News Briefs

Preschool Open House on February 5

In search of quality child care? The University Preschool, located at the Harold E. Jones Child Study Center, 2425 Atherton St., is holding an open house from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb 5.

Regular class activities will take place, offering opportunities to meet with teachers, enjoy coffee and cookies with other parents, and see the program in action.

Children of campus staff and faculty receive admission priority to the preschool.

The Child Study Center offers a spacious, light-filled environment for children, and has been a model for preschools internationally. In addition to housing the University Preschool, the Child Study Center is a research facility. Enrolled children participate in academic research projects administered by the Institute of Human Development.

Applications for the 1998-99 school year should be submitted immediately, as the admissions process begins in early February.

Children who will be at least 2 years and 9 months in August are eligible for admission. The University Preschool maintains a balance of age and gender in each mixed-age, culturally diverse classroom.

Application for child care may be made at any time. Early application is recommended.

For information or to request an application and brochure, call 642-7031, or email

Lyman Resigns Post as University Librarian

University Librarian Peter Lyman on Jan. 8 announced his decision to resign his position in order to become a full-time professor in the School of Information Management and Systems.

"This is a good time," he said, "for Berkeley to appoint a new University Librarian, at the end of a long process of budget reductions, and as the campus is engaging in the process to discuss the strategic issues facing the Library."

Lyman took on the leadership of Berkeley's library in 1994, where he has served for three years. He looks forward to continuing his research on the future of scholarly communication and the social impact of digital technologies.

"I believe that the future of research libraries requires research to discover new options, and new models of institutional cooperation to implement them, and that my con-

tribution to Berkeley's libraries may ultimately be more valuable as a scholar than as University Librarian."

Lyman will continue in his current post until July 1. The search for a successor will begin soon.

Computer Initiatives: Lunch-Hour Q & A

The Berkeley Administrative Initiatives-new computer systems to upgrade and improve campus human resource management and the Berkeley financial system-will be the subject of a campus discussion Wednesday, Jan. 28. The meeting takes place in Sibley Auditorium from 12:10 to 1 p.m.

Presented by the Berkeley Staff Assembly, the discussion will include top university administrators and Berkeley Administrative Initiatives project coordinators Nada Chandler (Human Resources Management System) and Alan Thomas (Berkeley Financial System).

Staff, especially, are encouraged to attend the noon-hour question-and-answer session, said Barbara Hadenfeldt, BSA program co-chair.

"These are systems we're all going to have to work with, we're all going to have to be trained on," she said. "So the people who are implementing the new systems need to hear from us. The project coordinators want our comments and questions."

The meeting will feature Russ Giambelluca, budget director; Alice Gregory, director of Human Resources; Jack McCredie, associate vice chancellor of Information Systems and Technology; Alison McGill, controller and executive director of Financial and Business Services; and Patti Owen, manager of academic personnel, along with Chandler and Thomas. For information call 642-5499.

Social Welfare Career Day on February 9

The School of Social Welfare's annual Career Day will be held Monday, Feb. 9, at Alumni House. The event provides students and alumni with an opportunity to meet social welfare professionals and prospective employers in the Bay Area.

Career Day hours will be 2 to 4 p.m. The first hour is reserved for members of the graduating class. Alumni are invited to attend during the second hour. Alumni working in the social welfare field are invited to share information-including brochures, job announcements, names of managers and human resource directors-that may prove helpful to Career Day participants in their job searches.

For information on the event, call 643-6670.

Wanted: AIDS Research Proposals and Reviewers

HIV/AIDS pilot study research funds are available from the UCSF AIDS Clinical Research Center, a component of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute. The deadline for the next funding cycle is Monday, Feb. 2.

Applicants may submit studies in basic science, epidemiology or behavioral science, as well as clinical trials. Predoctoral students interested in getting involved in AIDS research are also eligible to apply.

For information, applications, or a form contact Layne Ethington at (415) 476-8857 or email

The project also seeks faculty members who would like to be included in its database of peer reviewers for the Pilot Study Program. Peer reviewers confidentially fill out a one-page form evaluating the merits of a proposed pilot research project within their fields of expertise. Proposals are generally 10 to 15 pages in length. Each one is read by several reviewers and is ranked for funding by the research center's Dean's AIDS Advisory Committee.

For a project survey form to help identify your field(s) of expertise, or for information about the Pilot Study Program, contact Layne Ethington at the phone number or email address above.

UC Humanities Initiative Celebrates 10 Years

The University of California is holding a year-long celebration of the humanities to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Humanities Initiative. The initiative has provided more than $20 million in funding for humanities programs and fellows throughout the system. This year there will be more than 20 special anniversary events showcasing the humanities, among them a capstone conference, "Humanities Matters," at UC Irvine April 2.

"Many of our best and brightest thinkers in all varieties of careers, including scientists, doctors, lawyers and engineers, have benefited from the humanities, as have all the university's graduates," said UC President Richard Atkinson.

The initiative, begun in 1987, has provided funding for faculty research fellowships, graduate student fellowships, campus-based organized research and the Humanities Research Institute, located on the UC Irvine campus.

All events are open to the public, particularly high school students. For information about the celebration, email Dante Noto, Coordinator of Humanities and Social Policy

Research, at, 987-9446, or visit the web site at

Naval Architecture Department No More

The President's Office recently approved the disestablishment of the Department of Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering, effective July 1.

Information on the change can be found on the Chancellor's Office planning and analysis website, which provides a status report on proposed changes in academic programs and units.

The web address is

Classes, Studios Available at ASUC Art Center

The ASUC Art Studio offers a variety of classes and workshops as well as studio space and equipment for ceramics, photography, printmaking, videomaking and computer-based art work.

Students and members of the campus and local communities are welcome to participate. General membership fees are $5 for students, $8 for others. The darkroom, print-making studio, video facilities and computer lab are rented to members by the hour.

The next session of classes, covering everything from Mexican paper sculpture to beginning pottery, begins in mid- to late-January. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. For information call the studio at 642-3065.

Wellness Lectures Available to Public

A free bound copy of the 1997 collection of Wellness Lectures original papers is now available, as well as a brochures describing audio and video formats of the 1995, 1996 and 1997 lecture series.

The 1997 lectures are available as videotapes at $15 per lecture or $75 per six-lecture series, or on audio cassette at $10 per lecture, $40 per series. These materials are the culmination of a three-year grant from the California Wellness Foundation.

The 1997 series included Lawrence Wallack speaking on "Strategies for Reducing Youth Violence"; S. Leonard Syme on "Community Participation, Empowerment and Health: Development of a Wellness Guide for California"; Stephen A. McCurdy on "Occupational Injury Among California Migrant Hispanic Farm Workers"; Demetrios N. Kyriacou on "The Relationship Between Factors and Gang Violence in Los Angeles"; Michael A. Rodriguez on "Mandatory Reporting of Domestic Violence: What Do Patients and Physicians Think?" and Brenda Major On "Beyond Choice: Myths and Facts About Adjustment to Abortion."

The seven-year old lecture series annually spotlights the work in wellness and health promotion of six UC faculty members.

For information on the series, visit the web site at or contact the program by mail at TCWF/UC Wellness Lectures Program, 300 Lakeside Dr., 18th floor, Oakland, CA 94612-3550.


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