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  • Professors Swim for Science Across Lake Tahoe
    Last Saturday, July 22nd, faculty members Heather Bischel, Veronica Morales and Deb Niemeier joined the Women for Water Research team in the 41st annual Trans Tahoe Relay. This 10-mile relay was done to raise awareness about water research and necessary efforts needed to protect natural resources. Read more here.
  • UC Davis GGSS Students at PBD-III in Vancouver 2017
    The 3rd International Conference on Performance-based Design in Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering (PBD-III) in Vancouver, BC, Vancouver was held from July 16-19. The conference had over 400 attendees from 27 different countries. Twelve of our very own UC Davis GGSS students attended, along with Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty members Jason DeJong, Katerina Ziotopoulou, Alejandro Martinez, ...
  • Professor Alex Forrest’s Antarctica trip featured in university news
    Engineering professor Alex Forrest recently lead a six-member team to Antarctica to map ice shelves in order to predict how and when they collapse. Read more here.
  • Professor Brian Maroney interviewed by SFGate
    Professor Brian Maroney, chief Bay Bridge engineer for Caltrans, was interviewed by SFGate on the demolition of the last of the Bay Bridge. Read here.
  • Amit Kanvinde honored by American Institute of Steel Construction with Special Achievement Award
    Please join us in congratulating Amit Kanvinde for being honored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) with a Special Achievement Award. The American Institute Steel Construction is honoring Amit Kanvinde with the Special Achievement Award for his research on column connection details including requirements for column splices, which permit the use of partial joint ...
  • Deb Niemeier and Ross Boulanger elected into The National Academy of Engineering
    Please join us in congratulating Deb Niemeier and Ross Boulanger for being elected into The National Academy of Engineering (NAE). See the press release for the announcement here. The NAE is an elected group of the world’s most accomplished engineers that aims to “promote the technological welfare of the nation by marshaling the knowledge and insights ...
  • Alissa Kendall selected as a 2016-2017 Chancellor’s Fellow
    Please join us in congratulating Alissa Kendall for being selected as a 2016-17 Chancellor’s Fellow. We couldn’t be more proud. Congratulations, Alissa!
  • Pat Lucia inducted in the UC Berkeley Academy of Distinguished Alumni
    Pat Lucia, a UC Davis Civil and Environmental Engineering Adjunct Professor, was recently inducted in the UC Berkeley CEE Department’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni. Pat was honored for his many years of professional leadership as a national authority in forensic geotechnical engineering and Chairman of the Board for Geosyntec. Pat retired from Geosyntec in 2012, ...
  • Brian Maroney receives Greta Ericson Distinguished Service Award
    Dr. Brian Maroney, Chief engineer for Caltrans’ Toll Bridge Program and adjunct assistant professor at the University of California, Davis, receives the Greta Ericson Distinguished Service Award. He has been selected, not only for his vast engineering experience, but also for his incredible ability to explain such specialized knowledge. One of Maroney’s recent accomplishments is ...
  • Geoff Schladow receives the 2016 David R. Maidment Award
    Geoff Schladow, Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, has been selected as the recipient of the American Water Resources Association’s 2016 David R. Maidment Award for outstanding contributions to Water Resources Data and Information Systems. You can read the College of Engineering article about this by clicking here. Congratulations, Professor Schladow!
  • Ross Boulanger selected as the Fall 2016 Cross Canada Tour Lecturer
    Ross Boulanger, Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, has been selected by the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) to give the 98th Cross Canada Lecture Tour. You can read the CGS announcement about this here.  Tour dates and locations will be available soon on the CGS website.
  • Graduate student Michael Gomez, his advisor Prof. Jason DeJong, and collaborators have been awarded the Telford Premium Prize
    Graduate student Michael Gomez, his advisor Prof. Jason DeJong, and collaborators at Geosyntec Consultants have been awarded the Telford Premium Prize for their publication entitled “Field-Scale Bio-Cementation Tests to Improve Sands” published in 2015 in the ICE Ground Improvement Journal. This ‘paper of the year’ award will be given to the authors at a presentation ...
  • Fabian Bombardelli receives Young Alumni Achievement Award
    Fabian Bombardelli , Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Davis, received one of the 2015 Young Alumnus Achievement Awards from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Association at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This award is given to recognize alumni who have achieved recognition in their fields superior to their peers. Read more about ...
  • Jason DeJong receives 2016 College of Engineering Outstanding Faculty Award
    The College of Engineering has announced the 2016 Outstanding Faculty Awards and Jason T. DeJong, Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, has earned the Outstanding Mid-Career Faculty Research Award. Professor DeJong has been a faculty member at UC Davis since 2005 and currently directs research at the Soil Interactions Laboratory. The College of Engineering notes that, “Professor ...
