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May 26, 1995

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Cohen appointed University Professor by Regents

By Brennan Kreller,

Marvin L. Cohen, senior scientist in the Materials Sciences Division and professor of physics at UC Berkeley, received the title "University Professor" from the UC Board of Regents on May 19. University Professor is the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member, recognizing both outstanding scholarship and teaching.

The five-year appointment entails visits to other UC campuses for seminars and meetings with faculty and students. Cohen says he hopes to use the position to foster closer communication among the physics departments of the nine UC campuses.

Cohen joined LBL's science staff in 1965, and his work in solid state theory since then has contributed significantly to the field of materials sciences research. He is credited with predicting what happens to materials under intense pressure, which has helped geologists understand what happens to rocks deep in the Earth. His "pseudopotential" model enabled scientists to predict the properties of never-before-seen materials, and rapidly advanced much new work in solid state theory.

"We can predict the structure, surface properties, how it reflects light, or whether it will be a superconductor, starting from first principles," Cohen says. "We can even predict the existence of materials which have never been seen before."

In 1993, a team of Harvard University scientists confirmed another of Cohen's predictions when they synthesized a carbon nitride compound that is harder than diamond. Cohen also predicted that silicon would change from a semiconductor to a superconducting metal at high pressure, and this was subsequently proven through collaborative research with MSD's Peter Yu.

More recently, Cohen has teamed up with Alex Zettl's group in Materials Sciences to study the superconducting nature of buckyball crystals (see Currents, Aug. 20, 1993). Cohen maintains that the electronic nature of buckyballs (or fullerenes) can be explained by the standard model of superconductivity.

Cohen's recent honors include the Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize of the American Physical Society for his success in educating the public about the usefulness and beauty of physics. He has been honored with both Guggenheim and Sloan Fellowships, and in 1979 received the Oliver E. Buckley Prize for Solid State Physics from the American Physical Society. The Department of Energy has twice honored his achievements as an outstanding researcher in solid state physics, in 1981 and in 1990.

According to formal surveys of citations, Cohen is the most cited condensed matter theorist of the past 30 years. He has published more than 500 papers plus a textbook on solid state theory. His article, "Harder than Diamonds? Quantum Alchemy and the Design of New Materials," was featured as the cover article in the May/June 1994 issue of The Sciences.

Cohen was born in Montreal, Canada in 1935, and moved to San Francisco with his family when he was 12. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1957 and went on to the University of Chicago, where he received a Ph.D. in 1964. He has held visiting professorship positions at Cambridge University, University of Paris, University of Hawaii, and at Technion in Haifa, Israel. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

State of the Laboratory Address Scheduled for June 2

LBL Director Charles V. Shank will present his annual State of the Laboratory Address at noon on Friday, June 2, in the Bldg. 50 auditorium.

A live video telecast of the talk is scheduled to be shown in the Bldg. 66 auditorium. All employees are invited to attend.

Growth factor discovery good news for cancer patients

By Mike Wooldridge,

Radiotherapy--the use of x-rays and other ionizing radiation to treat cancer--involves a deadly compromise. Bombarding a tumor with cell-killing beams inevitably affects healthy tissue in the tumor's vicinity.

Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff, a biologist in LBL's Life Sciences Division, has taken an important step toward reducing complications in cancer patients after radiotherapy. She has shown that ionizing radiation, such as that used in cancer treatment, activates transforming growth factor-beta (TGFb), a cell-signal molecule known for its role in scarring.

Her study provides the strongest evidence yet that the molecule is the cause of radiogenic fibrosis, a hardening of tissue that is common following radiotherapy. "We think TGFb sows the seeds that determine whether or not irradiated tissue undergoes permanent dysfunction," Barcellos-Hoff said.

More importantly, the research suggests a new way of improving radiotherapy. Blocking TGFb activation could decrease side effects, and provide the basis for more aggressive radiotherapy and better tumor control.

Typically one-fifth of cancer patients receiving radiotherapy suffer some degree of fibrosis in the tissue surrounding a tumor. Fibrosis is the result of an overproduction of extracellular matrix (ECM), the fibrous network of molecules between cells that determines structure and regulates function of tissues. In fibrosis, tissues gradually lose their elasticity as ECM fills up the space between cells.

The dangers of fibrosis depend on where it occurs. In the breast, it can cause loss of mobility; in lungs, it can limit breathing and the ability to cough up infectious material; in the kidney it can restrict fluid flow and lead to infection.

Scientists believe that TGFb's link to fibrosis has to do with its regulating the production and remodeling of the ECM. One of TGFb's best understood roles in the body is coordinating the production of ECM to heal wounds. Fibrosis in some ways is like wound healing gone haywire, with TGFb converting healthy tissue to tough tissue similar to that seen in scars.

