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Up Front May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

JOB CREATOR
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

STUDENT CENTRAL
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.

PROUD LEBANESE
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

EDITOR: Thank you, Caitlin, as you hypothesized, UCSD’s database does indeed have the original spelling of her name, and we are happy to make this correction.

THE WRONG HAMILTON
Someone at @UCSD has a sense of humor, it seems. The kindly looking gentleman to the right of Craig Venter most decidedly is not Hamilton Beach (which is most prominently the name of an appliance manufacturer). Rather it is Hamilton O. Smith, who as you may or may not know, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1978 together with Dan Nathans and Werner Arber for work on restriction in bacteria (Arber), for isolating and characterizing restriction enzymes and for developing methods for restriction mapping DNA that were—ultimately—crucial to the development of recombinant DNA cloning methods and DNA sequencing methods.
Larry S. Millstein, Ph.D. ’87

EDITOR’S RESPONSE: Ah yes, we do have a sense of humor but not for mistakes such as these. Our apologies to Dr. Hamilton O. Smith, who as you note has a distinguished career. The mistaken caption was long ago changed on the website but alas print is forever.

CORRECTION: The Development Office noted in their Giving Update pages of the May 2010 issue that Adele and Ted Shank had given $100,000 to the Adele and Theodore Shank Professional Playwriting Award Fund. That is incorrect; the actual amount is $200,000.

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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.

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