LBL Currents -- January 20, 1995

Dental x-rays go digital

By Diane LaMacchia, [email protected]

After a search through the file room, the dental technician appears with last year's x rays in hand. The dentist says it's time for more x rays. "Open wider," says the technician. "Now bite down." Fingers out of your mouth just in time, the dental technician points an x-ray tube at your jaw, stands behind a lead wall, and turns on the machine. A trip down the hall to the developing tank, a few minutes of processing, and the new x rays are ready for scrutiny.

This familiar scenario will soon be a memory, thanks to the emergence of digital radiography and the electronic readout device. Patients will still have to "open wide" and "bite down," but in place of dental film they will be closing their mouths around electronic sensors.

To develop the new technology, LBL has recently signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with a Hicksville, NY, company called Air Techniques Inc.--the nation's largest supplier of automatic dental film processors.

With the new technology, instead of the trip to the developing tank, dentist and patient will watch images come up on a computer screen seconds after the device is inserted into the patient's mouth. The images will be higher resolution than film images and will be stored in computer memory, from which they can be easily retrieved, combined, and manipulated to supply more information. The chemical waste associated with film processing will be eliminated. Most significantly, patients will be exposed to one tenth the x-ray dosage typically delivered today.

The conventional way to x-ray teeth is with a piece of thick film that is moderately sensitive to x rays. To increase its efficiency and lower the required dosage of x-rays, the film can be sandwiched between sheets of plastic called intensifying screens. The disadvantage of using the screens is that they scatter radiation, resulting in decreased spatial resolution and accuracy.

Soon to be manufactured by Air Techniques, the alternative electronic technology developed at LBL by physicists Victor Perez-Mendez, John Drewery, and graduate student Tao Jing involves a light-emitting material, or scintillator. It differs from other dental digital radiographic devices that have recently come on the market in that it provides a better spatial resolution for a given sensitivity to x rays.

To make the x-ray-sensitive material, the LBL researchers use vacuum evaporation, a technique in which the scintillator cesium iodide is deposited on raised disks, or pucks, dotting the surface of a piece of high-temperature plastic. In the process of evaporation, the cesium iodide forms columns on the plastic pucks. When x-rays hit these columns, the material emits light (scintillation) which is partially lined up (collimated); sideways spreading is minimized for better resolution and accuracy.

"The net result is that our x-ray-detecting devices are more efficient and more accurate than the commercial Kodak film combination," says Perez-Mendez.

LBL and Air Techniques have signed a one-year, $100,000 CRADA to develop the scintillator for the electronic dental readout device. Air Techniques researchers Claude Goodman and Daniel Wildermuth are currently working at LBL to refine the scintillator manufacturing process. A prototype device is
expected to be ready within the year.

Perez-Mendez, who is also a professor of radiology at UC San Francisco, says the next step in the development of the technology will be to make larger digital devices for mammography or heart imaging.

"The ultimate aim," he says, "is to avoid the use of film for medical x-ray imaging. We're starting small, making devices like this for dental radiography, because the electronics are easier to make."

Eventually, he says, standard 11x14-inch radiology film and developing tanks will be replaced by electronic detectors, high definition display screens, and computer-stored data. These technologies will simplify procedures in a hospital's radiology department, and patients will be exposed to much lower doses of radiation.

CAPTION -- Scientists demonstrate the use of a real-time x-radiographic sensor to image teeth. The electronic sensor permits a lower dosage of x-rays. Photo by Steve Adams

Lab adopts new communications plan

By Ron Kolb, [email protected]

A comprehensive communications plan, designed to coordi-nate the Laboratory's internal and external information efforts, has been adopted for implementation in 1995.

The product of almost a year's worth of analysis and evaluation, the LBL Communications Plan includes 65 separate actions to assist in accomplishing three overarching goals: to build a distinctive identity for LBL, to develop and maintain strong relationships with constituencies, and to unify the Laboratory community both on and off the Hill.

"This plan is an integral element of our strategic planning process and responds to several objectives set forth in `Vision 2000,'" says Director Charles Shank. "Better communications, both within and outside the organization, will improve our competitive position and optimize our interactions in the workplace."

Copies of the plan are available upon request from the Public Information Department (X5771).

The 40-page document, a collective effort by the 28-member Laboratory Communications Task Force, features goals, objectives, strategies and actions, each assigned a timeline and a responsible administrative unit for implementation. The ambitious plan reflects a new Laboratory culture characterized by aggressive outreach efforts, consistent and coordinated messages, and targeted audiences, according to Task Force Chairman Michael Chartock, head of Planning and Communications.

