Students of Eleanor Roosevelt College vote this week in a special election for a $5 quarterly fee increase. If passed, the additional funds will help ERC-specific programs and organizations. Ballots will be accessible to ERC students on the Studentlink Web site.

The additional fee would take effect spring 2002. Organizations to benefit from the increase include Programming at ERC, Multicultural Student Network, ERC Community Student Association, Transfer Student Association and ERC-TV.

Questions about the election can be answered by Student Council at ERC representatives Jan. 22-25 at the ERC Commuter Lounge.

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Scripps professor wins prestigious research medal

The American Meteorological Society presented its highest award, the Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal, to V. Ramanathan at its annual meeting Jan. 16 in Orlando, Fla.

Ramanathan, a Scripps Institute of Oceanography professor, was recognized for his work in “”studies on the radioactive roles in clouds, aerosols and key gasses in the earth’s climate system.””

Ramanathan is co-chief of the Indian Ocean Experiment, an international project to evaluate chemical pollution over the Indian Ocean and to analyze the aerosols found in the region. The $25 million venture includes 150 scientists and involves area analysis by satellites, aircraft, surface stations, ships and weather balloons.

Throughout his career, Ramanathan has been recognized for research on greenhouse gasses and the links between cloud and water vapor development, as well as the regulation of ocean temperatures. In 1975, he published the first study showing the relationship between chlorofluorocarbons and the greenhouse effect.

The Rossby Research Medal is awarded annually to a scientist who has made exceptional contributions to the understanding of the atmosphere’s composition and behavior.

Progress in outreach reported to regents

The university’s educational outreach programs have progressed significantly within the last year, according to the UC administration in its annual presentation to the UC Board of Regents last week.

UC Irvine Vice Chancellor Manuel N. Gomez said there has been a considerable increase in the number of students participating in the programs, and that they are being reached earlier in their academic careers. Also, the program has made it possible for thousands of California teachers to receive professional development.

The University of California’s Education Outreach Program, a state-funded enterprise, has made a concentrated effort to boost academic achievement in California schools and to prepare students for college. The state’s support for the program is $177.4 million per year, with $93.5 million allocated for teacher development.

The program tutors and mentors K-12 students, partners with lower performing schools to develop curriculum, develops programs to increase teacher and administrator performance, and offers planning to community college students who want to transfer to UC campuses.

At the meeting, Winston C. Doby, vice chancellor of student affairs at UCLA, became the new vice president of the EOP. Gomez held the position until this year.

UCSD booster to receive Chancellor’s Medal

Malin Burnham’s contributions to education in the San Diego community will be recognized Feb. 7 when UCSD Chancellor Robert C. Dynes awards Burnham with the distinguished Chancellor’s Medal. The medal is the highest award issued by the university to an individual.

Burnham will be honored at the Town and Gown celebration for his many leadership positions in educational organizations within the community. Burnham’s service has demonstrated his commitment to the development of higher learning in San Diego.

Burnham now serves as chairman of the UCSD Foundation. He is also an active member of UCSD’s Board of Overseers, the Chancellor’s Associates, San Diego Dialogue and UCSD CONNECT. He also sits in on advisory groups for Scripps Institute of Oceanography and the Jacobs School of Engineering. Burnham also supports San Diego State University and his alma mater, Stanford University.

Members of the UCSD faculty will also receive awards of merit in research, teaching, and community service from the Chancellor’s Associates at the event.

The event starts at 4:30 p.m. in Mandeville Auditorium. A reception follows at the Cecil and Ida Green Faculty Club at 5:45 p.m.

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