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InTheLoop 01.19.1998

January 19, 1998

COMMITTEE LOOKS TO ADDRESS FUTURE WORKSPACE NEEDS FOR CS

Computing Sciences has convened a small committee to plan and provide
solutions for the ongoing issue of adequate and suitable workspace for CS
employees. The committee, consisting of Dick Dicely, Sandy Merola, Stu Loken,
Horst Simon and Jim Leighton, is focusing on long-term needs and solutions,
as opposed to finding quick fixes for day-to-day space crunches. NERSC
adminstrator Cheri Lawrence is providing staff support.

SC98 CALL FOR PARTICIPATION IS OUT, FIRST PROPOSALS DUE MAY 15

Organizers of SC98 have issued a call for participation in the conference, to
be held Nov. 7-13, 1998, in Orlando, Fla. This year's conference marks the
10th anniversary of the annual meeting on high performance computing and
networking. Computing Sciences is already discussing plans to participate.
Bill Kramer is Exhibits chair for SC98 and Roberta Boucher is deputy chair.
Horst Simon is on the Technical Program Committee and is serving as
Applications chair.

Employees interested in presenting technical papers, tutorials or being part
of the Education Program must submit proposals by May 15. Notices of
acceptance will be made by June 15. For more information on proposals and the
conference in general, see the SC98 Web site at:
http://www.supercomp.org/sc98

ANNUAL LAB-WIDE PROPERTY INVENTORY ON THE WAY

The annual inventory of Lab property is scheduled to begin next month and
will cover Lab-issued equipment both on site and at employees' homes. Future
issues of InTheLoop will provide more information and proposed schedules for
the program.

JAN. 28 PARTY TO FETE RETIRING LONGTIME EMPLOYEES

Please join Computing Sciences in wishing retiring employees Eric Beals, Bill
Benson, Deane Merrill and Dave Stevens the best of luck in their future
endeavors. Between them, they have more than 125 years of Lab experience. The
celebration will be held from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the "Top
of the Bay" high atop the Holiday Inn Emeryville. The cost is $25, which
includes lunch and a contribution toward retirement gifts. Reservations are
required, so please RSVP to Roberta Boucher (X7580 or RLBoucher@lbl.gov) by
Wednesday, Jan. 21. (Checks should be made payable to Stewart Loken.)

DEBBIE LIGHTHALL TAKES HER FANCY FOOTWORK TO NASHVILLE

Debbie Lighthall, who provides admin support for the Systems and User
Services groups in NERSC, spent a long weekend in Nashville competing in the
Country Western Dance World Championships. Despite making do with just 13
hours of sleep over five days, Debbie and her partner placed sixth overall in
their division (out of 22 competing couples). She brought home a plaque
attesting to their fourth place finish in the waltz competition.

"That was better than I thought we'd do," said Debbie, who just started
country western dancing in June 1996. "I just wanted to get in the finals."
To qualify for the world competition, she and her partner had to compete in
at least three sanctioned competitions. Debbie's ultimate goal is to teach
dancing and she starts lessons Feb. 5 to learn how to lead, traditionally the
role of the male half of the couple. "Men have it tougher--they have to know
the counts, the timing, remember what foot their partner is on, and more,"
she said. "The woman just has to follow his lead." Her prior experience in
teaching martial arts could prove valuable here.

Debbie says the Nashville Convention Center was a swirl of sequins, glitter,
fancy costumes and elaborate hair and makeup treatments during the course of
the competition. On occasion the dance floor became so littered with sequins,
beads and glitter that brooms were brought out while the dancers took a
break. The event brought dancers from such foreign lands as Canada, Germany,
Holland, Italy, Japan and Texas. In one evening event, Debbie was paired with
a man from Finland and she says the lone couple from Brazil "did a mean
cha-cha."

She also drew an invitation from Robert Royston, the top-ranked men's dancer
for four years running, to be his partner in four Pro-Am events over the
coming year. Although the competition can get intense in the top division,
Debbie says she's in it to meet others and have a good time. "The main thing
to remember out there on the dance floor is to have fun," she says. "Some
people take it too seriously. If you have a bad dance, you just have to look
ahead to the next event."

NERSC GROUP LEADS CONTINUE ORGANIZATION-BUILDING EFFORT

Leaders of the 11 NERSC groups will begin their next round of facilitated
efforts to help build a cohesive organization. The goal is to find ways to
improve both understanding and processes in NERSC. Three priority areas for
discussion and recommendations are Roles and Responsibilities,
Communications, and Goals and Priorities. The group leads will work in three
teams and hold a series of meetings over the next few months to come up with
recommendations. The program will build on work done at a retreat last
summer.