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InTheLoop | 11.15.2004

The Weekly Electronic Newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences Employees

November 15, 2004

Reminder: Nobelist Glaser to Kick Off CS Seminar Series on Thursday, Nov. 18

Donald Glaser, who won the 1960 Nobel Prize in Physics for his invention of the bubble chamber, will be the inaugural speaker in the Computing Sciences Speaker Seminar series. Starting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, Glaser will discuss "What can we see, how do we see it, and why do we see things that aren't there?" The seminar will be held in Perseverance Hall.

The new seminar series will feature speakers of general interest to all Computing Sciences' staff, and will be held once or twice per month, usually on Thursday afternoons. Each seminar will be followed by refreshments, and an opportunity for informal conversations with the speaker as well as an opportunity to meet with colleagues in Computing Sciences. Suggestions for future speakers in all areas of interest for Computing Sciences staff should be mailed to Roxanne Clark, raclark@lbl.gov.

Reminder: Next Ethics Awareness Training Session on Wednesday, Nov. 17

As a follow-up to a talk last year, Associate Lab Director Horst Simon has commissioned an Ethics and Values committee to formulate a code of conduct for the organization. The committee is presenting a summary of their findings at two division meetings in October and November. Five areas will be covered: (1) scientific and professional integrity, (2) responsibility to the Lab, (3) working with colleagues, (4) customer service, and (5) security.

The presentation will be given as part of the November NERSC/CRD Technical Meeting starting at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the Bldg. 50 auditorium. Every CS employee must attend one of the two presentations. Sign-in sheets will be available to ensure employees get credit in their training records. ITSD staff who were unable to attend the Oct. 4 meeting at which the ethics talk was presented may attend this session.

NERSC's Frank Hale to Be Honored for Tech Transfer Contributions

Frank Hale, a member of NERSC's User Services Group, is one of 17 LBNL employees chosen to receive the 2004 LBNL award for Excellence in Technology Transfer. "The award is given by LBNL's Technology Transfer department and recognizes inventors whose technologies, which by virtue of being transferred, bring significant benefit to society and the Lab," said Tech Transfer Marketing Manager Pamela Seidenman.

Frank, along with Chris Doughty and Chin-Fu Tsang, is being recognized for his work on the BORE II software, which he helped develop in Earth Sciences before joining NERSC in 1996. The awards will be presented by Lab Director Steven Chu and Deputy Director Pier Oddone on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

Nov. 17 Computer Protection Brown Bag Event to Cover Spyware

Are you sick of spyware that constantly invades your system? Come to the next Computer Protection Brown Bag Event at noon on Wednesday, November 17, in Bldg. 50A-5132 and find out what to do about it. ITSD's Jim Smithwick will talk about spyware and appropriate solutions and will also give demonstrations.

Enrollment Open for Dec. 9 Hands-on Linux Security Course

Enrollment in the Linux security hands-on course to be taught from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 9, in Bldg. 90-0026 is still open, but space is limited on a first come, first served basis. Read the course description at http://www.lbl.gov/ITSD/Security/services/course-catalog.html#user5. To enroll, go to https://hris.lbl.gov.

About Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Computing Sciences organization provides the computing and networking resources and expertise critical to advancing the Department of Energy's research missions: developing new energy sources, improving energy efficiency, developing new materials and increasing our understanding of ourselves, our world and our universe.

ESnet, the Energy Sciences Network, provides the high-bandwidth, reliable connections that link scientists at 40 DOE research sites to each other and to experimental facilities and supercomputing centers around the country. The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) powers the discoveries of 7,000-plus scientists at national laboratories and universities, including those at Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division (CRD). CRD conducts research and development in mathematical modeling and simulation, algorithm design, data storage, management and analysis, computer system architecture and high-performance software implementation. NERSC and ESnet are Department of Energy Office of Science User Facilities.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the DOE’s Office of Science.

DOE’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov.