Memorial for Provost Ledden to be held Feb. 2

    Eric Baskauskas

    A memorial honoring Patrick J. Ledden, provost of John Muir College, will be held on Feb. 2. The UCSD community is invited to join Ledden¹s family and friends at the memorial tribute from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Faculty Club.

    Ledden died on Oct. 28 after a long battle with cancer. He was 67.

    He served for the past 16 years as provost of John Muir College. He was a professor of mathematics, which he taught at UCSD for 36 years. His specialization was topology. He also taught upper division seminars on James Joyce in the department of literature. As associate chancellor under Fmr. Chancellor Richard C. Atkinson, he worked on the development of the Stuart Collection at UCSD and forged ties with museums in San Diego.

    UC revises policy for nondiscrimination

    The University of California¹s nondiscrimination policies have been revised in accordance with a new state law to indicate that the university prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity and pregnancy.

    Assembly Bill 196 clarifies for the purposes of California¹s Fair Employment and Housing Act that discrimination based on “”sex”” includes discrimination based on gender, or a person¹s “”identity, appearance or behavior, whether or not that identity, appearance or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person¹s sex at birth.””

    Canadian government officials visit UCSD

    A delegation of senior government officials and business leaders from Alberta, Canada, visited UCSD on Jan. 27. Their visit brought them to the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology to discuss campus-led technological innovation and potential cooperative research ventures.

    Albertaas Minister of Innovation and Science Victor P. Doerksen led the delegation, which included the vice presidents of research from the University of Alberta, University of Calgary and the University of Lethbridge, as well as representatives from several other delegations.

    Dan Gatti, president and CEO of Edmonton-based BigBangwidth, arranged for the delegates to visit BigBangwidth’s first U.S. installation at UCSD. BigBangwidth originated at the University of Alberta. In December 2003, the company decided to deploy its new lightpath technology on the UCSD campus. The Lightpath Accelerator automatically lifts large data streams off of packet-switched networks to provide direct lightpaths to high-performance network and storage devices.

    Three-day festival to feature exhibits, concerts

    Artists, writers and musicians from around the world will gather at UCSD for “”Powering Up/Powering Down,”” a three-day festival of public concerts, panels and exhibits from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1. The festival will explore the relationship between technology, race, gender and economics, as well as seek to create a space for conversation and collaboration between UC campuses and artists from California, Tijuana and the international arts community.

    The event is primarily sponsored by Teknica Radica, a coalition of artists committed to radical engagement with technology in the arts. “”Powering Up/Powering Down”” is also sponsored by the UC Institute for Research in the Arts the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts, and the UCSD Department of Music. This support is in connection with the departments of visual art and literature, along with the UC Riverside and UCLA campuses.

    Participants will include several UCSD professors, including renowned writer and literature professor Eileen Myles.

    Suggested donations are $25 to $65 for the conference and $10 for each concert. For a complete schedule of events, visit or call (858) 204-8558.

    Geisel exhibit to showcase ad campaign for NYC

    An exhibit titled “”We love NY!”” will be open on the lower level of Geisel Library starting Feb. 1. The exhibit will showcase the famous ad campaign for the city, as well as the architecture of New York City, throughout the month of February.

    Jazz pianist Sue Palmer will perform music of Manhattan lounges and Harlem nightclubs circa 1932 at a “”mocktail”” party hosted by UCSD Libraries at 4 p.m. on Feb. 13 at the exhibit site.

    For more information, call (858) 534-8074.

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