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22 October 2003

Bette Anton, Beth Weil
The Berkeley division of the Librarian’s Association of the University of California has named Bette Anton, head of the Fong Optometry and Health Sciences Library, and Beth Weil, head of the Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library, as the Library’s 2003 Distinguished Librarians. The two, it says, represent the highest ideals of librarianship on the Berkeley campus.

Bette Anton was nominated by Dennis Levi, dean of optometry, who wrote that “in all of her service and professional activities, Bette is engaged, energetic, and a leader....She easily fulfills the criterion of ‘excellence in librarianship,’ specifically as it furthers the teaching and research missions of the Berkeley campus.”

Beth Weil was nominated by Jeremy Thorner, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology. Thorner noted faculty colleagues’ praise for Weil’s skill in blending the collections of five libraries into a unified institution. Outside the university, she has served since 1998 as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Library Advisory Board, and has been invited to serve on the board of directors of the Public Library of Science.

A reception for the winners will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17, in the Morrison Library.

Peggy Lemaux
The American Society of Plant Biologists presented Cooperative Extension Specialist Peggy Lemaux with its Dennis Robert Hoagland Award during its annual meeting in Honolulu this summer. In its citation, the society referred to Lemaux’s “highly productive research career, the results of which have been especially important to the success of agricultural biotechnology….She developed and perfected the technologies,” it said, “that have led to development of transgenic maize, barley, wheat, turfgrass, and other monocotyledonous plants. Importantly, her research has been widely adapted for use by scientists in laboratories around the world.”