When Lab Director Charles Shank announced the appointment of Mark Levine to the directorship of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EET) effective March 1, it symbolized a change in direction for the division formerly known as Energy & Environment.
"With the Laboratory paying renewed attention to energy technologies and their environmental consequences, it is a particularly auspicious time for Dr. Levine to lead the EET Division," Shank said. "The Environmental Energy Technologies Division will give new focus to research in energy technologies. Our goal is to enhance opportunities for the Laboratory to contribute to solving the Nation's energy problems."
The decision by Shank and division representatives to rename the division was made last November, and took effect with Levine's appointment. He replaces acting Division Director Don Grether.
Levine, who has headed the Energy Analysis Program since 1986, says his research goals for the division depend in part on a proactive stand by the division to make more widely known the importance of research on new energy technology, and the environmental consequences of energy use.
"The energy technology research budget has declined from $10 billion to less than $2 billion in the last 15 years," Levine says. "Our biggest challenge will be to try to turn that around. I think we have to be leaders in our fields to
attempt to influence in a positive way the directions of research in the country."
Levine says he is eager to build on the expertise that the division has built up in its more than 20-year history. He says the buildings area is a traditional strength in the division, which has played central roles in the development of such technologies as advanced energy-efficient windows, electronic ballasts for compact fluorescent lamps, and DOE-2, the de facto standard building energy simulation program. "I'm especially excited that we are into advanced computing applications for controlling building energy use," he says.
"Energy Analysis and International Energy Studies, the program I used to lead, will continue to be a vital area in which we want to build on our past excellence," he said. "I'd like to see us doing research on global climate change in a partnership with the Earth Sciences and other divisions. We need to expand our efforts to develop new energy technologies--our scope should be broader than it is now."
In Levine's view, a particularly strong opportunity exists in indoor and outdoor air quality modeling, and in relating modeling results to measurements in the field. This effort will build on computer modeling expertise in a number of programs in the division, as well as the expertise on many aspects of air quality found in two of the division's programs. "I'm especially excited to see an initiative that can involve researchers from a variety of disciplines and programs within the division and among other divisions," he says. "And in this case, I'm especially excited about the opportunities for our contributions to better science on air quality modeling."
Expanded collaborative research with other institutions will be one of Levine's tools for reaching these goals. "There are many institutions around the country that I believe will see us as a desirable organization to collaborate with," he says.
Although there was some discussion of reorganizing the division prior to Levine's appointment, he says that nothing has been finalized for now, but adds: "We need to be structured to be able to carry out large new initiatives, and I expect to make some changes along these lines."
Levine received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Princeton University, and his doctorate in chemistry from UC Berkeley. Before joining Berkeley Lab in 1978, he was a staff scientist at the Ford Foundation Energy Project in Washington, D.C., and a senior energy policy analyst at SRI International, Menlo Park. His current research interests involve energy efficiency in China and global energy demand studies. He will continue this work as division director.
Levine sits on the boards of several energy policy organizations, including the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and the Center for Clean Air Policy. He has recently authored several key reports for international bodies. As vice chairman of the World Energy Council's Working Group on Energy Efficiency, he and colleagues Nathan Martin, Lynn Price and Ernst Worrell (the latter from Utrecht University), produced a major study on industrial energy use.
Caption: EET Division Director Mark Levine
On the historic occasion of the 20th anniversary of the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP), Berkeley Lab has been chosen as host for the organization's annual meeting of scientific lectures, March 27 through 30.
Keith Jackson, NSBP's technical executive officer and a scientist at the Advanced Light Source, said the Laboratory is an appropriate choice of site both because of its own historic niche as one of the first national labs, and its continued support of NSBP goals and objectives.
"The Society would like to see more utilization by its members of national user facilities like the ALS," said Jackson, who is coordinating the annual meeting. "This is an excellent opportunity for Berkeley Lab to introduce its capabilities to students and scientists from other institutions who might become users at some future time."
More than 100 NSBP members from around the nation are expected to attend the sessions, which will divide time between Berkeley Lab (March 27, 28 and 30) and the UC Berkeley campus (March 29). All lectures are open to Lab employees on a space-available basis. Lab sessions will be held in the Bldg. 50 auditorium and campus sessions in 4 LeConte Hall. Saturday morning's student poster session will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Lab cafeteria, and is open to the public.
The NSBP was organized to promote the professional well-being of African-American physicists, developing and supporting efforts to increase opportunities for African Americans in physics, and to increase their numbers. First discussed by physicists at Fisk University in 1973, the Society currently has about 180 members.
The annual meeting is a mechanism for African-American physicists to discuss physics, exchange insights on the overall state of the discipline, and develop a network for student support and encouragement. Jackson said the student aspect is especially critical, both in providing potential career connections and nurturing interest in the scientific community.
In fact, as part of the NSBP meeting, Jackson will be joined by Society President Lonzy Lewis, chair of the Department of Physics at Clark Atlanta University, and UCB physics professor emeritus Pete Bragg in visits to local East Bay high school physics classes to talk about career paths.
The focus for this year's annual meeting, Jackson says, is a bit different from previous conferences. In each lecture session, speakers will offer their views about interesting trends in their respective fields, including speculation about where the disciplines will be headed in the future. In addition, there will be two panel discussions, one dealing with the development of strategic career programs in physics, and the other on the challenges faced by
African American physicists in mid-career. "We want to look at if and how we are meeting the needs of current African-American students in physics," said Jackson, who joined NSBP as a graduate student at Stanford in 1978. "Maybe we should look at some less traditional academic models, like preparing a physics student to go to business school and get at MBA, or to law school to go into patent law. We need to find the best and most effective programs, the ones that have the greatest impact on people's lives."
He noted that Saturday's poster session will be an excellent opportunity for Laboratory scientists and engineers to network informally with students attending the conference.
Jackson said one of the challenges facing NSBP and its membership is developing "authentic" research collaborations between federal and commercial institutions and schools that have traditionally been rich sources of African-American science students and faculty.
