News Briefs

Bats in the Limelight

"Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats" will debut Sunday, Sept. 24, at Lawrence Hall of Science with an opening celebration from noon to 4 p.m. Highlights of the exhibit will include a bat's-eye-view of the world in an upside down gallery of bat art and folklore, an interactive cave with areas for children to crawl and hang and a giant-screen video with stunning footage of bats.

In addition, at the opening celebration, there will be appearances by Smokey, Smidgen, Trinket, Tiffany, Coco-puff and several other live bats. Also making appearances will be Jannell Cannon, author of "Stellaluna," the charming story of a young fruit bat; and bat expert Bob Wisecarver.

"Masters of the Night" will be on display through Jan. 15. The Lawrence Hall of Science is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For admission fees, call 642-5132.

Segre Lecture

Bertrand I. Halperin, professor of physics, Harvard University, is the ninth Emilio Segre Distinguished Lecturer. His presentation, "Quantum Mechanics and Electrons in Strong Magnetic Fields," will take place Monday, Oct. 9, at 6:15 p.m. in the George Pimentel Lecture Hall.

Says Halperin, "Experiments on 'two-dimensional electron systems' formed by electrons trapped at a semiconductor surface, in strong magnetic fields and low temperatures, have uncovered a series of very surprising phenomena, known as the 'Quantum Hall Effects.'" In his lecture, he will discuss some of the underlying concepts of these experiments and explain the results.

The Emilio Segre Lectureship, which honors the late nobel laureate, was established with an endowment from the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation.

Dorm FoodEnters'90s

Soy hot dogs, eggless pasta with artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes and other "vegan" foods are new menu items in the dining halls. Last November, a poll found that 5 percent of students eating dormitory food were not only vegetarian but vegan, shunning all meat and animal products such as milk, eggs or cheese. The previous year, only 1 percent of students said they fit that category.

The dining halls also occasionally offers a "grain bar," a variation on a salad bar from which students can choose lentils, red beans and other protein-packed fare, said Nancy Jurich, assistant director of dining services. When it comes to dessert, she said, pies--with crusts made of vegetable shortening--are always a hit.

"We're trying to meet their needs," she said of the rising number of vegan customers. Jurich added that one of the head cooks is vegan and has helped plan menus.

Advise the Chancellor

The Chancellor's Staff Advisory Committee (CSAC) is taking applications for new members. CSAC members are appointed by Chancellor Tien to three-year terms to address issues concerning non-academic staff and to advise the chancellor on non-bargainable issues. Release time to attend bi-weekly meetings is provided by permission from the member's supervisor. Additional time is required for studying issues, drafting recommendations and participating in subcommittee activities. Applications are available from Kevin Argys, 642-9895; Gerald Johnson, 643-9446; or Margo Takemiya, 642-1855. Submit applications to Gerald Johnson at 299 LSA no later than Oct. 20. Interviews will be scheduled for mid-November.

Free Contact Lenses

Participants in a one-year contact lens study at the School of Optometry will receive free professional eye care, state-of-the art extended wear contact lenses and accessory solutions, plus an additional set of lenses upon completion of the study. Potential volunteers must be between the ages of 18 and 39, not wear contact lenses currently and be available for periodic eye examinations. For information, call 643-8920 or email: lananh@

Dinners and High Tea

Three-course dinners and English high tea are on the menu for fall at Cafe Grace at the University Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive. The dinner series, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of the UAM/PFA and follows on the success of the cafe's Provencal series this summer, will feature seasonal menus with a Mediterranean touch.

The prix-fixe meals are offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, with seating beginning at 5 p.m.

One exception to the theme will take place Saturday, Oct. 28. Following an all-day symposium connected with the "New Child" exhibit, the cafe will feature British food.

Also in conjunction with the "New Child" exhibit, Cafe Grace will serve traditional high tea, accompanied by live musical performances, on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 1.

For reservations or more information, call 548-4366.


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