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March 27, 2000

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Science Media Fair April 6

All science faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend a Science Media Fair on Thursday, April 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 123 and the Bubble Room on the Main Floor of Sinsheimer Labs. Refreshments will be served. The event, hosted by UCSC Media Services and the Science Library, will offer informative presentations by a SciFinder expert from Chemical Abstracts, faculty on campus, and staff from Media Services and the Science Library.

The purpose of the fair is to provide outreach and information exchange among science researchers and to publicize California Digital Library (CDL) databases; new science Web databases, such as Web of Science; library research, and teaching tools created by science faculty and University Libraries. A list of presentations and demonstrations will be announced at a later date. For more information, contact Wei Wei at (831) 459-3582 or wwei@cats.ucsc.edu.

Sam Farr to attend third annual teachers conference April 1

Congressman Sam Farr will be the guest speaker at the third annual spring conference for Monterey Bay teachers and educators on Saturday, April 1. The event, "Setting the Standard in Science Education: A Celebration of Science Education," takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hartnell College in Salinas.
With funding from the National Science Foundation, the conference is being sponsored by the Life Lab Science Program and UCSC. Advance registration is required; the cost is $25. To register or for more information, call Life Lab at (831) 459-2001.

The conference will showcase the work of educators who have been participating in Life Lab's five-year LASERS project, the Language Acquisition in Science Education in Rural Schools program. Twenty workshops throughout the day will cover subjects that range from practical classroom tips on activities that stimulate science learning to broader discussion of changes in the science curriculum.

UCSC ranked 11th in Peace Corps volunteers this year

photo of Peace Corps volunteer with children
photo: Peace Corps
The Peace Corps' annual list of colleges and universities with the largest number of volunteers serving overseas puts UCSC in the number 11 spot along with UC Davis. Last year UCSC was 22nd in the rankings. UCSC has 60 volunteers serving this year. The only other UC campus with more graduates in the Peace Corps is UC Berkeley, with 71 volunteers.

The Peace Corps will be recruiting 400 more volunteers this year, with plans to expand the program to 10,000 volunteers over the next few years. If you would like to find out more about opportunities in the Peace Corps, plan to attend one of two informational meetings in April. The first will be held on Wednesday, April 5, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Louden Nelson Community Center in downtown Santa Cruz, and the second on Thursday, April 6, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Oakes College, Guzman Lounge. Extensive information on the Peace Corps, including the experiences of current and past volunteers, is available on the Peace Corps' Web site.

Help get the word out about the Census in Beach Flats

On Sunday, April 2, the Beach Flats Community Center and La Familia Center will be holding an event at the Beach Flats Park with food, music, and information about the Census. The Census is a very important opportunity to be counted for funding of community programs. Due to fear of incarceration or deportation many undocumented individuals do not fill out their Census forms. Others do not fill out the form because they simply cannot understand what it says. Volunteers are needed from 1 to 6 p.m. to help serve food, collect Census forms, and for set up and clean up at the event. Spanish speakers would be useful but are not a must. For more information, contact Carmen Rojas at crojas3892@hotmail.com.

UCSC alum to give seminar on flood management vs. river restoration

UCSC's Center for the Dynamics and Evolution of the Land-Sea Interface will present a public seminar titled "A River Runs Over It: Flood Management Versus River Restoration" on Wednesday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Long Marine Lab's Seymour Discovery Center. UCSC alumnus Jeffrey Mount, professor of geology and director of the Center for Integrated Watershed Science and Management at UC Davis and author of California Rivers and Streams: The Conflict Between Fluvial Processes and Land Use, will give an overview of the physical and biological processes that shape California's rivers and watersheds, and he will discuss the highly contentious issue of flood management versus river restoration. A reception will follow the event. For more information, contact Jim Zachos at jzachos@earthsci.ucsc.edu.

Work-Life Balance series continues

"Making Stress Work for You" is the topic of a workshop for faculty and staff, which will be held on Wednesday, March 29, in the Health Center Conference Room. It is the second in a series of workshops on balancing the competing demands of work and personal life offered by Human Resources in conjunction with the campus Employee Assistance Program provider, Managed Health Network. Two session are offered: one from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. and a second from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served; participants are encouraged to bring their lunches. The workshop is free, but reservations are required. To reserve a spot, e-mail workshop@cats.ucsc.edu. For more information on the series, call Sharon Cohen Barry at (831) 459-2979 or Lucy van Doorn at (831) 459-5565.

Construction update

Currents is now providing monthly updates on construction projects that have an impact on campus transportation and parking. Construction update story

For more information, visit the Transportation and Parking Services Web site and the Physical Planning and Construction Web site.

March broadcast schedule for UCSC Forum

UCSC Forum, which features the best of UCSC lectures and programs, airs at 8 p.m. each Sunday and 4:30 p.m. each Wednesday on Community TV of Santa Cruz County, Channel 72.

The schedule for March is as follows:

  • March 26: 2000 Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation featuring Susan Taylor (rebroadcast March 29)

For more information, call Community Television at (831) 425-8848, ext. 20.

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