Gazette 11/16/94


Peggy Gennaro, senior museum scientist at Geology and Geophysics, points out that the 1898 date on the "Around Cal" photo of a geology class in the Nov. 2 Berkeleyan "must be in error. We have a print done at the same time--the photo is slightly different, but the people and setting are the same. It is labeled 'about 1893' and that matches with the people present in the picture. Charles Palache got his PhD in 1894, Ransome received his PhD in 1896. So neither would have been in class as late as 1898. The 1893 date fits." Thanks, Peggy!

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With Finals Approaching, Students Discover Doe's New Stacks

Doe Library's new underground stacks opened this fall, and not a moment too soon for students like Amy Zsigo, above. Final exams start Dec. 6. The stacks, accessible from both Doe and Moffitt, offer 450 new study spaces, both carrels and tables, each with its own task light, electric outlet, and data outlet for personal computers (the latter are not yet connected). Fences around the library construction project should come down at the end of December. (Noah Berger photo)

Awards and Honors

Doris Howes Calloway, professor of nutrition, has received the 1994 Bristol-Myers Squibb/Mead Johnson Award for Distinguished Achievement in Nutrition Research. The prize includes a silver medallion and $50,000.

Calloway received the award for her work in energy and protein metabolism and requirement and for contributions to international nutrition. Most recently she has led a multinational study of the consequences of chronic malnutrition on human function.

On the Berkeley faculty since 1963, Calloway twice chaired the department of nutritional sciences and from 1981-87 served as provost of the professional schools and colleges.

Eugene Haller, professor of materials science and mineral engineering, together with his colleague, professor Manuel Cardona of the Max-Planck Institute in Stuttgart, has received this year's Max-Planck Research Award. The award will allow the two scientists to continue and strengthen their collaboration on research with isotopically controlled semiconductors.

Ronald Heckart, head of the Institute for Governmental Studies library, has received the 1994 Librarians Association of the University of California-Berkeley Distinguished Librarian Award, the highest honor Berkeley librarians can bestow on a colleague. Heckart will receive a citation and cash award at ceremonies in December.

Faculty and librarian peers who nominated Heckart for the award singled out his foresight and powers of persuasion in moving the IGS library into the global electronic information community. Heckart also teaches in the School of Library and Information Studies.

Yasundo Takahashi, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, has received one of Japan's semi-annual awards from Japanese Emperor Akihito--the Third Class Order of the Sacred Treasure. Similar awards of various ranks are given twice a year to Japanese and Japanese-Americans in honor of a lifetime of achievement. Most recipients are over the age of 70.

The 82-year-old Takahashi was honored for his service to Toyohashi Technical and Scientific University, where he served as a professor 1979-82. Takahashi taught here from 1957 until his retirement in 1979. He specialized in automobile control systems and, more recently, in computer software for automatic control. He currently serves as a senior technical consultant with Mikuni/Berkeley Research and Development in Richmond.

Takahashi received his degrees from Tokyo Imperial University (now the University of Tokyo). He served as an assistant design engineer with Japanese Government Railways (1935-37) and as a professor at Yokohama Technical College and Nagoya Imperial University. He taught at Tokyo University from 1944 until he moved to Berkeley in 1957.

Takahashi's awards include an honorary degree from the University of Grenoble in France and the Oldenburger Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Staff Enrichment

Employee Development and Training

For more information, for copies of the 1994-95 Employee Development and Training catalog, or for information on how to enroll in classes, call 642-8134.

Creating and Using Flow Charts

Nov. 29, 9-11 am, University Hall, Room 24

Learn what a flow chart is, its most effective uses, and tips on constructing a flow chart.

Financial Controls/

Quantitative Analysis

Dec. 1 (8:30-11:30 am) and Dec. 8 (1-4 pm), University Hall, Room 24 Using examples of university budget and financial data, learn how to identify key data, determine their meaning, and how to present data effectively. Trend analysis, historical comparisons, forecasting, and cost/benefit analysis will be covered.

Basic Writing Review

Dec. 2, 5, 9, 12, 14, 19, 9-11 am, University Hall, Room 24

This six-session course reviews grammar, punctuation, spelling, and basic sentence structure. Participants will write a short piece each session to apply skills under review.


For information, a complete program flyer, or to enroll, call 643-4646.

Making Computer Workstations User Friendly

Jan. 5, 8 am-noon

Training for departmental computer workstation evaluators. Learn the ABC's of a departmental computer health and safety program. Practice the basics of a computer workstation evaluation. Learn how to set priorities when modifying computer workstations.


Know Your Limits For 403(b) Contributions

The Internal Revenue Code limits the amount a faculty or staff member may contribute in any calendar year to the tax-deferred savings plan.

The basic limit is the lesser of 20 percent of taxable UC earnings, $9,500, or the Maximum Exclusion Allowance. You may want to complete the Tax-Deferred 403(b) Plan Worksheet 1994 to determine your actual limit if you haven't already done so. The worksheets are available from your department benefits counselor or from the campus benefits office.

If your 1994 contributions exceed the maximum contribution limit, you should complete a Request for Refund of Excess Contributions form, UCRS 166 (R 7/94).

To receive a refund by the end of this year, the request form must be received at the office of the fund administrator (UC Office of the President, Fidelity, or Calvert) by Nov. 23, 1994. The final deadline for requests of excess contributions made in the 1994 tax year is Feb. 24, 1995.

Refund forms are available from the campus benefits office, 642-9311.

Direct specific tax questions to the IRS or your tax adviser. The University is prohibited by law from providing legal or tax advice.


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