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Wednesday, June 18, 2003


9 a.m. – Noon
EHS 280 Laser Safety
Building 51-201

Summer Lecture Series
Beyond the Human Genome, What Next?
Dan Rokhsar, Physical Biosciences
Building 50 Auditorium

3 - 4 p.m.
Advanced Light Source/CXRO Weekly Seminar
Cold droplets = cold electrons? Imaging the electrons following photionization of medium sized helium droplets
Darcy Peterka CSD/LBNL
Conference Room 6-2202


9 – 11 a.m.
(Note time change)
EHS 20 ES&H for Supervisors
Building 51-201

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
SSG Lecture Series
Diffusion of Nonequilibrium Quasiparticles in a Cuprate Superconductor

Joseph Orenstein MSD/LBNL
Conference Room 6-2202

Environmental Energy Technologies Division Seminar
The Efficiency of Electricity Generation in the U.S. After Restructuring
Catherine Wolfram, Asst. Prof. of Economics, Haas School of Business, UCB, and the UC Energy Institute
Building 90, Room 3148

1:30 p.m.
Environmental Energy Technologies Division Seminar
EPRI's Water & Sustainability Initiative & Public/Private Partnerships
Dr. William M. Smith, Market Driven Demand Response & Water and Sustainability, EPRI
Building 90, Room 3148

2 - 4 p.m.
EHS 530 Fire Extinguisher
Building 48-109

4 p.m.
Physics Division Research Progress Meeting
Davide Costanzo, Matt Dobbs (LBNL) Report from the ATLAS 'First Physics' Workshop
Building 50A-5132

5:30 – 7 p.m.
Friends of Science Lecture
Breast Cancer and the Cell Microenvironment
Mina Bissell
Perseverance Hall

Soup: TBA
Origins: TBA
Adobe Cafe: TBA
Fresh Grille: TBA
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Speed of Gravity—
Still Unproven

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Jupiter's alignment with a quasar was the basis for an attempt to measure the speed of gravity

Albert Einstein may have been right that gravity travels at the same speed as light but, contrary to a claim made earlier this year, the theory has not yet been proven. Stuart Samuel, a participating scientist with the Theory Group of Berkeley Lab’s Physics Division, says the conclusions of two scientists, widely reported this past January, about the speed of gravity were wrong. Full story.

 In the News
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Real Experiment Stars
In Hulk Movie

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Hulk wielding the Gammasphere
When The Hulk roars into cinemas this Friday, it will be thanks in part to the hard work of nuclear physicists at Berkeley Lab. Set in San Francisco, the movie follows the enraged outbursts of fictional Berkeley physicist Bruce Banner. The mild-mannered boffin gets bigger, greener and a whole lot meaner after being exposed to gamma rays, extremely powerful radiation, from the lab's Gamma Sphere experiment. The plot is pure fiction, but the Gamma Sphere is real. "It is the best gamma-ray detector in the world," says I-Yang Lee, the real head of Berkeley's low-energy nuclear physics program. Full story.
Yesterday’s edition of Today at Berkeley Lab contained an error regarding the date for temporary interruption to telephone service. All telephone repairs were completed yesterday evening; no further interruptions are pending.
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A deuteron/gold collision at STAR
Newest RHIC Results
Announced Today

A colloquium is being held today at Brookhaven National Laboratory to announce the latest results from the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), a facility designed to recreate the hot, dense conditions of the early universe. In comparing head-on collisions between either two beams of gold nuclei or gold nuclei and a beam of deuterons, researchers, using the STAR detector, observed a phenomenon called "jet quenching." This phenomenon is predicted to occur in a quark-gluon plasma, a form of matter believed to have existed in the first microseconds after the universe was born. Berkeley Lab is a collaborator on the STAR experiment at RHIC. Full story.

EETD’s Koomey Gets
One-Year Stanford Post

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Jon Koomey, former leader of the Environmental Energy Technology Division’s Energy End-Use Forecasting Group has been named MAP/Ming Visiting Professor in Energy and Environment at Stanford University for the 2003/2004 academic year. Koomey will take a one-year leave of absence from Berkeley Lab while he is in this post. He will serve jointly in Stanford's School of Engineering and School of Earth Sciences for one academic year. The appointee is expected to deliver a series of lectures, add course offerings in energy for undergraduate and graduate students across the campus, and help to recruit new permanent faculty.

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