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Thursday, May 22, 2003
 
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Today

9:30 a.m.
Advanced Light Source/SSG Lecture: Frontier of SR Science & Instrumentation: Holographic imaging of atomic structure, Part 2; Charles S. Fadley, UC Davis & Materials Sciences Division
Bldg. 6-2202

Noon
Environmental Energy Technologies Division Seminars
Incentives in Water Management Reform: Assessing the Effect on Water Use, Production and Poverty in the Yellow River Basin, Jinixia Wang , Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing; Scott Rozelle, University of California, Davis
Bldg. 90-3148

Noon
New Dance Club Series
Foxtrot
Bldg. 71-146U

4 p.m.
Life Sciences Division Seminar: Structure and Action of Myosins and Kinesins: Variations on a Theme? Ronald Milligan, Scripps Research Institute
Bldg 66 Auditorium

4 p.m.
Physics Division Research Progress Meeting: Gamma Ray Bursts: an Enigma being Unraveled; Alvaro De Rujula (Boston U. and CERN)
Building 50A-5132

Tomorrow

10:30 a.m.
Center for Beam Physics Seminar: Optical Mixing Driven Kinetic Electrostatic Electron Nonlinear (KEEN)Waves, Bedros B. Afeyan, Polymath Research Inc.
Bldg. 71-264

1:00 p.m.
Scientific Computing Seminar: A column pre-ordering strategy for the unsymmetric-pattern multifrontal method,Tim Davis, University of Florida
Building 50A-5132

 
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Soup: Tuscan White Bean
Origins: Breast of Chicken
Adobe Cafe: Salmon Salad
Fresh Grille: Sloppy Joes
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Career Advice: Working
In a Government Lab

By Mary Beckham

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Campisi
"I worked in public affairs at a national laboratory for a few years. I learned a lot about nuclear power, but I also learned about the culture of a world in which acronyms fill in for words. And when words were used, terms like ‘synergy’ and ‘proactive’ were especially popular. If you're interested in career options at the labs, don't worry about understanding the lingo. It can be learned through immersion." (Thus writes Beckham, a reporter for the Chronicle of Higher Education, who includes Berkeley Lab’s Judy Campisi as one of her sources). Full story.
 
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Whistlebower Policies
And Protections

The University of California has adopted revised Whistleblower and Whistleblower Protection policies. These revisions bring the Berkeley Lab policies into compliance with State law. The revised policies replace those currently found in RPM §2.05(J). Rather than having both policies under one section as they have been in the past, they have been divided into RPM §2.05(J), Reporting and Investigating Allegations of Suspected Improper Governmental Activities ("Whistleblower Policy") and RPM §2.05(K), Protection of Whistleblowers from Retaliation and Guidelines for Reviewing Retaliation Complaints ("Whistleblower Protection Policy").

 
Waste Management Team
Can Assist With Policies

It is Berkeley Lab policy that all regulated hazardous, radioactive, mixed and medical wastes be managed in compliance with all federal, state, local laws and regulations. This policy covers the areas where wastes are generated and at the Hazardous Waste Handling Facility. Of primary concern is the health and safety of Lab personnel and the protection of the public and the environment. Berkeley Lab has enjoyed success in all of its waste management activities over the years because of the cooperation of Lab employees. The Waste Management Group is available to assist in determining the appropriate regulations and management of wastes and to identify recycling and waste minimization opportunities. More information can be found here or from one of the Waste Management Generator Assistants assigned to support your division or department, listed here.

 
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Dark Energy the Key To 'Big Rip' Theory
By Marcus Chown

The fate of the Universe is to end not with a bang but with a whimper, as TS Eliot famously wrote. This is the current view of cosmologists, who believe the Universe will expand forever. However, physicists in the US have now pointed out a radically different cosmic endgame, called the Big Rip. And the key to understanding the Big Rip is dark energy. To further explore this theory, physicists may soon get a way to distinguish the three different incarnations of dark energy: a space probe called the SuperNova Acceleration Probe (SNAP). "How the dark energy changes with distance, or 'look-back time' is the key observation that will allow us to distinguish between the different types of dark energy," says one of SNAP's originators, Greg Aldering of Berkeley Lab. Full Story.

 
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Back Up Those Data Files

To protect computer data from losses caused by accidental erasure, disk crashes, fire or other disasters, the Information and Technology Services Department can provide monthly backup services of selected data, which can be customized to specific needs. Backup software can be installed by an ITSD agent or via self-service. For completed information on backup services, go here, or call 495-BKUP (2587).

 

 
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