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Wednesday, June 30, 2004
 
CALENDAR
 
Today

10 a.m.
EHS 23
Safety for Shop Supervisors
Bldg.51-201

EETD
Developing and Transferring Technologies for a Global Low-Carbon Energy System
Taishi Sugiyama
Bldg. 90-2063

Noon
Summer Lecture Series
Blasting Rocks and Blasting Cars: Applied Engineering for Industry
Deb Hopkins
Bldg. 50 Auditorium

12:15 p.m.
Employee Activities Assoc.
Yoga Class
Chris Hoskins
Bldg. 70-191

3 p.m.
ALS/CXRO
3D Structure of Gold Nanoparticles
Matthew Marcus
Bldg. 6-2202

EHS 730
Medical/Biohazard Waste
Bldg. 51-201

Tomorrow

7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
EHS
Ironage Shoemobile
cafeteria parking lot

10:30 a.m.
Engineering
An Overview of Research Topics in the Laboratory for Manufacturing Automation
Bldg. 2-100B

Noon
EETD
Transport Energy Use and Population Density
Masayoshi Tanishita, Chuo U., Japan
Bldg. 90-3148

 
CAFETERIA
 

Morning Additions: Durango Breakfast Bagel with Hash Browns
Origins: Pasta Tossed with Italian Sausage, Peas, Mushrooms, Choice of Two Sauces
The Fresh Grille: Grilled Ham with Bacon, Swiss & BBQ Sauce on a grilled Roll
Full Meal Deal: New York Deli Burger, Fries, Side Salad, Sherbert Sprite Float & Pie

NOTE: Due to a broken ice machine, the cafeteria is currently unable to provide ice for group parties. What is available is only for catered events and cafeteria use.

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

Full menu

SPECIAL EVENTS

McSlarrow, Alper, Werwa

Lab Shows Wares
At Nano Summit

Berkeley Lab Molecular Foundry Deputy Director Mark Alper and 20 students joined others working in Department of Energy (DOE) nano-scale research facilities for a Nano Summit in Washington D.C. last week. Go here to read remarks made by DOE Secretary Spencer Abraham during the summit on the ethical, environmental and societal implications of nano-scale research. Shown in the photo above is DOE Under Secretary Kyle McSlarrow (left), Alper (center), and Eric Werwa, a staffer for Rep. Mike Honda.

ANNOUNCEMENTS


Whistleblower Policy
Gets an Update

The University of California has issued the latest version of its Whistleblower policy. Go here to read information on how to report improper activities while being protected from retaliation for whistleblowing.

T's of All Sizes, Colors
Just in Time for Summer

Taylor

Dining Services recently received a shipment of new t-shirts with the distinctive Berkeley Lab logo, now on sale in the cafeteria store next to the coffee bar. Among the selections is a baseball shirt, which Tim Taylor, a Lab mover, is modeling above. Featuring a variety of colors and sizes, the shirts are priced at $12 and $15.

WORLD OF SCIENCE

Los Alamos Contract
Process Announced


The Department of Energy (DOE) has initiated the process to compete the management and operating contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico for the first time since its creation in 1943. The National Nuclear Security Administration, a separately organized agency within DOE, has announced that parties interested in competing for the contract should submit an Expression Of Interest (EOI) that describes their capabilities. Full story.

IN THE NEWS


Lab to Operate PIER
Response Center


Piette

The California Energy Commission is providing $8 million in funding over three years for a new Demand Response Research Center that will be managed by Berkeley Lab. It is sponsored by the Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program. Demand Response facilitates the quick, automatic reduction of energy use in buildings, industrial facilities and homes, in response to a rising price in the cost of power or an emergency on the electric grid. The director of the new center is Berkeley Lab Environmental Energy Technologies scientist Mary Ann Piette. Full story.


IBM Now Leads Super
Computer Rankings

IBM has widened its lead in computing firepower over Hewlett-Packard, according to the latest ranking of the top 500 most powerful computers. The list is created by Berkeley Lab and other institutions. The elevation in status gives IBM claim to bragging rights in a rarefied strata of the computing universe. Berkeley Lab's Horst Simon, director of the Computing Sciences Division, explained how supercomputing has changed dramatically since the first Top 500 list of supercomputers in 1993. "The standard laptop today is more powerful than the number 500 entry on the Top 500 list then," he said. Full story.


Honolulu Paper Reports
On SNIFS 'First Light'

Aldering

An international group of astronomers and astrophysicists is taking a closer look at supernovas with a powerful new tool mounted on a University of Hawai'i telescope atop Mauna Kea. The Supernova Integral Field Spectrograph, or SNIFS, achieved "first light" earlier this month when the new instrument locked on to its first astronomical target — a Type Ia supernova in the constellation Cygnus. "Better knowledge of these extraordinarily bright and remarkably uniform objects will make them even better tools for measuring the cosmos," said Berkeley Lab astronomer Greg Aldering. Full story.

WEATHER

Morning fog, then sunny.
Highs: upper 60s (20° C).

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SECURITY CONDITION

SECON level 3

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