  • Symposium in Honor of I. M. Idriss
    The contributions of I. M. (Ed) Idriss to geotechnical earthquake engineering was honored at this one-day symposium held on June 17, 2016 at the UC Davis campus. Proceeds of the symposium will go to the Mariam and Izzat M. Idriss Endowment Fund for Geotechnical Engineering Education. This endowment supports educational activities that enrich graduate school experiences ...
  • Jon Herman receives 2016 Quentin Martin Best Practice-Oriented Paper Award from ASCE
    Please join us in congratulating Jon Herman, Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, for receiving the 2016 Quentin Martin Best Practice-Oriented Paper Award, awarded by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The paper was selected from all 2015 publications in the American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Water Resources Planning & Management ...
  • M. Levent Kavvas and co-authors receive 2016 J. James R. Croes Medal
    M. Levent Kavvas, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil and Environemntal Engineering, and his co-authors were selected by the ASCE Awards Committee to receive the 2016 J. James R. Croes Medal for their paper, “Physically Based Estimation of Maximum Precipitation over Three Watersheds in Northern California: Atmospheric Boundary Condition Shifting,” published in the Journal of Hydrologic ...
  • Amit Kanvinde receives 2016 Walter L. Huber Research Prize from ASCE
    Amit Kanvinde, Professor and Chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, has been elected to receive the 2016 American Society of Civil Engineers’ Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize “For significant contributions in modeling integrated with large-scale experiments to advance the analysis and design of steel connections and members.” Read the UC Davis College ...
  • Jay Lund elected ASCE Distinguished Member
    Professor Jay Lund has been elected to the grade of Distinguished Fellow in ASCE. He is one of only nine Distinguished Members inducted this year. The Class of 2016 Distinguished Members are listed here. Congratulations, Jay!
  • Yannis Dafalias elected ASCE Fellow
    Distinguished Professor Yannis Dafalias has been recognized as a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Directors. This honor was awarded to Dafalias for his significant contributions to the study of solid and soil mechanics, his most recent research involving the study of turbulence in fluid dynamics and bio-mechanics. A list of his publications can be found ...
  • Daniel Sperling and Miguel Jaller quoted in New York Times article regarding environmental impact of online shopping
    A recent New York Times article discussing the environmental costs of online shopping features input from two UC Davis Civil & Environmental Engineering faculty members, Daniel Sperling and Miguel Jaller. Both Professors are respected as contributors to the field of engineering and their opinions provide insight into the environmental impact of online shopping and the staggering amounts of ...
  • Gift establishes Endowed Fund for Geotechnical Engineering Education
    Emeritus Professor I. M. Idriss and his wife have gifted $100,000 to establish the Mariam and Izzat M. Idriss Endowment Fund for Geotechnical Engineering Education. The endowment will enrich the graduate school experience in geotechnical engineering through support of graduate student participation in professional conferences, hosting of scholars to engage in extended interactions with graduate ...
  • Brian H. Maroney speaks about the former Oakland Bay Bridge
    Brian H. Maroney, the chief bridge engineer of the California Department of Transportations’ Toll Bridge Program and adjunct professor for UC Davis Civil and Environmental Engineering department, speaks about the former Oakland Bay Bridge in an article published by Civil Engineering – The Magazine of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Read the full article, ...
  • Center for Geotechnical Modeling receives grant for natural hazards research
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded nearly $5 million to the Center for Geotechnical Modeling (CGM) at UC Davis for research into infrastructure durability and safety.  The CGM houses a world-class earthquake-simulating centrifuge, which will be utilized as part of the new Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure program. The research conducted for this program will ...
  • Michael Zhang gave talk for MIT’s CEE Distinguished Speaker Series 2015-16
    Michael Zhang, a professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at UC Davis,  was invited to give a talk at MIT’s CEE C.C. Mei Distinguished Speaker Series last week. Zhang’s talk was titled, “From Individual Behavior to Collective Dynamics: Modeling and control of congestion waves in highway networks.” A flyer for his talk can be ...
  • M. Levent Kavvas receives 2015 International Award from the Japan Society of Hydrology and Water Resources
    Please join us in congratulating Professor M. Levent Kavvas for the latest feather in his cap. Dr. Kavvas is the recipient of the 2015 International Award of the Japan Society of Hydrology and Water Resources. The International Award is a competitive award given to one foreign hydrologist by The Japan Society of Hydrology and Water Resources ...
