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posted December 09, 1998


Chancellor's Chat with Staff Set for Jan. 7

All campus staff are invited meet with Chancellor Berdahl Thursday, Jan. 7, at 12:15 p.m. in Bechtel's Sibley Auditorium for his second address to staff since arriving at Berkeley last year.

In his noon-hour address, Berdahl plans to discuss campus-related topics including the budget, the SAFER seismic program and the beginning of spring semester. He will then open up the meeting for questions and comments

The event was organized by Berkeley Staff Assembly (BSA), a campus organization open to all non-academic staff employees for a $15 yearly fee. BSA provides a newsletter, email announcements on staff-related issues and a voice on campus policies, plans and programs affecting staff.

For information, visit BSA's web site at


Have a Charitable Holiday

It's not too late to make a pledge to the campus 1998 Charitable Campaign. This year 100 percent of each donation will go to the selected cause. Faculty and staff may contribute to any of the hundreds of groups covered by the United Way of the Bay Area's Community Impact Fund, as well as the Berkeley Pledge outreach program, the Combined Health Appeal of California or the University YWCA. The campaign continues through the end of the year.


Ceramics Studio Sign-ups

Campus clay artists, mark your calendars. Sign-up for winter session use of ASUC Art Studio ceramic facilities begins Saturday, Dec. 12, at noon. The winter session lasts from Dec. 12 to March 5; the studio opens daily at noon.


Environmentally Friendly Printing at UC Press

University of California Press recently began printing some of its journals on 100 percent chlorine-free paper.

"It's a small change that we can make that will make a big difference for the environment," notes Mary Guitar, production manager for UC Press.

The chlorine-free paper does not generate any dangerous dioxin byproducts. Bleached with hydrogen peroxide instead of chlorine, it requires about 35 percent less wood to create the same amount of paper as its chlorinated counterpart.

UC Press now has 11 chlorine-free journals in the works, and it expects to start printing others as environmentally-friendly paper becomes more widely used by its printers.


International Culture, Resource Management Talk

Anna Tsing from the UC Santa Cruz Department of Anthropology will speak about culture and natural resources Friday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. in 223 Moses Hall. The colloquium, sponsored by the Institute for International Studies, will be devoted entirely to a paper by Tsing, "Notes on Culture and Natural Resource Management," which is available in advance.

For information call 642-2472.


Holiday Energy Curtailment Will Be Dec. 24-Jan. 3

Heat and ventilation in more than 70 campus buildings will be curtailed during the campus holiday energy curtailment, Dec. 24 through Jan. 3. Faculty and staff are encouraged to stay away from campus during the curtailment period and should not use electric space heaters if they must come to work.

For information call 642-1100.


Next Berkeleyan is Jan. 13

With this issue of Berkeleyan we complete our 1998 publishing schedule. The next edition will appear Jan. 13, with a copy deadline of Jan. 4. We plan to use the break from weekly publication to restore order to our photo and editorial files and plan coverage for the coming year. Enjoy your winter break -- as we plan to!


Optometry Holds Vision Science Meeting Dec. 14-15

The School of Optometry's 75th anniversary is the central theme of the international Vision Science Symposium, to be held Monday, Dec. 14, at the San Francisco Hilton & Towers and Tuesday, Dec. 15, on campus.

Topics of the three concurrent sessions are cellular and molecular biology of eye disease, vision perception and eye movements, and optics and visual optics.

Registration will be held in Minor Hall. For a program schedule and registration information, see the school's website at


Campus Transit Survey Results Available Online

Results of an online survey of campus transit services conducted last spring are available on the Parking and Transportation web site.

A total of 515 people participated in the survey, including 242 students, 231 staff, 26 faculty, five alumni and five campus visitors.

Participants answered questions about campus buildings, shuttle routes and frequency, and user satisfaction.

Survey results may be found at


Power Test Reminder

The campus' power load will be transferred to the cogeneration plant Sunday, Dec. 20, from 8 a.m. to noon to test the plant's ability to hold the power. Loss of electricity is not expected.However, those with sensitive experiments or equipment should either turn them off or be available in the event of a malfunction.


Berkeley-Santa Cruz Daily Jitney Service

A jitney service operated by Transportation and Parking Services at UC Santa Cruz offers daily bus service between the Santa Cruz and Berkeley campuses.

The shuttle leaves UC Santa Cruz at 8 a.m. and the Berkeley campus at 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. On Fridays the Berkeley departure time is 1:30 p.m.

The jitney is wheelchair accessible. Bikes are welcome and bike rack reservations are required. Tickets are $8 one-way and $15 round-trip.

The service is available, with appropriate ID, to UC faculty, staff, students, visiting scholars, alumni, Friends of the Library, staff spouses, potential students and retirees.

For reservations call (831) 459-3779. For information call (831) 459-2803.

Shuttles are also available to UC Davis and UC San Francisco. For information see


Emergency Preparedness Applications Due Dec. 15

Departments have till Dec. 15 to apply for cost-share funds for emergency preparedness through EH&S's Q-BRACE program.

The funds will pay to bolt bookcases or file cabinets, strap down equipment and computers and deal with potentially deadly non-structural problems.

The page 6 sidebar, "SAFER Emergency Response Planning," to this issue's page 1 article on seismic planning, contains more details on the program. Call 643-6394 for information on Q-BRACE.


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