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Boat parade winners shine on the water The...

December 26, 2002

Take a trip across the seas without ever leaving home

Those looking to take an ocean voyage without leaving Newport-Mesa

are welcome to check out "A Family Cruising Travelogue" at 7 p.m.

Jan. 9 at the Newport Beach Central Library.

Mary and Darwin Boblet will share the free slide lecture about

their three-year sailing trip with their two sons. The outing began

in San Francisco Bay and continued on to Mexico, Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji


and New Zealand.

The couple will discuss how they prepared for the journey, how

they taught their young children, where they encountered sharks and a

burning boat rescue.

The library is at 1000 Avocado Ave. Information: (949) 717-3801.

Dr. Longhurst recognized

for work in biology

UCI Cardiologist Dr. John Longhurst has been awarded the Lawrence

K. Dodge Endowed Chair in Integrative Biology. Longhurst is a

professor of medicine and cardiology and an expert in acupuncture as

it affects the heard and circulation. His experiments have shown that

acupuncture relaxes blood vessels in a way that helps keep blood

pressure low, potentially reducing the risk of heart disease.

Wa Thiong'o awarded

Medal of Presidency

Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, UCI professor of English and comparative

literature, has been awarded the Medal of the Presidency of the

Italian Cabinet. The medal was awarded by the International

Scientific Committee of the Pio Manzu International Research Center

in Italy. Ngugi was honored based on his work in advancing

multiculturalism and work toward promoting understanding for


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