The appointments of two new division directors to Berkeley Lab's senior management team were announced this week by Laboratory Director Charles Shank.
Lee S. Schroeder, who has been acting division director for Nuclear Science since James Symons stepped down from the position last November, accepted the permanent appointment following a national search. Horst D. Simon, an international expert in high performance computing, began Monday as director of the newly established National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Division.
"Our Laboratory is extremely fortunate to be gaining the leadership skills that Lee and Horst bring to us," Shank said. "I personally look forward to benefiting from their insights and their creativity as we move Berkeley Lab into a future filled with opportunity and promise."
Schroeder began his career at the Laboratory in 1971 in the Physics Division, and joined the Nuclear Science Division in 1977. His research is in the field of high-energy heavy-ion physics, and he was one of the first people to use the heavy ion capability of the Bevatron.
In 1976 he became scientific coordinator of the Bevalac, and served as scientific director in 1986-87 and 1989-91. In the intervening years, he was detailed to the Department of Energy's Nuclear Physics Division. In 1991, he returned to Washington to serve as assistant director for Physical Sciences and Engineering in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Since returning to the Lab in 1992, he has served as the deputy project manager for the STAR detector for the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), and has led the Lab's Pulsed Spallation Source Study.
"This is a critical time in the history of nuclear physics at our Laboratory, and we are extremely fortunate to have someone of Lee Schroeder's capabilities and record of outstanding accomplishments to provide the leadership that is needed," Shank said.
Simon comes to Berkeley Lab from Silicon Graphics Computer Systems in Mountain View, where he was research market development manager in the Advanced Systems Division. In that capacity since 1994, he established long-term beneficial relationships between Silicon Graphics and the advanced scientific computing user community, helping researchers bring the best computational solutions to bear on their problems. His new role includes similar responsibilities as he oversees the production computing activities at NERSC.
A student of the Technische Universitat of Berlin, Germany, and of the University of California, Simon received his Ph.D. in mathematics at Berkeley in 1982. In 1983, he joined Boeing Computer Services and in 1986 became Boeing's manager of the Computational Mathematics Group. From 1989 to 1994, he was manager of a research department for Computer Sciences Corporation, supporting the Numerical Aerodynamic Simulation Systems Division at NASA/Ames Research Center at Moffett Field.
From 1982 to 1983, he was an assistant professor at the Department of Applied Mathematics at SUNY Stony Brook.
Among his achievements, he received the Gordon Bell Prize in 1988 in recognition of superior effort in parallel processing research. His research interests are in the development of high performance algorithms for a wide variety of vector and parallel machines. He has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international conferences and has given tutorials on high performance computing.
"An evolving focus of Dr. Simon's career has been on bringing the best computational solutions to bear on the problems of academic and research laboratory scientists and establishing mutually beneficial relationships between designers and users of advanced scientific computing technology," Shank said. "He is uniquely well suited to assume responsibility for overseeing the production computing activities at NERSC."
The new NERSC Division is a key organizational element in the Laboratory's Computing Sciences area under the leadership of C. William McCurdy, who transferred from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory last November after the supercomputing center's move to Berkeley Lab was announced. Also included in the Computing Sciences area are the Information and Computing Sciences Division (ICSD), the Center for Computational Science and Engineering (CCSE), the Mathematics Department and the Networking and Telecommunications Department.
CAPTION: Lee S. Schroeder; Horst D. Simon
Hopper has held his current post since 1979. His office handles policy matters relating to all health affairs within the UC system, including academic programs in the health professions schools, health services policies, and practices in the University's teaching hospitals.
While at UC, Hopper has organized and administered four major state-wide research programs on AIDS, tobacco-related disease, geriatrics and breast cancer. More than $150 million has been awarded to California researchers in these programs.
Prior to his arrival at UC, Hopper served eight years as vice-president for health affairs at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. While there, he was also an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine.