However, finding how TGFb might trigger fibrosis has been a challenge. The stumbling block has been the two-faced nature of the molecule. Most growth factors and other cell signals, such as hormones, affect surrounding tissue immediately after release. In contrast, TGFb must be activated--it enters the surrounding tissue in a latent form, bound to a larger carrier molecule known as latency-associated peptide.

Scientists have known for years that in order to have a biological effect on cells, TGFb somehow has to be released from the carrier peptide. Unfortunately, they have had no way to distinguish whether TGFb in tissue is latent or active, and thereby investigate what triggers activation. "All the biochemical methods to measure it actually caused activation," Barcellos-Hoff said.

To look at the effect of radiation on TGFb activation, Barcellos-Hoff had to create a better test. First, she obtained genetically engineered cells, provided by collaborators at UCSF, that secreted either the latent or active form of the molecule. She was able to grow the cells as tumor tissue, then use the tissue to select for antibodies that would bind to one or the other form of TGFb.

By adding the antibodies to tissue, then using fluorescence to highlight the antibodies, Barcellos-Hoff could look at the distribution of the two types of TGFb. She used the test on mouse mammary tissue before and after therapy-level doses of radiation.

The tests showed that radiation had a dramatic effect on TGFb. Levels of the latent form, which were high in the tissue to begin with, dropped sharply within an hour of the treatment. Levels of the active form, which were nonexistent at first, increased. Active TGFb remained high for at least a week following radiation exposure.

Activation also varied with the amount of radiation--the higher the dose, the more TGFb was activated. Barcellos-Hoff found restructuring of the ECM following the treatments, suggesting that activated TGFb was already beginning to influence cells in the irradiated tissue.

Barcellos-Hoff is now examining how molecules such as antibodies could block the effects of TGFb prior to radiation treatment. She is also looking at ways by which radiation might trigger activation.

"I think a problem with TGFb research has been that people have had to lump apples with oranges--latent TGFb with active TGFb," Barcellos-Hoff said. "Being able to discriminate between the two types should clarify the role of TGFb."

In the long run, being able to pinpoint active versus latent TGFb should help scientists understand the sometimes contradictory results they have obtained in TGFb studies. Cancer research, for instance, indicates that TGFb can be both a positive and negative indicator of the disease.

CAPTION -- Life Sciences' Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff examines a vial of stained mouse mammary glands. By studying what radiation does to such tissue, Barcellos-Hoff is uncovering ways to reduce the side effects of cancer radiotherapy. Photo by Paul Hames

LBL opens program office in D.C.

By Jeffery Kahn,

LBL is opening a Washington, D.C., program office that will be merged with the Energy and Environment Division's existing Washington project office.

The head of the new office, who is now being sought, will report to Rod Fleischman, associate laboratory director for Industry and Government Partnerships, and E&E Division Director Elton Cairns.

"The Lab is going into partnership with E&E, which two years ago boldly set up a Washington office," said Fleischman. "For the Lab, this is an important time to expand our programmatic presence in Washington so that we can better participate in the debate about the future of the Department of Energy and the national laboratories.

"It will enhance our ability to anticipate, evaluate, and respond to new opportunities for LBL. Teaming with E&E will allow us to establish ourselves at a very reasonable cost."

Cairns said the existing E&E office has proved quite valuable. "It has made it possible to respond quickly to DOE," Cairns said. "It has improved the quality and timeliness of information we receive about what is happening in Washington. We are also better able to keep in contact with other national labs, most of which have Washington offices. These same benefits should apply to the Lab as a whole."

E&E currently has about a dozen people in Washington. The Laboratory will be hiring a manager and clerical staff. Fleischman encouraged other divisions to consider locating program staff in Washington, noting that some space has been reserved for that purpose.

The new office is located at 1250 Maryland Ave., S.W., a short walk from DOE Headquarters in the Forrestal Building. E&E's office has been on the first floor of the Maryland Avenue building. The new joint offices will be on the fifth floor and are scheduled for occupancy in early July, when some ongoing construction work has been completed.

Jeff Harris, acting head of the E&E Washington office, said the new offices will continue to be a showcase for LBL's energy efficiency efforts. The offices will include energy efficient lighting controlled by motion sensors, sensors to adjust lighting to compensate for ambient lighting, and energy efficient computer workstations.

Harris said E&E maintains an electronic kiosk that has been used as a portable multimedia tour of the E&E Division's contributions. In the future, he said, the kiosk will be enhanced so that it showcases the research efforts of the entire Laboratory.

Fleischman said the Lab strongly encourages employees to use the Washington facility. The 7,700 square feet of space includes a large conference room, offices, and workstations, all available for use by LBL visitors who may wish to schedule meetings at the site.

Salary committees reorganized

The Lab has reorganized the committees responsible for evaluating employee compensation. The three committees previously in place, which oversaw administrative, technical, and professional/executive salaries, have been replaced by two.

The new Laboratory Compensation Committee, chaired by ICSD Division Deputy Sandy Merola, will provide input and feedback regarding LBL's Compensation Policy, as codified in the LBL Salary Compensation Manual. It will review, upon division director appeal, non-scientist/engineer salary offers and changes of classification and pay. It will also assist in implementing any needed compensation training for the Lab.

The new Scientist/Engineer Salary Committee, chaired by Lab Deputy Director Pier Oddone, will recommend head-level appointments to the Director. It will also approve salary offers for senior staff scientist/engineer and division fellows, and adjudicate scientist/engineer offers on appeal.

IDS Couriers offers 24-hour service

IDS Couriers is LBL's contract courier service. It operates 24 hours a day and can deliver and pick up documents and parcels on-site and anywhere in the Bay Area for a nominal fee. For more information and to request service, call 548-3263 and give pick-up/delivery locations, time requirements, and an LBL account number.

UCRS to hold election by phone

In June, active members of the University of California Retirement Plan (UCRP) who are not members of the Academic Senate will elect a member to the University of California Retirement System (UCRS) Board. The UCRS Board advises the President of the University on the administration of the University's retirement system.

This year's UCRS Board election will be conducted by telephone instead of ballot. Votes will be cast and tabulated by means of an automated telephone system.

Eighteen candidates have been nominated, each by petition of at least 50 active non-Academic Senate UCRP members.

The candidates are: Sandra Ahn, LANL; Kristin Antona, UCD; Stanton Charkins, UCSD; Robert Drake, LANL; Wanda Garner, UCSF; Barbara Gilcrest, UCIMC; Ernest Gould, UCSB; J.DeWayne Green, UCI; Janet Kodish, UCOP; Kevin Kramp, UCI; Marc Levin, UCB; Mark Livingston, UCB; Tommy Morris, UCSD; Barry Niman, UCSD; John Peklar, UCDMC; Raymond Pelle-grini, UCI; Roderick Stone-burner, UCR; and Don Waltmire II, UCDMC.

Election materials, including candidate statements and step-by-step instructions for voting by telephone, will be mailed at the end of May. Any eligible UCRP member who has not received these election materials by June 10 should call UC Benefits Customer Service: (800) 888-8267, ext. 70651. n

Computing Z O N E

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Laboratory Support Services Newly Linked to the World Wide Web

A new directory of LBL Support Services was added to the World Wide Web at LBL this week. The Laboratory Support Services page, which is accessible from the LBL Home Page ( under the heading of "Our Workplace," provides links to a number of new and existing online services at the Lab.

The Regulations & Procedures Manual (RPM) is now online on the Support Services page. This electronic version includes a "search engine" which can locate key words throughout the entire document. Future changes to policies will be reflected in the on-line version as they are made.

Also new is the link to the Lab's Performance & Progress Review (P2R) forms, which can be downloaded from the Web to individual computers. In the near future, other standard forms in use around the Lab will be accessible from this Web location.

Employees can also access benefits information from an online system currently under development by the University of California Benefits Plan Administration.

Categories available from LBL's Support Services page include "Directory Services," "Environment, Health, and Safety," "Forms," "Human Resources," "Information & Computing Sciences," "Policies, Manuals, & References," and "Purchasing."

The Support Services page will soon include LBL Policy and Procedures Memos as they are issued by laboratory management.(To set up your computer to access the Web, call the Mac and PC Support Group at X6858.)

N e w s W i r e


LBL Material Sciences Division Director Daniel S. Chemla received the 1995 Quantum Electronics Award, presented by the Lasers and Electro-Optics Society, on May 22. The presentation, of a bronze medal and honorarium, was made in Baltimore at the Society's Plenary Session. Chemla was honored for his "seminal contributions to the field of nonlinear optics and the understanding of electronic excitations in quantum confined systems."

Jiamin Wan, a researcher in the Earth Sciences Division, has received the Langmuir Award from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Wan, who graduated from the Institute in 1993 with a doctorate in hydrology, was cited for being the first to "recognize the importance of the interaction between small colloidal particles and gas-water interfaces for the transport of both contaminants and microbes in porous media." Wan has received a number of awards for her work. At the 1994 American Chemical Society meeting she won the Lewis Publishers Environmental Chemistry Division Graduate Paper Award. She also won the award for outstanding Ph.D. dissertation in the environmental science field from the Universities Council on Water Resources.


President Clinton has promised to veto a bill from the House of Representatives that would, among other things, cut DOE's FY-95 budget by more than $200 million. A rescission bill recinds funding that has already been approved. The bill has been passed by the House and is expected to be taken up by the Senate soon. House Republican leaders acknowledge that they are not likely to be able to override the president's threatened veto. It is also not likely that any modified version of the rescission bill would be resurrected as Congress must turn its full attention to the FY-96 budget process.


