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02 March 2005

Memorial for Sheldon Margen set for March 8

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 8,
for Professor Emeritus Sheldon Margen, co-founder of the Berkeley Wellness Letter and the Human Metabolic Laboratory, where he conducted pioneering research in human nutrition in the 1960s and 1970s. The service will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Bancroft Hotel's Prytanean Ballroom, 2680 Bancroft Way (across the street from Kroeber Hall). A reception will follow. Margen died Dec. 18, 2004.

Former UC President David Gardner to recount a chapter of university history

Former University of California President David Gardner will discuss his new book, Earning My Degree: Memoirs of an American University President, on Thursday, March 10, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Barrows Hall's Lipman Room.

President of UC from 1983 to 1992, Gardner describes in his memoirs his dealings with a plethora of controversial issues - from affirmative action to animal rights, AIDS research, weapons labs, and divestment from South Africa - as well as with all those who sought to influence the university, from U.S. presidents to UC undergrads.

Gardner will appear in conversation with Lawrence Hershman, UC vice president for budget; Karl Pister, UC Santa Cruz chancellor emeritus and Berkeley professor emeritus of civil engineering; Neil Smelser, Berkeley professor emeritus of sociology; and Wilson Smith, professor emeritus of history at UC Davis. C. Judson King, director of the campus's Center for Studies in Higher Education, will chair the panel. Gardner will sign books at 1 and 3:30 p.m. in the Lipman Room.

Lecture by Gen. Dallaire is canceled

A March 6 campus talk by Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire, previously announced in the Berkeleyan, has been canceled. For details on remaining events in the Human Rights Center's spring lecture series, see hrcberkeley.org.

Author-activist to speak on battle to protect the Russian River

For more than half a century, the shallow groundwater aquifers of the Russian River have been strip-mined and dredged for gravel and sand - an activity that has plugged the aquifer, polluted wells, killed the salmon, and degraded the scenic river as it winds to the ocean.

On Tuesday, March 8, L. Martin Griffin, Jr. - founder of Friends of the Russian River and author of Saving the Marin-Sonoma Coast - will discuss the battle to protect the Russian River. His talk, "The Gravel Pirates: Strip-Mining the Russian River Water Supply," is at 5:30 p.m. in 105 North Gate Hall. Guests are invited to visit the Water Resources Center Archives, 410 O'Brien Hall, for refreshments at 4:45 p.m., prior to the lecture.

For information, call 642-2666, e-mail waterarc@library.berkeley.edu, or visit www.lib.berkeley.edu/WRCA.

Boalt lecture to address prisoner reentry

Jeremy Travis, president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice at City University of New York, will speak Thursday, March 10, on "Prisoners Coming Home: The Challenges of Reentry and Reintegration." His talk is at 5:30 p.m. in Boalt Hall's Booth Auditorium. For information, contact the Center for Social Justice at 642-6969.

New 'postprints' service offers free online access to UC scholarship

A new eScholarship postprints service was launched last week by the University of California's Office of Scholarly Communication. Postprints - peer-reviewed articles previously published in academic journals - have recently been at the center of the movement to reshape scholarly publishing. A new feature of UC's eScholarship Repository, the postprints service allows UC faculty who retain the appropriate copyrights (or who obtain permission from their publishers) to easily deposit their published articles into a publicly accessible online repository. The postprints are fully searchable, available free of charge, and maintained in a centrally managed database.

Increasingly, universities are establishing institutional repositories to disseminate research results, partially in response to funders' desire for public access to the results of research they support. UC's eScholarship Repository, which archives working-paper series and online journals, reports more than a million full-text downloads of its materials since 2002.

The postprints service can be found on the eScholarship website, at repositories.cdlib.org/escholarship.

Haas MBA program scores high marks

The full-time MBA program at the Haas School of Business has been ranked No. 13 in the world and No. 10 in the United States by the Financial Times of London. The 2005 rankings, published earlier this year, put the school in top place among the world's public business schools. In addition, Haas faculty members were rated as the eighth-best researchers in the world; the school was ranked No. 3 in economics and No. 8 in entrepreneurship.