News Briefs

Wellness Lecture: Empowerment, Health

S. Leonard Syme, professor emeritus of epidemiology at the School of Public Health, speaks on "Community Participation, Empowerment and Health: Development of a Wellness Guide for California," Wed., Oct. 29.

His talk is one of six 1997 Wellness Award Lectures sponsored by the California Wellness Foundation, and the second this fall on campus.

Syme will discuss the failure of intervention programs to prevent disease and promote health, or to take into account "the most important risk factor of all," socioeconomic status. He proposes an approach directed and led by people in the affected community and based on an empowerment model.

A social epidemiologist, Syme for 40 years has studied psychosocial risk factors for disease. His free one-hour lecture, open to the public, will be held at 5 p.m. at Bechtel Hall's Sibley Auditorium

For information on the lecture series, call 987-9108 or check the Wellness Lectures web site at The foundation web address is

Talks on Campus Women's Status Oct. 20

The Women's Resource Center and the Title IX Compliance Office celebrates 25 years on campus by sponsoring "Women@ Century's End: The Status of Women at Berkeley," Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 4 p.m. in 250 Cesar Chavez Center.

The two-hour panel discussion features lectures by four women who are longtime campus faculty and staff. They will share personal reflections on what the campus was like when they arrived, how things have changed and what the future holds for women at Berkeley. Speakers include Barbara Christian, professor of African American Studies; Carmen Mckines, Title IX Compliance coordinator; Anita Madrid, Berkeley Pledge coordinator; and Yvette Gullatt, Early Academic Outreach coordinator.

The presentations will be followed by a question and answer period and a reception. For information, call 643-5727.

Fabilli/Hoffer Essay Contest: Keep It Short

The topic of this year's Lili Fabilli and Eric Hoffer Essay Prizes Contest is "Where There Is Light."

The contest is open to campus faculty, staff and registered students. The word limit is 500 words, excluding prepositions, articles and conjunctions. The total amount available for prizes is $2,000. Previous winning essays are available at the Bancroft Library.

Deadline for submission is Friday, Jan. 30. Essays must be submitted in person, as an entry card must be filled out and ID shown upon submission. Come to the office of the Committee on Prizes, 229 Sproul Hall.

Office hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noon, and 1to 5 p.m., and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. On deadline day only, Friday, Jan. 30, the office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m

For information contact Daryle Corr at 642-3498 or Daryle@uclink2.

Oct. 19: Mono Lake Premiere Benefit

A premiere of the public television documentary "The Battle for Mono Lake," chronicling the Mono Lake Committee's efforts to save the lake, will be held Sunday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m. in Wheeler Auditorium on the campus.

Proceeds from the event will help support the work of the two sponsoring organizations, the Mono Lake Committee and the Water Resources Center Archives, to whom the committee will donate its papers.

Following the screening will be a panel discussion on issues raised in the film. The archives, located at 410 O'Brien Hall on campus, will be open to visitors before and after the screening.

The web address of the Mono Lake Committee is

Tickets for the event are $10 for students, $25 general admission, and $50 for priority seation. For information, call 642-2666.

Los Alamos Lab Director Appointed

Physicist John C. Browne was appointed director Oct. 6 of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the New Mexico facility that University of California manages for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Browne, 55, has held positions of scientific and administrative leadership at the laboratory for 18 years. Effective Nov. 3, he will be the laboratory's sixth director.

"Maintaining the safety, security and reliability of the nation's nuclear stockpile under a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty," commented Browne, "will be a tough scientific and managerial undertaking, but I know the people at Los Alamos are up to the task."

Currently Browne is responsible for the scientific and operational management of the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, one of the nation's premier facilities for neutron science research.

He joined the laboratory after nine years in the physics program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Tess Gallagher At Lunch Poems

Poet Tess Gallagher reads Thursday, Oct. 20, as part of the Lunch Poems noontime reading series.

Gallagher's poems are intricate puzzles that yield insights on life and love. Her books include "Moon Crossing Bridge," "Portable Kisses" and the recent short story collection, "At the Owl Woman Saloon." She also writes essays and coauthored two screenplays with her late husband, Raymond Carver.

The location of her reading has been changed to the Lipman Room, Barrows Hall, 8th floor. The event takes place from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The Politics Of Language Tests

Are language tests neutral or are they embedded in social, political and educational agendas?

This question will be explored in "Critical Language Testing and Beyond," a talk to be given Friday, Oct. 17, as part of the Berkeley Language Center's fall series of teacher training workshops.

The speaker is Elana Shohamy, professor and chair of the Second Language Education Program in the School of Education, Tel-Aviv University, Israel.

The lecture and discussion will take place in the Lipman Room, Barrows Hall, from 3 to 5 p.m. For information call 642-0767, ext. 10.

The Late Great Fate Of the EuroComputer

"Computers, Nationalism and European Integration: The Rise and Fall of Unidata" is the subject of a colloquium to be held Monday, Oct. 20.

The speaker is Eda Kranakis, assistant professor of history at the University of Ottowa.

The Unidata consortium, established in the early 1970s by Siemens (Germany), Philips (The Netherlands) and CII (France), was the first significant attempt to create a truly "European" computer company to compete against IBM, which dominated European computer markets.

Kranakis analyzes the forces that led to the emergence of Unidata, the consortium's organization and technological vision and the forces that led to its demise.

Unidata's story will also be used to reflect on the changing dynamics of European industrial policy and the integration process.

The lecture is sponsored by the Office for the History of Science and Technology. It will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in 119 Moses Hall.

For information call 642-4581.



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