"There are 117 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), institutions that are an important part of the history and tradition of this nation," said Jackson, a product of Morehouse College. "Most are small schools, so they can't build particle accelerators. Funds are scarce to support physics programs. But we can leverage the national investment in unique facilities by building connections with the HBCUs."
Late in the day on March 27, conferees will be offered tours of the ALS, the National Center for Electron Microscopy, and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center. They will also hear about other national user facilities in the DOE network.
March 27--Berkeley Lab, Bldg. 50 auditorium
9 a.m. Material Science (Clayton Bates and Stephen Richardson, Howard University; Cynthia McIntrye, George Mason University; Michael Williams, Clark Atlanta University)
1 p.m. Plasma Physics (Joseph Johnson, Florida A&M)
1:30 p.m. Quantum Electronics (Anthony Johnson, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Earl Shaw, Rutgers Newark)
3 p.m. Astronomy (Arthur Walker, Stanford University, and Charles McGruder, University of Western Kentucky).
March 28--UC Berkeley, 4 LeConte Hall
8:30 a.m. Atmospheric Physics (James Curry, University of Colorado)
9 a.m. High Energy Physics (Larry Gladney, University of Pennsylvania; James Gates, University of Maryland; Warren Buck, Hampton University)
11 a.m. Panel on Physics in Mid-Career
1:30 p.m. Interdisciplinary Physics (Howard Smith, Clarity Software; Nola Hilton, USF; Charlie Harper, Cal State Hayward).
3:30 p.m. Panel on Strategic Program Development in Physics
Friday night's banquet speaker is Dr. John Hopps, vice provost of academic affairs at Morehouse College.
Berkeley Lab's high-tech Washington, D.C., Projects Office was center stage for a March 5 Department of Energy press briefing announcing two pilot projects in the "DOE 2000" national collaboratory initiative.
The vision of DOE 2000, according to briefing host Martha Krebs, director of DOE's Office of Energy Research, is to enable the nationwide use of unique
scientific resources via the Internet without regard to geographic boundaries. A conferencing demonstration linking researchers at Berkeley, Argonne and Oak Ridge national labs, using the MBone protocol and coordinated through the Washington office, vividly depicted the promise that networking technologies hold for distant scientific collaborations.
The systems and programs that enable the development of "virtual" shared laboratories will be prototyped in two three-year projects, both of which include Berkeley Lab as a partner: the Materials Microcharacterization Collaboratory, which was awarded $10.8 million in funding, and the Diesel Combustion Collaboratory, funded at $7.1 million. The pilots were chosen from among 13 competitive proposals.
Grants were announced by Krebs, DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Tom Gross, and Jim Eberhard, director of the Office of Heavy Vehicle Technologies. Kevin Mills, science program director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, commented on how collaborative technologies will also assist the government's military efforts.
Both pilot projects focus on engine efficiency and emission control. The combustion collaboratory, which includes Sandia, Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos national labs and the University of Wisconsin, will study the design of more powerful diagnostic experiments to control diesel engine emissions. The materials collaboratory, with Oak Ridge, Argonne, the University of Illinois, and the National Institute of Science and Technology, will research catalyst poisoning and potential corrosion-free materials.
They will be part of the national effort "to reduce the reliance on foreign oil by developing new generation vehicles that are more efficient and environmentally acceptable," Eberhard said. "The combustion lab will focus on what is happening in the cylinder of the diesel engine. The materials work is needed for exhaust applications, to get rid of the particulates."
The combustion collaboratory will feature remote access to Sandia's Combustion Research Facility devices, while the materials collaboratory will utilize electron microscopes at Berkeley Lab's National Center for Electron Microscopy and instruments at Argonne, Illinois and Oak Ridge. The High-Temperature Materials Lab at Oak Ridge will play an important role.
Stu Loken, Berkeley Lab's ICSD Division Director and coordinator of the DOE 2000 effort, introduced the demonstration, which featured Brian Tonner of the University of Wisconsin gathering data at an Advanced Light Source beamline. Loken called the ALS experiment "an early prototype of a collaboratory." Tonner's work on environmentally contaminated soils has involved biologists, soil chemists, and x-ray microscopists.
"It has allowed these three groups to work together on a project at the same time--as the data is being gathered," Tonner said via the MBone link, appearing from Berkeley in one of the remote access windows displayed on a Washington monitor. He called the program a "tremendous advantage" because it allows his colleagues in Milwaukee to participate in the experiment in real time, and to operate the machine from a distance.
Rick Stevens, director of Argonne's Mathematics and Computer Science Division, then showed his Washington audience an animated "virtual" reproduction of the ALS, to simulate scientists' interaction within this shared world. This attempt to re-create reality through technology, in a cyberspace simultaneously occupied by participants from multiple locations, is among the efforts designed to make collaboratories more than mere teleconferences.
Krebs said this capability will be especially important in the 21st century, when huge international research projects like the Large Hadron Collider at CERN--with its 500 collaborating physicists in the U.S. alone--begins collecting and analyzing massive amounts of data.
Caption: During the press briefing in the Washington, D.C., Projects Office, teleconference participants at Berkeley Lab, Oak Ridge, and Argonne appeared together on monitors at each of the sites, demontrating the collaborations possible via the MBone. This technology will be used in the two pilot projects that are part of the DOE 2000 national collaboratory initiative. Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt
The 60-year-old Berdahl has been university president at Austin since 1993, where he holds the Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History. He is a former vice chancellor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Berdahl will succeed Chang Lin-Tien, who is resigning after seven years as Berkeley's chancellor but plans to continue teaching at Berkeley.
"I'm humbled and honored to have been extended the opportunity to lead the flagship public university of the University," Berdahl said in a telephone press conference following his appointment. "I am very concious of the quality of leadership Berkely has received under Chancellor Tien. He will be a hard act to follow."
