Awards and Honors

CAL PACT Program Wins Recognition

Berkeley's CAL PACT (Cal People and Computer Training) team was recently honored by the Association for Managing and Using Information Resources in Higher Education, known as CAUSE. CAL PACT was named in the 1997 CAUSE Awards Program for Best Practices in Higher Education Information Resources, Professional Development category. The team was cited for its efforts to bring the university community up to new baseline computing training requirements.

The award was presented Dec. 4 at the association's annual conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., before nearly 3,000 conferees. Ac-cepting the honor for the large team involved in the project were CAL PACT co-chairs Marissa Peck Comins of Human Resources-Employee Development and Training, and Laura Kim, Information Systems and Technology-Workstation and Microcomputer Facilities.

The CAL PACT project grew out of the university's effort to replace legacy financial and human re-sources systems with client/server applications.

Staff recognized that the campus community would need training in basic desktop tools such as spreadsheets, word processing and email.

Human Resources and IST have formed a partnership to define baseline computing training re-quirements and objectives for the campus.

The selection committee was particularly impressed with the extensive and effective collaboration among units, the integration of varied approaches to the project and the use of students as a training resource.

The Awards Program for Best Practices in Higher Education Information Resources was established to recognize individuals and teams in higher education for significant achievements in areas related to information resource management. Descriptions of the winning projects are on the CAUSE 1997 Winners web page, found at

This is the second consecutive year in which a Berkeley team has won a CAUSE Best Practices award. Last year the Berkeley Internet Kit team was recognized.

CAUSE has a membership of more than 1,400 campuses and 3,900 individual representatives.

Jerome A. Feldman

Jerome A. Feldman, professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, was recently awarded an honorary doctor of science degree by the University of Rochester.

An authority on artificial intelligence, Feldman founded Ro-chester's computer science department. He is also the founding director of the International Computer Science Institute.

Bruce A. Bolt

Bruce A. Bolt, professor emeritus of seismology, has been named an honorary life member of the Seismological Society of America. He was cited for "long-term dedication to the society" and "very important work in explaining the science of seismology to non-scientists."

Boalt was editor of the society's journal, "The Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America," from 1965 to 1972. He served as the society's president from 1974 to 1975.

Constance Chang-Hasnain and Venkat Anantharam

Constance Chang-Hasnain and Venkat Anantharam, professors of electrical engineering and computer sciences, have been elected as fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

A Berkeley faculty member since 1996, Chang-Hasnain specializes in semiconductor optoelectronics. Anantharam, a faculty member since 1993, was recognized "for contributions to the analysis and control of communication networks."



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