His clinical research includes demyelinating diseases and slow virus research. He has also served on the faculty and directed the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Department of Neurology. Hopper is a 1960 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
Derrol Hammer, a group leader in Livermore's Procurement Policy and Administration Division, and Lynn Rippe, a senior subcontract administrator in Information Resources, worked closely with NERSC personnel to work out a contract providing for the acquisition of the most advanced computer system technology available. Despite the fact that the $30 million, three-year project to acquire the computer began before the Department of Energy's decision to move NERSC to Berkeley Lab, Hammer and Rippe were able to bring the project to conclusion.
"These two deserve to be recognized for their heroic efforts in bringing this project to fruition," Shank said. "This is one more example of the cooperative spirit between Berkeley and Livermore."
CAPTION: Berkeley Lab Director Charles Shank presents Lawrence Livermore employee Lynn Rippe with an Outstanding Performance Award. He also gave Livermore's Derrol Hammer an OPA. The two were recognized for their efforts to procure a Cray computer for NERSC. Photo by Bryan Quintard
Beginning March 1, approximately 3,750 UC "research unit" employees, including 188 from Berkeley Lab, will vote by mail on whether UPTE will exclusively represent them.
The laboratory has organized a Labor Relations Steering Committee in order to provide employees with information during the election campaign. The committee, comprised of division representatives, is chaired by Joseph Klems of the Energy and Environment Division.
In order to conduct the election, UPTE submitted signatures on authorization cards from 30 percent of the research associates in the UC system. After 30 percent or more of the individuals in a unit sign authorization cards and the signatures are verified, an election is required. The election is initiated by the Public Employee Relations Board (PERB), an administrative body responsible for overseeing the labor laws under which the University and Laboratory operate.
According to Klems, in the next two months both Laboratory management and UPTE will be communicating with employees about union representation.
As required by law, LBL has given UPTE the laboratory addresses or, if authorized by the employee, the home addresses of research associates in the unit, allowing the union an opportunity to communicate with these employees. Klems said the Labor Relations Steering Committee plans to mount an educational campaign, meeting with employees and answering questions.
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Things such as garbage of any kind, cooling water, water from concrete sawing, leftover chemicals, or any fluids other than water should never be put down the storm drains.
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SEABORG INSPIRES INNER CITY YOUTHS:
Nobel laureate and Berkeley Lab Associate Director-at-Large Glenn T. Seaborg, who grew up in a poor section of Los Angeles, recently spoke to students at the Thurgood Marshall High School in San Francisco as part of the "Distinguished Speakers Series." Started by Shoumen Datta, development director for San Francisco's public schools, this series is touted as the first California program to bring Nobel laureates into the schools. "In a society where sports and entertainment preoccupy most adolescents, it may be worthwhile to infuse some enthusiasm for less glamorous but vital forces of civilization-- like education," Datta says. The 83-year-old Seaborg urged his inner-city audience of 14- and 15-year-olds to give science a try. Students later told reporters they were most impressed by the fact that Seaborg has met with every U.S. president since Franklin Roosevelt.
CLINTON SUPPORTS SCIENCE IN FY97 BUDGET PREVIEW:
On Feb. 5, President Clinton released a thematic overview of his FY97 budget and promised details in March. Throughout the overview, the President repeatedly stressed that federal investments in science and technology would be a priority. Though he made no mention of funding for the national laboratories, he did call for a balanced mix of basic and applied research, and technology development including cooperative projects with private industry and universities. The text of this budget speech may be viewed on the World Wide Web at http://www.doc.gov/BudgetFY97/index.html.
A CALCULATED LOOK AT GLUEBALLS:
Using a massively parallel computer, scientists at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center performed what is believed to be history's largest single calculation and identified a partial rate of decay for the subatomic particle known as a gluon. Carriers of the "strong" force that binds quarks together, gluons are also known as "glueballs." It took two years and some 400 million billion number-crunching operations for the IBM scientists to determine a gluon decay rate. Even then, the calculation is considered to be an approximation, but one that provides further support for the prevailing theory on nuclear interactions known as "quantum chromodynamics," or QCD.