"Our mandate grew from three realities," Chartock says. "First, the Laboratory's diversified mission has resulted in splintered internal loyalties at the cost of a unified commitment. Second, the fiercely competitive science funding environment is intensifying. And third, LBL continues to experience a confused, mysterious identity among many of our neighbors and constituents.

"Strong, coordinated communications efforts can help us to meet all three of these challenges in a way that will ensure our viability into the next century."

Chartock said that although numerous actions are predictably clustered within areas such as the Public Information, Community Relations, Technology Transfer, and Technical and Electronic Information departments, the plan's success depends upon the commitment of every employee to influential, effective communications.

Director Shank established the Task Force and a second committee, the Communications Advisory Council, last April "to guide communications planning efforts on site and to strengthen our identity with the greater external community." Membership for the Task Force was drawn from outreach, scientific, operational and service programs at LBL. The Advisory Council is a management-level panel consisting of LBL leadership and off-site public relations and communications professionals.

The draft plan was reviewed by both the Advisory Council and by the Subcommittee of Consulting Scientists, a 10-member group asked to offer researchers' perspectives on the proposals. Final endorsement was received from the Director's Action Committee at its meeting on January 5.

Many of the actions were drawn from prior planning activities at LBL, including those of the community relations outreach program, the LBL Diversity Committee's subcommittee on communications, and the Strategic Planning Task Force on Making an LBL That Works.

The plan also includes evaluative measures to chart the progress of activities during the year. Chartock and the prospective communications manager, now being recruited, will serve as administrators of the plan.

Plan Highlights

The following is a brief summary of the topics and areas addressed by the LBL Communications Plan:

Laboratory Communications Task Force members

Michael Chartock, Chairman, Planning and Communications

Jose Alonso, Accelerator and Fusion Research

Kristin Balder-Froid, Nuclear Science

Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff, Life Sciences

Michael Barnett, Physics

Walter Blount, Human Resources

Mary Bodvarsson, Public Information

Nancy Brown, Energy and Environment

Ed Burgess, Engineering

Laura Chen, Facilities

Bruce Davies, Technology Transfer

Reid Edwards, Industry and Government Partnerships

Shaun Fennessey, Community Relations

David Gilbert, Life Sciences

Jeffery Kahn, Public Information

Stu Loken, Information and Computing Sciences

Fred Lothrop, Reception Center

Rick Malaspina, UC Office of the President

David McGraw, Environment, Health and Safety

Louis Millard, Technical and Electronic Information

Eric Norman, Nuclear Science

Rollie Otto, Center for Science & Engineering Education

Pam Patterson, Public Information

Catherine Pinkas, Human Genome

Elizabeth Saucier, Advanced Light Source

Kam Tung, Environment, Health and Safety

Michael Wilde, Energy and Environment

Lynn Yarris, Public Information

Ex-officio: Pier Oddone, Deputy Director

Staff: Ron Kolb

Human Resources aims for flexibility, communication

By Diane LaMacchia, [email protected]

Walter Blount Jr., head of Human Resources since March 1994, says he plans to move his department away from being strictly an enforcer of policies and procedures to a direction of consultation and responsiveness.

"LBL is a world class research center," Blount says. "And yet many of our personnel and employee relations approaches in the past have not been of that caliber."

In the spirit of "continuous quality improvement," Blount, who has 25 years of experience in the personnel field, says he tries to use a scientific, quantitative approach to solving problems at LBL. He is working with division directors and administrative staff to "capture their current perceptions" of the Human Resources Department and their expectations for the services it should provide. From those discussions, he is developing a strategic plan for the department and guiding principles for key human resources areas, such as training, staffing, compensation, employee relations, and labor relations.

Improvements planned

Like other departments at the Lab, HR is looking at ways to do things more efficiently and eliminate redundancies. Blount says he plans to "get the department organized so we can deliver a seamless, responsive service" to the Laboratory. One way to do that is with the acquisition of a new Human Resources information system that will allow administrative, human resources, and payroll personnel, as well as the scientific divisions, to look at the same employee information. The electronic transfer of information such as salary increase authorizations is expected to improve the quality of information and cut down on the flow of paper.

HR also has plans for producing a salary manual that will explain LBL's approach to salaries and include information such as job classifications, position descriptions, salary ranges, and performance expectations.

Blount has formalized the training function in HR with the hiring of training manager Linda Rose. Blount says the department is committed to the continuation and expansion of supervisory and management training programs, such as Zenger-Miller, in spite of logistical issues.

