All that extra security in Berkeley today was for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who visited the Berkeley Lawrence Lab on her swing through the Bay Area.
There are more than 100 German staff scientists and postdoctoral students working at Berkeley Lab, and Merkel planned to take a photo with them. She probably kept up her end of the conversation, too, as she has a doctorate in physics.
Don’t feel bad for Stanford. Merkel went there, too.