14 March 2001 |

Ronnie Stevenson III
Berkeley staff member Ronnie Stevenson III, founder and executive director of the campus’s Break the Cycle program, received a 2001 Bay Area Black History Month Award as part of KQED television’s celebration of Black History Month, in February.

One of seven Bay Area individuals named, Stevenson was selected for his work with Break the Cycle, an after-school tutorial program focusing on math skills.

“You’re humbled,” he said of the award. “How do you get picked out of all the good people working on good projects? I’m honored by the recognition.”

In 1983, as a 31-year-old Berkeley reentry student and a father of three, Stevenson helped start the program, with the idea of training undergrads to tutor students in historically low-performing schools. In 1991 it became an official UC program. Break the Cycle currently partners 90 undergraduate tutors, working in paid internships, with about 180 local elementary and middle school students a year.

Arpad Horvath
Arpad Horvath, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the Consortium for Green Design and Manufacturing, has won a $375,000 National Science Foundation early career development grant.

Arpad was awarded the grant for his project, Re-engineering of Construction Processes and Education for Sustainable Development, which will build a foundation for integrated research and education on the environmental consequences of construction engineering and management activities in the United States.

Project participants will collaborate with three major construction companies, a well-known environmental engineering and management firm, and the university’s Capital Projects to identify ways of improving job-site environmental protection practices. Pollutants like greenhouse gas emissions, wastewater generation and hazardous waste generation will be documented so that researchers can estimate the costs of prevention programs to private companies and the public.


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