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Thursday, March 8 Performing Arts: UCSD Singers The UCSD Music Department will sponsor the event which will take place at 8 p.m. in Mandeville Center. The event is open to the public. General admission is $5 and student admission is $3. For more information call (858) 534-4830. Film Screening: ‘Cairo Chronicles’ The Women’s Center will sponsor the MFA Film Screening, which will feature the film “”Cairo Chronicles”” about the filmmaker’s return to Egypt. The film will be shown at 6 p.m. in the Women’s Center. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call (858) 822-0074. Saturday, March 10 Performing Arts: Miami String Quartet The University Events Office will sponsor the event which will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Mandeville Center Auditorium. The event is open to the public. General admission is $22 and student admission is $10. For more information call (858) 534-4119. Sunday, March 11 Performing Arts: Roma Nights The University Centers will sponsor the event which will feature Tom Griesgraber. The performance will be at 8 p.m. at Espresso Roma in the Price Center. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. For more information (858) 822-2068. Tuesday, March 13 Seminar: The Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern England The Literature Department will sponsor the event which will take place at 4 p.m. in the Literature Building. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call (858) 822-0074. ...

Revelle Celebrates Founder's Birthday

Gloomy skies and the threat of rain did not deter hundreds of hungry students from a barbecue yesterday afternoon honoring the founder of UCSD, the late Roger Revelle, on what would have been his 92nd birthday. The annual event, fittingly held at Revelle Plaza, lured students, staff and faculty from all over campus with a free barbecue lunch complete with cake and an entertainment. “”This is cool,”” said Revelle student Celine Sanchez regarding the event. Although people came for the food, the true meaning of the event was not lost on those in attendance. “”Happy birthday Roger Revelle,”” Jessica Slocomb said. Revelle Provost Thomas Bond remembered Revelle fondly. “”This is fitting for a Roger Revelle birthday celebration; he loved things like this,”” Bond said. “”He would wear the funny little hats.”” Roger Revelle attended the event regularly until his passing in 1991. His widow has attended past celebrations but was absent yesterday. The UCSD community has Revelle to thank for establishing the campus. He persisted through many controversies to realize his dream of the opening of a world-class institution here in 1960. The event was sponsored by the Revelle Programming Board in conjunction with the Commuter Activity Board. Lance Feller, co-chair of the RPB, was pleased with the turnout. “”We will have people until we run out of food,”” Feller said. Aside from pleasing the masses who came for the free barbecue, Feller sees the celebration as a way for students to “”remain aware of the history of Revelle.”” Although celebrating the invaluable contributions Revelle made to UCSD was the main goal, everyone had a good time. Students bounced around in the entertainment as if they were in grade school again. “”This is also an excuse to have a good time,”” Bond said. “”Everybody needs a break, especially students.”” The music had a late start in getting set up, but people agreed that no music was better than the barbershop quartets that used to attend at Roger Revelle’s request. Barbershop quartets proved to be one of the few forces that could get in the way of college students and free food. Marshall student Hiro Sugano summed up the afternoon by saying, “”We should have these more often.”” ...

