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Concert Celebrates

Cowell Centennial

The Department of Music celebrates the centennial of the birth of Henry Cowell with a concert of works by Cowell, Charles Seeger, Ruth Crawford and Charles Ives. "The Heritage of Henry Cowell: 1897-1997" takes place Sunday, March 9, at 3 p.m. in Hertz Hall.

Henry Cowell was a Bay Area native and a composer and pianist of international stature. As a young man he toured throughout America, Europe and Russia and was both renowned and reviled for his audacious solo piano pieces which, through their extravagant use of hand and arm clusters, plucking and strumming the strings inside the instrument, created a new language for the piano in the early part of the century.

He later was America's most energetic and influential proponent of contemporary music through his publication of new works in his New Music Quarterly.

Cowell had no formal schooling until he came to Berkeley, where he studied with Charles Seeger, a forward-thinking composer and musicologist who established the Music Department and deeply influenced Cowell's development as a composer.

The concert centers on the music of Cowell. The songs of his mentor Charles Seeger, the String Quartet of Ruth Crawford (a young composer Cowell introduced to Seeger and who later became Seeger's wife), together with music of Charles Ives, whose works Cowell championed and published, are all included on this program. Performers include the Del Sol Quartet, Karen Bentley on violin, soprano Nancy Wait, baritone Leroy Kromm and others.

For ticket information call 642-9988.

Tay-Sachs Facts

Free Tay-Sachs carrier detection blood tests are being offered on campus by the UCSF Reproductive Genetics Unit.

Tay-Sachs is an hereditary and fatal disorder, involving a missing neurological enzyme. Anyone can be a carrier. In the general population carrier rates are one in 50 and in the Jewish and French-Canadian populations, one in 30. A child with the disease can be born to healthy parents who are carriers of the Tay-Sachs gene.

The simple test, which takes five minutes, will be offered to non-pregnant members of the campus community and the public on the following dates:

Tuesday, March 11, 11 a.m to 2 p.m. in Boalt Hall, Room 105 and 5 to 7 p.m. in the Unit I Recreational Room, 2650 Durant Ave.

Wednesday, March 12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the MLK Student Union Tan Oak Room and 5 to 7 p.m. at the Clark Kerr Campus, Dining Commons, Executive Dining Room, 2601 Warring St.

Thursday, March 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the MLK Student Union Tan Oak Room and 5 to 7 p.m. in the Unit III Recreational Room, 2650 Durant Ave.

For information call 658-5568.

Building Your Team

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports is offering a new team building program open to staff, students and faculty.

The program, developed in collaboration with Cal Adventures, uses outdoor activities or structured indoor exercises as a means to get people to work together more effectively

The "powerful" part of the work, says team building coordinator David Mann, comes in the "debriefing" period, when participants have the opportunities to relate their group process during the physical activity to their process in the work environment.

For information call Mann at 643-2498 or email

Lecture by Microbiologist

John Waterbury

This year's Stanier Memorial Lecture will feature John Waterbury of the biology department of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, who has discovered important new marine picoplankton and explored their ecology.

The lecture, "Cyanobacterial Picoplankton: Foundation of the Oceanic Food Chain," will be delivered Thursday, March 13, at 4 p.m. in the Cox Auditorium, 100 Koshland Hall.

The Stanier Lecture is sponsored by the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and is named for Roger Stanier, a world famous microbiologist who headed Berkeley's Department of Bacteriology for many years. In 1971 he left to take a position at the Institut Pasteur.

Also at the lecture, Rosemarie Rippka of the Institut Pasteur will receive the 1997 Bergey's Award for her many years of work on the taxonomy of cyanobacteria, formerly known as blue-green algae. She was a member of Stanier's Berkeley research group, as was Waterbury, and asked that the award be presented at this year's lecture. In 1979, Stanier was the first recipient of the Bergey Award.

Management Award Deadline March 14

The March 14 deadline for nominations for the Berkeley Staff Assembly Excellence in Management Award is fast approaching.

The annual award recognizes outstanding managers and supervisors. This year it will recognize those who promote organizational readiness by actively encouraging staff capacity to respond to change. Nominations must originate from staff directly supervised by the nominee.

For information contact Stephanie Smith at 642-4405 or email

Submit nominations to Smith at the School of Social Welfare, 120 Haviland Hall #7400.


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