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Posted March 10, 1999

Former EPA Head on Exxon Valdez Spill, Business Ethics

William Reilly, former head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, will lecture on business ethics Wednesday, March 17.

The lecture will be held at the Haas School's Andersen Auditorium (F295 faculty wing) at 4 p.m.

Reilly led the EPA when the Exxon Valdez ran into Bligh Reef in Alaska a decade ago, on March 24, 1989, spilling 11.2 million gallons of crude oil into the sea. He will discuss issues of corporate responsibility surrounding the Exxon Valdez disaster in a talk on "Public Enterprises and Public Obligations: Achieving Sustainable Development in an Era of Expanding Corporate Power."

The lecture is part of the annual Rudolph Peterson Program in Business Ethics.

March 17 Noon Concert Features Javanese Gamelan

Sari Raras, a Javanese gamelan ensemble, will perform March 17 as part of the Music Department's free Wednesday noon concert series. The 45-minute Hertz Hall concert, which begins at 12:15 p.m., will include singing that describes the dramatic actions of mythical soldiers, heroes, demons and gods.

Sari Raras was founded in 1988 by musician Widiyanto Putro and Ben Brinner, now associate professor of music and director of the group. The ensemble includes current and former Berkeley students and community members, several of whom have studied and performed in Java.

Another Javanese Gamelan concert will take place April 11 at 3 p.m. in Hertz Hall. This performance will include a traditional Javanese shadow play (wayang) along with music performed by Sari Raras and Putro. Tickets are available from the Zellerbach Hall ticket office. For information call 642-9988.

ITS's Harmer Davis Remembered March 21

Berkeley's Institute of Transportation Studies invites friends and colleagues of the late Harmer Davis to an event in his honor Sunday, March 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Faculty Club.

A pioneer in traffic and transportation engineering and founding director of the Institute, Davis died Dec. 24 at age 93.

Food for the Soul In Our Mothers' Pots

The time-honored ritual of passing down recipes, creating meals together and sharing stories has helped generations of women create strong bonds with each other.

In keeping with that oral tradition, campus women are invited to bring a special dish, passed down from a female relative or friend, to the Women's Resource Center and to share the history of that recipe with others.

"In Our Mothers' Pots, We Find Wisdom," presented in honor of women's history month, takes place Friday, March 15 at 5 p.m. The Women's Resource Center, located in the Cesar Chavez Student Center, will provide two microwave ovens, plates, napkins and plastic utensils.

For information, call 643-5727.

Vietnam Revisited in Refugee Documentary

On March 16 Thanh Phani, a Vietnamese refugee living in the Bay Area, will be on hand for an International House screening of "Thanh's War," a powerful documentary about his experiences during and after the war in Vietnam.

Produced by Elizabeth Farnsworth, an award-winning producer and a reporter for the Jim Lehrer News Hour, the documentary follows Phani on a trip back to the village where he spent his childhood.

At age 12, Phani was seriously injured and his parents were killed by an American hand grenade. He was taken from his village to San Francisco for medical treatment and then raised by American foster parents. Phani now works in Oakland making artificial hearts and has a wife through an arranged marrage who lives in Vietnam.

"Thanh's War" will be shown at 8 p.m. in the International House Chevron Auditorium. General admission is $3.50. For information call 642-9460.

School of Public Health Town Hall Meeting: A Correction

Public Health Professor Brenda Eskenazi, mentioned in a March 3 article "Championing the Health of Children," is beginning a large study on the exposures and potential health effects of low-dose exposure to organophosphate pesticides, molds and dusts in children living in the agricultural community of the Salinas valley in Monterey County CA. The research has not been funded to include methyl bromide.

Comments on Distinguished Service Awards Due March 15

The campus community is invited to comment on the 1997-98 Distinguished Service Awards process using a survey created by the Berkeley Staff Assembly.

The response form is available online at Responses will be forwarded anonymously to Vice Chancellor Horace Mitchell and Acting Director of Human Resources Debra Harrington. Surveys must be received by 5 p.m., Monday, March 15.

The survey consists of 10 questions, including the following: What process did your department use to review nominations? How did your department communicate information on the awards to its staff? Were the most deserving individuals in your unit recognized?

Revised Campus Home Page Heralds Things to Come

Last week the Office of Public Affairs released a long-awaited upgrade to the UC Berkeley home page, streamlining access to many departments and services on campus. In addition to the navigational improvements, the new design displays accurately using a wider variety of systems and web browsers.

Andrew Baldock, web project manager for Public Affairs, describes the revised home page as a precursor to a more sweeping redesign.

"This upgrade grew out of a much larger, systematic approach we're taking to redesigning the central campus web pages," said Baldock. "We want to help people find the information they need as efficiently and painlessly as possible, while encouraging them to explore new areas of the UC Berkeley web presence."

Baldock says the new home page will launch later this year. The current revision is online at

Advising, Mentoring and Counseling Skills Conference

A two-day conference on advising, counseling and mentoring, for staff who work directly with students, will be held Monday and Tuesday, March 22 and 23, starting at 8 a.m. on the Clark Kerr Campus.

Participants may choose among more than 26 workshops on such topics as communicating with students in academic difficulty, helping students downsize their debts, assisting immigrant students, and using community service as a learning tool. Staff from campus academic departments, schools and colleges and administrative units will lead the workshops.

A complete program listing is available online at For information, call 642-4249.

Stefan Riesenfeld Memorial In Faculty Club March 17

The School of Law will hold a memorial service for Stefan Riesenfeld, professor emeritas, on Wednesday, March 17, at 4 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Faculty Club.



March 10 - 16, 1999 (Volume 27, Number 26)
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