Volume IV, Issue 5: February 2012


Peter the Anteater's playlist

Peter the Anteater hugs students

What music does Peter the Anteater rock out to when he's not getting his furry groove on to UCI's fight song? In light of the recent Grammy Awards, here's a playlist of his favorite Zot-tunes:

Seymour Menton awarded Mexico's highest honor for foreigners

Ortega with Menton holding award
Mexican Consul General of Los Angeles David Figueroa Ortega (left) presents Seymour Menton with the Order of the Aztec Eagle at the professor's home.

Seymour Menton, UCI professor emeritus of Spanish & Portuguese, has been awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle by the Mexican government for his teaching and dissemination of Mexican literature and culture in the U.S., Latin America and Europe since 1948. It's the highest honor Mexico accords to foreigners. In 2007, Menton was named to Sigma Delta Pi's Order of Don Quijote, the supreme honor from the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, joining such literary luminaries as Carlos Fuentes and Carmen Laforet. He has taught at UCI since 1965 and was founding chair of the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures and, later, of the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.

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Famiglietti, Southon named American Geophysical Union fellows

James Famiglietti
James Famiglietti

UCI scientists James "Jay" Famigliettiand John Southon have been named 2012 fellows of the American Geophysical Union. Southon, an Earth system science researcher, manages UCI's W.M. Keck Carbon Cycle Accelerator Mass Spectrometry facility and has extensive expertise in carbon dating. Famiglietti, professor of Earth system science and civil & environmental engineering, heads the University of California Center for Hydrologic Modeling and is an authority on water scarcity, climate change and related issues.

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