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  April 12, 2004

Coming to Campus

*Former Scientist with Manhattan Project to Talk on Peace
*Libraries to Host Forum on Scholarly Communication

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Former Scientist with Manhattan Project to Talk on Peace
A former scientist with the Manhattan Project, now a peace activist, will speak in the Comparative Human Rights Lecture Series on Thursday, April 22. Charles Prewitt will give a talk at 12:30 p.m., in the Class of '47 Room, Homer Babbidge Library. The lecture is sponsored by the UNESCO Chair and Institute of Comparative Human Rights.

Prewitt, a chemist with duPont, was a supporter of World War II who worked for two years on the Manhattan Project, which developed nuclear weapons. After a nuclear bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, he became convinced that humans could totally destroy themselves with nuclear weapons, and he left his scientific career to become an educator. He taught for 38 years in universities, including 10 years spent in Asia, and six in Afghanistan. He also taught for eight years in the peace studies program at UConn, and retired from Eastern Connecticut State University in 1970. In retirement, Prewitt has been active in a number of peace organizations, and has lectured on peace-related topics from Massachusetts to Tennessee.

Libraries to Host Forum on Scholarly Communication
A forum on scholarly communication will take place on Monday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to noon in Konover Auditorium at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. The event is hosted by the University Libraries.

The "scholarly communication crisis" has had a profound impact at UConn, with the Libraries moving to online access only for most of the University's journal subscriptions. What are the economic issues driving this crisis? How are libraries addressing the spiraling costs of books and journals? What alternative publishing ventures are under way, and how can faculty and students get involved?

Three distinguished panelists will provide their perspectives on these and related questions: Stuart Shieber, a computer scientist at Harvard University; Phil Davis, a librarian from Cornell; and Julia Blixrud, who represents SPARC, an academic library coalition created to combat the increasing prices of academic journals by creating new alternatives to the current, failing system. Following their presentation, there will be an open question-and-answer session. All members of the UConn community are invited and encouraged to attend this free event. For more information on this topic, go to this website.

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