Floyd Gaffney, an emeritus drama professor at UCSD, will direct “”Before it Hits Home,”” a play about AIDS written by Cheryl West.

The play will be presented March 1 through March 18 at the Urban Village Theater in City Heights.

The play tells the story of a black bisexual jazz musician who fails to tell those around him that he is HIV positive.

Community Partners will present the play in an effort to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the black and Hispanic communities in San Diego.

Tickets for the play are on sale for $10 each. For more information call the Center for Social Support & Education at (619) 574-8015.

UCSD Extension Innovates With CDMA Course Approach

UCSD has found a convenient way to offer education about Code Division Multiple Access technology to extension students in San Diego and across the nation.

The program is designed to suit the needs of engineering students who travel and cannot make it to weekly classes. The program is being dubbed “”bookend delivery”” because some instruction is provided in class and the rest can be done via the Internet. The program has three phases.

The first phase begins Mar. 26 when UCSD Extension in San Diego will present five days of seminars.

Phase II will begin in April with the commencement of the online instruction.

After completing these phases, students can earn the UCSD Extension Specialized Certificate in CDMA Engineering.

For more information and costs, or to apply for the program, call Suzie Baranowski at (858) 451-7696.

Indian Earthquake Relief Drive to be Held on Campus

UCSD student associations are currently accepting donations to aid survivors of the earthquake in western India, which killed over 300,000 people.

The associations are teaming up with the American Red Cross to collect medicines, blankets, warm clothing, hygiene products, socks, shoes, canned and dry foods and anything else people are willing to donate.

Financial contributions must be made in the form of a check and may be mailed to the American Red Cross at 3650 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92103, or sent via campus mail to the Association for India’s Development at mailbox #G-6, S.O.L.O. Office.

Donation drop-off points are located around campus at Library Walk, EDNA, the Marshall Residence Life Office, the Muir College Center, the Warren Residence Life Office, Eleanor Roosevelt College, the International House Student Activities Center, the Cross Cultural Center and the Women’s Center.

UCSD Offers Public Seminars on Ethics of Genetics

The UCSD School of Medicine will sponsor a number of free lectures starting Feb. 2 regarding the ethical issues raised by the genetic revolution.

The seminar series is titled “”Ethical and Policy Challenges in the Genetic Revolution,”” and each 90-minute talk will be held in the Center for Molecular Genetics Conference Room of the School of Medicine.

Topics covered will include “”Germ Line Modification — In Humans?,”” “”Ethical and Policy Problems of Gene Therapy,”” “”Policy Implications of New Genetic Technologies,”” “”Mammalian Cloning — Human Applications?”” and “”DNA Sequence Information and Patenting.””

The series is sponsored by the UCSD Whitehall Chair of Medical Ethics, the San Diego Science and Technology Council and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. For more information call (858) 534-4268.

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