Expecting rain this late in the season was a bit of a shock, but Nature does surprise us from time to time. I had just become accustomed to the incessant early-morning chirping of baby birds in the courtyard when we were told to expect a last gasp of winter! Life does throw us curveballs, and it matters how we react. This time of year we turn our attentions to the granting of our annual scholarships so that more young minds can receive the education they need. Hopefully we can help ameliorate some of the challenges these young people will encounter in life as they leave high school for college.
We only do two large print newsletter a year now, and our next print edition is coming up soon. If anyone has good material for the newsletter, including photos if you have any, please e-mail them to me before the 12th. Sorry, I don’t have the time or assistance to retype things. If possible with photos, take them in high resolution format so that they may print with better definition, both on the print and online newsletters. I welcome your material and photos any time, for both newsletter formats!
A reminder: since there will be the print newsletter in April, the next Online News will be at the end of May.
Robin Leigh Anderson, Editor
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ASFSB lost one of its devoted supporters with the death of Frank Ordung on March 1, 2010. For many years he and his wife Betty have been active members of our foundation, at times making their beautiful home on Northridge Road available for the ASFSB’s “Fall Kickoff” events. They had a life-long commitment to education which was manifest in generous monetary support to our Scholarship Fundraising Program, helping to support students with scholarships and to build up our ASFSB Scholarship Endowment Fund with the Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation.
Frank was born and raised on a farm in Luverne, Minnesota. When he embarked upon his initial educational journey in a one-room country school, few would have known that his subsequent outstanding academic achievements in electrical engineering with Master’s and PhD degrees in that field from Yale University would eventually lead him to UCSB in 1962. As chairman of the new Electrical Engineering Department he set out to organize the curriculum, recruit faculty, and help design the new Electrical Engineering Building. By 1968 his department offered a full academic program with about 90 graduate students and today the UCSB Engineering program is considered one of the best in US.
Frank’s sabbatical leaves took him to the University in Trondheim, Norway in 1969-70 and to Rand-Afrikaans University in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1976. He retired from UCSB in 1990 but was immediately appointed two terms at UC Riverside campus to establish a new engineering department there.
Frank and Betty took up residency at Vista Del Monte retirement home in 2002 where he passed away peacefully at the age of 90. A memorial service for Frank was held at Grace Lutheran Church on March 5. He is survived by Betty, his wife of 64 years, two daughters, several grand- and great- grandchildren and two international “daughters“ (Belgium and New York).
BLESSED BE HIS MEMORY!
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March 25 - June 6
The world faces potential fatal consequences as more bacteria become resistant to antibiotics. Soon it will be hard to find drugs to treat bad infections, use in operations or treat cancer successfully. How could this happen? Visitors meet different bacteria and face the plethora of prejudices and misconceptions surrounding antibiotics, their effects and consequences. Learn how to tell one bacterium from another, feel better, live longer and healthier.
March 25 – June 6, 2010
The Swedish passion for the outdoors and a healthy lifestyle intertwines with an interactive display of Swedish life changing innovations such as the pacemaker, stent, anesthetics and products which have just seen the light of day. Through this ever changing exhibit of moving images, sound, objects and photos you can explore state of the art trends in health care and healthy living.
March 25 – April 28, 2010
This exhibit presents some of Karolinska Institutet’s strong research areas: epidemiology, stem cells, reproduction and neurobiology, through beautiful images by world famous Swedish photographer Lennart Nilsson. His intense photography has captured the intricate microscopic beauty of the human body.
March 25 – May 2, 2010
A unique interactive table allows people to explore the inside of a human being. This big touch screen allows the user to freely interact with data generated by CT and MRI scans. Without cutting into the body, medical experts can see things otherwise difficult to discover in a conventional autopsy.
The quest for a long healthy life is common around the globe. Health care issues are high on the agenda in most countries - how can we create a sustainable health care system that is both cost effective and capable of handling current and future challenges?
This is the focus of the Embassy of Sweden's spring program "Health & Care " running from March 25th to June 6th in House of Sweden.
Events include seminars, roundtable discussions, performances, exhibitions and hands-on demonstrations. The knowledge and expertise in both the United States and Sweden provide a foundation for interesting and fruitful transatlantic discussions on policy, research, trade promotion and culture.
With permission, Embassy of Sweden newsletter dated March 16, 2010
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The Smithsonian Resident Associate Program (RAP) was spot on when they called last weekend’s seminar ‘The Vikings: Their Lives and Legacy’: We owe a huge part of today’s civilization and knowledge to the Vikings. This was one of Ambassador Petersen’s key messages when he gave a speech to the participants of the RAP Viking seminar at his residence.
One example of Viking legacy is words like ‘law’ and ‘husband’, which originates from old Nordic words; today they have migrated into the English language. Another example is the concept of parliamentary democracy – if you travel to Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia you will be able to find parliamentary circles of stones in the countryside and at a number of museums. These stones, the thingsteads, were placed in a circle in order to facilitate an equal debate about issues important to the community.
The Viking settlements in Normandy, England and Ireland, in particular, manifest Denmark’s unique part of European history. Although the Danish Vikings became famous for plundering churches and monasteries, behind this one-sided image lies a complex interplay of political and cultural factors, Ambassador Petersen stated.
Other speakers at the seminar on Saturday, March 13th included well-known professors such as Stephen Mitchell Professor of Scandinavian and Folklore at Harvard University, Neil Price Professor of Archaeology at University of Aberdeen, Scotland and Kenneth Harl, Professor of classical and Byzantine history at Tulane University.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
EMBASSY OF DENMARK, WASHINGTON DC
Newsletter March 18, 2010
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