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Posted October 13, 1999

Chancellor's Staff Chat Oct. 25

The chancellor's annual chat with staff, sponsored by the Berkeley Staff Assembly, will be from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 25, in Bechtel Engineering Center's Sibley Auditorium.

Chancellor Robert Berdahl will address topics of interest and concern to staff. Staff members may raise issues at the program or may submit questions in advance, to let the chancellor research issues and present a more informed response.

Submit advance questions by Monday, Oct. 18, to Mark Gotvald at

Grants Available for Junior Faculty

Applications are currently being accepted for grants in the Junior Faculty Mentor Grant Program and the Career Development Grant Program.

Twelve junior faculty who are mentored by senior faculty members receive modest awards twice each year for research-related activities. Applications are due Nov. 12, for the fall semester and Feb. 11, for the spring semester.

Applications are due Dec. 6 for 2000/2001 academic year Career Development Grants, which provide a fully-paid leave for one academic semester.

For information, contact Charles Henry, faculty equity associate, at 642-1935 or see

Townes Calls for Nuclear Test Ban

On Oct. 5, 32 Nobel laureates in physics, including Berkeley Physics Professor Charles Townes, urged the United States Senate to approve the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. The group of Nobelists, which included hawks and doves, called the ban "central to future efforts to halt the spread of nuclear weapons."

Townes also joined President Clinton in Washington, D.C., Oct. 6, in a heightened effort to persuade Senate Republicans to support the treaty.

"For decades, many prominent scientists have struggled to bring this treaty about," Townes, who won the 1964 Nobel Prize in physics, told a gathering of political and military leaders. "We're of course concerned about the safety of the United States and of the world. Ratifying this treaty is in fact the safest course."

The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty was adopted by the United Nations in 1996 and signed by Clinton and the leaders of 153 other nations. Forty-eight nations -- including only Britain and France among the seven declared nuclear powers -- have ratified the agreement.

Revised Staff Policies Are Available Online

UC Office of the President has issued revised staff policies, effective Aug. 1, 1999, relate to the following topics: discrimination in employment, affirmative action, administrative leave, reduced fee enrollment, layoff and reduction in time from professional and support positions, and reasonable accommodation of disabilities.

The revised policies are available online at

Oct. 20 Workshop Features Journal Editorial Process

What happens when you submit an article to a journal editor? What influences his or her decisions and under what constraints do editors operate?

Find out Oct. 20 in a workshop focusing on the role of editors in shaping humanities and social science journals.

Speakers include Jan de Vries, editor of The Journal of European Economic History; Barbara De Marco, principal editor of Romance Philology; and Trond Peterson, former deputy editor of The American Sociological Review.

The workshop takes place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall.

Alternative Phones Suggested for Y2K

When planning for Y2K, Communication and Network Services wants to remind the campus not to forget the potential need for voice communications equipment.

In the event that unanticipated problems occur on or around Jan. 1, Communication and Network Services recommends that those who will need voice communications have at least one alternative to campus telephones.

Possible alternative include pay phones, emergency (code blue) phones, cellular phones, radios and pagers.

Departments needing additional cell phones or pagers to meet emergency needs, should order them by Nov. 1.

Call 642-8080 for assistance with planning alternatives.


October 13 - 19, 1999 (Volume 28, Number 10)
Copyright 1999, The Regents of the University of California.
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