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    A free exhibition of the members of D-5, a group of San Diego area artists and fine art photographers exploring the boundaries of digital fine art through a variety of individual styles, will be on display in the Grove Gallery from Nov. 5 through Nov. 27.

    A reception for the artists will be held Nov. 9 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

    The purpose of the exhibit is to spotlight the diversity, unlimited potential and creative flexibility of digital fine art photography.

    The artists exhibiting include Joan Everds, Tiger Lee, Greg Klamt, Stephen Burns and Michael Peters. Many of their art pieces will be on sale. For exhibit information call (858) 534-2021.

    Scientific materials donated to Preuss School

    A gift of $53,000 worth of scientific materials and equipment, which will be used to furnish a new biology lab classroom, was given to the Preuss School by Fischer Science Education and Biocom/sandiego.

    The donation includes spectrophotometers, electronic balances, microscopes, video flexocams, electrophoresis equipment, pipettes, a micro centrifuge and chemical supplies. The materials and equipment will allow students to conduct experiments in the areas of cell and molecular biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, genetics and life science.

    The goal of the donation was to ensure that Preuss School students would have a sophisticated set of equipment that would bring science to life and teach students the lab skills they will need for success in college or a professional laboratory setting.

    UC Santa Cruz receives NSF grant for $7.5 million

    The New Teacher Center at University of California Santa Cruz, in collaboration with the National Science Teachers Association and Montana State University, has been awarded a five-year $7.5 million grant by the National Science Foundation to develop and implement an online mentoring program for beginning science teachers.

    The NTC is the developer of a teacher induction model that provides the mentor support of an experienced teacher to all new teachers during their first two years. The Virtual Mentoring for Student Success program being funded by the NSF will allow NTC to expand its reach by developing an e-mentoring version of its teacher support program.

    NTC will work with six participating California school districts: Hayward Unified, Morgan Hill Unified, Mt. Diablo Unified, Gilroy Unified, North Monterey County and Pajaro Valley Unified.

    The project is one of 24 new NSF initiatives funded under its new Math and Science Partnership program, which is designed to improve the achievement of K-12 students in science and mathematics.

    The effectiveness of the model will be evaluated throughout the five-year project. Participants will showcase the VMSS model to administrators and science teachers at conventions in California and Montana, as well as at regional and national NSTA meetings.

    Speech and debate team places fifth at tournament

    The UCSD Speech and Debate Team continued its successful season by making it into the elimination rounds at the Azusa Pacific University Cougar Classic debate tournament on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20.

    The varsity team of Danny Cantrell and Clint Burr had a 5-1 preliminary round record to earn them the third seed for elimination rounds. The duo was able to take fifth place in the division after losing to rivals California State University at Long Beach during quarterfinals.

    The junior varsity team of freshmen Chuck Billinger and John Altick, who had never competed in parliamentary debate before, got through three elimination rounds before taking second place behind South Orange County after a 3-0 decision in the JV final round.

    The JV team of Arvind Godbole and James Clancy also broke into elimination rounds to win fifth place overall. In addition to their team wins, Clancey won a 16th-place speaker award and Billinger took an 11th-place speaker award.

    The next debate tournament will be held at Grossmont Community College on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3, followed by the last tournament of the quarter, the Epicenter Classic, the week after at California State University at Northridge.

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