Jan. 13, 1997 Vol. I, No. 10



For Your Information publishes announcements of public meetings, notices, events, deadlines and classes and courses of interest to the university community. The deadline for submitting items is noon on Monday one week before the issue appears. The deadline for the issue of January 27 is Tuesday, January 21, because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The deadline for the issue of February 10 is Monday, February 3.

Please submit items by sending them to mail drop 8242, faxing them to (818) 677-4937, or e-mailing then to pubinfo@exec.csun.edu.

Public Meetings

USU Board of Directors

The next meeting of the University Student Union Board of Directors will be 5 p.m. on Mon., Jan. 27, in the University Student Union board room.

Campus Planning Board

The Campus Planning Board will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Mon., Feb. 3, in the President's Trailer, conference room A.


Human Resource Programs Offered on the Internet

Human Resource Services training and development programs can now be accessed through the Internet at http://www-hrs.csun.edu/empdev/train97 or on the Human Resource Services homepage. All departments will receive one copy of the spring 1997 training brochure. Additional copies may be copied from the abovementioned sources.
fmi - Carol Hallenbeck, x3820.

Our Deepest Sympathy

The campus community extends its sympathy to John Peters (English) on the death of his father and to Keith Morton (Anthropology) and his wife Vicki (Journalism) on the loss of his father.


Cancer Risk, Genetic Testing Conference Scheduled

The CSUN Genetic Counseling Program and the USC/ Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center will sponsor a daylong conference on cancer risk assessment and genetic counseling on Fri., Jan. 31, on the CSUN campus.

Presentations will include "Genetic Counseling in Familial Cancer" by June Peters, genetic counselor, Medical Genetics Branch, National Center on Human Genome Research; "Ethics in Clinical Cancer Genetics" by Alexander Capron, medical ethicist and professor of law and medicine at USC; "Public Health Issues in Cancer Risk Assessment" by Dr. George Cunningham, chief, Genetic Diseases Branch, State of California; "Preventing Cancer in the 21st Century-Can We Get There From Here?" by Dr. Robin Clark, medical geneticist and head of the Cancer Genetics Unit, USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center; "Hereditary Breast Cancer" by Dr. Valerie Israel, medical oncologist, USC/ Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and "Hereditary Colon Cancer" by Dr. Heinz-Joseph Lenz, medical oncologist, USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The conference is free, but space is limited. To register by email, send your name, address and phone number to aida.metzenberg@csun.edu or by fax to (818) 677-3355.

Nobel Laureate Crick to Speak on "How Do We See"

Francis H.C. Crick, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962 for his role in the discovery of the molecular structure of DNA, will speak on campus Thurs., Feb. 20, in the Performing Arts Center. His appearance is sponsored by the National Science Foundation Institutionalizing Student Biology Research Projects program directed by Steve Oppenheimer.

The university community and the public is invited to attend. Seating for National Science Foundation fellows and special guests will be at 2 p.m. All others will be seated at 2:20 p.m.

Crick is a J.W. Kieckhefer distinguished research professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, where he served as president in 1994 and 1995. He also is an adjunct professor psychology at the University of California, San Diego. His discovery of DNA's molecular structure with two other scientists is considered by many to be the most important discovery ever in the life sciences.


Distinguished Teacher Nominations

Nominations for Distinguished Teaching Awards are now being accepted. Faculty and students are encouraged to nominate a professor for this award. Nomination forms and guidelines are available in the Faculty Senate Office, Faculty Office Building 106. The deadline for nominations is Fri., Jan. 31. fmi - x3263

Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowships

The Cal State Northridge Chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society is seeking applications for competitive fellowships for first-year graduate or professional students. Fifty outstanding senior university students from across the nation will be awarded $7,000 each and 30 students will receive $1,000 Phi Kappa Phi Awards of Excellence.

Criteria used in the selection process include undergraduate academics, leadership and service both on campus and in the community, graduate prospects, the student's personal statements and evaluation reports.

The chapter application deadline is Wed., Feb. 5, and winners will be announced in early April. Students who will have finished their undergraduate work by August of this year and have not completed any previous graduate work should contact chapter president Stan Charnofsky in Ed Room 3126 or call x2548. Applicants must be either current members of Phi Kappa Phi or be tapped for membership this coming semester. Membership is offered to students who are in the top 10 percent of their graduating class.

Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest and largest national honor society that recognizes and promotes superior scholarship in all academic areas of higher education.

AIDS Research Grants Available

Grants are available through a University of California program that supports AIDS research in basic science, clinical science, social/behavioral science and epidemiology. Individual, new investigator, postdoctoral fellowship, collaborative AIDS prevention research, conference, dissertation and short-term institutional awards will be given.

The deadline for applications for collaborative AIDS prevention, research, conference, dissertation and short-term institutional training grants is Wed., Feb. 5. The deadline for all other awards is Mar. 3.

fmi - Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, x2901.

Forgivable Loan/Doctoral Incentive Program

The California State University system is seeking applications for the 1997-98 Forgivable Loan/Doctoral Incentive Program, which is designed to increase the diversity of persons qualified to fill instructional faculty positions at CSU campuses. The program provides financial support of up to $10,000 a year for a maximum of $30,000 within five years for full-time graduate students pursuing doctoral degrees at accredited universities. The loan is forgiven at the rate of 20 percent for each year of full-time post-doctoral teaching at a CSU campus. Applications are available in the Graduate Studies office, AP Dome 706, and are due back to that office by Mon., Feb. 17.

fmi - Hedy Carpenter, x2138.

Governor's Employee Safety Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 1996 Governor's Employee Safety Award, an annual program designed to recognize outstanding performance of individual state employees for improving job safety, responding to life-threatening situations and preventing and reducing the number of occupational injuries. Nominations are due by Fri., Feb. 28.

fmi and nomination forms, contact Ron Norton at x2401.


Workshop for Students Deciding Their Majors

"Decide Your Major," a two-hour workshop for students deciding or confirming their majors, will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Tues., Jan. 14, and from 10 a.m. to noon Thu., Jan. 23, in the Advising Resource Center/EOP, Education E100. The workshop consists of an introduction to career planning concepts and techniques with information on policies, procedures and campus resources for students considering majors.

fmi and registration, call x2108.

January 13, 1997