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Campus Celebrates Its Green Side During Earth Week
They planted trees. They recycled their old TVs and printers. They even sorted trash. Students, staff and faculty rolled up their sleeves and proved that it’s easy being green last week during Earth Week at UCSD. The weeklong celebration included hands-on activities, faculty talks and a video festival. Leonardo DiCaprio himself congratulated students for their efforts — albeit in writing. Slide show icon More arrow

First-Ever Green Video Contest Teaches
Students About More Than Sustainability

Two students set out to convert a cattle rancher to Meat Jim Video vegetarianism. In the process, they discover the value of locally-grown meat and sample some themselves. That’s the storyline of “Meat Jim,” the documentary that took the first-place prize at VidFest, the first-ever student video festival hosted during Earth Week at UCSD. Camera icon More arrow

Meet Squirrel, a Personal Pollution Monitor
Personal Pollution Monitor Since 1990, San Diego’s population has risen by 1.8 million people, yet the number of its official pollution monitors has only increased by one. Now UC San Diego engineer-turned-artist Shannon Spanhake has come up with a new and better way to monitor the environment: a personal pollution sensor called the Squirrel. More arrow

Campus Community Honors Virginia Tech Victims
“Virginia Tech, you’re in our prayers.” “We have you in our hearts and minds.” “Today, we are all united as Hokies. My Virginia Tech candlelight vigil (Photo / Hydie Cheung) prayers for your continued Hope and Healing.” UCSD students, staff members and faculty wrote messages, held a candlelight vigil and respected moments of silence last week as they tried to cope with the recent shooting at Virginia Tech that left 33 dead, including the gunman, and several wounded. Many UCSD students said they felt an instant connection with the victims. Slide show icon More arrow

Muir Musical Puts Students
in the Spotlight—and Behind It

Trevor Peringer, a John Muir College student, had put on his best Muir Musical: Cabaret (Photo / Victor W. Chen) German accent, and quite a bit of make-up, to sing the opening lines from the musical “Cabaret” this month on campus. He wore a sleeveless vest as he sashayed on stage at Mandeville Auditorium during a rehearsal. A small orchestra played behind him. Four scantily clad dancers flirted with cabaret costumers sitting at small café tables.
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By the Sweat of Their Browser
Naked to the waist, lit cigarette dangling from his lips, a Gold Farmers (Photo / Ge Jin) young Chinese worker in Zhejiang Province begins a tedious midnight shift at a factory. For the next 10 to 12 hours, he will grind out goods destined for a developed country. Only he is not making toys or shoes or plastic kitchen utensils. He’s playing a computer game. Known as “gold farmers,”the players gather virtual currency or “gold” in massively multiplayer online role-playing games. Camera icon More arrow

Cancer Researchers Report Ability
to Detect Cancer at Earliest, Curable Stage

Early Cancer Detection Researchers at the Moores Cancer Center report that they have developed a new method for detecting cancer very early in its development, when it consists of just a few cells. The best existing detection methods are not able to detect a tumor until it consists of about one million cells. More arrow

Clinical Cardiovascular Stem Cell Research
Program Launched at Medical Center

Stem cell therapy for the heartThe Medical Center has established a new program in Clinical Cardiovascular Cell Therapy, directed by Dr. Nabil Dib. Dib is an interventional cardiologist whose research focuses on the potential of using adult stem cells, obtained from the patient’s own muscle, bone marrow or blood, to treat heart disease. More arrow

Google’s Chief Internet ‘Evangelist’
Speaks About New Trends on the Web

Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf – whose day job at Google Vinton Cerf carries the weighty title of Chief Internet Evangelist – spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at Atkinson Hall on April 19. In his talk about “Internet Research Trends,” Cerf noted that with the advent of Wikipedia, YouTube and social networking communities such as Facebook and MySpace, “users are becoming the center of the universe. They are in control.” Camera icon More arrow

Device Uses Solar Energy
to Convert Carbon Dioxide into Fuel

Chemists at UC San Diego have demonstrated the feasibility CO2 splitting semiconductor/catalyst device under construction. (Photo / Aaron Sathrum) of exploiting sunlight to transform a greenhouse gas into a useful product. Now, Clifford Kubiak, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and graduate student Aaron Sathrum have developed a prototype device that can capture energy from the sun, convert it to electrical energy and “split” carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide and oxygen. More arrow

