The winners of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation’s 78th annual U.S. and Canadian competition were announced last week by Foundation President Joel Conarroe.

    Among the 184 artists, scholars and scientists selected to receive the awards, which total $6.75 million, was UCSD associate professor of new media art Lev Manovich. His selection was based on his “”avant-garde art of the early 20th century and new media culture,”” according to a press release.

    Recipients of the award are chosen based on the basis of distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. Decisions are also based on recommendations from hundreds of expert advisers and are approved by the foundation’s board of trustees.

    UCSD researcher to unveil new computation theory at lecture

    Robert Hecht-Nielson of the department of electrical and computer engineering will present his new theory of thalamocortical information processing in a speech April 23 at 5 p.m. in the Garren Auditorium, located in the Basic Science Building in the school of medicine.

    In his speech, Hecht-Nielson will give UCSD a preview of the theory, which he will announce publicly at a later date.

    The theory has four basic elements to it. Two of them address novel associative memory nueral networks, while the other two address a single universal information processing operation and a recurrent brain command loop mechanism, respectively.

    The lecture will begin with an overview, followed by a description of the elements of the theory and their implications. The lecture will then turn to experiments that employ computer implementations of the neural networks component of the theory.

    Aside from its relevance to neuroscience, this theory also provides a mathematical substrate that may eventually serve as a foundation for artificial intelligence.

    The evening will be hosted by Dr. Terrence J. Sejnowski.

    For more information call John S. Staight at (858) 534-8949.

    Top UC officials to dedicate new center in U.S. capital

    The official dedication of the new UC Washington Center, which allows UC students to work, intern, study and research in the nation’s capital, will be held in Washington on April 23.

    UC President Richard C. Atkinson will attend, along with chancellors of the UC campuses, members of the UC Board of Regents, California Congressional members, faculty and alumni. Local dignitaries will also be present.

    The new center is home to about 280 UC students, as well as the university’s federal government relations office and the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.

    Local media outlets will discuss Van Dam case

    A discussion of the Danielle Van Dam media coverage will be hosted by the Society of Professional Journalists on April 27 at 10 a.m. in Point Loma Nazarene University’s Colt Hall.

    Topics will include the legal issues surrounding coverage and some of the news decisions that were made, such as how big to play the disappearance.

    Attendees will include KNSD News Director Jim Sanders, KGTV News Director Mike Stutz, San Diego Union-Tribune Metro Editor Lorie Hearn, North County Times editor Kent Davy, Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich media attorney Guylin Cummins, “”Cameras in the Courtroom”” co-author Marjorie Cohn, and Clear Channel Radio moderator Cliff Albert.

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    UCSD P.A.L. to discuss education of underserved youth

    UCSD, community colleges, community organizations and secondary schools have helped support and improve education for underserved youth. Their efforts will be celebrated at UCSD’s Partners at Learning program, a community forum April 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Price Center.

    The event will feature performances by local talent, followed by interactive and informative workshops.

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