A native of South Dakota, Berdahl boasts that his father, a graduate of the University of South Dakota, attended Berkeley 75 years ago. His father's classmate at both South Dakota and Berkeley was Ernest O. Lawrence. "I doubt that I make the same impact [as Lawrence], but I welcome the opportunity to do my part," the younger Berdahl said.
Carnesale, 60, will succeed Charles E. Young, who is retiring from the post he has held for almost three decades--making him the longest serving chancellor in UC history and currently the longest serving leader of any university campus in the nation.
Carnesale, an expert on U.S. foreign policy and international security and the former dean of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, has been the university's provost and deputy to the president since 1994.
Before joining Harvard in 1974, Carnesale held positions in academia, government and industry. He has a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from NC State University, where he also taught and was head of the division of university studies and university coordinator for environmental studies.
He has been a consultant to several U.S. government agencies, including the Executive Office of the President, the Energy, State and Defense Departments, and the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. He served in the Science and Technology Bureau of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, was a member of the U.S. delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT), and was head of the U.S. delegation to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Evaluation, a 66-nation study of the relationships between civilian nuclear power and the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
-- Mary Bodvarsson
Earlier this month (March 12), the first high-resolution images and spectra were obtained on the new scanning photoemission microscope (SPEM) at the Advanced Light Source. The new microscope, which is located at the Beamline 7.0 Spectromicroscopy Facility, has a unique design in that its images are formed by moving a focused x-ray beam over the surface of a stationary sample. Researchers using the SPEM will be able to study samples that are cryogenically cooled or heated, or examine small regions of large (25 mm) samples without having to cut the sample apart. In its first day of operation, the SPEM reached spatial resolutions better than 0.5 microns.
Nicholas Samios, director of Brookhaven National Laboratory since 1982, has announced his resignation effective April 30. He intends to return to research in high energy physics. Samios is credited with the discovery of the "omega minus" particle and the first "charmed baryon." As BNL director, Samios has been recognized for initiating and overseeing the development of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. Expected to be completed in 1999, RHIC will be the world's largest nuclear physics research facility. Samios says there is no connection between his decision to retire as director and the tritium contamination incident which is expected to keep BNL's High Flux Beam Reactor shut down for at least a year. BNL has announced no timetable in the search for a successor.
Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), one of the most ardent House supporters of the canceled Superconducting Super Collider, has pledged to oppose DOE's plan to contribute $450 million to CERN unless European countries promise to contribute to future accelerator projects in the United States. Martha Krebs, DOE director of Energy Research, responded to Barton at a recent hearing of the House Science subcommittee on energy and environment that CERN's Large Hadron Collider is "extremely important" to the goals of America's high energy physics program. "It's the only game going and we need it to maintain our core competencies," she said. The LHC is a proton collider roughly one-third the size of the SSC and U.S. physicists have recommended our country contribute to the construction costs. Krebs said that DOE shares the concerns of Barton and other legislators for reciprocity. The Clinton Administration has begun talks with the governments of CERN nations about establishing a framework to improve international cooperation on science projects that are too large for any one nation to undertake on its own. -- Lynn Yarris
Researchers at Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron in Hamburg, Germany, have created quite a stir. Three years of smashing protons and positrons (the antimatter counterpart of electrons) together at high energy on the HERA accelerator have produced a handful of collisions that cannot be easily explained with the current theory of the fundamental structure of matter, they report. Theorists who have speculated about the existence of particles and forces beyond the current theory, which is known as the Standard Model, have rushed forward with a number of possible explanations. The collisions could be the sign of a particle called the leptoquark, the missing link between quarks and leptons, the building blocks of protons and the particle family that includes positrons and electrons. Or they might be the sign of something called a "stop," the hypothetical counterpart of the top quark in a family of theories called supersymmetry. There is also speculation that the collisions are a sign that quarks, the presumably pointlike building blocks of protons and neutrons, are actually made up of even smaller particles.
Berkeley Lab particle theorist Michael Barnett told Science magazine that the DESY report could be the start of a revolution in common high energy physics wisdom. If the results were to lead the identification of a leptoquark, he said, then we may be witnessing the birth of a "unified" theory in particle physics that would transcend the Standard Model. However, Barnett said, "based on the few recorded events, the case for such an upheaval is not statistically compelling."
It has finally happened--a traffic accident in space. It has now been documented that on July 24, 1996, there was a collision above Earth between a French Cerise microsatellite and a piece of an Ariane rocket that had been launched in 1986. The concern about orbiting debris as a threat to the future space activities near our planet is growing. More than 200 scientists from around the world attended the Second European Conference on Space Debris, held this week in Darmstadt, Germany.
Federico F. Peña has become the eighth person, and the first Hispanic, to serve as U. S. Secretary of Energy. He was sworn in on March 12, following confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
A former mayor of Denver, Colo., Peña served as Secretary of Transportation in President Clinton's first term. He says he begins his tenure at the Department of Energy committed to carrying on the agency's vital missions in national security, science and technology, energy resources, environmental quality and further invigorating U.S. economic competitiveness in the world economy.
"As we near the beginning of a new millennium, I am enthusiastic about America's future and the role that the men and women of the Department of Energy will play in creating it," Peña said. "The brilliant scientists and engineers, the unparalleled facilities of the national laboratories, and the top notch work DOE produces will continue to support our country's long-term economic, energy, environmental and national security interests."
Peña spoke with employees at DOE headquarters in Washington, D.C., and Germantown the day following his confirmation in a meeting televised to other DOE facilities and national labs. He talked about the future of the Department, and named the staff he has selected to fill key positions in the Department (see sidebar).
He outlined his four priorities for DOE: strengthening the nation's energy security; maintaining the safety and reliability of the nation's nuclear deterrent; continuing the cleanup of the environmental legacy of the Cold War and finding lasting ways to dispose of nuclear waste; and maintaining the country's leadership in technology and science.
"Scientific and technological advances, particularly at the national labs we support, have led to sweeping discoveries that have benefited society as a whole, not to mention the missions of the Department of Energy," he said. "Science and technology is at the center of all that we do. The President challenged us to develop a next generation of computers, and we at DOE will deliver."