DO NOT TRY THESE AT HOME:
The "Fifth First Annual Ig-Nobel Prize Ceremony" was held recently at Harvard University. Co-sponsored by the Harvard Computer Society and the Tangents math bulletin, the 10 prizes were awarded to individuals whose achievements "cannot or should not be reproduced." The contest was staged by the "Annals of Improbable Research." The prize in physics was won for an analysis of soggy breakfast cereal. A study entitled "The Effects of Unilateral Forced Nostril Breathing on Cognition," published in the "International Journal of Neuroscience," won the prize in medicine; and in psychology, Japanese researchers won the prize for successfully training pigeons to discriminate between the paintings of Picasso and Monet.
The Berkeley Lab Calendar is published biweekly here on the World Wide Web and in Currents by the Public Information Department. Employees can list a meeting, class, or event in the Calendar by using this submission form. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on Monday in the week that Currents is published.
In addition to the events listed below, Berkeley Lab's Washington, D.C. Projects office is hosting a Science and Technology Seminars series.Scientific Conferences
MON., FEB. 12
Lockout/Tagout Training (EHS 256) at 9-11 a.m. in Bldg. 51-201
Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, send a fax to X4072 with your name, employee ID number, extension, and class name, date & code, or call X5999.
General meeting at noon in the lower cafeteria.
DEPARTMENT OF NUCLEAR ENGINEERING COLLOQUIUM
"An East Asia Regional Compact for the Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy" will be presented by Jor-Shan Choi of LLNL/Stanford University at 3:30 p.m. in 3105 Etcheverry; refreshments, 3:15 p.m.
PHYSICS DEPARTMENT COLLOQUIUM
"Black Hole Condensation and Duality in String Theory" will be presented by Andrew Strominger of UCSB at 4:30 p.m. in 1 Le Conte.
TUES., FEB. 13
Radiation Protection - Fundamentals (EHS 400) at 2:30-5 p.m. in Bldg. 51-201
BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENT
Cornelius Hopper, UC vice president for health affairs, will speak on "Black History Month: A Forty-Year Personal Retrospective" at noon in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium. All employees are invited to attend.
PHYSICS DIVISION RESEARCH PROGRESS MEETING
Phillip Burrows of MIT will speak at 4 p.m. in Bldg. 70A-3377, title to be announced; refreshments, 3:40 p.m.
WED., FEB. 14
Crane/Hoist (Level 1) Training for Incidental Operators (EHS 211) at 8 a.m.-noon in Bldg. 70A-3377
Recertification for Crane/Hoist (Level1) (EHS 216) at 8-10 a.m. in Bldg. 70A-3377
Fire Extinguisher Use (EHS 530) at 10-11:30 a.m. in Bldg. 48-109
EMPLOYEE MUSIC CLUB
General meeting at noon in the lower cafeteria.
12:10-1 p.m., Bldg. 2-100.
THURS., FEB. 15
SURFACE SCIENCE AND CATALYSIS SCIENCE SEMINAR
"Anomalous Stabilization of CO Adsorption on Cu(100) by Atomic
Coadsorbates" will presented by Tong Leung of the University of Waterloo, Canada, at 1:30 p.m. in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.
DEPARTMENT OF ASTRONOMY COLLOQUIUM
Eyal Maoz of UCB will speak on "Structure and Dynamics in the Central Sub-Parsec Region of the Galaxy NGC4258" at 4 p.m. in 1 Le Conte; refreshments, 3:30 p.m., 661 Campbell Hall.
PHYSICS DIVISION RESEARCH PROGRESS MEETING
"Evidence for Neutrino Oscillations" will be presented by Fred J. Federspiel from LANL at 4 p.m. in Bldg. 50A-5132; refreshments, 3:40 p.m.
