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Interview with the Chancellor Fox
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Where In The World Is...
A Thousand Words
In the Name of the Law
In the Right
Campus Currents
Fingertip Library
UCSD by Design
Breast Tumor Marker
MoMA Mia
Pacific Gyres and Robotic Gliders
Sunshine in a Suitcase
Signs of Genius
HIV, the Alzheimer's Clue
UCSD Medicine in Mozambique
Lightweight Super Bridge

Up Front May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

I am often dazzled by the breadth and caliber of stories available to the magazine.

Because we cover both the University and Alumni, we find ourselves at a nexus of powerful narratives. Achievements in the arts, sciences, engineering and medicine all fall within our portfolio, and those achievements powerfully impact the world beyond... MORE

$148. I remember the amount vividly because I waited in long lines to pick up this check, my Cal Grant financial aid check, each month during my five years at UCSD. Thousands of us would get up early and gather on the lawn, often waiting for hours. Sometimes the staff gave us water, lemonade or popcorn. Often we read through the schedule of classes or talked with friends. The lines were long, but we waited because these checks paid for our books, food and rent. I waited because without my $148 Cal Grant check, I could not have completed my degree. MORE

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A c c o l a d e s

Excuse this brief interruption while we take a moment to congratulate ourselves. The UCSD Alumni Association was recognized in three different categories by the Council for the Advance­ment and Support of Education (CASE) at the CASE District VII conference in San Francisco, in November.

The Association won three Awards of Excellence for its creative use of technology, new programs and general interest magazine. It received a gold medal award for its innovative “AlumnIdea” crowdsourcing microsite that allows alumni to give interactive feedback; a gold medal award for the “Discovery Ambassador Initiative,” a program that reconnects alumni with the University; and a silver medal award for the magazine, which we hope you are happily perusing.


I read Ira Rubenstein’s column in the 50th anniversary edition of the magazine, where he asked that we support UCSD. Well, I’ve been doing that non-stop, not because I want to “make my diploma more valuable,” but because that diploma is already valuable, and students who go to UCSD tend to be a cut above. I started Kramer Engineering Services, a mechanical engineering firm in 2002, just after earning my P.E. license. Since then I have employed at least seven Mechanical Engineering students and grads, including two who have subsequently earned their P.E.s: Jen Gagne, Revelle ’05, and Joe Kilcoyne, Warren ’04. I am happy that I have a consistent source of fresh minds, who can learn their trade while helping Kramer Engineering Services succeed.
Lynn Kramer, Warren ’90

It was great to see a story on the “old” Student Center (before what was commonly called the “High” Price Center). Briefly mentioned was the UCSD Print Co-op, which was located right behind Groundwork Books after they moved into the Student Center. Student entrepreneur Garrett Gruener, Muir ’76 (who was featured on the cover of your May 2006 issue) had convinced the official campus printing facility that a student-run uplication facility would relieve them of the hassle of student requests, so they generously donated their old but functional A.D. Dick 360 offset press. We set up in a tiny corner room. For a couple of years I, along with two others, cranked out hundreds of fliers, posters and newsletters for student events. It was a great moment in student-run media.
Lincoln Cushing, Muir ’75

EDITOR: To reference Lincoln’s “Looking Back” essay on Student Print Co-op and Groundwork Books.

Congratulations on a terrific 50th anniversary issue. The journey through the past into the present and future is wonderful, entertaining and inspiring. I also loved the art-directing of my “Looking Back” piece. I hope people will be inspired by it as well. Only one quibble: you spelled Serena’s name wrong, I think by looking at her records from UCSD. During the course of her time at UCSD she changed her name back from Layon to its original family spelling, Layoun. It was very important to her to take that step as part of her pride in her Lebanese heritage. If you’ve got space for a correction in the next issue I’d be deeply appreciative. Again, thank you for your care in bringing this piece into the world.
Caitlin Sullivan, Muir ’81


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