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19 April 2006

Distinguished Teaching Awards ceremony to be held April 26

Staff, faculty, students, and the public are invited to attend the 2006 Teaching Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 26, in Zellerbach Playhouse. The event, which begins at 5 p.m., will honor the recipients of the campus's 2006 Distinguished Teaching Award: Ani Adhikari (statistics), Ananya Roy (city and regional planning), and David Wagner (electrical engineering and computer sciences). Additionally, the Public Health Undergraduate Program will receive the campus's Educational Initiatives Award.

Earthweek events include Thursday's creek clean-up

The campus is in the midst of a week of events on environmental issues leading up to Earth Day, which this year falls on Saturday, April 22, and coincides with Cal Day. The schedule includes a spring clean-up of Strawberry Creek on Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those willing to donate at least an hour of time should come to the south side of Sather Gate, wearing sturdy shoes, for work assignments. The final event of the Earthweek lineup is a panel discussion (Saturday, April 22, 2 to 3 p.m., 88 Dwinelle) led by campus experts, introducing the Berkeley Institute of the Environment, a new research effort on environmental issues. For a detailed schedule of these events, see earthweek.berkeley.edu.

Memorial set for April 30 for Nobelist Owen Chamberlain

A memorial event to honor the life of Owen Chamberlain, professor emeritus of physics, Nobel laureate, and peace activist, will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 30, in the Great Hall of the Faculty Club. Details on the memorial, as well as a photo gallery and an obituary, can be found online at inpa.lbl.gov/chamberlain/OCmemorial_main.htm.

Chamberlain died Feb. 28 at age 85. The family has asked those wishing to make memorial donations to contribute to one of the following: Berkeley's physics department, for student support (send checks to The Owen Chamberlain Memorial Fund c/o Claudia Lopez, 366 LeConte Hall # 7300, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720) or The Ploughshares Fund, a public foundation dedicated to nuclear peace, which Chamberlain helped found (Ploughshares Fund, Fort Mason Center, Bldg. B, Suite 330, San Francisco, CA 94123).

View Ballet Mori online

To commemorate the 1906 earthquake, Professor Ken Goldberg conceived Ballet Mori, which combines network technology with ballet in an improvisational performance by San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Muriel Maffre. A new web page (goldberg.berkeley.edu/art/Ballet-Mori) includes information about and video clips of the performance, in which Maffre responded to a musical composition modulated by the unpredictable fluctuations of the Earth's movement as measured in real time by a seismometer on the Hayward Fault.

Cal athletes Powe and Johnson earn All-America honors

After averaging 20.5 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per game this past season, sophomore basketball forward Leon Powe has been named a 2005-06 second-team Associated Press All-American. Powe, who led the Pacific-10 Conference in both the scoring and rebounding categories, is the first Cal player voted to at least the AP second unit since Jason Kidd was a first-team choice in 1994. Meanwhile, sophomore Alysia Johnson has been named to the NCAA Division I women's indoor track and field All-America Team. Johnson finished third in the final of the 800-meter race at the NCAA Indoor Championships (with a time of 2:06.42), earning six points for the Golden Bears. In the preliminaries, the Canyon Country, Calif., native broke the school record for a second time this season, with a time of 2:05.49 (which was also her personal best). Johnson finished the final behind NCAA champion Heather Dorniden (2:05.64) of Minnesota and Oregon's Rebekah Nobel (2:05.72).

UC Merced chancellor to step down

The founding chancellor of UC's newest campus, in Merced, has announced plans to step down Aug. 31 to return to teaching and scholarship. Carol Tomlinson-Keasey, 63, a longtime UC faculty member and administrator, assumed UC Merced's top position in August 1999. Under her leadership the San Joaquin Valley's first UC campus opened in September. Tomlinson-Keasey, a developmental psychologist, plans to document the early history of UC Merced during her sabbatical leave.