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Modern Day Indiana Jones Urges Graduates to Follow Their Passion as Mankind Faces 'Make-it or Break-it Moment'

Mon, 13 June 2011

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He's been called a visionary, an innovator, explorer and even a modern-day Indian Jones. At 30, Albert Lin, alumnus and researcher at UC San Diego has earned world-renowned fame for his use of modern-day technologies to uncover an ancient past. Lin's high-tech and high-risk excursions helped him earn the Adventurer of the Year 2010 award by National Geographic Adventure magazine. Lin spoke to a crowd of about 2,500 graduating students at the fourth-annual All Campus Graduation Celebration Friday night. More


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Former White House Doctor Advises Graduates to Rise Above Weak Economy

Mon, 13 June 2011

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Preparing to address the 2011 graduates of UC San Diego, Dr. Connie Mariano found herself returning to her college study habits. She spent late nights at Starbucks tossing around ideas with friends. She asked her two sons, ages 22 and 24, for advice, hoping to learn what their generation wanted to hear before entering into the real world. More


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Irwin Jacobs and Jack Wolf Win 2011 Marconi Prize, Known as Nobel of Information Technology

Mon, 13 June 2011

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Irwin Mark Jacobs and Jack Keil Wolf—two engineers whose groundbreaking research and designs in digital communication helped propel the information revolution—are winners of the prestigious 2011 Marconi Society Fellowship and Prize. Both men were longtime professors at UC San Diego. The prize is sometimes referred to as the Nobel of Information Technology. More


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Two Triton Pitchers Drafted by Major League Baseball

Mon, 13 June 2011

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UC San Diego senior pitchers Tim Shibuya and Guido Knudson were both drafted Tuesday on the second day of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Shibuya, a 6-foot-1-inch, 190-pound right-hander, was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 23rd round as the 718th overall pick. Knudson, a 6-foot-1-inch, 180-pound righty, was taken by the Detroit Tigers in the 28th round, the 857th overall pick. More


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A Foundation for the Future: UC San Diego Celebrates 50 Years of Achieving the Extraordinary

Mon, 13 June 2011

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From honoring the university's founders to highlighting the campus' ongoing transformation into a living laboratory of sustainable solutions, UC San Diego celebrated its landmark 50th anniversary with a variety of special events and activities designed to engage the campus and San Diego community while highlighting historic milestones, remarkable achievements and innovative firsts. More


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UC San Diego Volunteers Donate 62,000 Hours of Service Worth $1.5 Million

Mon, 13 June 2011

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More than 3,300 members of the UC San Diego community donated over 62,000 hours of service during the university's 50th anniversary celebration, contributing roughly $1.5 million of free labor according to calculations from Independent Sector which provides the value of a volunteer hour. More


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UC San Diego Charts Significant Progress in Diversity Efforts During Its 50th Anniversary Year

Mon, 13 June 2011

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From artwork to outreach, UC San Diego continues to institute programs and policies aimed at enhancing campus climate and welcoming a diverse community. The Chicano Legacy 40 Años mural is now a permanent fixture on campus, the summer "Focus on the Future" program will be expanded to include students and teachers from three San Diego high schools in addition to participants from Compton High School, and the 2010-2011 freshmen and transfers and admissions for the 2011-2012 academic year yielded record increases in underrepresented student populations. More


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Hellman Fellows Fund Grants $2.4 Million to Support Research of Junior Faculty

Mon, 13 June 2011

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The Hellman Fellows Fund has made a grant of $2.4 million to UC San Diego to support junior faculty members in their scholarly work as they strive for tenure with the university. The gift from the Hellman Fellows Fund provides renewed funding to UC San Diego's Hellman Fellows program, which was established in 1994 with a $2.5 million gift from Warren and Chris Hellman and their family. More


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World's Leading Biological Physicists to Converge on Campus Next Week

Mon, 13 June 2011

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U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu will be on campus next week to participate in an international scientific conference. But Chu, a co-winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics, won't be here to talk about U.S. energy policy. Since the establishment at UC San Diego of the National Science Foundation's Center for Theoretical Biological Physics in 2002, scientists around the world have begun to recognize the value of applying the theoretical tools of physics and mathematics to better understand the fundamental principles governing complex biological systems. More


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Class of 2011 at Preuss School Looks Forward to New Challenges

