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09 February 2005

Applications due Feb. 25 for lecturers’ professional-development grants

The campus’s Professional Development Fund Committee is accepting applications for 2004-05 professional-development grants. All Unit 18 lecturers (those represented by the UC-AFT union and covered by the Unit 18 collective bargaining agreement) are eligible for these grants, which are intended to support the professional development, intellectual growth (including research), and pedagogical achievements of non-Senate faculty.

Seventeen grants will be awarded, each ranging from $1,000 to $8,000; they may be used for travel to conferences, paid leave, training classes, development of online courses, research, or other projects related to courses the lecturer is teaching. Due to limited funds, competition is steep, and not every excellent application is successful; the committee therefore urges those who did not receive an award last year to reapply.

The deadline for this year’s grant applications is Friday, Feb. 25. For information, contact Dave Robinson (dorphd@pacbell.net) at 548-7872. For additional information, see apo.chance.berkeley.edu/policy.html. An event to honor last year’s grant winners will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the Morrison Library in Doe Library.

Brazilian musician and cultural ambassador Gilberto Gil to speak next Thursday

Musician Gilberto Gil, Brazil’s minister of culture since 2003, will speak at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, in Wheeler Auditorium. One of the most important singers and composers in modern Brazilian pop music, he helped start the Tropicalia movement in the 1960s, combining regional folk culture with international influences to create a new style of cinema, literature, and music. Free tickets (one per person) to his talk on Brazilian culture, sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, will be available at the Wheeler Auditorium box office beginning at 6 p.m. before the talk.

New bus shelters to be installed along central-campus perimeter

In partnership with Lamar Outdoor Advertising, the campus is managing the installation of bus shelters at bus and shuttle stops on the campus perimeter, on Oxford, University, Hearst, Gayley, and Bancroft. The shelters are expected to be completed by the end of February, weather permitting. For information, contact Facilities Services at 643-4793 or cshaff@berkeley.edu.

Shiing-Shen Chern memorial set

A memorial service for the late Berkeley mathematician Shiing-Shen Chern will be held on Sunday, Feb. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Pauley Ballroom of the Martin Luther King., Jr. Student Union. Speakers will include Chancellor Birgeneau; Peng Keyu, the Chinese consul general in San Francisco; mathematics department chair Theodore Slaman; David Eisenbud, director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute; and professors of mathematics Calvin Moore, Jung-Hsi Wu, and Alan Weinstein.

Chern died in China on Dec. 3 at the age of 93.

Black History Month events include PBS film on activist Bayard Rustin

The acclaimed PBS documentary Brother/Outsider: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin will be shown at noon and 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, as part of the campus’s celebration of Black History Month. Rustin is best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest nonviolent protests ever held in the United States. A gay man, he brought Gandhi’s protest techniques to the American civil-rights movement and helped make Martin Luther King, Jr., an international symbol of peace and nonviolence.

The free screening will take place in the Gender Equity Resource Center, 292 César Chavez Center. For more campus Black History Month events, see multicultural.berkeley.edu/aasd/bhm_calendar.html and ias.berkeley.edu/ihouse/p/month.html.

Renowned architect Tadao Ando offers Regents’ Lecture Feb. 16

Tadao Ando, one of the world’s best-known architects, will speak on Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the first of this spring’s Regents’ Lectures. Ando’s talk, “Thinking Through Freedom: Contemporary Art and Architecture,” will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. in 155 Dwinelle.

For the record . . .

In last week’s story on the state of health-care coverage among California’s working-poor families, an updated quote from Sylvia Guendelman, professor of health policy and management at the School of Public Health, on the status of the state’s Healthy Families program, was inadvertently excluded.

Referring to the newly released state budget proposal from Gov. Schwarzenegger, she had told the Berkeleyan: “California’s budget crisis eliminated funding for Healthy Families, education, outreach, and application assistance in the last couple of years. As a result, new enrollment in the program has leveled off, and there is a higher rate of disenrollment. I am encouraged that under Gov. Schwarzenegger’s budget for 2005-06 several reforms are proposed that support the enrollment and retention of uninsured children eligible for Medi-Cal or Healthy Families.”