10-5-94 News Briefs

Need Glasses?

Get a free pair of eyeglasses by participating in a vision research project with the School of Optometry.

After a one-hour eye exam, subjects will select a new pair of spectacles to be worn for a six-week study period. Afterwards, they can keep the glasses.

However, the study covers only distance vision problems, not those requiring bifocals or reading glasses, and does not include contact lens users.

For further information, call 642-3624 or email bullers@mindseye.

National Eye Institute Funds New Study

The School of Optometry will be one of three participants in a new optometry research project scheduled to receive $4.1 million over the next five years.

The money, which comes from the National Eye Institute, will be used for the study of an eye disease called keratoconus. Others working on the project are Ohio State University and Washington University.

Prehistoric Amazonia

Geographer William M. Denevan will speak on prehistoric Amazonia for the 14th Carl O. Sauer Memorial Lecture Oct. 11 at 4:10 pm in the Alumni House Lounge. His topic is "Prehistoric Riverine Settlement in Amazonia: A Revisionist Perspective, With Contemporary Implications."

Denevan is a professor emeritus of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Wallack to Deliver Wellness Lecture

Public health Professor Lawrence Wallack will deliver Berkeley's 1994 University of California/Health Net Wellness Lecture Oct. 11.

He will speak at 5 pm in 100 Genetics and Plant Biology Building on "Media Advocacy: A Strategy for Advancing Policy and Promoting Health."

Wallack is also director of the Berkeley Media Studies Group.

For this lecture series, each of UC's six health-science campuses provide one lecturer each year.

Dante's Inferno Prints At UAM

The work of acclaimed Boston artist Michael Mazur is now on display at the University Art Museum. "Dante's Inferno: Prints by Michael Mazur" opened Oct. 5 and will run through Dec. 11.

Mazur's exhibition is a series of black-and-white prints commissioned to illustrate a new translation of Dante's 14th-century account of a descent into hell.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Pacific Film Archive has unearthed several rarely screened film and video accounts of Dante's Inferno. These include a 1935 version starring Spencer Tracy. For show dates and other information, call 642-0808.

Campus Essay Contest

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to submit essays of 500 words or less on the topic of "How Beautiful!" for the Lili Fabilli and Eric Hoffer Essay Contest.

First prize is $1,000 and second prize is $500. Bring your entry to the Committee on Prizes Office, 229 Sproul, by Jan. 20.

Apply for Dissertation Research Funds

Graduate students and their faculty sponsors can now apply for money to support dissertation research through the Vice Chancellor for Research Fund. Awards up to $2,500 will be given. Applications are due by Oct. 17. For information, call Teresa Hackler at 642-9485 or send email to teresa_hackler@ maillink.berkeley.edu.

PFA Goes Electronic

With $135,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Pacific Film Archive will begin moving its major film documentation collections from file drawers to the computer.

"This project is one of the first in the field to involve digital scanning on this scale," said PFA general manager Stephen Gong. "Film criticism, analysis, and basic documentation often reside only in journals, periodicals, and ephermeral materials, so collections like those in the PFA library and film study center are indispensable resources." Indexing for all documents will be available over the Internet.

Comet Shoemaker Crash With Jupiter

Professor Imke dePater of the Astronomy Department will speak on "The Great Crash of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter" Oct. 10 at 7 pm in 1 Pimentel Hall.

For more information, call 642-8520.

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