Mon, 13 June 2011

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Eighty-one percent of the class of 2011 at The Preuss School UCSD were accepted to at least one UC campus, and six seniors will attend UC San Diego. In fact, the charter school will be represented at all 10 of the UC campuses by a total of 30 seniors. Other top colleges like Harvard, Georgetown, Duke and Johns Hopkins are also among the choices for this year's Preuss grads. More


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Surfboards in Solidarity: Moores Cancer Center Hosts Survivor Beach June 19

Mon, 13 June 2011

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Hundreds of surfers, cancer survivors and friends will gather together, with surfboards in hand, on La Jolla Shores June 19 for an annual San Diego tradition: Survivor Beach. Attendees will place surfboards along the edge of the shore, nose-to-tail, from Scripps Pier down La Jolla Shores, with the goal of forming a record-breaking line of several hundred surfboards. More


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New Species of Deep-sea Worms Named as Part of Contest

Mon, 13 June 2011

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Fuzzicawuzzicus Hispidafigulus Imapickyeaterincali Ask the public's help in naming two new species of deep-sea worms, and you're bound to get a few off-the-wall suggestions. These were some of the unique names submitted for Birch Aquarium at Scripps' Name a Species Contest, which concluded last week. More


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Gabriele Wienhausen, Associate Dean of Biological Sciences, Earns TWIN Award for Leadership

Mon, 13 June 2011

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Gabriele Wienhausen, associate dean for education in the Division of Biological Sciences, has been named one of the 2011 recipients of the San Diego YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Award. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding women professionals for their leadership, achievement and contributions to their organizations. More


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Triton Pitcher Named California Collegiate Athletic Association Female Athlete of Year

Mon, 13 June 2011

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Camille Gaito of the No. 1 ranked UC San Diego softball team was named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Female Athlete of the Year Tuesday. Gaito becomes UC San Diego's second straight and fourth student-athlete overall to be honored as the conference's top women's athlete. More


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Late Nobel Laureate, UCSD Physicist to Appear on U.S. Postal Service Stamp

Mon, 13 June 2011

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Founding faculty member Maria Goeppert Mayer will appear on a stamp to be issued Thursday by the U.S. Postal Service. The stamp is one in a series that honors Americans who have made extraordinary contributions to science. More


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Afghan Women's Writing Opens Window to Shrouded World

Mon, 6 June 2011

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A beautiful woman is an Afghan woman with a heart that is big like an ocean, but full of sorrow-rocks. She must be strong. She has no tears left to shed. The words flashed on Barbara Field's screen and moved her deeply. She had been working with an Afghan woman named Mahnaz on an essay about the definition of a beautiful woman and was hoping to get it published soon. Field, who manages communications and metrics for the Office of the Controller, volunteers as a mentor for the Afghan Women's Writing Project in her spare time. More


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UC San Diego Awards 7,535 Graduates with Diplomas in 11 Commencement Ceremonies

Mon, 6 June 2011

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National Geographic Adventure magazine's 2010 adventurer of the year Albert Lin, actor David Alan Grier and Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.) will speak to 7,535 graduating students on campus. The majority of UC San Diego's 11 commencement ceremonies will take place June 10-12. More


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Outstanding Graduates Prepare for New Challenges

Mon, 6 June 2011

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UC San Diego's 50th Anniversary celebration comes to a close with the 2011 commencement series. The class of 2011 carries the university's legacy of achieving the extraordinary as they gear up for the next exciting phase in their lives. Some will go on to graduate school, others will start their careers or serve their communities. Here are a few of their stories. More


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Close Up: Economist James Hamilton on Gas Prices

Mon, 6 June 2011

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Some experts are predicting that gas prices could hit $5 per gallon this summer. We decided to talk to UC San Diego economist James Hamilton, an expert in oil markets, to find out whether their predictions are going to come true. Luckily, Hamilton told us in this video Q and A that he expects to see a decrease in prices in the coming months. But over the long run, prices will remain high. So don't buy that gas-guzzling SUV just yet, he said. More


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Rethinking the Border

Mon, 6 June 2011

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It's at once an informal settlement, a military installation and a vulnerable environmental zone. It's also one of the world's great creative urban laboratories and what former U.N. diplomat and UC San Diego Urban Studies and Planning lecturer Oscar Romo calls "the very edge of the developed and the underdeveloped world." More


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Exemplary Staff Awards Honor Employee Contributions to Campus and Community