The journal Nature, which was recently sold to a German publisher (see May 19 Newswire), has appointed a new editor to replace John Maddox, who has announced that he will retire in November. Phillip Campbell, 44, the editor of Physics World (the British version of Physics Today), has been named to succeed Maddox. Campbell is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the Royal Astronomical Society.


The international Human Genome Organization (HUGO) has added its name to the growing list of those organizations and individuals who oppose efforts to patent gene fragments. A statement from the organization that is being widely circulated states that patents on expressed sequence tags (ESTs)--gene fragments used to identify whole genes--penalizes "those who determine a gene's biological function." The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a preliminary ruling in 1992 that gene fragments are not patentable, but several companies are pushing ahead with applications. Most prominent is a company called Human Genome Sciences, which has filed for patents on thousands of ESTs and argues that their patents focus on potential utility rather than any biological role.

Third group completes leadership training program

A total of 170 managers, supervisors, department heads, and division directors celebrated the completion of their FrontLine Leadership Training Program with a graduation ceremony in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium on Tuesday, May 9. This was the third group to finish the management workshops.

Administered by Zenger Miller Inc. of San Jose, the program works to enhance management skills through training modules that focus on interpersonal issues such as managing changes and coaching for optimal performance. Nearly 600 employees have gone through the training since the first series of workshops began in 1993.

At the ceremony, several graduates of the program spoke about the positive impact of the training on their jobs, including Mark Lasartemay of Environment, Health & Safety, Margaret Johnson of the Office of Planning and Communications, Lori Hefner of Information and Computing Sciences, and Claude Lyneis of the Nuclear Science Division. Deputy Directors Klaus Berkner and Pier Oddone also spoke at the ceremony.

Metric notes

Although we still order quarter-pound burgers and calculate auto efficiency in miles per gallon, the United States has officially based its definitions of weight and length on metric units for more than a century.

In 1875, the United States and 18 other countries adopted Le Système International d'Unites Convention du Mètre, establishing metric standards. In 1893, with the receipt of bars of standard kilogram mass and meter length in Washington, D.C., Thomas C. Mendenhall, superintendent of weights and measures, issued a Treasury Department bulletin announcing that henceforth the bars would form the "fundamental standards of length and mass" for the country.

Consequently, our yard is defined as 0.9144 meters; our pound is 0.45359237 kilograms. n

Carjacking and vehicle safety tips

The following information concerning vehicle safety tips has been provided by the UC Police Department in light of a rash of vehicle-related incidents around the UC Berkeley campus.

General tips

Before entering your vehicle While driving If you are approached for your vehicle

While this is a highly personal decision, we strongly recommend that you give up your keys immediately, and without protest. Avoid getting into the vehicle with the suspects if at all possible. If you do have to surrender your vehicle, note the following:

Report this information immediately to police by calling X7911 from a Lab phone, 9-911 from a campus phone, or 911 from a non-campus phone.

Faculty Club to host wine tasting

The UC Berkeley Faculty Club, on the UCB campus, will host a wine tasting and dinner party on Friday, June 2. Wine tasting begins at 5 p.m. and dinner is served at 7 p.m. All LBL employees are invited to attend. Tickets are $18 per person.

The Faculty Club's dining services are available to all UC and LBL staff. Club membership is not required for meals. Membership or sponsorship is required for use of the facility for private functions. For more information about these and other activities, call Faculty Club general manager Felix Solomon at 540-5678.

Farewell lunch

A luncheon to bid farewell to the Engineering Division's Gabby Obegi will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 1, at LBL. For details and reservations, contact Greg Andronaco, X7521, Sofia Mitina, X6530, or Francessca Ingram, X7840.

Salmon fishing

The Outdoor Club is sponsoring a salmon fishing trip on Saturday, June 17, for employees and their families. The boat (New Fisherman III) leaves from the Berkeley Marina promptly at 5:30 a.m.; please plan on arriving by 5 a.m. The cost is $35 per person. For reservations or more information, call Al Harcourt at X7660.

EH&S class schedule - June 1995

Date	Course	   Time	Location

6/5 Introduction to Environment, Health & Safety at LBL (EHS 010) 9 a.m.-noon 66 Aud.

6/6 First Aid (EHS 116) 8 a.m. - noon 48-109

6/6 Medical/Biohazardous Waste Training (EHS 730) 10-11:30 a.m. Calvin

6/6 & 8 Radiation Protection - Radiological Worker I (EHS 430) 8 a.m.- noon 66-316

6/8 Machine Tool Safeguarding (EHS 245) 1-3 p.m. 77-220

6/8 Blood Biosafety Training (EHS 735) 8:30 a.m. - noon 4-102

6/9 Adult CPR EHS 123) 9 a.m. - noon 48-109

6/13 Fire Extinguisher Use (EHS 530) 10-11:30 a.m. 48-109

6/14 Recertification Crane/Hoist (Level 1) Operator Training (EHS 216) 8 a.m. - noon 70 Conf. Rm.