UCSD Medical School's Harold Simon Honored

Dr. Harold J. Simon, a founding father of the UCSD School of Medicine and world leader in international medicine, has been honored with the recent establishment of an endowed chair in his name. An anonymous donor gave a large sum of money to see the creation of a new position in the medical school and ensure that the name of that position will honor the lifetime achievements of Simon. The chair is in recognition of Simon’s role in the design of health care systems serving developing nations and his leadership in developing cultural awareness among UCSD medical students. Simon said he was gracious to have the chair position named in his honor. “”A lot of people who don’t deserve things like this get it,”” Simon said. “”A lot of people who do deserve it get it. I don’t know if I have done anything extraordinary, but I’m very grateful for the honor.”” The gift and honor are intended to serve two functions. Primarily, the chair is to honor Simon’s work. It will also allow the Medical School to recruit new talent to the UCSD School of Medicine. “”Simon has been an international leader in Europe and most of the Western world,”” said Robert M. Kaplan, chairman of the Department of Family and Preventative Care. “”He has been an important shaper in the UCSD School of Medicine and it is very nice that someone wants to honor him in this way.”” Kaplan also saw the open position as a chance for the medical school to do something different. Simon has been at the school of medicine since before any students had arrived. He came to UCSD in 1966, after being recruited from Stanford University. He was the medical school’s first dean of admissions, education and student affairs. He established much of the curriculum and criteria for admission. Simon created a class for the second-year medical students called “”Fundamentals of Medical Spanish.”” This class allows for future doctors to work side-by-side with Spanish speaking doctors. The students learn basic Spanish to converse in the medical world. The class is extremely popular and is the first of its kind in the country. Simon is currently co-teaching an undergraduate seminar titled “”Elements of International Health.”” Colleague and Associate Professor Richard Kronick said he was elated upon hearing of Simon’s honor. “”Simon has had a distinguished career,”” Kronick said. “”We are very pleased that we received a contribution in his name. He helped grow the UCSD Medical School into the distinguished institution that it is today.”” Kronick is the chair of the search committee for the endowed chair. He and others have been bringing in a team of experts to educate themselves on the field and to create a suitable job description. Kronick also evoked Simon’s work in the faculty and staff health care package. “”He has worked to keep the benefits high and the costs low,”” Kronick said. Simon also expressed excitement at the election of a new chair. “”I hope to work with the new chair,”” Simon said. The naming of the endowed chair comes as a change in the status quo. “”Chairs are often named for the donor who gives the money,”” said Director of Health Sciences Communications Leslie Franz. “”In this case, the honor goes to another individual. It shows the amount of esteem held for the work of Simon.”” Simon has worked on issues such as infectious diseases, physical and psychological trauma experienced by refugees, population growth, malnutrition and health care resources. Simon has written eight books and over 130 articles in scientific journals. He is a fellow in many international societies, including the American College of Physicians, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Royal Society of Medicine, the American College of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and the American Public Health Association. Simon was born in Karlsruhe, Germany and came to the United States in 1938. He got his premedical undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley and received his doctorate at Harvard Medical School. He joined the faculty of Stanford University School of Medicine in 1959 before coming to San Diego in 1966. ...

Dr. Drew and Adam Corolla Come to UCSD

Just under 500 people attended a sold-out “”Loveline with Adam Corolla & Dr. Drew”” Monday night at the Price Center Theater. Vicky Bender, A.S. commissioner of programming and one of the show’s main coordinators, said the show was a success due to the hard work of the staff as well as the easygoing nature of both guest celebrities. “”Adam and Drew were really easy to get along with,”” Bender said. “”They even said how they had a good time at UCSD later that night on 91X.”” Bender was referring to how the two went straight from UCSD to San Diego radio station 91X to record their nationally syndicated show “”Loveline.”” Days before the event, the radio station promoted the event on the air and gave out complimentary tickets. Corolla and Drew stepped on stage at approximately 7:20 p.m. to the applause of an at-capacity crowd of students, staff members and other members of the community. Corolla began the night by joking about how much he preferred UCSD to SDSU. “”When I think of UCSD, I’ll think of great drainage,”” said Corolla, referring to the campus’ high elevation and how efficiently the drains redirect rain water. Corolla and Drew went on to answer questions from the audience the rest of the night. Topics discussed ranged from the origins of their current success and enjoying college life to their well-known advice on drugs and sex. In addition, the two responded to one student’s question about the recent shootings at Santana High School. Corolla said he did not see how anyone could make sense out of such a senseless act. Drew offered advice to students on how to deal with the common questions that arise about finding a career. “”You should follow your instincts and that the money will come if you work hard,”” Drew said. Corolla added to this sentiment, saying how a person should love what he does for a living, regardless of the money he makes. “”I thought Adam was hilarious,”” said Revelle senior Jill Donofrio. “”It was darn good fun.”” A.S. Events Promoter for Programming Tarun Bajaj, another main coordinator of the event, described how the A.S. Council booked Corolla and Drew for the event. “”At first we were thinking of getting only Drew,”” Bajaj said. “”Eventually though, we were able to get Adam and decided to sell it as “”Loveline.”” According to Bajaj, talk began last quarter of booking Drew. Bajaj said that Drew’s agent mentioned that Corolla would also be available to make the short commute from Los Angeles to San Diego. “”Loveline”” was originally to take place at RIMAC Arena but was moved to the Price Center Theater after the latter venue became available, Bajaj said. He welcomed the change because the new location provided a more intimate setting than RIMAC Arena. “”Honestly, I think it was better because it was more appropriate for the personal nature of the show.”” After leaving the show, Revelle senior Joe Lake said he enjoyed the show immensely. “”It was dope like a muffin,”” Lake said. “”I didn’t know that Dr. Drew was so willing to bag on Adam, but their chemistry made it all the more entertaining.”” ...

