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    The Triton Taxi safe-ride-home service will now pick up students from Del Mar, Ocean Beach, Hillcrest and the San Diego State University area.

    Triton Taxi also serves the Gaslamp District, La Jolla, Mira Mesa, University City, Clairemont, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and the San Ysidro border crossing.

    The service currently runs Friday and Saturday nights from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., and the pickups at the San Ysidro border occur during the normal hours also on Wednesday nights.

    For more information on the Triton Taxi program there will be a booth in Thurgood Marshall College Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and there will be a booth on Sun God lawn Friday during daytime Sun God festivities.

    SIO professor receives one of 15 awards at White House

    Charles David Keeling, a professor of oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, has been selected by President George W. Bush as one of 15 recipients of the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest award for lifetime achievement in scientific research.

    Keeling, who has been affiliated with Scripps since 1956, will receive the medal at the White House later this month.

    Keeling is a world leader in research on the carbon cycle and the increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. He was the first to definitively determine the fraction of carbon dioxide accumulating in the atmosphere from combustion.

    Keeling has also studied the role of oceans in modulating the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide by carrying out extremely accurate measurements of carbon dissolved in seawater.

    Academy of Arts & Sciences awards five UCSD professors

    Five UCSD professors have been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2002.

    Mark H. Thiemens is dean of the Division of Physical Sciences, as well as a professor of chemistry and biochemistry. He discovered and developed mass-independent isotopic effects.

    Nicholas Canaday Spitzer is a biology professor and chair of the UCSD Division of Biological Sciences. He has researched how neurons differentiate and shown the importance of spontaneous activity and calcium transients for development.

    Jerold M. Olefsky is a professor of medicine who has contributed to the understanding of diabetes mellitus.

    Theodore Groves is a professor of economics. He co-discovered the Demand Revealing Mechanism, which is important to the study of incentive compatibility and mechanical design.

    Mark J. Machina is also a professor of economics. His works on the theory of choice under uncertainty has improved our understanding of behavior that is observed in reality but does not conform to classical theory.

    These UCSD professors are among 177 new fellows named to the academy, which is an international society of the world’s leading scientists, scholars, artists, business people and public leaders. The annual Induction Ceremony in Cambridge, Mass., on Oct. 5 will welcome new members.

    Education bond proposals find place on future ballots

    The placement of bond measures for public education facilities has been approved for the November 2002 and March 2004 ballots by Gov. Gray Davis and the California Legislature.

    Under AB 16, the bill signed by Davis, the 2002 bond measure would provide $13.05 billion for K-12 and higher education facilities over a two-year period. The 2004 measure would provide an additional $12.3 billion over the following two years.

    If both measures meet with voter approval, UC campuses would receive $345 million per year to fund capital improvement projects to all UC campuses, including the new UC Merced campus.

    UC projects that will be funded by lease-revenue bonds on an accelerated basis have already been approved. One such project is Engineering Building 3B at UCSD. Other buildings include Veterinary Medicine 3A at UC Davis, Natural Sciences Unit 2 at UC Irvine, Engineering Building Unit 2 at UC Riverside, Life Sciences Building at UC Santa Barbara, Engineering Building at UC Santa Cruz, and site development and infrastructure at UC Merced.

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