Mon, 6 June 2011

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"We wouldn't have transformed into a world-renowned research university in only 50 years without our staff," noted Chancellor Marye Anne Fox at last week's Exemplary Staff Awards ceremonies. Ten UC San Diego employees were named Exemplary Staff Employees of the Year. More


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Leading the Way

Mon, 6 June 2011

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The successes of our alumni constantly remind us that UC San Diego is more than a place; it is a state of mind. The university not only imparts knowledge, it teaches its students how to think, and UCSD alumni bring those cognitive abilities into the world and make it a better place. Here is just a sampling of the visionary alumni who have changed, and are changing the world. More


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Conflict of Interest Office Helps Balance Innovation, Disclosure

Mon, 6 June 2011

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"Conflict of interest," says Valerie Dixon, director of the university's Conflict of Interest Office, correcting a common misconception, "is not a statement of wrongdoing." Rather, she says, the term refers to situations in which financial or other considerations may compromise—or have the appearance of compromising—an employee's professional judgment. And that applies to administration, management, teaching, and other professional activities, not just research. More


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Students Gather to Celebrate Traditional Watermelon Drop

Mon, 6 June 2011

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The 47th Annual Watermelon Drop, UC San Diego's oldest tradition, took place Friday, when the "Watermelon Queens" raced up seven stories of Urey Hall and dropped the sacrificial fruit into history. Hundreds of students showed up to witness this annual ritual. This year's splat extended as far as 60 feet, 2 inches away from the point of impact. Following the drop, free barbecue, cake, and watermelon were available to all in attendance. More


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Potential New Drug Candidate Found for Alzheimer's Disease

Mon, 6 June 2011

Researchers at UC San Diego, the Medical University of South Carolina and American Life Science Pharmaceuticals of San Diego have demonstrated that oral administration of a cysteine protease inhibitor, E64d, not only reduces the build-up of ?-amyloid (A?) in the brains of animal models for Alzheimer's disease, but also results in a substantial improvement in memory deficit. More




Phase Change Memory-Based 'Moneta' System Points to the Future of Computer Storage

Mon, 6 June 2011

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A University of California, San Diego faculty-student team is about to demonstrate a first-of-its kind, phase-change memory solid state storage device that provides performance thousands of times faster than a conventional hard drive and up to seven times faster than current state-of-the-art solid-state drives (SSDs). More


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UCSD Softball Squad Routs Top-Ranked Team to Claim First National Title

Mon, 31 May 2011

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For Patti Gerckens, the journey began 19 years ago. She was a young coach from New Jersey who inherited a program that had seen four head coaches in the previous six seasons. She had one part-time assistant. The team went 6-28 in her first season. Since then, Gerckens has guided UC San Diego through a move to Division II from Division III, become the program's all-time winning coach and overseen the construction of a new state-of-the art softball facility on campus. More


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UC San Diego Foundation Trustee and Former UC Regent John Davies Dies

Mon, 31 May 2011

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John Davies, a prominent attorney, civic leader, former University of California regent and UC San Diego Foundation trustee died on May 20 in San Diego, following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 76. The successful attorney and businessman dedicated countless hours and substantial effort to civic matters, helping to ensure educational excellence throughout California, enhance San Diego and its downtown region, and support the state judicial system as an advisor to two California governors on judicial appointments. More


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National Geographic Adventurer of the Year to Speak at All Campus Graduation Celebration

Mon, 31 May 2011

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He's been called a modern-day Indiana Jones. Albert Lin, alumnus and researcher at UC San Diego, uses cutting-edge technologies to search for the unmarked tomb of Genghis Khan. Named National Geographic Adventure magazine's 2010 adventurer of the year, Lin's explorations are groundbreaking, in part, because he never breaks ground. He uses non-invasive, computer-based tools to make new discoveries in previously unreachable places, with no damage to the environment. More


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Chicano Legacy 40 Años Mosiac Unveiled

Mon, 31 May 2011

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It depicts the struggles and dreams of underrepresented communities, pays tribute to social justice and brings a sense of warmth and hope to UC San Diego—the Chicano Legacy 40 Años mural is now a permanent artwork on campus after two years of perseverance from university students, staff and faculty. The 17-by-54-foot mural, made up of thousands of pieces of colored glass, features a rainbow of vibrant colors and iconic figures such as Dolores Huerta and César Chávez. More


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Graduate Students Lead Children's Orchestra to New Heights

