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Posted February 3, 1999

Hellman Research Award Applications Due Mar. 15

Applications are currently being accepted for awards from the Hellman Family Faculty Fund. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 15.

The fund supports research by assistant professors who show potential for great distinction in their work. Prior to receiving a Hellman award, faculty are expected to have served at least two years as an assistant professor but not to have yet been recommended for tenure.

This year a total of $300,000 will be available. Individual faculty may apply for a grant of up to $50,000; the maximum award granted in the last two competitions was $45,000. Awards cannot replace salary, but may be used for any other research-related expense.

For information see the web site of the Office of the Vice Provost at, or call 642-1963.

Pleasantville Screens at Wheeler Hall Feb. 5

In SUPERB Production's Feb. 5 film, "Pleasantville," two '90s teen-agers (Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels) become trapped in a 1950s-sitcom. The genial spoof, replete with special effects, plays at 7 and 9:30 p.m. in Wheeler Auditorium (which is wheelchair accessible). Admission is $3 with a valid campus photo ID, $4 general admission. Arrive early for seating and tickets.

SUPERB Productions is a student-run, non-profit branch of the ASUC. For information on SUPERB events, see or call 642-7511 for recorded information.

CED Lecture Feb. 15 On Gender, Architecture

An architectural historian whose work focuses on the intersection of patronage and gender in Elizabethan and modern architecture, will speak on "Women and the Making of the Modern House," at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 15 at 112 Wurster.

Alice Friedman, professor of art and co-director of the Architecture Program at Wellesley, is author of "House and Household in Elizabethan England: Walloon Hall and the Willoughby Family." Her talk is hosted by the College of Environmental Design. Admission is free.

Feb. 10 Noon Concert: Violin and Piano Works

Violinist Dawn Madole and pianist Karen Shinozaki are the featured performers at the free noon concert Wednesday, Feb. 10 at Hertz Hall.

The program includes Mozart's "little" Sonata (Nâ 4 in E minor), Messiaen's Th╦me et Variations and Beethoven's Sonata Nâ 5 in F major ("Spring") op. 24.

The concert starts promptly at 12:15 p.m. and ends by 1 p.m. For information call 642-4864.

All Units Can Now Buy Small Items with a Credit Card

Under the procurement card system now available to all departments, designated staff can use a credit card to pay for low-dollar items.

The cards are programmed with spending limits and vendors are paid within 72 hours. The department is able to buy many low-dollar goods and services without using a purchase order through Berkeley Financial Systems (BFS).

Departmental managers and business officers interested in implementing the program can sign up for start-up workshops. The first two will be Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon.

For information or to sign up for workshops, call 642-3293 or email

Sather Classical Lectures Wednesdays on the Gods

Henk Versnel, professor of ancient history at the University of Leiden, Netherlands, will present the 1999 Sather Classical Lectures on Wednesday evenings, from Feb. 10 through March 17.

The eight-lecture series on the gods and God is titled "Coping with the Gods: Wayward Readings of Greek Theology." All of the talks begin at 8:10 p.m. in 2050 Valley Life Sciences.

During his stay on campus, Versnel will also teach a classics seminar, "Magic in Graeco-Roman Antiquity."

New IGS Program Hosts Government Exec on Campus

Norman King, executive director of the San Berdnardino Associated Governments, is on campus this month as the first Stone & Youngberg California Local Executive-in-Residence of the Insitute of Governmental Studies.

King will give a noon seminar titled "Demand Management and Pricing Principles," Wednesday, Feb. 24 in 119 Moses. During his three-week campus, he will also teach, study and write on improving local governance.

A reception to welcome King will be held Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. in 119 Moses.

Postdoc Association To Offer Workshops

The Berkeley Postdoc Association, a newly formed organization for campus postdoctoral fellows, will offer workshops on professional issues throughout the spring semester. The first of the meetings, on alternative careers, was held in January.

Workshop 2, a three-part series on the application and interview process, will be offered Feb. 11, 18 and 25. Each session is from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Lipman Room, 8th floor, Barrows Hall.

The Feb. 11 session features Peter Fiske speaking on "To Boldly Go: Practical Career Planning for Scientists and Engineers." Fiske is a physicist at Lawrence Livermore Labs and author of a book on which his talk is based.

To preregister for workshops, email by Monday, Feb. 8.

The Feb. 18 workshop, "Interviewing and Negotiating," will focus on the job interview and negotiations following a job offer. The panelists, all from alternative careers in science, will discuss what employers look for in resumes and cover letters, what makes for a successful interview, common mistakes to avoid, and how to negotiate an offer.

At the Feb. 25 workshop, "Applying for an Academic Position," faculty from various academic instituions -- from a small liberal arts college to a large research institution -- will discuss what they look for when hiring new faculty.

For information on the workshops or the Berkeley Postdoc Association, see the group's website at or email


February 3 - 9, 1999 (Volume 27, Number 21)
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