Katherine Bergeron, assistant professor of music, is this year's recipient of the $10,000 Prytanean Faculty Award, which recognizes outstanding women assistant professors. The first female musicologist to be hired in the department, Bergeron is known as an energetic, enthusiastic instructor who goes out of her way to involve her students in discussion, debate and thought-provoking exercises. Bergeron also is an accomplished pianist and flutist, and plays the alto sax in a blues band. She plans to use her award to travel to France to do research for her book, "Decadent Enchantments," a study of the French Benedictine monks and their work in the late 19th century to restore the Gregorian chant. A second study project focuses the aesthetic of the melodie, or art song. Bergeron is the 10th recipient of the faculty award presented annually by the women's honor organization, Prytanean Alumnae.
Bob Buchanan, professor of plant biology, took office Oct. 1 for a one-year term as president of the 5,000-member American Society of Plant Physiologists. Buchanan, who has distinguished himself with a variety of research, including work that may lead to the development of new and improved foods, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences earlier this year. His service to the plant physiology community has included organizing scientific meetings, serving on grant review panels for all the major federal funding agencies, and serving on the editorial boards of "Plant Physiology" and "Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics."
Didier de Fontaine, professor of materials science and mineral engineering, has been awarded the David Turnbull Lectureship of the Materials Research Society. The lectureship recognizes his contribution to the understanding of order/disorder phenomena in materials. In addition to a $3,000 honorarium, de Fontaine will give a lecture at the society's November meeting in Boston. His lecture will be recorded and distributed to Materials Research Society chapters across the nation.
Frank Falkner, emeritus professor of maternal and child health, was awarded the International Pediatric Association Medal at the 21st International Congress of Pediatrics in Cairo. Falkner was cited for long and outstanding service to children internationally.
Joyce Lashof, dean emerita of the School of Public Health and former president of the American Public Health Association, will receive the Sedgwick Memorial Medal during the association's annual meeting this week in San Diego. The medal, the oldest and highest honor presented by APHA, is given to an individual who has contributed to research, administration, education, technical service or other specialty of public health practice, and to the association.
Paul Sheng, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was named a LaRoux K. Giullespie Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer for 1995 by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Sheng was honored for his development of a federal and industrial consortium to assess and reduce environmental hazards in manufacturing.
Carolyn Merchant, professor in the College of Natural Resources, was among 12 scholars to receive an honorary degree from Umea University in Northern Sweden. The honor was based on Merchant's book, "Death of Nature" and her work on environmental history, philosophy and ethics. Merchant was a Fulbright scholar there in 1984, in the departments of History of Ideas and Women Studies. The degrees were bestowed during the university's 30th anniversary, which several other Berkeley faculty attended as lecturers, including Poet Laureate Robert Hass, professor of English; Nobel Laureate Gerard Debreu, emeritus professor of economics and mathematics; and Richard Buxbaum, professor of law and dean of International and Area Studies.
Oliver Williamson, Edgar F. Kaiser Professor of Business Administration, was honored at a conference in celebration of the 20th anniversary of his book, "Markets and Hierarchies," now a classic in business and economics literature. The Haas School of Business and the Institute of Management, Innovation and Organization sponsored the event, which was attended by scholars of business, economics and organization from around the world.
Carson D. Jeffries, emertus professor of physics, died Oct. 18 of a brain tumor at his home in Oakland. He was 73.
Jeffries was known as a leading experimentalist who studied crystal structures and electrical properties of solids. His work became noted worldwide when he was the first to photograph and analyze electrons in the form of a liquid droplet inside a supercooled crystal wafer.
In 1983, Jeffries was elected to the National Academy of Sciences--considered one of the highest honors that can come to an American scientist. That same year, he also was elected to the American Physical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Jeffries joined Berkeley's physics department as an instructor in 1952, reaching the rank of professor in 1963. He was a faculty senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory from 1978 through 1992.
Jeffries wrote two books and won numerous awards and honors, including a Fulbright Research Scholar fellowship. He held the Adolph C. and Mary Sprague Miller Professorship in 1983-84.
A man of varied interests, Jeffries was a passionate sculptor of kinetic art. His large wind sculptures of metal and high-tech fabric grace his Oakland garden, where a memorial service was held Oct. 29.
Born in 1922 in Lake Charles, La., Jeffries earned an undergraduate degree in physics at Louisiana State University and a PhD from Stanford.