Mon, 31 May 2011

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A diverse group of a dozen elementary and middle school students was sitting quietly on the stage of the Conrad Prebys Music Center at UC San Diego. They were playing homemade shakers, one-chord instruments and other unusual musical contraptions. The music, sometimes improvised, soared through the concert hall and toward an audience mostly made up of the children's mothers. All listened attentively. Some took pictures with their cell phones. One mom had brought a video camera. More


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UC San Diego Alumni Drive Economic Impact to the Region

Mon, 31 May 2011

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In just 50 years, UC San Diego has achieved the extraordinary in education, research and innovation. Sixteen Nobel laureates have taught on campus; stellar faculty members have been awarded National Medals of Science, Fields Medals, Pulitzer Prizes, MacArthur Fellowships, Tony Awards and many other honors. More


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Academic Senate Hears Budget Update, Seeks Apology for 'Violation of Academic Freedom'

Mon, 31 May 2011

During its fifth and final meeting of the academic year, the UC San Diego Academic Senate on Tuesday moved quickly past presentations on the dire budgetary forecast facing the university to focus on a long-simmering controversy about an apparent threat to a professor's academic freedom. Besides ensuring a packed assembly hall, the issue also garnered local and national media attention. The Committee on Academic Freedom (CAF), one of several committees through which the issue has traveled, was asked in March of this year to again study the accusations, which date to June of 2009. More




Campus Installing Additional Megawatt of Solar Power, Boosting Renewable-Energy Portfolio

Mon, 31 May 2011

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Sullivan Solar Power has begun installing nearly 1 megawatt of additional photovoltaic capacity on campus, as part of a $3.52-million project made possible with a $1.2-million rebate from the California Solar Initiative and low-interest federal Clean Renewable Energy Bonds financing. More


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Family of Late Pole Vaulter Honored

Mon, 31 May 2011

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On a gloomy recent afternoon, the sun peeked out from behind the clouds just in time to shine down on a group of more than 100 people gathered at the new pole vault terraces in remembrance of Léon Talichet Roach III on the UC San Diego campus. Student-athletes, staff, faculty, alumni and friends were there to honor the contributions made by MaryAnn and Léon Roach II in memory of their son. More


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The Match Game: First Generation Undergraduates, Retired Faculty Pair in Unique Mentoring Program

Mon, 31 May 2011

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John Wheeler joined the faculty of the chemistry department at UC San Diego in 1969, just nine years after the university was founded. Since retiring in 2005, Wheeler has found a new way to support students through their undergraduate education: the UC San Diego Emeriti Mentoring Program. Wheeler, along with 33 other emeritus faculty members, volunteers his time to mentor first-generation college students and help guide them through the university experience. More


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West Coast Radar Network is World's Largest

Mon, 31 May 2011

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A network of high-frequency radar systems designed for mapping ocean surface currents now provides detail of coastal ocean dynamics along the U.S. West Coast never before available. The network has grown over the last decade from a few radars to what is now considered the largest network of its kind in the world consisting of 78 sites in operation as of May 1. More


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As Gravity Wanes and Pressures Gain, It's Pain and Bane for the Brain

Mon, 31 May 2011

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In space, the old movie slogan declares, "no one can hear you scream." On the other hand, you might look like it, with puffy face, swollen eyes and distended neck veins. This is what happens when, screaming or not, bodily fluids shift in the absence of gravity. They surge inward and headward, elevating pressures inside the skull—and the risk of long-term vision impairment caused by engorged blood vessels impinging upon optic nerves. More


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Scripps Postdoc Named as National Geographic Emerging Explorer

Mon, 31 May 2011

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Jennifer Burney, a postdoctoral researcher helping understand how changes in cooking habits could have complementary effects on climate change and public health, was named an Emerging Explorer by the National Geographic Society. The award provides financial support to the research efforts of scientists who are in their early careers. More


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Celebrating Culture

Mon, 23 May 2011

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The sights, sounds and tastes of American Indian culture were evident in the fry bread, colorful headdresses and regalia, powwow dancing, bird singing and gourd dancing featured at UC San Diego's powwow Saturday. Hundreds of visitors of all ages from the San Diego and campus community came together for the daylong celebration, hosted by the UC San Diego chapter of Native American Student Alliance (NASA). This was the first powwow at UC San Diego since the early 90s, bringing together Native American and non-Native American people to celebrate, socialize and honor American Indian Culture. More


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Two Regional Tournaments, One Win, Make Big Weekend for UC San Diego Athletics