"It's a fairly massive undertaking from the standpoint of the commitment to get supervisors away from the job," he says.

Hundreds of LBL administrative and operational managers and supervisors have already begun their training, and the program has been expanded to include scientists and engineers. In addition, Blount says HR will provide training and development opportunities for all employees "so employees will be able to improve performance in their current positions."

Diversity important

To increase workforce diversity, he is working closely with the Work Force Diversity Office to meet affirmative action goals. Blount says he supports the efforts of the Diversity Committee, which advises Director Shank.

"We feel that diversity will help LBL succeed both near term and long term," he says. "We want to create an environment for any and all individuals to come on board and feel comfortable and to make a positive contribution towards advancing the LBL mission."

Alivisatos selected Outstanding Young Investigator

Paul Alivisatos, a researcher in the Materials Sciences Division and Professor of Chemistry at UC Berkeley, has been awarded the 1995 Outstanding Young Investigator Award by the Materials Research Society.

The prestigious prize "recognizes exceptional, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who also shows excellent promise as a developing leader in the materials area." Alivisatos is 35.

Alivisatos was selected for his research in the synthesis and characterization of semiconductor nanocrystals. He and colleagues at LBL and UC Berkeley were the first synthesize to large quantities of gallium arsenide clusters. Such clusters are an important step towards creating "quantum dots"--nanometer-sized crystals that could serve, among other things, as optical memory chips for computers.

Alivisatos will be presented the award, which includes a trophy and cash prize, at the spring meeting of the Materials Research Society in April in San Francisco. Other awards Alivisatos has received include DOE's Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Materials Chemistry, Harvard's Wilson Prize, and the Coblentz Award.

In memoriam -- James Norton

James Norton, an electrical engineer who spent 27 years at LBL as head of the Electronics Department, died on January 12, one day before his 90th birthday. A resident of Lafayette, Norton retired from the Laboratory in 1969.

Norton spent his early working years in the motion-picture industry in Los Angeles. He made the leap from the big screen to big science in 1942, when Ernest Lawrence was scouting the industry for talent for the war effort. Norton was head of Paramount Studio's sound recording plant when he was invited to join the uranium-separation effort just getting underway at the Lab. He and other engineers and technicians from Hollywood would become the nucleus of the Laboratory's Electronics Department.

Norton's first assignment was helping to set up the Y-12 Separation Plant, a huge, complex technological city in Oak Ridge, Tenn. After the war, he helped design the 184-inch cyclotron, the Linac, the Synchrotron, the Bevatron, the 88-Inch Cyclotron, and the hydrogen bubble chambers. He also helped establish the first electronics department at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Norton was also a key player in bringing computers to LBL. He established specifications for many of the Lab's first supercomputers, and acted as an important liaison between the technical and financial areas of the computer contracts. "Jim was probably one of the first men in America to fully grasp the implications of the computer revolution," said a colleague at Norton's retirement.

Norton is survived by his wife of 52 years, Rosanna, daughters Susi Morgenstern of Lafayette and Nancy Reitz of Palo Alto, one brother, and three grandchildren.

Donations in Norton's memory may be made to the James Norton Memorial Fund, Kaiser Respiratory Care, Kaiser Hospital, Volunteer Dept., 1425 So. Main St., Walnut Creek, CA 94596.

Wanted: Science Fair judges

West Contra Costa Science Fair
12:30-5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15
Contra Costa College Gym Annex (2nd floor)

Organizers of the annual West Contra Costa Science Fair are looking for members of the scientific community who would like to be volunteer judges. Here is your chance to support budding young scientists from junior-high and high schools in West Contra Costa Unified and John Swett school districts. Winners from the competition will go on to compete in the San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair in March.

To volunteer, please call Amy Black at 642-8960, or Irene Katsumoto at 642-8232 by Friday, Feb. 3.



The UC Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Association met on December 16 with the UC Office of the President. In attendance were President Peltason, Senior Vice Presidents Wayne Kennedy and Walter Massey, Associate V.P. Carmen Estrada, Professor Rodolfo Alvarez and representatives from 12 campuses, including LBL and LLNL. Shirley Claire of Human Resources represented LBL. Some of the topics discussed were domestic partnership, student family housing, discrimination, campus climate, and sexual harassment. Peltason agreed to assign a direct contact (to be announced) from the Office of the President to UCLGBA.

