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Dispatches from the Field (Graphic / Victor W. Chen)

Dispatches from the Field
Students Report in from Across the Globe

Ryan Ferrell visited China's most sacred mountain and is studying the avian flu virus in Beijing. Young Chun is using the world’s most powerful electron microscope in Osaka, Japan, and recently got lost among Kyoto's ancient temples. April Deibert works in the office of an Australian senator after doing conservation work in the Outback. Michelle Di Fiore, also in Australia, is working on drug development while touring Melbourne's sights. These four UCSD students agreed to act as foreign correspondents for This Week@UCSD this summer, filing dispatches from the field every two weeks or so. Here are their stories. More arrow

New Graduate Housing Complex Opens Doors
Scott Paulson (Photo / Victor W. Chen) Hundreds of students have begun moving into the first new graduate housing complex to open its doors on campus since 1994. One Miramar Street comprises 403 two-bedroom units and one parking spot for each resident. The new complex will dramatically cut back single graduate students’ wait time for on-campus housing, said Mark Cunningham, director of Housing and Dining Services. More arrow

Why Liver Cancer Is More
Prevalent in Males than in Females

Production of a protein that promotes inflammation appears to be linked to the higher incidence of liver cancer in men than in women, researchers at the School of Medicine have determined in mouse studies. Their discovery that female mice produce far less of the protein called interleukin-6 in response to liver injury than males do, and that production of this protein is suppressed by estrogen, may point the way to therapies to reduce the incidence of liver cancer in males. More arrow

Supercomputing On Demand:
Supercomputer Center Supports Event-Driven Sciences

Supercomputing On DemandSomewhere in Southern California a large earthquake strikes without warning, and the news media and the public clamor for information about the temblor -- Where was the epicenter? How large was the quake? What areas did it impact? More arrow

High School Students
Experience College Life First Hand in
Ambassadors of Academic Achievement Program

High School Students Experience College Life First Hand in UCSD Ambassadors of Academic Achievement ProgramFor Berenice Avila, a senior last year at Chula Vista’s Castle Park High School, meeting Megan Bressem, her undergraduate student mentor in the Ambassadors of Academic Achievement Program at UC San Diego, was a special occasion. More arrow

Bookstore Celebrate New
'Harry Potter' Book with All-Nighter

Bookstore Celebrate New 'Harry Potter' Book with All-Nighter Millions of fans are under the spell of the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling and many of them are eagerly awaiting the release of the last novel in the series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." To celebrate the release, the UCSD bookstore will host a midnight book release party at the new Bookstore café, Perks. More arrow

Campus Establishes NanoEngineering Department
Seeking to capitalize on the potential of a new generation of multi-functional nanoscale devices and special materials built Nanoengineered DNA strand on the scale of individual molecules, UC San Diego has established a new department of nanoengineering. Undergraduate and graduate students will learn from an interdisciplinary team of professors who are leaders in various fields of engineering, physics and chemistry and a variety of new sub-disciplines where those fields overlap.
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UC San Diego Scientists Share
in $57 Million Study of Model Genomes

Researchers at UCSD are among the teams of scientists nationwide charged with building a comprehensive catalog of two animal genomes. The four-year, $57 million project – Model Organism Encyclopedia of DNA Elements, or modENCODE – involves smaller teams conducting research to support the greater overall task. It is intended as an important adjunct to ENCODE, an even larger effort to generate a similar catalog for the human genome. More arrow

New Vaccine Prevents CMV
Infection and Diseases in Mice

Researchers at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences have patented a strategy for developing a human vaccine to prevent against human cytomegalovirus infection and disease. More arrow

Goodbye, Music Man
Goodbye, Music ManDozens of little hands clapped as dozens of little voices rose Friday at UCSD’s Early Childhood Education Center. Children and their parents took part in a sing-along to bid farewell to ECEC’s music man, Dan Connor. He has performed in the center’s classrooms for 15 years and is moving to the town of Bishop, in Northern California.

People

Emerging UCSD Playwright
Featured in New York Theater Festival

Josh TobiessenJust weeks after receiving a master of fine arts in playwriting from UC San Diego, Josh Tobiessen will see the professional premiere of his play, “Election Day,” in New York City. “Election Day” first received acclaim at the Baldwin New Play Festival in 2006 and this summer will be a part of the Second Stage Theatre Uptown Festival from July 16 to Aug. 11. More arrow

Pioneering Surgical Oncologist Joins Medical Center
Andrew M. LowyDistinguished cancer surgeon Dr. Andrew M. Lowy has been recruited to the Moores Cancer Center and School of Medicine, further elevating UC San Diego’s role as a leading center for cancer diagnosis, treatment, research and education. Lowy is recognized worldwide for his expertise in the surgical treatment of pancreatic cancer and for investigating novel cancer treatments which incorporate surgery and chemotherapy to treat patients with advanced cancer that has spread to the abdomen. More arrow

