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03 May 2006

Berkeleyan schedule update

The Berkeleyan publishes next on June 1, followed by our summer issue in late July. The former will include in its mix a roundup on campus commencements and the annual UC Berkeley Summer Reading list. For up-to-date campus news during weeks we're not publishing, visit the NewsCenter at newscenter.berkeley.edu.

Community groups invited to apply for partnership grants

Community groups in Berkeley may apply to the Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund for $200,000 in neighborhood-improvement and community-development grant funds. Those eligible to apply include local community groups, nonprofits, and neighborhood associations that work with campus departments, faculty members, or staff. The deadline for grant proposals is Thursday, June 15; awards will be announced in August. The program is part of the campus's agreement with the city in association with the Long Range Development Plan. For information, see communityrelations.berkeley.edu/ccpf.

May 5 dance marathon to fight pediatric AIDS

A 12-hour dance marathon to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation will begin Friday, May 5, at 8 p.m. and conclude the following morning at 8 a.m. in Pauley Ball room, Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union. The event is being staged by the ASUC Office of the President and the Unit 2 resident assistants, and is sponsored by U.S. Representative Barbara Lee.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to take part in this event and help in the fight against AIDS by sponsoring students or making general donations through the dance marathon website, dancemarathon.berkeley.edu. Click on "Donate Now" to make contributions by credit card, or send checks payable to "ASUC Dance Marathon" to 211 Eshleman MC4500, Berkeley, CA 94720. All proceeds go to the Elizabeth Glaser Foundation. For information, call 642-1433.

Prolific Belgian novelist to speak May 8

Belgian writer Amélie Nothomb will speak at 5 p.m., Monday, May 8, in 370 Dwinelle. Her novels have been translated into more than 30 languages. She has published roughly one a year since 1992; the best-known, Fear and Trembling, was made into a 2003 TV film.

'Greening' efforts honored at third annual Sustainability Summit

At last week's third annual UC Berkeley Sustainability Summit, green-minded members of the campus community discussed future initiatives in sustainability, celebrated recent accomplishments, and announced the winners of Sustainability Awards and 2006 Green Fund Grants.

Five groups received Sustainability Awards, given annually for exceptional work on sustainability issues. They were Vice Provost Cathy Koshland and the Cal Climate Action Partnership (a working group planning a major effort to protect the climate by reducing campus greenhouse-gas emissions); staff members Karl Hans and Kate Bolton, for work on a campus bicycle plan; Capital Projects staffer Jim Wert, for his commitment to recycling and waste reduction associated with the seismic upgrade of Le Conte Hall; the Green Room Committee, for their efforts to create a "demonstration" residence-hall room; and Students for a Greener Berkeley, a student organization founded in 2005.

The Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS), which hosted the summit, also announced five winners of Green Fund Awards, which each come with $2,000 for future projects. The winners are the Strawberry Creek Grinnell Natural Area Restoration (for purchase of native plants), the Berkeley Energy Alliance for Renewables project (to convert used vegetable oil from campus dining halls into biodiesel for campus vehicles), the ASUC Sustainability Team (to support its student-intern program), the Organic Gardening Propagation project (to propagate more than 5,000 plants a year for local school and community-garden projects), and expansion of the Green Room Project (a trio of demonstration areas is envisioned).

Applications due May 12 for summer Oral History Institute

Applications are being accepted for "Memory, Media, Meaning," a weeklong institute on the theory, methodology, and practice of oral/video history, set for Aug. 14 to 18. Sponsored by the Regional Oral History Office, the Oral History Institute is designed for those engaged in serious research using oral/video history and/or interview-based methodologies, from graduate students to advanced scholars, professors, and teachers looking to update their skills or learn a new research methodology.

Tuition is $850 (there are no scholarships available). For information and an application form, see bancroft.berkeley.edu/ROHO. Applications are due May 12; address questions to lrubens@library.berkeley.edu with "Summer Institute" in the subject line.

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