Undergraduates have until Oct. 4 to waive the Undergraduate Student Health Insurance Plan. Those who successfully waive the fee for Fall will not be assessed the $181 fee.

    Beginning in fall 2001, the University of California required health insurance of all registered students. Those without health insurance or those with a plan that does not meet the UC requirements will be assessed the quarterly fee.

    Students who miss the deadline or do not meet the minimum requirements will have another opportunity to waive the USHIP fee at the beginning of winter quarter. Successfully waiving the USHIP for the fall also exempts students for the 2002-2003 academic year.

    The requirements and online waiver are available via the World Wide Web at

    Professor’s contributions pave way for new chip

    Intel Corporation has unveiled the world’s first microprocessor with hyper-threading, a new technology partially developed by UCSD professor Dean Tullsen that allows chips to process almost twice as much information as a normal microprocessor.

    Tullsen, a computer science and engineering professor, holds the patent for a technology that many in the industry feel was crucial in the commercial adoption of hyper-threading. He began his work on the patent in the mid-1990s while at the University of Washington.

    Hyper-threading is Intel’s label for what Tullsen calls “”simultaneous multithreading.”” SMT is based on the concept that threads, or streams of programs and applications that a processor delivers, are executed all at once, essentially causing one processor to act as many.

    Intel believes hyper-threading can improve utilization of CPU resources by about 40 percent. For now, Intel is the only chip maker using hyper-threading.

    As co-director of UCSD’s processor architecture and compilation lab, Tullsen is working on SMT improvements to other computing components, such as operating systems and compilers.

    Online collection allows access to art and history

    In conjunction with art and history museums around California, UC Berkeley is making it possible for anyone with access to the World Wide Web to view collections of art and historical artifacts from around the state.

    The site, called the Museums Online Archive of California, provides free access to 11 public and private museums in California. The archive offers over 150,000 images of historic artifacts, manuscripts, paintings, architectural blueprints and photographs for public viewing.

    The site is accessible via the World Wide Web at moac.

    UCSD selects contractor for new cancer center

    UCSD has named McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. as the general contractor for the building of the Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center building, set for construction in November.

    The Moores UCSD Cancer Center will be located on 2.4 acres southeast of the UCSD Thornton Hospital on East Campus. Pre-construction activities, such as road realignment and site preparation, have already begun for the 270,000-square-foot building.

    Completion of the $100 million project is set for fall of 2004.

    UCSD researchers win $1.8 million in Discovery grants

    Over $1.8 million in UC Discovery Grants has been awarded to UCSD researchers from the state for four new research projects to be carried out at the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology and the Center for Wireless Communications.

    The grants are part of the University of California’s Industry-University Cooperative Research Program, a partnership started in 1996 that funds over $20 million annually to bolster telecommunications and other industrial research at UC campuses.

    The grants effectively match the monies granted by the participating corporations. For the four projects at UCSD, IBM, Intel, Ericsson and Hewlett-Packard are the sponsoring corporations.

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