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Coastal Bluffs Provide
More Sand to California
Beaches than Previously Believed

Coastal geologists have assumed for years that sediment-laden rivers that enter the Pacific Ocean along the Central and Southern California coast supply up to 90 percent of the sand on the region's beaches. However, new research by two independent groups of UCSD scientists indicates that what had been thought to be a minor source of sand – erosion from coastal bluffs and cliffs – could account for about half of the region's beach sand. More
'Learn at Lunch' Crowd Hears
Secrets of Happier, More Optimistic Life
The lounge in the International Center was packed Tuesday with UCSD employees interested in learning how to avoid counterproductive habits that can lead to unhappiness and instead live life with more hope and pep. More
How to Be an 'Extreme Googler'
There aren't many people who haven't used Google. In fact, when asking for information on a subject, many will suggest to go "Google it." But behind its deceptively simple interface (with the fun logo that changes during the holidays), lies an expansive high-tech system that would make any IT junkie's head spin. More
Enjoy a Haunted Halloween
with the Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Ghouls and buoys of all ages are invited to spend a safe and haunted Halloween with the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. From a costume contest to spooky, slimy science activities, the aquarium offers something for everyone this Halloween season. More
Preuss School To Hold
"Night On Broadway"
Gala Benefit October 28
At Evans Garage
The paparazzi will be out in force and autograph seekers on hand when The Preuss School stages "A Night on Broadway" Oct. 28 as its third annual benefit at the Evans Garage, Old Pacific Highway. More
Gen-Probe Invests In
Young Minds at Preuss School
Many biotech companies enter into partnerships with university labs to further their research and technology development efforts. But at Gen-Probe Inc., the firm also invests in young minds to foster a love of science and inspire the next generation of research leaders. More
UCSD Team Offers New
Surgical Treatment for Severe Depression
Major depressive disorder is a very common illness, affecting nearly 18 million Americans and 340 million people worldwide. Treatment-resistant depression is a severe form of the illness that affects 20% of patients with depression. A team of psychiatrists and neurosurgeons at the UCSD Medical Center is the first in the area to offer implantation of a device recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treating patients with treatment-resistant depression. More
Campus Program To Curb High-Risk
Drinking By Students Wins Award From Auto Club
An innovative new program designed by UCSD Psychological and Counseling Services to reduce high-risk alcohol use by students has won honors from the Automobile Club of Southern California and the Center for College Health and Safety. More
Assistant Professor of Physics
Wins Young Scholars Competition
Brian Keating, assistant professor of physics at the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences, won first place and $20,000 in the Young Scholars Competition at the "Amazing Light: Visions for Discover symposium this month at the University of California, Berkeley. More
Source of California Beach Sand Found
Stem Cell Breakthrough?
The Defining Element
Los Angeles Times
When Senses Collide
Hindu Business Line
Council Set to Vote on Pieces of Makeover
San Diego Union-Tribune
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Walk-in Depression Screenings Offered
During the month of October, the UCSD Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) is inviting faculty, staff, their partners and dependents to drop in for a free depression screening. More

Our University

The latest edition of the Our University newsletter from UC President Robert C. Dynes is now available online.

Club Offers
Reduced Membership Cost This Month

UCSD faculty and staff can join the Faculty Club for the reduced initiation fee of $100 during the month of October if you sign up through payroll deduction. Those new to UCSD (6 months or less) can join for free this month. For more info., call the club at (858) 534-1924.

Clery Report on
Campus Security Issued

The 2005-06 annual campus Clery Report on campus security has been issued, with data about crimes occurring on property owned or controlled by UCSD or on public property near campus.

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Chancellor's Challenge 5K Run/Walk for Scholars
Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m. Recreation Intramural Athletic Complex
George Lakoff
Professor, UC Berkeley
Oct. 17, 8 p.m.
Price Center Ballroom
Trio di Parma
Oct. 28, 8 p.m.,
The Neurosciences Institute
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16.6: Percentage of students that are Biology majors, the most popular major on campus
3.03: The mean GPA of undergraduate students during Winter 2004.
65: The percentage of 2004 freshman that report UCSD is more than 100 miles from their permanent home.

Mayan Mars
By Marc Meyers

Journey from the mystical rainforests of the Yucatan to the sunny beaches of San Diego and beyond in this science fiction adventure - the story of one man's attempt to stop mutated Martian viruses from coming to the earth in the form of a killer plague. Spanning the centuries, from 500 AD to the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012, Mayan Mars is a tale of seduction, deception, revenge, and undying love. More

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