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Chaplain Mark Reeves

Medical Center Chaplain Makes
House Calls at Disasters Across the Nation

The room was full of Poway residents who had evacuated during the Witch Fire. The city’s deputy mayor read aloud a list of addresses of homes destroyed in the blazes. As he went along, some residents began to weep. Others rejoiced when it became clear their homes had been spared. Mark Reeves, the chaplain at the UCSD Medical Center, stood by, ready to help. He felt very much like a spectator at the scene of an airplane crash, when officials read the casualty lists, he said. slideshow More arrow

UCSD Undergraduate’s Research Makes
New York Times’ Top Science Stories of 2007

Dorian Raymer (Photo / Kim McDonald)A southern Californian at heart, Dorian Raymer surfs, skateboards and fishes for yellowtail. But he also enjoys dabbling in different academic disciplines. He brought together three of his academic pursuits—mathematics, physics and computer programming—in a study he initiated while an undergraduate physics major at UC San Diego that was named one of the top science stories of the year. More arrow

Preuss School Named Among Top 10 High
Schools in Nation by U.S. News and World Report

UCSD Preuss SchoolThe Preuss School at the University of California, San Diego was named 10th of 18,000 high schools surveyed by U.S. News and World Report for its first annual “America’s Best High Schools” report. More arrow

To Lower Energy Costs, Students Install
Unique Weather-Monitoring System on Campus

Undergraduate UCSD students designed, built and deployed a network of five weather-monitoring stations on utility poles and building roofs UC San Diego undergraduate students have designed, built and deployed a network of five weather-monitoring stations as a key step toward helping the university use ocean breezes to cool buildings, identify the sunniest rooftops to expand its solar-electric system, and use water more efficiently in irrigation and in other ways. More arrow

Organic Chemistry for the YouTube Generation
Organic chemistry videos being filmed (Photo / Haim Weizman) No matter how long they pore over their lab manuals, students feel anxious when they step into a science laboratory. Now a series of dynamic videos created by undergraduate students at the University of California, San Diego is helping them relax and focus on what really matters—the science behind the experiment. More arrow

A 'Gizmo' That Saves Lives
Barcelona Native Builds Advanced Disaster Tech Devices
A Gizmo That Saves LivesWhen Javier Rodriguez Molina visited the Atocha Train Station Memorial in Madrid last summer, he felt a great sadness for the victims of the March 11, 2004 Madrid train bombings in his native country. But he also felt some hope that his advanced emergency technology work at UCSD can some day save lives in similar disasters. More arrow

Anti-Depressants Being
Over-Marketed, Visiting Lecturer Says

The anti-depressant ad is from the 1960s and shows an elderly woman, looking extremely unhappy. Now here is David Healy (Photo / Victor W. Chen) another, from the 1990s, showing a much younger woman, perhaps in her late 20s or early 30s. The contrast between the two ads, Dr. David Healy argued Tuesday at UCSD, highlights the pharmaceutical industry’s relentless efforts to market depression, and the drugs to cure it, to a broader audience in recent years. More arrow

New Adopt-A-Fish Program
Swims Ashore at Birch Aquarium

Birch AquariumStruggling to find that perfect gift for a relative or friend who loves the ocean? Look no further than the new Adopt-A-Fish program at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Annual adoptions feature diverse species such as moon jellies, leopard sharks and sea horses, and range from $100 - $1,000. More arrow

New Series to Shine Light
on Activism Among UCSD Students

Growing Activism graphic What role does activism play on UC San Diego's campus? Does it leave a mark on the people who participate in it? These questions were raised in the senior seminar Social Movements in San Diego taught by UCSD professors Jorge Mariscal and David Pellow last year. The seminar is the basis for a new series on UCSD-TV, “Growing Activism: People’s History of UC San Diego.” Morearrow

New Drug Developed at UC San Diego
Has Potential to Treat Hypertension and Heart Disease

