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New Area Code Is Coming to East Bay

Pacific Bell recently announced the introduction of a new East Bay area code – 925 – to meet the continuing demand for telephone numbers in the Bay Area. Beginning March 14, 925 will be the area code serving the eastern portion of the existing 510 area – Martinez, Concord, Orinda, San Ramon, Moraga, Sunol, Livermore and Pleasanton. Berkeley, Oakland, Richmond, Fremont, Hayward, El Sobrante, Crockett, Hercules and Pinole will keep the 510 area code.

A complete list of prefixes moving to the new area code can be found on Pacific Bell’s website at

When dialing from area code 510 to the new area after March 14, dial 1 (preceded by 9 if calling from campus) + 925 + the number. Calls will cost the same as they do now. Callers dialing from outside the 510 area can use either the old or new area code for six months from the March 14 start date. After Sept. 12, calls will go through only when the new area code is dialed.

UC Offers Multicampus Collaborative Research Grants

The Office of Research in the UC Office of the President is currently accepting grant proposals under the Multicampus Research Incentive Fund.

The award competition aims to promote interdisciplinary, multicampus research collaboration in all fields. Most of the awards will range from $3,000 to $5,000. None will exceed $10,000. These funds are designated to augment the university’s extramural research resources and strengthen multicampus and campus/laboratory research relationships.

Faculty in all disciplines are eligible; proposed collaborations must involved faculty from at least two UC campuses. The lead faculty member, if on the Berkeley campus, should submit the application to the office of Joseph Cerny, vice chancellor for research, at 119 California Hall. Cerny will rank and forward five proposals to the UC Office of Research for final funding decisions.

Deadline for submission to Cerny’s office is 5 p.m., Monday, April 13; the Office of the President deadline is Friday, May 1. Awards will be announced before June 30.

For program specifics contact Carol McClain, 987-9473, at the Office of the President; email her at; or check For other questions contact Trish Cascardi at 643-5622.

Historian Eric Foner: Jefferson Memorial Lecturer

Eric Foner, a leading historian of 19th century America as it emerged in the early Republic, will discuss “The Origins of American Freedom” at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in the Lipman Room, located on the 8th floor of Barrows Hall.

Foner is the Clinton DeWitt Professor of History at Columbia University and an authority on political ideology and social change in 19th century America, particularly in the era of slavery, Civil War and Reconstruction.

His 1988 book, “Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877,” won the Bancroft Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. In 1995, he was named the Scholar of the Year by the New York Council for Humanities.

Berkeley Graduate Is Indonesian Ambassador to U.S.

Berkeley alumnus Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti was recently appointed as Indonesia’s ambassador to the United States.

Before his appointment by President Soeharto, Kuntjoro-Jakti served as director of Institute for Economics and Social Research, associate dean for academic affairs and then dean for the faculty of economics at the University of Indonesia.

His areas of expertise include finance, economic reform, deregulation, commerce and industry as well as international economic relations. He has served as an adviser to and member of various organizations, publications and boards and is a founding member of the Foundation for Human Resource Development of Indonesia and the founder of PT Nexus Interlink Asia.

Kuntjoro-Jakti earned a doctorate in economics at the University of Indonesia. In 1966 he earned a master’s in public policy from Berkeley, and in 1981 a Berkeley doctorate in political science.

LHS Workshop: Signs of Life in the Universe?

Are we the only living beings in the universe? Recent findings suggest exciting theories and possibilities, which will be discussed at a Saturday, April 11, workshop at Lawrence Hall of Science, “The Search for Life in the Universe.”

During the 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. workshop, renowned radio astronomer Jill Tarter (rumored to be the inspiration for the lead character in the movie “Contact”) will present the latest information on detecting extraterrestrial radio signals.

Other presenters include Chris McKay of NASA on exploration of and possibilities of life on Mars; Simon Clemett, member of the Stanford University Mars meteorite team; Dan Wertheimer of Project SERENDIP; and Andrew Fraknoi, who will speak on “Discovering Planets Around Other Stars and What It Means for Star Trek Fans.”

Advance registration is by mail or fax (643-0994). Advance tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for ages 10 to 18, including LHS admission. Registration on the day of the event is $25, regardless of age.

The workshop is sponsored by LHS and the Astronomical Association of Northern California.

New Hours at Parking and Transportation

The Parking and Transportation office at 2535 Channing Way has changed its hours in response to customer requests.

Effective March 1, members of the campus community can take care of parking permit matters weekdays during the noon hour, or until 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The office opens each weekday at 7:30 a.m. for morning business.

The new schedule is 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. all other weekdays. For information see the Parking and Transportation web site at or call 642-4283.

Renowned Philosopher on Soul’s Immortality

Philosopher Robert Nozick will deliver the Foerster Lecture, titled “The Place of Consciousness,” Thursday, March 19, at 4:10 p.m. in the Toll Room of Alumni House.

The Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University, Nozick is described by writer and social critic Tom Wolfe as the most extraordinary philosopher in the United States today. Nozick’s philosophical reflections include thoughts on dying, creating, the sanctity of everyday life, sexuality, theology and the holocaust.

The Foerster Lectures, established in 1928, focus on immortality or a kindred spiritual subject. Past lecturers have included historians of religion, ethnologists, Sanskrit scholars, ethicists, theologians, philosophers and neurophysiologists.

For information contact the Graduate Council at 643-7413.

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