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A Sampling of Clips for March 24th, 2008

* UCSD faculty and staff may obtain a copy of an article by e-mailing the University Communications Office

Bipolar Gene Test Stirs Debate over at-home Genetic Tests
TIME Magazine
, March 24 -- Dr. John Kelsoe, a geneticist at UCSD, has spent his career trying to identify the biological roots of bipolar disorder. In December, he announced he had discovered several gene mutations closely tied to the disease, also known as manic depression. More

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Scientists Tie Chemical Reaction to Creation of Smog
, March 21 -- Just one week after the Bush administration announced its first new ozone standards in more than a decade, UCSD chemists have discovered that a chemical reaction in the atmosphere once thought to be insignificant may be a major contributor to smog. More

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Replacing Wire With Laser, Sun Tries to Speed Up Data
The New York Times
, March 23 -- For decades, the semiconductor industry has broken silicon wafers into smaller chips to improve manufacturing yields. Now Sun has found a way to reconnect the chips so they can communicate with each other at such high speeds that computer designers can build a new generation of computers that are faster, more energy-efficient and more compact. Sun’s partners on the project include Stanford and UCSD. More

David Gale, 86; UC Berkeley Mathematician
Los Angeles Times
, March 23 -- David Gale, a UC Berkeley mathematician who made fundamental contributions to game theory and economics and was a fervent popularizer of math, died March 7 at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley after a heart attack. He was 86. (Quotes Joel Sobel of UCSD, a former student of Gale) More

Scientists Warn of Soot Effect on Climate
The Guardian
, U.K., March 24 -- Soot produced by burning coal, diesel, wood and dung causes significantly more damage to the environment than previously thought, according to research published today and co-authored by Professor V. Ramanathan, at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. More

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Tangled Cord? It's Not Just an Aggravation, It's Science
Chicago Tribune
, March 23 -- Cords of any kind—from Sony Walkmans to garden hoses to jump ropes—have been getting tangled since they were invented. But a recent study by student Dorian Raymer and physics professor Doug Smith at UCSD showed that it's not magic; your cord is just doing some moving around as you carry it in a duffel bag or a pocket. More

Gene Pioneer Drops Anchor in San Diego County
North County Times
, March 21 -- Craig Venter, the world-renowned gene discoverer, sailing enthusiast and UCSD alumnus, has anchored in San Diego County: His boat is now docked at a San Diego marina. More

Unique Surgical Procedure Gaining Worldwide Attention
, March 21 -- A first-of-its-kind surgery performed in San Diego is getting international attention. The surgery to remove a diseased appendix took place at the UCSD Medical Center. More

Cardiac-Response Plan Charts Positive Results
San Diego Union-Tribune
, March 22 -- Patients with the most lethal type of heart attack are receiving lifesaving care in half the time as before 2007 under a cardiac-response system launched early last year, county officials said yesterday. (Quotes Ori Ben-Yehuda, director of the Coronary Care Unit at UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest) More

The Plot Thickens...
San Diego Union-Tribune
, March 23 -- Experts, including Palomar College professor Rocco Versaci, say comic books and graphic novels that are sophisticated, emotionally gripping and deal with complex subjects have been emerging over the past 20 years or so. (Quotes Anna Joy Springer, an assistant professor of literature at UCSD) More

Seed Money to Grow 'Clean' Startups
San Diego Union-Tribune
, March 22 -- In a collaboration with UCSD's von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement, the city of San Diego plans to provide $140,000 in seed money to accelerate development of environmentally friendly “clean” technologies.  More

Post-Scandal, UCSD Close to Choosing New Preuss School Principal
, March 21 -- UCSD officials are getting ready to pick a new principal for the university's Preuss School. The former principal resigned earlier this year amid a grade tampering scandal. More

Both Promise and Peril
Voice of San Diego
, Opinion, March 24 -- In "Brave New World," Aldous Huxley described a future in which technology would free us of the pains of life, but at the cost of our humanity. Less than a century later, each week brings us news of technological breakthroughs that rival Huxley's imaginings. (Co-authored by Mike Kalichman, the director of the Research Ethics Program and professor of pathology in the UCSD School of Medicine) More

Pixelation of a Beige World: Questions for Teddy Cruz
Voice of San Diego
, March 24 -- Teddy Cruz, a visual arts professor at UCSD, says he looks to Tijuana's diverse development to draw inspiration for the architecture projects he designs. More

Sprinting to Class: College Students, Workers Take to New Rails
North County Times
, March 22 -- This spring, more than 52,000 students are enrolled at Palomar College, MiraCosta College and Cal State San Marcos, and transit planners see each and every one of them as a potential rider of the Sprinter rail line. Though all three North County colleges offer discounted monthly passes, none has adopted an "unlimited" access approach such as one used by UCSD. More

Some See 5 Percent Interest Rates
North County Times
, March 21 – Some mortgage experts are forecasting that rates will soon approach historical lows, flirting with 5 percent, as the economy slogs through what many economists have declared a recession. (Quotes UCSD economist James Hamilton) More

$1.5M da Vinci Might Help Palomar Surgeons Create Masterpieces
San Diego Business Journal
, March 24 -- Awarepoint Corp. has deployed its RFID (radio frequency identification) location system at 23 hospitals across the United States, including Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, UCSD’s Thornton Hospital and the Naval Medical Center in Balboa Park. More

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