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16 March 2006

Regents' Lecture, March 16, to address diversity issues in science and engineering

On Thursday, March 16, Professor Richard Tapia of Rice University will present a Regents' Lecture on "Successes and Challenges in Diversifying Research Universities and the National Science and Engineering Workforce." He speaks at 4 p.m. in Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center.

A publicly educated first-generation Mexican American, he will focus on national challenges regarding diversity in math, science, and engineering, and will share relevant formative experiences on his own journey from the barrios of Los Angeles to the Rice faculty and appointment by President Clinton to the National Science Board. Tapia directs Rice's mathematical and engineering science program, which has been widely recognized for its production of minority Ph.D.s. A reception will follow his talk.

Two Cal Performances shows canceled

Cal Performances has announced the cancellation of two recitals. Pianist Murray Perahia has canceled his Sunday, March 19, concert in Zellerbach Hall. Tenor Matthew Polenzani has canceled his remaining tour commitments this season, including a Sunday, April 30, recital at Hertz Hall.

Here's the 411on emergency cell-phone calls to campus police

The UC Police Department reminds the campus community that cell-phone users seeking emergency response on or near the Berkeley campus should call 642-3333, instead of dialing 911. A 911 call from a cell phone first goes to a CHP dispatch center in Vallejo, which then must route the call to the appropriate agency. Programming 642-3333 into your cell phone and using it in an emergency will get help to you more quickly. (For regular phones, 911 is still the best number for emergencies on and around campus.)

Proposals on arts and culture in disaster's wake are due March 30

When the earth stops shaking, when the floods recede, when the war ends, how do the arts respond? The Consortium for the Arts invites proposals for projects addressing these questions through artistic production or critical discourse. Faculty, students, and staff are invited to submit project proposals for incorporation into a campuswide series of consortium-sponsored public programs in fall 2006. Grants of up to $1,000 are available to support project expenses. Consortium staff will be available for consultation and advising throughout the planning process, but event sponsors will need to coordinate their own logistics.

Contact Michele Rabkin at micheler@berkeley.edu for details on how to apply. The deadline for proposals is Thursday, March 30.

Applications sought for Regents' Junior Faculty Fellowships

Applications are being accepted for the Regents' Junior Faculty Fellowships. These fellowships are paid in July 2006 and provide summer salary awards in the amount of $5,000 for junior faculty. Awards will be announced in June. Eligible junior faculty members may apply by submitting one copy of the application to their department chair by Monday, April 10. Chairs should forward all materials to their dean by Monday, April 17; deans should submit their materials to Vice Provost Jan de Vries, 200 California Hall, by Monday, April 24.

For information and the application, visit vpaafw.chance.berkeley.edu/regents.html or contact Cathy Romanski, Academic Affairs Office, 642-7759 or romanski@berkeley.edu.

Practice your hula moves at Zellerbach lecture and demonstration

As a prelude to its engagement at Cal Performances, the San Francisco-based dance company Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu will demonstrate its hula mua style of Hawaiian dance, blending traditional and contemporary forms of hula, in a free lecture and demonstration on Friday, March 17. Part of the Consortium for the Arts' series "Speaking About the Arts: A Global Conversation," the event is at 5 p.m. in Zellerbach Hall. It includes instruction in hula technique; attendees are welcome to participate. The dance company's concerts at Cal Performances are at 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday, March 18. For information, see calperfs.berkeley.edu.

I-House to host March 21 U.S. film premiere on popular Madagascan septet

The septet known as Mahaleo was born out of Madagas-car's 1972 rebellion against its neo-colonial regime, and for more than 30 years its music has embodied the Malagasy people's struggle for pride and independence.

On Thursday, March 21, at 6 p.m., California Newsreel and Liliane Koziol, International House's director of programs and honorary consul of Madagascar, will present the U.S. premiere of the 2005 documentary Mahaleo. The movie captures the beauty of Madagascar, with its exotic flora and breathtaking seascapes, as well as the virtuosity of the popular music group. Eighteen of its hits are included on the soundtrack. Admission is free.