Cardiac Investigators at the School of Medicine have developed a new drug called nitrosyl-cobinamide, which they have shown in animal models to be potentially more effective than nitroglycerin in increasing coronary blood flow and lowering blood pressure.
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Sensors, Scientists and Streaming Data:
Building a New Research Infrastructure
for Community-Based Research Networks

Paul Hanson on a remote sensing raft on Sparkling Lake, northern Wisconsin A wide-ranging collaboration of researchers will develop, improve and deploy tools to support globally-encompassing, grass-roots, community-based research networks studying lake and coral reef ecosystems.
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This Week in Pictures
This Week in Pictures (Photo / Victor W. Chen) They visited with high school students and encouraged them to dream about college. They talked about how UCSD takes action to address shortages of math and science teachers. Meanwhile, students got into the holiday spirit by making hand-crafted glass ornaments. Our cameras were there to capture the moment. Click to see more of This Week in Pictures. More arrow


Managing Editor of Newsweek
to Discuss Presidential Race at UCSD

Evan Thomas Evan Thomas, managing editor of Newsweek, will deliver a free public lecture on “The Race for the Presidency: 2008” at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Price Center Ballroom. The event is open to the public with no tickets or reservations required. More arrow

Biology Dean to Take Part in Online Chat
Steve Kay Steve Kay, the dean of the Biological Sciences Division at UCSD, will conduct an online chat about evolution with readers of The San Diego Union-Tribune from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14. Kay recently took part in a series of lectures on this subject, titled “Evolution Matters: The Diversity of Development.” For more information and to take part in the chat, go to

Press Clips

  arrow Knot Physics
The New York Times
Dec. 9, 2007
  arrow Penguins Safely Lower Oxygen to "Blackout" Levels
National Geographic
Dec. 7, 2007
  arrow Marines and Academics Join over Foreign Relations
Los Angeles Times
Dec. 9, 2007
  arrow Ketamine Impairs Brain by Releasing Superoxide
The Washington Post
Dec. 6, 2007
  arrow Global Instability
San Diego Union-Tribune, Opinion
Dec. 6, 2007

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Holiday Office Schedules
UCSD (excluding hospitals and clinics) will be closed Dec. 24–Jan. 1. Many departments and facilities will have alternate holiday schedules.

Staff Education and Development Courses

Developing Your
Assertive Skills

1/3/08 and 1/10/08
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Introduction to Microsoft Access 2003
1/16/08 and 1/18/08
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Intermediate Microsoft PowerPoint 2003
1/16/08 and 1/18/08
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

What's Happening
33rd Annual Staff Association Pancake Breakfast
Dec. 12, 2007
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Price Center Ballroom
Connect's Most Innovative New Product Awards
Dec. 14, 2007
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
Gray Whale
Family Days:
A Whale of a Time

Dec. 15, 2007
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Birch Aquarium
Celtic Christmas Celebration
A Celtic Christmas Celebration
Dec. 15, 2007
8 p.m.
Mandeville Center
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16
La Jolla Playhouse
Jeannie Cheatham
Jeannie Cheatham:
My Life in Music

Jan. 6, 2008
4 p.m.
Geisel Library – Lower Level
UCSD Staff Association
UCSD Staff Associations Round Table Pizza Fundraiser
Dec. 11, 2008
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Round Table Pizza – Price Center

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You Do The Math
= 7: UCSD's ranking for federal research and development expenditures for fiscal year 2006, according to National Science Foundation
= $754,766 million: amount UCSD spent research during the period, according to the NSF
Faculty Authors
Book - Moonpies and Movie Stars
MoonPies and
Movie Stars

By Amy Wallen

Ruby Kincaid is busy these days—running her late husband’s bowling alley, wrangling her pistol of a sister, and chasing after the two grandchildren her daughter abandoned. When she sees her runaway daughter Violet starring in a TV commercial, there’s only one choice and Ruby knows it—Hollywood or bust. Ruby packs a Winnebago with two friends, two unruly grandkids, and a mondo-size package of MoonPies and hightails it to California to fetch her wayward daughter. More arrow
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