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Stomp, Poetry and Speeches
Help Kick Off Black History Month

Children stomped and jumped. Students read poetry. Starla Lewis, a community college professor, urged students to learn more about history on their own. Black History Month kicked off Wednesday at UCSD with an hour-long program, mixing songs, poetry, dance and speeches. More
Dogged Alumnus Uncovers Da Vinci Secrets
SeraciniA character stepped right out of “The Da Vinci Code” and onto a UCSD stage last week. The tale he told was just as compelling as Dan Brown’s bestseller, though it didn’t involve a secret, thousand-year-old plot by the Catholic Church. In “The Da Vinci Code,” Brown says that Maurizio Seracini “unveiled the unsettling truth” about Leonardo’s work. More
Investigative Journalist Mark Danner to Speak on Human Rights in DeWitt Higgs Memorial Lecture
U.S. practices at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib will be among human rights topics discussed by investigative journalist Mark Danner when he presents the annual DeWitt Higgs Memorial Lecture at 6 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Price Center Ballroom. The lecture, Into the Light of Day: Torture, Human Rights and Bush’s State of Exception, is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a panel discussion with time for questions from the audience. More
Academic Senate Advances New Degree, Hosts
Communications and Supercomputing Leaders

The UCSD Academic Senate met Tuesday and approved a joint motion by the Committee on Educational Policy and the Graduate Council to establish a combined five-year degree program focused on international studies. The new program would lead to a bachelor’s of arts degree in international studies and a master’s degree in international affairs. More
Study Finds Anthrax Toxins Also Harmful To Fruit Flies
Fruit flyDeadly and damaging toxins that allow anthrax to cause disease and death in mammals have similar toxic effects in fruit flies, according to a study conducted by biologists at UCSD. Their findings, which appear this week in an early online edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that fruit flies can be used to study the link between the biochemical activities and physiological effects of anthrax toxins.
A Fork in Memory Lane: Research Indicates
Hippocampus Supports Two Aspects of Recognition

Recollection, as defined by memory specialists, is the ability to call up specific details about an encounter, while familiarity is simply knowing that someone or something has been encountered before. Both are elements of recognition memory and both, new research suggests, are functions of the brain’s hippocampus.
Simulating Earthquakes for Science and Society
TeraShake simulationEarthquakes are a fact of life in California. The southern part of the major San Andreas fault, however, has not seen a major earthquake since about 1690, and the accumulated movement may now amount to as much as six meters—setting the stage for an earthquake as large as magnitude 7.7—the “big one.” To understand the basic science of earthquakes and to help engineers better prepare for such an event, scientists want to identify which regions are likely to experience the most intense shaking, particularly in the populated sediment-filled basin of Los Angeles and similar areas in Southern California and northern Mexico. More

Scientists to Help Guide New
Nationwide Networking Infrastructure

Two of the eight scientists appointed to a new Science Research Council for optical networking in the United States are from UCSD: Larry Smarr, director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2); and School of Medicine neuroscientist Mark Ellisman. More

People photoScripps Marine Ecologist Named Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation
Enric Sala, an associate professor of marine ecology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, has been selected as a 2006 Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation. Morearrow

Marianne McDonald Awarded Prizes
in Theater and Classics, Honored with Book

People photoMarianne McDonald, professor in the Theatre and Dance Department and in the Classics Program, was presented on Jan 30 with the San Diego Critics Circle Craig Noel Award for Theater Excellence for most Outstanding New Play, entitled “…and then he met a woodcutter”. McDonald was also awarded the American Philological Association “Outreach Prize” (2006) last week for her work popularizing classic literature.

Study Shows Diversity is an Advantage
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Theme of His Newest Book
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State Tries to Get a Jump on Global Warming
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Diversity Awardees Named
Thirty-six employees, departments and units that have worked to promote diversity at UCSD will collect their 2005 UCSD Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Awards next week at the Price Center. Morearrow

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Silk Road to the Future

Students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to take a historic trip to China. Four trips are planned for July. Get more information on the Legends of China Web site. Application deadline is March 1.

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Kaiso! Writings by and about Katherine Dunham
Co-edited by Sara E. Johnson

"Kaiso," a term of praise that is the calypso equivalent of "bravo," is a fitting title for this definitive and celebratory collection of writings by and about Katherine Dunham, the legendary African American dancer, choreographer, anthropologist, and social activist. Originally produced in the 1970s, this is a newly revised and much expanded edition that includes recent scholarly articles, Dunham's essays on dance and anthropology, press reviews, interviews, and chapters from Dunham's unpublished volume of memoirs, "Minefields." More


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