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29 September 2005

General Catalog is still available at a discount to departments

The new 2005-07 General Catalog, indispensable for advising students and helping them make the most out of Berkeley, is still on sale at a discount to campus departments. Campus units can order copies of the catalog for their staff and faculty by sending e-mail to catalog@berkeley.edu.

Catalogs ordered for faculty and staff through departments are $5 each (catalogs are on sale at the Student Store for $10). When sending a department or unit order, provide a contact's name, department, address, phone number, number of catalogs desired, and a chart string to charge for payment. For details, inquire via e-mail or by phone at 642-0702.

UC launches systemwide review of faculty diversity

The University of California President's Task Force on Faculty Diversity has launched a review of faculty-diversity efforts at each UC campus. The 11-member group is chaired by UCLA Associate Vice Chancellor Rosina Becerra. It plans to conduct an in-depth analysis of faculty demographic data, visit UC campuses, and examine existing reports and studies of gender equity and faculty diversity at UC and its peer institutions. A preliminary report to the UC chancellors is expected in January 2006. For information, visit www.universityofcalifornia.edu/facultydiversity.

Staff Ombuds Office report available

The campus Staff Ombuds Office has published a report on its activities for 2002-04. The summary includes a demographic profile of users of its services and the types of concerns they raised. It also offers recommendations regarding selection and training of supervisors, workload, cultural sensitivity in the face of change, recognition, and equitable treatment. A copy of the report is available online at ombudsforstaff.berkeley.edu/annualreport/2004/index.html. To receive a hard copy, call 642-7823.

College educators meet to model UC's science diversity program

The Biology Scholars Program will host a conference entitled "The Science of Diversifying Science" on Oct. 7 and 8. Science educators from across the state will begin the process of applying the scientific method to the design, implementation, and evaluation of diversity programs on their campuses. The conference, funded by The Moore Foundation, will include work sessions on how best to increase the number of students from diverse backgrounds who go on to medical and graduate school. It will also include panel presentations on funding and private-sector partnerships. Panelists will include representatives from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the local biotechnology industry, as well as Assemblywoman Carol Liu, chair of the Legislature's Committee on Higher Education.

For information, visit http://biology.berkeley.edu/bsp.

Schwarzenegger appoints two to UC Regents

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Sept. 13 the appointment of Russell Gould and Leslie Tang Schilling to the UC Board of Regents. Gould, 55, senior vice president at Wachovia Bank and former assistant state treasurer, earned his B.A. at Berkeley, as did Schilling, 50, founding president of Union Square Investments, Inc., a commercial-real-estate investment and management firm. The California Alumni Association's current Alumnae of the Week, Schilling serves as an officer of her family's Tang Foundation, funder of several Berkeley campus projects, including renovation of the Native California Cultures exhibit at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology and construction of the Tang Center. Gould assumes the seat formerly held by Ward Connerly, with a term expiring in 2017; Schilling's seat expires in March 2013.

Lynda Goff to head California Teach, UC's science and math initiative

Lynda Goff has been named director of California Teach, a program through which the UC system plans to quadruple its annual production of credentialed science and mathematics teachers by 2010. Undergraduates will be able to earn, in four years of study, both a bachelor's degree in science, mathematics, or engineering and the preparation needed to become a secondary-school science or math teacher. Goff, a member of the biology faculty at UC Santa Cruz for 30 years, served as vice provost and dean of undergraduate education at that campus from 1999 to 2004.

Campus center to study youth-violence prevention

Berkeley's Institute for the Study of Social Change, in partnership with the National Council on Crime Delinquency, has been awarded a $4.3-million grant from the Centers for Disease Control to conduct community-based research on efforts to prevent youth violence. The research will be conducted through a new Center on Culture, Immigration, and Violence Prevention, to be overseen by law professor Frank Zimring. For information, visit issc.berkeley.edu.

For the record . . .

In our Sept. 22 Q&A with outgoing Dean of Students Karen Kenney, we misstated the effective date of the campus policy on nudity, inspired in part by the legendary "Naked Guy" (Andrew Martinez). The campus issued its "Policy Statement Concerning Public Nudity and Sexually Offensive Conduct" on Dec. 7, 1992.