6/15 Chemical Hygiene and Safety Training (EHS 348) 1-4:30 p.m. 51-201

6/19 Laser Safety (EHS 280) 9:30 a.m. - noon 90-2063

6/20 Introduction to Environment, Health & Safety at LBL (EHS 010) 1-4 p.m. 66 Aud.

6/20 Pressure Safety/Compressed Gases (EHS 230) 12:30-3:30 p.m. 90-4133

6/20 LockOut/TagOut Training (EHS 256/257) 9-11:30 a.m. 48-109

6/21 Building Emergency Team Training (EHS 154) 9-11:30 a.m. 48-109

6/28 First Aid (EHS 116) 8 a.m. - noon 48-109

6/29 Adult Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) (EHS 123) 9 a.m. - noon 48-109

Pre-registration is required for all courses except Introduction to Environment, Health & Safety at LBL (EHS 10). Call X6554 to register for CPR, First Aid, Fire Extinguisher Use, Earthquake Safety, and Building Emergency Team Training. Please send a fax with your name, employee number, extension, and mail stop to X7209 to pre-register for all other courses (or call X6612).

Lab life

Greg Huber of the Physics Division and his wife Karen Silverstein are happy to announce the birth of twins Lucas and Natalie on Tuesday, May 16. Lucas, who arrived at 2:04 p.m., was 4 lbs. 14 oz. and 18 in. long. Natalie, who arrived a minute later, checked in at 5 lbs. 1/2 oz. and 18 1/2 in. in length.

Diane LaMacchia of the Public Information Department married Doug Prose on Sunday, April 23, at a ceremony in the Marin Headlands. The couple honeymooned in Bali.

Calendar of Events for May 29 to June 16

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.

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30 t u e s d a y


"Large Scale Chaos in the Solar System" will be presented by Jacques Laskar of the Astronomie et Systemes Dynamiques Bureau des Longitudes, Paris, France, at 1:30 p.m. in the Bldg.71B Conference Room.


"Stem Cells: Do We Know What We Want to Know?" will be presented by Maria Pallavicinoi of LBL and UCSF at 4 p.m. in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.

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Earthquake Safety (EHS 135), 10 - 11:30 a.m.-Noon, Bldg. 48-109; pre-registration required, X6554.

1 t h u r s d a y


"Unusual Photoelectrochemical Properties of Nanocrystalline TiO2 Films" will be presented by J. Augustynski of the University of Geneva, Switzerland, at 1:30 p.m. in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.


"NA48 - The New CP Violation Experiment at CERN" will be presented by Dave Coward of SLAC at 4 p.m. in Bldg. 50B-4205; refreshments at 3:40 p.m.

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LBL Director Charles V. Shank will present his annual State of the Laboratory Address at noon in the Bldg. 50
Auditorium. A live video telecast of the talk is scheduled to be shown in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.


UPTE President Libby Sayre will speak at noon in the lower cafeteria conference room. All technical employees, research associates and represented administrative personnel are welcome to attend.


"A Measurement of [[alpha]]s(Q2) from the Gross Llewelyn Smith Sum Rule" will be presented by Debbie Harris of the University of Rochester at 2 p.m. in Bldg. 50B-4205; refreshments at 1:40 p.m.

5 m o n d a y


Introduction to Environment, Health & Safety at LBL (EHS 10), 9 a.m. - noon, Bldg. 66 Auditorium.

6 t u e s d a y


First Aid (EHS 116), 8 a.m. - noon, Bldg. 48-109; pre-registration required, X6554.

Radiation Protection - Radiological Worker I (EHS 430), 8 a.m. - noon, Bldg. 66-316, concludes on Thursday; pre-registration required, X6612.

Medical/Biohazardous Waste Training (EHS 730), 10 - 11:30 a.m., Calvin; pre-registration required, X6612.


"Apoprotein B: A Complex Protein With a Complicated Itinerary" will be presented by Henry Ginsberg of Columbia University at 4 p.m. in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.

7 w e d n e s d a y


"Tools for Building Virtual Laboratories" will be presented by Stu Loken of LBL at 2 p.m. in Bldg. 70A-3377.

8 t h u r s d a y


Radiation Protection - Radiological Worker I (EHS 430), 8 a.m. - noon, Bldg. 66-316, continued from Monday; pre-registration required, X6612.

Blood Biosafety Training (EHS 735), 8:30 a.m. - noon, Bldg. 4-102; pre-registration required, X6612.

Machine Tool Safeguarding (EHS 245), 1 - 3 p.m., Bldg. 77-220; pre-registration required, X6612.

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Adult Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) (EHS 123), 9 a.m. - noon, Bldg. 48-109; pre-registration required, X6554.


"Testing Einstein in Space: A Marriage of Physics and Technology" will be presented by Francis Everitt of Stanford University at 10:30 a.m. in the Bldg.71 Conference Room.

