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Posted April 21, 1999

A Birthday Symposium

On May 1, professor emeritus Kendrick Pritchett will celebrate his 90th birthday with a symposium in his honor. The event, which is sponsored by the department of Classics, the Graduate Group in Ancient History, the Dean of Humanities, the Townsend Center for Humanities, the Dean of the Graduate Division and the Dean of Social Sciences, will be held in 370 Dwinelle Hall from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entitled "Genethlia", which in ancient Greek means a "birthday celebration," the symposium will feature informal remarks and scholarly papers by two dozen participants who will be coming from as far away as Greece.

Volunteers Needed To Test Computer Usability

Workstation Support Services (WSS) is looking for faculty, staff and students with any level of computer skill to help do usability testing on the following:

• A new design for the UCLink web site (UCLink is the campus e-mail service).

• A revised design for the Connecting@Berkeley software installers.

The results of the test will help WSS fine-tune these designs so they're as easy to use and effective as possible. The testing will take about one hour and may be done at WSS in Evans Hall or at the volunteer's personal workstation.

UCLink testing will take place in May, Connecting@ Berkeley testing in late May and June. Tests will be scheduled to occur at times convenient to the participants.

For information, or to obtain a participant application form, email or call Sarah Jones at 643-6729.

Cal Cyclists Raising Bucks to Fight AIDS

Within the next few months, a grassroots effort will attempt to break a campus fundraising record in the fight against AIDS. The Cal Team -- comprised of 65 UC Berkeley staff, students and alumni -- is leading the drive as part of the California AIDS Ride, a 580-mile, seven-day bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

The campus community has an opportunity to help out by attending "Cal Team Night" at the Pyramid Brewery and Ale House on Wednesday, April 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. (901 Gilman St. at 9th St. in Berkeley). A $10 ticket buys a free beverage, snacks and a tour of the brewery. Proceeds go directly to the AIDS Ride.

Another way to help the team is by making a financial pledge, by credit card or checking account installments. To make a pledge, call 643-2689.

Volunteers are also needed to help out on registration day, when more than the 2,500 riders participating in the ride converge in San Francisco. To volunteer, call the San Francisco AIDS Ride Office at (415) 908-0400.

Environmentalist Speaks On Earth-Conscious Consumerism

Warren Leon, a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists, will speak about his new book, "The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices" April 29 at 6 p.m. in 2040 Valley Life Science Building. Leon's book debunks prevalent myths and offers a quantitative appraisal of the relationship between consumers and the environment. This event is sponsored by the environmentally-conscious student group, S.O.U.R.C.E.

Visiting Scholars Reception

Joseph Cerney, vice chancellor for research and dean of the Graduate Division, invites all campus visiting scholars to an annual reception in their honor Thursday, April 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Bancroft Hotel , 2680 Bancroft Way in Berkeley.

Visiting scholars who wish to attend should contact Sam Castaneda at 643-9681 or by e-mail:

Panel Assessment of Clinton Presidency

The announcement last week that a federal judge held President Clinton in contempt of court for denying his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky in the Paula Jones case is the latest in a series of events to be discussed at an upcoming UC Berkeley Extension program.

"The American Presidency in a Time of Crisis" will be held Monday, April 26, from 8 to10 p.m. in 155 Dwinelle Hall. Panelists will include Berkeley faculty members Nelson Polsby and Susan Rasky. The 18th annual assessment of the presidency is sponsored by Berkeley Extension, the Institute of Governmental Studies and the California Alumni Association.

The program is free, but preregistration is advised. To reserve a seat, call 642-4111 or enroll online at

Y2K Information Session To Be Held in Sibley

The second in a series of campuswide Y2K information sessions for faculty, staff and students will be offered Wednesday, April 28, 11 a.m. to noon in Sibley Auditorium. The focus of the discussion will be computers, databases and desktop applications. Questions are welcome.

Additional events on campus Y2K preparedness will be held throughout May. See campus' Y2K website,, for details.

New Center to Focus on International Labor Issues

On March 8, Berkeley's Institute of Industrial Relations (IIR) and the Center for Labor Research and Education (CLRE) announced the creation of the John F. Henning Center for International Labor Relations.

"We see this collaboration between the labor movement and the University as a key step to addressing one of the most critical issues of our time -- globalization and its impact on workers around the world," said James R. Lincoln, IIR director.

Named for Hon. John F. Henning, former Ambassador to New Zealand, Undersecretary of Labor, UC Regent, and longtime Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the California Labor Federation, the Henning Center will focus on strategies for global unionism, a lifetime passion for Henning.

Henning was also named Distinguished Labor Leader-in-Residence at IIR, and is the first labor leader to be honored as such by the University of California.

The programmatic work will include promoting international relationships of labor researchers and labor activists, as well as supporting policy research on the global economy and its impact on working Californians. The CLRE staff will coordinate research, publications, convenings and trainings in partnership with labor unions and other interested parties.

NASA Astronaut to Speak April 23

NASA shuttle astronaut Scott "Doc" Horowitz, who will pilot a mission in December to add a component to the International Space Station, will address students in "To Mars By 2012," an Interdisciplinary Studies course. The lecture, which is also open to members of the community, will take place April 23 at 7 p.m. in 60 Evans Hall.

Horowitz will address a range of topics including how to become an astronaut and the dynamics of crew skill mix in the astronaut corps.These subjects are of special interest to the undergraduate students in Interdisciplinary Studies 90, who have been working all semester on projects to aid the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in planning the first human missions to Mars.



April 21 - 27, 1999 (Volume 27, Number 31)
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