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02 February 2005

Nominations sought for Distinguished Librarian Award

The Librarians Association of UC Berkeley (LAUC-B) is seeking nominations for its 2004-05 Distinguished Librarian Award program. The award recognizes excellence in librarianship, specifically as it furthers Berkeley’s teaching and research missions. Campus librarians, faculty, staff, or students may nominate Berkeley librarians who have given exceptional service to the profession and the campus.

The deadline to submit an intention to nominate someone is April 15; full documentation must be submitted by May 15. For guidelines, including a description of the nomination and documentation process, see the LAUC-B web site at lib.berkeley.edu/LAUC/dla/. Send nominations to Allan Urbanic, 438 Doe Library, MC 6000. For additional information, contact Urbanic at aurbanic@library.berkeley.edu or 643-1343.

Campus business-systems guide available online

The Office of Human Resources has developed a “Campus Business Systems Guide,” a staff resource on the administrative systems used at Berkeley to carry out financial, human resources, and student-related business activity. It includes a brief description of each system, outlines how to request system access, and provides information on required or recommended training, including how to enroll. For an online copy of the guide, see hrweb.berkeley.edu/learning/bizsysguide.htm.

Hellman Family Faculty Fund applications for junior faculty research due March 14

The Hellman Family Faculty Fund is accepting applications; the deadline is Monday, March 14. The fund provides research support for assistant professors who show capacity for great distinction in their research.

This year, $400,000 will be available for awards, and individuals may apply for an overhead-free grant of up to $50,000. Awards will be announced in May.

For information and the application, see the web site of the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Faculty Welfare, at vpaafw.chance.berkeley.edu/hellman.html, or call Cathy Romanski at 642-7759.

Feb. 8 talk by Israeli activist to address Israeli fortifications in Palestine/Israel

Dalit Baum, a visiting scholar affiliated with the campus’s Beatrice M. Baine Research Group, will give a talk Tuesday, Feb. 8 titled “Up Against a Wall: Israeli Fortifications in Palestine/ Israel.” Speaking at noon in 3401 Dwinelle, Baum will discuss the ongoing Israeli construction of barriers and its impact on the landscape inside the legal borders of Israel. Her talk will include slides of various walls and resistance efforts in Palestine/Israel.

Baum is an Israeli feminist activist and educator who teaches in a community school for women.

Attorney General Lockyer on Feb. 8 ‘California at 50 Million’ panel

California’s attorney general, Bill Lockyer, will participate in an ongoing series of colloquia hosted by the Institute of Urban and Regional Development (“California at 50 Million”) that focus on the state’s future demographic, economic, and environmental challenges. On Tuesday, Feb. 8, between 5 and 7 p.m., Lockyer will join Nick Bollman, president and CEO of the California Center for Regional Leadership, and Deborah Reed, program director and population research fellow with the Public Policy Institute of California, to discuss “Infrastructure Planning” as it relates to the state’s population boom.

The colloquium will take place in 105 Boalt Hall.

UCTV turns five

University of California Television, “the knowledge channel,” is currently celebrating its fifth year. The channel showcases intellectual and cultural contributions of the UC system, with programming on health and medicine, science, public affairs, literature, the humanities, art, and music from the campuses, available via cable, satellite TV, and the web.

February offerings include interviews with authors Alice Sebold and T.C. Boyle (both on Feb. 10) as well as programming on, among other topics, the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections (Feb. 9), dyslexia (Feb. 22), and the oceans and global warming (Feb. 15). A web-based video-on-demand archive includes more than 1,700 past UCTV programs on topics ranging from stem-cell research to pain management for ailing pets. See www.uctv.tv/ for a programming schedule and other information.

Workshop leaders sought for women of color conference

The Women of Color Initiative and Graduate Women’s Project are accepting applications from those interested in leading workshops at the 20th Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference. To be held on campus March 3 to 5 with the theme “Confronting Power: A Century of Struggle and Movements,” the conference will include workshops and panels, talks by leading activists, and a film and cultural festival. Building bridges within the academic and Bay Area community will be the primary focus of conference workshops; for application forms (due Tuesday, Feb. 15) and information, see ewocc.berkeley.edu/.