He is survived by his wife, Olivia Eielson of Oakland; and a son and daughter.
Memorial Service for Jean Bony
The campus community is invited to a memorial service for Jean Bony, hosted by the Department of History of Art and UC Press, on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the Morrison Room of Doe Library.
Bony, professor emeritus of art history and a noted historian of medieval architecture, died July 7 in Brisbane, Australia, at the age of 86.
His obituary ran in the Aug. 23 edition of Berkeleyan.
Affirmative Action Policies Revised
The personnel policies relating to Equal Employment Opportunity and affirmative action have been reviewed to ensure their compliance with the Regents' Resolution (SP-2), and proposed new policies have been sent to the campuses for review. The policies affected are SPP 200, 201, 210, 211 and 260; A&PS 112, 113, 120 and 121; MAP 12, 13, 20 and 21; and Executive 2, 3, 5 and 6.
Copies of the proposed revisions are available for review at the reference desks of Doe and Moffitt Libraries. The Office of the President expects to have them posted on gopher as soon as possible.
Comments may be sent in writing to Alice Gregory, director of Human Resources, 207 University Hall--#3540, by 5 p.m. on Nov. 22.
Deans and directors memos are available on Infocal under "campus directives." Connect to Infocal via Gopher, WWW or telnet software at: infocal.berkeley.edu.
For dialup instructions or assistance using Infocal, call 642-8507.
The following is a list of recent memos. Questions about memos should be directed to Aileen Kim, 642-3100, or e-mail: aileen_kim@ maillink.
Oct. 23. Campus Emergency Response Plan, from Horace Mitchell, vice chancellor--business and administrative services.
Oct. 23. Benefits Open Enrollment from Horace Mitchell, vice chancellor--business and administrative services.
Oct. 24. 1996 NSF Presidential Faculty Fellows Program, from Joseph Cerny, vice chancellor--research.
Oct. 25. Human Resource Management Initiatives: Proposed Personnel Policies, from Carol Christ, the vice chancellor and provost, and Horace Mitchell, vice chancellor--business and administrative services.
Oct 25. 1995 UC Berkeley Charitable Campaign, from Horace Mitchell, vice chancellor--business and administrative services, and Linda Weimer, assistant vice chancellor--public affairs.
For more information, a program flyer or to enroll, call 643-4646.
Computers at Work
Nov. 2, 10:30 am-noon, free
Participants will learn about health issues related to computer use, design a user-friendly workstation and practice exercises to relieve computer-related aches and pains. The workshop meets the campus Injury and Illness Prevention Program's health and safety training requirement for computer users.
Basics of Self-Defense
Nov. 3, 12:10-12:55 pm, free
This introductory workshop includes avoidance strategies, basic principles of self-defense and ways to make the most of your advantage. Campus resources will be discussed.
Tuesdays, noon-1pm, Nov. 7-21
Find out how the body changes during menopause, and discover methods to cope with the symptoms. Participants will evaluate the pros and cons of estrogen replacement versus hormone therapy. The final session will be a support group with a CARE counselor.
For more information, for copies of the 1995-96 Employee Development & Training catalog, or for information on how to enroll in classes, call 642-8134.
And Organization Review
Nov. 13, 9-11 am.
An assessment and planning process to give participants a new or clearer vision, with a review of current business strategies, culture, and organizational and change strategies.
Improving Your Writing Process
Nov. 13 (first session), 12:10-1:30 pm.
An eight-session noontime course in which participants will learn to analyze their own writing process, modify writing and gain confidence as writers. Includes writing exercises and partnerships for cooperative learning.
Career Information Panels
Nov. 14, 12:15-1:30 pm, Room 24, University Hall. (No pre-enrollment required).
Employees from specific Berkeley job classifications will discuss job responsibilities, professional skills, career paths and educational backgrounds that led to their current positions.
Operational Planning: Basis for Budget Development,Control
Nov. 21, 8:30 am-4:30 pm, and Nov. 30, 8:30-noon.
This two-part workshop provides a tried-and-true approach to producing written, well-defined operational plans, forming the basis for budgetary requests, approvals and allocations. Participants will develop goals and objectives and prepare an abbreviated operational plan with related budgetary requirements.
The application deadline for the 1996 Management Academy was reported incorrectly in the previous edition of Berkeleyan. The correct deadline date is Friday, Nov. 3.