The following are titles of memos recently mailed to deans, directors, department chairs and administrative officers on the chancellor's mailing lists. For copies, contact originating offices.
Deans and directors memos also are available on Infocal under "campus directives." Connect to Infocal via Gopher, WWW or telnet software at infocal.berkeley.edu. For assistance using Infocal, call 642-8507.
Questions about memos should be directed to Aileen Kim, 642-3100, or email to aileen_kim@ maillink.
May 1996. I996-97 Work-Study Program Year Employment, from Genaro Padilla, vice chancellor--undergraduate affairs.
All programs are offered free of charge. For more information or to sign up, call 643-4646.
Summer Fitness Program
Staff and faculty are invited to join Health*Matters' summer-long exercise incentive program, starting with a free screening June 6, a fitness plan, a variety of workshops throughout the summer and a followup in August to measure progress. Those who complete the program will be entered in a drawing for dozens of prizes. Call 643-4646 to get started.
Making VDT Workstations
May 29, 8 am-noon.
Learn the ABC's of a successful departmental VDT health and safety program, practice the basics of a VDT workstation evaluation and learn how to set priorities in modifying VDT workstations.
Employee Development And Training
For more information, for copies of the 1995-96 Employee Development and Training catalog or for information on how to enroll in classes, call 642-8134.
Creating and Using Flow Charts
June 6, 10 am-noon.
For those who would like to analyze and/or improve some of the business processes in their units or departments, but need some ideas on how to start. A flow chart will help participants identify the path that a service or product should follow.
June 11 and 18, 8:30 am-4:30 pm.
Through group discussion, lecture and skills practice, participants will learn how to increase group involvement and learning. Participants will have the opportunity to facilitate a group discussion that will be videotaped, and hear feedback on their strengths and skills as facilitators.
Calling for Volunteer Tutors
For those who would like to develop teaching skills while helping a motivated Berkeley employee develop basic skills, consider volunteering for the CALS Project. Noontime tutor training begins June 5. Call 643-5280.
The Benefits Unit has invited the medical plan carriers to hold information sessions for new and continuing plan members. The remaining sessions include:
* Prudential, including High Option, UC Care, CORE--May 16
* PacifiCare--May 20
The sessions will take place from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in Room 150, University Hall. Seating capacity is on a first come, first served basis. Call 642-7053 for more information.
Ben H. Bagdikian, professor emeritus and former dean of the Graduate School of Journalism, received the Zenger Award from the University of Arizona's journalism department. The annual award honors extraordinary efforts on behalf of the people's right to know and First Amendment causes. Bagdikian is a former assistant managing editor and ombudsman for The Washington Post. The award is named for John Peter Zenger and Anna Catherine Zenger, who resisted efforts by the British crown in colonial times to censor their publication.
Margaret W. Conkey, professor of anthropology and director of the Archaeological Research Facility, will be presented with an honorary doctoral degree at Mount Holyoke College's 159th commencement May 26. Conkey, an alumna of the liberal arts college for women in South Hadley, Mass., is an internationally recognized authority on the Upper Paleolithic Period of European prehistory. Her work on the analysis of style in cave art of this period has led to new insights on the cultures and societies of Europe during the late Ice Age.
H. Mack Horton, associate professor of East Asian Languages, has been awarded a Phi Beta Kappa Excellence in Teaching Award for 1996. A specialist in classical Japanese literature, Horton teaches courses on ancient Japanese poetry and poetics, female courtly diaries, Heian narrative, medieval travel writing and link verse. In a statement describing his teaching philosophy, Horton writes: "Teaching excellence, for me, lies in how successfully I can make a text that deeply mattered to earlier generations come alive again now, in an environment almost inconceivably removed in time and place."
In the space of a generation, notes Horton, the study of Japanese language and literature has left the rarefied preserve of antiquarians. Currently at Berkeley, Japanese enrollments rival those of the Western languages.
