News Briefs

Celebrate Berkeley's Top National Ranking

Vice Chancellor Cerny's Office and Public Affairs are hosting a "Cal #1 Party" on Tuesday, Oct. 24, to celebrate Berkeley's top national academic ranking and honor the 35 outstanding doctoral programs that contributed to this distinction.

In a report released last month by the National Research Council, Berkeley had both the largest number and the highest percentage of top-ranked doctoral programs of any university in the nation.

The campus community is invited to take part in the reception, scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Faculty Club. Those planning to attend should call Public Ceremonies, 643-3687, to confirm.

Affirmative Action E-mail Address

The Staff Affirmative Action Office has an e-mail account for inquiries regarding staff affirmative action and non-discrimination policies, affirmative action goals, diversity issues and educational workshops.

The office also is available for presentations about affirmative action--including the impact of the UC Regents' decision--to departments and organizations by request.

For more information, call 642-5002, or e-mail the office at

Free Family Day at the Art Museum

In conjunction with the "Day of the Child" exhibit at the Univesity Art Museum, there will be a Free Family Day on Sunday, Nov. 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission will be waived for the day, and visitors will be treated to artmaking workshops, storytelling, films, puppet shows, music, tours and other activities. For more information, call 642-1438.

After the Cold War

Two members of the Clinton Administration will discuss "After the Cold War: Defining National Security Objectives and Describing the Tasks for Intelligence" on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 1 p.m. in the International House Auditorium.

The speakers include Robert Gallucci, ambassador at large and former assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, and Jennifer Sims, deputy assistant secretary of state for intelligence policy and coordination.

The program, sponsored by the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy, is free and open to the public.

Premiere by Liderman

A world premiere by composer Jorge Liderman, associate professor of music, will highlight a concert of 20th century music performed by the UC Davis Contemporary Music Players on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m. in Hertz Hall. The program, sponsored by Cal Performances, includes six compositions, all by UC faculty members or graduates.

A pre-concert discussion with Contemporary Music Players conductor Ross Bauer and composers Liderman and Pablo Ortiz, beginning at 7 p.m., will be free to ticketholders. Call 642-9988 for ticket information.

Affirmative Action: The Inside Story

The Chicano/Latino Policy Project will sponsor a forum, "Affirmative Action at the Berkeley Campus: The Inside Story," on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in Booth Auditorium, Boalt Hall.

Speakers will include Troy Duster, professor of sociology and director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change; Bob Laird, director of undergraduate admissions and relations with schools; and Martin Sanchez Jankowski, professor of sociology and faculty assistant to the vice chancellor for academic affirmative action.

For more information, call 642-6903.

For Overeaters

Overeaters Anonymous holds weekly meetings on Mondays, 12:10 to 1 p.m., at the Tang Center Section Club Room (on the first floor behind the information desk).

The group offers help to bulemics, anorexics and compulsive overeaters based on the 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous. There are no fees or dues, and newcomers are welcomed.

For more information, call 841-8562 or 273-9292.

Bats Amazing!

As part of its ongoing bat exhibit, Lawrence Hall of Science will feature a bat festival for the whole family on Saturday, Oct. 28, from noon to 4 p.m. The event, which is co-sponsored by KPIX and the Contra Costa Times, will include storytelling, face painting, mask making and bat snacks.

On Saturday, Nov. 18, Patricia Winters, bat researcher and proprietor of a bat hospital in Marin, will bring live bats to LHS. Winters will present her bats, along with slide shows and discussions, from noon to 4 p.m.

On both dates, activities are free after museum admission. Call 642-5132 for more information.

Cox Plays Piano

Cindy Cox, assistant professor of music, will present a performance-discussion on Sunday, Nov. 5, as part of the the Bay Area Pianists fall program series.

Composer-pianist Cox will focus on 20th century music, featuring compositions by Messiaen, Takemitsu, Wuorinen and one of her own compositions.

Cox's achievements as a pianist and composer have been recognized by several notable fellowships, grants and commissions. Her concert will begin at 4 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 1 Lawson Road in Kensington. For ticket information, call 841-7721.


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