On the future of DOE, Peña said, "I firmly believe that the Department of Energy is enormously important and should remain a Cabinet-level department. Observers in the science and energy community often speak of the Department of Energy's world-class technical and scientific capabilities. They have called these capabilities a national treasure. I would modify that characterization: YOU are that expertise; you are that national treasure which serves the vital role of protecting and securing the interests of our country."
At the Department of Transportation, Peña's leadership was instrumental in increasing the global competitiveness of America's transportation industry and improving travel safety. His "one-level safety" initiative at DOT standardized and improved safety across different categories of airlines. He also downsized the work force by 10 percent and cut miles of red tape, eliminating 1,450 pages of regulation.
Elgie Holstein, currently with the National Economic Council as special assistant to the president for economic policy, will serve as DOE's chief of staff. At the National Economic Council and throughout his career, Holstein has focused on energy, natural resources and environmental policy. In 1980, he staffed the Presidential Advisory Commission on Radioactive Waste Management, established by President Carter to advise and direct the Department of Energy.
Elizabeth A. Montoya, associate director for presidential personnel and special assistant to the President, has been named deputy chief of staff. Prior to serving at the White House and Department of Transportation, Montoya worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory. There, she was responsible for program planning and development, internal communications and human resource training.
Brooke Anderson will be director of public affairs; she is presently deputy chief of staff and press secretary to Congressman David Skaggs of Colorado.
Two special assistants from within DOE program offices will join Peña's staff--Anna Pulido Ferrera, former special assistant in the Office of Policy, and Leigh A. Slaughter, special assistant from the Office of General Counsel.
Peña named John C. Angell and Tom Vellenga, former senior advisors to President Clinton's chief of staff, as senior policy advisors. Angell joined the Clinton Administration in January 1993 as executive associate director of the Office of Management and Budget. He also served Leon Panetta as chief of staff of the House Budget Committee from 1989 to 1992. Vellenga provided counsel on national security matters to former White Hour chief of staff Leon Panetta.
Dan Reicher, former DOE chief of staff, and Kyle Simpson, former associate deputy secretary for energy programs, also will join Peña as senior policy advisors. Reicher has nearly 20 years of experience with environmental and energy policy and law. Simpson served as chief of staff to Deputy Secretary of Energy Charles B. Curtis and executive assistant to former Deputy Secretary Bill White, advising on energy issues.
"The collective talent and experience of this team will ensure that the agency successfully implements my priorities and continues to meet its commitments to President Clinton and the American people," Peña said of his appointments. "This team reflects my priorities for diverse leadership and proven experience. I appreciate their willingness to continue in public service."
Deputy Director Emeritus Earl K. Hyde, who retired from the Lab in 1986 following a distinguished career as a nuclear chemist, died of heart failure on March 3. He was 76.
Hyde joined the Laboratory in 1949 for a one-year appointment, and stayed for an illustrious career that spanned four decades. His work ranged from research of the chemical and nuclear properties of heavy elements to the mechanism of high-energy reactions and the alpha spectroscopy of short-lived isotopes. He made and identified many new isotopes of the heaviest elements, often verifying theoretical predictions in the process.
He also held a number of senior management positions at the Laboratory, including deputy head of the Nuclear Science Division (1970-73), first deputy director of the Laboratory (1973-84), associate director and acting head of the NSD in 1985, and associate director-at-large from 1985 until his retirement. He was conferred the title "emeritus" by the University of California in 1987.
Former Lab Director Andrew Sessler, who appointed Hyde deputy, had high praise for his colleague. "Earl Hyde was a person with great talent and significant accomplishments as an individual, a scientist, and an administrator. He devoted many years of his life to selfless service for Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. All of us have gained, in many, many ways, from his achievements, although I think--especially because he was so modest--that very few at the Laboratory realize how great was his contribution."
Hyde, who was born in Canada and raised in Joliet, Ill., did his undergraduate and graduate work in chemistry at the University of Chicago, receiving his Ph.D. in 1946. While at the University, he was a researcher on the Manhattan Project, where he worked on the characterization of a number of compounds of plutonium. In 1946, he joined Argonne National Laboratory, where he worked until accepting an invitation from Berkeley Lab's Glenn Seaborg in 1949 for a one-year stint. He never went back.
During his tenure at the Lab, Hyde authored or coauthored more than 60 research articles in chemistry and physics. He authored, with Isadore Perlman and Seaborg, a three-volume treatise on the Nuclear Properties of the Heavy Elements. In 1955, he served as an official U.S. delegate to the first Geneva Conference on Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy, and in 1957, chaired the Gordon Conference on Nuclear Chemistry.
Seaborg, who knew Hyde well from both the University of Chicago and the Laboratory, said, "I am deeply saddened by the death of my longtime friend and colleague, Earl Hyde. His warm interpersonal relationships and administrative skills led inexorably to positions of leadership. He had an affable personality and was able to combine a brilliant research career with efficient administrative performance."
Hyde was a passionate photographer, and found great satisfaction in such activities as hiking, camping, and backpacking. He also greatly enjoyed chamber music, opera, and dance. An avid swimmer, he was a founding member of the Strawberry Canyon Aquatic Masters swim club.
Hyde is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jean Babbitt Hyde; children Carol Hyde of Oakland, Rebecca Picard of St. Paul, Minn., Howard Hyde of Granada Hills, Calif.; and Charles Hyde-Wright of Norfolk, Va.; three grandchildren; and two sisters.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, at the First Unitarian Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Rd., Kensington. At the family's request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: APS Science Education Initiative, care of Darlene Logan, 1 Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740. (Note on the check that the donation is in memory of Earl Hyde.)