  • UC Davis to play major role in new Geotechnical Engineering Center
    UC Davis, Arizona State University, New Mexico State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology have joined forces to create the Center for Bio-inspired and Bio-mediated Geotechnics (CBBG), to embrace and expand the rapidly emerging field of biogeotechnical engineering. The National Science Foundation (NSF) will support this new Engineering Research Center (ERC) with a five-year, ...
  • CEE Alum Mark Matsumoto appointed Dean of School of Engineering at UC Merced
    Mark Matsumoto, who received his Ph.D. and master’s degrees in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from UC Davis, has been appointed Dean of the School of Engineering at UC Merced. After receiving his Ph.D. from UC Davis, Matsumoto taught for 11 years at the State University of New York at Buffalo and then served as a faculty member at ...
  • CEE Department welcomes two new faculty members: Colleen Bronner and Jonathan Herman
    Please join us in welcoming the two newest additions to our faculty: Dr. Coleen Bronner and Dr. Jonathan Herman. Dr. Bronner joins the department as a Lecturer in Environmental Engineering. She has a rigorous engineering and environmental science background and earned her Ph.D. in Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering at the State University of New York (SUNY) at ...
  • Kenneth Loh appointed director of CITRIS at UC Davis
    Kenneth Loh, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been appointed campus director of CITRIS at UC Davis. Read the full announcement here.
  • Boris Jeremic and co-investigators awarded major DOE grant
    Last month (May 2015), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a collaboration involving Berkeley Lab (Dr. McCallen and Prof. Jeremic), U.C. Davis (Prof. Jeremic), and the University of Nevada, Reno (Prof. Buckle), on a major DOE-supported multi-year project to develop advanced computational tools for modeling and simulating the earthquake response of nuclear facilities, including ...
  • CEE Alum Keith Cooke to Lead San Leandro Engineering and Transportation Department
    CEE Alum Keith Cooke has been selected to serve as director of the San Leandro Engineering and Transportation Department. He received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis. Read the full announcement from the City of San Leandro here.
  • Jason DeJong, Tim Ginn and co-authors receive 2015 Hogentogler Award for the best paper in the ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal
    Jason DeJong, Tim Ginn and co-authors (Brian Martinez, Christopher Hunt, David Major, and Burak Tanyu) receive the 2015 Hogentogler Award for the best paper in the ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal. The paper, “Development of a Scaled Repeated Five-Spot Treatment Model for Examining Microbial Induced Calcite Precipitation Feasibility in Field Applications,” appears in the May 2014 ...
  • Deb Niemeier named Guggenheim Fellow
    Deb Niemeier, a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Davis, has been named Guggenheim Fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation . For more information, click here.
  • British journal dedicates special issue to Miguel A. Marino
    The British Journal of Environment and Climate Change dedicates special issue to Miguel Marino, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. See the special issue here.
  • Miguel A. Marino selected to receive the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award
    Miguel A. Marino, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, has been selected by ASCE-EWRI to receive the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. He will be presented with this award on Monday, May 18, 2015 during the World Environmental & Water Resources Congress in Austin, Texas.  
  • Co-authored paper by Yannis Dafalias wins Best Paper Prize
    Editors of the journal Acta Geotechnica have selected the following publication for the 2014 Best Paper Prize: Zhaoxia Tong • Pengcheng Fu • Shaopeng Zhou • Yannis F. Dafalias, “Experimental investigation of shear strength of sands with inherent fabricanisotropy”, Acta Geotechnica, 9, 257‐275, 2014 The prize, sponsored by Caterpillar Company, will consist of a cash award of US $1000 and ...
  • Alissa Kendall: Fine Tuning Future
    Alissa Kendall was featured in the Fall 2014 edition of the Engineering Progress magazine published by the College of Engineering at UC Davis. Read the article by clicking here.
  • Deb Niemeier elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
    Deb Niemeier has been elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She works to transform engineering education to include sustainability, and to provide scientific know-how for environmental and social justice advocates. For more information, click here.
  • CEE receives $100K Presidential Endowment from Beavers Charitable Trust
    The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department receives $100,000 Presidential Endowment from Beavers Charitable Trust. Learn more about this in the following article:  Civil Engineering Gets a Boost from the Beavers.
  • Fabian Bombardelli to receive 2015 UIUC CEE Alumni Association Young Alumnus Award
    Fabian Bombardelli to receive 2015 UIUC CEE Alumni Association Young Alumnus Award
  • Scott Johnson selected to receive a 2014 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal for Public Service
    Scott Johnson, a 1978 graduate of Civil Engineering, has been selected to receive a 2014 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal for Public Service. He is President of the Myelin Repair Foundation. For more information on Scott Johnson, click here.    Scott Johnson will receive his medal during the Awards Dinner on Sat, Feb 28, 2015 at the St. ...
