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DMFTalk: Flies in Space!
Dr. Karen Ocorr spoke about her experiments with fruit flies conducted aboard NASA’s International Space Station. The study explored the impact of weightlessness on the heart. Why fruit flies? As it turns out, we humans have a lot in common with them. Each fruit fly carries roughly 75% of disease-causing genes and a similar heart structure tp us. Dr. Ocorr explained how her fruit flies traveling in space are our partners in helping to uncover a route to therapeutics that can be used to prevent or treat human cardiovascular disorders, both in space and on earth for both research and commercial goals.

Dr. Karen Ocorr, an Assistant Professor in the Neuroscience and Aging Center at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, earned her BA at Lehigh University, her Biology Ph.D. from Wesleyan University.

Feed the Beach
We have good news about the future of our supply of beach sand. The costly permit fee from the State Water Board to our city has been mightily chopped from the $100,000, possibly more, to somewhere around $1,200 per year. Thanks to SANDAG’s advocacy—a major help in getting this important change to happen for the region. Our Council-adopted Sand Compatibility Opportunistic Use Program (SCOUP) is ready for the permitting phase that must first be approved by The Office of Administrative Law before it takes effect, which is expected to occur within 4-6 weeks. The reduced fees will help Del Mar execute its beach adaptation plan once funds become available next year.

Clean Energy Advice
At the October 15th meeting of the Clean Energy Alliance (CEA) Joint Powers Authority (JPA) Board, Del Mar residents Don Mosier and Al Sweedler were appointed to the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC has two representatives from each participating city plus one at large member, and exists to provide advice to the CEA JPA Board on policy and operational issues.

 

 

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