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 Labor Seminar Oct. 9

Top officials of the California Labor Federation will address students, faculty and Bay Area labor leaders in a Bay Area Labor Studies Seminar Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Art Pulaski, the federation's new executive secretary treasurer, and Tom Rankin, the new president, will discuss their agenda for the federation as well as the new direction of the AFL-CIO. At the top of the agenda, they say, are strategic campaigns against union-busting employers, organizing unorganized workers, economic growth policies and training programs for workers.

Pulaksi has been executive secretary of the San Mateo Labor Council for the past 11 years. Rankin has been the legislative advocate and research director of the California Labor Federation since 1983.

The seminar will be held in the Director's Lounge, Institute of Industrial Relations, 2521 Channing Way, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. For information contact Kirsten Snow Spalding at 643-6815, or by email at spalding@uclink4. berkeley. edu.

UREP Deadline Oct. 7

The deadline to apply for University Research Expeditions Program funds and field assistance is Oct. 7 for projects from June through October 1997.

UREP provides assistance to UC researchers worldwide. Support is provided by members of the public who subsidize research costs through their tax-deductible donations and contribute skills and time as short-term field assistants.

UREP funds may be used for short- or long-term field research, as seed money for new research, to extend continuing projects, supplement other grants and support graduate students or additional staff.

For more information, call UREP at 642-6586, or email urep@uclink. berkeley.edu.

New Faculty Members Join Board of Regents

The two new faculty representatives on the UC Board of Regents are Duncan Mellichamp from Santa Barbara and Sandra Weiss from San Francisco. The two joined the board as non-voting members at its Sept. 19-20 meeting.

Mellichamp is chair of the systemwide Academic Council and replaces Arnold Leiman, professor of chemical engineering at Berkeley. Weiss, who is vice chair of the Academic Council, is a professor of nursing and psychology.

John Martin to Receive Wheeler Service Award

John A. Martin, Jr. will receive the Benjamin Ide Wheeler Service Award Oct. 17 at the Berkeley Community Fund's annual award dinner.

Martin is to retire in December after 24 years as general director of Stiles Hall, a private non-profit agency that has engaged UC students in meeting the needs of the local community for over a century.

The Wheeler Award was established in 1929. It is named for the UC president who served from 1899 to 1919 and was active in Berkeley civic affairs. The award recognizes "outstanding nonpartisan service in any field of activity which has benefited the quality of life for a significant number" of Berkeley residents.

A native of South Berkeley, Martin has worked for social justice for four decades. His unwavering long-term belief in the potentially life changing benefits of one-on-one mentoring programs for low-income youth is one of his most enduring contributions.

Each year Stiles Hall matches 250 low income youth from Berkeley, Oakland and Richmond with 250 carefully screened volunteer UC student mentors. It also offers a mental health internship at Napa State Hospital, volunteer coaches for elementary school children and an elderly companionship program for seniors in the community.

In recognition of Martin's long career with the agency, Stiles Hall has established the John A. Martin Jr. Youth Mentor Endowment. For information contact David Stark at 841-6010.

Flu Shots Offered At Tang Center

It's that time of year when influenza or "the flu" hits, typically with a 102-103 fever, muscle aches, weakness and extreme fatigue. The flu vaccination, tailored to combat the newest strains of the virus, can significantly reduce your risk of catching the flu. You cannot get the flu from the vaccine because the vaccine viruses have been killed.

University Health Services at the Tang Center is offering a series of flu clinics to help protect the campus community. The cost of the vaccine is $7.50. No appointment is necessary.

Flu vaccination is especially important for those 65 years of age or older; six months of age or older who have cancer or any other condition that may suppress the immune system; between 6 months and 18 years of age on long-term aspirin use; those with chronic heart, kidney, blood disease, lung disease or severe asthma; and those in close contact with people in a high-risk group.

Flu shot clinics will be from noon to 6 p.m. on the following days: Thursday, Oct.17; Friday, Oct. 25; Thursday, Nov. 7; Tuesday, Nov. 19; and Thursday, Dec. 5.

For information contact Pam Cameron at 642-1814.

Incentive Awards Expand To East Bay High Schools

Seven students from East Bay high schools will be able to attend Berkeley next fall on full, four-year scholarships, thanks to a $500,000 gift from the Clorox Co. Foundation of Oakland.

The gift allows Berkeley to replicate the Incentive Awards Program across the bay from its base in San Francisco to Berkeley High School and the six public high schools in Oakland: Castlemont, Fremont, McClymonds, Oakland, Oakland Technical and Skyline.

The San Francisco program has been hailed as a model for providing scholarships to academically talented students who have overcome formidable socio-economic barriers.

Since 1992, the program has selected one student from each of San Francisco's 13 academic public high schools to attend Berkeley on full scholarships.

Students selected have overcome financial hardship, language barriers, dysfunctional families, and violent neighborhoods. Then the scholars return to their high schools as ambassadors for higher education, recruiting others to apply to college.

Our Earliest Ancestors: New Discoveries

Who is our earliest ancestor? What issues surround the evolutionary differences of apes and humans? Tim White, professor of anthropology, will address these questions and more Oct. 10 in a lecture entitled "Our Earliest Ancestors: New Discoveries from the Middle Awash, Ethiopia." This is one of a series of lectures celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Museum of Paleontology.

White will discuss the history of human ancestor discoveries, including Ardipithecus ramidus, the earliest known human ancestor, and the implications of this discovery for our knowledge of human origins and evolution.

He will also introduce the geography, ethnography, natural history, geology, chronology and paleontology of the Middle Awash region, where he currently leads the Middle Awash Project, along with J.D. Clark, G. WoldeGabriel and B. Asfaw.

White has also done anthropological work in Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Jordan and Turkey.

The free lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. in 2050 Valley Life Sciences Building. The public is invited.

For information call 642-4877.


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