News Briefs

Lost and Found Surplus Auction

It's time again for that special version of retail therapy, the annual Lost and Found Surplus Auction sponsored by Excess, Surplus and Salvage.

The sale, to be held Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., features used jewelry, athletic goods, cameras, calculators, bicycles, IBM electronic typewriters, office furniture, collectible oak furniture and more. Bicycle sales begin shortly after noon.

Most articles are sold on a lot basis, with each lot offered as is, where is, with minimum bids established for some lots. All sales are final.

A preview of items to be auctioned will be held Friday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. An assortment of UC surplus items will be sold during the same hours Friday.

CSAC Is Recruiting

The Chancellor's Staff Advisory Committee, CSAC, is recruiting new members.

CSAC is a group of staff members who advise the chancellor on non-bargainable issues. Members are appointed by the chancellor and serve three-year terms.

Among the committee's past accomplishments are the establishment of the Staff Ombuds Office, Staff Appreciation Day, the campuswide report "Doing Less with Less" and, more recently, presenting the draft Administrative Vision to the campus via brown bag forums.

The chancellor supports release time to attend biweekly meetings with permission of your supervisor. Additional time is required to study issues, draft recommendations and participate in subcommittee activities.

As a member of the campus community, CSAC is committed to diversity in the student body, faculty and staff. All interested career staff are invited to apply.

For more information contact Keiko Kubo ( or 643-5978) or Skye Ward ( or 642-6730). Interviews will be held in mid-December.

Five Minority Students Awarded Fellowships

Five outstanding campus scholars have been awarded fellowships in a fellowship program for underrepresented minority students sponsored by the National Research Council. The program seeks to increase the representation underrepresented minority groups on the nation's college and university faculties. Award winners were selected from about 1,000 applicants, based on merit and promise of future achievement.

Financed by the Ford Foundation and administered by the research council, the program named a total of 100 scholars nationwide from underrepresented minority groups-African-Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Mexican Americans, Native Pacific Islanders and Puerto Ricans. These included 50 beginning graduate students, 30 working on their dissertations and 20 recent PhD recipients.

The Berkeley scholars and their areas of study are Jossianna Arroyo, Hispanic language and literature; Gregory Castillo, architecture; John C. Garza, integrative biology; Jason Myers, political science; and Bryan Mendez, astronomy.

Tess Gallagher Reads On Thursday, Oct. 30

The correct date for Tess Gallagher's reading in the Lunch Poems series is Thursday, Oct. 30. Gallagher reads in the Lipman Room, Barrows Hall, at 12:10 p.m.

Junior Faculty Grants Accepting Applications

Eligible junior faculty are encouraged to apply for two career development grant programs currently accepting applications-the Junior Faculty Mentor Grant Program and the Career Development Grant Program.

The Junior Faculty Mentor Grant Program provides up to $1,000 for research-related activities designed to assist junior faculty in their professional growth and progress toward tenure. Assistant professors mentored by senior faculty members are eligible.

Deadline for receipt of the mentor grant applications for the 1996-97 academic year is Nov. 17 for the fall semester and Feb. 13 for spring.

Career Development Grants provide a fully paid leave for one academic semester for junior faculty members whose involvement in university and community activities curtails their time for scholarship and creative activities necessary for promotion to tenure. Non-tenured ladder faculty members who have held the title for at least one academic year at 50 percent time or more are eligible to apply.

Career development grant applications and supporting materials are due by Dec. 8. For information contact Russell Ellis, acting faculty equity assistant, at 642-1935.

Metadata Research Contract Garnered

The School of Information Management and Systems was recently awarded a $954,180 research contract to make searching for documents and data on the Internet more easy and cost-effective.

The rapid increase in the number of databases that can be accessed over the Internet means that, for most users, searches will increasingly require use of unfamiliar indexes and classification schemes. Researchers will develop entry vocabulary modules that will accept searchers' terms and respond with a ranked list of terms in the system's vocabulary.

The principal investigator for the three-year project is Michael Buckland. The project builds directly on several years of research in the school (formerly the School of Library and Information Studies) on the subject of improved searching techniques.

The project website address is



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