Muir Organizing Board to Raffle Parking Space

Starting today, Muir Organizing Board will sell raffle tickets on Library Walk for a chance to win a reserved parking spot anywhere on campus. Tickets will be available for $1 apiece until Friday, March 16. Special deals will be available for students and staff members purchasing a large number of tickets. Those prices will be advertised at the booth on Library Walk. The drawing will be held at 3:30 p.m. March 16 in Muir Quad. The booth will be on Library Walk from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for these next two weeks. The raffle is a fund-raiser for Muirstock, an all-campus festival sponsored by Muir College Council, which will be held in Muir Quad on Friday, April 20. The winner of the raffle will meet with Parking and Transportation Services to choose where to place his reserved spot. The permit awarded can also be used in “”A,”” “”B”” and “”S”” spots anywhere on campus. “”Basically it’s an omnipermit, and you get your own parking spot,”” said M.O.B chair Jonathan Cole. “”You can place it anywhere around campus except for handicap and metered spots.”” The permit will be good for spring quarter 2001. The winner will also be reimbursed for the money he has already paid for parking for the quarter, which comes out to $114 for students with “”S”” passes. “”This will be a great opportunity for students who currently have a problem dealing with the great parking crunch,”” Cole said. M.O.B. has been working with Parking and Transportation Services since fall quarter to obtain the reserved spot for the raffle. M.O.B. member Brendan Nelson negotiated with Parking and Transportation Services Customer Service Coordinator Cleo Phillips to purchase the spot. “”As a student organization, we’d be able to get the parking permit for one quarter and it would be charged to M.O.B.,”” Nelson said. “”Apparently, Parking and Transportation Services leaves a number of parking spaces for groups to reserve,”” said co-chair of Muirstock, M.O.B. and MCC member Ben Epperson. The musical performances in two-stage festival for which the raffle is raising money will begin at 4:20 p.m. in the Muir Quad. Local bands, including Thrice, Taken, NZ Rough, Sometimes Y and 34 Below are on the ticket, with Common Sense headlining. The headliner is scheduled to take the stage at 8 p.m. “”There’s going to be … entertainment other than bands, also,”” Cole said. The festival, beginning at 2 p.m., will feature a “”dueling DJs”” performance by the DJs and Vinylphiles Club, a vendor fair, an inflatable obstacle course, free food and booths sponsored by local radio stations. The DJ competition will occur in the hour preceding the bands’ performances. MCC is looking for outside DJs to participate in the event. ...

Briefly

President of the University of California Richard C. Atkinson will be joined by over 500 researchers, 19 UC student researchers and many others Tuesday for UC day, which will take place in Sacramento. This year’s event is themed “”On the Threshold of Opportunity”” and will celebrate the University of California’s leadership and accomplishments. The UC Alumni Association will sponsor the event and will also present Legislator of the Year awards to Sen. Joseph Dunn from Garden Grove, Calif. and Assembly Speaker Robert M. Hertzberg from Van Nuys, Calif. Also during the daylong celebration, several student researchers from several UC campuses will present their work, which deals with public issues and other areas. Hewlett Packard Grants $5 Million for Digital Network A $5 million Digital Village Grant from Hewlett Packard will now enable local Indian reservations, in collaboration with the Southern California Tribal Chairman’s Association and the University of California, among others, to wire San Diego reservations for Internet service. The grant will fund such projects for three years and will build high-speed, broadband connection between 17 Indian reservations to facilitate the Internet. UCSD will take advantage of the new connection to lay the foundation to draw more Native American students to the university. Historically, Native Americans have been the most under-represented ethnic population at UCSD, and the grant from Hewlett Packard will help make more Native American students eligible for UC admission. The Digital Village Grant is given annually to underserved communities. San Diego’s grant is one of two awarded this year. Producer of Cellulose Acetate Grants Money to UCSD Celanese Acetate LLC of Charlotte, N.C., the world’s largest producer of cellulose acetate, has awarded UCSD a donation that will provide patents, patent applications and trademarks for the invention of a new variety of anti-wound dressing. The company chose UCSD for the donation because of its prominence in the field of medicine and wound management. The package given to UCSD will allow it to manufacture and license this technology for other companies. UCSD’s impressive technology transfer program was also cited for the donation. The new product would provide a viable alternative to current products on the market and would be manufactured using cellulose acetate. The new technology would prevent the dressing from adhering to the surface of wounds. UCSD to Offer New Undergraduate Biology Course Beginning spring quarter, UCSD will offer a new lower division biology course, BILD 7, titled “”How Life Begins.”” The course did not make it into the catalog, but students can still enroll. Professors Martin Yanofsky and Ethan Bier will co-teach the class, which will focus on the growth of complex organisms from fertilized eggs. The course is intended for nonmajors, but biology majors are encouraged to enroll. Other topics to be addressed in the course include the effects of genetically modified plants for consumers, the problem of screening for disease in human genes, and the availability of individuals’ DNA sequences to outside agencies. The course also satisfies general education requirements for Eleanor Roosevelt College, John Muir College, Earl Warren College, Revelle College and is currently being considered as a general education elective by Thurgood Marshall College. ...

