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05 April 2006

Karl Pister is CAA's Alumnus of the Year

A former dean of engineering at Berkeley, chancellor at UC Santa Cruz, chair of the systemwide Academic Council, and UC vice president, Karl Pister will be honored on Saturday, April 8, as Alumnus of the Year at the annual Charter Gala at Fort Mason in San Francisco. The award and banquet are presented by the California Alumni Association (CAA).

Karl Pister

Pister has contributed to the University of California for more than 60 years - as an undergrad, faculty member, and administrator. Still on campus as Berkeley's Roy W. Carlson Professor of Engineering Emeritus, Pister is active at age 81 - he remains deeply engaged in campus affairs, currently overseeing planning for the ambitious Southeast Campus Integrated Projects (including improvements to Memorial Stadium) and advising the Berkeley Diversity Research Initiative, among other commitments.

For information on the gala, visit alumni.berkeley.edu/chartergala. A profile of Pister appeared in the January/February issue of California, the CAA alumni magazine, archived at www.alumni.berkeley.edu/calmag/200601/alumnus.asp.

Wildavsky lecturer to offer a 'centrist civic primer' April 6

On Thursday, April 6, John DiIulio,Jr. will deliver a lecture titled "What Would Franklin Do? A Centrist Civic Primer on Religion, Politics, and Community-Serving Programs." DiIulio teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He advised both Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential campaign; in 2001 he directed the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

The event is from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Boalt Hall's Booth Auditorium; it is sponsored by the Goldman School of Public Policy as part of this year's Aaron Wildavsky Forum for Public Policy (honoring the school's founding dean). A discussion of the lecture will be held the following morning, from 9 to 11 a.m., in the Goldman School, Room 355. For information, call 642-4670.

'World peace: working for the future'

Each year, Rotary World Peace Scholars from around the world are funded by the Rotary Foundation for two years of graduate study at Berkeley, emphasizing human rights, conflict resolution, and peace studies. On Sunday, April 9, this year's graduating class will summarize their Berkeley experience, current research, and plans for promoting global peace. Orville Schell, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism, will also speak. The event will be held at the YWCA Berkeley, 2600 Bancroft Way, from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. For information see www.ias.berkeley.edu or phone 643-4751.

Registration open for UC-systemwide women's conference

This year's University of California conference for women will be held May 16 and 17 at San Francisco's Parc 55 Hotel. Titled "Women Leaders 2006: A Symposium for Women in University Settings," it offers opportunities for education, inspiration, and connection for all university women, particularly those at UC. Highlights include 30 workshops in three tracks - leadership, personal development, and communication - and a women artisans' galleria. Keynote speakers include UC Associate President Linda Williams; Angela Davis, teacher, scholar, and activist; Winona LaDuke, Native American activist, economist, and former vice-presidential nominee of the Green Party; and Jan Yanehiro, Emmy Award-winning former host of Evening Magazine.

Program information and registration details are available at www.ucsf.edu/cge/wg/programs/wls/index.html (all previous conferences have sold out, so early registration is encouraged). For information, contact Victoria Auer at vauer@genderequity.ucsf.edu or (415) 476-5222.

Applications sought for UC's annual IT award

UC is seeking applications for the Larry L. Sautter Award for Innovation in Information Technology, for information-technology innovations that have the potential to improve UC administrative or academic processes. Competition is open to faculty and staff from all UC campuses, the Office of the President, and the three UC-managed national labs.

Application information can be found at www.ucop.edu/irc/itlc/sautter. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m., Monday, May 15. Award recipients will be announced July 16 to 18 at the UC Computing Services Conference in San Diego.

Lyon prize honors undergraduate photography

The deadline for submissions for this year's Matthew M. Lyon Prize is Monday, April 10. The annual prize recognizes outstanding undergraduate work in photography, including but not limited to fine-art photography and documentary work. Up to $1,000 is awarded annually; winning work is featured on the Lyon Prize website and may be exhibited by the College of Environmental Design, which administers the prize. All Berkeley undergraduates are eligible.

For details on the award (including information on the 2005 winners - Gustavo Huber [first place] and Cindy Solis and Daniel Yaffe [second place]) - visit berkeley.edu/lyon.

Student performance of As You Like It

Students in the English department's "Shakespeare in the Theater" course will present As You Like It from Thursday, April 27, through Sunday, April 30, in a full-scale production with costumes, music, song, and dance. The free performance of the Bard's romantic comedy will be offered at 4 p.m., April 27 and 28, and at 3 p.m. April 29 and 30, in the Class of 1925 Courtyard (between Moses and Stephens halls); in case of rain, the performance will be in the Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler.

For the record . . .

In an introduction to an interview with Mexican politician Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas (in the Berkeleyan's March 23 issue), we mistakenly identified the year in which Mexico nationalized its oil resources as 1934. The nationalization took place on March 18, 1938; a national holiday marks its anniversary.