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 Stories for May 6, 1998:

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Rodriguez Named USD Law School Dean-Elect

Daniel B. Rodriguez, professor of law at Boalt Hall, has been chosen Dean of the University of San Diego School of Law, effective July 1.

“Dean Rodriguez is a distinguished scholar and educator who will provide outstanding leadership to the School of Law,” said Frank Lazarus, USD vice president and provost. “He has outlined an exciting agenda for excellence, and he will support wholeheartedly the efforts of the Bar to enhance the status of the legal profession in Southern California.”

Rodriguez, 35, has made important contributions in the field of public choice theory and the positive political analysis of legal institutions. In 1988 he joined the faculty at Boalt, where he has taught administrative law, state and local government law, Constitutional law and legislation.

Rodriguez earned his law degree cum laude in 1987 at Harvard Law School and served as a judicial law clerk for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

A member of the American Law Institute, he has served as a television and radio commentator on legal topics.

Rodriguez has been a visiting professor, scholar or fellow at the McGeorge School of Law; the Hoover Institution at Stanford; the Free University of Amsterdam; The Netherlands; and the University of Virginia.

1997 Statistical Profile of UC Students, Staff Available

The Office of the President has released the “Statistical Summary of Students and Staff” for fall 1997, its official record of student enrollment at UC.

Prepared by OP’s Office of Information Resources and Communications, the report summarizes data supplied by the nine UC campuses for 1997 and for 1993 and 1996. It is the most recent of a continuous series of such reports dating back to 1896.

Student enrollment figures, in table form, provide a portrait of the UC student population broken out by campus, level, gender, ethnicity, enrollment status, residency status, discipline and degrees conferred.

The report also details the number of faculty and staff, by ethnicity and gender, on each UC campus.

The tables printed in the publication can be found online at

Scientists to Probe Science/Spirit Connection

Twenty-seven international scientists with roots in Jewish, Christian and Islamic traditions will convene for the “Science and the Spiritual Quest” conference, June 7 through 10 in Wheeler Auditorium.

Conference faculty – including physicists, geneticists, mathematicians, psychiatrists, neurosurgeons and astronomers – will discuss the relationship between science and religion.

The event is a project of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences at Graduate Theological Union and is sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation.

Registration is $395 for the public, $150 for full-time students. For information call (781) 279-9887, fax (781) 279-9875, email, or write to SSQ Conference, 2400 Ridge Rd., Berkeley, Ca., 94709.

NEA Grants Announced

Among the 74 Bay Area organizations awarded 1998 National Endowment for the Arts grants are Berkeley’s Cal Performances and the UCB Consortium,which each received $50,000.

New Board At Faculty Club

The Faculty Club annual elections have added three new members to the board. They are Calvin Moore, professor of math; Susan Rosenblatt, deputy university librarian; and professor John Reynolds of physics.

The continuing board members are professors Bruce Bolt, geology and geophysics; Al Bowker, statistics; Phyllis Brooks Schafer, college writing; and Mary Metz, UC Extension.

Officers for 1998-99 are Bolt, president; Metz, vice-president; Brooks Schafer, secretary; and Moore, treasurer. The annual President’s Report and Controller’s financial statement are available to members on request at the club.

The Faculty Club has increased its social activities, and is seeking additional members from among faculty and staff. For information on membership, call 540-5678.

Alumus Is Named President of Costa Rica

Alumnus Miguel A. Rodriguez, who holds both a master’s and doctorate in economics, ’66, from Berkeley, was named President of Costa Rica Feb. 1. Rodriguez will be inaugurated May 8.

Department of City and Regional Planning Is 50

The Department of City and Regional Planning celebrates its 50th anniversary Saturday, May 9, in 212 Wurster Hall.

The anniversary jubilee will include a keynote address by Professor Emeritus Peter Hall, along with several other events.

A panel discussion by department faculty and students, “Thinking Ahead: The Role of Planning in the 21st Century,” will take place from 9 to 11 a.m.

From 11:20 a.m. to noon, Dean Harrison Fraker, Department Chair Michael Southworth, Landscape Architecture Chair Peter Walker, and Architecture Chair Donlyn Lyndon will discuss “The Future of the College of Environmental Design.”

From 2 to 5 p.m., a panel will discuss the future of cities, California, the environment, urban communities, transportation, and housing.

All events are free and open to the public.

Rubin to Advise State on Radioactive Waste Site

Yoram Rubin, professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been appointed by the UC Office of the President to an advisory committee that will guide the California state agency studying the proposed Ward Valley radioactive waste repository.

Rubin, an expert in hydrogeology and the modeling of contaminant transport, will serve along with Jan Hopmans, UC Davis professor of land, air and water resources.

Located along the California/Arizona border, Ward Valley is the site of a controversial proposed repository for low-level radioactive waste generated from medical applications and nuclear power plant operation. The land is owned by the Bureau of Land Management.

In light of many new questions raised by a National Academy of Sciences study of the site, Governor Pete Wilson directed the California Department of Health Services (DHS) to design and conduct a new study of the proposed repository. He also asked the UC president to appoint an advisory committee of faculty experts to guide the new research effort.

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