Professors from UCSD’s physics and biology departments will be recognized for their achievements. The professors are Kim Baldridge, Robert E. Continetti, M. Brian Maple, Ivan K. Schuller and Nicholas C. Spitzer.

The American Physical Society has named Baldridge and Continetti as fellows.

Baldridge, an associate adjunct professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is a principal scientist at the San Diego Supercomputer Center and was recognized for her work with quantum calculations.

Continetti is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry and was honored for his studies involving photo detachment and photo disassociation processes.

Maple, a professor of physics, director of the Institute for Pure and Applied Sciences, and director of the Center for Interface and Materials Science, received a John Simon Guggenheim Research Fellowship and an Alexander von Humboldt Award for Senior Scientists.

Maple and Schuller, who are professors of physics, have been selected as Highly Cited Researchers for Scientific Information. Both are listed in the Highly Cited Researchers database, which can be found at

Spitzer has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his research on the early stages of the nervous system’s development.

UPTE and UC Reach Tentative Agreement

The University of California and the University Professional and Technical Employees Union have tentatively agreed upon a two-year contract for research support professionals.

The contract will establish salary increases retroactive to Oct. 1, 2000 and 2001-2002 increases, which will go into effect Oct. 1 of this year.

UPTE is expected to ratify the contract between June 4 and 15 and the university is expected to approve the agreement next week.

The 2000-2001 increases to go into effect constitute a 2.8 percent salary increase in addition to a $56 per month increase and standard merit increases.

For the upcoming period of 2001-2002, step-based employees will receive a 2 percent salary increase and open-range employees will receive a 4.3 percent increase.

There about 3,800 research support professionals working under job titles such as museum scientist and research associate employed by the university.

The university continues to negotiate a contract with UPTE for technical employees.

Jacobs Engineering Students Place at Airplane Contest

The UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering won fourth place in an international design, build and fly competition sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

The Silent Electric Flyers of San Diego, High Tech RCD, General Atomics, Diversity Model Aircraft and the Jacobs School sponsored the students’ entry in the contest, which took place April 21 in Inigoes, Md.

It took six months to complete the plane, which was made mostly of composite materials and very little metal. Rules stipulated that the plane be no more than 55 pounds and that it must take off in less than 200 feet. The plane also had to operate using nickel-cadmium batteries.

The team from the Jacobs School was one of 37 teams in the competition.

Revelle Programming Holds Block Party at Matthews

The Revelle Apartment Programming Board is holding Moon Goddess, an all-campus block party, on Roosevelt Lane between the Mathews Apartments this Saturday between 8 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.

The street party is free to all and will feature Jammin’ Z-90 with DJ Smallydiggs a.k.a. Smallwonder. The opening act will be performed by No Valence. Performances by Pozition, South Pa, James, Ducedog and Sumeet, solo hip-hop groups will also be featured.

The event is also sponsored by Revelle College Council, RHA, Revelle Res Dean fund, Warren College Council and ICRA.

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