Revelle Rape Prompts Concern on Campus

A reported rape on the Revelle College campus has led to an investigation and an effort to educate students on rape and how best to deal with and prevent it. Feb. 20 at 11:10 p.m., a female student reported being raped in the Revelle residence halls. San Diego police detective Nate Floyd said a stranger did not perpetrate the alleged rape. “”The offender was not unknown to the victim,”” Floyd said. San Diego police detective Douglas O’Dell said the rape was not rape in the sense that many people think of it. “”The rape under investigation would fall under 289 of California’s Penal Code – rape with a foreign object,”” O’Dell said. “”It can be anything: fingers or toes, anything. It is rape with something other than a penis.”” O’Dell said a suspect has been identified and charges are currently being reviewed by the district attorney’s office. Kevin Jones, resident dean of Revelle College, said the university is also investigating the incident to possibly take disciplinary action against the suspect. Jones offered students some tips on how to avoid being raped. “”Be careful who you are with,”” Jones said. “”And then be careful to not to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, so to not allow your faculties to be diminished.”” Renee Barnett-Terry, dean of Revelle College, said that Revelle has many programs that bring awareness on how to prevent rape and to promote the various services offered on campus. “”During orientation and Welcome Week there are activities that deal with the issue of rape,”” Barnett-Terry said. Barnett-Terry said no new measures will be taken in response to this incident. “”We will not do anything new, but we will continue with programs we have,”” Barnett-Terry said. Nancy Wahlig, director of the Student Safety Awareness program, said the majority of rapes are committed by individuals known to the victims. “”Eighty-five percent of reported rapes are committed by someone known to [the victim],”” Wahlig said. “”[The victim] could have a class with the offender, have met at a party, or could be a friend of a friend.”” Wahlig also said that when a female is raped by someone she knows, she cannot automatically count on the support and public outcry that the classic model of rape by a stranger is given. “”Many times, rape cases committed by a stranger are treated as a crime, whereas rape committed by someone known is not seen as bad or not even considered a crime in some cases,”” Wahlig said. “”[Thus] it is hard for the victim to know whom to trust or turn to.”” Referring directly to the alleged rape at Revelle College, Wahlig said it is remarkable that the student reported it, because, she said, rape is the most underreported crime of all. “”The fact that the student was willing to report the rape talks about her drive and courage,”” Wahlig said. Wahlig said that the Student Safety Awareness program serves as an on-campus resource to educate students on how to prevent rape, the many myths associated with rape, and what to do when raped. Victim counseling is also offered. One of the myths Wahlig said her program seeks to dispel is the date rape myth: the idea that because a woman acts a certain way she condones violence by a male. “”In a date rape type of situation, the blame often falls to the woman, but she never asks to be harmed like that,”” Wahlig said. Wahlig offered tips on what students should do if raped. “”First, find a safe place,”” she said. “”Second, tell a trusted friend. Then find out all your options, one of them being calling the 24-hour Rape Crisis hotline at (858)272-1767. Or you can use the Student Safety Awareness program. We are here for the students.”” ...