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"The Z Decay Rate, Mass Corrections and [[alpha]]s - Measurements" will be presented by J.H. Kühn of Karlsruhe University, Germany, at 2:30 p.m. in Bldg. 50A-3107.

13 t u e s d a y


Fire Extinguisher Use (EHS 530), 10 - 11:30 a.m., Bldg. 48-109; pre-registration required, X6554.

14 w e d n e s d a y


Recertification Crane/Hoist (Level 1) Operator Training (EHS 216), 8 a.m. - noon, Bldg. 70A-3307; pre-registration required, X6612.


Rich Nosek, supervisor of the ISS Financial Systems Section, will provide an overview of LBL's current financial systems from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Bldg. 50A-5132 (Director's Conference Room).


Build confidence and develop the ability to effectively organize and present your ideas in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, 12:10 - 1 p.m. in Bldg. 2-100.

15 t h u r s d a y


Chemical Hygiene and Safety Training (EHS 348), 1 - 4:30 p.m., Bldg. 51-201; pre-registration required, X6612.

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Currents ONLINE edition

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

Dining Center Menu for May 29 to June 2




Sadie's Early Bird: Whole wheat pancakes & two bacons $2.60

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

Bistro Fare: Spicy glazed chicken w/roasted potatoes & cole slaw(TM) $3.95

Passports: South of the Border a la carte

Sadie's Grill: Bacon-cheese burger & fries $3.25


Sadie's Early Bird: Eggs Benedict $2.95

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

Bistro Fare: Salad Nicoise(TM) $3.95

Passports: South of the Border a la carte

Sadie's Grill: Chicken Santa Fe served w/spicy fries $3.75


Sadie's Early Bird: Blueberry pancakes $2.05

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

Bistro Fare: Turkey Tikka over basmati rice & vegetables masala(TM) $3.95

Passports: South of the Border

Sadie's Grill: Fishwich & fries $3.05


Sadie's Early Bird: Ham scramble $2.60

Soup of the Day: Vegetarian split pea(TM) reg. $1.35 lg. $1.95

Bistro Fare: Pasta Piatti(TM) $3.95

Sadie's Grill: Philly Cheese steak sandwich w/fries $3.95

(TM) Denotes recipe lower in fat, calories & cholesterol

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.


'69 CAMARO Z28, silver/black, Chevy 350, orig. Holley, lo-rise manifold, headers, 8K tach, Hurst, 12-bolt posi rear, great cond., $11900. (408)356-1936

'71 ALFA ROMEO Spider, cream, roll-bar, gd cond., $2500 to good owner. Natalie, X6380

'85 ISUZU I-Mark, blue, 4-dr, 5-spd, 82K mi., engine in great cond., $1500/b.o. Ravi, X6020, 649-1678(eve.)

'85 VW Golf, great condition, 2-dr, 5-spd, a/c, silver, exc. tires, new brakes, clutch, 101K mi., $2500/b.o. David, X4629, (415)354-2243

'89 CHEVROLET Celebrity, 4-dr, 4-cyl., 87K mi., white, p/s, a/c, exc. cond., clean, AAA-test, $3900. Bjorn, X5173, 524-8021

'90 VW JETTA Carat, dark brn, 5-spd, 4-dr, sunroof, AM/FM cass., p/s, pwr lock, 2nd owner, maint. records avail., exc. cond., $7K/b.o. Rene, X7538, 215-6822

'93 MIATA, white, 23K mi., a/c, stereo, p/s, golf/bike attachment, cover, $15K/b.o. Tom K., X4590, (707)447-1310


DRIVER to help me drive my car to DC (or thereabouts), stick shift, share gas/lodgings, leave 6/1, prefer woman. Frida Gelman, X4073, 254-5358 (eve.)

HOUSE TO SIT, 6/28 - 7/9 for couple from Toronto, prefer in Berkeley/Albany/Kensington/Oakland hills, loves animals, can care for plants, mail, etc., exc. refs. Andrea Brewer, X4695

WASHING MACHINE, gd cond. Mor, X7015, 528-3408


BEDROOM SET, lg. triple dresser w/mirror (can be hung sep. or mounted on dresser), 2 night stands, traditional style, fruitwood finish, exc. cond., $450. X7346, 376-5445

COMPUTER, Macintosh LC III, 12 Meg RAM, 250 Meg hard drive, Apple CD ROM, Ethernet Card, Apple14" color monitor, extended keyboard, mouse, software, $1250/b.o. Frank, X5999, 654-7054

DINING ROOM SET, glass top, black enamel frame, 6 chairs, never used, $299. X6287

ENLARGER, Beseler 23cii w/Nikkor lens & many extras, $400 firm. Drew Kemp, X5789, 524-7165

JOYSTICK for Macintosh, perfect for games & flight simulation, Advanced Gravis Mousestick ADB Model, in orig. box w/all materials, paid $85, $35. Tom, X5644, 232-8532