Mon, 23 May 2011

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The UC San Diego softball team earned its first-ever spot in the NCAA national finals this weekend, as part of a busy three days for Tritons athletics. The softball team was hosting for the first time the NCAA Division II West Super Regional competition Friday and Saturday here on campus. Also this weekend, UCSD's baseball team hosted its first-ever regional tournament at home. More


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UC San Diego First California University to Achieve 'Gold' STARS Sustainability Rating

Mon, 23 May 2011

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UC San Diego has been named the first college or university in California and one of only 10 campuses in the United States and Canada to earn a "gold" sustainability-performance rating in a prestigious annual survey. The rating is the outcome of the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) survey, which has been developed with broad participation from the higher education community and administered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. More


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Campus Again Named to President Obama Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction

Mon, 23 May 2011

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For the second consecutive year, UC San Diego has been named to the President's Community Service Honor Roll with distinction for its support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Based on 2010 data, the campus was recognized for two exemplary learning programs, Teams in Engineering Service and the university's Thurgood Marshall College's community service minor, and one outstanding community service program, Alternative Breaks. More


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Academic Senate Honors Diverse Array of Faculty Members for Distinguished Teaching

Mon, 23 May 2011

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With a well-attended reception and a formal ceremony, UC San Diego's Academic Senate presented the 2011 Distinguished Teaching Awards to faculty members representing a diverse array of disciplines. Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, Academic Senate Chair Frank Powell Jr., and Committee on Distinguished Teaching Representative James Nieh co-hosted the event, held on Thursday in the Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club. More


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Study Reveals Top Ten Hot Career Trends For College Graduates

Mon, 23 May 2011

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Healthcare case management, financial examination and internal auditing, and mobile media are among some of the hottest career options for college graduates identified in a new study from UC San Diego Extension. In a graduation season of high unemployment rates, the trend study reveals bright spots for college graduates in this recovering economy. More


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Teams Put Engineering Know-how to Test in Race to Determine Fastest Boxcar on Campus

Mon, 23 May 2011

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2,000 burgers. 300 participants. 39 teams. And a parking lot full of scrap metal and junk. Some play it safe with simple, clean designs. Some go crazy with paint and costumes. But every year since 2004, UC San Diego students, faculty, alumni and staff have turned out to compete in Junkyard Derby, a race to see which team can combine their skills, engineering know-how and showmanship into the fastest boxcar on campus. More


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California Energy Commission Accelerates Renewable Energy Research on Campus Through $1.4 Million Grant

Mon, 23 May 2011

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The California Energy Commission's (CEC) Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) today announced $1.4 million in funding for UC San Diego that will accelerate the development and deployment of renewable energy technologies for Californians. UC San Diego's portion will boost solar forecasting research, support the campus' deployment of solar powered electric vehicle charging stations, solar integrated energy storage systems and improved information technology architecture with grid operators. More


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Campus Honors Family of Pole Vaulter with May 23 Tribute

Mon, 23 May 2011

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The University of California, San Diego will pay tribute to Triton parents Léon and MaryAnn Roach May 23 for their generous contributions to the UC San Diego community in memory of their son and former Triton student-athlete Léon T. Roach III. The Roach family coordinated efforts and resources to install new block wall terraces for pole vault spectators at Triton Track and Field Stadium and established the Léon T. Roach Academic Scholarship for Athletes. More than 180 people, including the campus community and Roach family and friends, volunteered to make the impressive project a reality. More


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'What's in My Fridge' Hack Wins Top Prize at Yahoo! Competition

Mon, 23 May 2011

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Most college students wouldn't need a digital app to tell them what's in their refrigerators, since the answer is usually "not much." But a group of graduate students from the Jacobs School of Engineering knew the idea had some merit—and fortunately for them, Yahoo! felt the same way. Their "What's in My Fridge?" website design for iPhone won the technology company's Hack U Hack Day competition at UC San Diego. More


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Does Eating Give You Pleasure, or Make You Anxious?