Representatives from Intel and Applied Materials joined Berkeley Lab scientists, engineers, and shops staff on March 5 for an open house and luncheon to celebrate the building of a new beamline and endstation at the ALS. The new beamline--the light source's first application-specific one--will deliver light to a photoelectron emission microscope (PEEM) now under construction and a newly completed micro x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (microXPS) endstation. The microXPS endstation, built with financial support from the two companies and DOE, was created specifically for analyzing the microstructures and small-area interfaces in integrated circuits (ICs) and the silicon wafers from which ICs are made. The Berkeley Lab beamline builders were treated to lunch by their industrial partners as a thank-you for completing the project within a challenging 10-month schedule. --Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt
Thursday, April 24, the Laboratory will sponsor Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day for children aged 9-15. The diverse schedule of activities being planned will give the children an opportunity to learn the many ways in which the Laboratory accomplishes its scientific mission. There will be a variety of workshops, ranging from a tour of the machine shops to a visit to the Computing Sciences Visualization Lab.
The day will begin with an opening demonstration on the science of vision ("How We See," 9:30-10:30 a.m.) in the Bldg. 50 auditorium. There will be morning and afternoon workshops and facility tours, with a break for lunch (pizza) in cafeteria area. The day will end with a session on the science of ice cream making and the awarding of certificates (2:30-3 p.m.).
Information and registration packets for this exciting educational event have been mailed to all employees. Due to space constraints, enrollment is limited to 240 children; registrations will be processed on first-come, first-served basis. The registration deadline is Friday, April 4. If you do not receive a packet by Monday, March 24, please call X5816.
Sylvia J. Spengler, principal investigator of the Human Genome Program's field operations at Berkeley Lab, and associate director of the Program in Mathematics and Molecular Biology at UC Berkeley, will give a special talk entitled "The Bioethics of Cloning Ourselves--Hello Dolly," from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, in the Bldg. 50 auditorium. She will be joined by Troy Duster, professor of sociology at UC Berkeley, and chair of the Joint DOE/NIH Ethical Legal and Social Issues working group. All employees are invited to attend.
The next tournament will be on Saturday, March 29, at Paradise Valley Golf Course. The cost is $56 per person. The tournaments are open to both men and women; relatives and guests are welcome. For more information, contact Denny Parra (X4598).
Representatives from Procurement and affiliated functions such as Accounts Payable, Receiving, Property, Budget Office and Environment, Health & Safety will be on hand to discuss and answer questions. Light refreshments will be served.
The following topics will be covered during the session:
|Date||Course (Registration deadline)|
|4/2||Web Server Overview (3/24)|
|4/3||Oracle Products and Services Overview (3/24)|
|4/8||Developer/2000 Product Overview* (3/31)|
|4/9||Object Technology Overview (3/31)|
|4/16||Oracle8 New Features A* (4/7)|
|4/17||Oracle8 New Features B* (4/7)|
|4/18||SmartClient GUI Fundamentals (4/7)|
|4/22||Oracle7 DBA II A (4/14)|
|4/23||Oracle7 DBA II B (4/14)|
|4/29||Oracle Language Fundamentals A (4/21)|
|4/30||Oracle Language Fundamentals B (4/21)|
|4/2||Windows 95 - Transition|
|4/3||Word 7.0 Fundamentals|
|4/7||Excel 7.0 Fundamentals|
|4/9||PowerPoint 7.0 Fundamentals|
|4/11||Windows 95 - Transition|
|4/15||Word 7.0 Intermediate|
|4/16||Excel 7.0 Intermediate|
|4/17||Windows 95 - Transition|
|4/23||PowerPoint 7.0 Intermediate/Advanced|
|4/24||Word 7.0 Advanced|
|4/25||Excel 7.0 Advanced|
|4/29||Word 7.0 Intermediate|
|4/30||Excel 7.0 Intermediate|
|4/10||cc:Mail 2.0||9 a.m. - noon|
|4/10||cc:Mail 2.0||1-4 p.m.|
|4/22||Meeting Maker XP||9 a.m. - noon|
|4/22||Meeting Maker XP||1-4 p.m.|
Please note: From now on, Advanced Integration Methods (AIM), will be handling all registrations and cancellations. To enroll, complete an AIM enrollment form (http://www.lbl.gov/Workplace/EDT/computers/PC_Classes.html), obtain your supervisor's approval, and fax it to AIM at (510) 827-1614. You will receive a confirmation call within 2 business days. Cancellation Policy: Your division account will be charged for on-site computer classes that have a fee unless you cancel 5 working days prior to the class you are scheduled to attend.
|4/3||Training for Hazardous Waste Generators (EHS 604)||3-4:15 p.m.||90-2063|
|4/3||Training for Radioactive & Mixed Waste Generators (EHS 622)||4:15-5 p.m.||90-2063|
|4/8||Basic Electrical Hazards (EHS 260)||8:30-10:30 a.m.||48-109|
|4/9||First Aid (EHS 116)||8 a.m. - noon||48-109|
|4/10||Fire Extinguisher Use (EHS 530)||10-11:30 a.m.||48-109|
|4/14||Laser Safety (EHS 280)||1:30-3:30 p.m.||71 conf. rm|
|4/17||Introduction to EH&S at LBNL (EHS 010)||9-11:30 a.m.||66 aud.|
|4/17||Radiation Protection: Fundamentals (EHS 400)||8-10:15 a.m.||51-201|
|4/17||Radiation Protection: Lab Safety (EHS 432)||10:15-11:30 a.m.||51-201|
|4/17||Radiation Protection: Sealed Sources (EHS 438)||10:15-11:30 a.m.||51-205|
|4/17||Training for Hazardous Waste Generators (EHS 604)||3-4:15 p.m.||90-2063|
|4/17||Training for Radioactive & Mixed Waste Generators (EHS 622)||4:15-5 p.m.||90-2063|
|4/22||Adult CPR (EHS 123)||9:00 am - noon||48-109|
Pre-registration is required for all courses except Introduction to EH&S. To pre-register for all other classes, send e-mail to [email protected] or call X5999 with your name, employee ID number, extension, and class name, date & code.
