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31 March 2005

MIT prof to deliver Howison Lecture April 4

This year's Howison Lecture in Philosophy, sponsored by the Graduate Council, will be given by Judith Jarvis Thomson, professor of philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her announced topic is "Normativity."

Thomson is widely recognized for her work in moral philosophy and metaphysics. In moral philosophy, she has made significant contributions to its sub-fields of applied ethics, moral theory, and meta-ethics. Her studies in metaphysics have largely covered the ontology of events and the identity across time of people and other physical objects. She is currently working on the question of what it is for one event to cause another.

The Howison Lecture will take place on Monday, April 4, at 4:10 p.m. in the Toll Room, Alumni House. For further information, phone 643-7413 or e-mail lectures@berkeley.edu.

Nominations open until April 7 for Sustainability Awards

The Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) is looking for green practices to celebrate. The second annual UC Berkeley Sustainability Awards will be presented on April 28 at the Sustainability Summit. Nominations of groups or individuals are open to the entire Cal community; the deadline for nominations is April 7.

CACS's goals are to engage the campus in an ongoing dialogue about reaching environmental sustainability; to integrate environmental sustainability with existing campus programs; and to instill a culture of sustainable long-range planning and forward-thinking design. The committee will recognize contributions to each of these goals with the Sustainability Awards.

Nomination forms and further details are online at recycle. berkeley.edu/sustainability, or by phone at 643-4793. There is a great deal of flexibility in qualifying groups or projects, organizers say, and creativity is welcome.

UCB employee discount offered for LHS residential summer camps

Campus faculty and staff employees who register by April 30 can save up to $45 per child for the Lawrence Hall of Science's summer residential camps. To take advantage of this offer, parents or legal guardians should call the LHS camp registration department at 642-5134; a staff ID card will be required. The discount is for LHS residential camps only; it does not apply to the more than 80 LHS day camps.

This year's LHS residential offerings include two coastal ecology camps in a traditional camp setting, two backpacking camps in Yosemite, and two high-school research camps at UC field stations. Camp information can be found online at www.lawrencehallofscience.org.

Cal Student Store 'grand opening' is April 5-8

To celebrate the completion of its storewide remodel, the Cal Student Store will hold a three-day grand opening Tuesday, April 5, through Friday, April 8. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 6; featured guests include the Cal Band, the Golden Overtones, and varied campus and bookstore officials. Storewide discounts, giveaways, games, the KMEL Street team, and student-group performances are in the plan, as well as two faculty/student author events and free samples from store food vendors.

NASA scientist to discuss Mars robots' discoveries April 6

Steven Squyres, principal scientific investigator for NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Project, will deliver this year's Raymond and Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecture in Astronomy on Wednesday, April 6. Speaking at 5:45 p.m. in 1 Pimintel, Squyres will discuss evidence of water-related processes that the mission's twin "robot geologists" discovered at their respective landing sites on Mars. Admission is free and open to the public.

New parking options on west side

Parking spaces in some westside lots have been reallocated to accommodate recent campus office moves, the campus's Parking & Transportation Department has announced.

The new Oxford lot at the corner of Hearst and Oxford streets will open with 23 faculty/staff spaces for F permit-holders. Four F spaces will also be added to the University Hall Well lot.

Campus visitors to University Hall, the Visitor Center, and nearby destinations will benefit from 27 new short-term hourly parking spaces being put into operation in the University Hall West lot. Two disabled-person (DP) spaces will be maintained in the lot for access by campus DP permit-holders. (State-issued DP placards are not valid in campus DP spaces weekdays before 5 p.m.)

Parking in the short-term spaces is allowed with the display of a dispensing-machine ticket. Users may purchase these tickets from the yellow dispensing machine located in the University Hall West lot, center aisle. (Hourly rates can be found on the Public & Visitor Parking web page, at pt.berkeley.edu/PublicAndVisitorParking/.)

For additional information, see www.berkeley.edu/transportation or call the Parking and Transportation office at 643-7701.

For the record . . .

A typographical error in last week's issue may have left readers with the erroneous impression that UC Berkeley was established in 1968. We must have been thinking of the Valencia University of Technology in Spain while proofreading; the Berkeley campus was, of course, established in 1868.