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S.F Mayor Gavin Newsom
Defends Stance on Same-Sex Marriage
Maverick Democrat Compares Issue to Civil Rights Struggle
A capacity crowd at RIMAC Arena witnessed a rare spectacle on Monday night: an elected official who revels in being a pariah and shrugs off his dim political prospects. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, delivering this year's DeWitt Higgs Memorial Lecture, discussed the continuing furor over his 2003 decision to grant marriage licenses to more than 4,000 same-sex couples. Comparing his battle to earlier civil rights struggles over gender and race, the 37-year-old mayor said, "We have a moral obligation to treat everybody equally and fairly.
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UCSD Healthcare Employees Really Lose It
In February, UCSD clinical nutritionists put out a question to all UCSD Healthcare employees -- "Who is the Biggest Loser?" In recognition of National Nutrition Month in March, the clinical nutrition department devised a safe weight loss competition amongst employees. To recruit volunteers, they sent out an email looking for volunteers to join a monthlong contest. Dozens applied and, ultimately, the registered dietitians chose 10 people to participate on two teams. Participants had to agree to meet weekly with assigned dietitians, follow dietary advice, and exercise. More
Jacobs School Celebrates Opening
of Englekirk Structural Engineering Center
More than 300 industry supporters, government representatives, faculty, students and friends gathered April 7 to celebrate the dedication of the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center at the Jacobs School of Engineering. The center is named in honor of Robert and Natalie Englekirk, who recently provided a $1.5 million gift for research, fellowships and scholarships for structural engineering students. More

Nobel Laureate to Deliver
Inaugural Physics Department

Memorial Lecture in Honor of Norman Kroll
David Gross, a professor of physics at UC Santa Barbara and recipient of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics, will speak on "The Future of Physics" at the inaugural lecture of the Physics Department's Memorial Lecture series. The lecture will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, at the Liebow Auditorium in the Basic Science Building. More

Progression From Mild
Cognitive Impairment To Alzheimer's May
Be Delayed By Drug, According To National Study
In a study of people with mild cognitive impairment, those who took the drug donepezil were at reduced risk of progressing to a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease during the first year of the trial, but by the end of the three-year study there was no benefit from the drug. Vitamin E was also tested in the study and was found to have no effect when compared with a placebo. More
Research Shows Overfishing of
Sharks Key Factor in Coral Reef Decline
Their position at the pinnacle of the marine food chain is legendary. Now, understanding sharks and their significance as top predators-and the consequences of human activity towards them-has taken on new importance through a new study by scientists in San Diego and Spain. More
Estancia Wins "Hottest New Hotel in the World"
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa continues to reap awards since its opening last year on land leased from UCSD. The latest, announced Saturday on CNN, was the facility's citation as one of only three in California on Conde Naste Traveler's "Hottest New Hotels in the World" list. Only 116 hotels worldwide made the list. Additionally, UCSD's neighboring hotel has received notification of Triple A's Four Diamond Award, to be officially announced this fall, and was cited on Trip Advisor's Web site as the No. 1 hotel in La Jolla. The hotel, located on North Torrey Pines Road, offers special use prices for UCSD faculty, staff, students and associates.
Two New Endowed Chairs At The Rady School
The Rady School of Management has established two new endowed faculty chairs - the Sheryl and Harvey White Chair in Management Leadership and the Atkinson/Epstein Chair in Management Leadership. The Sheryl and Harvey White Chair will be held by Professor Vish Krishnan, formerly of the University of Texas at Austin's McCombs School of Business. More
Peter Gourevitch Wins Multiple Honors
Peter Gourevitch, professor at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, has been offered highly prestigious fellowships for the 2005-06 academic year from The Russell Sage Foundation, The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. More
1-Day Strike Hits UC Facilities
Los Angeles Times
04/15/05
Grainy Head Gene
ABC Radio, Australia
04/15/05
UCSD Opens New Moores Cancer Center
Biocommunique
04/11/05
Study: Sharks are Essential to Coral Reefs
Washington Times
04/12/05
Naming of UCSD School Sparks Dispute
San Diego Union-Tribune
04/18/05
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Free Seminar: Teenagers & Drugs - Survival Tips for Parents
As teenagers grow closer to adulthood, they feel a greater need to make independent decisions. Often, these decisions involve alcohol and drug useage. John Smith, a licensed clinician from the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, will offer survival tips and intervention options for parents at a noon-hour employee seminar on Wednesday, April 20. For more information and to register, contact John Smith at (858) 534-2113.

Notice of the Annual
Campus Security Report
In accordance with the guidelines established by the University of California, Office of the President, and pursuant to federal law, identified as the "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998," all currently enrolled students, campus employees, prospective students and prospective employees are entitled to request and receive a copy of the UCSD Annual Campus Security Report. More

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Staff Appreciation Week
April 26 - 29
Various Events
Public Lecture: 
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the Future?  Brains, Rewards and Addiction
April 19, 5 p.m. Salk Institute Frederic de Hoffmann Auditorium
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Principles of
Lasers and Optics
William S. C. Chang

This book describes the fundamental principles of the laser and the propagation of laser radiation in bulk and guided wave components. All solid state, gas, and semiconductor lasers are analyzed as macroscopic devices with susceptibility originating from quantum mechanical interactions. Additional analysis of the unique properties of coherent laser light in optical components is derived from fundamental principles. More


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