FRI., FEB. 16
Introduction to EH&S Safety at LBL (EHS 010) at 9-11:30 a.m. in Bldg. 51-201; pre-registration not required.
Radiation Protection - Lab Safety (EHS 432) at 2-5 p.m. in Bldg. 51-201
MON., FEB. 19
TUES., FEB. 20
WED., FEB. 21
Crane/Hoist (Supplemental) for Incidental Operators (EHS 212), 8 a.m.-noon, Bldg. 70A-3377
Adult CPR (EHS 123), 9 a.m.-noon, Bldg. 48-109
Recertification for Supplemental Crane/Hoist (Level 1) (EHS 213), 1-3 p.m., Bldg. 70A-3377
THURS., FEB. 22
SURFACE SCIENCE AND CATALYSIS SCIENCE SEMINAR
"Reactions of Methyl Radicals on Oxides and Metals" will presented by Charles Mims of the University of Toronto, Canada, at 1:30 p.m. in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.
DEPARTMENT OF ASTRONOMY COLLOQUIUM
"Results from the ORFEUS-I Mission" will be presented by Mark Hurwitz of UCB at 4 p.m. in 1 Le Conte; refreshments, 3:30 p.m., 661 Campbell Hall.
PHYSICS DIVISION RESEARCH PROGRESS MEETING
"Recent Electroweak Results from CCFR" will be presented by Kevin McFarland from FNAL at 4 p.m. in Bldg. 50A-5132; refreshments, 3:40 p.m.
FRI., FEB. 23
THE CENTER FOR BEAM PHYSICS SEMINAR
"The Next Generation Photoinjector" will be presented by Dennis Palmer of SLAC at 10:30 a.m. in the Bldg. 71 Conference Room.
Students, faculty, and staff from all UC campuses, laboratories, and UC Office of the President are invited to participate.
For a program and registration information, contact the Diversity Office, X4130, or Brennan Kreller, X6566.
For more information, contact Kirk Haley at X5973.
'72 PORSCHE 914, 1.71 liter, Targa, gd mechanics, needs cosmetics, $1250. Bill, 527-3788
'82 TOYOTA Corolla SR-5, hatchbk, 3-dr, 96K mi., a/c, AM-FM, $1200/b.o. X7733, 526-5809
'85 HONDA Civic wgn, 157K mi., 5-spd, gd cond. but needs valve & carb work, $2450. X6678, 376-9630
'85 TOYOTA van, well-maint. (w/records), gd engine & appearance, new tires, radiator & clutch, many miles, no back seats (for cargo), $2K/.b.o. Judy, X6540, 631-6642
'85 VW Golf, 5-spd, 4-dr w/hatchbk, 93K mi., gd cond., reliable, $2500/b.o. Ephraim, 532-3778
'87 MERCURY Lynx, needs clutch & battery, gd engine & tires, 70K mi., $800/b.o. 635-4417, (after 6 p.m.)
'89 HYUNDAI Excel, 4-dr, 80K mi., AM/FM cass., p/s, p/b, new tires, clutch & belts, silver, runs great, $1390. Edas, X7780, 848-6137, 849-1147
'89 TOYOTA pickup, 4x4, 5-spd, w/camper shell, great cond., $5500. X7176
'90 VW Jetta GL, Wolfsburg edition, orig. owner, 4-dr, 5-spd, pullout stereo, sunrf, low mi., garaged, exc. cond., $7K. John, 531-1739 (eve.)
'92 GEO Metro hatchbk, 5-dr, 60K mi., a/t, a/c, AM/FM, garaged, great cond., $4800/b.o. 528-4158
MOTORCYCLE, '82 Yamaha Seca 650, exc. cond., $1800. Judy, X6540, 631-6642
SCOOTER, '86 Honda Elite 80, 9K mi., stored 3 yrs., was in gd. cond. when stored, needs new battery & probably carburetor cleaning, as is, $100. 525-9344 (eve.)
