Ariel Bloch, professor emeritus of Near Eastern Studies and president of the UC Research Fellowship in the Humanities; and his wife, Chana Bloch, a poet and professor of English at Mills College, are the authors of the recently published "The Song of Songs: A New Translation with an Introduction and Commentary." Described as "scrupulously faithful to the Hebrew text," the couple has captured for the first time in English the true spirit of the great love poem.

The book is published by Random House, with an afterward by Robert Alter, professor of comparative literature at Berkeley.

Carol Christ, professor of English and the vice chancellor and provost, is co-editor of "Victorian Literature and the Victorian Visual Imagination" with John O. Jordan of UC Santa Cruz's English department.

Nineteenth-century British culture frequently represented the eye as the pre-eminent organ of truth, making visuality one of the keys to literary culture of the period.

The 15 essays explore the relationship between the verbal and the visual in the Victorian imagination.

They construct a "history of seeing" and range over topics including the relationship of optical devices to the visual imagination, the role of photography in changing the concept of evidence and truth and the changing partnership between illustrator and novelist.

The volume is published by UC Press.

Awards and Honors

Cal Performances director Robert Cole was recognized by France's Minister of Culture and Franco-phonia as a Chevalier of France's prestigious Order of Arts and Letters at an Alumni House reception celebrating the United States debut of the orchestra, chorus and ballet of Opéra de Lyon.

Cole was chosen for his dedication to the preservation and promulgation of French music and culture in the United States and in the world and for his achievements as a conductor and performing arts institution director.

The award honors Cole's commitment to French art and literature through his stewardship of France's cultural institutions and his commitment to the early music movement evidenced by his founding of the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition.

Cole has been Cal Performances director since 1986.

He is also founding director of the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, a biennial international festival of music created in 1990.

Angelica Stacy, associate professor of chemistry, was among 24 exceptional teachers of science, chemical technology, chemistry and chemical engineering who were selected to receive the Chemical Manufactures Association's 1995 Catalyst Award.

The Catalyst Awards Program honors individuals who have the ability to inspire students toward careers in chemistry and science related fields through their excellent teaching ability in and out of the classroom. As a national award winner, Stacy receives $5,000.

Richard S. Muller, professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences and director of the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center, received the Renaissance Engineering and Science Award from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J., his alma mater. The June 10 ceremony took place aboard a yacht in San Francisco Bay.

The honor is awarded individuals whose life and work reflect the essence of creativity and who, at every stage of their careers, are setting new standards in technology.


Margaret Hendel, MSO in the College of Environmental Design for the past 12 years, died July 9.

She joined Berkeley more than 30 years ago as a part-time worker.

Her service to the campus was extraordinary.

In the last decade, she served as CSAC chair, and was a member of the Committee for Selection of a Chancellor for Berkeley Campus, the Task Force to Review the Berkeley Personnel Office, the Chan-cellor's Search Committee for the Staff Ombudsperson, the Task Force on A&PS Professional Development, the Statewide Council of UC Staff Assemblies, and the Campus Childcare Task Force.

Hendel, whose colleagues recall her sense of duty, grace toward others, intellect and an incorruptible ethical sensibility, was awarded the Berkeley Citation in May 1995 and in 1994 received a Distinguished Staff Award.

A memorial mass at Holy Spirit Chapel (Newman Club) is scheduled Wednesday, July 12, at 12:10 p.m.

Policy Clarification

The Office of the President recently issued changes to Staff Personnel Policy (SPP) 760.25 and Administrative and Professional Staff (A&PS) 188.24, clarifying that preference for re-employment and the right to recall terminate upon retirement.

The revised policies will be available soon on gopher. If you have questions, please contact your employee relations specialist.


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