Weekly Bulletin
November 15, 1999
Vol. 89, No. 9
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Thinking about math
Real-world problems
Randall manages musical banquet
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Nassau Notes
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In the news

Nassau Notes



Kushanava Choudhury '00 (l) and Avik Mukhopadhyay '02 fight it out in the finale of "Desis of Our Lives," an original play by Princeton South Asian Theatrics that will be held at 7:30 pm November 18 and 19 in Forbes College Theater. For reservations, e-mail or call 258-2255 PSAT. (Photo by Karthick Ramakrishnan)

University Concerts
    The Lindsay String Quartet will present a complete cycle of Beethoven's String Quartets in two performances at Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The cycle will open on November 18 and continue on November 19; both performances are at 8:00 pm.



Theater and Dance
Janis Brenner and Dancers will perform four works at 8:00 pm on November 20 in the Hagan Dance Studio, 185 Nassau St. A question and answer period with the company will follow.



Cotsen conference
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Slovenly Peter, the first American translation of Heinrich Hoffman's 1850 classic, Der Struwwelpeter, Cotsen Children's Library will host an international conference on November 19 and 20 in 101 McCormick Hall. Entitled "Struwwelpeter in English: Contemporaries and Successors," the conference will explore the book's reception in the English-speaking world and its many translations, adaptations and parodies. Puppeteer Preston Foerder will present a show based on "Slovenly Peter" at 8:00 pm on November 19.


Ambassador Artaza speaks on Chile
Mario Artaza, Chilean ambassador to the United States, will speak on "Democracy, Human Rights and the Economy in Chile" at 4:30 pm on November 15 in 2 Robertson Hall.
    He will share the podium with Andrés Allamand, a researcher at the Inter-American Bank and visiting professor at Georgetown University. A leader of the student opposition to the Allende government before the 1973 coup, Allamand was one of the founders of a new center-right party, National Renovation.
    A long-time member of the Chilean diplomatic service, Artaza served in the embassies in Washington DC and Peru and was a member of the Chilean delegation to the UN in the 1960s and early '70s. In 1973 he joined the World Bank, serving in Pakistan, Argentina and Paraguay, and eventually becoming senior operations officer for Latin America. Returning to diplomatic service in 1990, he went to Geneva as ambassador. In 1994 he was named director of policy planning for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    Artaza is the co-author of two books, Overall Development of Chile and América 70. His lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School and the Program in Latin American Studies.


Scottish MP discusses independence
    Alex Salmond will speak on "The Scottish ParliamentMoving Onward to Inde-pendence" at 4:30 pm on November 16 in 6 Robertson Hall.
    Salmond, who joined the Scottish National Parliament in 1973, has been a member of its executive committee since 1981. Elected leader of the SNP in 1990, he has worked as an economist in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland and as an oil and energy economist for the Royal Bank of Scotland.
    His lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School.

WWS presents Freedom from Hunger president
Christopher Dunford will give a talk titled "A 'Perfect' Solution for an Imperfect World: Microcredit in the Garden of Good and Evil" at 4:30 pm on November 17 in 1 Robertson Hall.
    Dunford is president of Freedom from Hunger, a nonprofit group that provides sustainable self-help solutions to combat chronic hunger and poverty. Trained as an ecologist and sociologist, he began his career in 1975 as a program officer with the UN Environment Program and later became a land use planning consultant to the US Agency for International Development, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, and the Peace Corps.
    Dunford is the author of many articles and publications on strategic planning and evaluation of rural development programs.
    His lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School.

Lewis at U-store
Bernard Lewis, Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Emeritus, will read from his book, The Multiple Identities of the Middle East, at 6:30 pm on November 18 at the University Store.


Club hosts dance competition, ball
The University Ballroom Dance Club will host its first intercollegiate ballroom dance competition on November 20 and 21 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Dancers may compete in all 10 international and American style dances at the newcomer, beginner, intermediate, advanced and open levels.
    The club's annual Fall Ball will be held on November 20 from 8:00 pm to midnight and will honor the winners of the Open Latin and Open Standard from the day's competition. Formal dress is requested, and refreshments will be served.
    Both events, held in Dillon Gym, are open to the public. The cost for watching the competition is $10 per day for adults, $5 per day for students and children over eight, and free with a University ID. Admission is $5 for students and $10 for general admission.
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Employee records
Under a regulation of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, employers are required to make available upon request certain medical records and all exposure records of employees who are exposed to toxic substances or hazardous agents. The University will provide the first copy of these records free to the employee or a representative to whom the employee has given written authorization. The regulation does not require that access be provided to records of counseling, drug or alcohol abuse programs.
    A written request must be sub-mitted by the employee or authorized representative, along with proof of identity such as a driver's license or University ID. To ensure that proper information is made available, the employee must provide his or her social security number.
    Medical record request forms may be obtained from Occupational Medicine at University Health Services (258-5035). Exposure record request forms are available from Environ-mental Health and Safety (258-5294). Former employees must submit requests to the Office of Human Resources, Clio Hall.
    A copy of the regulation is available for review upon request at McCosh Health Center or Environmental Health and Safety.

Committee seeks nominations for staff award
The Selection Committee for the President's Achievement Award is accepting nominations through November 30. This award recognizes members of the support and administrative staff with 10 years or more of service who have made significant contributions to the success of their departments and to the University. Four awards are made annually to staff (biweekly A and B, and administrative and related staff, grades 1-6).
    Those nominated should have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in carrying out the responsibilities of their positions and, in addition, have some particular notable achievements (such as team-work and collaborative work efforts, mentoring and support to students and staff, department or University committee work, or innovation and creativity in support of department and University goals).
    Individuals who are not the direct manager of an outstanding employee may suggest a nomination to the employee's supervisor. Managers should make written recommendations to their vice president, dean or academic chairs, who will make nominations to the Selection Committee.
    Nominations must include examples of the individual's accomplishments, as well as endorsements from at least two individuals who know the employee's work, one of whom must be the current manager or supervisor.
    Award winners will receive $2,000 and are recognized at the Service Recognition Luncheon on January 26, 2000. Nominations should be sent no later than November 30 to Selection Committee (PAA), Office of Human Resources, Clio Hall.