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04 April 2007

Nelson Polsby memorial is Thursday, April 5

This Thursday, a memorial service to honor political science professor Nelson Polsby, who died in February at age 72, will be conducted in Zellerbach Hall from 3 to 5 p.m. The service is being held by the Institute of Governmental Studies and the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, in coordination with the Polsby family.

Monday's Gill Tract fire is under investigation

A fire early Monday morning destroyed a building on the Gill Tract, next to the University Village student-family housing complex in Albany. No one was injured in the blaze, but the burned building - used by Campus Recycling and Refuse Services - "is a total loss," according to campus fire marshal Tony Yuen.

The cause of the fire in Building 11, which broke out about 3 a.m. and took several hours to extinguish, is under investigation by arson experts, Yuen said. The blaze did not cause any evacuations at University Village, which adjoins the Gill Tract at the southwest corner of San Pablo and Marin avenues in Albany.

Ethics briefing for faculty, staff

In May 2005 the UC Regents adopted a Statement of Ethical Values and Standards of Ethical Conduct that describe the values and responsibilities of university employees. As of April 3, all UC Berkeley employees will be required to complete an ethics briefing designed to raise awareness and stimulate thoughtful discussion about ethical conduct. The briefing, which takes about 30 minutes to complete online, includes interactive scenarios that provide an opportunity to consider potential ethical challenges that may arise in the course of your work.

You will receive an e-mail message from ethicsbriefing@berkeley.edu with a link that will take you directly to the online briefing. Classroom presentations will be arranged for employees without access to computers; schedules for these will be announced in mid-April. All briefings should be concluded before Friday, May 18, when the spring semester ends.

More information about ethics and integrity is available at the UC ethics website (www.universityofcalifornia.edu/compliance/ethics) and the UC Berkeley ethics-resources site (controller.berkeley.edu/ethics).

April 16 is nomination deadline for two top faculty, staff honors

Each year, deans, faculty, directors, department chairs, and administrative officers are invited to identity faculty and staff colleagues who might qualify for the Berkeley Citation or the Chancellor's Distinguished Service Award. Nominations are considered twice a year, with specific deadlines for the spring and fall. Nominations not received by April 16 will be considered at the Sept. 7 deadline.

Nominating letters should be addressed to the chancellor and a hard copy (with supporting documents) sent to University Events and Ceremonies, 2080 Addison St., Berkeley CA 94720-4200. For more information on award criteria and the nomination process, visit awards.berkeley.edu.

College of Engineering seeks new dean from among tenured faculty
Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Dean of the College of Engineering at Berkeley, reporting to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. The appointment will be effective July 1, 2007.

The search for a dean, who must be a tenured faculty member, will be confined to the College of Engineering. The successful candidate will have: (1) a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and service to the engineering profession; (2) a record of sound administrative accomplishment; (3) a proven commitment to represent the diversity of disciplines in the college to those within and outside the university; (4) an ability to promote and develop relationships between the college and alumni, industry, and others in the private sector; and (5) high competence in raising funds from donations by private individuals and organizations for the advancement of college programs.

A complete job listing is at vpaafw.chance.berkeley.edu/deansearches.html. Candidates should apply with a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and a list of references. Faculty, students, alumni, and staff are encouraged to nominate tenured faculty in the college as candidates. Applications or nominations must be submitted no later than Monday, April 23, to engineering_dean_search@berkeley.edu or Engineering Dean Search Committee, c/o A. Bucknam, Office of the Chancellor, 200 California Hall #1500.

Intel's Grove to deliver Penhoet Lecture

Intel co-founder Andy Grove will discuss the role of technology in solving the crisis in the U.S. healthcare system in next week's Edward E. Penhoet Annual Lecture on Biology, Behavior, and Environment. The lecture, titled "Shift Left: Technology and Healthcare," takes place in 22 Warren on Tuesday, April 10, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Robert Bellah to address 'Religion and Power' at GTU/PSR lecture Robert Bellah, Elliott Professor of Sociology Emeritus and a leading voice on religion in American society, will deliver this year's McCoy Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the Graduate Theological Union and Pacific School of Religion (PSR). Bellah, one of two recipients of the first annual Berkeley William Sloane Coffin Jr. Award (see story), was the subject of an Oct. 26, 2006, Berkeleyan profile (www.berkeley.edu/news/berkeleyan/2006/10/26_Bellah.shtml).

The free public lecture, on the theme of religion and power, is on Monday, April 16, at 4:30 p.m. in the PSR chapel at 1798 Scenic Ave. in Berkeley; a reception and book-signing will follow. Attendees are asked to RSVP to 849-8241 or commoffice@psr.edu. Visit www.gtu.edu for more information.

Health and Immigration Consortium plans symposium

A conference dealing with two of the most important issues facing Californians - health (and health care) and immigration - will be held on Wednesday, April 18. "TransNational Health: New Research on Im/Migration and Health" is the first event sponsored by the Health and Immigration Consortium, a three-way partnership among Berkeley (Center for Health Research, Institute for the Study of Social Change, and Institute of Industrial Relations), UC San Francisco (Global Health Sciences Program), and UC's Office of the President (California Policy Research Center).

The conference will take place at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave. in Berkeley, between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The cost is $20/general, $10/students, which includes lunch and a post-conference reception; advance registration is required. Visit immigration.berkeley.edu for more details, and to register.

Distinguished Librarian Award: call for nominations

The 2006/2007 Distinguished Librarian Award program, sponsored by the Librarians Association of the University of California, Berkeley Division (LAUC-B), is seeking nominations. Campus librarians, faculty, staff, or students may nominate Berkeley librarians who have given exceptional service to the profession and the campus. Self-nominations are accepted. All LAUC-B members are eligible, regardless of rank or step or level of management responsibility. Previous nominees are eligible as well.

The deadline to submit an intention to nominate someone is May 15; full documentation must be submitted by Sept. 14. Send nominations to Lillian Castillo-Speed, Ethnic Studies Library, 30 Stephens Hall #2360. Contact Lillian at csl@library.berkeley.edu or 642-3947 for further information. For guidelines, visit www.lib.berkeley.edu/LAUC/dla/guidelines.html.