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 Science Exhibit Proposals Due December 2

A roaring, life-sized T-rex. A journey through the human brain. Earthquake simulators. A piece of the moon.

What do all these things have in common? They've all been exhibits at Lawrence Hall of Science.

a drawing of a human brainNow LHS is planning exhibits and programs to be developed over the next five years, and students, staff and faculty are invited to propose ideas involving mathematics and science.

Exhibit proposals will be reviewed by a jury of Lawrence Hall of Science staff and Berkeley faculty. Proposals will be evaluated on criteria that include educational soundness, fun, interactivity and marketability. Winning entries by registered Berkeley students will be eligible for a $300 award.

But think fast. The deadline is Dec 2. For an application, call 642-1057 or email

Native American Heritage Month

At International House, November is dedicated to exploring Native American history, culture and civilization. This year Northern California tribes and contemporary expressions of Native American religion and culture are the focus.

On Thursday, Nov. 14, Reba Fuller, an I-House resident and specialist in the cultural anthropology of California Indians, will discuss the Miwok tribe that once populated large areas of northern coastal California. The event will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in I-House Home Room. Admission is $2 for the public.

The following Thursday will feature a Native American Heritage Banquet, one of I-House's most popular annual ethnic heritage dinners. This all-you-can-eat buffet Nov. 21 will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the I-House dining commons. Admission is $6.

Following the banquet, Mary Youngblood, one of the only professional female Native American flutists, will perform on a wooden flute native to the Americas. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the I-House Home Room. Admission is $2 for the public.

For information on any of these events, contact Suzanne Cowan at 642-3386.

Staff Advisors Sought

The Chancellor's Staff Advisory Committee is recruiting new members.

The committee is a group of staff members who advise the chancellor on non-bargainable issues. Members are appointed by the chancellor and serve three-year terms.

Among the committee's past accomplishments are the establishment of the Staff Ombuds Office, Staff Appreciation Day, the campuswide report "Doing Less with Less," and more recently, presenting the draft Administrative Vision to the campus via brown bag forums.

The chancellor supports release time to attend bi-weekly meetings with the permission of members' supervisors. Additional time is required to study issues, draft recommendations and participate in sub-committee activities.

The committee is committed to diversity in the student body, faculty and staff. All interested career staff are encouraged to apply.

For more information contact Keiko Kubo (643-5978), Abram Hardin (642-2241) or Eric Ellisen (643-9719). Interviews will be held in late January.

Latin American Films

The Latin American Film Society's second annual film festival, cosponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, shows Nov. 22-24 at the Palace of Fine Arts and San Francisco State University's McKenna Theater. This year's festival will be a retrospective of Latin American film classics, including "Frida" (Mexico), "The Fish that Smokes" (Venezuela), "Quilombo" (Brazil) and many others. For information call (415) 931-1657.

Could You Use A Research Assistant?

The Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program is now soliciting proposals from faculty who would like to involve an undergraduate in a research project this spring. Monday, Nov. 18, is the deadline.

Faculty receive capable assistance on their research projects and a small grant to cover research expenses. Students receive valuable experience, a greater appreciation for the life of research and, in most cases, academic credit. This fall, 90 faculty worked with nearly 200 students in projects ranging from lab experiments and field work to archival work and data analysis.

Faculty select their own apprentices from among student applications submitted to the program at the beginning of the next term.

Applications were sent to all active ladder faculty in mid-October. To receive an application or information, call Terry Strathman, program coordinator, in the Division of Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies at 642-3795 or email

Jewish Humor

The Center for the Study of Law and Society will present Mel Gordon's "The 1667 Legal Document That Created Jewish Humor," an illustrated lecture explaining the surprising root and historical development of Jewish humor.

The lecture will be held Friday, Nov. 15, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the JSP Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Ave.

Mel Gordon is professor of dramatic art, a director and writer, as well as author of many books and articles on American, French, German, Italian, Russian and Yiddish theater. His most recent project is a book and box of three CDs entitled "SHTIK: Three Hundred Years of Jewish Comedy," to be published by Koch International.

For information call 642-4038.

Free Job Listings For Local Employers

Career and Graduate School Services is announcing seasonal, temporary and part-time positions on its 24-hour online job listings.

"These listings are a great way to reach more than 29,000 diverse and talented Berkeley students," said Jane Adams, director of student employment.

Jobs are listed for two weeks at no cost to employers. Employers retain full control of the interview and screening process. Job listings may be revised or renewed as needed.

For information, call the Job Development Office for Student Employment at 642-0443, or fax 643-6120.

Margaret Mead Film And Video Festival

Recent films about cultures around the globe will be shown in November as part of the Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival, America's pre-eminent showcase of ethnographic cinema. The Mead Festival is presented under the auspices of the American Museum of Natural History. Its only screenings outside New York City will be at Pacific Film Archive.

The series of films, presented in association with the Phoebe Hearst Museum and the Department of Anthropology, starts Nov. 14 and concludes Dec. 1, which is Day Without Art, an annual tribute to a filmmaker who has died of AIDS. This year, Peter Adair is saluted with a screening of three of his films, including "Holy Ghost People," which festival namesake Margaret Mead called one of the best ethnographic films ever made.

Dates for the film showings are Nov. 14, 18, 21, 25 and Day Without Art, Dec. 1.

a black and white photo of an upright teddy bear

Teddy Bear Film Festival for Kids

Bay Area children are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animals to Pacific Film Archive for the 13th Annual Teddy Bear Parade and Film Festival. Kids, teddy bears and other stuffed creatures will march through the theater to the tune of "The Teddy Bears' Picnic," then view films about real and imaginary animals.

The event is scheduled for 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec.1. Admission is $3.50.


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