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Judy Davis -- Fire Victim (Photo / Victor W. Chen)

UCSD Employees Sift Through Rubble
of Burned Homes Looking for Fresh Start

On a chilly Saturday afternoon, Judy Davis surveyed the wreckage that was once her home, high in the hills of southeast San Diego County, near Jamul. She was looking for any of her belongings that might have survived the Harris Fire last month. She and her husband were out of town when the blaze started. slideshow More arrow

Fire Brings Scripps Co-workers
Together Under One Roof

Cressey's Built HouseTerri Varnell and Anne Cressey have known each other since the 1980s. They both live in Ramona and work at UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. So, when Varnell found out that the Cresseys house burned down in the Witch Fire, she immediately invited them to stay at her house. More arrow

Newlywed Alums Aboard Ship That Sinks in Antarctica
M.S. Explorer“Abandon ship! Abandon ship!” The captain’s voice rang out loudly over the public announcement system of the M.S. Explorer, where UCSD alumni Torrey Trust and Trevor Takayama were enjoying the end of a long honeymoon. More arrow

Chancellor’s 5K Goes On Despite Rain
Participants Turn Out to Support Undergraduate Scholarships
Chancellor’s 5K Runners (Photo / Kevin A. Walsh)Unexpectedly heavy rain greeted San Diegans Friday morning. But it didn’t deter hundreds of students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members who turned out for this year’s Chancellor's Challenge 5K Run/Walk for Scholars. At least another 800 participants showed up to support the event. More arrow

UCSD Fraternity Brothers Get to Test
Whether They are “Smarter Than a 5th Grader"

UCSD Students on Are You Smarter Than a 5th GraderSix UC San Diego students tried to outsmart a group of fifth-graders on the national television show, "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" which aired Thursday night. The students on the episode are a part of the Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) fraternity. The episode featured UCSD junior Tyler Van Buren as the main contestant on the show. More arrow

AIDS Quilt Helps Raise Awareness at UCSD
AIDS Candlelight Vigil (Photo / Victor W. Chen)It is a work of art that fosters healing. It raises awareness. It also reminds us of the dangers of HIV. Members of the UC San Diego community reflected Friday on the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the largest ongoing art project in the world. They had the opportunity to view three portions of the quilt at the Price Center Ballroom. More arrow

‘Dare to Dream College’
Emphasizes Academic Preparation While
Showcasing UCSD to African American Community

Date to DreamIn an event accented by hands-on workshops, class lectures, laboratory visits, campus tours and interaction with UCSD faculty and undergraduates, 425 pre-college students and their parents got more than just a savory taste of university life this month  when they attended Dare to Dream College: The African Experience at UCSD. More arrow

Bodies Exhibit Takes Science Education to Next Level for High School Students in UCSD BioBridge Program
Interactive Bodies ExhibitEricka Senegar-Mitchell and Robert Manroe, both science teachers in the Sweetwater Union High School District, looked on with pride as their students eagerly took in the intriguing anatomical sights of BODIES…The Exhibition at La Jolla’s University Towne Center recently while interacting with their UCSD science “mentors." More arrow

How to Get Your Holiday
Shopping Done During Your Lunch Break

Holiday ShoppingOnce again, the UCSD campus will be turning into a shopper’s heaven for those of us who aren’t too fond of shopping at the mall. Sales are the name of the game on campus this year if you haven’t yet done your holiday shopping. So you won’t be missing out on great deals if you’re not heading out to town. More arrow

Macular Degeneration Study
to Evaluate Potential Protective
Effects of Antioxidants and Fish Oils

AREDS2 logoAge-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in the United States for people over age 60. The Shiley Eye Center at UCSD is participating in a study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health designed to determine if a modified combination of vitamins, minerals and fish oil can further slow vision loss from AMD. More arrow

Making Winter a Little Warmer
UCSD Volunteers at Homeless ShelterWith less than 72 hours notice, Dr. Margaret McCahill, founding director of the UCSD Combined Family Medicine-Psychiatry Residency program, and a crew of dedicated volunteers helped get the city’s winter homeless shelter up and running. On Saturday, Nov. 17, in just six hours, the team screened 225 shelter guests. Two were sent to the emergency room and all other medical issues were addressed on site. More arrow

This Week in Pictures
This Week in Pictures (Photo / Victor W. Chen)International education and the arts were the focus of some of the events taking place on campus this week and our cameras were there to capture the moment. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Video Sites Let Scientists Show Off Experiments
Dec. 2, 2007
  arrow The Fabulously Philanthropic
Four Keep UCSD Close to their Hearts

San Diego Metropolitan Magazine
December 2007
  arrow Metro Movers to Watch in ’08
San Diego Metropolitan Magazine
December 2007
  arrow 50 years on: The Keeling Curve Legacy
BBC News
Dec. 1, 2007
  arrow Prevention: Sun May
Lower Risk of Endometrial Cancer

The New York Times
Nov. 27, 2007

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December 3, 2007

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Chancellor's Corner
Holiday Poem
From the Chancellor

Chancellor Fox "Twas the night before exams and across UCSD, students were cramming, wanting better than a C. Faculty prepared to put students to the test, and also looked forward to getting some rest. Our late-night staff ate their first sponsored feast, a much-deserved reward, to say the least. More arrow

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At Work

Lift a Child's
Spirits for the Holidays

The UCSD Staff Association and ASUCSD Volunteer Connection are co-sponsoring the annual Holiday Toy Drive for children around San Diego. Drop off new, unwrapped toys at locations throughout campus through Dec. 11.

UCSD Academic
Senate Considers UC Proposal to Change Admissions Policy

Their first meeting postponed by recent wildfires, the UCSD Academic Senate met Tuesday with new Chair James Posakony and Vice Chair Daniel Donoghue welcoming their colleagues to the 2007-2008 session and describing the full slate of issues the assembly will face. More arrow

What's Happening
Psychoactive Drugs
The Human Laboratory: The Making and Marketing of Psychoactive Drugs
Dec. 4, 2007
1:30 p.m.
Institute of the Americas
Dead Sea Scrolls
Archaeological Explorations and the
Dead Sea Scrolls

Dec. 10, 2007
6:30 p.m.
San Diego Natural History Museum
Extreme Googling
Extreme Googling
Dec. 6, 2007
2 p.m.
Biomedical Library
Cross Cultural Center
Faculty, Staff, Grad Students Think Tank Series
Dec. 4, 2007
3 p.m.
Cross Cultural Center
L'Enfance du Christ
L'Enfance du Christ
Dec. 8, 2007 at 8 p.m.
Dec. 9, 2007 at 3 p.m.
Mandeville Center

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You Do The Math
= 30: percentage of alumni who reported working in the field of business in a recent survey of UCSD graduates
= 24: percentage of alumni working in technology and the physical sciences
= 19: percentage of alumni working in the life sciences and health fields
= 19: percentage of alumni working in the human services field
= 8: percentage of alumni working in the arts and communications
Faculty Authors
The Center Cannot Hold
The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness
Elyn R. Saks

Elyn R. Saks is an esteemed professor, lawyer, and psychiatrist. She serves as an adjunct professor in UCSD's department of psychiatry and is the Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Law School. Yet she has suffered from schizophrenia for most of her life and still has ongoing major episodes of the illness. "The Center Cannot Hold" is the eloquent, moving story of Saks' life. More arrow
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