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February 11, 2011 Volume 41 / Number 4


photo of Paul Zingg

The Diversity Imperative

As part of my remarks at the opening convocation for the spring semester on February 1, I drew upon Thomas Aquinas’s basic definition of a university, namely, a place of people and ideas. I did so in order to emphasize that fostering a strong sense of place (both physical setting and institutional role), embracing a world of ideas, and forming a community unified in purpose and vision are actions that underscore why diversity—social, cultural, intellectual—is at the heart of what it means to be an American public university.
Geography and Planning faculty Eugenie Rovai and Steve Stewart with Sarah Bergquist, who, with another cartography student, Sylvie Cares, produced 64 maps for a statewide curriculum project.

Archaeologist Georgia Fox Conserves Lost 19th-Century Whaling Ship Artifacts
Artifacts from several shipwrecks recovered by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research vessel Hi’ialakai have arrived at California State University, Chico to be documented, conserved, and analyzed. Professor Georgia Fox, director of the Department of Anthropology’s Heritage Resources Conservation Laboratory (HRCL), is the archaeological conservator on two completed projects, with a third underway.
Artists rendering of the building project

From Chico to Sharjah
A group of seven students and faculty from the Adapted Physical Education program received a gift of kindness, friendship, and experience that was described as “life-changing” in the week before Christmas. The group traveled halfway around the world to Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE), from Dec. 15 to 23 to assist in the 21st Al-Amal camp for individuals with disabilities.
Photo: Tony Waters

Top CSU, Chico Faculty Honored for Achievements
Five faculty members have received recognition for Outstanding Professor, Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding Service, Outstanding Advisor and Outstanding Research Mentor for 2010–2011. These awards are the most prestigious honors given at California State University, Chico.
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New Book: Rapid Climate Change
Scott McNall, a longtime campus advocate of sustainability, saw his book Rapid Climate Change published by Routledge in January. The book is designed as a supplemental text for college courses in climate science or sustainability and is also intended for the general public.
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Parallel Processing in the Department of Physics
Despite transistors becoming smaller and more numerous on chips, there is general agreement among computer scientists today that microprocessor clockspeed won’t become much faster than at present. Recognizing this trend in computer architecture, Dr. Shane Mayor, a research professor in the Department of Physics, and Chris Mauzey, a recent graduate of the CSU, Chico Department of Computer Science, worked together with new Graphical Processing Units and computer programs to tap the multi-core power of GPUs.




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