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Complex Plumbing System Found
Deep Beneath West Antarctic Ice Sheet

The recent discovery of a subglacial water system beneath the West Antarctic ice sheet is causing scientists to rethink the mechanisms that control the flow of ice streams into the Ross Ice Shelf and ultimately into the Southern Ocean, according to Helen Amanda Fricker, a glaciologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. More arrow

Seven at UC San Diego Receive Stem Cell Funding from California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Differentiated Human Embryonic Stem Cells More than two years after voters approved a $3 billion program to fund stem cell research in California, the state has approved the first grants focused solely on human embryonic stem cell research. Seven of those grants, totaling almost $4.4 million, have been awarded to researchers at UCSD. More arrow

Diversity Award Recipients Lauded
for Outstanding Contributions to Campus
Diversity awards recipients (Photo / Kevin A. Walsh)
James Burns Jr. grew up in Los Angeles’ projects and witnessed the 1965 Watts race riots first hand.  Now a business manager in Housing and Dining Services at UCSD, Burns mentors black and Hispanic youth. He was one of people recognized last week for their contributions to diversity during the 12th annual UCSD Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Awards ceremony. More arrow

Going Green: Colleges
Square Off in Contest to Conserve Energy

Turn off the light when you leave the room. Don’t use your Jessica Wall and Green Campus competition (Photo / Victor W. Chen) hairdryer. Take shorter, cooler showers. Unplug all appliances that aren’t in use. Thousands of students at Revelle, Muir and Sixth colleges are trying to live by these rules for a month, while vying to win UCSD’s Green Campus energy conservation contest. The competition ends March 5. More arrow

Seniors to Watch: Santina Watts
From the time she was “about five,” Santina Watts knew what Seniors to Watch she wanted to be when she grew up: an engineer. Santina and her mother were on a tour of Hearst Castle when, her mother recalls, the pre-schooler became entranced with the estate’s magnificent showplace, “Casa Grande,” with its imposing towers, and the three guesthouses of Mediterranean Revival style. More arrow

UCSD Medical Center Announces Plans
to Explore Heart Transplant Collaboration

Heart Transplant Recipient Patch UCSD Medical Center has announced plans to pursue discussions with Sharp Memorial Hospital toward a potential collaboration in heart transplantation. The number of heart transplants being performed across the nation is declining due to improvements in the treatment of patients with heart failure. More arrow

UC San Diego Engineering, Technology
and Computer Sciences Ranked 9th in the World

UCSD Technology The University of California, San Diego is the 9th best university in the world for engineering / technology and computer sciences, according to an academic ranking of the top 100 world universities published online this month by the Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. More arrow

People

UC San Diego Scholarship Students Paired with their Benefactors at Annual Hearts and Scholars Dinner
Vice Chancellor Joe Watson receives a standing ovationMore than 225 guests, including 88 scholarship recipients from UC San Diego took part Feb. 8 to the university’s annual Hearts and Scholars dinner that allows students to thank the benefactors who made their scholarships possible.  The event is hosted and underwritten by members of the UC San Diego Undergraduate Scholarship Council. More arrow

Clifford W. Shults, M.D.

Renowned Parkinson's
Disease Researcher Dies

Dr. Clifford W. Shults, professor of neurosciences at the UCSD School of Medicine and neurologist at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System died of complications of cancer on February 7. Shults was 56.
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UCSD Cell Phone Pioneer Elected
to National Academy of Engineering

Peter Asbeck If you like the slim cell phone that you hardly know is in your pocket or purse, one of the many people you have to thank is Peter Asbeck, an electrical engineer from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. And while you’re at it, congratulate him on earning one of the highest professional distinctions possible for an engineer—election to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). More arrow

Student Wins Sweepstakes from Estancia Hotel
Third-year UCSD student Tara Townsend prevailed over Tara Townsend thousands of entrants recently in a back-to-school sweepstakes, sponsored by Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa and designed to give one student the “tools for success.”  Townsend, a psychology and linguistics double major, won a prize package valued at more than $3,500, including a Dell Inspiron laptop, a Microsoft Office software package, a Dell inkjet printer, an iPod Nano and a $500 Office Depot gift card. Estancia General Manager Giuseppe Lama presented Townsend with her prizes Feb. 1 at the hotel. Visit Web site arrow

Press Clips

  arrow State Awards Stem Cell Grants
Los Angeles Times
Feb. 17, 2007
     
  arrow Network of Lakes Discovered
Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet

USA Today
Feb. 15, 2007
     
  arrow Deciphering the North Korea Deal
The Washington Post
Feb. 17, 2007
     
  arrow Tailored Diabetes Care Gets Results
Scientific American
Feb. 16, 2007
     
  arrow Boost in Some College
Grants Expected from Washington

San Diego Union-Tribune
Feb. 20, 2007
     
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Sign up for
Sharecase '07

Sharecase Sharecase returns March 28 to Price Center, highlighting the newest technology for staff and faculty. Register online to get a free lunch and see a presentation schedule.

Nomination for Exemplary Employees Extended
Exemplary You still have time to nominate a co-worker for Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year. The nomination period has been extended through Feb. 27.

Upcoming Staff Education and Development Courses
Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2003
2/21/07 and 2/23/07
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Web Design Part 2: Intermediate HTML
2/27/07 and 3/01/07
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Financiallink: Risk-Based Financial Analysis
2/22/07
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

What's Happening
National Engineers Week
National Engineers Week
Feb. 19 to Feb. 23
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Addiction
Health and Wellness Lecture Series: Addiction
Feb. 26, 2007
noon to 1:30 p.m.
Price Center, Gallery B
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Construction East: Hong Kong (Photo / Victor W. Chen)
Black, White and Green
Feb. 20 to Mar. 23
Crafts Center, Grove Gallery
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Frank Rich
ArtPower! Presents: Frank Rich
Feb. 26, 2007
8 p.m.
Price Center
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Josephine Baker book cover
Bennetta Jules-Rosette
Feb. 28, 2007
12:30 p.m.
UCSD Bookstore
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Urban Bush Women
ArtPower! Presents: Urban Bush Women
Feb. 24, 2007
8 p.m.
Mandeville Center
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Faculty Authors

Plato's Forms in Transition

Plato's Forms in Transition: A Reading
of the Parmenides
By Samuel Rickless

There is a mystery at the heart of Plato’s Parmenides. Ever since the dialogue was written, scholars have struggled to determine how the two parts of the work fit together. Samuel Rickless offers something that has never been done before: a careful reconstruction of every argument in the dialogue. He concludes that Plato’s main aim was to argue that the theory of Forms should be modified by allowing that forms can have contrary properties. To grasp this is to solve the mystery of the Parmenides and understand its crucial role in Plato’s philosophical development.
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