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UCSD Health Sciences recently announced its vision for meeting the future needs of its health care patients. According to Richard Liekweg, chief executive officer for UCSD Medical Center, this vision involves transforming both of its medical campuses over the next 15-20 years to improve care and service, and to be more responsive to its patients and the community. Following are Liekweg's responses to some of our questions about the proposal and its possible impacts. More
WANTED: Preuss Mentors
If you belong to the campus community and you can spare a half-hour a week to help a gifted youngster prepare for a bright future, the Preuss School wants you for its Mentors Program. More
UCSD Cares Starts Today
The 4th annual UCSD Cares will be held Feb. 7 to Feb. 11 on Library Walk. The event is sponsored by the Associated Students, SOLO, the UCSD Bookstore and volunteers to raise contributions for local San Diego charities through fundraising and mini-service activities. Last year, more than 60 campus organizations and 1,000 students participated in the program. For more information, visit the UCSD Associated Students Web site.
Pro-inflammatory Enzyme Linked to Diabetes; Immune System’s Macrophages May Be Key to Treatment
An enzyme that initiates inflammation has been directly linked to insulin resistance and resulting type II diabetes by researchers at the School of Medicine. In addition, the team suggests that inhibition of the enzyme in the immune system’s macrophages may be a new diabetes therapy. More
New Language Points to
Foundations of Human Grammar
How is a language born? What are its essential elements? Linguists are gaining new insights into these age-old conundrums from a language created in a small village in Israel's Negev Desert. More
Rat Whisking May Provide
Insight Into Debilitating Eye Disorder
Physicists have discovered a neural circuit in rats that could provide a powerful model for understanding a neurological condition known as blepharospasm—uncontrolled eye blinking that affects 50,000 people in the U.S. and leaves some patients functionally blind. More
Pro-Inflammatory Protein
Contributes to Crohn’s Disease
A pro-inflammatory protein activated by bacteria in the colon plays a key role in the development of experimental colitis in mice – a mouse-version of human Crohn’s disease – according to research by scientists at the School of Medicine. More
Darlene Willis
Earns Unsung Hero
and Diversity Awards
Just in time for Black History Month, Darlene V. Willis, the executive administrative officer for new initiatives and community relations in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, has added her own significant chapter to that history. More
Preuss School Student
Awarded Horatio Alger Award
Bernice D. Ramirez, a senior at the Preuss School, has been selected as a 2005 Horatio Alger National Scholar by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. The award includes a $10,000 college scholarship and an expense paid trip to Washington D.C. April 6-10 for the National Scholars conference. More
Research Finds New Clues to Crohn's Disease
Syntax of a Pristine Language
Washington Post
Chickenpox Vaccine Cuts Deaths but
Raises Questions on Shingles, Experts Say
New York Times
Some Hospitals Met Nurse Ratios
Los Angeles Times
College Textbook Price Report Stirs Dispute
San Diego Union-Tribune
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Free Seminar:
Renewing Your Romantic Relationship

Valentine's Day is a great time to consider revitalizing your romantic relationship. At this free lunch-hour seminar, certified counselors with years of relationship counseling experience will playfully suggest ways for you to grow in your appreciation of your significant other while renewing your commitment to a loving, fun and fulfilling relationship. You are welcome to bring your lunch for the session to be held Feb. 14, from noon to 1 p.m. For more information and to register, contact John Smith at the UCSD Faculty & Staff Assistance Program, (858) 534-2113 or

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2005 Dean's Symposium: RNA: Beyond
the Central Dogma
April 1, 8:30 a.m.,
Mandell Weiss Theatre
The Haunting
of Jim Crow
Feb. 17, 8:00 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Free Lecture:
Amory Lovins
Feb. 28, 9 a.m.
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Feb. 9, 6 p.m.
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A Book of Witness:
Spells & Gris-Gris
Jerome Rothenberg

A Book of Witness: Spells & Gris-Gris is Jerome Rothenberg's passage from one millennium to another. Of the one hundred poems in the book, the first half were written in 1999, the second in the two years that followed. The poems are also a reaffirmation of self in the face of history's darknesses, a shout for life against an indifferent universe. More

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