INFORMATION regarding Berkeley HS 1986 graduates for ten year reunion planning committee. Alicea, 849-3321
VEHICLE STORAGE SPACE, covered, East Bay. Bill, 527-3788
CAMERA LENS for Canon EOS, autofocus, Tamron AF 200-400mm f/5.6 zoom, complete w/tripod foot, custom lens hood & Tamron AF 1.4X & 2X tele-extenders, all 2 mos. old, like-new cond., orig. boxes & documentation, cost $880 new, asking $700. Sandy, X6045, 687-0612 (eve.)
CD/CASSETTE STAND, black, gd as new, $50/b.o. Rob, X4213, 652-3621
COMPUTER, 586 PCI 100 MHz, 8MB Ram, 540 MB H.D.D., 1.44 F.D.D., 2X CD Rom, sound card, PCI SVGA card w/1 MB, 14" SVGA monitor, mouse, keyboard, $1300; w/o monitor, $1150, super fast Windows 95 machine. Paul, X6985, 841-1241
COMPUTER, PC-AT 286, 10MHz, 640K, 32MB HD, 5.25" floppy, 2400 baud modem, amber monochrome EGA monitor, $150/b.o. D. Merrill, X5063, 549-0914
CRIB, white, w/mattress, sheets, extras, exc. cond., $125. Steve, X7702, Suzanna, 643-0269 (days), 655-6616 (eve.)
DINING ROOM SET, oval table w/4 leaves, seats up to 16, hand-carved French Provincial, circa 1950, 6 chairs, 2 arm chairs, china cabinet w/decorative wire front & 3 drwrs, matching server on wheels w/extension flaps, $5800 value, will sell set for $2K. Bill, 527-3788
DISHWASHER, built-in, GE, works well on all cycles. $50/b.o.; audio/video rack-style cabinet, 6' tall, 30" wide, 12" deep, 4 adj. height shelves, 2 glass, wood finish, 2 units avail., $60 ea./b.o. Philip, X6583
DRYER, elec., apt sz., Sears Kenmore, 115 volts AC, works well, $60. Sam, X5457
GOLF CLUBS, set of "Sting", used twice, irons are 2 thru sand wedge, 3 metal woods, swing weight D-1, stiff shafts, standard grips, cost $650 new, sell for $450 firm. Kathy, 837-7062 (eve.)
FUTON, queen sz., solid wood frame w/ethnic print mattress & cover, $325; dining table w/4 chairs, $150; bookcase, PVC, $10; ironing board, $10, all less than 9 mos. old, exc. cond. prices negot.; antique writing table w/chair & sm. writing table, $60 (negot.). 528-4158
JUICE EXTRACTOR, wheat/grass, almost new, w/orig. carton, paid $150, asking $85. Anne/Peter, X7337, 531-7837
LIFT TICKET VOUCHERS, Squaw Valley, reg. $45, $40; men's ski boots, Nordica, blk, sz. 11, gd cond., $125; ladies ski jumpsuit, white w/other colors, sz. 10, $60; mountain bike, Cannondale V700, over $1400 new, exc. cond., $860; water filters, NSA, models 50C & 100S. Marek, X5029, 582-5867
MOUNTAIN BIKE, `95 Schwinn full suspension, 18", all XT components, FSX rock shox, like new, $1300/b.o. Rick, X5710
PRINTER, Apple Stylewriter II, brand new, barely used, orig. box, cables, spare ink, $120/b.o.; wet suit, 2 pc., 5 mm dive suit, XL, $100/b.o. Ben, X5627, 256-2722
RECLINER, $25/b.o. Julie, X4583, 232-6919
TELEVISION, 20" RCA w/remote, '92 model, $150. Steve, X6966
