BRIEFLY

    UCSD undergraduates Vishal Patel, Erin Quan and Benjamin Wong have been selected to receive scholarships from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation for the 2002-2003 academic year.

    Patel, a Revelle College junior, is studying biology/oncology. Quan, also a Revelle junior, is majoring in molecular biology. Wong, a Warren College junior, is majoring in bioengineering.

    Goldwater scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit and nominations made by university faculty nationwide. Recipients are awarded up to $7,500 to cover tuition, fees, books, and room and board.

    The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency that offers scholarships to students of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering, in honor of Sen. Barry M. Goldwater. For more information call (858) 822-1684.

    UC Merced to offer classes over the summer

    Students returning to California’s San Joaquin Valley this summer will be able to take summer courses at various sites across the region. Registration has begun for courses offered through the UC Merced-UC Davis partnership at locations in Merced, Fresno and Bakersfield.

    UC credit can be received in courses ranging from biology to economics during the two summer sessions, which run June 24 to Aug. 2, and Aug. 2 to Sept. 13. Course fees start at $228 and scholarships are available for courses at UC Merced.

    More information is available on the Web by visiting http://www.ucmerced.ued/professional_dev/programs_students.asp or by calling Shannon Adamson at (559) 241-7407.

    UCSD devours SDSU in dinosaur debate

    The UCSD debate team defeated San Diego State University in a debate on April 14 at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

    The topic of the debate was whether the tyrannosaurus rex was a predator or a scavenger. The UCSD team unanimously won the debate by arguing that the dinosaur was, in fact, a predator.

    The UCSD team included Danny Cantrell, who opened the debate, as well as Brandy Brickey and Clint Burr.

    The debate was judged by members of the San Diego community, including Dan Erwine from KPBS, and Martha Clark, the director of public relations for Balboa Park.

    Geoffrey Smith, a retired UCSD professor and anthropologist, moderated the debates.

    This is the first time that UCSD has beaten SDSU outside of a competitive intercollegiate debate. The debate was the first of its kind held at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

    Heineken prize awarded to UCSD Professor

    The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has named Roger Y. Tsien, a professor of pharmacology and biochemistry at UCSD, winner of the H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics.

    Tsien, who is also an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will receive his prize money of $150,000 and crystal trophy at a special session of the Royal Academy on Sept. 24 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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