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Up Front: Letters to and from the editor
Shelf Life: Books
Cliff Notes: Student life and sports
Class Notes: Alumni profiles
Looking Back: Thoughts on UCSD
Credits: Staff and Contributors
Changing Realities
The Gift of Scholarship
Interview with the Chancellor
Three-Dimensional Career
Comic Community
Campus Currents
Birch Celebrates 20 Years
Waggle-Dance Blues
Burning Man Theatre
Where the Wild Seadragons Are
Bird in the Hand
The Nanowire Forest
Reel ArtPower
Honey, I Shrunk the Computer
Pirates in Print
Cannabis Relief for MS

Up Front May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2


I hope you noticed our cover. If it doesn't signal change, we aren't doing our job. First, we have a new name, Triton magazine (more on that later). And more importantly, we have a new chancellor. Pradeep K. Khosla, a distinguished electrical and computer engineer and dean of engineering at Carnegie Mellon, became UC San Diego's eighth chancellor when Marye Anne Fox stepped down on August 1.

We will miss Marye Anne and we welcome Pradeep.

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If you are not a UCSD alum, but would like to subscribe to the magazine, we invite you to join the Association as an affiliate member.


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.


Credit PLease!
Imagine the excitement that I felt when I saw a photograph of the ViaSat-1 satellite on the front cover of the latest publication of at|UCSD. It was built by Space Systems/Loral (SSL), in Palo Alto, California and a number of UC San Diego grads helped design, build, test, and launch this satellite before handing it over to our customer, ViaSat.

However, after reading the article, I was surprised and disappointed that the author of the piece neglected to acknowledge our company's contribution. Even the photograph of the satellite in our Palo Alto manufacturing facility, which was taken by a Space Systems/Loral photographer, was not credited.
It was particularly distressing to me that my company was not mentioned because I was the first mechanical systems engineer to work on ViaSat's other satellite, WildBlue-1, which was launched in 2006. While those of us at SS/L work closely with all of our customers, we feel that it is important for us to also get recognition for the achievement of building such a high performance, complex, state of the
art satellite as ViaSat-1.

Space Systems/Loral is the world's leading provider of commercial satellites and there are many great UCSD alums who work here. We think our fellow graduates would want to know that we had a part in building the world's highest capacity broadband satellite.
Erik Levine, Warren '91

And some of our other UC San Diego alumni:

Eve Levine, Revelle '90
Matteo Genna, Warren '89
Henry Kao, ERC '06
Tara Grace, Revelle '06
Frankie (Kit Pui) Wong, Marshall '79
Paul Trainer, Revelle '75

Editor: We are noticing a dramatic shift away from formal Letters to the Editor toward commentary on our social media sites. We have decided to run a very small sample of these postings, and invite you to join the conversation online at Facebook and LinkedIn.


Letters to the editor


Share your thoughts!

Something on your mind? We want to share with you BUT we also want you to share with us. We invite you to respond to our articles with letters to the editor, either posted or emailed to alumnieditor@ucsd.edu.


UC San Diego alumni have a rare opportunity to help shape the future of the University of California by becoming a voting member of the UC Board of Regents. This position is especially influential now, given the current fiscal crisis facing the state, the University of California, and its students.

Alumni regents are selected for two-year terms on a rotating basis from the system’s 10 campuses.

The successful applicant will serve the first year (fiscal year 2013-2014) as an alumni regent designate and secretary of the Alumni Association of the University of California (AAUC). He or she will attend all meetings and participate in policy discussions but without voting rights.

Then, beginning July 1, 2014, the regent designate will serve as president of the AAUC and become a full-voting member of the Board of Regents.

For more information, visit alumni.ucsd.edu/regent