A memorial service for Ivan Lee has been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 25, at 2 p.m. at Alumni House.
Lee, emeritus professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, died Oct. 31 of a stroke at Kaiser Oakland after suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) for many years. Lee, who was 78, designated his organs for ALS research.
Lee's career at Berkeley spanned more than 40 years, beginning as a research assistant in 1941 and ending with his retirement in 1982 as professor and economist in the agricultural experiment station and in the Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.
Born in Grinnell, Iowa, Lee received a bachelor's and PhD in Agricultural Economics from Iowa State University at Ames.
A specialist in the field of econometrics, Lee was a prolific author, and served as editor of the Giannini Foundation Series publications. Among his distinctions, he received the Social Science Research Council Demobilization Award in 1946 and a Fulbright Grant in 1961.
Lee is survived by his wife, Ruth, of Berkeley.
Donations in his memory may be made to the UC Berkeley Foundation/Kuznets, Boles & Lee Fund, 2440 Bancroft, Berkeley CA 94720-4200. This fund, which benefits students and young researchers in the field of econometrics, was set up while Lee was in declining health. Thus, notes Mrs. Lee, he had the pleasure of meeting some of the beneficiaries of the fund prior to his death.
Berkeley Summer Sessions has received the 1995 Exemplary Program Award from the Western Association of Summer Sessions Administrators. The Berkeley program was recognized for its Low Income Grant Program, which serves students who find it difficult to pay summer fees. For the past two summers, over a thousand students received a partial fee waiver, and the number is expected to double next year. Berkeley Summer Sessions also received two American Graphic Design Awards for its 1995 catalog and T-shirt. Credit goes to staff members Tracy Grammer for design and editing and Stanley Moss for the cover, and Archer Design of San Francisco.
Boalt Hall has received the Lexis-Nexis Law School and Racial Ethnic Diversity Award from the California Minority Counsel Program. The annual honor includes a $1,000 award to a California law school that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the goal of racial and ethnic diversification of the legal profession. Boalt Hall was judged on its record of recruitment, its retention and graduation of minority students, the bar passage rate of minority students and its success in placing minority students in summer and permanent positions. The school's effort to attract and maintain diverse faculty also was considered. The award was presented Oct. 13 in Irvine.
Neville Cook, professor of materials science and mineral engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Recognized for his contributions to the field of rock mechanics, Cook will honored at the association's annual meeting in Baltimore in February.
David Dornfield, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Engineering Systems Research Center, presented the keynote addresses at two conferences on computer-aided design in Duesseldorf, Germany, and La Plagne, France. The French conference was organized by representatives of the Grandes Ecoles, part of the French-Berkeley exchange program. Dornfield is an expert on sensors for precision manufacturing process automation.
David Jenkins, professor of civil and environmental engineering, received the Gordon Maskew Fair Medal from the Water Environment Federation. The medal recognizes outstanding contributions to the education of environmental engineers. Jenkins, who specializes in wastewater treatment, also received the 1995 Outstanding Publication Award from the Association of Environmental Engineering Professors for a research publication "that has stood the test of time." Jenkins was cited for his 1978 publication, "A Unified Theory of Activated Sludge Bulking," which he co-authored with former PhD students Mesut Sezgin and Denny Parker.
Randy Katz, professor of computer science, has been named a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. Katz, who specializes in wireless computing, currently is working on a Berkeley team to develop the Infopad.
Robert Wiegel, professor of civil and environmental engineering, was honored by the Coastal Engineering Research Center of the U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment, which recently dedicated its conference room in his name. Wiegal is distinguished for his contributions to the science of coastal engineering.
Volunteer Tutors, Learners Recognized at CALS Luncheon
Campus employees were honored on Nov. 2 for their work toward strengthening the basic skills of fellow employees by volunteering as tutors in the CALS Project.
The project is coordinated by Employee Development and Training in the Personnel Office. It currently hosts more than 100 tutor/learner pairs.
At the Nov. 2 potluck luncheon the tutors were thanked and the learners praised for their efforts to improve their skills. Vice Chancellor Horace Mitchell, Alice Gregory, director of Human Resources, and Associate Professor Glynda Hull, director of the College Writing Program, were special guests.
