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08 October 2003

Public comment period for LRDP extended to Oct. 10
In September, campus officials invited the public to comment on the scope of issues to be addressed in a new UC Berkeley Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) and environmental impact report.Comments also were solicited regarding the proposed Chang-Lin Tien Center for East Asian Studies, which is planned for the center of campus.

A 10-day extension of the public-comment period for the Notice of Preparation of LRDP has been extended until 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10, in response to requests from city officials and members of the community who requested additional time to review the documents.

Those wishing to comment may send e-mail to 2020LRDP@cp.berkeley.edu.

Comments sought on proposed 2004-05 academic calendar
A proposed structuring of the 2004-05 academic calendar that would, among other elements, begin the fall semester a week earlier than previously proposed, is available online at opa.vcbf.berkeley.edu/AcademicCalendar/0405RevProposalWebpage.htm. The campus community is invited to review the proposed calendar and submit comments by Nov. 3. Comments should be e-mailed to Policy Analyst Sandy Ellison (sellison@uclink4. berkeley.edu) or sent via campus mail to VC-B&F-Planning & Analysis, 611 University Hall, MC 1510.

Dahlsten memorial is Oct. 12
A memorial service for the late Donald Dahlsten, professor of insect biology, is scheduled for noon, Sunday, Oct. 12, on the east lawn of Giannini Hall. Following the ceremony, a giant sequoia will be planted in his honor on the hall’s northwest lawn, facing Tolman Hall. RSVP is requested; e-mail memorial@nature.berkeley.edu.

Topic announced for 2004 Hoffer-Fabilli essay contest
Many competitive prizes are open to Berkeley students; the Lili Fabilli and Eric Hoffer Essay Prize, however, is open to faculty and staff as well.

This year’s topic is “What Were They Thinking?” Submit entries (500 words or less) in person no later than 4:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 30, 2004, to the Undergraduate Honors Office, 210A Sproul Hall.

Essays are judged on originality of thought and excellence in writing. The prize total is $3,000, divided among the winners at the judges’ discretion. For information, see uga.berkeley.edu/fao/Prizes/prose-hoffer.htm

UC announces major new aging initiative
To help meet the needs of California’s aging population, the University of California has pulled together $12 million in state and private funds to fully fund six new endowed chairs in geriatric medicine — a subspecialty dedicated to providing medical care for elderly patients.

The new faculty chairs will be located at UC’s five medical-school campuses — Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco — and at the Berkeley campus. Although there is no medical school at Berkeley, the campus offers major health-sciences programs in public health and optometry, as well as a joint medical-student educational program that is operated in conjunction with the medical school at UC San Francisco.

The aims of the new initiative are to recruit and retain UC faculty clinicians skilled in the art and science of caring for the elderly; promote state-of-the-art teaching for UC medical students, residents, and other health-sciences students by ensuring that the faculty filling these chairs assume active roles as teachers and mentors; and ensure that “best practices” in geriatrics education and research are readily shared through the UC system.

The new chairs will be part of the UC Academic Geriatric Resource Program, authorized by the state legislature in 1984 as a mechanism for developing new initiatives in aging-related disciplines The nearly 20-year-old program has a $1.1-million annual budget and a long record of collaboration among its six participating campuses.