News Briefs

How the Nose Knows

At Lawrence Hall of Science, kids can enjoy an afternoon of "scent-sational" activities devoted to the nose on Saturday, May 1-also known as National Sense of Smell Day.

Fun "noses-on" activities include making a scented sachet to take home, solving a mystery with your "smell detector" and conducting blindfolded tests to identify natural vs. artificial flavors.

Children can enter the National Sense of Smell Day essay contest and win one of three $100 Savings Bonds. Essay winners will go on to compete nationally for a $500 Savings Bond in one of three age/grade levels. Activities, which are from noon to 4 p.m., are included with LHS admission.


Iranian Director
Retrospective at PFA

Throughout May, Pacific Film Archive features "Salaam Cinema," a cinematic tour of the thought and art of Mohsen Makhmalbaf, an Iranian director considered a world cinema master.

Born in Tehran in 1957, Makmal-baf spent five brutal years in the Shah's prisons, freed only by the 1979 revolution. He later became a playwright, novelist and finally a film director and head of the Bureau of the Islamic Arts and Thought.

Mixing irony and humanism, grotesquerie and lyricism, one of his most eloquent subjects is the chord that cinema touches in a people looking for a way into their society. Another is society itself and problems such as poverty, exploitation and intolerance.

Works from the series will be screened each Friday and Saturday evening throughout May, starting at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday May 15, 22 and 29, starting at 7 p.m. For information call 642-1412.


Pueblo Pottery Treasures

An exquisite comprehensive collection of southwest pueblo pottery collected at the turn of the century is on display through Oct. 26 at the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology.

This collection includes objects from the Mesa Verde/Four Corners region; pueblo, Hopi and Pima works collected by George Pepper; Hopi pottery dating back as far as the 14th century; and meticulous watercolors depicting Anasazi pottery from Pueblo Bonito dating from 1100 to 1300 A.D.

The museum, which is wheelchair accessible, is located in Kroeber Hall, near the corner of Bancroft and College Avenue. Its hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday; 10 a.m. to 9 on Thursday, when admission is free to the public. Summer hours, June 1 through Aug. 15, are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.


Long-Term Care Update

Whether or not to purchase long-term care insurance is a decision that becomes more costly the longer one delays making it. A long-term care informational seminar, sponsored by the Berkeley Emeriti Association and the Berkeley Retirees Association, will be offered Wednesday, May 21, 9:30 a.m. to noon.

This program will offer information to help retirees, and those not yet facing retirement, decide if long-term care insurance is necessary for them and to let them know some of the choices available. Current and retired faculty and staff are welcome.

The seminar will be held at Haas Clubhouse, Strawberry Canyon Recreation Area. To reach the clubhouse from Gayley Road, turn onto Stadium Rim Way, proceed to Centennial Drive and turn onto Centennial. Free parking is available in the Strawberry Canyon parking area.


Scholarships for Staff

The Berkeley Staff Assembly will award five $100 scholarships to campus staff who are members of BSA and are developing or working on new career goals here. Deadline to apply is May 23, with awards announced June 20.

This is the first time the group has offered scholarships. The program seeks to encourage and recognize motivated staff who are actively pursuing their career aspirations.

For application information, check the BSA web site at Applications may also be obtained from Charlene B. Hambrick, 516 Warren #7360, or 642-4049.


Rine Uses Award to Help Burmese Cause

Genetics professor Jasper Rine is sharing his recent Distinguished Teaching Award with the Free Burma Coalition.

His donation of $1,000 from his award is to assist the group in its efforts to restore freedom and human rights in Burma though Internet activism.

"The Free Burma Coalition is engaged in one of the most important teaching challenges globally through its successful consumer boycott and educational campaigns. I would like to share my award with the coalition," said Rine in a letter to the group.

Aung San Min, a Burmese student exile and organizer with the coalition, said "I am extremely pleased by this generous act of solidarity by an eminent Berkeley scientist."



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