  • Department welcomes new faculty member Miguel Jaller as Assistant Professor in Transportation Engineering
    Dr. Miguel Jaller joins the department as Assistant Professor of Transportation Engineering. Before joining UC Davis, he was a Research Associate at the Center for Infrastructure, Transportation, and the Environment (CITE), and at the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations’ Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems (CoE-SUFS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He has ...
  • Jason DeJong, Ross Boulanger and former student, Brina Montoya, receive TK Hsieh prize
    The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), based in the UK, has awarded Brina Montoya, Jason DeJong and Ross Boulanger the TK Hsieh Prize for the best paper published in 2013 in Géotechnique. Their paper  ‘Dynamic response of liquefiable sand improved by microbial-induced calcite precipitation’ was published in Géotechnique, Vol. 63 (4), 302-312.   Click here for the complete list of ...
  • Bruce Kutter honored as 2nd Schofield Lecturer
    Bruce Kutter has been elected by the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE, Technical Committee TC104) as the 2nd Schofield Lecturer.  This international recognition was established in honor of Prof. Schofield, formerly at the University of Cambridge, UK, who was a pioneer in the field of geotechnical modeling.   Bruce has been selected as only the ...
  • Yannis Dafalias delivers the Osterberg Seminar at Northwestern University
    Yannis Dafalias delivered the lecture “Critical State Soil Mechanics: Is it a Complete Theory?” at Northwestern University. See more information here: Osterberg Seminar 
  • CGM Featured in News 10
    News 10 CGM View video at News 10
  • Dr. Jay R. Lund selected to receive the 2014 Warren A. Hall Medal
    Professor LundUCOWR Announces Winner of the 2014 Warren A. Hall Medal The Board of Directors of UCOWR is delighted to announce that Dr. Jay R. Lund, University of California-Davis, has been selected to receive the 2014 Warren A. Hall. Dr. Lund’s research, teaching, and public service have made significant and lasting impacts upon the field of ...
  • Yannis Dafalias elected Fellow of Engineering Mechanics Institute of ASCE
    Professor Dafalias ASCE fellows are legally registered professional engineers or land surveyors who have made significant technical or professional contributions and have demonstrated notable achievement in responsible charge of engineering activity for at least 10 years following election to the ASCE grade of member. Fellows occupy the Society’s second-highest membership grade, exceeded only by distinguished members.            
  • Chris Cappa named Chancellor’s Fellow
    Cappa Chris Cappa has been chosen as one of the 2013 Chancellor’s Fellow Recipients. For more informaton, click here.
  • Frank Loge named Ray Krone Endowed Professor in Environmental Engineering
    Professor LogeProfessor Loge’s research focuses on three principal areas: water reuse, fate and transport of contaminants in the environment, and optimization of existing treatment technologies and design of new treatment systems. The underlying theme of his research is to better understand the relationship between the structure and function of engineered/natural systems and human/environmental health. 
  • Geoff Schladow interviewed in New York Times on clarity of Lake Tahoe
    Schladow  “Clarity has been going down for about 40 years at a pretty steady rate,” said Geoffrey Schladow, the director of the Tahoe Environmental Research Center. “For the last 8 to 10 years, there has been a flattening of that, which is a good thing. But it’s too early to say whether it’s actually getting better yet.” Read ...
  • Professor Daniel Sperling wins Blue Planet Prize
    Professor Sperling Daniel Sperling,  civil engineering professor and international transportation expert, has won the Blue Planet Prize. Read the complete LA Times article:  “UC Davis professor Daniel Sperling wins Blue Planet Prize“  
  • N. Sukumar appointed Regional Editor of International Journal of Fracture
    The International Journal of Fracture is an outlet for original analytical, numerical and experimental contributions which provide improved understanding of the mechanisms of micro and macro fracture in all materials, and their engineering implications.
  • Joe DeVries (1936 – 2013)
    DeVriesJohannes (Joe) Joost DeVries (1936 – 2013) Joe DeVries a longtime lecturer in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Land, Air and Water Science died December 8, 2013 after a long battle with prostate cancer. A civil engineering graduate of the University of Michigan, Joe received his Ph. D. from UC Davis in 1978. ...
  • Sashi Kunnath elected Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers
    KunnathProfessor Kunnath was recently honored by being elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). ASCE Fellows are eminent engineers who have made significant technical or professional contributions and have demonstrated notable achievement in their field. Fellows occupy the Society’s second highest membership grade. Professor Kunnath was cited for his work on nonlinear ...
