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Business: Fuji Xerox Company has pledged $1 million to the Haas School of Business to establish a Fuji Xerox Distinguished Professorship of Knowledge-the nation's first professorship dedicated to the study of knowledge and its impact on business. Ikujiro Nonaka, MBA '68, Ph.D. '72, is the first to hold the chair. A professor at Hitotsubashi University in Japan, he is co-author of The Knowledge-Creating Company: How Japanese Companies Create the Dynamics of Innovation.

Chemistry: The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemists finally approved the naming of element 106, Seaborgium, in honor of Chemistry Nobelist Glenn Seaborg. Kenneth S. Raymond was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, joining 20 College faculty colleagues.

Education: In conjunction with the UC Office of the President, UC Berkeley and the Graduate School of Education convened a Regional Conference on Education Collaboration and Excellence Oct. 3-4 on the Berkeley campus. It built on the national conference held in October 1996 by providing an opportunity for leaders in education, business, government, philanthropy, and community organizations to develop regional strategies for effective preK-12 collaboration.

Engineering: Armed with oars and moxie, Cal engineering students captured an overall third place at the National Concrete Canoe Competition this past June in Cleveland, Ohio. Local TV stations rolled tape as the men finished first and the women placed second in the 200-meter races. The 15-member team returned home with $1,500 in scholarship money for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Information Management and Systems has received a $400,000 grant from an anonymous donor to support development of Web pages for undergraduate classes at Berkeley. n Journalism Tom Brokaw, anchor and managing editor of NBC News, visited to kick off the second year of the Herb Caen/San Francisco Chronicle Lecture series Oct. 6 in conversation with Dean Orville Schell. Other distinguished visitors teaching at the school this year include Pulitizer Prize-winning reporter Laurie Garrett, author of The Coming Plague; former St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor Bill Woo; and Terry Gross, creator and host of the National Public Radio show, 'Fresh Air.'

Environmental Design: Internationally renowned landscape architect Peter Walker, '55, has been appointed chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. The Department of City and Regional Planning is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a series of events culminating in a Jubilee Celebration and Ball May 8-9. For more information, visit the department's web site:

Law: The San Francisco law firm of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP has donated $200,000 to Boalt's new Center for Clinical Education. The Center integrates the study of law with practical experience. Students will work on real cases under the Center's director, staff attorneys, and Brobeck attorneys.

Letters and Science launched the Robert and Colleen Haas Scholars Program this fall, which creates opportunities for outstanding, low-income undergraduates to explore research interests and develop research skills through one-on-one relationships with faculty mentors. Eligible students in their junior year from any school or college may apply.

Natural Resources: The College has hired 23 new faculty members since 1993, for a total count of 105, and will be recruiting 15 more faculty over the next few years. By the year 2001, more than a third of the college's faculty will have been hired over this seven-year period.

Optometry: 1998 marks the 75th anniversary of the School of Optometry with a full schedule of celebratory events, including an international eye care symposium and gala banquet on June 13-14, 1998. The Eye Center is providing care for 5,000 Native Americans in the Lake County Tribal Consortium following agreements reached in May.

Public Health: As part of its ongoing effort to attract and retain the brightest students from a broad array of backgrounds, the School of Public Health has awarded a record $1.2 million in support this fall to 120 new and continuing students who have dedicated themselves to promoting and protecting the health of the human population.

Public Policy has temporarily departed from its ancestral home at 2607 Hearst Ave., hoping to return next year to a slightly larger but seismically sound Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy. The school's interim location is venerable Wheeler Hall, which the founding dean rejected as the original home for the school 30 years ago.

Social Welfare: To help Bay Area social service departments adapt to the implications of welfare reform, the School has established the Bay Area Training Academy for Professional Career Development. Its main emphasis will be to improve county child welfare and social services through staff development for supervision, team-building, and change management.

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