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UCSD/Salk Team Gains Insight into Neural Basis of Perception by Studying People
Who See Letters and Numbers in Colors

To most people a "red-letter day" is merely a metaphor. But it's everyday reality to a synesthete who sees the alphabet in colors. Synesthesia, a condition characterized by one sensory experience generating another - so that shapes have tastes, for instance - is estimated to affect between 1 in 200 to 1 in 2,000 people. The most common form involves seeing specific letters or numbers (graphemes) in specific colors. For these individuals, known as grapheme-color synesthetes, an ordinary "5," in black ink on a white background, always appears red or a "k," greenish-blue.

'Now Happening' At University Art Gallery
Recent works by 18 graduating Master of Fine Arts students from the University of California, San Diego's Department of Visual Arts are featured in "Now Happening," on view on campus at the University Art Gallery from April 8 through 23. More
Vital Step In Cellular Migration
Described By Medical Researchers
A vital molecular step in cell migration, the movement of cells within the body during growth, tissue repair and the body's immune response to invading pathogens, has been demonstrated by researchers in the UCSD School of Medicine. Published in the March 27 online edition of Nature Cell Biology and the journal's upcoming April print edition, the study describes how a the interaction of alpha4 integrin adhesion receptor with a protein called paxillin creates directional movement of a cell by inhibiting a protein called Rac. More
Associated Students And Thurgood Marshall College To Host Cultural Celebration Open To All April 9
The 27th annual Cultural Celebration, featuring music, dance, games, and special activities for children, will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 9 on the Thurgood Marshall College campus at the University of California, San Diego. All activities are free and open to the public. A variety of ethnic cuisines will be available for purchase. More
Researchers Maintain Stem Cells
Without Contaminated Animal Feeder Layers

The growth and maintenance of human embryonic stem cells in the absence of contaminated animal products has been demonstrated by UCSD School of Medicine researchers in the Whittier Institute, La Jolla, California.
Phil Ensberg Named Teacher of the Year
Phil Ensberg, a sixth grade teacher at Preuss School, has been named San Diego Unified School District's "Middle School Teacher of the Year," marking the first time a charter school teacher has been selected for the honor. Ensberg teaches humanities and social studies and serves as advisor for the school newspaper and yearbook. He will be recognized at awards ceremonies May 10.
UCSD Communication Scholar's
Comparative Media Book Honored by Harvard
Daniel C. Hallin, Professor of Communication, has been honored by Harvard University's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy with its Goldsmith Book Prize for his work Comparing Media Systems: Three Models of Media and Politics, written with Italian scholar Paolo Mancini. The award is for the best academic book that seeks "to improve the quality of government or politics through an examination of press and politics in the formation of public policy," and is bestowed annually by the Shorenstein Center, a unit of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government Hallin is a specialist in political communication and the role of the news media in democratic politics and his new book is a comparative analysis concentrating on Europe and Latin America.
Preuss School Racks Up Honors
Preuss School students continue to rack up honors for the school. One four-member team took first place in the 2005 National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers Science Bowl, an academic decathlon that tests student knowledge in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and astronomy. From a discouraging half-time score of 40-56, the team turned around and won the Science Bowl with a final score of 134 to 68.
Warnings and Alternatives Boost Sun Protection
ABC News
Material as Tough as Steel?
The Abalone Fits the Bill
New York Times
Why Some See Colours in Numbers
Schiavo's Hydration Level Raises Questions
Los Angeles Times
Stem cell allies divided over egg collection
Sacramento Bee
Off-Broadway Review
Solar Schools Help Shape Our Future
San Diego Union-Tribune
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On Broadway:
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on the Great White Way
Steven Adler

At a critical, transitional moment in the history of Broadway - and, by extension, of American theatre itself - former Broadway stage manager Steven Adler enlists insider perspectives from 66 practitioners and artists to chronicle the recent past and glimpse the near future of the Great White Way. More


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