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Charles Marshall  UCMP in 2012: A letter from the Director, January 2012

Though in most issues of UCMP News I have made some closing remarks, it seems only appropriate that for our January 2012 edition, I should provide some opening words. Typically, the January issue focuses on one or two big stories plus a list of our previous year's peer-reviewed publications. But there are simply some years that need to be kicked off with great celebration and 2012 is certainly one of them for UCMP.

Here you will find a series of articles that will provide a small glimpse of individual achievements, reports of important new initiatives, and the continuing evolution of UCMP activities. We say a "sort of farewell" to Jere Lipps, but we soon welcome Seth Finnegan from Cal Tech. We have the opportunity to re-open our Prep Lab, thanks to a pending agreement with CalTrans, and we examine how paleontology can inform issues of global change, thanks to campus funding received from the Gordon and Betty Moore and W.M. Keck Foundations. We gear up for annual UCMP public events and we continue expanding our web presence through new grants and collaborations.

While our "normal" research, teaching, and outreach continue at a rigorous pace, UCMP has a dynamic depth to it that continues to amaze me. 2012 bodes well ….

Charles Marshall
Director, UCMP

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