To our new student assistants:

  • Kacey Ballard, a sophomore studying biology, who will be assisting with outreach.
  • Tiffany Lee and William Ma, both students in Integrative Biology who will be assisting Diane Erwin in paleobotany.

Congratulations are due!

To Walter Alvarez for his reception of the Penrose Award, one of the highest honors awarded by the Geological Society of America in recognition of “eminent research in pure geology, for outstanding original contributions or achievements that mark a major advance in the science of geology.”

To Bill Clemens, elected as an Honorary Member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in recognition of his contributions to the profession in the areas of research and teaching and for his reception of the J.T. Gregory Award, which is given in recognition of service to the Society.

To Carole Hickman who will be enjoying a sabbatical with invitations to Western Australia, the San Juan Islands, San Diego, and Bellagio, Italy.

To Jere Lipps, who received a UCB Space Science Laboratory/Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center grant for a study


entitled “Habitats for Life on Europa and a Paleontological and Molecular Search Strategy.” This grant will support a graduate student to help with the study of images of Jupiter’s moon, and in developing specifications for a lander mission to Europa.

News from UCMP alums

Congratulations to Allen and Jennifer Collins on the birth of their son, Brevan Wolf Collins, who decided to come into the world a bit earlier than expected to give his folks a tax break—born on December 30, 2002. The Collins family is currently living in Hanover, Germany where Allen has a position as a research scientist and lecturer.

Nestor John Sander, author of the book Ibn Saud: King by Conquest, will be on the A&E cable channel, January 27, 2003, in a documentary about the Saud family. “Sandy” received both his BA (1936) and MA (1938) in paleontology from Berkeley and his ensuing work with the Standard Oil Company of California took him to Saudi Arabia and other countries in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Read more about Sandy’s adventures on his website. Sandy now lives in Modesto, California keeping himself busy as editor and translator for the multilingual online journal Notebooks on Geology. He is also working on an illustrated discussion (for DVD) of the geology and paleontology of Saudi Arabia for a lay audience.

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