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What's In A Name
Geisel in Other Guise
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Couch Potato-thon
Cross Purpose


Up Front May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2


Raymond HardieJim Langley
This past month, Jim Langley announced he is leaving UCSD. His tenure has been marked by tremendous successes. He was instrumental in securing the pricate and institutional funding that helped transform the University, and was a strong advocate for greatly enhancing alumni relations. @UCSD would not have been launched without Jim's leadership and vision. We are grateful for his time here and saddened to see him go. MORE


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Marsha ChandlerLove ’em
I really enjoyed the article on the eucalyptus trees. As a freshman I worked in the Coffee Hut located in the grove adjacent to the Revelle Undergraduate Library. The tree trimmer men used to come by every morning for coffee (maybe a forerunner of Starbucks?). Last year I “came home” to San Diego for my nephew’s wedding. UCSD had changed dramatically, but the trees seem eternal. I am glad you are working hard to keep them that way.

I am going to forward the article to my daughter, a junior at Virginia Tech, majoring in Urban Forestry. See Ruth, an employment opportunity in “Gods country!”
Tom Williams, Warren, ’77

Hate ’em
The article on eucalyptus trees by Heather Henter was very well done insofar as it went, but it failed nearly totally to mention the considerable downside to these trees. Their root systems are not deep or extensive enough to keep a big tree standing in high winds. I saw one fall across Scholars Drive South on a rainy October Sunday in 2004. In a fire, their oils make them burn hotter than most wood and they tend to release “bombs” of burning parts that may be borne considerable distances downwind. There are numerous instances of this in recent fires not far east of campus.

Perhaps it is time for the campus arborists to begin a systematic replacement of these accidents waiting to happen. Let us hope that tort lawyers don’t have to be the agents to motivate this landscape revision.
Leonard J. Gosink, M.D.
Formerly on Neurosciences Faculty

Editor’s Note: View related article. MORE




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