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    Muir sponsors new environmental publication

    Matt Barrs
    Guardian

    A new publication out of John Muir College has distributed its first issue at UCSD. The Muir Environmental Corps Quarterly Newsletter, The Tramp, will be distributed to Muir residents¹ mailboxes and will be available to the rest of the university in select locations throughout the campus.

    The publication takes its title from the nickname for John Muir, who traveled the Sierra Nevada seeking to preserve the nation¹s wilderness for future generations.

    The first issue features stories on new environmental laws passed by President George W. Bush, the Healthy Forest Initiative, local sewage spills and their effect on nearby beaches and the Kyoto Protocol.

    The Tramp is sponsored by Muir Environmental Corps, Muir College Council and the Dean¹s Fund.

    UCSD gets $3.4 million for vision training program

    UCSD researchers have been awarded a $3.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create an interdisciplinary program to train graduate students in the areas of human vision, computer vision, human learning and machine learning.

    The grant will offer two-year fellowships to approximately 15 new students every year. The fellowships, which will be available to U.S. citizens, includes tuition, fees and a $27,500 annual stipend.

    The program will include an intensive two-week “”boot camp”” for new fellows beginning September 2004. It will run Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to midnight, where graduate students will work closely with faculty in workshops.

    The program will be offered through the Jacobs School of Engineering.

    Student Health Advocates mark World A.I.D.S. Day

    World A.I.D.S. Day will take place on Dec. 1. To mark the event, Student Health Advocates will distribute information on HIV and A.I.D.S. at Price Center Plaza.

    They will also be reading names of A.I.D.S. victims from the Price Center stage.

    Concurrently, Student Health Advocates will introduce a speaker in Price Center Ballroom B, who will be someone who is living with HIV or A.I.D.S. An A.I.D.S. prevention quilt will be on display in the ballroom.

    All events are free and begin at 11 a.m.

    CalPIRG will educate students on forests

    CalPIRG will educate students about forest management on Library Walk on Dec. 1.

    Volunteers will inform students about the dangers they see in the recently passed Healthy Forest Initiative, which will remove old growth trees to prevent forest fires like the recent wildfires in San Diego County.

    Volunteers will also inform students about the Roadless Rule, which was enacted under the Clinton administration to protect nearly 60 million acres of wilderness in the United States. The decision to enact the Roadless Rule was based on over two million public comments, according to CalPIRG.

    The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Voter registration booth will be available on Dec. 3

    Members of Students Affecting Foreign Affairs will register voters on Library Walk to encourage political involvement.

    The free registration will start on Dec. 3 at 10:30 a.m.

    Students Affecting Foreign Affairs is a registered campus political organization. Its mission statement is to educate people and advocate U.S. foreign policy issues and decisions affecting elections, world affairs, the campus and the San Diego community.

    UCSD to conduct annual lighting survey walks

    UCSD will soon conduct the annual Lighting Survey Walks on campus during tenth and finals week, in which representatives from various departments will walk throughout the entire campus to look for dark areas and safety hazards. Reccomendations for improving campus lighting range from adding new light fixtures to trimming trees and shrubs.

    Representatives participating in the walk will come from UCSD Police, Residence Life, Housing, Campus Planning and Student Safety Awareness & Sexual Assault Resource Center, among others.

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