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21 August 2002 |

New director named to lead UC Press
Lynne Withey has been named director of University of California Press, the largest academic publisher on West Coast. The UC Board of Regents formally approved her appointment Aug. 12.

As director, she will expand the Press's collection of 3,500 titles, oversee $20 million in annual sales, and manage a 100-person staff.

Withey succeeds James Clark, who retired in February after serving as director for 25 years. A Cal alum, she earned her Ph.D. in history at Berkeley and lectured in the history department for eight years. She joined the press in 1986 and in 1993 became associate director, with responsibility for strategic planning and general operations. Withey currently serves as a director of the American Association of University Presses.

Outstanding Staff Award nominations are due Sept. 13
The deadline to nominate staff for the 2002 Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Awards is Friday, Sept. 13. For eligibility requirements and nomination guidelines, see

Course on stress is open to the public
Berkeley students and the public are invited to attend a new campus course on the physical, chemical and biological aspects of stress.

“Cellular and Molecular Biology of Stress” will cover research findings by scientists at Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and the Buck Institute for Age Research. Among these are the possible beneficial effects of mild stress.

The class, Interdisciplinary Studies 114A meets from 2 to 5 p.m., Mondays, in 22 Warren Hall. Sponsors are the Depart-ment of Molecular and Cell Biology, the Center for Research and Education in Aging, and the NIH’s National Institute on Aging.

Campus projects slightly smaller freshman class
An estimated 3,652 freshman are expected to register for classes this semester, 190 fewer than a year ago. The following ethnic breakdown is expected: 45.7 percent Asian American, 30.1 percent white, 11.1 percent Chicano/Latino, 4.0 percent African American, 0.4 percent American Indian, and 8.7 percent listed as “other” or who decline to state an ethnicity. Women are expected to continue to be in the majority, at 53.4 percent, down from 55.0 percent last year.

The number of transfer students is expected to rise, from 1,671 last year to 1,702 this semester. Among new graduate students, about 2,800 have indicated plans to register. Women are expected to make up 47.6 percent of the new graduate-student group, up from 47.1 percent last fall.


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