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Reality Changers

Changing Reality
UCSD Alum Helps Get Inner-City Youth to College
Miguel Ceron: $201,000 to go to Harvard; Arlene Alvarez: $186,000 to go to Northwestern; Beto Morales: $176,000 to go to Dartmouth. The yearbook for the Reality Changers program, started in 2001 by UCSD alumnus Chris Yanov, says it all right on the first page: “Over $2 million in college scholarships for RC grads!” Below, the names of graduates are listed with the heffty dollars amounts they received to get into some of the nation's most prestigious universities. More

Dispatches from the Field
Several undergraduates studying abroad this summer agreed to act as foreign correspondents for This Week@UCSD, filing Dispatches from the Field dispatches from the field every two weeks or so. In this latest installment, Young Chun writes from Osaka, Japan, and Michelle Di Fiore from Melbourne, Australia. Here are their stories. More arrow

Cutting-Edge Director
Orchestrates Summer Shakespeare Festival

UCSD Professor Directs Hamlet at The Old Globe
Hamlet He has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has directed in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s hometown. His plays have earned glowing reviews from The New York Times. Now, UCSD Theatre Professor Darko Tresnjak is bringing his version of “Hamlet” to a San Diego stage during the 2007 Summer Shakespeare Festival at The Old Globe in Balboa Park. More arrow

Doctor Swims English Channel
to Help Kids Get Crucial Eye Surgery

Marc LewisMarc Lewis had been swimming for more than seven hours since he had left the English coast at Dover. But he was still about seven miles short of his goal, the city of Calais, on the French coastline. He knew that if he couldn’t make it in the next five hours, the tide would turn and he would have to fight it to get to shore. More arrow

Aspiring Writers Learn
from Top Science Fiction, Fantasy Authors

Clarion Workshop Debuts at UCSD
“Science fiction is about breaking the rules, because most of Clarion Workshop the time, nobody likes the rules,” Justin Whitney says. The visiting tech journalist from San Francisco didn’t have to break the rules to enroll in UCSD’s Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, one of the most prestigious writers’ workshops in the country. But he did stretch them by taking almost all of his accumulated vacation to come to La Jolla this summer. More arrow

UCSD Researchers Discover Cause of Rosacea
Rosacea Doctors can describe the symptoms of rosacea, a common inflammatory skin disease that causes facial redness and affects nearly 14 million Americans. They can tell patients what triggers can worsen their condition: spicy foods, heat, alcohol, even embarrassment. But until now, they could not explain what caused rosacea. More arrow

Obesity Is ‘Socially Contagious,’ Study Finds
Obesity Study Are your friends making you fat? Or keeping you slender? According to new research from Harvard and UC San Diego, the short answer on both counts is “yes.” More arrow

Multi-Million Autism Center
of Excellence Established at UC San Diego

One of six Autism Centers of Excellence in the country has been established at the UC San Diego by the National Eric Courchesne Institutes of Health. The center will be directed by Eric Courchesne, professor of neurosciences at the UCSD School of Medicine and a leading expert on brain abnormalities associated with autism, a brain disorder affecting an estimated two million people in the U.S. The symptoms are impaired social, emotional, language and cognitive development. More arrow

Computer Scientists Shed Light on Internet Scams
Computer scientists from UC San Diego have found striking Geoff Voelker and Stefan Savage differences between the infrastructure used to distribute spam and the infrastructure used to host the online scams advertised in these unwanted email messages. This discovery should aid in the fight to reduce spam volume and shut down illegal online businesses and malware sites. More arrow

Pollution Amplifies Greenhouse Gas
Warming Trends to Jeopardize Asian Water Supplies

Scientists have concluded that the global warming trend caused by the buildup of greenhouse gases is a major Brown Clouds contributor to the melting of Himalayan and other tropical glaciers. Now a new analysis of pollution-filled “brown clouds” over south Asia by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego offers hope that the region may be able to arrest some of the alarming retreat of such glaciers by reducing its air pollution. More arrow

Campus Transformed During the Summer as
UCSD Plays Hosts to Myriad Camps and Conferences

Sierra Summit (Photo / Victor W. Chen)School at UC San Diego is out for the summer, yet Sierra Summit on a July afternoon never looked so crowded. During lunch hour, the dining hall is crawling with teens and adults from all different backgrounds, nationalities and interests. More arrow

Campus Community Pitching in to
Provide School Supplies for Disadvantaged Kids

School Supplies and Book DriveHundreds of children heading back to dozens of schools this fall in San Diego County will find their classrooms better stocked with books and supplies thanks to the UCSD community. The UCSD Staff Association is running its first-ever school supplies and book drive from July 2 to Aug. 31 at about 30 spots on campus. More arrow

Students Invited to Compete
in YouTube Video Contest Showcasing Innovation

The Task Force on the Future of American Innovation is sponsoring a YouTube video contest to illustrate how scientific discoveries resulting from federally funded research in the physical sciences have changed our lives. Participants, especially students, are invited to submit three-minute videos that can focus on past transformational research or showcase what may happen in the future. More arrow

Bookstore Stages Harry Potter Extravaganza
Scores of children dressed up in Hogwarts robes and other Harry-Potter themed attire took over the UCSD Bookstore to Harry Potter Extravaganza celebrate the release of the last installment in J.K. Rowling's seven-part series. The bookstore marked the occasion with an all-nighter. Activities included a costume contest and giveaways. Harry Potter fans also had a chance to taste offerings from Perks, the bookstore's new cafe, which opened last month. More arrow