TOASTER-OVEN, GE countertop, seldom used, 7 yr. old, $40; color TV, Hitachi 13", $50; stereo tuner, Luxman T117, $275; A/V receiver, Harmon-Kardon AVR20MkII, top rated, $350; men's golf shoes, Converse, all leather, 8/9D, used once, $25; putter, unused, paid $45, $25. Dave, X4506
TRAVELER'S GUIDE, Mexico, '96 edition, like new, $20 new, asking $12. Martin, X4081
VOLLEYBALL NET, full set, new, $30. Edas, X7780, 848-6137, 849-1147
ALBANY, share newly renovated 2-bdrm house w/1 other woman, nr Solano Ave., sunny, hardwd flrs, kitchen, garden, washer/dryer hookups, allergy-free household, $505/mo. + util. & dep. Nance, 559-9296
BERKELEY, furn. 1-bdrm apt, avail. thru the end of '96, short term only, $650/mo. + utils. & 1 mo. dep. X7276, 548-4832
BERKELEY, furn. 2-bdrm house, nr No. Berkeley BART, 15 min. walk to LBL shuttle, short term (3/3 - 4/28), $1115/mo. X5205
BERKELEY, 2 rms avail. in furn. home, nr UCB & Rose Garden, washer/dryer, views, frpl, hot tub, decks, avail. 3/1, $450 & $500/mo. David, 525-4470
BERKELEY, share 2-bdrm house, nr No. Berkeley BART, yd, patio, washer/dryer, cable, prefer female non-smoker, $390/mo. + util. 849-0728
NO. BERKELEY, nr Rose & Shattuck, 1-bdrm avail. in 2.5-bdrm apt, share w/1 other person, walk to trans., UC, LBL shuttle & shops, laundry & sauna in bldg. 849-3321
NO BERKELEY, furn. lg. rm in 4-bdrm house, bay view, shopping, bus stop, parking, $425/mo. 528-6953
NO. BERKELEY, nr Rose & MLK, furn. 1-bdrm unit, avail. 3/1, furn. & equipped, $650/mo. 527-1358
NO. BERKELEY, nr Rose & MLK, 3-bdrm house, sublet for the month of April, nr shopping & trans., $1100. 527-1358
CASTRO VALLEY, roommate needed for home, lg. bdrm w/pvt bth, laundry & kitchen privs., rent + dep. negot. Marek, X5029, 582-5867
CONCORD, 1-bdrm condo, upper unit, new carpet/paint, pool, deck, laundry fac., nr hwys 4 & 242, walk to BART, water, garbage, basic cable, refs req'd, $575/mo. + dep. (negot.). Martin/Bobbie, 370-6002
HERCULES, 2-bdrm, 2-bth townhouse, w/all amenities, nr trans., schools, etc., 2-car enclosed garage. John, X4631, 709-0220 (eve.)
RICHMOND ANNEX, Bayview, 2-bdrm, 1-bth, frpl, hardwd flrs, lg. yd, $1235/mo. D. Merrill, X5063, 525-7798
SAN LEANDRO, Assumption Dist., rm for rent (2 ea.), shared housing, nr hwy 580, no pets/alcohol, $425/mo., utils. incl. Marilyn, 351-2288
WANTED: rm nr UCB for visiting scholar, from 2/14 - 6/30. Senta, 524-4654
WANTED: 1-2 bdrm house, No. Berkeley/Berkeley Hills for quiet LBL couple, great references, non-smokers, willing to sign long lease for right house/apt, $800 range. Erik, X6435, 595-1558
WANTED: furn. house/apt for visiting teacher & wife (no children), 6/23-8/23, East or No. Bay Area, willing to commute to LBL; also willing to exchange home nr Boston (Marblehead, MA). Karin, X5513, Michael, (617) 631-6860
SO. LAKE TAHOE, The Ridge, exc. view, slps 6, pool, hot tub, ski in/out at Heavenly, avail. 2/17-23. Todd, 339-8268
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