Universal Pictures will be casting college students to spend spring break in Cancun, Mexico, for the first-ever reality movie. Interested students can bring a valid school ID and a non-returnable photo of themselves to the audition, which will be held Jan. 10 at Porter’s Pub from noon to 6 p.m. Casting producers will also be on site for questions. For more information and audition dates call (866) 804-0786 or log onto

    Professor made artistic director for local theater

    Floyd Gaffney, a UCSD professor emeritus of theater, has been appointed producing artistic director of the Southeastern Community Theatre, San Diego’s oldest black theater group.

    As the new artistic director, Gaffney will take over the producing and directorial duties of the theatrical group, which recently celebrated its 40th year of operation.

    Gaffney will also direct a number of performances of “”Lift Every Voice: African-American Style”” during black history month. This piece will be performed at UCSD Feb. 18, at Southwestern College Feb. 27, and at other venues in Southern California.

    S.E.C.T.’s spring program of classes will be held at O’Farrell Community School, located at 6130 Skyline Dr. In addition to teaching youth theater for elementary, middle and senior high school students, Gaffney will offer an Adult Actors Laboratory with sessions on character development, acting techniques, movement and script analysis.

    For information on S.E.C.T., contact Gaffney at (858) 534-1047 or (619) 263-7911.

    California Digital Library to host UC Press archives

    More than 500 University of California Press books are available online free of charge through an ongoing partnership between the University of California Press and the California Digital Library.

    The public will have access to more than 300 eScholarship Editions of the University of California Press. The other titles are currently only available to UC faculty, students and staff. Readers outside the UC system may view citations, abstracts and tables of contents, but not the full texts.

    By fall 2003, 1,500 University of California Press eScholarship Editions will be available. More than 400 titles will be available to the public; owing to licensing restrictions, the rest will be limited to the UC community.

    The full collection will represent about a third of the University of California Press books in print, in addition to over 300 out-of-print titles.

    The University of California Press eScholarship Editions can be searched and browsed at

    SIO to offer lecture series as part of centennial

    As part of the year-long celebration of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography centennial, a free public lecture series about the history of marine sciences will be presented by Dr. Eric L. Mills, professor of history of science at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    The noontime lectures, which begin in January and continue weekly through March 2003, will provide the San Diego community a unique opportunity to learn about the rich history of marine science and oceanography both at Scripps and beyond.

    Mills is a member of the Society of History of Natural History, president of the Commission of Oceanography and is currently director of the History of Science and Technology Programme at Dalhousie and the University of King’s College.

    Darling named interim VP of laboratory management

    Longtime UC senior administrator Bruce B. Darling was named interim vice president of laboratory management by UC President Richard C. Atkinson on Jan. 8.

    Darling, who is the current system-wide senior vice president for University Affairs, will now additionally oversee national laboratories the University of California manages for the U.S. Department of the Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

    Darling replaces John P. McTague, whose retirement was announced Nov. 8, 2002, and became effective Jan. 6.

    Atkinson said that a nationwide search will be conducted to find a permanent vice president for laboratory management.

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