Quincy Troupe, a professor in UCSD’s department of literature, was named a finalist for the first official poet laureate for the state of California.

    Troupe and two others were nominated by the California Arts Council review panel for the title, which is the first of its kind to ever be awarded in California. Gov. Gray Davis will name the poet laureate before July 2002, pending confirmation by the state legislature.

    Among his many accomplishments, Troupe has authored 13 books, including six volumes of poetry. He won back-to-back titles at the renowned Heavyweight-Championship of Poetry in 1994 and 1995. Troupe is the recipient of two American Book Awards for poetry and nonfiction, and earned a Peabody Award for his role as co-producer and writer for “”The Miles Davis Radio Project.”” His work has been reproduced in over 2,000 publications throughout the world.

    Nomination for the poet laureate title came from colleagues at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego where Troupe curates a literary and performing arts program called “”Artists on the Cutting Edge X: Cross-Fertilizations.”” This year’s program is already in progress and will run until May 2, 2002.

    Engineering professor to receive award in earthquake research

    Andre Filiatrault, a professor at UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering, will receive the American Society of Civil Engineering’s 2002 Leon S. Moisseff award for his paper on the effects of earthquakes on wood shear walls.

    The paper, entitled “”Cyclic Analysis of Wood Shear Walls,”” included results from the first full-scale dynamic seismic test of a woodframe house. The paper first appeared in the Journal of Structural Engineering and details computer simulations that can aid in evaluating design and construction practices.

    UCSD graduate programs still ranks high in newest survey

    UCSD’s graduate school programs continued to garner praise from “”U.S. News & World Report”” in the magazine’s latest survey of the nation’s graduate schools.

    The results of the 2002 survey will appear in the magazine’s April 15 issue and in its annual guidebook, “”Best Graduate Schools.””

    The Jacobs School of Engineering ranked 14th in the nation and eighth among public universities. All of the engineering school’s individual programs ranked among the top 20 in their respective categories. Jacobs is the fastest-rising engineering school in the survey’s eight-year history.

    The graduate program for political science continued to receive high rankings. Overall it was ranked seventh, while its specialty in comparative politics was second in the country and the American politics specialty ranked sixth.

    The UCSD school of medicine ranked 20th among the nation’s medical schools with a research focus. The school was ranked 24th last year.

    Since the news magazine did not update its rankings for humanities and social science graduate programs, UCSD’s graduate program in political science remains seventh in the nation and the UCSD department of theater and dance maintains its third-place ranking.

    Spring job fair set for Wednesday, April 10

    The UCSD Career Services Center’s Spring Job Fair is expected to attract upward of 100 employers. The fair will be held Wednesday, April 10, between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Library Walk.

    Companies participating in the fair include the U.S. Department of State, Coca-Cola, the Peace Corps, Genentech, Hughs, and Hyatt Hotels. A full list can be obtained at http://

    Students are encouraged to prepare for the fair by attending the CSC’s workshop titled “”Making the Most of a Job Fair,”” Monday, April 8 at 11:30 a.m. at the CSC.

    Academic Senate honors Ellisman with award

    Mark H. Ellisman, a UCSD professor of neurosciences and bioengineering, is the latest recipient of the Faculty Research Lecture Award. The award is given by the San Diego Division of the Academic Senate at UCSD.

    Much of Ellisman’s research involves using computers to visualize the brain’s nerve cell architecture. Professor Ellisman is chief neuroscientist at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. He also holds positions at various other biology and supercomputer centers and has contributed to several mainstream publications including “”Time”” and “”National Geographic.””

    Ellisman will lecture on the multiscale structure and function of the nervous system April 18 at 4 p.m. in the Garren Auditorium of the Basic Science Building.

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