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Stories for April 1, 1998

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Anne Ehrlich Speaks April 8 on Environment

Environmentalist Anne Ehrlich will speak Wednesday, April 8, on “Global 2000 Revisited: Was It Wrong?” Ehrlich, winner of the 1998 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, will discuss the 1980 environmental report issued by the Carter Administration and how its predictions have fared. Her free lecture is from 3 to 5 p.m. in 22 Warren Hall.

The talk is part of the Hewlett Program on Population, Resources and the Environment.

For information call the Center for Sustainable Resource Development at 643-1655.

LHS Camps: Scientifically Proven Summer Fun for Kids

When school is out, science and fun are definitely “in” at Lawrence Hall of Science. LHS offers more than 75 camps for children aged four to 15 during the summer months, all offering hands-on explorations, attention-grabbing topics, and lots of fun. They include day camps (half and full days) and residential camps.

For information call 642-5132 or check the LHS website at To register call 642-5134.

Registration begins at LHS at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 4, and continues until 4:30 p.m. for in-person, mail, and fax at 643-0994 registrations.

After April 4, registration takes place during regular registration hours only, weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m.

To register by phone, call 642-5134.

The LHS/UC Berkeley Intercollegiate Athletics CAL Youth Sports program offers full-day, two-week programs with science fun in the morning and outdoor recreation in the afternoon. Extended care available at extra cost.

Registration for the sports programs is available only through CAL Youth Sports at 642-9821.

Safe Passage to Botanical Garden

A new pedestrian-activated signal light has been installed at the Centennial Road crosswalk between the UC Botanical Garden entrance and the parking lot. The new signal light became fully operational the week of March 23.

Hoffer Essay Contest Winners Announced

The Committee on Prizes has announced the winners of the 1998 Lili Fabilli and Eric Hoffer Essay Prize.

The judges awarded first place honors and a prize of $1,250 to graduate student Virginia Matzek. Second place went to undergraduate Dominic Ang, who won $750.

This year’s topic for the 500-word essay contest was “Where There Is Light....”

Matzek’s winning essay is a rumination on sunlight as the origin of all life. She will read from it at the April 10 writers event honoring the winners of literature- and creative writing-related awards administered by the committee.

Medical Plan Carriers Informational Sessions

If you want to know how to choose a primary care physician or how to get referred to a specialist, you’ll want to attend one of the medical plan informational sessions planned for April.

Campus carriers will describe coverage,and benefits, or answer other questions from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 150 University Hall on the following dates.

  • Tuesday, April 7, Health Net

  • Wednesday, April 8, Kaiser Permanente

  • Tuesday, April 21, UC Care

  • Thursday, April 23, PacifiCare

Questions and concerns received via email one week before each session will be forwarded to the appropriate carrier. Send your questions to

Although no reservations are required, seating capacity is 90 and no food is permitted in the room.

Jefferson Lecture, April 7: Wood on Democracy

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. Wood will deliver the Jefferson Memorial Lecture, “Origins of Democracy,” Tuesday, April 7, at 4:10 p.m. The free lecture will be held in the Lipman Room, 8th floor, Barrows Hall.

A prominent historian on the subject of American democracy, Wood is a professor of history at Brown University. He has written a number of influential books including “The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787” and “The Radicalism of the American Revolution,” for which he won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for history.

The Jefferson Memorial was established in 1944 for the study and promotion of the basic principles of American Democracy.

Grants for UC-Related Non-Profits for Youth

The Haas Organization for Philanthropic Endeavors (HOPE) in conjunction with the San Francisco Foundation will award two $5,000 grants to local non-profit organizations.

To be eligible, the organization must help “at-risk” youth as its primary focus, be located in Berkeley or Oakland, be affiliated with Berkeley and have IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit status.

For information check the HOPE home page at or contact Assaf Resnick at resnick@haas.berkeley.eduor by calling 704-0787.

City and Regional Planning Alumni Speaking Series

As part of the celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Department of City and Regional Planning is sponsoring a series of alumni panel discussions.

The first event, “Environmental Planning: Reflections of Sustainability,” will be held at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 9, in 112 Wurster Hall.

Alumni including Michael Fischer, Helen Burke, Carolyn Yale, Robert Charbonneau, Marsha Gale, Robert Odland, and Stephen Wheeler will discuss the recently popularized issue of sustainability and how urban development can be re-oriented toward resource conservation.

Later in April, alumni will address “Urban Services: Re-inventing Urban Schools.” Victor Rubin, Gary Hoachlander, Steven Alvarado and Elliot Medrich, all alumni who have been involved with education, will discuss whether recent developments in public education – including charter schools, vouchers, academies and smaller class sizes – can draw people back to the cities.

This event will be held April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in 112 Wurster Hall.

Images of China Through Four Decades

“Marc Riboud In China,” a collection of black-and-white photographs documenting China’s transformation during the past 40 years, is on view through June 15 at the Graduate School of Journalism.

In 1956, French photographer Marc Riboud received a rare visa to cross from Hong Kong into the People’s Republic of China. The advent of Communism in 1949 left China virtually closed to Westerners, but for the next four decades, Riboud was allowed to return again and again.

Riboud’s photographs juxtapose images of revolutionary China with images of a nation racing toward modernization. While tension between the old and the new is evident, his pictures also capture the spirit and humanity of the people in their everyday lives.

For information, contact Ken Light at the Graduate School of Journalism’s Center for Photography, 642-4825.

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