Mon, 23 May 2011

Perhaps the most puzzling symptom of anorexia nervosa – a disorder that tends to occur in young women – is the refusal to eat, resulting in extreme weight loss. While most people have a great deal of difficulty in dieting and losing weight, particularly if a diet extends over many months or years, individuals with anorexia nervosa can literally diet themselves to death. In fact, this disorder has a very high death rate from starvation. A new study, now online in the journal International Journal of Eating Disorders, sheds light on why these symptoms occur in anorexia nervosa. More




Campus Awarded Grants for Innovative Sexual Violence Prevention Campaign

Mon, 23 May 2011

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More than $600,000 in grants have been awarded to the University of California, San Diego's Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention Resource Center (SARC) for the center's innovative and proactive violence prevention programs and comprehensive services. This is the first year SARC has received three grants, each from the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice and the Healthy Relationship Peer Educator Program sponsored by the Avon Foundation for Women. More


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The Preuss School Raises Record $375,000 at Annual Benefit Celebration

Mon, 23 May 2011

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"A World of Possibilities" was the theme of this year's benefit celebration for The Preuss School UCSD – a charter middle and high school for motivated, low-income students – and record-breaking net proceeds of $375,000 will open the door to that world a little wider for the 820 students at the school. The Preuss School has held seven annual fundraising events. More


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Annual Sun God Festival Celebrates Music, Art and Community on Campus

Mon, 16 May 2011

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World-famous performers, local San Diego musicians and UC San Diego's own talented student artists shared the stage at the annual Sun God Festival Friday, drawing more than 20,000 people to RIMAC Field. From hip-hop artists, alternative rock and electronic DJs, to comedians, cultural dances and acrobatic performances, the festival offered a diverse array of entertainment throughout the day. Headlining the festival was Wiz Kalifa, who topped the Billboard's Hot 100 list earlier this year with his Pittsburgh anthem "Black and Yellow," and rock band Jimmy Eat World. More


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Chancellor's Medals Awarded to 'Citizens of the Highest Order' to Close 50th Anniversary Year

Mon, 16 May 2011

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UC San Diego today announced the outstanding community leaders and campus supporters who have been selected to receive prestigious Chancellor's Medals as the university's 50th Anniversary year comes to a close. Chancellor's Medal recipients for 2011 are Richard and Rita Atkinson, John and Ann Davies, Sheldon and Susan Engelhorn, Anne Ratner, and Sam and Aline Skaggs. One of the highest honors given by UC San Diego, the Chancellor's Medal recognizes exceptional service in support of the university's mission. More


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Groundbreaking Chicano Legacy 40 Años Mosaic to be Unveiled

Mon, 16 May 2011

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The Chicano Legacy 40 Años mural, which covered the east wall of Peterson Hall on campus for two years, has been installed as a permanent mosaic. The 17-by-54- foot mural, made up of thousands of pieces of colored glass, will be unveiled at noon, May 25, in a free event open to the campus and San Diego community. More


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Four Preuss School Seniors Named Gates Millennium Scholarship Winners

Mon, 16 May 2011

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Four seniors at The Preuss School UCSD—a charter middle and high school for motivated, low-income students—have won scholarships from the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholars Program, a national competition that annually awards "good through graduation" college scholarships to 1000 talented students nationwide. Over the past five years, 21 Preuss School seniors have won Gates Scholarships. More


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Campus to Celebrate Intellectual, Entrepreneurial, Cultural and Economic Power of 130,000 Alumni June 16-19

Mon, 16 May 2011

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UC San Diego alumni are innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders who continue to change the world across all industries, from science, technology, medicine and public service to business, education, politics and the arts. They will be coming back to campus to celebrate their achievements—and the achievements of all alumni—during the third annual Alumni Weekend June 16-19. More


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Graduate Students Impress Legislators with Latest in UC Research

Mon, 16 May 2011

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Ramsin Khoshabeh is a UC San Diego doctoral student developing a system to enable surgeons to see laparoscopic surgeries in 3D, without the need for specialized glasses. In response to the 2007 San Diego wildfires, communications doctoral student Katrina Petersen began researching disaster mapping so that in the future, emergency responders will be better prepared to communicate information and coordinate relief efforts. On Wednesday, Khoshabeh, Petersen and other University of California graduate students took their stories to Sacramento as part of UC Graduate Research Advocacy Day. More


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Help Name New Species of Deep-Sea Worms

Mon, 16 May 2011

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Celebrate World Ocean Day by helping Birch Aquarium at Scripps and researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography name two new species of deep-sea marine worms. One name will be selected from the public at large and another will be chosen from a K-12 school. Suggestions can be submitted through May 25 on Birch Aquarium's website or at the aquarium during its monthly SEA Days event May 21. More


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Brain-Monitoring Technology Makes Media Waves