People

‘Those Who Can, Teach’ Affirms
Theatre Professor in Receiving Career
Achievement Award in Academic Theatre

Jorge Huerta “As you all know, [they say] ‘those who can’t, teach.’ Well, ‘THEY’ got it all wrong,” says theatre professor Jorge Huerta. “It should read, ‘THOSE WHO CAN, TEACH.’ It is such a noble profession, one that I am so proud to be a part of.” Huerta, a 30-year-plus veteran professor and administrator at UC San Diego, was presented last week with the Career Achievement Award for Academic Theatre by the Association of Theatre in Higher Education. More arrow

Two UCSD Graduates Chosen
for Prestigious State Fellowship

Luis Tapia, a recent graduate of the Mexican Migration Field Research and Training Program, based at UCSD’s Center for Comparative Immigration Studies and Eleanor Roosevelt College, has been chosen by the California Latino Legislative Caucus as one of six Polanco Fellows for 2007-08. Tapia credits his participation in the the field training program for giving him the edge in this very competitive process, which includes elite private institutions such as Stanford. Tomas Oliva, a graduate from UCSD with a degree in political science, also will be a fellow.

Press Clips

  arrow HIV's Double Hit on Brain Cells
BBC News
Aug. 6, 2007
     
  arrow UC Researchers: Take Antispam Fight to the Web
The Washington Post
Aug. 8, 2007
     
  arrow A New Front in the Fight Against Rosacea
U.S. News & World Report
Aug. 7, 2007
     
  arrow An Early-Warning System for Bridges
Time Magazine
Aug. 6, 2007
     
  arrow You, Your Friends, Your Friends of Friends
The New York Times
Aug. 5, 2007
     
  arrow UCSD Graduate Wins Dream Scholarship
San Diego Union-Tribune
Aug 17, 2007
     
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Chancellor's Corner
Letter from Chancellor
Chancellor Fox UC San Diego is a wonderful place to learn and grow, live and play, work and study. We have a tradition of innovation in education and research. More arrow

Tony Haymet Q&A with: Scripps Oceanography Director
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Spotlight on
Faculty Research:
Music Study
and Performance

At Work

Upcoming Chancellor's Town Hall Meetings
Town Hall Meeting Chancellor Fox will hold three Town Hall meetings in September, one for staff and two for the campus' two medical centers. The one-hour sessions will include a Q & A about campus issues.

  • Staff — noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 17 at the ERC Great Hall
  • Thornton Hospital
    noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 21
  • Hillcrest Medical Center
    2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21

UC President Dynes
to Step Down in June

Robert Dynes
Robert C. Dynes, a renowned physicist who rose to become president of the world's most prestigious public university system, has announced his intention to step down as president by June 2008, nearly five years after he took over leadership of the University of California. More arrow

Re-start of Employee Pension Contributions Postponed
Pension contributions, which have not been required of employees for 17 years but were originally slated to resume last month, have been postponed for at least the rest of the 2007-08 fiscal year, according to UC officials. More arrow

Upcoming
Staff Education and Development Courses

Advanced
Adobe Photoshop CS

8/28/07 and 8/30/07
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Advanced
Microsoft Word 2003

8/28/07 and 8/30/07
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Introduction to
Microsoft Access 2003

8/22/07 and 8/24/07
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

What's Happening
UCSD Welcome Week
Welcome Week
Sept. 23 — Sept. 29
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Stem Cells
Stem Cell Research:
An Update

Sept. 19, 2007
noon
Price Center, Gallery A
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All-Staff Picnic
All-Staff Picnic
Aug. 24, 2007
Muir Field
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Extreme Googling
Extreme Googling
Aug. 21, 2007
1 p.m.
Biomedical Library
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Plastic Surgery
Plastic Surgery:
What Do We Really Do?

(.PDF)
Aug. 28, 2007
noon
Price Center, Gallery B
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Fall Jobs
The Ultimate Guide to Finding a Job: Fall Fuel Up
Aug. 22, 2007
10 a.m.
Career Services Center
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Toy Piano (Photo / Victor W. Chen)
Annual Toy Piano Festival
Sept. 5, 2007
12:30 p.m.
Geisel Library, Lower Level
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AIDS Walk
AIDS Walk
Sept. 30, 2007
8 a.m.
Balboa Park
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Mamma Mia
Staff Discount Tickets
(.PDF)
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You Do The Math
= 8: nationwide ranking of the UCSD Medical Center for respiratory diseases in 2007 according to U.S. News & World Report  
= 18: nationwide ranking for rheumatology
= 30: nationwide ranking for kidney disease
= 30: nationwide ranking for gynecology
 
Faculty Authors
Silent Deep
The Silent Deep
By Tony Koslow

"The Silent Deep" tells the story of deep-sea exploration and discovery, bringing to life our contemporary understanding of the ecology of these environments. Just as research exploration is rendering the deep sea accessible, a host of new threats is endangering life in its waters: pollution, fishing, mining, energy extraction and climate change. "The Silent Deep" tracks the human footprint across this fantastical realm, highlighting the need for improved global stewardship to keep its delicate ecosystems alive and well. More arrow
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