The Berkeley Lab Calendar is published biweekly here on the World Wide Web and in Currents by the Public Information Department. Employees can list a meeting, class, or event in the Calendar by using this submission form. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on Monday in the week that Currents is published.
In addition to the events listed below, Berkeley Lab's Washington, D.C. Projects office is hosting a Science and Technology Seminars series.Scientific Conferences
Syvia Spengler of Berkeley Lab's Human Genome Program will present "The Bioethics of Cloning Ourselves--Hello Dolly," at noon in the Bldg. 50 auditorium. She will be joined by Troy Duster, professor of sociology at UC Berkeley, and chair of the Joint DOE/NIH Ethical Legal and Social Issues working group.
7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Bldg. 54 parking lot.
The annual meeting of the National Society of Black Physicists (March 27-28 and 30) continues with lectures beginning at 9 a.m. today in the Bldg. 50 auditorium, and tomorrow in 4 LeConte Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. See page four for a complete schedule.
There will be a student poster session beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the cafeteria.
"Searching Chemical Abstracts (and more) from your desktop."
STN, an on-line database provider, has developed two innovative ways for researchers to search scientific databases from their desktops. An STN representative will demonstrate both of these search services at noon in Bldg. 70A-3377. Dessert and coffee will be provided. Please bring a lunch.
The Lab begins its month-long celebration of Earth Month with a talk by Glenn Seaborg titled "Hike-A-Nation: My Role in Scouting the Golden Gate Trail," at noon in the Bldg. 50 auditorium. See page five for the complete calendar of events.
9:30-11 a.m., Bldg. 50 auditorium
Today is the last day to enroll your child(ren) for the April 24 event.
"X-ray Holographic Imaging at Cryogenic Temperatures" will be presented by Steve Lindaas of AFRD at 3:40 p.m. in Bldg. 2-100B; refreshments, 3:20 p.m.
"Biochemical Characterization of Tetrahymena Telomerase" will be presented by Kathleen Collins of UCB at 4 p.m. in Bldg. 66-316.
"Tin Compounds and Aquatic Microorganisms" will be presented by Joseph Cooney of the University of Massachusetts at 10:30 a.m. in Bldg. 70A-3377.
NERSC Division Seminar
"Memory Locality and Parallelism in Sparse Gaussian Elimination" will be presented by Xiaoye (Sherry) Li of NERSC at 12:30 p.m. in Bldg. 50A-4205.
Surface Science and Catalysis Science Seminar
"Atomic and Magnetic Structures of Surfaces and Interfaces from Diffraction and Holography of Photoelectrons and Fluorescent X-Rays" will be presented by Charles S. Fadley of Materials Sciences/ UCD at 1:30 p.m. in the Bldg. 66 auditorium.
"The Antithrombotic Plasma Protein C Pathway: Hereditary Venous Thrombophilia, Arterial Thrombosis, and Novel Anticoagulant Activity of HDL" will be presented by John H. Griffin of The Scripps Research Institute at 4 p.m. in Bldg. 66-316.
Physics Division Research Progress Meeting
"Observation of [[pi]] -- B Meson Charge-Flavor Correlations and Measurement of Time-Dependent B0B0 Mixing in pp- Collisions" will be presented by Petar Maksimovic of MIT at 4 p.m. in Bldg. 50A-5132; refreshments, 3:40 p.m.
"Void Space Key to Structure and Catalysis in Zeolites and Porous Solids" will be presented by Juan M. Garces of Dow Chemical Company at 1:30 p.m. in the Bldg. 66 auditorium.
Physics Division Research Progress Meeting
"The Palo Verde Neutrino Oscillation Experiment" will be presented by Yifang Wang of Stanford University at 4 p.m. in Bldg. 50A-5132; refreshments, 3:40 p.m.
"Collective Correlated Interactions of Particle Beams with Solid Surfaces and Related Phenomena" will be presented by Vladimir Rozhkov of the Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology at 10:30 a.m. in the Bldg. 71 conference room.
Earth Sciences Division Seminar
"Scale Effects in Subsurface Characterization" will be presented by Graham Fogg of UCB at 11 a.m. in Bldg. 90-2063.
Items for the calendars may be sent via e-mail to [email protected], faxed to X6641 or mailed to Bldg. 65B. The deadline for the April 4 issue is 5 p.m. Monday, March 31.
Berkeley Lab's Center for Science and Engineering Education is encouraging employees to volunteer for participation in a number of educational activities sponsored by CSEE in partnership with schools and local, national and international organizations. These programs give students and teachers an opportunity to engage in exciting scientific activities while raising the Lab's profile in the community.
Following are descriptions of each program and related volunteering information. Contact Marva Wilkins (X5640) for more information.
Berkeley Schools K-8 Technology Challenge Project
Through June 13
Mentors for students/teachers needed
This project supports teachers who use technology in their classrooms to help teach children with diverse learning styles and social and economic challenges. Teacher mentors assist teachers with content and technology integration, primarily but not exclusively, in the areas of math and science. Student mentors work with students who will learn computing and technology skills to become peer mentors themselves. Through participation in this project, the Lab will develop an educational partnership with the local schools.
Student Research Program (SRP)
June 16 - Aug. 8
Science mentors needed
This eight-week scientific internship program for Bay Area students in grades 11 and 12 is designed to give students exposure to various fields of science through hands-on research activities. The program encourages students to pursue careers in science and teaches them real-world job skills. Students are selected by their science teachers or through academic program partners, such as the Oakland School-to-Career program, the Berkeley High School Computer Academy, and Berkeley Biotechnology Education Inc.
Scientists interested in serving as mentors will provide substantive assistance to students, who are expected to make positive contributions to research. Scientists will be paid for their supporting activities (either as part of a project or through external sources). Brief one-on-one training consultations will be conducted with mentors. Forms for student intern job descriptions are available from CSEE.