  • Chris Cappa’s research on warming ability of black carbon particles published in Science
    Cappa“Our results don’t change the fact that things are going to warm — just to what degree, literally,” said Christopher Cappa, a UC Davis civil and environmental engineering professor. “Our findings should result in more accurate predictions.” To read the complete article, click here.
  • CEE grad student research publication honored with Best RMPD paper for 2009
    The technical paper “Laboratory Test Methods for Foamed Asphalt Mix Resilient Modulus”, coauthored by P. Fu, D. Jones, J.T. Harvey and S.A. Bukhari, published in Volume 10 of the International Journal “Road Materials and Pavement Design” received the Best Scientific Paper award for 2009.  Pengcheng Fu is recent CEE PhD previously working at the University of California Pavement Research ...
  • Engineering Building Named for Dean Emeritus Ghausi
    Posted on: December 11, 2009 University of California President Mark G. Yudof has approved the naming of Engineering III as Mohammed S. Ghausi Hall, honoring the distinguished service of Dean Emeritus Ghausi.  Ghausi, who led the College of Engineering from 1983 to 1996, guided the program through a period of strategic growth, expanding teaching and research programs ...
  • 2010 J.S. Braun/Braun Intertec Professorship awarded to Masoud Kayhanian
    Dr Kayhanian is the recipient of the 2010 J.S. Braun/Braun Intertec Professorship Award from the University of Minnesota, Twin City Campus. For one semester each year, the Braun professorship brings an outstanding professor or researcher from another university to the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota to address issues related to ...
  • Professor Jay Lund Receives ASCE Award
    Professor LundPosted on: May 4, 2011 Jay Lund given Julian Hinds Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers  Jay Lund, professor of civil and environmental engineering, director of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, and the current Ray B. Krone Chair of Environmental Engineering, received the 2011 Julian Hinds Award. The American Society of Civil Engineers ...
  • ASCE Awards Newmark Medal to Yannis F. Dafalias
    Professor DafaliasThe American Society of Civil Engineers has awarded the 2012 Nathan M. Newmark Medal to Yannis F. Dafalias, a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Davis. The award honors Dafalias’s research in plasticity of metals and soils, finite elastic-plastic deformations, inherent and evolving anisotropy, and structural optimization.  Dafalias holds a joint appointment as professor ...
  • CEE Steel Bridge Team Wins National Honors
    The UC Davis CEE Steel Bridge Team finished in third place overall at the National Student Steel Bridge Competition finals, held at the University of Washington May 31-June 1, 2013. For more information, click here.
  • Chris Cappa among research team in new NSF funded center to address aerosols impact on climate change
    The National Science Foundation is providing an influx of funding, $20 million over the next five years, to enhance that understanding through its support of the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment (CAICE). The award was announced Sept. 9, at a press conference at UC San Diego, where the center was recently established. The center ...
  • CEE @ UCD ranked 6th world-wide in new research rankings based on scientific publications
    The Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities is produced by the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT). This project employs bibliometric methods to analyze and rank the scientific paper performances of the world’s top 500 universities, the world’s top 300 universities by six fields, and the world’s top 300 universities ...
  • Ken Loh and his graduate student, Donghyeon Ryu, win prestigious ASME Best Paper Award
    The 2013 ASME ‘Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Best Paper Award in Adaptive Materials and Material Systems’ went to Donghyeon Ryu and Kenneth J Loh for their article “Strain sensing using photocurrent generated by photoactive P3HT-based nanocomposites.” For more information, click here.
  • Fae Azhari Receives ASCE Freeman Fellowship
      Fae Azhari, a CEE graduate student supervised by Professor Ken Loh, was recently honored with the ASCE Freeman Fellowship, a highly competitive graduate student research award. The Freeman Fellowship, sponsored by American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is awarded to a member of the Society, in recognition of achievement or promise. The grant is made toward ...
  • Prof. Emeritus Gerald Orlob: 1925-2013
    UC Davis Professor Emeritus Gerald Orlob died peacefully in his sleep in Poulsbo, Washington, on March 23, 2013. He was 88 years old. A celebration of Prof. Orlob’s life will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, 2013 in room 3102B of Ghausi Hall at UC Davis. For more information on the memorial ...
  • Kenneth Loh Awarded Fulbright Scholarship
    Kenneth Loh   The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has selected Kenneth Loh, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Davis, as a 2013 Fulbright Scholar. The award will facilitate Loh’s research efforts at the National Taiwan University in Taipei City, Taiwan.  The recent recipient of an NSF CAREER ...

 

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