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News Briefs

Shorter items of interest to the campus community.

05 March 2009

Town-hall meeting March 9 kicks off Disability Awareness Week

Staff, faculty, and students are invited to a town-hall meeting on disability and diversity, sponsored by the Disabled Staff Resource Network and the Disabled Students' Union. The event, which kicks off Disability Awareness Week on campus, will take place on Monday, March 9, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Tilden Room on the fifth floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union. For information, phone Derek Coates at 642-2795.

Howison Lecture brings philosopher Perry to campus

John Perry, professor of philosophy at Stanford, will deliver the annual Howison Lecture on Wednesday, March 11, in the Toll Room of Alumni House. The lecture, "Thinking and Talking About the Self," begins at 4:10 p.m; sponsored by the Graduate Division, it is free and open to the public.

Perry, who in addition to his academic achievements hosts a Bay Area radio program, Philosophy Talk, is the Henry Waldgrave Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Stanford, where he has been on the faculty since 1974. He has also chaired the philosophy department there, in addition to serving as president and vice president of the American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division) at varying times during the 1990s.

April 4 deadline for sustainability nominations

Two sustainability-related campus programs have set Saturday, April 4, as the deadline for nominations (in one case) and grant applications (in the other).

Nominations of faculty, staff, or students for a 2009 Sustainability Award are due that day. Award winners in four categories (student, faculty, staff, and group) will be recognized at the sixth annual UCB Sustainability Summit on Wednesday, April 22. For information and nomination instructions, visit

April 4 is also the deadline for completed applications for a Chancellor's Green Fund Grant, which enable campus-community members to undertake sustainability-related projects on campus. Grant recipients will be announced at the April 22 Sustainability Summit as well. For information and application forms, visit

Participants sought for Walk MS, to combat multiple sclerosis

Campus-community members are invited to participate in a series of April events sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Walk MS Northern California is a fundraising effort built around a number of 5-kilometer walks in communities from Yuba City to Pacific Grove, including the East Bay cities of Walnut Creek and Alameda, between Saturday, April 18, and Sunday, April 26. To learn about opportunities to walk or fundraise, visit

The Berkeley campus team, the UC Yoga Bears, will participate in the Alameda walk on Saturday, April 25. Visit and click on "Alameda" to be directed to a page where you can register to participate with the Yoga Bears team, or as an individual if you prefer.

Nominations for Chancellor's Distinguished Service Award due April 17

Nominations for the Chancellor's Distinguished Service Award are open, with a deadline of Friday, April 17. The award is among the highest the campus bestows, recognizing faculty, staff, and organizations for outstanding service, other than teaching or research, in a campus school, college, or department (academic or nonacademic).

Criteria for the award, and information about the nomination process, are online at

For the record

We failed to credit Jim Block for last week's page 1 photo of Berkeley Law Dean Chris Edley. We regret the omission.