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Oct. 2, 2006 -- No. 461

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Latina writer Cecile Pineda
to speak Oct. 9 at UNC

Latina writer Cecile Pineda will speak on Oct. 9 in UNC's Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.

The San Francisco-area novelist will discuss "Writing at the Edge of Being" beginning at 7 p.m. in the center's Dr. Harold J. Cobb Sr. Theatre. She also will read from and sign copies of her books. The free public program will be sponsored by the UNC Latina/o Cultures Speakers Series in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Pineda's first novel, "Face," published in 1985, was nominated for the American Book Award for first fiction and received the Sue Kaufman Prize for first fiction, awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. "Face" centers on a Brazilian man whose face is horribly disfigured in an accident. Screen rights for the book have been optioned by Rubicon Films Ltd.

Pineda's other novels include "Frieze," "Fishlight: A Dream of Childhood," "Bardo99," "Redoubt" and "The Love Queen of the Amazon," which was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times.

For information, visit or contact Dr. Maria DeGuzman, director of Lantina/o studies, (919) 962-4031,


Global warming and fossil fuel CO2
is the focus of Oct. 17 lecture

Dr. Wallace Broecker, an expert on the role of oceans in global climate change, will discuss "Global Warming: What Should We Do About Fossil Fuel CO2?" on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in UNC's Carroll Hall auditorium.

Broecker is known for identifying the critical role ocean currents play in Earth's climate. His research shows the climate has shifted abruptly many times in the past. Broecker pioneered a number of new approaches to studying the earth's climate, including the use of carbon and other isotopes to date marine sediments.

Broecker is considered the world's leading interpreter of the earth's operation as a biological, chemical and physical system. He is a leading voice in warning of the potential danger of increased greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere.

The Newberry professor at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, Broecker received the National Medal of Science in 1996 for his pioneering contributions in understanding chemical changes in the ocean and atmosphere, as well as for his research on global climate change.

His visit is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the departments of geological sciences and marine sciences, and the Carolina Environmental Program.

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