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12 September 2007

Symposium and memorial service to commemorate Daniel Koshland Jr.

The campus will celebrate the life of Daniel E. Koshland Jr. at a campuswide memorial to be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, in Zellerbach Hall. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. It is requested that those planning to attend the memorial RSVP online at https://ucberkeleyevents.wufoo.com/forms/celebration-of-the-life-of-daniel-e-koshland-jr.

Koshland, a longtime professor of molecular and cell biology at Berkeley, died on July 23. A former editor of the journal Science and a tireless booster of the biological sciences at the University of California, Koshland was 87.

Prior to the memorial service, an academic symposium, "Induced Fit: The Science and Wit of Daniel E. Koshland Jr.," will be held from noon to 3 p.m. in Stanley Hall.

A roundup of Constitution Day events

Constitution Day will be observed on Monday, Sept. 17. As the centerpiece of the federally mandated day of observance, Judge A. Wallace Tashima, a member of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and a legal author, will deliver this year's Jefferson Memorial Lecture, "The War on Terror and the Rule of Law," at 4:10 p.m. that day in the Lipman Room, Barrows Hall.

In his lecture, Tashima will examine the U.S. government's current wartime detention policies and commitment to the rule of law. The first Japanese-American to serve on the Ninth Circuit, Tashima is known in judicial and scholarly spheres for his attention to challenges to American civil liberties, especially government-sponsored policies from World War II to the present "war on terror."

The following day, Tuesday, Sept. 18, the Free Speech Movement Café in Moffitt Undergraduate Library will hold a Constitution Day Speakers Forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Daniel Farber, Sho Sato Professor of Law and director of the Boalt Environmental Law Program, will discuss "Bong Hits for the Constitution: Free Speech Rights of Students Today." Lowell Bergman, the Reva and David Logan Professor of Investigative Reporting at the Graduate School of Journalism, will look at how television shouting matches and the modern overload of information contribute to "Lots of Talk and No Action: Free Speech in the New Millennium." And Tom Goldstein, former dean of the Graduate School of Journalism, will examine the ease with which anyone can publish musings online in his talk, "Is Everyone a Journalist Now?"

For information, visit www.universityofcalifornia.edu/constitutionday.

Low-priced rush tickets for staff and faculty at Cal Performances

Cal Performances offers Berkeley student, faculty/staff, senior, and community rush tickets for selected performances. Rush tickets are announced two hours prior to a performance and are available in person only at the ticket office beginning one hour before the performance; quantities may be limited. Rush-ticket sales are limited to one ticket per person; all sales are cash only. Prices are $10 for Berkeley students; $15 for faculty and staff (UC Berkeley ID required) and seniors age 65 or older; and $20 for all other community members. Information is available two hours prior to a performance at 642-9988; press 2 for the rush hotline.

Court date nears for student-athlete center as campus settlement bid fails

The Berkeley City Council last week rejected, by a vote of 7-1, a settlement offer presented by the campus as a way to avoid going to court over construction of the proposed Student Athlete High Performance Center adjacent to Memorial Stadium. Both sides indicated that the breakdown in negotiations left little alternative to a court-imposed settlement. Trial has been set for Sept. 19.

The campus faces litigation from three plaintiffs whose individual lawsuits have been combined into one. Issues range from the fate of a grove of oak trees occupying the planned construction site to the problems that neighbors anticipate may stem from increased traffic in the area and the use of the stadium for non-football events. The proposed settlement offered by the campus addressed these and other issues, either with supplementary concessions or by renewing previous expressions of interest in a negotiated settlement.

Details of the settlement offer rejected by the city are online at www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2007/09/04_settle.shtml.

Center for Chinese Studies hosts colloquium

On Friday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m. in the IEAS Conference Room at 2223 Fulton St., 6th floor, the campus Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) will commemorate its first half-century by co-sponsoring a colloquium with the Berkeley China Initiative, "The Center for Chinese Studies at 50: Past, Present, and Future."

Over the last 50 years CCS has evolved into one of the most active research centers at Berkeley, supporting research and teaching on all aspects of Chinese culture and civilization. This roundtable presentation will feature, among other current and emeritus Berkeley faculty members: Bob Scalapino, Lowell Dittmer, and CCS chair Kevin O'Brien, political science; David Keightley, history; Tom Gold, sociology and director of the Berkeley China Initiative; Wen-hsin Yeh, history; and Liu Xin, anthropology. Also participating will be two former heads of the Center for Chinese Studies Library, Annie Chang and C.P. Chen.

For information, visit ieas.berkeley.edu/ccs.

Fall Plant Sale is set for Sept. 30

The UC Botanical Garden's Fall Plant Sale takes place on Sunday, Sept. 30. A members' sale and silent auction between 9 and 11 a.m. will be followed by a public sale until 3 p.m.

Among the botanical enticements awaiting visitors to the sale will be numerous specimens from the garden's collection of South African flora and an expanded selection of subtropicals from the Mexico and Central American collection. A generous selection of California natives, houseplants, Lapageria cultivars, and insectivor­ous plants will also be available. A complete list of plants to be offered at the sale is online at botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu.

Admission to the sale is free. There is limited free parking in the university lot above the garden on Centennial Drive, and metered parking available at the Lawrence Hall of Science, with a free shuttle to the Garden. For information, call 643-2755.

OLLI @Berkeley relaunches with open house, lectures

Inquiring minds, age 50 and above, are invited to campus this fall to participate in eclectic and provocative courses and lectures through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Offerings delve into scientific controversies, brain fitness, Twyla Tharp's choreography, world religions, art history, opera, and international human rights, among other topics. (Former CNN business anchor Valerie Coleman Morris offers three lectures on personal finance, starting Oct. 10.) Explore the fall offerings at an open house on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are necessary: phone 642-9934 or e-mail Berkeley_olli@berkeley.edu to RSVP. Visit olli.berkeley.edu for a course schedule, registration information, and directions.

CTSC lectures feature British scholars

The Center for Science, Technology, and Society presents two lectures this month. On Monday, Sept. 17, Michael Banner, professor of theology and philosophy, Trinity College Cambridge, will present "Representing Animals: UK Perspectives on a Policy Problem" at 4 p.m. in 101 Morgan. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. On Thursday, Sept. 20, David Demeritt, of the geography department at King's College London, presents "PEST or Panacea? Science, Democracy, and the Promise of Public Participation" at 4 p.m. in 223 Moses.