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18 April 2007

Information on diversity-project funding

The steering committee for the Berkeley Initiative for Leadership on Diversity (BILD) invites the campus community to information sessions on the funds it will be providing for innovative and action-oriented projects that address staff diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Open information sessions on how to apply for these funds are scheduled, as is a workshop on project-proposal writing. Reservations are required for all sessions; call 642-1989 or e-mail egillis@berkeley.edu to hold your space.

The dates and times of currently scheduled sessions are as follows:

Information session 1: Thursday, April 26, noon-1 p.m. in the Chancellor's Conference Room, California Hall

Information session 2: Friday, April 27, 4-5 p.m. in the Chancellor's Conference Room, California Hall

Information session 3: Tuesday, May 1, noon-1 p.m. in the Recreation Room, Unit 1, 2650 Durant Ave.

Proposal-writing workshop: Thursday, May 3, noon-1 p.m. in 102 Campbell Hall

Information session 4: Friday, May 4, noon-1 p.m. in the Recreation Room, Unit 1, 2650 Durant Ave.

Memorial service for Clark Howell

A campus memorial service for the late paleoanthropologist Clark Howell has been scheduled for Monday, May 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Faculty Club. To help in planning, the organizers are requesting that attendees e-RSVP at herc.berkeley.edu:16080/fc_howell_memorial.

Free public talks on alternative energy begin April 23 in downtown Berkeley

A series of three free public lectures in downtown Berkeley - beginning with an introductory lecture by Nobel laureate Steve Chu on Monday, April 23 - will discuss scientific approaches needed to discover and develop alternative sources of energy that do not contribute to global warming. The "Helios Talks" are all scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St. in downtown Berkeley. Chu, who directs Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will speak on "The Energy Problem: What the Helios Project Can Do About It."

Chu's introductory lecture will be followed on Monday, May 14, by Paul Alivisatos, professor of chemistry and LBNL associate laboratory director for physical sciences, speaking on "Nanoscience at Work: Creating Energy From Sunlight," and on Monday, June 4, by Professor Jay Keasling, Discover magazine's 2006 Scientist of the Year, speaking on "Renewable Energy From Synthetic Biology."

For information, see www.lbl.gov/friendsofscience/talks/index.html or contact Ron Kolb at RRKolb@lbl.gov or 486-7586.

Alumni Awards nomination deadline approaches

Author Maxine Hong Kingston, Gap founder Don Fisher, and former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren are all past winners of the California Alumni Association Alumnus/a of the Year Award for their outstanding professional, community, and personal achievements. CAA is now seeking nominations for the 2008 award, as well as for the Excellence in Achievement and Excellence in Service awards and the Mark Bingham and Brad King awards for distinguished young alumni. All nominations are due by Thursday, May 31. For nomination forms and more information, visit alumni.berkeley.edu/awards.

Sustainability Summit set for April 27

The fourth annual UC Berkeley Sustainability Summit is scheduled for Friday, April 27 in the Wells Fargo Room, Cheit Hall, at the Haas School of Business, from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Program highlights will include the presentation of the 2007 Sustainability Awards by Chancellor Birgeneau; Green Fund grants to fund sustainability projects and initiatives, presented by Vice Chancellor for Administration Nathan Brostrom; a presentation by the Cal Climate Action Partnership team; and a review of the accomplishments of the Chancellor's Sustainability Interns working on campus, in the city of Berkeley, and with private agencies.

The program will be followed by a poster session and the opportunity for attendees to tour various sustainability projects on campus. Program details and a list of available tours can be found at sustainability.berkeley.edu.

Panelists at IGS event to assess Bush's performance

The 26th annual Presidential Symposium, sponsored by the Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS), will examine how President Bush performed during the last year and what the coming year likely holds in store. Panelists for the event, to be held on Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in 155 Dwinelle, include Jim Ceasar, professor of politics at the University of Virginia; Fred Greenstein, professor of politics at Princeton University; Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today; and Jack Citrin, associate director of IGS.