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Triton Junkyard Derby (Photo / Ioana Patringenaru)

Contestants Square Off to See Whose
Scrap Boxcar is Fastest, Most Creative

Saws made deafening buzzing noises and sparks flew as fire met metal in the welding shop. Welcome to the junkyard, also known as Parking Lot 705, where 29 teams put together boxcars they hoped would win the Triton Junkyard Derby last week. Building a boxcar that can make it down Peterson Hill without falling apart is trickier than you might think. Making the speediest boxcar is entirely another matter. Slide show icon More arrow

UC San Diego Selected to Design, Build Cyberinfrastructure for Ocean Observatories
What we know about the world’s oceans comes largely from John Orcutt ship-based scientists taking samples and making measurements at periodic intervals. Now researchers led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will create a blueprint for digital infrastructure that will allow ocean observatories to collect, process and transmit data 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More arrow

Campus’ ‘Bright Stars’ Recognized
as Exemplary Staff Employees of the Year

Exemplarary Employee Recipients (Photo / Kevin A. Walsh)One fixes life-saving equipment at the UCSD Medical Center. Another helps the center’s rehabilitation services run smoothly while collecting donations for soldiers wounded in Iraq. Another advocates for organ donation. They and seven others were recognized last Monday as Exemplary Staff Employees of the Year at the UCSD Faculty Club. More arrow

Regents Approve Plan for
New UCSD Inpatient Bed Tower

Thornton HospitalThe UC Board of Regents on May 18 voted to approve UC San Diego’s request to move forward with planning a new inpatient bed tower on the East Campus medical complex. The proposed project would build 125-150 new beds as an extension of the current 119-bed facility. More arrow

Senior to Watch: Rowena Paz
Seniors to WatchRowena Paz says she feels her life has split in two. There’s life before her one-year study abroad stint in China. And then there’s life after. Paz, who went to China through UCSD’s Education Abroad Program, said the experience changed her life. “It opened up my eyes to a larger world,” she said. More arrow

Sun God Festival & Concert
Sun God Festival & Concert (Photo / Victor W. Chen)UC San Diego celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Sun God Festival Friday. Festivities started early with food, games and music on the Sun God Lawn. The concert took place in the evening at RIMAC and drew record crowds. Slide show icon View the Slideshow arrow

Track and Field Coach and Standout Athlete Honored
Whitney Johnson (Photo / Jimmy Gekas)Head coach Tony Salerno and junior standout Whitney Johnson were honored Monday by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association for their efforts thus far in 2007. For the third-straight year, Salerno was honored as the West Region Women’s Coach of the Year while Johnson was named the women’s Field Athlete of the Year. More arrow

Moores Cancer Center First in California
To Offer SAVI™ Advanced Breast Cancer Treatments

SAVI device The Moores Cancer Center is the first facility in California – and the second in the nation – to offer the SAVI applicator, an advanced treatment for breast cancer as part of breast conservation therapy. More arrow

Methods Developed for Ocean Data
Applied to Study of Fruit Flies and Free Will

George SugiharaA new study coauthored by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego suggests even the humble fruit fly can behave spontaneously, rather than merely in reaction to external stimuli. More arrow


Chancellor Receives Honorary
Doctorate from The Scripps Research
Institute as Part of Graduation Ceremonies

Marye Anne Fox Chancellor Marye Anne Fox gave the commencement address at The Scripps Research Institute graduation ceremony on May 18, where 27 graduates received their doctoral degrees. Fox also received an honorary degree of Doctor of Science.

‘Mad Hatter’ Event on June 10
to Benefit Moores UCSD Cancer Center

Mad HattersAs every Cheshire Cat knows, the Mad Hatter throws the best tea parties in Wonderland. And now he’s betting his top hat that the one he’s planning at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center will be his best ever. The event is scheduled from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at the Cancer Center. More arrow

San Diego Supercomputer Center’s
TeacherTECH Program Receives Education Award

SDSC TeacherTECH, which helps educators bring new technology tools and technology-enabled science concepts TeacherTECH graphic into K-12 curriculum, has been presented with a Partner of the Year Award by the San Diego Science Alliance. The outreach program, run by the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego, attracted more than 1,200 teachers from more than 150 area schools to its workshops in 2006, and anticipates some 1,400 participants in 2007. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Simple Tests May Predict Progression to Alzheimer's
Scientific American
May 17, 2007
  arrow Saving Our Digital Heritage
The Washington Post
May 16, 2007
  arrow Study Hints That Fruit Flies Have Free Will
May 15, 2007
  arrow Asian Dust Plumes Bonding with U.S. Storms
May 16, 2007
  arrow Pursuing Power -- and Trying to Keep It
The Wall Street Journal
May 17, 2007

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Restart of Employee Contributions to Retirement Program to be Rescheduled
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Good retirement benefits are an essential part of employees’ total compensation and an important recruitment and retention tool for UC.
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Where's the bus? The new Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) system lets you track most UCSD shuttles online in real time as they cruise their routes, via GPS transmitters in the vehicles.

Upcoming Staff Education and Development Courses
Introduction to
Adobe Photoshop CS

5/23/07 and 5/25/07
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Employment Process Training: Staffing for Success
1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Financiallink: Projections and Local Transactions
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

What's Happening
Salary Negotiation
“Deal or no Deal” Salary Negotiation Techniques
May 23, 2007
3:30 p.m.
Career Services Center
Melanoma Open House
May 24, 2007
All Day
Moores Cancer Center
Unleash the Power of PowerPoint: Break-Through Presentations
May 23, 2007
10 a.m.
Biomedical Library
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San Diego MIT Enterprise Forum presents:
The SAIC Solution

May 23, 2007
5 p.m.
The Salk Institute
Nahid Rachlin
Nahid Rachlin Reads from "Persian Girls"
May 25, 2007
2 p.m.
deCerteau Room,
155 Literature Building

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You Do The Math
= 20: percentage of all UCSD undergraduates who are biology majors, as of fall 2006
= 9: percentage of all UCSD undergraduates who are economics majors
= 6: percentage of all UCSD undergraduates who are psychology majors
Faculty Authors
Foundations of Mind

Second Person:
Role-Playing and Story in Games & Playable Media

By Noah Wardrip-Fruin, (Editor) & Pat Harrigan (Editor)

Games and other playable forms, from interactive fictions to improvisational theater, involve role playing and story--something played and something told. In "Second Person," game designers, authors, artists, and scholars examine the different ways in which these two elements work together in tabletop role-playing games (RPGs), computer games, board games, card games, electronic literature, political simulations, locative media, massively multiplayer games, and other forms that invite and structure play. More arrow
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