Gallery Showcases Grad Student Art

Fifteen graduate students combine modern technologies and traditional art practices in distinct ways to kick off “The Elephant vs. the Termite,” a new exhibition that will be on view at University Art Gallery from April 7 through April 27. The exhibition includes drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, video and digital media.

Assistant curator of the Center of Art of the Americas at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and UCSD alumna Rita Gonzales, University Art Gallery Director Kathleen Stoughton and UCSD visual arts professors Louis Hock and Ernest Silva developed the exhibition.

The University Art Gallery is located at the west end of Mandeville Center at UCSD. Admission is free and open to the public. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Campus Salutes Cesar Chavez

In an effort to honor Chicano labor activist Cesar E. Chavez, UCSD has planned a month-long series of events that will honor the life and accomplishments of the civil rights champion and boycott leader, who led the fight to direct nationwide attention to the struggles of Chicano farm workers during the 1960s.

The annual Cesar E. Chavez Celebration Kickoff Luncheon will be held at noon on April 6 at the International Center. It will feature comments by Chancellor Marye Anne Fox and a presentation honoring activist Herman Baca, who worked closely with Chavez and other civil rights leaders.

Other events include a scholarship awards ceremony sponsored by the UCSD Chicano/Latino Alumni Association at Price Center on April 26 and a screening of HBO’s “Walkout,” which deals with Chicano student movements during the 1960s, on May 10 in Center Hall.

Scripps Chemist Gets High Honor

The American Chemical Society honored Scripps Institution of Oceanography-based oceanographer and marine chemist William Fenical on March 28 in a ceremony in Atlanta. He received the society’s coveted Ernest Guenther Award, which includes a grant for $5,000 for his efforts “to recognize and encourage outstanding achievements in analysis, structure elucidation and chemical synthesis of natural products.”

Fenical is the director of the Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine at UCSD and his work includes numerous marine drug innovations. He discovered a bacterium from a deep ocean site near the Bahamas that produces anti-cancer agents, and has also derived an anti-inflammatory drug from soft coral.