Eight Berkeley faculty have been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
They are Michael A. Bernstein, English and Comparative Literature; Manuel Blum, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences; David Chandler, Chemistry; Susan L. Graham, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences; Barbara J. Meyer, Molecular and Cell Biology; Katharine V. Milton, Anthropology; Richard J. Saykally, Chemistry, and Gerald Westheimer, Neurobiology.
Their election brings to 187 the number of Berkeley members in the academy, the third highest number at any single institution in the nation.
The academy was founded in 1780 by a group led by John Adams "to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people."
Tony Adams, dean of the School of Optometry, was invited by Sen. David Pryor, D-Ark., of the Senate's Policy Committee, to be an official observer of the 1995 White House Conference on Aging. Over 2,150 delegates were chosen by governors, members of Congress and leading aging organizations to attend. The conference's aim was to produce resolutions that will influence national aging policy over the next decade. Conference themes included issues related to prevention, quality of life, widening the definition of health care provider to include more than physicians, strategies for increased cost effectiveness and concerns about current and future provisions for long-term care, Medicare and Social Security.
Paul Alivisatos, professor of chemistry, is the 1995 recipient of the Materials Research Society's Outstanding Young Investigator Award for leadership in materials research in the field of nanocrystals. The award recognizes exceptional interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who also shows excellent promise as a developing leader in the materials area.
Robert Alter, Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, received the Social and Cultural Studies Award in May.
The award is among the Jewish Cultural Achievement Awards established by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture in 1990. The honors are presented annually by the organization to honor outstanding artists, scholars, patrons and cultural institutions whose works reflect the creative interaction of American and Jewish culture. The foundation is the central cultural agency of the American Jewish community and is dedicated to strengthening Jewish continuity and fostering an American Jewish cultural identity.
Linda Currie, senior graphic designer in University Relations' Publications unit, has received a Bronze Medal in the "Visual Design and Print" category for her design of an admissions acceptance folder for incoming Berkeley students. Some 500 entries were judged in the competition, sponsored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
Terence K. Huwe, head librarian at the Institute of Industrial Relations, has been selected as the 1995-96 Library Fellow at the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities. The center hosts 12 fellows for the academic year who study broad issues affecting the humanities and related interpretive sciences.
John M. Prausnitz, professor of chemical engineering, received an honorary doctor of science degree from Princeton in May in recognition of his pioneering work in molecular thermodynamics for chemical process design. In the 260-year history of Princeton, Prausnitz is the first chemical engineer to receive a Princeton honorary doctorate.
Chancellor Tien was commencement speaker and also received an honorary doctorate degree at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, in May.
Of Note from Personnel
Vote in the UCRS Election
By now all active UC Retirement Plan members not in the Academic Senate should have received ballots for the UC Retirement System Board election. Votes will be cast and tabulated on an automated telephone system.The deadline for voting is midnight June 30. Any eligible UCRP member who has not received a telephone ballot may obtain one by calling UC Benefits Customer Service at 800-888-8267. ext. 70651.
Health Net on Campus
Employees enrolled in Health Net represent 49 per cent of Berkeley's medical plan enrollments. To ensure members know how the plan works, the Campus Benefits Office has invited Health Net representatives to campus Tuesday, June 27.
Representatives will be in Room 150 University Hall between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. They will give presentations at 10 a.m. and 12:15 and 2 p.m. Presentations will include an overview and discussion of referrals, emergencies, prescriptions and doctor availability.
A Fidelity Investments representative will be on campus for private appointments on retirement investing July 13, Aug. 9 and Sept. 14. Call Amy Smith at 1-800-771-3374.
Don't Trip Up on TRIP
With the end of TRIP 1994-95 approaching, TRIP employees must take action to adjust service credit.
TRIP participants will receive one full month of service credit for each month of participation in TRIP, provided that the time worked during each month for the entire period of the TRIP agreement does not fall below 75 per cent time and all of the terms of the agreement are fulfilled.
This service credit adjustment cannot be done automatically; Office of the President does not have a record of each member's original TRIP agreement. These cases require special handling to ensure members receive correct service credit.
Affected employees should contact their Department Benefit Counselors to obtain Service Credit Verification Request Forms (UBEN 132) and assistance with acquiring copies of their pre-TRIP Personnel Action Forms and TRIP agreements. Forms and documentation should be mailed to UC Benefit Programs Membership Unit. Once documentation has been reviewed and it has been determined that all of the terms of the TRIP agreement have been met, the employee will be credited. Forms and documentation from those who participated in earlier TRIPs will still be accepted.
PC, Mac Training
The campus's Workstation Support Services is offering PC and Macintosh microcomputer training classes from July 6 to 28. Half-day classes are $50 and full-day are $95. For information, call 642-7355.