Claire and Brennan Kreller of Public Information and Community Relations were accepted as UCLGBA Steering Committee representatives at the UCLGBA General Assembly Meeting in Santa Cruz last February. They are co-chairs of LBL's Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Association, which was formally recognized by the Laboratory in March 1994. Since then, the LGBA has been involved in a number of projects at the Lab, including sponsorship of Gay Pride Month activities (June 1994), co-sponsorship, with other LBL employee associations and the Work Force Diversity Office, of a student barbecue (August 1994), and hosting of an UCLGBA Steering Committee Meeting at LBL (October 1994).


Remarks by new House Science Committee Chairman Robert Walker (R-PA) on a January 13 public radio station show (88.5 FM-WAMU, Washington, D.C.) provide cautiously optimistic signs for future science spending. Significantly, Walker is also vice chairman of the House Budget Committee. He was joined by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), ranking minority member on the Senate VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, and Anne Petersen, deputy director of the National Science Foundation. Among Walker's remarks: "I am hopeful that we will at least maintain an even level for science, and maybe even increase it somewhat, because it is an area where we are investing in the future. It seems to me that when you fund basic research you're financing the underpinnings ... for the economy of the future, and that we make a very unwise decision if we cut back on our ability to know what the future can produce by cutting back on science." He later added, "There's no doubt that we are going to be doing a lot of cutting, and a lot of those are going to be in discretionary programs, but I think there is an understanding amongst Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill that ... the last thing we want to do is take away from those efforts that will help define our ability to compete economically and globally in the future."

On strategic and applied research funding, Walker said:

"There's a totality of scientific research that has to be looked at, as a part of the whole economy, not just the federal government. I think the federal government role should be limited to research that is largely basic so that we are assured that that research gets done. Applied research is the kind of thing where you see a product at the end, and where business and industry are willing to invest in a lot of that kind of research. ... You want the federal government funding basic research and you want the other research to be done by those people who will ultimately profit from it." He later said, "There may be research that should be done that has no constituency," citing research on bread mold that ultimately produced penicillin. "I think we ought to keep the door very much open to allow research to be driven by ideas, and not by constituencies."

Computing Zone

LBL electronic "Level-1" distribution

The Information and Computing Sciences Division has established an electronic Level-1 list that may be used for distribution of material of general Laboratory interest. The list consists of staff who are registered in the LBL Electronic Postoffice. This list does not include everyone at the Laboratory, but does include a substantial segment. Currently there are more than 2,600 electronic mail addresses on the distribution list. Staff who are receiving electronic mail but are not yet in the LBL EPO can send mail to [email protected] requesting to be added to this service.

If this service is to be meaningful, the postings to the list must not be perceived as being "junk mail." This means the list must be used with restraint. Therefore, all requests for use of the electronic Level-1 distribution must be submitted to Stu Loken ([email protected]) for approval. Approval may also be granted by Sandy Merola ([email protected], X7440) or Dave Stevens ([email protected], X7344). All requests must be accompanied by an electronic copy of the message to be sent.

The following guidelines will be used to approve requests for electronic Level-1 distribution:

Questions about electronic Level-1 distributions may be addressed to William Jaquith ([email protected], X4388).

Human Resources Corner

HR moves into Bevatron

The following Human Resources offices have moved to the office area in the old Bevatron building (Bldg. 51; Mail Stop 51-208):

Benefits Satellite Office in Reception Center

The Benefits Satellite Office is now open in the Bldg. 65 Reception Center. Drop-in hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon; appointments are available those days between 1 and 4 p.m. You may schedule an appointment at [email protected] or X6404. All general benefits forms are also available to pick up between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

W-2s going out

The Payroll Department will be mailing W-2 forms in the next few weeks. If you have moved, please verify that your mailing address has been changed with your divsion or department administrator. If not please have your department or division office submit a Personal Action Form (PAF) as soon as possible.

Kaiser update

Kaiser North recently mailed new membership cards to all Kaiser North members, including current members and new members who transferred into the plan during the 1994 Open Enrollment Period. The cards differ from the previous ones in that the prescription drug code has been changed from "B" to "U," and the mental health code has been changed from "H" to "G."

Although the Kaiser membership card packet explains that the new cards are "due to a change in your benefits, or due to a request by your group," in actuality, the cards reflect only a change in Kaiser's coding for internal billing purposes. There has been no change in benefits, and the cards are completely valid.

CJO available electronically

The Current Job Opportunities Bulletin is updated bi-weekly and is accessible electronically via the following:

Health plan change

Health Net will be calling all employees who were enrolled in the Qual-Med plan, which has merged with Health Net. Health Net wants to know if you have had any questions or problems relating to the merger.

