UCSD Chancellor Robert C. Dynes announced last Wednesday that, come Feb. 23, Sid Karin, the founding director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center and the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure, would become the new senior strategic advisor to the director of the center. Additional changes include Francine Berman signing on as new director of SDSC and NPACI.

Karin has served as the director of the center for 16 years and has made the center an internationally respected laboratory for computational science and technology. He was also instrumental in the successful proposal that lead to UCSD’s hosting of NPACI. After Karin’s significant contributions, he desired to return to hands-on research, and the new position will allow him to do so.

Berman has worked with UCSD since 1984 and was the founder of UCSD’s Parallel Computation and Grid Computing Laboratories.

Power Conservation Saves UCSD More Than $8,000 a Day

The Office of the Vice Chancellor announced Friday that through campuswide efforts to conserve power by shutting off lights and appliances, UCSD saved 10 percent in energy. This helped all Californians keep their lights on and has led to a savings of over $8,000 per day for the university, which is the third-largest consumer of electricity in San Diego Gas & Electric’s territory.

The state electric system operator has replaced the Stage 3 emergency, which lasted for 29 consecutive days, with a less critical Stage 1 emergency.

Jack Hug of the Office of the Vice Chancellor emphasized that the crisis is not over and that continued cooperation by the campus will be necessary to further the progress during the remainder of California’s energy crisis.

UCSD Helps Parents Prepare Their Children for College

“”Enhancing Student Preparation for College,”” a conference offered to San Diego parents to help them prepare their children for college, will take place on Saturday, March 31 at Woodland Park Middle School at 8:30 a.m.

The Early Academic Outreach Program at UCSD will sponsor the conference, which is aimed at familiarizing local parents about the college application process, admission requirements and other education options in California besides the University of California.

Parents are encouraged to attend with their children.

For reservations or more information, contact Jackson at (858) 822-4252 or [email protected] by Monday, March 19.

Atkinson Urges Students to Take Advantage of CalGrants

UC President Richard C. Atkinson urged students Friday to take advantage of the state’s CalGrant program, which provides million of dollars in financial aid to California college students every year, before the March 2 application deadline.

Atkinson stressed that students meeting the requirements could possibly have their total tuition needs met and that unlike loans, grants do not need to be repaid.

The CalGrant program pays up to $9,700 toward tuition and fees to students attending private institutions and up to $1,550 for those attending California community colleges.

Some basic requirements for the program include being a legal California resident, attending a qualifying California post-secondary institution, being enrolled at least half-time and not being in default on a student loan.

The programs offer both “”A”” and “”B”” grants, given depending on a student’s education status and grade point average.