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The (Ralph) Keeling Curve

The (Ralph) Keeling Curve
After two decades watching atmospheric oxygen
levels drop, a Scripps researcher's conclusions
about climate could leave one feeling light-headed

In March, one of the most significant research efforts in recent science history will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The record of rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere known as the Keeling Curve marks for many people the point when society became aware that human activities can cause long-term changes to climate. But the Keeling Curve only describes what happens to a portion of the carbon dioxide produced by natural and human activities. Other parts of the story are now being told by a number of researchers, including Keeling's own son Ralph. More arrow

2007: The Year in Review
Year in ReviewA Nobel Peace Prize recognized the work of UCSD scientists. Fires raged through San Diego County. New top administrators came on board. 2007 was an eventful year for UCSD. With the end of the year just around the corner, we decided to take a look back at the last 12 months. Here is a list of some of the most important and interesting stories of 2007. More arrow

Preuss School Audit Calls
for Greater Management, Internal Controls

UCSD Preuss SchoolAn extensive audit focusing on The Preuss School’s grade recording practices has called for a series of corrective actions to fortify management and administrative systems at the school. More arrow

UC San Diego Selected
for Nationwide Science Education Program

Science ProgramThe University of California, San Diego has been selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as one of 12 inaugural institutions to participate in a new educational initiative, the Science Education Alliance, a national network of scientists and educators working collaboratively to develop and disseminate new materials and methods for science education. More arrow

Rady School of Management Receives $5
Million Contribution from Rady Family Foundation

Rady School of Management Receives $5 Million Contribution from the Rady Family FoundationThe Rady School of Management has received a charitable gift of $5 million from Ernest Rady and the Rady Family Foundation. The gift will support the construction of Phase II of the Rady School campus. The final construction will complete the campus of the Rady School, and will provide world class facilities for educators and scholars. More arrow

Researcher Receives
New Faculty Award for Stem Cell Research

Researcher Receives New Faculty Award for Stem Cell ResearchThe latest round of grants for stem cell research has been approved for funding by the 29-member Independent Citizens Oversight Committee governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.  The New Faculty Award to David Traver, assistant professor of biological sciences at UCSD, will fund his research into how the stem cells of the blood-forming system are generated, providing $2,803,375 over five years. More arrow

New Computational
Technique Can Predict Drug Side Effects

New Computational Technique Can Predict Drug Side EffectsEarly identification of adverse effects of drugs before they are tested in humans is crucial in developing new therapeutics, as unexpected effects account for a third of all drug failures during the development process. Now, researchers at UCSD have developed a novel technique using computer modeling to identify potential side effects of pharmaceuticals. More arrow

Employees Enjoy Camaraderie,
Pancakes and Shopping at Annual Breakfast

UCSD News Pancake BreakfastThey came. They ate. They shopped. About 750 UCSD staff members bought tickets for UCSD’s annual Staff Association Pancake Breakfast, which started bright and early Wednesday morning in the Price Center Ballroom. Many said they came because they enjoy catching up with fellow UCSD employees. For others, it’s all about the pancakes. More arrow

Rady School of Management
Adopts Ten Families for the Holidays

Growing Activism graphicThis holiday season, the Rady School of Management worked with SAY San Diego, a local nonprofit, to adopt ten families in need for the holidays. More than 80 people participated, including Rady School Dean Bob Sullivan, staff, faculty and students. More than 250 gifts and nearly $1,000 in gift cards were collected for the families. More arrow

Scripps Oceanography Invites Donors
to Name Oceanographic Collections Holdings

Scripps Oceanography Invites Donors to Name Oceanographic Collections Holdings Several of the most important "libraries" in the world are housed at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Known as the Scripps Oceanographic Collections, and referenced by scientists all over the world, these holdings of biological and geological marine specimens tell a unique and evolving story of life on Earth, and provide answers to questions about our planet's future. More arrow

People

Aaron CookWebMD Health Foundation
Funds Fellowship in
Underserved Health Care

As a new physician, Dr. Michelle Johnson could have joined any of several lucrative family practice clinics in California. Instead, she is following her heart, serving the underserved with the School of Medicine Student-Run Free Clinic Project. More arrow

Three UCSD Undergraduates
Recognized for Research Excellence

Pamela CosmananUCSD undergraduates Jorge Ortiz, Robert Valtierra and Breena Fraga were recognized for research excellence recently at the national conference of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. All are participants in UCSD’s California Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Engineering and Mathematics program. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Teleconference a Holiday Treat for Marine Families
Los Angeles Times
Dec. 16, 2007
     
  arrow Reefs in Trouble
Science Magazine
Dec. 14, 2007
     
  arrow TV Can Raise Blood Pressure in Fat Kids
Scientific Americans
Dec. 13, 2007
     
  arrow Preuss School Parents Remain Proud
San Diego Union-Tribune, Opinion
Dec. 14, 2007
     
  arrow Evolution Chat
San Diego Union-Tribune
Dec. 14, 2007
     
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At Work

UCSD Launches
New Web Site

New Look!
UCSD has launched a new look for its Web site, featuring more graphics, improved navigation and better functionality. The launch represents the most comprehensive revamp of the UCSD home page in the campus’ history. It is the culmination of a two-year effort led by top university officials. More

Employees Offer
Up Holiday Cookies

Holiday Cookies
The holidays are upon us and you know what that means: time to let your inner cookie monster on the loose. Our cookie correspondents sent us three cookie recipes that should help you do just that. They collected the recipes at a recent office cookie party in External Relations. More

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

Upcoming
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
Evan Thomas
Newsweek Managing Editor to Discuss Presidential Race at UCSD
Jan. 17, 2008
7 p.m.
Price Center Ballroom
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John Kao
Revelle Forum: John Kao
Jan. 7, 2008
7 p.m.
The Neurosciences Institute
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Jeannie Cheatham
Jeannie Cheatham:
My Life in Music

Jan. 6, 2008
4 p.m.
Lower level
West wing, Geisel Library
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Focus the Nation
Focus the Nation
Jan. 31, 2008
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Job Fair
Triton Winter Job
& Internship Fair

10:30 a.m.
Jan. 16, 2008
Library Walk
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COMPAGNIE EA SOLA
Compagnie Ea Sola
8 p.m.
Jan. 23, 2008
Mandeville Auditorium
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You Do The Math
= $240,000: amount of a two-year fellowship grant from WebMD Health Foundation awarded to the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project
= $750,000: challenge grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation awarded to the Birch Aquarium
 
Faculty Authors
CD - Cecil Lytle Plays Schubert: Piano Sonatas & Waltzes
Cecil Lytle
Plays Schubert: Piano Sonatas & Waltzes

By Cecil Lytle

Cecil Lytle was First Prize winner in the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition and since then has earned a reputation as a recitalist performing 19th and 20th century piano music. Indeed, diversity has been a central aspect of his career.  The award-winning "Naked Gershwin," presented on public television stations nationally, was produced and performed by Lytle with assistants. This was followed by the 1996 Emmy nomination for the public television series "The Nature of Genius." More arrow
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