News Briefs

Come Blow Your Horn

Aboriginal didgeridoos, Scottish bagpipes, French horns, and Berkeley brass are featured at Lawrence Hall of Science Sunday, Nov. 16, noon to 4 p.m., in a family concert complementing the Mostly Music exhibit.

All performances, demonstrations and hands-on horn events are included with admission to LHS, which is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors, students and children 7 to 8; and $2 for children 3 to 6.

For information call 642-5132 or check the LHS website at www.

Derek Walcott Reading

The winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Poetry, Derek Walcott, will give a reading and talk at 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4, as part of a day of campus-related activities.

A prolific writer from St. Lucia and New York City, Walcott's body of work, dating back to the 1940s, includes more than 20 books of poetry and plays.

Walcott will read in the Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler. His visit to campus is sponsored by the Center for the Teaching and Study of American Cultures and the Department of African American Studies.

Haas School Honors PG&E's Richard Clarke

Richard A. Clarke, former chairperson and chief executive officer of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and a Berkeley alumnus, is the recipient of the 1997 Business Leader of the Year Award from the Haas School of Business. The award is presented annually to an individual whose contributions to the school, the profession and the community demonstrate exceptional leadership skills.

Clarke received the honor at a special dinner celebration at the Haas School Oct. 17.

Clarke's career at PG&E spanned three decades. His efforts during his 10 years as chair and CEO earned him national recognition and the respect of customers, environmentalists and the White House. He retired from the utility in 1995.

Graduate Diversity Proposals Sought

The Graduate Division is requesting proposals that present new strategies for recruiting and retaining a diverse graduate community. Winning proposals will be funded for up to $5,000. The deadline is 5 p.m., Nov. 28.

Application forms are available at the Graduate Opportunity Program Office, 316 Sproul Hall. For more information contact Anna Basallaje at 424 Sproul Hall, 643-9236.

Engineering Honors Three Alumni

Three distinguished innovators in engineering and science have been selected as the year's outstanding engineering alumni.

The 1997 honorees are David H. Auston, a trailblazer in the field of ultra-fast electronics and provost at Rice University in Houston, Texas; David N. Kennedy, director of California's Department of Water Resources; and Ronald V. Schmidt, one of the pioneers of networked computing.

The three received the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award from Berkeley's Engineering Alumni Society. Presented annually since 1975, the award recognizes exceptional achievement in research, industry, education and public service.

The awards were presented at an Engineering Alumni Society dinner Sept. 30 at the Kaiser Center in Oakland.

Kids' Web Workshop

Kids can learn how to design their own home pages, complete with photos, artwork, stories and hot links at Lawrence Hall of Science's Web Weaver workshop series.

The two-session workshop will be held Saturday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon. Children ages 6 to 10 are welcome, along with adults. The cost is $60 for one adult and one child, $20 for each additional family member.

For information call 642-5132 or check

Spoonbill Ceremony

Twenty prize-winning black-faced spoonbills created by Berkeley students were welcomed to Taiwan in a public ceremony at the main plaza of National Taiwan University Oct. 31. Meanwhile, supporters watched the delivery of the spoonbills by simultaneous satellite link from the Berkeley campus.

The arrival of the 20 specimens, selected in a competition on the Berkeley campus in October, coincides with the migration of most of the world's 550 remaining specimens to their threatened wintering grounds in southern Taiwan.

Speakers at the ceremony included NTU professors Chu-Joe Hsia and John K.C. Liu. From the United States, environmentalist David Brower, chair of SAVE-U.S. (the Spoonbill Action Voluntary Echo), gave a videotaped appeal to the Taiwanese people to consider alternatives to the planned dam and petrochemical plant, which SAVE says threaten the local economy and ecology, including the endangered spoonbills.



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