The Berkeleyan: This week on campus
Jon Bain-Chekal From the time he and his husband adopted their son, Wesley,  Berkeley staff member Jon Bain-Chekal spent more than five years working to persuade UC to let employees use sick leave to care for or bond with a new child. The change is one of six recent revisions to the university's leave-of-absence policy.

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Al PisanoIt took Al Pisano, recently named to head the program office for Operational Excellence, a week to agree to take the assignment. Now, the veteran mechanical engineering prof is "completely committed' to helping Berkeley achieve $75 million in annual savings by boosting the efficiency, and effectiveness, of campus operations. Failure, he says, is not an option.

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Mujer Valiente photographA photo of a woman soldier during the Mexican Revolution is among the fascinating images and documents that make up "Celebrating Mexico," twin exhibits this fall at Berkeley's Bancroft Library and Stanford. The exhibits draw from both institutions' holdings to showcase the complex history of Mexico's fight for independence and its revolution. 

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Also: Bancroft opens reading room to researchers with cameras

A Berkeley Space Sciences Lab research project and three others will explore the sun's million-degree atmosphere.  UC-administered program to bring together  scholars, advocates and the public in Oakland.  Dan Farber will provide legal analysis.

Study measures endocrine-disrupting chemicals in homes
Findings in Bolinas, Richmond are similar, says Public Health professor, co-author.
Annual gathering to honor those who passed away during the last year.
For departments only; the deadline to apply for IST lottery is tomorrow (Sept. 8).  2010 report shows greenhouse-gas emissions down, green purchasing up at Berkeley.

Lease signed for storefront on Bancroft Way.

The East Bay Parks are looking for help scouring the shoreline on Sept. 25.
Cal Corps opens four-part speaker series to connect campus and community on Sept. 8.

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