News Briefs

World Crafts for Kids

Kids and their families are invited to join the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology in celebrating international cultures through crafts during a special mid-winter family day program Sunday, Dec. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Children 5 years of age and older are invited to participate in arts activities based on traditional arts from North and South America, Asia and Africa-masks of the Kwakiutl tribe of the Pacific Northwest, Carnival masks from South America, mud cloth dying techniques from Africa and block printing from Asia.

The museum is located on campus at Kroeber Hall, near Bancroft and College Avenues. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children 5 years of age and older, and free for members and their families.

Tale of the Transistor

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the invention of the transistor and the birth of the information age.

As part of the "Patterns of Discovery in the Sciences Since 1800" series, award-winning physics writer Michael Riordan will speak on "The Invention of the Transistor," Wednesday, Dec. 10. at noon.

Assistant to the director at the Stanford Linear Accelerator and a research professor at UC Santa Cruz, Riordan is both a physicist and a historian of physics.

The "Patterns of Discovery" series is sponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities, the School of Public Health, and the Office for the History of Science and Technology.

The lecture will be held in 114 Morgan Hall.

Lead Tests: Kids Get Clean Bill of Health

All 157 children tested in this year's lead screening program tested within the normal range, according to Pam Cameron, assistant director of clinical services at University Health Services.

For the past five years, the campus's lead exposure prevention program has offered free annual lead testing for children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years who live in University Village, Smyth-Fernwald or attend one of the UC Berkeley child care centers.

Part of the program is to educate the campus community on hygiene practices, housekeeping tips and nutritional habits related to lead exposure.

Lead testing is recommended for those living in houses or apartments with leaded paint-generally those built before 1960.

For information on lead testing or lead exposure prevention, call University Health Services at 642-6621.

Habla While You Eat

Practice a foreign language at one of International House's international language tables, which meet Monday through Thursday evenings in the I-House Dining Hall.

Language conversation practice is free. Dinner is $6.25 for guests. Languages include Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Polish and Spanish.

For a complete schedule, call 642-9460.

Feminist Symposium Call for Papers

One-page proposals are being accepted for the 1997 "Boundaries in Question" conference, a yearly symposium spotlighting graduate student work in feminist research, theory and practice. The conference will be held Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7 on campus.

This year's theme is "Designing Women." Deadline for submissions is Jan. 5.

Written proposals should include name, email address and phone number, departmental affiliation, program and year, title of the paper and a one-page abstract.

Submit proposals to Boundaries in Question, Beatrice Bain Research Group, 2539 Channing Way, MC 2050. Direct inquiries and electronic submissions to

Maternal/Child Health Continuing Education

What are the qualitative and quantitative analytical skills most needed by maternal and child health (MCH) professionals and what are the best modalities for teaching those skills?

Addressing these questions is the objective of a new, three-year cooperating agreement sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services. The awardees are Julia Walsh and Suellen Miller of the MCH Program at the School of Public Health; UC Berkeley Extension; and the UCSF Family Health Outcomes Project.

Under the cooperating agreement, three courses (one each year of the project) will be developed and offered to state, county and local MCH managers and analysts in the western United States.

These courses will cover such topics as needs assessment, small-area analysis, managed care outcome indicators, cost and cost-effectiveness analysis, priority setting, performance evaluation and qualitative data use.

Each course will be offered in two different learning modalities-in-person training via workshops, and distance learning using online, email, Internet, video and teleconferencing and videotaped lectures.

Skill and knowledge acquisition as well as the cost and cost-effectiveness of the two learning modalities will be evaluated.

For information on the project, call 643-2756.

Noontime Family Music

Two musical events for families will be offered at Lawrence Hall of Science on two consecutive days at the end of December. Each begins at noon and lasts about an hour.

Pan Roots Steel Drumming will be featured Sunday, Dec. 28, in a musical odyssey tracing the history of the steel band from the instruments' beginnings as discarded steel drums to the present.

The following day, Monday, Dec. 29, LHS offers "Global Fusion Music," an interactive live performance with a blend of music from Africa, the Middle East and Asia, plus a taste of American jazz.

Each concert is free with museum admission. Admission is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors, students and children ages 7 to 18; $2 for children ages 3 to 6.

For information call 642-5132 or check

Foreign Language Pedagogy Workshop

Three graduate students and a lecturer who received grants for research projects dealing with foreign language instruction will discuss their findings Friday, Dec. 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Alumni House Lounge.

The four 1997-98 Berkeley Language Center Instructional Development fellows will speak on text-based pedagogies from the beginning to the advanced levels of foreign language instruction. They are Lori Ultsch, speaking on "Text as Form, Meaning and Intent"; Jennifer Kapczynski, on "Off-Page: Performance and Reading"; Matt Erlin on "The Content of the Form: Establishing a Link Between Visual and Textural Literacy"; and Edwige Gamache, on "Franco-motion."

Refreshments will be served. For information call 642-0767.

Two Comedies Added To PFA's December List

PFA's film series "Welcome Sordi," through Sunday, Dec. 14, offers 10 comedies starring Alberto Sordi, including two films that have been added to the schedule since the BAM/PFA calendar went to press.

These are "Handsome, Honest, Australian Emigrant, Looking for an Italian Virgin to Marry," directed by Luigi Zampa, and "The Most Beautiful Evening of My Life," directed by Ettore Scola.

In the first, Sordi plays a lonely, hardworking man whose lonely-hearts advertisement attracts the attention of a disillusioned prostitute (played by Claudia Cardinale).

"The Most Beautiful Evening of My Life" presents Sordi as an unethical businessman who finds his behavior scrutinized by four retired jurists.

The two comedies will be screened at 3 and 7 p.m., respectively, on Sunday, Dec. 14



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