News Briefs

Scientists Featured For Black History Month

The Lawrence Hall of Science will honor Black History Month in February with programs celebrating the discoveries and inventions of black scientists.

"African Skies: A Planetarium Show" will feature star maps used to identify constellations and other prominent celestial objects as seen by various southern African peoples. Show times are 3:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 9, 22 and 23. Tickets are $2 after museum admission.

The Oakland Ensemble Theater will present "Medicine Man," playwright Beverly Jarrett's original piece on Dr. Charles Drew and his life-saving blood research. Performance times are 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, and Monday, Feb. 17. Tickets are free with museum admission.

On Sunday, Feb. 23, at 1:30 p.m., students from Berkeley's Thousand Oaks Elementary will present what they have learned about black scientists and inventors. Admission is included in the museum entrance fee.

For 24-hour recorded information on Hall of Science exhibits and programs, call 642-5132.

Three Inaugural VIPs

Student Life Advising Services counselors Alex Alday, Teresa Guerrero and Ben Figuero all received invitations form the Presidential Inaugural Committee to attend and participate in the inauguration of President Clinton and Vice President Albert Gore Jr., Jan. 20 in Washington. They made the VIP list as a result of their contributions to and involvement with committees and/or community organizations.

Holmoe Named New Football Coach

Tom Holmoe, the defensive coordinator for the Cal Bears' football team, was named head coach Jan. 18. The announcement came two days after Steve Mariucci unexpectedly announced his plans to leave Cal for the head coaching job with the San Francisco 49ers.

Holmoe, 36, has been at Cal for one season. Previously, he was on four 49er championship teams, three as a player and as an assistant coach on the 1994 title team.

"Sometimes you find all the qualities you really admire in one person and that's why I feel so comfortable in announcing we have selected Tom Holmoe as our new football coach," said John Kasser, athletic director.

Holmoe agreed to a five-year contract which will extend through the 2001 season.

"The opportunity to be a head coach at a school as prestigious as the University of California is something most only dream about," said Holmoe. "I'm excited about the challenge and feel extremely confident that I can continue to build on the foundation that we've started here at Cal this past year.

Melvin Calvin Memorial

A memorial celebration for Chemistry Nobelist Melvin Calvin will he held on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m. in Hertz Hall. (Please use the west entrance.) The service will include a musical performance.

The family has requested that donations may be made to the Melvin Calvin Memorial Fund, College of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720.

Gym Expansion Gets Regents' OK

UC Regents on Jan. 17 approved the campus's plans to expand Harmon Gymnasium, which will be renamed the Haas Pavilion. When completed, the seating capacity will nearly double, to 12,000 seats.

The new pavilion will come together as part of the existing building and new construction, including a new roof, concession space, two lobbies and a two-level spectator club.

The project also includes seismic, life and fire safety improvements. A reconfiguration of Edwards Track Stadium is also part of the plan.

The campus continues to work with city officials and neighbors who have expressed concern about additional traffic and parking problems when the larger gym is in use.

Symposium to Honor Quake Expert Bertero

A symposium honoring Vitelmo Bertero, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering, will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, through Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Berkeley Marina Marriott Hotel.

Bertero's work in earthquake engineering has led to improvements in building codes and construction practices around the world.

The symposium will focus on topics central to Bertero's career, including reinforced concrete structures, structural steel, design methodologies and field reconnaissance of earthquakes.

The event is co-sponsored by Berkeley's Earthquake Engineering Research Center and California Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering.

For registration information, call 231-9554 or email

Water=Liquid Gold

"Liquid Gold: California's Water," an exhibit showcasing the development of California's water resources, is on display through March 28 in the Bernice Layne Gallery of Doe Library.

Presented by the Water Resources Center Archives, the exhibit presents unique historical and contemporary books, documents, maps and photographs.

Topics include the development of San Francisco's and Los Angeles' water supplies, Mono Lake, the St. Francis Dam failure, Hoover Dam, the Colorado Aqueduct, hydroelectric power development, rivers, the environmental movement and coastal engineering.

Preschool Open House

Applications for the school year beginning mid-August 1997 are now being accepted at University Preschool. Children who will be at least two years and nine months old in August are eligible for admission.

As an introduction to the preschool, the campus community is invited to attend an open house Thursday, Feb. 6, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Children are welcome to come with their parents. Regular class activities will be going on, with opportunities to meet teachers and see the program in action.

Young children of campus staff and faculty are given priority in admission to the preschool, located at the Harold E. Jones Child Study Center, 2425 Atherton St. Enrolled children and their families participate regularly in academic research projects administered by the Institute of Human Development.

For information or to request an application, call Randi at 642-7031 or via email at

Education Abroad Deadline Approaches

Faculty members are invited to apply for two-year directorships in the Education Abroad Program. Sites for which directors are sought include Melbourne, Australia; San Jose, Costa Rica; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Academic calendars for these Southern Hemisphere sites begin in January-February and end in November-December.

Candidates must be tenured members of the Academic Senate, lecturers with security of employment or emeriti faculty. Applications for these positions are due Feb. 21. For information, call Kathleen Ranney, Universitywide Office, Education Abroad Program, at (805) 893-3677/2748 or email

Radio Waves: Inequality to Air Jan. 28

Is widening inequality in the U.S. an accident, an inevitable product of "the system" or the result of deliberate policy decisions? Ann Swidler and Kim Voss, professor and associate professor of sociology respectively, will discuss these questions on the radio show "Audio Evidence" with host Adam David Miller. The program airs Tuesday, Jan. 28, on KPFA-FM, 94.1, at 2 p.m. The second half of the one-hour show will be devoted to listener call-ins.

Swidler and Voss are among a group of Berkeley sociology professors with varied areas of expertise who have done extensive analysis of recent changes in the balance of power between U.S. workers, corporations and communities.


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