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Lake Mead Could Be Dry
by 2021, Scripps Researchers Warn

There is a 50 percent chance Lake Mead, a key source of water for millions of people in the southwestern United States, will be dry by 2021 if climate changes as expected and future water usage is not curtailed, according to a pair of researchers at UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography. More arrow

Faculty and Staff Honored
for Role as Diversity Champions

Photo of Diversity AwardsOne taught more than 400 low-income, minority students how to work in a laboratory. Another helped students learn about global warming and become familiar with research work at UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Many others allowed UCSD to reach out to the underserved through mentoring, outreach and research. All were recognized during UCSD’s 13th annual Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Diversity Awards Thursday at the Price Center Ballroom. More arrow

New Approach May Render
Disease-Causing Staph Harmless

Photo of Staphylococcus aureus, 50,000x, USDA, ARS, EMUA multi-institution collaboration between U.S. and Taiwanese scientists, including researchers at the UCSD School of Medicine and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, has uncovered a completely new treatment strategy for serious Staphylococcus aureus ("Staph") infections. The research, published Feb. 14 in the online version of the journal Science, comes at a time when strains of antibiotic-resistant Staph, known as MRSA, are spreading in epidemic proportions in both hospital and community settings. More arrow

Research Team Identifies
Novel Anti-Cancer Drug from the Sea

Photo of microvessel death in zebrafish caused by ScA.A potent new anti-cancer drug isolated from a toxic blue-green algae found in the South Pacific has been identified by a collaborative team of researchers spearheaded by Dr. Dennis Carson, director of the Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center. More arrow

Gene Therapy Protocol Activates
Immune System in Patients with Leukemia

Photo of Thomas J. Kipps, M.D., Ph.D.A research team at the Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center reports that patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia who were treated with a gene therapy protocol began making antibodies that reacted against their own leukemia cells. More arrow

UCSD to Offer Nation's First Concurrent
Oceanography Doctoral and MBA Degree

Illustration of HeartsUC San Diego will begin offering a concurrent oceanography doctoral and MBA degree program this year. This is the first concurrent degree program in the country to combine a doctorate in oceanography and an MBA. More

Flying Tomatoes and a Golden Calculator:
It Must be National Engineers Week at UCSD
Photo of Golden Calculator
Today, while you’re walking around Warren Mall, you may be wondering why tomatoes wrapped in insulation and tape are falling from a giant balloon floating in the sky. “And what’s with the mobs of laughing people and the huge golden calculator trophy?” you might find yourself asking. The answer is simple: you’ve just happened on E-Games, held to kick off Engineers Week at UCSD. More arrow

Correcting Poor Vision
Can Help a Preschooler's Performance

Photo of preschoolerPreschoolers with poor vision have lower scores in developmental testing indicative of success in school performance, but those scores improve significantly within six weeks when the children are given prescription glasses, according to a new study by researchers at the UCSD School of Medicine. More arrow

Want to Get Fit? Walk UCSD Luring
New Members By Offering Team Competitions

Walk UCSD (Photo / Victor W. Chen)Want to spend more time with friends and exercise? UCSD’s recreation department has a program for you. Just form a team and sign up on the Walk UCSD Web site and you will be eligible to win rewards while getting fitter. More arrow

Kiss Away Cancer and Help Spread Awareness
Kiss Away Cancer (Photo / Victor W. Chen)Students from UCSD's Colleges Against Cancer sold Valentine grams Feb. 13 on Library Walk to fundraise and promote cancer awareness. Their catch phrase was "Kiss Away Cancer because nothing says 'I love you' more than preventing cancer."

People

Molina Among Those Asked to Identify
21st Century’s Grand Challenges for Engineering

Photo of Mario Molina UCSD Nobel-Prizewinning chemist Mario Molina was one of 18 members of a National Academy of Engineering committee that undertook a yearlong project to identify the 21st Century’s Grand Challenges for Engineering. The committee’s findings, which were reviewed by more than 60 experts, were released Friday in Boston at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Click here to view findings.

Photo of Paul Siegel Hard Disk Pioneer Elected to
National Academy of Engineering

Paul Siegel, a professor of engineering who is a leading authority on coding for hard disk magnetic recording systems, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering for the invention and development of advanced coding techniques for digital recording systems. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Running Dry
Newsweek
Feb. 14, 2008
     
  arrow Way Too Few Sharks in the Pond
Marketplace, NPR
Feb. 18, 2008
     
  arrow Fixing Poor Vision Boosts Preschoolers' Test Scores
The Washington Post
Feb. 13, 2008
     
  arrow Genes and Your Vote
CNN
Feb. 11, 2008
     
  arrow Learning from Tijuana:
Hudson, N.Y., Considers Different Housing Model

The New York Times
Feb. 19, 2008
     
  arrow UCSD Students Anything But Apathetic
10News
Feb. 15, 2008
     
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Chancellor's Corner
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Q&A with: Paul Drake



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UCSD United Way/CHAD Campaign Kicks Off

The UCSD United Way 2008 CHAD Campaign will run Feb. 20 to April 15 and will support a wide range of causes. This year, United Way of San Diego County will administer two funds (local and regional) to assist with the long-term recovery efforts for those affected by the San Diego Wildfires in October 2007.

You can donate
Online with a paper pledge form available from your department coordinator.

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StayWell

Do you have questions about the StayWell Health Management Program? Come to an information session from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Price Center, Gallery A. Click here for more information. (PDF)

Upcoming
Staff Education and Development Courses

Introduction to
Microsoft Excel 2007

03/05/08 and 03/07/08
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Assisting the Assistants
03/05/08
8:30 am to 10:30 am

Introduction to
Microsoft PowerPoint 2003

03/04/08 and 03/06/08
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

What's Happening
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Chancellor
Marye Anne Fox Meets with Students

Feb. 20
Student Services Center, Multipurpose Room

The town hall will be Webcast live. Click here for more information.

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National Engineers Week
Feb. 19 to 22
Jacobs School of Engineering
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Creative Expressions
Feb. 20, 2008
Noon
Price Center
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Author Appearance: Journey to a Blissful Life
Feb. 21, 2008
Noon
UCSD Bookstore
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Email & Professional Etiquette in the Workplace
Feb. 20, 2008
5 p.m.
Price Center
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Armenian Shoghaken Folk Ensemble
Feb. 28, 2008
8 p.m.
Mandeville Auditorium
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You Do The Math
= 15: percentage by which freshmen applications of under-represented students increased from fall 2007 to fall 2008
= 18.6: percentage by which freshmen applications of Mexican American students increased from fall 2007 to fall 2008
 
Faculty Authors
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Cult Films:
Taboo and Transgression

By Allan Havis

"Cult Films: Taboo and Transgression" looks at nine decades of cult films history within American culture. By highlighting three films per decade including a brief summary of the decade's identity and sensibility, the book investigates the quality, ironies and spirit of cult film evolution. More arrow
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