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21 January 2004

Former cabinet member a visiting scholar this spring
Robert Reich, U.S. labor secretary in the Clinton administration, is a distinguished visiting scholar at Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy for the spring semester. He will spend his time teaching a course on wealth and poverty, giving public lectures, and working on a new book about leadership and change.

Reich is a University Professor and Maurice Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. He served as an assistant to the solicitor general in the Ford administration and headed the policy planning staff of the Federal Trade Commission during the Carter administration. In 2002, he ran for the Democratic nomination for governor of Massachusetts.

He was the recipient of the 2003 Vaclav Havel Prize for his contributions to social thought. He earned his B.A. from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree from Oxford (which he attended on a Rhodes Scholarship), and a law degree from Yale University Law School. Reich also has eight honorary degrees.

His first formal public lecture is set for April 13, with details to be announced.

Recruitment underway for two IAS directorships
International and Area Studies is currently recruiting two director positions: one for the Institute of International Studies (a five-year term commencing in July 2004), and one for the Institute of European Studies (a five-year term commencing in July 2005).

Applications and nominations should be made to the Office of the Dean of International and Area Studies (360 Stephens Hall #2300; e-mail gstern@uclink.berkeley.edu) by Feb. 5 (although, in the case of the IES position, deliberations will begin in mid-January).

For more information, visit ias.berkeley.edu/research/iisdirector.htm and/or ias.berkeley.edu/research/iesdirector.htm.

Dowall is new IURD director
David Dowall, professor of city and regional planning and former chair (2001-02) of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate, is the new director of the university’s Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD). He follows Judith Innes, also a professor of city and regional planning, who headed the institute from 1994 through 2003.

Dowall, whose five-year term began this month, is a leading expert on urban economics and infrastructure policy and frequently consults for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. He has served as a policy adviser to local and central governments and businesses in more than 40 countries.

IURD, a campuswide organized research unit, conducts collaborative, interdisciplinary research and practical work that helps scholars and students understand the dynamics of communities, cities, and regions while informing public policy at the local, state, and national levels.

CDOP funding extended again
Vice Chancellor Horace Mitchell has confirmed continuation of the Career Develop-ment Opportunity Program (CDOP), which allots up to $5,250 to individual campus non-academic staff for approved training during calendar year 2004.

CDOP funds classes, workshops, programs, and career counseling to supplement the resources currently available on campus, giving staff the opportunity to develop new skills and competencies that will help them move into new careers or grow in their current career paths.

Since its inception in 2002, CDOP has provided more than $3 million in funds to nearly 2,500 Berkeley staff. Applications for CDOP funding are available at hrweb.berkeley.edu/learning/cdop.htm, from the Office of Human Resources in University Hall, and from department personnel managers. Program information and guidelines are also available at the web address provided above.