The three-year-old project has served 224 learners from 65 campus departments, said program coordinator Jane Griswold. "There is a wide range of interests and skill levels among CALS Project learners, but the primary focus of all tutoring, except math, is communications skills," she said.
More than three-quarters of the learners speak English as a second language and they typically seek assistance first in verbal skills and then in writing. Native-born English speakers most often request help with writing skills.
Most of the volunteer tutors are campus employees who have used their lunch or after-work hours to help another employee. Other tutors are retirees, students and community residents.
One bonus to the program, said Griswold, is a greater understanding between people from different cultures. "Learners have told us they can now work more easily with people from cultures different than their own," she said.
To learn more about the program as a tutor or learner, contact Griswold at 643-5280.
Development and Training
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.
Basic Writing Review
Nov. 27, 9-11 am, (also Dec. 1, 4, 8, 11 and 15).
A six-session course offering a review of grammar, punctuation, spelling and basic sentence structure. During each session, participants will write a short piece applying the skills being reviewed. Based on writing samples from the first session, subsequent sessions will cover areas identified as needing work.
Manager as Writer and Writing Coach: Business Writing II
Nov. 27, 1:30-4:30 pm (also Dec. 1 and 4).
A three-part class focusing on making the writing process from first draft to final product more efficient, while ensuring quality. Supervisors and managers will have time to fine tune their own writing process, focusing on their most challenging writing tasks.
Creativity and Innovation at Work
Nov. 28, 8:30 am-noon.
For those interested in infusing creativity into their personal or departmental work, this class uses participatory exercises to explore techniques for generating ideas, solving problems and building a climate for creativity.
New Employee Orientation
Dec. 5, 8:30 am-noon.
This session offers new employees the opportunity to learn about the university and the Berkeley campus, meet new employees from other departments and obtain specific information. Topics presented include benefits of UC employment, campus culture and values, support services, personnel policies and a tour.
Working Effectively With Your Supervisor
Dec. 5, 1-4:30 pm (also Dec. 12, 1-4:30 pm).
For those interested in working toward a more successful relationship with their supervisors. In this workshop, participants will learn to use skills and initiatives to share the responsibility of managing this important relationship.
Resolving Conflicts/For Staff
Dec. 6, 8:30 am-4:30 pm.
In this workshop, participants will assess their methods for dealing with conflict, select effective strategies, and use case studies and role playing to practice listening and speaking skills.
Dec. 7, 8:30 a.m.-noon (also Dec. 14, 8:30-noon).
Through discussion and activities, learn skills to improve the quality and productivity of meetings.
Annual MAP Reviews
Over the past few years, the Management and Professional (MAP) review cycle has become an annual event rather than a semi-annual one. The next review is scheduled for February 1996.
Supporting material for MAP reclassifications--either within the MAP program or from another program into MAP--should be submitted to compensation manager Dorla Cantu by Friday, Jan. 5.
Please keep position descriptions to a maximum of two pages, specifically addressing MAP classification factors, and submit an up-to-date organization chart and cover letter highlighting significant changes to the position in support of the classification review. As was the case last year, only positions that have changed significantly should be submitted for review.
Requests must be routed though the control unit's vice chancellor for review before forwarding to the Berkeley Campus Personnel Office. If you have questions about the MAP review process or the documentation needed for review, please contact your department's compensation analyst.
November 30 Is Looming Nigh
After all the warnings to make open enrollment changes early this year, there may some people who have yet to pick up the phone and call bencom.
Just remember, the Benefits Office is recommending that you make the call by Nov. 22--in time to receive in your home mail a written confirmation of your actions before the end of the month.
Thursday, Nov. 30, at 5 p.m. is the cut-off for making changes.
The report from the Benefits Office is that, so far, the phone-in system for making changes has been going smoothly. The key lies in preparing your information before calling.
The open enrollment package that was mailed to home addresses contains everything needed to prepare yourself--open enrollment choices and information, instructions for using bencom, all pertinent phone numbers and a worksheet to complete before making the call.
If you did not receive this mailing, see your department's benefits counselor immediately. The department benefits counselor should also be your resource for any type of open enrollment assistance.
Note that bencom offers resources in addition to the open enrollment action line. It can be used to obtain personal account information, open enrollment choices and benefit plan carrier phone numbers.