UCSD Bioengineer to Receive Medal

The White House announced Monday that Yuan-Cheng Fung, a professor emeritus at UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering will receive the nation’s highest scientific honor, the President’s National Medal of Science.

Fung will receive the honor at an awards dinner scheduled for Dec. 1 in Washington.

Fung is one of 12 nominees chosen this year for their contributions in social policy, neuroscience, biology, chemistry, bioengineering, mathematics, physics, and earth and environmental sciences. Fung is the first bioengineer to receive the award since its inception in 1959. He is also the only engineer in among this year’s honorees. UCSD now claims five recipients of the prestigious award.

Fung has worked at UCSD since 1966 when he initiated bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate programs in bioengineering. During his tenure at UCSD, he shaped the department which was ranked third in the 2000 U.S. News & World Report survey of graduate programs.

Scripps Diving Officer Inducted into Scuba Diving Hall of Fame

James R. Stewart, diving officer emeritus at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, has been named one of the initial inductees into the National Association of Underwater Instructors Hall of Honor.

Stewart will receive the honor at a special awards ceremony to be held during NAUI’s 40th Anniversary Reunion Nov. 10 through Nov. 12 in Houston.

Stewart is among 21 scuba divers who were awarded the same honor for their volunteer and pioneering contributions in the field.

Stewart has worked with Scripps since 1952 and worked as a diving officer from 1960 until his retirement in 1991. Among his notable endeavors at Scripps are his kelp bed field projects, shipboard projects that led to the collection of data for the University of California, his commitment to training scientists, and his research diving in the Arctic and Antarctic oceans with the National Science Foundation’s Division of Polar Programs

UCSD to Welcome Holiday Craft Sale

The Craft Center at UCSD will be holding its annual holiday sale featuring ceramics, blown glass and jewelry Dec. 5 through Dec. 7 at the Crafts Center.

Ceramic items will include both functional pieces such as plates, bowls and vases, as well as abstract forms.

Items for sale include projects completed by UCSD faculty members, students and independent artists. More than 40 artists will be represented.

The sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Crafts Center is located on the Revelle campus off Eucalyptus Grove Lane.

UC Cooperative Farmers Receive Outstanding Educator Award

Fresno County UC Cooperative Farm Small-Scale Farm advisor Richard Molinar and his assistant Michael Yang have received the UC Small Farm Programs’ 2000 Pedro llic Agriculture Award for outstanding educators.

Molinar and Yang have worked together to serve Fresno County’s small farms, focusing on the needs of Southeast Asians, African American and Hispanic farmers who make up almost half of the county’s producers.

Both Molinar and Yang do research in collaboration with the UC Kearney Agricultural Center. They are also working with UC integrated pest management plant pathologist James Stapleton to study and promote the use of soil solarization as an environmentally safe method of preparing soil for planting without the use of harsh chemicals.