March 21-31 -- Submit job description highlighting relevant skills
March 21-31 -- Submit intern job description highlighting necessary skills
April 1-21 -- Participate in mentor training with program coordinator
April 21-May 15 -- Interview students
May 16 -- Make final student selection
June 16 -- SRP begins
July 7-Aug. 1 -- Assist students with poster presentation
Aug 7 -- Poster presentation
Aug. 8 --SRP ends
Teacher Research Associates Program (TRAC)
June 16 - Aug. 7:
Science and engineering mentors needed
The program gives 7-12-grade teachers from across the country an opportunity to participate in summer research at the Laboratory. Teacher researchers are expected to engage in activities similar to those of staff scientists and professional researchers. Participation in this program enhances teachers' leadership skills, raises their awareness of current science and technology, and offers them the skills necessary to transfer this knowledge to the classroom.
Volunteers are needed to escort tour groups who visit the Laboratory. These groups may include students, teachers, parents, administrators, visiting scientists, and representatives from private industry. Tours lasts from one to three hours.
'85 VOLVO 245 DL, wgn, 150K mi., man. trans., gd cond., well maint., many new parts, avail. in May, $4700. X4081, 525-2524
'88 SUBARU XT6, 5-spd, 4WD, 1 owner, 82K mi., gd. cond., $3700/b.o. Maria, 848-6302
'88 TOYOTA Corolla, 5-spd, 107K mi., exc. cond., $3075. Klaus, 643-3035 (Tues.-Fri., after 11 a.m.)
'89 JEEP Cherokee, 6 cyl. 4.0 l., 5-spd, new all-terrain tires, sunrf, tinted windows, a/c, lots of mi. but runs great, pwr on mt. roads, 1 owner, all records avail., $6K. X5553, 222-6385 (eve.)
'93 FORD Escort LX, 4-dr wgn, bought new Dec. '93, 30K mi., a/t, a/c, AM/FM stereo, 4 spkrs, luggage rack, new tires, battery, 1 owner, all records, well maintained, dependable, $7300. X6901, 932-2387
MOTORCYCLE, '92 Honda NightHawk 250cc/10K, runs great, $1450/b.o. Macy, X4262
5 p.m. (flex.) Lorenza, X4548
AUTOMOBILE, Honda, Toyota or Volvo, a/t, 4-dr, mileage under 100K, $5K tops. Jean, 526-5434, Senta, 524-4654
CONVERTIBLE BUNKBEDS; boy's bike, 20" frame. 528-4132
EMPLOYMENT for a 40-yr. old woman as a nanny or caretaker of elderly people, prefer full-time. Duncan, 845-5921
HOUSE TO SIT for tidy & responsible family w/3 yr.-old, during mo. of April. Alan, X6433
MICROSCOPE, monocular and/or binocular, for young student; globe (terrestrial), pre 1940 preferred. 526-2007
STAMPS & covers. 526-6730
STORAGE SPACE for approx. 6-8 mo. while we remodel, dry, secure, 1-car garage sz. gd. Jonathan, X4148, 525-5540
BOAT, '85 Catalina-22 Pop-Top, VHF, D/F, KM/Log, 150% Jenny, lazy jacks, Porta-Potty, '90 5 HP Nissan OB, new cockpit cushions, life-lines, swim ladder, trailer w/surge brakes, current reg., much more, very gd cond., $7500/Offer. 676-6104
BOAT, Searay cruiser, 22.5', SRV225, 260 Merc. outdrive, slps 4, head, galley, lots of teak, 300 hours, very gd cond., gd family or fishing boat can also be used for water skiing, incl. Trailrite tandem axle trailer, best offer. Bob, 376-2211
CLASSICAL GUITAR, Hernandez millennium, cedar top, Indian rosewood back & sides, 1 yr. old, great looking & sounding (it's loud), incl. hardshell case, $900. Daniel, X8650, 251-2028
COFFEE GRINDER, hardly used, money back guarantee, new $20, $10. 845-4980 (msg.)
COMPUTER, Macintosh IIsi, 40 MB drive, 9MB RAM via RAM doubler, system 7.1, B&W monitor, loaded w/software, $350/b.o.; skis, Rossignol 4S, 207cm w/Salomon 747 Equipe bindings, gd shape, $85/b.o. Scott, X4874
COUCH, brown leather, 2 yr. old, custom made, very deep, comfortable, sturdy, must sell, $1400 new, asking $700. Yvette, X5681, 653-5642
DINETTE SET, oval w/4 chairs, like new, expandable, $150; loft bed, single, w/mattress, natural pine wood, $100; king sz. bed, w/bedding, $175; coffee table, dk oak finish, $45; Fisher stereo spkrs, $25 ea.; rattan swivel chairs, w/light upholstery, $45 ea.; 3 western saddles, jr. to adult sz., $100-$150; child riding hat, English, $10; 10-spd racing bike, Rally, silver, like new, $100; 12-spd m/bike, red, boys,. $100; typewriters (2), $10 $25; typing table, $15. Liona, 210-1119
DOG, AKC champion English Cocker Spaniel, 3-1/2 yr. old, Blue Roan male, needs home where he can be top dog, free grooming for life, $100. Elizabeth or Charlie, 283-6111
ELECTRIC BEDS, 2 extra long twins, Electropedic hospital type w/vibration, push button controls, incl. sheets, $200. 527-7898
GARAGE CABINETS, 7'h x 4'w x 12" d, 5 shelves, 3 avail., $20. ea. or $55 for 3; rollaway steel file cabinet w/hanging file attachment, $10. 831-9172
GARAGE SALE, 3/22, 10 a.m.-noon, 714 Elm St., El Cerrito, baby supplies, crib, solid maple, paid $375, sell $200; matching dresser, paid $475, sell $275; clothes to sz. 4 (boy's & girl's); books, toys, odds + ends. 528-4132
INFLATABLE BOAT, 10.5' Achilles, $1200. Steve, X7705, (707) 746-5339
LAPTOP, Acernote Lite 355, 100 MHz Cyrix 5x86, 16 MB RAM, 500 MB HD, 640x400 16bit color dual scan LCD, Touchpad, Windows 95, 7 mo. old, $895. Mark, X5021
MOUNTAIN BIKE, Specialized Hardrock, 19" men's, $150/b.o. Jen, X4058
MOVING SALE, 1-rm Carrier electrostatic air cleaner; cold water room humidifier; Sansui record turntable; adjustable mounting desk lamp; Okidata dot matrix printer; sm. B&W TV, best offer on all items. X4154, 540-1987
PARKING PLACE, 5 min. walking from UCB, $80 negot. Sante, 649-8453
RAILROAD TIES, standard sz., 12 ea., gd for building raised garden beds, delivery avail., $125. Dave, X4117
SAILBOAT, '93 Sunfish, w/trailer & some accessories, exc. cond., white & aqua, never sailed in salt water, $2K/b.o. John, 531-1739 (eve.)