Annual UC retirement fund returns

The following are the annual fund returns for the 403(b) and 401(a) accounts, effective Dec. 31, 1994.*

Equity 4.81%

Bond <12.47%>

Multi-Asset 1.71%

Money Market 4.21%

Savings 6.68%

Insurance Company Contract 7.88%

* Past performance does not guarantee future results

Green Card replacement program

The U. S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) is requiring that some alien registration receipt cards (Green Cards) be replaced. In an effort to eliminate fraud and reduce the number of documents used for employment, the INS has established Form I-551 as the sole registration card for the use of lawful permanent resident aliens.

Effective March 20, 1995, Alien Registration Receipt Card I-151 and all prior alien registration documents (e.g., forms AR-3 and AR-103) will expire. (Generally, most cards issued before 1979 must be replaced.) Only the Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551 will be valid and operative for ten years.

The Green Card must be replaced if it does not have the following:

To apply for a replacement Green Card, you must file (in person at a local INS office) a completed Form I-90 (Application to Replace Alien Registration Card), two color photographs meeting the specifications on Form I-90 and a $75.00 application fee.

Form I-90 is available from the Human Resources Department, Foreign Visitors Unit, 1936 University Ave, second floor, or from the LBL Reception Center, Bldg. 65. You may also order the form directly from INS by calling their toll free number, 1-800-755-0777.

The INS building is located at 630 Sansome St., San Francisco, and is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The INS recommends arriving three hours before closing to allow sufficient time to submit the application on the same day.

Calendar of Events -- January 23 to February 3

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

23 m o n d a y


Machine Tool Safeguarding (Class 245), 10 a.m.-12:00 noon, Bldg 90-1099, pre-registration required (X6612).


Joe Wang of the Earth Sciences Division

will speak on "Need a FOCUS for CHARM at Yucca Mountain," 3:30-5 p.m. in 3105 Etcheverry Hall; coffee 3:15 p.m.


Professor Raj Singh, Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Director, Acoustics & Dynamics Laboratory, The Ohio State University, will speak on "Analysis of Periodic Differential Equations from Machinery Dynamics Perspective" at 4 p.m. in 3110 Etcheverry Hall.


"A Systems Approach to Distillation Processes--The Rebirth of a Research Area," will be discussed by Professor Sigurd Skogestad of the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Trondheim, Norway, at 4 p.m. in the Pitzer Auditorium of Latimer Hall. Refreshments will be served on the Terrace, 30 minutes prior.


"Parity Violation in Rare Earth Atoms," Dr. Dmitry Budker, Physics Department, UCB, 4:30 p.m., 1 LeConte Hall.

24 t u e s d a y


Radiation Protection-Radiological Worker I (Class 430), 8 a.m.-noon, Bldg 66-316 (also 1/26: both days), pre-registration required (X6612).


"A Search for Charm Mixing with 50 Terabytes of Data -- a Status Report from the FNAL E791 Experiment," G. Blaylock, UC Santa Cruz, 4:00 p.m., Bldg 50A-5132, refreshments 3:40 p.m.

25 w e d n e s d a y


The Database Forum will meet 10:30 a.m.-noon in Room 50A-5132 to provide an update on the implementation status of LBL's three major new Oracle administrative systems: Purchasing, LETS (Laboratory Employee Time System) and Toolkit. Presentations will be made on the data which will be provided by each of these systems and their roll-out schedule.

26 t h u r s d a y


Radiation Protection-Radiological Worker I (Class 430), 8 a.m.-noon, Bldg 66-316 (also 1/24: both days), pre-registration required (X6612).


"Applications of Surface X-Ray Scattering to Electrified Interfaces: Adsorbed Layer and Electrolyte Structure," M. Toney, IBM Almaden Research Center, 1:30 p.m., Bldg 66 Auditorium (Room 317).


"Retail Competition and DSM in a Restructured Electricity Industry," Stephen Wiel, Leader, Energy & Environment Division

Washington DC Project Office, Noon, Bldg 90-3148.


Dr. Barbara Jones from the IBM Almaden Research Center will speak on "Quantum Confinement Effects in Magnetic Multilayers" at 4:10 p.m. in 105 Northgate Hall.

27 f r i d a y


"Frontiers of Induction Linacs and Pulsed Power," Dr. George Caporaso, LLNL, 10:30 a.m., Bldg 71 Conference Room.

