J. Robert Beyster, founder and chief executive officer of San Diego-based Science Applications International Corp. will discuss “”Inside San Diego High-Tech: The SAIC Story”” on Oct. 16 at the UCSD Economics Roundtable. The event starts at 7:30 a.m. in the Faculty Club and will feature a continental breakfast.

SAIC is one of the largest and fastest-growing employee-owned companies in the world.

Beyster worked as a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He founded SAIC in 1969 as a scientific consulting firm with a focus on nuclear power and nuclear weapons study programs.

SAIC has more than 41,000 employees in over 150 cities worldwide. The company’s revenues totaled $5.9 billion last year.

In 1986, Beyster founded the Foundation for Enterprise Development, a nonprofit organization designed to foster employee ownership. It provides advice and resources to companies that are starting employee ownership programs.

To make reservations for the breakfast, contact Edie Munk at (858) 822-0510 or [email protected] The cost is $50.

UC Regents to hold special meeting Oct. 17 at UCSF

The UC Board of Regents will convene in a special meeting Oct. 17 at the UC San Francisco-Laurel Heights campus in San Francisco. The board canceled its Sept. 12 and Sept.13 meetings after the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.

Agenda items include a resolution in memory of the victims of the attacks, the appointment of the student regent for 2002-2003, the establishment of a management school at UCSD, a discussion of the comprehensive review of UC undergraduate applications and the presentation of University of California’s long-term capital outlay budget.

Part of the afternoon agenda will be a closed session to discuss personnel and collective bargaining matters.

After the meeting, the regents will convene at 5 p.m. at the Catellus Visitor Center on UCSF’s Mission Bay campus for a tour of Genentech Hall, and an update on housing planning and site development.

NIGMS awards $7.4 million to study cell communication

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has provided a “”glue grant”” of $7.4 million to a consortium of scientists dedicated to studying the carbohydrate function on which cellular communication hinges.

The project leader is Dr. James Paulson of the Scripps Research Institute and the UCSD School of Medicine’s Glycobiology Research and Training Center.

Dr. Ajit Varki of the GRTC, along with others, is a project collaborator.

Twenty percent of the glue-grant funding is anticipated to go to UCSD to support core resources for glycan analysis and mouse phenotyping.

Cellular conversation hinges on the sugar molecules that blanket every cell in our bodies. Carbohydrates and the proteins associated with them permit cells to transmit and receive the chemical, electrical and mechanical messages that underlie everything from growth to thought to movement.

American Physical Society elects UCSD’s Anderegg to fellowship

UCSD project scientist Francois Anderegg was elected to Fellowship of the American Physical Society’s division of Plasma Physics.

He received the award for “”experiments quantifying particle diffusion and heat transport due to long-range ExB collisions in single-species plasmas, and for the laser diagnostics and plasma-control techniques which enabled these experiments.””

APS elects fellows each year for outstanding contributions to physics.

Anderegg’s award will be published in the March 2002 edition of APS News.

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