Aug 27, 2011

NYTimes: Looking for Leonardo, With Camera in Hand

New York Times bureau chief Rachel Donadio reports from Florencee on renewed efforts by a team from UCSD's CISA3 research center, including graduate students funded by NSF, to uncover a Leonardo da Vinci mural not seen in nearly 500 years.

Jul 8, 2011

UCSD-TV Premieres Seracini Speech on Using Science to Safeguard Cultural Heritage

UCSD-TV has announced that on Monday, July 25 at 1pm, it will premiere its IDEaS program, "Future for the Past: Using Science to Safeguard Our Cultural Heritage." CISA3 Director Maurizio Seracini -- an alumnus from the Class of '73 -- delivered the keynote talk as part of the Innovation Day Expo and Symposia (IDEaS) held in honor of UCSD's 50th anniversary.

Jul 5, 2011

IGERT Associate Appointed to Tel Aviv University Faculty

Erez Ben-Yosef, a longtime collaborator and student of CISA3's Tom Levy, and an IGERT-TEECH Associate, received his Ph.D. in December, and will now become a professor this fall at Tel Aviv University's Institute of Archaeology. He will focus on archaeometallurgy, ancient technologies and society. Meanwhile, this August Ben-Yosef is co-directing an ancient metallurgy project in Cyprus with Levy and Lisa Tauxe of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, in collaboration with Prof. Lina Kassianidou of the University of Cyprus. Ben-Yosef's dissertation is on 'Technology and Social Progress: Oscillations in Iron Age Copper Production and Power in Southern Jordan'.

Jun 21, 2011

CISA3 Archaeologists in Cyprus August/September

From August 24 to September 10, Professors Tom Levy (Associate Director, CISA3) and Lisa Tauxe (Scripps Institution of Oceanography), with Scripps postdoc Dr. Erez Ben-Yosef, will lead an archaeometallurgy expedition to Cyprus this summer. Levy and Tauxe were awarded an NSF Collaborative Research project (Geology and Archaeology) entitled “Levantine geomagnetic field spike: How high, how fast, how far?”

Jun 13, 2011

Modern Day Indiana Jones Urges Graduates to Follow Their Passion

CISA3 research scientist Albert Lin, leader of the Valley of the Khans project and member of the IGERT-TEECH team, delivers the keynote at UCSD's All Campus Graduation Celebration.

Jun 9, 2011

UCSD Undergrad's National Geographic Collaboration Leads to Internship

Profile of grad student Alan Turchik who has worked on the Jordan dig and also as part of the UCSD-NGS Engineers for Exploration program developing a stabilization mechanism for a camera mounted on an aerial platform to take bird's-eye view photos of archaeological dig sites from Jordan to Mongolia. He will spend the summer at National Geographic.

May 31, 2011

CISA3 Adventurer to Speak at UC San Diego Graduation

Preview of the upcoming keynote speech by IGERT-TEECH researcher Albert Yu-Min Lin to the 2011 UCSD All Campus Graduation Celebration. Lin runs the UCSD-National Geographic Engineers for Exploration program, and the Valley of the Khans Project.

May 2, 2011

Albert Lin Nominated for Asian Heritage Award

CISA3/IGERT research scientist Albert Yu-Min Lin has been nominated for an Asian Heritage Award in the “cultural preservation” category. Lin is leading the non-invasive effort to locate the tomb of Genghis Khan while preserving large areas of Mongolia in pristine condition for future generations. The Asian Heritage Society/Asia Media will announce the winners of awards in 14 categories on Aug. 20, at a gala dinner at Paradise Point Resort in Mission Bay. Lin runs the UCSD-National Geographic Engineers for Exploration program.

Mar 30, 2011

New Cyber-Archaeology Research Lab Brings State-of-the-Art Technologies to Jordan

The UCSD CISA3 Jordan Cyber-archaeology Lab has been established in the village of Shobak, Jordan, as a year-round, state-of-the-art research and training facility for U.S. and Jordanian archaeologists interested in digital archaeology tools. IGERT co-PI Tom Levy says that the Lab will serve as a base for students who plan to spend extended periods of time in Jordan, which is one of the key testbeds for interdisciplinary research under NSF’s five-year, $3.2 million IGERT grant for research, training and education in cultural heritage diagnostics.

Feb 3, 2011

Calit2 Da Vinci Detective Headlines IDEaS Symposium on Feb. 22

In a plenary speech as part of UCSD’s 50th Anniversary celebration, IGERT co-PI Maurizio Seracini talked about the mysteries surrounding the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli and other Renaissance masters. He spoke to hundreds of people from the campus and the public during an Innovation Day Symposium.

Dec 22, 2010

CISA3 at Calit2 Forges Collaboration with Jordan’s Department of Antiquities

The new director of the Department of Antiquities in Amman, Jordan, recently visited Calit2 at UC San Diego to explore ways the two organizations might collaborate on developing cutting-edge digital technologies for the preservation and presentation of Jordan’s cultural heritage. Ziad Al-Saad delivered a keynote at a two-day workshop organized by IGERT co-PI Tom Levy. The UCSD Research & Jordan Archaeology World Cultural Heritage Workshop was an activity of Calit2’s IGERT, which aims to educate Ph.D. scientists and engineers with teamwork and collaborative research across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Nov 23, 2010

UC San Diego Archaeologist Featured in NOVA/National Geographic Documentary

A joint production of PBS' NOVA and National Geographic traces the archaeological discoveries of CISA3 associate director Tom Levy in southern Jordan, notably pointing to production at an ancient copper manufacturing site that could date to the 10th century BCE.

Oct 28, 2010

Citizen Scientists Explore Ancient Mongolia from Afar

Citizen scientists helped CISA3's Albert Lin on his expedition to Mongolia, via a website on National Geographic that allowed the public to tag satellite images of the country to pinpoint potential archaeological sites.

Sep 2, 2010

Popular Science Magazine Highlights Calit2’s ‘Awesome’ Lab for Archaeology

Popular Science highlighted the CISA3 Archaeology team's use of the StarCAVE 3D virtual-reality environment for the study of ruins in the Jordanian desert.