KITCHEN TABLE & 4 chairs $70; blue love seat, like new, $120. Jim, X4823, 527-9102

MOUNTAIN BIKE, 21" Nishiki Colorado frameset, Shimano Deore XT/XTR gruppo, SIS shifter, $600. Rick, X7341, 849-0413

MOVING SALE, Sat., 5/27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Richmond Marina, 10 min. no. of Berkeley, designer couch w/foldable bed, black & cream weave, $500; black bar chair, $50; black chair, $50; (2) black chairs w/light mauve cushions, $50; (2) wooden children's chairs, $8/ea.; household items. Rene or Dejah, X7538, 215-6822

ROLL TOP DESK, antique, turn-of-the-century, oak stained dark (walnut), lg., 6' x 3', gd shape, needs some TLC, make offer. Bill, X7271, 376-3419

SPEAKERS, DJ quality, Sonic model 183, 18" woofer plus mid range & tweeter, approx. 250W ea., approx. 2'X2'X3'H, 5 yr. old, new $1400/pr., $440/pr. or b/o. 235-3983

STEREO SYSTEM, Kenwood, incl. CD player, equalizer, amp., dbl deck, tuner, turntable, case, 2 Kenwood 140 volts, 3-way spkrs, $495/b.o.; internal disk drive, 320 MB, $60/b.o.; UPS 5500, $150/b.o. X4756, 284-4254

VCR REMOTE, RCA, (VCR not working), $15; sm. table fan, $5; dining rm light fixture, $10; phone, $5; Panasonic printer, $25. 831-9172


ALAMEDA, share lg., sunny 2-bdrm house, frpl, backyd, basement, w/d, garage, non-smoker, male/female OK, $450/mo. + utils. Mary, 865-9949

ALBANY, furn. rm in pvt home, sep. ent., pvt bth, kitchen privs., share washer/dryer, nr trans. & shops, non-smoker, $450/mo. incl. utils. 526-2355

ALBANY, furn. bdrm in 2-bdrm, 1-bth house, quite neighborhood, sunny, frpl, laundry, kitchen privs., off st. parking, nr Solano & Monterey Market area, avail. 5/20-8/29, $450/mo. incl. utils. Nick Peterson, X6314

ALBANY, 2-bdrm, 2-bath condo, bay view, gym, avail. 6/1, $950/mo. water & garbage incl. 631-0510

BERKELEY, furn. garden studio, walking distance to LBL, no smoking, avail. 6/1 - 8/31, $800/mo. 845-1029, 644-2781 (FAX)

BERKELEY, furn. 1-bdrm+ apt, sunny, walk to UCB & public trans., lg. garden terrace, linen, dishes, incl. visiting accommodations near Harvard & MIT in Cambridge, MA, avail. 7/1 or earlier, $760/mo. 843-6325 (msg. w/best time to call back)

BERKELEY, furn. bdrm & pvt bth in shared house w/UC employee, 5 min. walk to UC/LBL shuttle, laundry, yd, gd for visitor for less than 6 mos., no smokers/no pets. 548-9869

BERKELEY HILLS, furn. house, 2.5-bdrm, 2.5-bth, frpl, avail. 9/1/95 - 6/30/96, $1200/mo. (negot.)+utils.+dep. 642-3577

BERKELEY, furn. rm in lg. brn shingle, easy walk to BART, UCB, LBL shuttle & shops, washer/dryer, kitchen privs., non-smoker, short term OK, avail. Jan., $400/mo. Rob, 843-5987

BERKELEY HILLS, furn. 1-bdrm, 1-bth apt, remodeled, nr shops & trans., non-smoker, avail. June, $850+utils. 524-9039

BERKELEY HILLS, architect-designed, furn. 2+bdrm, 2-bth home, on edge of Tilden park, sweeping views, gardens, decks, study, DR, darkroom, sec. system, nr bus, W/D, Sunday NY Times., no smokers, pets, $1500/mo. Evan, X6784

NO. BERKELEY, garden studio apt, nr Solano Ave., stove, refrig, avail. 6/1, $ incl. util. 526-6684

NO. BERKELEY, furn. 1-bdrm apt/penthouse, full kitchen, TV, dbl bed w/linens/towels incl., ofc. space w/computer desk. leather sofa, garden, patio, laundry rm, elec. entrance, 1-1/2 blks from UCB, LBL shuttle, public trans. & shopping, st. parking or sec. parking w/fee, 1 or 2 people max., no pets, no smoking, avail. 6/26, $1200 + dep. 548-8658, 548-6528 (FAX)

NO. BERKELEY, Thousand Oaks area, furn. 2-bdrm, 2-bth home, LR, DR, kitchen, family rm, study w/bay view, 2 frpls, 3 decks, secluded nr bus, shops & BART, avail. from July, $1800/mo. Patricia Jones, (415)387-3684, (510) 527-0318 (eve.)

