September 11, 2003


Today marks the two-year anniversary of the tragic September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., and the losses suffered not only by the nation but also our own University community.

I invite you to take a moment to reflect on those events, and to honor and remember those who were lost.

The University of California, including the national laboratories UC manages for the federal government, continues to make a major contribution to national security and global understanding in the wake of the September 11th attacks. University researchers are playing a central role in the investigation of such topics as the prevention and detection of terrorist activity; the political, social, and psychological aspects of terrorism; and infrastructure recovery following a terrorist attack. We can all be proud to be part of a University community that is so deeply engaged in these important issues.

Lastly, let us remain ever mindful that the University stands as a place of reasoned inquiry and civil discourse – principles that have become even more important in the last two years.

Fiat Lux,

Richard C. Atkinson


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