Theatre Professor to be Honored
for Lifetime Achievement

Roger ReynoldsJorge Huerta, professor of theatre at the University of California, San Diego, has been selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement in Educational Theatre Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). The award will be presented at a ceremony kicking off the annual conference of the ATHE, Regenerations: Theatre and Performance as a Regenerative Force, July 26 in the Napoleon Ballroom of Sheraton New Orleans. ATHE is the largest national academic/professional theatre organization in the country. More arrow

Calit2 Names Pulitzer Prize
Winner as Artist in Residence

Roger ReynoldsUnderscoring its interdisciplinary interest in technology and the arts, Calit2 has selected a Pulitzer Prize winner to be its first Composer in Residence. The UCSD Division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) appointed Roger Reynolds to the new position for an initial two-year term, effective July 1. He is a professor in the UCSD Department of Music, where he has taught for nearly 40 years. Funding for the new position comes from Calit2, the music department, and the Division of Arts & Humanities. More arrow

Federal Economics Expert
to Speak at UCSD Roundtable July 18

Douglas Holtz-EakinOne of the nation’s most experienced economic policy makers, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, will address the UCSD Economics Roundtable on July 18. Holtz-Eakin is a former director of the Congressional Budget Office and former chief economist at the Council of Economic Advisors under the current President Bush. He is an expert on government spending, tax policy and the economics of aging. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Researchers Track Dust, Soot from China
Business Week
July 13, 2007
     
  arrow Obama's Extra Hurdle?
The Wall Street Journal, Opinion
July 13, 2007
     
  arrow Herpes Virus Eyed as Killer of Cancer Cells
FOX News
July 10, 2007
     
  arrow Things We Can All Do to Stop Global Warming
San Diego Union-Tribune
June 13, 2007

     
  arrow Clearing Financial Hurdles
Athletic Management
July 2007
     
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Chancellor's Corner
Letter from Chancellor
Chancellor FoxAt UC San Diego, anything is possible. The success of our seven-year, $1 billion fundraising campaign is a case in point. Many people, including our fundraising consultants, told us our goal might be too ambitious for a university not yet 50 years old. But thanks to the support of forward-thinking alumni, parents, faculty and staff, students and friends, UCSD’s history-making campaign is an overwhelming success.  More arrow

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Family Flexibility
for Assistant Faculty

Books After much campus and Academic Senate consultation, UCSD's Family Accommodations Policy has been updated to include a flexible workload program for assistant ladder-rank faculty. More arrow

UCSD-TV
Now Available to
Viewers in North County

Books UCSD-TV is now on the airwaves in north San Diego County on Time Warner Cable, channel 18. The non-commercial channel operated by UCSD launched July 11 on Time Warner's north county system, which includes Carlsbad and portions of Solana Beach, Encinitas, San Marcos and Vista. Broadcasts begin at 4 p.m. and end at midnight, seven days a week. More arrow

Upcoming Staff Education and Development Courses
Intermediate
Filemaker Pro 7

7/18/07 and 7/20/07
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Microsoft Access Reports
7/25/07 and 7/27/07
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Intermediate
Adobe Photoshop CS

8/14/07 and 8/16/07
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

What's Happening
Go Green
Go Green
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 21
Birch Aquarium
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Harry Potter Midnight Book Release Party
Harry Potter Midnight Book Release Party
July 20, 2007 — July 21
Price Center
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Luau and Longboard Invitational
Luau and Longboard
Invitational

Aug. 19
Scripps Institution
of Oceanography
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Short Attention Span Chamber Music Series
Short Attention Span Chamber Music Series
12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Aug. 1, 2007
Geisel Library
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AARON's Wood #1 (Art / Harold Cohen)
Harold Cohen
July 15 — Sept. 23
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
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Laugh. Just Laugh (Art / Rick Madore)
Live Life Laughing
(PDF document)
noon
July 25, 2007
Price Center, Santa Cruz Room
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after the quake
after the quake
July 24 — Aug. 26
La Jolla Playhouse
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AIDS Walk San Diego
AIDS Walk San Diego
Sept. 30
Balboa Park
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You Do The Math
= $1.15 billion: amount raised by The Campaign for UCSD as of June 2006
= $485 million: market value of the UCSD endowment as of June 2006
 
Faculty Authors
Journey to the Copper Age
Journey
to the Copper Age

By Thomas E. Levy

Six thousand years ago, people living in the southern Levant moved from small, autonomous villages to complex social structures while inventing products and processes that are used even today. They discovered how to irrigate the desert and grow fruit crops, and how to transform copper ore into a usable metal. These people of the Copper Age revealed an artistic genius by creating stunning symbols of rank and power as well as more utilitarian copper objects, many unearthed by archaeologists in the fabulous Cave of the Treasure. More arrow

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