Bruce Bolt, emeritus professor of seismology, has been selected to receive the 1997 distinguished alumni award of the University of New England, Australia. The award is for outstanding contributions in his field and outstanding service to the community. Bolt was an undergraduate at the University of New England from 1948 to 1951.
Bolt has also been named 1998 distinguished lecturer by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Board of Directors. The honor was awarded for "countless important contributions to earthquake engineering and wide recognition for them."
He will deliver the lecture at the institute's annual meeting in San Francisco in February.
Planning professor Manuel Castells has completed his trilogy "The Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture," published by Blackwell.
"Castells in his trilogy," writes planning professor emeritus Peter Hall, a leading British urban planner, "aims to understand the system, the global informational capitalism that is replacing industrial capitalism. He has thus set himself the ultimate challenge; the confirmation is already to hand that he has met it."
Volume I of the trilogy, titled "The Rise of the Network Society," analyzes structural transformations linked to the information technology revolution, including the emergence of new spatial forms and processes.
Volume II, "The Power of Identity," deals with cultural and political issues, focusing on feminism and environmentalism.
Volume III, "End of Millennium," studies macrotrends that have changed the world, including the demise of communism, processes of social exclusion around the world, the global criminal economy and the rise of the Pacific Area.
Edward A. Lee, professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, has received the 1997 Frederick Emmons Terman Award from the American Society for Engineering Education.
Named for the founder of Stanford University's electrical engineering program, the Terman award recognizes professors under age 40 who have written a textbook and produced outstanding achievements in teaching and research.
Lee earned his doctorate at Berkeley in 1986 and joined the faculty that same year.
International House Dining Services recently won highest honors in the prestigious national competition for excellence in college and university food service sponsored by the National Association of College and University Food Service.
I-House received the Loyal E. Horton Dining Award, in the category of "Residence Hall Dining: Special Event/Theme Dinner," for last November's Divali dinner. The event celebrated one of India's major national holidays, the "festival of lights."
I-House offered a banquet Indian dinner, as well as a festival atmosphere throughout the public areas of the building.
Indian residents, members of a Berkeley Indian student association ASHA, and others, decorated I-House with 1,200 candles and 1,500 white lights in the shape of lotus blossoms. Fifty pounds of fragrant flower petals perfumed the building.
Following the buffet, ASHA members gave a performance featuring Indian culture and entertainment, the proceeds of which went to children's literacy programs in India.
The web team and design staff of Berkeley Magazine has been named for an award of excellence from the University and College Designers Association.
The award was given for the Berkeley Magazine web site, which combines the work of Public Affairs web designers Jason Chan and Dave McFarland and graphic designers Linda Currie, John Hickey, Lynn Millwood and Connie Torii.
The web site, located at http://www.urel.berkeley.edu/magazine, will be part of the association's show in New York Sept. 27 to Oct. 1.
The site was named for the blue ribbon award out of 137 entries from academic institutions in the United States and Canada.