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Wednesday, July 28, 2004
 
CALENDAR
 
Today

9:30 a.m.
EHS 604
Hazardous Waste
Bldg. 51-201

11 a.m.
EHS 622
Radioactive/Mixed Waste
Bldg. 51-201

Noon
Computer Protection Program
Network Security Visualization Tools
Kiran Lakkaraju, NCSA
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

12:15 p.m.
Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class with Chris Hoskins ($10/$12)
Bldg. 70A-3377

3 p.m.
ALS/CXRO
The Study of Ion-Pairing and Ion-Solvation in Lithium Battery Electolytes by Soft X-ray Absorption/Emission Spectroscopy
Vera Zhuang
Bldg. 6-2202

Tomorrow

8:30 a.m.
EHS 400
Radiation Protection-Fundamentals
Bldg.51-201

10 a.m.
EHS 60
Ergonomic Awareness for Computer Users
Bldg. 51-201

4 p.m.
Physics
Measurement of the Top Quark Pair Production Cross Section in Lepton+Jets Final States at DO, Using a Topological Event Selection and Lifetime b Tagging
Tobias Golling, U. of Bonn
Bldg. 50A-5132

 
CAFETERIA
 

Morning Editions: Banana Pancakes with Two Eggs and Sausage
Market Carvery:
Roasted Duck Quarter with Orange Sauce, Cranberry Stuffing & Vegetable
The Fresh Grille:
Turkey Joe with Side Tossed Green Salad
Menutainment:
Ham and Asparagus Pasta Casserole

B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Full menu
Birgeneau

Birgeneau
Is New
Berkeley Chancellor

The University of California Regents have named University of Toronto president Robert Birgeneau as the next UC Berkeley chancellor, replacing Robert Berdahl. Birgeneau, 62, a Ph.D. in physics from Yale, is a former dean of science at MIT, worked with UC President Robert Dynes at Bell Laboratories, and is renowned for his prize-winning studies in condensed matter physics. In 1997, he chaired a DOE review of synchrotron radiation facilities that led to significant improvements at the Lab's Advanced Light Source. Outgoing Berkeley Lab director Charles Shank and director-designate Steven Chu praised the appointment. For more information, click here.

WORLD OF SCIENCE

The Time Is
Right for Use Of Hydrogen Fuel
In California

California is poised to become a global leader in clean energy with a sustainable "hydrogen economy," but only if there is strategic investment in renewable energy research and development, according to a new report published by UC Berkeley's Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory. The researchers point out that hydrogen can be produced in many different ways with widely varying environmental and cost impacts, and that significant economic and technical hurdles to the transition to hydrogen energy need to be addressed. Full story.

IN THE NEWS


Plant Enzyme Turns Thoughts to Taxol

Larabell

A synthetic peptide fashioned after a natural plant enzyme has surprised Agricultural Research Service scientists with its taxol-like ability to curtail abnormal cell growth in test tubes. Steven Huber, at the ARS Photosynthesis Research Unit, is working with Carolyn Larabell, a cell biologist at Berkeley Lab, and others for clues to increasing cellular use of carbon for seed storage products like starch, oil and protein in crops. Full story.

ANNOUNCEMENTS


Service Restored
After Outages

The Lab experienced two unrelated power problems yesterday. At 10:07 a.m. a circuit breaker appears to have been tripped, affecting Calendar, Webmail, Directory and Search. All services were restored by 10:46 a.m. Another outage, starting at 2:51 p.m., left many ITSD services (including IMAP) temporarily unavailable for 9 minutes. Service has been returned to normal. ITSD is working hard to prevent these occurences in the future.

WEATHER
Morning fog, then sunny.
Highs: low 70s (22° C).

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SECURITY CONDITION
SECON level 3

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