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Campus Currents May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

The NatGeo Connection

National Geographic Society (NGS) is impressed by UC San Diego. And rightly so. First, Maurizio Seracini, Revelle '73, became a National Geographic Fellow for his work searching for a lost DaVinci mural in Florence. Then the society's TV arm committed to making major documentaries about the work of archaeologist Tom Levy in Israel and research scientist Albert Yu-Min Lin, Marshall '04, M.S. '06, Ph.D. '08, and his search for Genghis Khan's tomb in Mongolia. And earlier this year Lin was named an Emerging Explorer, after he launched the UCSD-NGS Engineers for Exploration program at UC San Diego's California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). Now the NGS has selected UC San Diego to be the next venue to encourage students to apply for Young Explorers Grants of between $2,000 and $5,000. Currently dozens of UCSD students are trying to produce better solutions for the society's explorers and expeditions. So on October 1, NGS brought its Young Explorers Grants Work­shop to Calit2 on campus to engage even more students. Nearly 150 showed up and many finished the workshop with plans to propose projects that would bring engineering solutions to the challenges of exploration.

—Douglas Ramsey