30 m o n d a y


Rebecca E. Taylor and Edward J. Maginn, Chemical Engineering Ph.D. candidates, will discuss, respectively, "NMR Studies of the Dynamics of Polymers at Interfaces," and "Molecular Simulations of Hydrocarbon Adsorption and Diffusion in Zeolites," beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Pitzer Auditorium of Latimer Hall. Refreshments will be served on the Terrace 30 minutes prior.

31 t u e s d a y


Ken-ichi Tanaka, of the University of Tokyo, Japan, will speak on "Chemical Reconstruction Taking Place on Alloy and Bimetallic Surfaces" at 1:30 p.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium (Room 317).

1 w e d n e s d a y


Reid Edwards of the Office of Industry and Government Partnerships will present a Washington Update at noon in the Bldg 50 auditorium on Wednesday, Feb. 1, Wednesday, Feb. 15 and Wednesday, March 1. The sessions will continue as long as events and interest warrant. All employees are invited to attend.

2 t h u r s d a y


Researchers Marc Fischer and Karina Garbesi of the Indoor Environment Program will address "Spatial and Temporal Variability in C02 Respiration from a Subalpine Meadow Ecosystem: Toward Balancing the Global Carbon Budget" at 12:00 noon in Building 90 Room 3148.


D. Land of UC Davis will discuss "The Kinetics and Mechanism of Acetylene Cyclization Reactions on Pd(111)" at 1:30 p.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium (Room 317).


Dr. Quan Sheng Shu, of DESY, Germany, will address "Technical Challenges of Superconductivity and Cryogenics in Pursuing TESLA Test Facility" at 3 p.m. in the Building71 conference room.


Dr. Martha Mecartney from UC Irvine will discuss "Microstructural Design of Crystalline Oxide Thin Films via Sol-Gel Routes" at 4:10 p.m. in 105 Northgate Hall.

3 f r i d a y

ALS Symposium honors Halbach

Ever wondered whom you should thank for all those great insertion device x-rays? Start with Klaus Halbach, the primary force behind today's permanent magnet wigglers and undulators. To honor Klaus, the ALS is sponsoring a special Halbach Symposium on Magnet Technology with a day-long symposium of scientific and informal talks, the release of a volume of his famous notes, and a festschrift in his honor written by the alumni of the Halbach Institute of Technology. (The festschrift is a tradition in which the students and colleagues of an individual of distinction publish a volume of their creative work and dedicate it to him.)

Registration is required. For more information contact Elizabeth Saucier, X6166, [email protected]

Currents online edition

The full text of each edition of Currents is published electronically on the World Wide Web at the following URL: set up your computer to access the World Wide Web, call the Mac and PC Support Group at X6858.

Dining Center Menu for January 23-27


Sadie's Early Bird: Breakfast sandwich w/coffee $2.50

Soup of the Day: Minestrone reg. $1.35 lg. $1.95

Bistro Fare: Broiled pork chop w/macaroni & cheese, green beans $3.75

Passports: South of the Border a la carte

Sadie's Grill: Grilled turkey pastrami & Swiss on a roll $3.05


Sadie's Early Bird: Eggs Benedict & coffee $2.50

Soup of the Day: Old-fashioned bean reg. $1.35 lg. $1.95

Bistro Fare: Roast turkey w/wild rice dressing & glazed carrots $3.75

Passports: South of the Border

Sadie's Grill: Tuna melt & fries $3.05


Sadie's Early Bird: Biscuit & gravy w/eggs $2.50

Soup of the Day: Cream of potato w/cheddar reg. $1.35 lg. $1.95

Bistro Fare: Baked lasagna (veg. or beef) w/winter vegetables $3.75

Passports: South of the Border a la carte

Sadie's Grill: Sloppy Joe & fries $3.75


Sadie's Early Bird: Big blueberry pancakes $1.95

Soup of the Day: Manhattan clam chowder reg. $1.35 lg. $1.95

Bistro Fare: Hearty beef stew in a crisp sourdough bowl $3.75

Sadie's Grill: Steak burger w/onion rings or fries $3.25


Sadie's Early Bird: Ham scramble $2.50

Soup of the Day: Turkey vegetable reg. $1.35 lg. $1.95

Bistro Fare: Pasta Piatti!! $3.75

Sadie's Grill: Jumbo chili dog w/fries $3.95

Photo Lab alert

Although the Photo/Digital Imaging Services group (Photo Lab) is now located in Bldg. 46-139, please note that the mailing address is M.S. 46-125.


Flea Market ads may be sent via e-mail to [email protected], Fax to X6641, or Lab mail to Bldg. 65B. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday.