The Instructional Technology Program was awarded an InTRO award for the Best Instructional Technology Home Page in the academic service unit category (for February 1995 through January 1996). Additionally, ITP's page was named one of the Top 10 Instructional Technology Web Sites in the best overall instructional technology website category. The awards were selected by the editors of Instructional Techology Research Online (InTRO) from sites available as of Jan. 10, 1996. The award page is located at http://126.96.36.199/awards.html. ITP's page can be found at http://www.itp.berkeley.edu/
Randy H. Katz, professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, has been elected a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Katz, an expert in wireless network systems, was selected to receive the award "for contributions to computer systems design, engineering education, and government service." Recently appointed to serve as department chair, Katz served as deputy director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency's Computing Systems Technology Office in 1993.
George Leitmann, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, has been selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science to serve on the organizing committee for a 1997 U.S.-German seminar on the international exchange of scientific information. Leitmann, president of the Humboldt Association of America, also has been selected to serve as a charter member of the academic advisory board for the University of Oklahoma's School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.
T. Y. Lin, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering, has been awarded the Prix Albert Caquot--France's highest honor for civil engineering. Lin received the award in Paris in March. Lin also was initiated as a national honorary member of Chi Epsilon, the civil engineering honor society, during the organization's March convention in Lexington, Ky. Past recipients include the late Raymond E. Davis and Bernard A. Etcheverry, both Berkeley professors of civil engineering, and Steven D. Bechtel, founder of the Bechtel family of companies.
Virgil E. Schrock, professor in the graduate school, Department of Nuclear Engineering, is the recipient of the Technical Achievement Award from the Thermal Hydraulics Division of the American Nuclear Society. Schrock is a fellow of the society. The award was given "in recognition of distinguished contributions, both as a researcher and educator, to the fundamentals and applications of reactor thermal hydraulics, as well as for his role in founding the ANS Thermal Hydraulics Division."
Alistair Sinclair, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, and his former colleague Mark Jerrum at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, have been awarded the 1996 Goedel Prize. Sponsored jointly by the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science and ACM's Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computing Theory, the prize is awarded annually for "outstanding papers in the area of theoretical computer science" over a six-year period. The award citation mentions Sinclair's and Jerrum's work on rapidly mixing Markov chains, with algorithmic applications in computer science and other fields, such as statistics and statistical physics.
Three faculty members have received the Social Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award for sustained excellence in large undergraduate lecture classes and/or in core courses for undergraduate majors:
* Margaret Conkey, professor of anthropology
* Bernard Nietschmann, professor of geography
* Arthur Shimamura, professor of psychology
Additionally, VeVe Clark, associate professor of African-American Studies, is the first recipient of the Social Sciences Distinguished Service Award, established by the deans and chairs to "encourage and reward faculty members who have been particularly generous, effective and responsible in serving their departments and the wider campus." The theme for the first award was service that benefits undergraduate and/or graduate students in the department.
Jasmina Vujic, assistant professor of nuclear engineering, has been selected to receive the 1996 Prytanean Faculty Award, recognizing outstanding achievement by an untenured woman faculty member at Berkeley. The $10,000 award is given annually by Prytanean Alumnae, a nonprofit women's organization dedicated to the ideals of service to students at Berkeley and excellence in education.
The award will be presented to Vujic Oct. 14 at a reception at University House.
Vujic, whose research focuses on neutron transport modeling, joined the faculty in 1992 and currently directs the Advanced Nuclear Engineering Computational Laboratory.
This year's selection committee for the award was chaired by Bonnie Wade, professor of music and dean for undergraduate services in the College of Letters and Science.
Robert L. Wiegel, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering, is the recipient of the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association's Morrough P. O'Brien Award for outstanding service. Wiegel was commended particularly for his years of service as editor of the association's journal, Shore and Beach, from 1988 to 1995. The award is named for the former dean of the College of Engineering (1943-59), known as the "father of costal engineering."