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06 April 2005

Applications due for Regents' Junior Faculty Fellowships

Eligible junior faculty are invited to apply by Monday, April 11, for a Junior Faculty Fellowship, which provides summer salary awards of $5,000. Awards will be announced in June; fellowships are paid in July 2005.

For information and the application, see vpaafw.chance.berkeley.edu or contact Cathy Romanski at 642-7759 or via e-mail at romanski@berkeley.edu.

Gary Snyder to be honored April 14

Poet Gary Snyder will receive the Chancellor's Distinguished Honor Award at a ceremony set for 5 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 14, in the Great Hall of the Faculty Club. The award will be presented by Ralph Hexter, dean of the College of Letters and Science's Arts and Humanities Division. Reflections on Snyder's life and readings of his poetry will be followed by a discussion with Professor Robert Hass, former Poet Laureate of the United States.

20th annual campus powow to convene this weekend

A signature event for the Bay Area Native American community, the annual UC Berkeley powow, happens this weekend, April 9 to 10, noon to 7 p.m., in the Pauley Ballroom, MLK Jr. Student Union Building. Now in its 20th year, the campus powow features Native crafts, gourd dancing, a hand-drum contest, and other cultural events. The public is invited. For details, see multicultural.berkeley.edu/naac/powwow.html.

Faculty Jeopardy contestant progresses to second round

Daniel Melia, the professor of rhetoric and Celtic studies who acquitted himself admirably in the first round of Jeopardy's Ultimate Tournament of Champions in February, taped his round-two appearance on the program a couple of weeks ago. While Melia is contractually prohibited from revealing the match's outcome, he did say it was an "exciting game." His second round will air at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, on KGO-TV, channel 7.

UC newsletter, communiqué from President Dynes available online

The March/April edition of "Our University," an online newsletter from UC Office of the President, is available online. The latest edition, including a video letter from UC President Robert Dynes, may be found at www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/newsletter/issue17.html. Comments and responses can be sent to communications@ua.ucop.edu.

Conference will examine economics of journalism, April 14 and 15

A conference next week, sponsored by the undergraduate Program in Mass Communications and the Graduate School of Journalism, will examine "The Changing Economics of News: Who Will Pay for Excellent Journalism in the Future?" It opens at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 14, in North Gate Hall with a presentation on the effect of economics on news content. The following morning, from 9:30 to noon, expert panelists will discuss current economic realties of journalism and potential alternative models. That session takes place in the Lipman Room, 8th floor, Barrows Hall, followed at 12:15 p.m. by Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, speaking on "What Journalists Can Learn From Craigslist."

The public is invited to attend. For details, contact Tom Goldstein at tomgoldstein@berkeley.edu or 643-9863.

Consortium for the Arts offers course-development grants

The campus's Consortium for the Arts and Arts Research Center is offering grants of $750 for the development of courses exploring issues related to the atomic age through the lens of one or more art forms (visual, performing, literary, or cinematic). Faculty and graduate-student instructors may apply; the application deadline is Friday, April 15. For eligibility requirements and other details, contact Michele Rabkin at micheler@berkeley.edu or 642-4268.

UC, New Mexico campuses agree to form institute at Los Alamos Lab

The University of California and a consortium of New Mexico higher education institutions announced March 24 their intent to form an Institute for Advanced Studies affiliated with Los Alamos National Laboratory . The institute would be established contingent on the UC Board of Regents deciding to compete, and the university winning the contract, for continued management of the national laboratory.

Consortium members would participate with the lab in fundamental and applied research in many fields - such as astronomy, biology, computational science, environmental science, optics, or quantum computing. A decision on UC's participation in the competition to manage Los Alamos National Laboratory is expected soon.