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`84 BMW 318i, 2-dr, 5-spd, sunrf,
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TIRE CHAINS, never used, fit 175R-13, 185R-13, & other popular-size tires, $35/b.o. Marcia, X4875


MOTORCYCLE: Honda Shadow or Kawasaki Vulcan, 700 cc or bigger. Doug, X6626, 526-464


Earring on s. steps leading to B50 complex coming up from the pit, bet. Jan. 2-5. Cynthia, X7447


ANSWERING MACHINE, Panasonic 2-line $25, dining rm light fixture $10, small table fan $5, IBM PC+Epson printer $250. 831-9172

BICYCLE, "Specialized Hardrock" mtn bike, 18" frame w/21 spds, only 3 short rides since new, absolutely perfect, $200/b.o. David, X4629, 415/927-7258

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ELECTRONIC TYPEWRITER, Brother model CE50, like new, barely used, $50. Doug, X6626, 526-4644

EXERCISE BICYCLE, Tunturi, new, orig. $199, $125/b.o. Doug, X5440, 295-0212

FURNITURE, chairs, 2 arm-chairs, desk, dressers, kid's 20" BMX bike pract. new, orig. $70, $45/b.o. Valery, X7214, 525-0166 eve.

FUTON FRAME & mattress w/cover (full size) $125, bed & futon mattress w/cover (queen) $175, bed mattress & box (twin) $150, 5-pc dinette+divider $120, entertainment center $75, 2 side tables & cocktail table $70, 13" color TV $50, other items, mostly less than a year old. Zim/Eleanor 237-7988

LEATHER JACKET, full length Ann Taylor $110, computer desk $70, chest of drawers $50, round kitchen table $10, games, books, clothes, misc. 865-4774

NORDIC TRAC PRO, electron. pulse-rate reading, speedometer & chronometer, exc. cond., orig. $728, $425/b.o.; baby stroller, combi Lexington Sport, 4-level reclining seat back, exc. cond., $50; bronzeware from Bangkok, only used twice, 44 pieces, 12 11-piece place settings, 12 serving pieces, wooden case, $2,000/b.o. Auben, X4613, 245-0343

PEDESTAL BED, Queen size dark stained oak, w/hdbd, mattress, $150. Doug, X7141, 825-7717

PIANO w/bench, antique tiger oak, 1914 upright, ivory keys, looks/sounds great, $1850. Peter/Anne, 531-7837

PING-PONG TABLE, net, paddles, v. gd cond., $50. Carolyn, X7827, 631-9781 (eve).

SCANNER, Radio Shack Pro-34 uhf/vhf programmable w/charger $100; Panasonic cell. phone, many features, orig. $450, now $200; Canon E65 Camcorder w/2 batteries, charger, car charger $500. Fred, X6068, 526-3259

SKI TICKETS, $5 discount all-day adult, at Kirkwood, gd til 5/15. Pepi, X6502

SKI TICKETS, discount, Alpine Meadows. Ron, X4410, 276-8079

SKI TICKETS, Heavenly Valley, 3 adult ($39 ea.), 1 child all-day lesson w/equipt. & lunch $45, gd til end `95 season. Bob, X4580, 229-5549


ALBANY, furn. 1-bdrm apt., wash./dry., nr UC Village & bus to LBL/UCB, no more than 3 persons, visiting professor w/spouse preferred, nonsmok., $675/mo. Donald, X6459

ALBANY, furn. inlaw/studio apt for 1 person, perfect for short-term visitor, $550/mo. incl. utils. Helen, 525-3847

BERKELEY, upstairs furn. 1-bdrm unit, 5-min. walk to UC/LBL shuttle, $615/mo incl. parking, heat, water. 527-1358

BERKELEY, unfurn. 1-bdrm unit on Hearst in Ocean View area. Unfurn. studio on Eighth St. in Ocean View area. 540-0385

BERKELEY, Elmwood, bright furn. rm in non-smok. home, kitch. privileges, linens, bi-wkly room-cleaning, share PG&E, 1 blk to #51, #7 buses, 15-min. walk to BART, great shopping area, $300/month. Barbara, 654-5069

EL CERRITO, 1-person furn. 1-bdrm apt, lvng rm, no kitch. but microwave, refrig., wkly cleaning service, lg. accessible garden, own entrance, bay view, no smok., nr bus/BART, $450/mo. Alice 524-1641

EL CERRITO, lg. 3-bdrm 2-bth apt w/patio, carport, laund. fac., nr Plaza/BART/bus, 1-yr lease, $975/mo.+sec. dep. 222-5780 aft. 6 p.m.