Baseball Team to Play at Petco Park
Vance Albitz (Photo / Jimmy Gekas) The UC San Diego Baseball team will play crosstown rival Point Loma at Petco Park, home field of the San Diego Padres, Tuesday, May 1. First pitch is slated for 3:15 p.m. The UCSD-Point Loma game will be followed by a Padres regular season contest against the Washington Nationals. More arrow


Tributes to UCSD Faculty Leader
Don Tuzin Follow His April 15 Death

Donald Tuzin Donald Francis Tuzin, 62, professor of anthropology and former chair of the campus Academic Senate, died April 15 at Thornton Hospital of pulmonary hypertension. Chancellor Marye Anne Fox noted that "Don was a valued faculty member and leader of the UCSD community and his contributions, both in and out of the classroom, touched many." More arrow

Rady School Scholarship
Given to Local Cancer Researcher

The Rady School of Management has named Beth A. Baber as the recipient of the 2007 DLA Piper-Athena FlexMBA Scholarship. Baber is currently performing postdoctoral research at The Salk Institute and is in the process of establishing The Nicholas Conor Institute for Pediatric Cancer Research, named after her son who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2005. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Vigils for Virginia Tech
San Diego Union-Tribune
April 19, 2007
  arrow Two Drugs Comparable for Diabetes in Children
Scientific American
April 16, 2007
  arrow Flying Lab to Test Pacific Skies for Dust from Asia
San Francisco Chronicle
April 23, 2007
  arrow Today's Green Students
Are Well-versed in Eco-activism

San Diego Union-Tribune
April 21, 2007
  arrow Vote-by-mail Doesn't Deliver Voters
San Diego Union-Tribune, Opinion
April 19, 2007

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April 23, 2007

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Chancellor's Corner
Special Letter
From the Chancellor

All of us at UC San Diego are deeply saddened by the tragedy at Virginia Tech and we extend our deepest sympathies to the university’s students, faculty, staff and community. The outburst of violence shocked and horrified the world, and struck a deep chord for all of us on university campuses. More arrow
Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a special Town Hall meeting with Chancellor Marye Anne Fox from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, April 30 in Price Center Ballroom B to discuss campus emergency preparedness plans. More arrow

Orville King

Q&A with:
UCSD Police Chief Orville King

At Work

Upcoming Staff Education and Development Courses
Effective Public Speaking and Presentations
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Financiallink: My Funds
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Introduction to Microsoft Powerpoint 2003
5/1/07 and 5/3/07
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Discount Show Tickets
The UCSD Staff Associations and Broadway San Diego have partnered to bring the UCSD Community special pricing for tickets to their upcoming shows. The tickets are at a lower price than the general public pricing. The UCSD Staff Association adds a small amount to the ticket price in order to fund our staff scholarships.

What's Happening
UCSD Cares
UCSD Cares
April 23 to April 27
Zoltan Hajnal
Is Americal Ready for an African-American President?
April 25, 2007
5:30 p.m.
Lawrence Summers
Former Harvard President to Share Insights into the Global Economy
April 30, 2007
7:30 a.m.
Dr. Beyster
Evening with
SAIC Founder and Titan Corp. Founder

April 27, 2007
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Pepper Cyn. Hall, Rm. 109
MEChA Statewide Conference
April 27 to April 28
Cross Cultural Center
U.S. - Mexico
Thirty Years of Research and Policy Analysis on U.S.-Mexican Migration
April 26, 2007
3:30 p.m.
Institute of the Americas Bldg.

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You Do The Math
= 689: number of clothing and miscellaneous donations collected for Brother Benno's in Oceanside during UCSD Cares 2006
= 360: inches of hair donated to Locks of Love during UCSD Cares 2006
= 353: number of students who signed up for future volunteer opportunities during UCSD Cares 2006
Faculty Authors

Frontiers of Climate Modeling

The Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering
the Adult in Every Teen (Hardcover)

By Robert Epstein

Perhaps it is time for a paradigm shift in how we understand the tumultuous time we call adolescence. This groundbreaking book argues that adolescence is an unnecessary period of life. Epstein, former editor–in–chief of Psychology Today, shows that teen turmoil is caused by outmoded systems put in place a century ago which destroyed the continuum between childhood and adulthood. More arrow
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