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Chancellor Albert Carnesale received an honorary doctor of letters degree from North Carolina State University during fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 17. Carnesale, who received his doctorate in nuclear engineering from NC State in 1966 and was a professor on the campus from 1962-'69 and 1972-'74, was honored for his contributions to society as an engineer, arms negotiator, scholar and educator. "It is an honor to return to my alma mater, the home of the first nuclear-engineering degree program," said Carnesale. He also holds honorary degrees from Harvard University (A.M.), where he was provost before coming to UCLA; New Jersey Institute of Technology (Sc.D.); and Drexel University (LL.D.), where he earned his M.S. in mechanical engineering in 1961.

The UCLA football team capped off a remarkable season on New Year's Day, winning its 10th consecutive game by rallying to beat Texas A&M, 29-23, in the Cotton Bowl. Trailing 16-0 in the first half, the Bruin comeback was spearheaded by senior tailback Skip Hicks and the game's Offensive MVP, junior quarterback Cade McNown, a leading candidate for next year's Heisman Trophy. The Bruins were ranked No. 5 in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls, the team's highest finish since 1982.

The Jules Stein Eye Institute became one of two centers in the country to begin implanting permanent contact lenses into the eyes of individuals with severe nearsightedness as part of a two-year national clinical study of the experimental procedure. The Artisan Lens, an invisible 5mm lens, is implanted during a 25-minute procedure through a small slit in the cornea and is attached to the iris with minuscule "clips." Once implanted, it requires no cleaning or removal. The outpatient process involves little or no discomfort, and vision is expected to improve within 24 hours. Patients are currently being sought by the institute to participate in the trials. Prime candidates for the procedure are people with the highest levels of myopia, approximately 5% of the 60 million nearsighted people in the country. Robert Maloney, associate professor of ophthalmology and lead investigator of the study, believes this procedure may represent the next generation of ophthalmological intervention. For more information, call (310) 206-7692.


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