Mon, 16 May 2011

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Brain waves, particularly those being studied by UC San Diego researchers, have been making media waves. ABC News, KPBS, UCSD TV and other media outlets have all recently featured new brain-computer interface technology developed by Tzyy-Ping Jung and associates Yu-Te Wang and Yijun Wang of the Institute for Neural Computation. The innovative technology heralds a new and fast-advancing generation of mobile, wireless brain-activity-monitoring systems. More


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Study Finds Therapies Using Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Could Encounter Immune Rejection Problems

Mon, 16 May 2011

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Biologists at UC San Diego have discovered that an important class of stem cells known as "induced pluripotent stem cells," or iPSCs, derived from an individual's own cells, could face immune rejection problems if they are used in future stem cell therapies. In a paper in journal Nature, the researchers report the first clear evidence of immune system rejection of cells derived from autologous iPSCs that can be differentiated into a wide variety of cell types. More


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Tiny Talk on a Barnacle's Back

Mon, 16 May 2011

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Even the merest of microbes must be able to talk, to be able to interact with its environment and with others to not just survive, but to thrive. This cellular chatter comes in the form of signaling molecules and exchanged metabolites (molecules involved in the process of metabolism or living) that can have effects far larger than the organism itself. More


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Study Finds Filipino Children in San Diego County at Higher Risk for Kawasaki Disease

Mon, 16 May 2011

While children of all ethnicities can contract Kawasaki disease, a study led by researchers at the Kawasaki Disease Research Center at UC San Diego and Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego finds that Filipino children with the disease are at a higher risk for inflammation of the blood vessels of the heart than those of other Asian and non-Asian backgrounds. More




Genome of Marine Organism Reveals Hidden Secrets

Mon, 16 May 2011

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An international team of researchers led by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography has deciphered the genome of a tropical marine organism known to produce substances potentially useful against human diseases. Tiny photosynthetic microorganisms called cyanobacteria are some of the oldest forms of life on the planet. More


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Naomi Oreskes Named 'Climate Change Communicator of the Year'

Mon, 16 May 2011

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Naomi Oreskes, professor of history and science studies at UC San Diego, has been named 2011 "Climate Change Communicator of the Year" by George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication (4C). The honor, established in 2009, recognizes an individual and an organization for "great strides in helping society understand and respond to climate change." More


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Alumna Only American Featured at 2011 Cannes Directors' Fortnight

Mon, 16 May 2011

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The Directors' Fortnight committee chose 25 films, from a pool of 2,288, to show in this year's screenings at the Cannes Film Festival. And the only American filmmaker selected in this exclusive group is artist and UC San Diego alumna Liza Johnson. Johnson's "Return" is premiering at the prestigious Directors' Fortnight May 12-22. More


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Biologist Awarded San Diego Science Educator's Association Excellence in University Teaching Award

Mon, 16 May 2011

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James Nieh, a professor of biology, has been named this year's winner of the San Diego Science Educator's Association Excellence in University Teaching Award. The region's professional science education support organization annually recognizes a university-K12 program for the award, which "has had a substantive, positive impact on science education in the San Diego area." More


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UC San Diego's Mobile Application Expanding

Mon, 16 May 2011

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The highly successful UC San Diego mobile app is expanding to be available on any mobile device with Internet access. Find buildings and pinpoint them on a map. Look up students, staff and faculty. Watch videos from the UC San Diego YouTube channel. Read campus news. Listen to course podcasts. Browse scheduled classes and much more. More


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Vatican Science Panel Calls Attention to Threat of Glacial Melt

Mon, 9 May 2011

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A panel of some of the world's leading climate and glacier scientists co-chaired by a Scripps Institution of Oceanography researcher issued a report last week commissioned by the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Sciences citing the moral imperative before society to properly address climate change. More


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Three UC San Diego Professors Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Mon, 9 May 2011

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Three UC San Diego professors have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors bestowed on U.S. scientists and engineers. Herbert Levine, J. Andrew McCammon and David T. Sandwell were among the 72 new members and 18 foreign associates elected to the academy in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. More


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California Energy Commission Awards UC San Diego $2 Million for Biofuels Research

Mon, 9 May 2011

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The California Energy Commission has awarded $2 million to UC San Diego to accelerate research that will demonstrate the feasibility of using a variety of new kinds of biofuels to supplement or replace petroleum-based transportation fuels in the future. The state agency selected the university for the award, which will be used to investigate a wide range of plant-based biofuels, because it is one of the nation's leaders in developing technologies to turn algae into biofuels. More


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