SKIS, Rossignol, 190cm w/Tyrolia 290 bindings, Rossignol poles, 2 pr. Lange women's boots: 1 pr. 8-1/2, 1 pr. 7-1/2, lightly used, all for $175 or avail. sep. Auben, X4796, 245-0343
SKIS, Rossignol Quantum 828, 195 cm w/Tyrolia 490 bindings, $100; ski boots, Raichle, men's sz. 9, $100; Nordica 955, men's sz. 9.5, $75. X6598, 689-7213
STATIONARY BIKE, Marcy - Easy Rider, very heavy quality, hardly used, new $350, $150. 845-4980 (msg.)
WASHER, Admiral, heavy duty (22 lb.), giant cap., almost new (5 mo.), incl. valid factory warranty (+ our money back guarantee), $450 new, $300; dryer, works great (money back guarantee), moving, must sell, $50. 845-4980 (msg.)
WORD PROCESSOR, Brother W.P. 3900DS, never used, new, $250/b.o. Cheri, X6021, Dayna, 669-0338
YARD SALE, Sat. only, 1713 Cedar at McGee, RV stuff, clothes. X4465
ALBANY, male roommate to lease 1-bdrm, 1-bth + 1 car garage parking, in lg., secure, 2-bdrm, 2-bth condo, furn. living rm, kitchen, laundry fac., swimming pool, Jacuzzi, $350/mo. 848-1830
BERKELEY, furn. studio apt w/full kitchen & bath avail. for short-term rental (1 wk to 1 mo.), top flr of quiet 1920s building, laundry, hardwd flrs, sunlight, 15 min. walk from LBNL shuttle, $637/mo. Sarah, X7283
BERKELEY, 1-bdrm & 1-bth in lg. 2-bdrm, 2-bth apt, furn., washer/dryer, walk to LBNL shuttle & UCB, nr shopping & trans., no smoking, no pet, short term OK, $490/mo. + utils. + dep. X6736, 841-2140
NO. BERKELEY, lg., furn., Victorian 1-bdrm, 1-bth apt, linens, kitchenware, laundry fac., sec., enclosed garden, dbl carport, walk to UCB, LBNL shuttle, BART shopping, short term OK, term lease only, avail. after 5/1. 848-1830
MORAGA, furn. 3-bdrm house, 30 min. scenic drive to LBNL, avail. 5/25 - 9/1, prefer nonsmoker, visiting scholar & spouse, util. incl., $1300/mo.+dep. 376-4126
OAKLAND HILLS, Crocker Highlands, 3-bdrm, 3-bth home, washer/dryer, stereo, cable TV, hardwd flrs, 2600 sq. ft., maid cleans every other wk, non-smokers, avail. 6/1 - 8/15, $1600/mo. incl. cable, garbage & 1/2 water bill. 451-1122
ROCKRIDGE, roommate wanted to share 3-bdrm, 2-bth upper apt, modern, comfortable, walk to BART/shops/LBNL shuttle, share bth w/female, male or female roommate, $515/mo. Craig, 658-7807, Judy, 547-0697
EXCHANGE: Swedish family of 5 wishes to exchange 4-bdrm house in Bromma (suburb of Stockholm), for similar in Bay Area for the mo. of July, all appliances, use of car, nr public trans. Sven or Grace, 848-1660, Birgitta, 758-3230
WANTED: house to rent for sabbatical, approx. Aug. '97 to summer '98, nr UCB or LBNL, nonsmoker, no kids, no pets. Prof. J. Spence, (602) 965-6486 (work), (602) 968-5944, [email protected]
WANTED: house/apt for German postdoc & family (3 children), arriving early April for 1 or 2 yr., prefer furn. 2-bdrms. Mel, 4331, [email protected]
WANTED: furn. rm for visiting French female student, 4/7-8/31, convenient to Lab shuttle. Edith, X5553, [email protected]
WANTED: apt/house nr LBNL or shuttle stop, for April to May, for visiting researcher. [email protected], Ge, 86-10-62572971
WANTED: visiting researcher from France looking for house-sitting, 6/23 - 7/31 (alone), 8/1 - 22 (w/wife & baby). F. Remi Carrie, [email protected]
WANTED: furn. rm for visiting male scholar from Russia, April & May, reasonable & close to LBNL shuttle. Marian, X5330
WANTED: furn. house for the month of July, visiting German professor, wife & 3 children (4,6,10), Berkeley, Oakland or surrounding area. Jen, X4058
WANTED: rent/house-sit, 2-3 bdrm house in No. Berkeley, Lab family w/mature children, no pets. Carol, X4812
WANTED: furn. apt, studio or rm for visiting German scientist (male, 25), from 4/1 - 6/30, non-smoking, if poss. nr UCB/LBNL. Martin, X4800, [email protected]
WANTED: furn/unfurn housing for female Lab scientist & daughter, very gd rental refs., very high standards of house care, short term OK. Sonia, X7358, 524-9496
LOST: Swiss Army knife, red, guard rail at new parking lot, on sandbag, ~2/21, "Marlboro" on it. Matt, X6021
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