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Faculty, Staff, Students
Resolve for a Better 2005

The New Year is upon us and many members of the UCSD community rang in 2005 by celebrating with friends and loved ones. The New Year isn't just about noise makers and party hats at midnight, however. It is also a time for reflecting on the past and setting goals for the future. If you haven't thought about your resolutions yet, here are some from around campus to inspire you. More

Discovery By Astronomers
Poses A Cosmic Puzzle: Can
A 'Distant' Quasar Lie Within A Nearby Galaxy?
An international team of astronomers has discovered within the heart of a nearby spiral galaxy a quasar whose light spectrum indicates that it is billions of light years away. The finding poses a cosmic puzzle: How could a galaxy 300 million light years away contain a stellar object several billion light years away?
Revelle College To Mark 40th Anniversary
With Winter Symposia Series On Global Warming
A four-week symposia series on global warming will mark the 40th anniversary of Revelle College, the first of UCSD's s six colleges to be established. The Tuesday sessions, to be held Jan. 1 — Feb. 1, are free and open to the public. More
New Research Shows Deadly Drug Mistakes Spike At The Start Of Each Month, Suggests Pharmacy Errors
Beware not the ides but the start of March - and April and May and every month. In the first few days of each month, fatalities due to medication errors rise by as much as 25 percent above normal, according to new research sociologist David Phillips. More
One Course, Many Classrooms:
West Coast Universities Team With Microsoft To
Test Peer-To-Peer Remote Learning Technology

In December, 84 students enrolled in a graduate course on Information Technology & Public Policy sat down for their final class - but not in the same classroom. Instead, the students were scattered among four separate locations, thousands of miles apart. Eighteen students took the class for credit at UCSD, with roughly 20 students each at the University of Washington, UC Berkeley, and Microsoft Research. More
Discovery Shows How Embryonic
Stem Cells Perform 'Quality Control' Inspections

Biologists have found a fundamental mechanism used by embryonic stem cells to assure that genetically damaged stem cells do not divide and pass along the damage to daughter stem cells.
International Center Volunteer
Melva Gordon Teaches and Flower Arranges to her Heart's Content
“This is who I am,” says International Center volunteer Melva Gordon. “I never wanted to be anything but a teacher.” Melva, who turned 90 on Nov. 7, is in her 26th year of teaching conversational English and American culture to UCSD students from foreign countries. More
Special Presentation and Book
Signing with New York Times Reporter
Scripps Institution of Oceanography invites you to join Andrew Revkin, acclaimed New York Times environment reporter, on Tuesday, January 11, as he presents "The Daily Planet: A Journalist's Journey from the Amazon to the Arctic in Search of Sustainability." The presentation will begin at 3 p.m. and will be followed by a book signing. Free with valid UCSD ID card. More
Rx Refill Errors Deadliest at Beginning of Month
Chicago Sun-Times
Tsunami Creators Identified
Discovery Channel
San Francisco Competes for Project Headquarters
San Francisco Examiner
How to Eat Smart
Psychology Today
An Unsettled Forecast for Global Warming
Chronicle of Higher Education
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January 10, 2005
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2005 Benefits
New Year's Resolutions

The UCSD Benefits Office invites you to start the New Year right by reviewing your benefit elections and making the following resolutions.

Chancellor Fox
Addresses UCSD
Community Regarding
Tsunami in Asia
We return to the campus in the New Year, profoundly aware that members of our campus community have been touched by the overwhelming devastation of the tsunami and its aftermath as this natural disaster hit Asia, on Sunday, December 26, 2004. More

Upcoming Staff
Education and
Development Courses

Introduction to Adobe Acrobat
2/1/05 and 2/3/05

The Successful Selection

Writing for the Web

Earth Observations:
The View from SIO
Jan. 10, 6:30 p.m.
Birch Aquarium
at Scripps
Teaching Online Certificate Information Session
Jan. 12 , 6 p.m.
UCSD Extension Complex, Rm. 112
Author John McGraw at UCSD Bookstore
Jan. 13 , 12 p.m.
Price Center
More Events
184,224: Number of diapers UCSD medical center nurses have to change per year!
6,819: The number of Fall 2004 social sciences undergraduate majors
$4,000: Amount of money raised in spare change during the 2004 UCSD Cares Community Service Campaign

Brain & Belief: Exploration Of The Human Soul
John McGraw
Medical Researcher

From its beginnings in prehistoric religion to its central importance in Western faith traditions, the soul has been a constant source of fascination and speculation. "Brain & Belief" seeks to understand mankind's obsession with life, death, and the afterlife.

McGraw will be speaking and then signing copies of his book at the UCSD bookstore on January 13.


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