News Briefs

Nov. 10: UC President On U.S. Science Policy

"The Golden Fleece, Science Education and U.S. Science Policy," is the subject of a talk by Richard C. Atkinson, UC President, Monday, Nov. 10, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Atkinson will share a personal perspective on the roller coaster environment of federally supported science education programs from Sputnik to the present day. He will discuss these programs in the context of shifting social and political issues, including the Golden Fleece awards made by Sen. Proxmire and the impact of those awards on U.S. science policy.

The lecture is part of a series sponsored by the Office for History of Science and Technology. It will be held in 442 Stephens Hall.

For information call 642-4581.

Women's Center@25: Benefit Reading Nov. 12

Celebrate the Women's Resource Center's 25th anniversary at a benefit for the center Wednesday, Nov. 12, 6 to 8 p.m., featuring readings by Opal Palmer Adisa, Donna Weir, Vanessa Deza and Dorothy Lazard.

The event will take place in the Tilden Room of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union and is free to Berkeley students, $3 for others. Light refreshments will be served. Proceeds will benefit the center's library, a woman-focused collection open to the public.

For information call 643-5727.

CSAC Is Recruiting

The Chancellor's Staff Advisory Committee (CSAC) will hold a brown bag information session Nov. 12 for those interested in its activities and its current recruitment for new members.

CSAC is a group of staff members who advise the chancellor on non-bargainable issues. It is committed to diversity in the student body, faculty and staff. All interested career staff are invited to apply for a three-year term on the committee. Interviews will be held in December.

The information session will be in the Cesar Chavez Center, room 290, noon to 1 p.m. Applications will be available. For information email

Regents Elect New Chair

For the third time in the past six years, Meredith J. Khachigian has been chosen by her colleagues to chair the UC Board of Regents. The regents elected Khachigian by a unanimous vote in a special meeting conducted by teleconference Oct. 30. Her appointment as chair of the 26-member governing board is effective immediately and continues through June 1998.

"I am honored by the opportunity to be of further service in this position," Khachigian said of her appointment. "My main priority is to work toward maintaining the excellence and access that distinguish the University of California," she added.

Khachigian's election marks the fourth time in UC's 129-year history that the regents have named a woman as their chair. She chaired the board in 1991 and 1992.

Howard Zinn Lecture Will Honor Savio

A talk on "The Possibility of Hope" will inaugurate a new memorial lectureship in honor of the late Mario Savio, spokesperson for the historic Free Speech Movement of the 1960s.

Social historian and author Howard Zinn, professor emeritus at Boston University, will give the first of the annual lectures in Savio's name Thursday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m., in Valley Life Sciences, room 2050.

Zinn's best known works include "A People's History of the United States" and "SNCC: The New Abolitionists."

The Mario Savio Memorial Lectureship is sponsored by relatives, friends and admirers of Savio, who died of heart failure in 1996. It will include grant awarded annually to a promising young social activist.

New Online Directory Of Policies, Procedures

A new online directory of campus policies and procedures, launched in October, contains selected Business and Administrative Services policies indexed by policy name, functional area and originating department. The website will eventually be expanded to include all campuswide administrative policies.

The online directory is the result of a BAS study on the feasibility of developing a comprehensive manual of administrative policies and procedures. The study recommended the development of a web site that would centralize access to online administrative policies and eliminate accelerating paper and distribution costs.

The new online directory can be found at Inquiries about this project may be directed to Dolores Salas at

Undergrad Research Apprentices for Faculty

The Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP) is now soliciting proposals from faculty who would like to involve undergraduates in their research projects this spring.

Monday, Nov. 17, is the last day to submit a proposal for spring 1998.

In exchange for their time and attention, faculty receive a small grant for research projects ranging from lab experiments and field work to archival work and data analysis.

Students receive valuable experience, a greater appreciation for the life of research and, in most cases, academic credit.

Faculty who submit applications by the Nov. 17 deadline will have their projects publicized in the Spring URAP brochure (and web page), available to students during the last week of classes.

Faculty select their own apprentices from among applications submitted at the start of spring term. Apprentices commit from three to 12 hours a week to the project.

Applications were sent to all active ladder faculty in mid-October.

For an application or information, contact Terry Strathman at 642-3795 or



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