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A Sampling of Clips for June 13, 2011

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UC San Diego Commencement Ceremonies Begin
KFMB (Channel 8), June 11 -- The bulk of graduation ceremonies for individual schools at UC San Diego will take place Saturday and Sunday, with more than 7,500 students receiving diplomas. Actor and comedian David Allen Grier will speak to about 1,000 graduates of Thurgood Marshall College at today's commencement ceremonies. Other speakers over the weekend include Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, who is giving up his seat to run for mayor of San Diego and Connie Mariano, a 1977 UCSD grad who became the personal physician for three presidents.More

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Rule Breaker
Chronicle of Higher Education, June 10 -- Patricia Churchland, professor emerita of philosophy at UC San Diego, has been best known for her work on the nature of consciousness. But now, with a new book, Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us About Morality (Princeton University Press), she is taking her perspective into fresh terrain: ethics. And the story she tells about morality is, as you'd expect, heavily biological, emphasizing the role of the peptide oxytocin, as well as related neurochemicals. More

At Qualcomm, Rise of Founder’s Son Defies Hazards of Succession
New York Times, June 12 -- While Irwin Jacobs, 77, the M.I.T. professor and electronics wizard who founded Qualcomm in 1985 and retired in 2005, was known for his dogged defense of the company’s intellectual property, his son Paul is more prone to talk about a connected world where mobile devices diagnose our illnesses, turn on our lights, control our thermostats and allow doctors to remotely monitor our health in real time. The younger Mr. Jacobs has positioned Qualcomm, which builds chips for mobile devices, to lead the smartphone chip market as consumers increasingly do their computing in their palms and not tethered to their desks. (Mentions UC San Diego.) More

Scripps Research Ship Melville Returns to San Diego

San Diego Union-Tribune, June 10 -- The Scripps Institution of Oceanography research vessel Melville recently returned to its home at Point Loma from a 33 day expedition and is quickly preparing to leave on a new trip. Melville leaves on June 18 to study the California Current, which plays a major role in climate change and the health of the marine ecosystem. More

Time to Celebrate, Filipino Style
NBC (Channel.7/39), June 12 -- Sunday marked the 113th year anniversary the Philippines gained independence from Spain and San Diego is ready to help celebrate and honor this important day in Filipino history. The UC San Diego Medical Center is hosting a celebration on Friday June 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. More

A Transient Doctor for the Homeless
Voice of San Diego, June 10 -- Dr. Chris Searles is director of clinical outreach at St. Vincent de Paul Village and an associate professor at UC San Diego. His job is to gain the trust of homeless people who are often ravaged by physical illness and suffer from crippling mental problems. He might never see them again, or he may serve their needs for years to come. More

Warring Agencies Should Tone Down Rhetoric
Sacramento Bee, June 12 -- Home to three million people and a revitalized downtown that Sacramento should envy, San Diego is arguably the most risk-challenged user of water of any region in California. The city imports nearly 90 percent of its supplies. It also is largely dependent on the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California – a mortal enemy – for every drop that it purchases. Metropolitan and the San Diego County Water Authority have feuded since the 1940s. They now are in their fourth round of litigation. San Diego accuses Metropolitan of charging too much for the water it delivers. Metropolitan, in turn, is interested only in itself and stubbornly refuses to participate in programs to improve regional water supplies. (Mentions UC San Diego political scientist Steven P. Erie.) More

Fighting to Get Along
Science News, June 13 -- War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing except cooperation. Violent conflict makes it more likely that people on the same side will sacrifice to punish uncooperative comrades and reward accommodating ones, say marketing professor Ayelet Gneezy of UC San Diego and anthropologist Daniel Fessler of UCLA. More

Are Foreign Grad Students Good for America?
Pasadena Star News, June 10 -- The University of Southern California enrolls more foreign students as both undergraduates and advanced graduate students than any campus in America. Stanford, UCLA, UC San Diego and UC Berkeley are all among the top 15 in both categories, too. Which means that foreign student tuition, often paid at premium out-of-state levels, is in some large part responsible for keeping California universities from collapse. Newly released figures from the National Science Foundation (NSF) show that foreigners account for 40 percent of all science and engineering Ph.D. holders now working in the United States. Which means that industries from electronics to construction to pharmaceuticals would be unable to function or develop new products if American universities were not training foreign grad students.

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UCSD Researchers Parse the Origins of Hematopoietic Stem Cells
Imperial Valley News, June 12 -- Researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine have identified a gene and a novel signaling pathway, both critical for making the first hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) in developing vertebrate embryos. The discovery has implications for developing stem cell-based therapies for diseases like leukemia and congenital blood disorders. More

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