NO. BERKELEY, furn. rm in quiet, comfortable 1400 sq. ft flat, 4 blks no. of UCB, LR w/frpl, DR w/French doors, sunny bkfast rm, garden/yd, short/long term, $650/mo.+1/2 utils. 841-9068

NO. BERKELEY, furn. 3-bdrm, 2-bth home, study, yd nr Solano shops & buses, hot tub, deck, bay view, car/bikes avail., avail. mid. Aug.-12/12, $1500/mo. X7127, 524-0305

CONCORD, nr Walnut Creek, 3-bdrm, 2-bth house, nr bus & BART, lg. yd, 2-car garage, new carpet, frpl, wash/dry, blinds/curtains, $1200/mo.+dep./b.o. Lillie, X5118, 689-5744

EL CERRITO, 1-bdrm, 1-bth split-level apt in duplex, quiet neighborhood, 8 min. walk to BART/E.C.Plaza, 1/2 blk to bus, avail. 6/1, $620/mo. 525-7596

EL CERRITO, 1-bdrm in 2-bdrm, 1-bth apt, garage, nr BART & fwy, share w/female non-smoker during summer, option to rent whole apt starting 9/1, $375/mo. + $700 dep. + 1/2 utils. 525-0903

EMERYVILLE, 1-bdrm apt, Watergate, on bay, pool, tennis, gym, avail. 7/1, $745/mo. 652-3015

HERCULES, share 3-bdrm, 1.5-bth condo, prefer female, $300/mo. + 1/3 utils. X4070, 741-1702

KENSINGTON, 2-bdrm older home, fully equip., frpl, lg. yd, nr shops & trans., avail. 6/1 - 7/11, $800 or negot. w/some repair/maint. Nicola, 527-5687

KENSINGTON, 2 blks from Arlington shops, 3-bdrm, 2+bth house, bay view, lots of storage space, LR w/frpl, DR, washer/dryer, garage, non smokers, no dogs, avail. 7/1, prefer yearly lease, $1450/mo. 653-7188

KENSINGTON, lg. rm in house w/family, quiet, easy access to busses & LBL, full house privs., avail. 6/10. X7853, 526-7388

OAKLAND, Glenview, furn. 2-bdrm, 1-bth house, nr bus, 1 mi. from Montclair, washer/dryer, piano, garage, at end of cul-de-sac, garden, patio, trees, sublet July '95 - July '96, $950/mo.+utils., dep. req'd. 531-1541

OAKLAND, Claremont Dist., furn. 1-bdrm in-law apt, LR, mini-kitchen bath w/shower, pvt entrance, terrace w/bay view, wash/dry, prefer grad student or visiting scholar, single or couple avail. 8/15, refs. & driver's lic. req'd., $800/mo., incl. utils. & cable hook-up, 10-20 hrs. work/wk reqd. compensated at $12/hr. (negot.). 843-1835

OAKLAND, 2-bdrm upstairs apt. in brn-shingle house, walk to Lake Merritt, Grand Ave., BART & Piedmont Ave., prefer non-smokers, reasonable utils incl., $650/mo. 268-0674

RICHMOND HTS, nr Arlington Ave. & Mc Bryde, rm w/pine tree view in art home, share lg. bath, kitchen & laundry, nr parks, 6 mi. from LBL, no pets, smokers, $360/mo.+utils. 232-7612

RICHMOND (NE), nr El Cerrito, sunny 2-bdrm home, furn. or not, fenced yd, deck, redwood tree, hrdwd flrs, nr BART/bus/shopping/elem. sch., laundry hookups, safe area, neut./spay pets OK, lots of parking, avail. 6/26, $800/mo. incl. water & garbage, lease for 3, 6, 9 mos. or 1 yr. 235-4606

WANTED: 2 bdrm (or more) house/apt (pref. furn., w/view) July and/or August for French scientists couple. John McCarthy, X5307, 841-7875

WANTED: 2-bdrm house/apt for visiting scientist & wife from Japan, 7/13 - 9/9, little or no stairs, Berkeley area. Henry Stapp, X4488

WANTED: 2-bdrm apt/house for visiting scientist, 9/15 - 12/31. Andreas, X5761, 843-6206

WANTED: 2-bdrm apt/house w/washer/dryer hookup, dishwasher & garbage disposal for LBL employee/UCB student w/Sec. 8 voucher. Yvette Broadus, 262-9998


NO. TAHOE, 3-bdrm, 2.5-bth home, greenbelt views, lake, beaches, shopping, casinos within 10 mins. Wayne Nordby, X7685, 837-2409

SO. LAKE TAHOE, lakefront townhouse, all amenities, nr all play spots. Herbert Newkirk, 422-8845, 455-5595

TAHOE KEYS, 3-bdrm, 2.5-bth house w/boat dock, mountain view, wk/wkend rates, June & July dates avail. Bob, 376-2211


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