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A Sampling of Clips for Feb. 9, 2011


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Light It Up, Baby: Glow-in-the-Dark Surgery in the Works
TIME Magazine, Feb. 8 -- This gives the phrase "lit from within" a whole new meaning. A new, fluorescent liquid is being developed by researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine that would, once injected, cause a patient's nerves to "glow", allowing surgeons to more easily avoid nicking them during surgery.

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Top 10 Sectors for New Jobs
Los Angeles Times, Feb. 8 -- This is our Sputnik moment, as President Obama said in his State of the Union address. And somehow we shall overcome. But how, exactly? Well, by educating and training people to do the jobs that we'll need in the future, according to Obama. And researchers from UC San Diego think they know what those jobs are. In a new book, "Closing America's Job Gap," Mary Walshok, Tapan Munroe and Henry DeVries list the top 10 innovative sectors where the jobs might be.

Jazz Review: Mark Dresser Trio at REDCAT
Los Angeles Times, Feb. 8 -- When it comes to diving into the avant-garde, is it possible to have too much of a good thing? If any musician has earned the right to explore such a question it's prolific bassist Mark Dresser. Currently based in New York City but a professor at UC San Diego and a favorite of the forward-thinking local label Cryptogramophone, Dresser's collaborators have included Anthony Braxton, Joe Lovano and Osvaldo Golijov, and recently he has performed in ensembles with Myra Melford, Satoko Fujii and Rudresh Mahanthappa.

For Women, Heart Attacks Kill 6 Times as Many as Breast Cancer
The Huffington Post, Feb. 8 -- If you are impressed by numbers, consider the average risk of breast cancer in American women, by age 80, is roughly 12.15 percent, [SEER data base] with rates of death from breast cancer much lower still (less than two percent of us will die of breast cancer) as compared to the huge majority who suffer and will die from heart disease, with death rates approaching 50 percent in the first year after a heart attack. (Quotes Dr. Cynthia Stuenkel, of the UC San Diego School of Medicine, and the past president of the North American Menopause Society)

Building a Large-Scale Print-Journal Repository
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 8 -- Academic libraries in the western part of the United States are one step closer to having a large-scale regional trust for print-journal archives. The University of California libraries announced last week that it has received a three-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to implement plans for the Western Regional Storage Trust, or West. The grant is about $700,000, according to Brian E.C. Schottlaender, the university librarian at UC San Diego and a key member of the planning team.

Twelve Top Mexicans Featured at UCSD Symposium
San Diego Union-Tribune, Feb. 8 -- Some of Mexico’s brightest lights will be on the UC San Diego campus Thursday for a day-long symposium aimed at drawing attention to the country’s potential in a diversity of fields, from business to the environment to the arts.

Sewage Gas Clean Enough to Use in Your Home
San Diego Union-Tribune, Feb. 8 -- Sewage gas produced in Escondido is being cleaned to pipeline-friendly purity, the first time such an effort is being tried in California. (Mentions UC San Diego’s fuel cell)

Veterans Struggle With TBI
KPBS, Feb. 9 -- More than 25,000 veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are enrolled at the VA Medical Center in San Diego. An estimated 20 percent of those vets have some level of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Many seek the help of CogSMART, the brain child of UC San Diego psychiatrist Elizabeth Twamley.

Report: Shark Attacks Increased Worldwide in 2010
FOX 5, San Diego, Calif., Feb. 8 -- The U.S. led the world again in the number of shark attacks last year, according to a report released on Monday. (Quotes Nick Wegner, a researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

Steven Schick to Direct San Francisco Contemporary Music Players
San Diego Union-Tribune, Feb. 8 -- Steven Schick has been named music director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. He is a UC San Diego professor, consulting artist at New York’s Manhattan School of Music, music director of the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, a frequent conductor of the International Contemporary Ensemble and a highly regarded percussionist who tours worldwide.

Kristin Korb / Cosmologic with Anthony Davis
at Conrad Prebys Recital Hall in San Diego

All About Jazz, Feb. 9 -- UC San Diego's internationally heralded music department hosted concerts by returning alumni and faculty in a weeklong celebration of the program's many successes. Saturday night's affair featured singer/double-bassist Kristin Korb playing solo and the wonderful, cooperative free jazz quartet Cosmologic.

In Low Year for Donations, Jacobs Ranked Fourth
Voice of San Diego, Feb. 8 -- A new breakdown of what the country's wealthiest philanthropists did in 2010 is out. Despite the lackluster giving year, one San Diego couple, Joan and Irwin Jacobs, made the list's top-five bracket. The largest beneficiary of their giving last year was the UC San Diego Health System.

UCSD Professor to Speak at Cal Western About International Law
The San Diego Daily Transcript, Feb. 8 -- UC San Diego Professor Kwai Ng will give a lecture at California Western School of Law Friday as part of its International Law Speaker Series: Transplanting Law.

UCSD Takes Over San Diego Cancer Center
North County Times, Feb. 9 -- UC San Diego Health System expanded its North County services this week with its purchase of San Diego Cancer Center. As of Monday, the cancer center became part of UCSD Health System and will be known as UC San Diego Cancer Center, said Dr. Tom McAfee, dean for clinical affairs at the system. The owners of the cancer center sold it for an amount of money UCSD declined to disclose.

UC San Diego Senior Wins Churchill Scholarship
La Jolla Light, Feb. 8 -- Leila Haghighat, an undergraduate biology major at UC San Diego, has won a prestigious Churchill Scholarship to study at Cambridge University next year. She is one of only 14 students nationwide this year to receive the coveted honor.

New California Sea Grant Director Staying the Course
La Jolla Light, Feb. 8 -- The new director at California Sea Grant, James Eckman intends to “stay the course” at the marine research and education program based at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla.

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