Administration Proposes Modified Schedule

The administration is currently looking into a proposal to shorten the 15-minute interval between classes to 10 minutes. This proposal is being considered as part of a solution to improve the efficiency and usage of classrooms and lecture halls on campus. The proposition, along with several others, is being discussed in order to provide a solution to the growing needs of UCSD. In particular, the rising number of students and the subsequent demand for additional classes poses a scheduling problem for the university, as the number of available classrooms and lecture halls will more than likely remain the same. “”Because of a record number of applications to the UC system, UCSD is being asked to raise its target of 3,625 and 1,200 enrolled new freshmen and transfer students, respectively, by 200 to 300 additional students,”” said Joseph Watson, vice chancellor of student affairs. The need for additional classes to accommodate this rapid influx of new students at UCSD has become a conflict, however, since classrooms and lecture halls are already stretched to maximum usage between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. “”We’re just faced with a major problem,”” Watson said. “”Our enrollments have gone up, our classrooms have not kept pace with the enrollment growth and as a result we can’t get classes within the traditional or preferred times of the day, and we’ll have to spread the day out.”” One solution being discussed within the administration is the possibility of shortening the interval between classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 15 to 10 minutes. Classes would then start on the hour every hour. If implemented, the first class of the day would start at 8 a.m. and end at 8:50 a.m. Students would have 10 minutes to get to their next class, which would start at 9 a.m. This cycle would repeat throughout the rest of the day, freeing up about 50 minutes, which administrators would use to squeeze in an extra class for every classroom or lecture hall. Other solutions on the table for discussion include scheduling classes in the evenings, starting classes at 7:30 a.m. and even the possibility of holding classes on Saturday. Some administrators claim that the 10-minute proposal, however, would create various scheduling benefits for the university. First, under the 10-minute proposal, additional classes would not have to be scheduled either late at night or early in the morning, a move the administration fears would be unpopular with both students and faculty. Second, the 10-minute proposal can be implemented relatively quickly, responding to the current and increasing demand for classroom and lecture halls needed for additional classes. Third, the 10-minute proposal is cost efficient. While the logical solution is to simply build more classrooms and lecture halls, funding from the state for such projects will not come easily. Therefore, supporters of the 10-minute plan point out that using the existing classrooms and lecture halls more efficiently provides a solution that bypasses any financial obstacles imposed by the state. Several years ago, UCSD operated under a 10-minute interval between classes. The change to 15-minute breaks was thought to provide students with several benefits. “”It was done for a number of reasons,”” Watson said. “”One, it gave students a little more time, so they wouldn’t have to either leave early from a class or come in late to a class. Also, it provided some extra time for students to speak to faculty members outside of class.”” Shortening the breaks between classes has provoked some concern among the administration. The growing size of the campus, for instance, has led many to believe that 10 minutes is simply not enough time to traverse from one end of the campus to the other. Specifically, the walk between York Hall and Warren Lecture Hall raises significant concern. For many students, this walk takes longer than 15 minutes. Students who have a class at York Hall followed by a class at Warren Lecture Hall will inevitably be late for class. The administration is anticipating some opposition from students. “”I think that the administration should look at other options before doing that,”” said Katie Martin, a Roosevelt sophomore. “”It really takes a lot longer than 10 minutes to walk all the way across campus.”” Nonetheless, the university is facing real problems that warrant an immediate solution. The administration acknowledges that reverting back to a 10-minute break may not be popular among students and faculty members, but it may be the best solution in light of the demand for additional classroom and lecture hall space. “”One of the things we must try to do is work this out in a collective fashion,”” Watson said. “”One of our roles is to try to present to the faculty and students what’s needed, what classes need to be taught, how to schedule them and then what’s the best way.”” Discussion and extensive consultation will continue on in the future before any new policies are implemented. The professors and students who comprise the Academic Senate will make the final decision, which may not take place until January of 2002. ...

