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    Marcel Henaff, a professor at the Department of Literature, has been awarded two of France’s most prestigious awards in the humanities field.

    Henaff’s book, “”Le Prix de la Verite: le don, l’argent, la philosophie,”” earned him both the Grand Prix de Philosophie de l’Academie Francaise and the Prix de Philosophie de l’Academie des Sciences Morales et Politiques.

    Since being published last February, Henaff’s book has garnered him praise in both the literary and philosophy worlds. In “”Le Prix de la Verite,”” Henaff provides detailed anthropological and philosophical history and prospective of gift-giving, and how the procedure is the basis of any economic transaction.

    Other works Henaff has authored are “”Sade, the Invention of the Libertine Body”” and “”Claude Levi-Strauss and the Making of Structural Anthropology.”” He received a doctorate in philosophy from Copenhagen University, Denmark, and has been a faculty member at UCSD since 1989.

    UC awarded environmental grant from CDC

    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has provided the University of California with funding to study the effects of pollutants on human health.

    CDC is interested in determining how significant of a role pollutants, such as traffic exhaust and pesticides, play in causing health problems. The study will also include a tracking survey of communities where contaminants are most abundant and present the greatest risk.

    With funding of over $700,000 for the first year, the grant will allow researchers at UC Berkeley and UCLA to establish a Center for Excellence in Public Health Tracking, where the studies will be based. The center will be located in Los Angeles but will conduct studies statewide.

    The new center is only one of the three established with CDC grant money nationwide. The two other centers are at Johns Hopkins University and Tulane University.

    UCSD debate duo wins 5th place in tournament

    Clint Burr and Danny Cantrell, members of the UCSD debate team, placed fifth Sept. 22 at the 2002 Raisin Invitational held Sept. 20 at CSU Fresno.

    The Burr-Cantrell tandem went won five of six matches during the preliminary rounds, earning a No. 3 seed in the elimination rounds, where they lost to UC Davis in the quarterfinals.

    Both Cantrell and Burr were recipients of speaker awards as well, placing second and 10th, respectively.

    Burr and Cantrell placed 17th out of 283 teams last year at the National Championships. The UCSD debate team’s next competition is Oct. 19 to Oct. 20 at Asuza Pacific University.

    Vehicles of the future to be displayed at UCSD

    UCSD will display emerging transportation technologies and alternative fuel vehicles during a Transportation and Conservation Showcase from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 14. Personal vehicles, scooters and buses will all be on display.

    The largest vehicle to be displayed at the showcase will be a high tech bus that steers itself, called “”Civis””. The Civis uses an optical guidance system, microprocessor and coded road markings to determine steering requirements.

    The Civis also features electric, hybrid propulsion, easy boarding and high passenger capacity .

    The Civis will be held on Mandeville Lane from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. while the other displays will be on Library Walk.

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