 231-2446

GAS STOVE, Kenmore, med. sz., 5 yrs. old, works well, $75 firm. (415) 664-4289 (msg.)

LASER PRINTER, Apple NTR PostScript, RISC processor, Apple Macintosh & IBM compatible, $600. Stuart, X7167

MATTRESS, full sz., $40. Nathan, X4914

OVEN, dbl, Satler, 24"x42", 7 yrs. old, minor rewiring req'd, $150. Rich, X4575

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

RANGE, GE JBS26F, elec., $50; dishwasher, Maytag W0202, movable, $50, you haul (Marin & Keeler, Berkeley). Hiroshi, X4340

SLIDING GLASS DOOR, 8', alum. door & frame, w/screen door, gd cond., $20/b.o.; kitchen sink, dual stainless steel, 19"x33", $20/b.o. Werner, 937-6433

SNOW SKI PKG., Pre 800s (190 cm), Marker M26 bindings, Nordica 617 boots, sz. 10, tuned last year, all very gd cond., $125/b.o. Robert, 937-6433

SOFA, floral print, 85" long, exc. cond., $155. Lisa, 653-6964

SOFA & love seat, coffee table & 2 end tables, queen sz. headboard & night stands, oak entertainment center, men's 10-spd w/galli group & Columbus frame. John, X7752

YARD SALE, multi-family, San Pablo (Apian Way) 2819 Tara Hills Dr., Sat., 9/16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., queen waterbed, 20" color TV & more. 724-1080


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

NO. BERKELEY, rm for rent in brn-shingle, spacious, quiet, furn., easy walk to shuttle, No. Shattuck, downtown, non-smoker, short/long term, $400/mo. Rob, 843-5987

NO. BERKELEY, furn. lg. rm in 4-bdrm house, bay view, shopping, bus stop, parking, washer/dryer, $425/mo. 528-6953

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

CROCKETT, 3-bdrm, 2-bth house, secluded w/trees, living rm, lg. deck, view of Carquinez Straight, 15 mi. to LBNL, 5 min. to I-80, $1100/mo. Frank, 540-0838

KENSINGTON, 3-bdrm, 2-bth home, bay view, garden, avail. 10/1, $1500/mo. 524-3312, 273-9314 (msg.)

KENSINGTON, 5-bdrm house to share w/1 person, private bth., view of bay & Golden Gate, garden, nr shopping/buses, $475/mo. + 1/3 utils. 524-7086

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

PIEDMONT, 2-bdrm, 1-bth house, lg. kitchen, dining rm, living rm, frpl, attached garage, storage, $1495/mo. X4190

WANTED: 2-bdrm house/apt in Albany/El Cerrito for visiting scholar & family, approx. 1 yr. starting 9/18. Luanne, X5853

WANTED: 1-bdrm house (or share) w/privacy & yd for LBNL employee. Steve, X6966


BERKELEY, Northside, Euclid & Hilgard Ave., 2500 block of Hilgard, 2-bdrm, 1-bth duplex, kitchen, living/dining rm, garage, patio, garden, basement, laundry & storage room, view for ea. unit, 1 unit has frpl, other unit has fruit trees, short walk to LBNL shuttle, UCB & shops, $298.5K. Ken, 548-4970 (5-8 p.m.)

EL CERRITO HILLS, off Barrett, 2-bdrm, 1-bth house, move-in cond., bay view, carpets, hardwd flrs, sep. dining rm, laundry rm, frpl, terraced backyd w/drip system, price reduced. Jean, 232-0281, 232-3990

RICHMOND, Marina Bay, 2-bdrm, 2.5 bth, townhouse, move-in cond., partial marina view, carpet, dining rm, washer, dryer, refrig., sm. fenced front yd, 2 car parking in rear, $154K. Teresa, 243-1351


HIGH SIERRAS, 4-bdrm cabin, washer, dryer, deck, frpl, 4 hrs. from Berkeley, 1 hr. from Truckee, on hwy 49, fishing, swimming, hiking, canoeing, wk/wkend for people who will take gd care of our home. Jane, 849-4096

NO. TAHOE, 3-bdrm, 2-1/2 bth home, greenbelt views, nr shops, lake, casinos & Northstar. Wayne, X7685, 837-2409

SO. LAKE TAHOE, Tahoe Keys, 3-bdrm, 2.5-bth, 2-story house, w/boat dock, mountain views, quiet area, nr everything. Bob, 376-221


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