Missing Student Dies in Car Crash

A crowd gathered in the Muir quad at 9 p.m. Thursday evening to remember the passing of Muir senior Joshua Eber. Eber had been missing since Monday evening. The Thursday night gathering was intended to be a candlelight vigil for the missing student. However, the event turned into a memorial service. Eber was killed in a car accident near Las Pulgas Road, off Interstate 5 at Camp Pendleton. He was 22. Authorities are still unsure why his car crashed. He left his apartment in Mira Mesa at approximately 11 p.m. on Monday night. He was driving home to Calabasas, Calif., to be with his mother as she underwent an angiogram. Eber’s body was found late Thursday afternoon by a railroad worker. He was still seatbelted in his BMW, which had struck a tree. The car was hidden by bushes. Students gathered to comfort one another with words about the deceased student. Eber’s roommate, Robert Bessler, spoke of his friend. Bessler initiated an open microphone session for friends to share words about Eber. Bessler also had the difficult job of letting the gatherers know about the death of Eber. “”Josh was a great person and a great friend,”” Bessler said, after a moment of silence was observed. “”We pray for him and wish his family the best of luck.”” Bessler then asked another friend to say a prayer for the group. Following the prayer, students shared portraits of Eber’s life. “”He was a friend that I could call at 3 in the morning and he would be there,”” Melissa Caputo said. “”Just last week, I was having a hard time. He could always tell. He would ask me, ‘What’s wrong Melissa? What’s wrong?’ He could always tell and he would always do whatever he could to help someone.”” Caputo arrived early to pass out purple ribbons to all those in attendance. Purple is the color of Eber’s fraternity, Sigma Alpha Mu. Muir Dean Chips Dreilinger also spoke fondly of Eber. “”He loved his college and he loved having fun,”” Dreilinger said. “”He was a good kid. This is a bad quarter. This has been the second student death in a month or so.”” Dreilinger was referring to the death of Revelle freshman Gilbert F.D. Nunez on Feb. 10. The series of tragedies, including the deaths of UC Santa Barbara students killed by a driver in Isla Vista, have come as a great shock to many students. Psychological Services was present at the Eber memorial to offer support and options for those who needed to talk. “”I want to let you know that you have support through Psychological Services,”” said Dr. Sam Park. Ellen Kin spoke of the individualized need for grief. “”Our support groups allow students to grieve in different ways,”” Kin said. “”Some need to talk. Others need more time. Some are angry. Others are sad. Especially after recent tragedies, we need to be there for each other.”” The night continued on a somber tone, as students met with each other to discuss the loss of their friend and loved one. Others told stories of things that Eber had done. Chip Hatch, husband of Nancy Hatch of Interdisciplinary Studies, played a Scottish bagpipe piece, “”By the Water’s Edge.”” Hatch saw a particular connection to the piece’s title and Eber’s life. Eber had just returned from Semester at Sea through the Programs Abroad Office. Muir Resident Dean Pat Danylyshyn-Adams remembered Eber expressing great excitement about going abroad. “”I was very excited he got to have a Semester at Sea,”” Adams said. “”It is something he had talked about for a long time. He had to delay going once, but he finally got to go. I am really happy for him.”” Speculation over the reason for the crash yields only more questions. It was raining heavily on Monday evening, which may have played a part in the crash. Eber was an insulin-dependent diabetic who took medication several times a day. Without the insulin, Eber could have lapsed into a diabetic coma, while too much insulin can also send diabetics into insulin shock. KUSI news reporter John Soderman, who was at the scene of the accident earlier on Thursday, noted, “”He died in the act of being a good son.”” Kin, Park and Dr. Reina Juarez of Psychological Services are available for individual appointments for any reason. Their number is (858) 534-3755. The group also holds a grief group Thursdays at 2 p.m. with Nancy Wahlig of the Student Safety Awareness program. ...

Cannabis Study Proposals Approved

The UCSD-based Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research announced the approval of its first proposals for the study of cannabis as a treatment for specific medical conditions. The studies selected include an inpatient study on the effects of smoking marijuana to alleviate peripheral nerve pain associated with HIV infection; an outpatient study of the effects and safety of smoked marijuana versus a placebo for the treatment of muscle spasms, loss of function, and related pain in patients with multiple sclerosis; and an outpatient study on the acute and long-term effects of repeated administration of medical cannabis on driving ability. CMCR Director Igor Grant described the process by which 13 proposals were narrowed to four. “”We have followed a careful process of protocol review, engaging senior scientists from around the country on our scientific review board to evaluate proposals and recommend funding for those that meet our high scientific standards, within the strict procedures established by Health and Human Services, the DEA and the FDA,”” Grant said. The CMCR is a state-funded collaboration between UCSD and UCSF. It was established last year as a result of a bill sponsored by state Sen. John Vasconcellos, D-Santa Clara, and signed into law by Gov. Gray Davis in October 1999. The law provided for $3 million in state funds for the center. Additional federal funding may come later. California voters approved the use of medical marijuana in 1996, but the guidelines for administering cannabis are ambiguous. Vasconcellos’ legislation called for a three-year program of high-quality medical research. “”These approved studies will begin to gather evidence to determine whether or not marijuana is effective as a medical treatment for certain conditions,”” Vasconcellos said. It is anticipated that additional studies will be reviewed and approved to begin in late spring 2001. ...