KENSINGTON, 2-bdrm 1-bth apt w/partial bay view, living rm w/frpl & wood paneling, sep. kitch., dining rm open to terrace, wash./dry., nr #67 bus stop, use of parking space, no smok., no pets, $850/mo.+1/2 PG&E, 1st & last mo.+$500 dep., avail. 2/5. 527-5356

LAKE MERRITT, rm in lg. 5-bdrm house, nr #51 bus, $370+1/5 utils, 251-9734

MONTCLAIR, sunny studio in triplex, lg. deck, nr fwy, 2-min. walk to village, $575/mo. 486-1221

N. BERKELEY, lg. furn. rm in 4-bdrm house, bay-view, shopping, bus stop, parking, wash./dry., $425/mo. 528-6953

N. BERKELEY house to share, 3-bdrm, 2-bth, nr bus/BART, $600/mo. incl. utils except tel. 1st/last & dep. req. 527-8675

N. OAKLAND/PIEDMONT, furn. 1-bdrm apt, pool, saunas, undergrnd parking, walk to shops, restaurants, movies, $700/month. 486-7472, 547-0727 aft. 4 pm.

OAKLAND, share apt w/female non-smoker, Glenview Dist., lg. bdrm w/lg. walk-in closet, built-in dresser, parking space avail., prefer temp. arrange. (up to 1 yr), $260/mo.+1/2 PG&E. Michelle, 530-6766 (eves.)

ORINDA, lg. furn. rm w/own kitch. & bth, wash./dry., Jacuzzi, yd, 5-min. walk to BART, non-smok., avail. 1-7/95, $600/mo+utils. X5791, 254-4759

PIEDMONT, 2+bdrm 2-bth unfurn. house, mod. kitch. w/dishwash., refrig., 2-car garage, yd, $1400/mo. X6771, 834-6170

PINOLE, sunny room in 3-bdrm house, sep. bth, wash./dry., full kitch., garage, $350 incl. utils. 223-8398

ROCKRIDGE, 2 rms in 4-bdrm house nr BART, yd, basement storage, avail. 2/1. 653-5840

SAN RAFAEL, remodeled 2-bdrm 1-bth house w/garden office, lg. deck & yd, fruit trees, veg. garden, nr playgrnd/trans./shopping, $1400/mo. Nancy, X7096 or Mariah, 415/456-3355, 415/721-7948

WANTED: exchange 3-bdrm 1-1/2 bth, lvng/dining rm, fam. rm Kensington house w/deck, garage, lg. yd, bay view, for house in S. England for 3-4 mos (flex.) in summer, renting also poss. 524-1641

WANTED: roommate to share 2-bdrm house in Berk. w/UC staff person; spacious, light, hdwd flrs, frpl., gas heat, cable TV, wash./dry., storage in basement, own room, can be furn.; access to whole house; $370/mo. 1st, last & dep. Kim, 642-6203, [email protected]


BAHAMAS, 1-bdrm condo. on beach, sleeps 4, every amenity, Taino Beach Resort Club, 2 mos. adv. notice, $500/wk (Sat.-Sat.). 528-1614

S. LAKE TAHOE, 2-bdrm+loft, frpl., wash./dry., atop Kingsbury Grade, walk to Heavenly. 848-1784

S. LAKE TAHOE, deluxe lakefront townhouse, all amenities, nr all playspots. 422-8845, 455-5595

N. TAHOE, new 3-bdrm 2.5-bth house avail. for wknd or wkdy ski season rental, greenbelt views, w/in 10 min. of Northstar, casinos, shopping, lake, dining; x-country/resort skiing all around, $150 wknd, $120 wkdy. Wayne, X7685, 837-2409


RICHMOND, 2-bdrm split-level MacGregor home, lg. kitch., stove, refrig., wash./dry., hdwd flrs, new carpet, fam. rm, compact priv. fenced yd w/patio, fruit trees, rock garden, $127,500. Jim, X7231, or Heidi Long, 486-1495

ROSSMOOR (co-op for those 55 & older), spacious 2-bdrm, 2-bth, dining L, bright open veranda w/ pleasant view of trees & eastern hills, wood-slat shades, like-new carpet, lino., appliances in top cond., nr clubhouse/golf/swimming, $54500, $475/mo. covers mort. bal. ($10K), landscape maint., security, etc. 524-9473


CAT, 2-yr-old female Calico, recently abandoned. Mark, X6554


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