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Engineering Week (Photo / Victor W. Chen)

Engineering is Fun, Eighth-graders Learn
at National Engineers Week Outreach Event
They learned how to extract DNA from strawberries. They helped make holograms. They built six-foot-tall towers out of plastic straws, paper clips and tape. About 400 San Diego middle school students got to know more about studying engineering at UCSD Wednesday, when they took part in a massive outreach effort organized by student organizations at the Jacobs School of Engineering. Video Icon Click here to watch a video about ENSPIRE, a new outreach event at the Jacobs School of Engineering. More arrow

Students Share What's On
Their Minds at Chancellor's Town Hall

Photo of Chancellor Fox (Photo / Victor W. Chen)Fees, diversity, quality teaching and student participation were some of the topics on the minds of students who attended a town hall with Chancellor Marye Anne Fox Wednesday at UCSD’s Student Services Center. About 50 people showed up for the meeting and about a dozen students asked Fox questions. Students are the most important component of the university’s community, Fox said. Video Icon Click here to watch a streaming video of the town hall. (Real Player) More arrow

More than 65,000 Students to Hop
Onboard Scripps-operated Research Platform

Photo of Scripps' Floating Instrument Platform (FLIP)Without leaving the classroom, more than 65,000 schoolchildren throughout the United States and five foreign countries will hop onboard a world-renowned research platform operated by UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography tomorrow during Ball State University’s Electronic Field Trip program. More arrow

Beyond Boundaries: Grad Student Connects
Young Minds to India with Latest Technology

Students in a video conference (Photo / Victor W. Chen)A UC San Diego graduate student is teaching USCD students a class on web-based technology – not in front of the classroom, but from his remote desktop in Mumbai, India. Although the course is very interactive, Derek Lomas teaches it using various forms of web-based technologies, including wiki sites, video streams and e-mail. More arrow

Senior to Watch: Yolanda Richards
Yolanda Richards (Photo / Victor W. Chen)During her junior year, Yolanda Richards made a bold move: she went to study for a year in Ghana. She came back convinced that all students should get the opportunity to study abroad. She’s been advocating for this cause ever since. “There is so much beauty in other countries,” she said. More arrow

Libraries to Hold Dr. Seuss Birthday Party
Dr. Seuss Birthday (Photo / Victor W. Chen)Members of the campus community and Dr. Seuss fans are invited to participate in a celebration marking the 104th birthday of the late Theodor Seuss Geisel — known as Dr. Seuss to the book-reading world — to be held at 11:50 a.m. March 3 on Library Walk outside the Geisel Library. A giant inflatable Cat in the Hat will mark the birthday celebration site. More arrow

SDSC Image of the Internet Universe
on Display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art

CAIDA MOMA imageA visualization depicting a frozen moment of activity in the Internet universe using computer tools at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, will be part of a special exhibit set to open later this month at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. More arrow

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders
Speaks to Rady School MBA Students

Photo of Mayor Jerry SandersSan Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders spoke to a group of Rady School students, faculty and staff, as part of the school’s MBA Executive Speaker Series Wednesday. This was the first time that Sanders spoke on campus since becoming mayor in 2005. The speaker series was designed to allow Rady MBAs to network with one another and with alumni, as well as to learn from business and community leaders. More arrow

Dancers (Photo / Victor Chen)

This Week in Pictures
Sleek cars and ink art, no matter the weather, our cameras were there to capture the moment. Click to see more of This Week in Pictures. More arrow


African American San Diego Theatre Legend
Floyd Gaffney to be Honored On Campus

Photo of Floyd GaffneyRegarded as the father of African American theatre in San Diego, a professor emeritus in theatre and dance at UCSD, and a man of “warm humanity” who could “make people laugh in unexpected ways,” the late Floyd Gaffney will be honored at a performance celebration at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Weiss Forum Theatre. More arrow

Renee Barnett-Terry to Receive Honor
from National Student Personnel Foundation

Photo of Renee Barnett Terry, Ph.D. Dean of Student AffairsRenee Barnett-Terry, dean of Student Affairs at Revelle College has been named to receive the Pillar of the Profession distinction by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Foundation at its national conference March 10 in Boston. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Studying Space From Antarctica
(Interview with UCSD Physicist Brian Keating)

CBS News
Feb. 22, 2008
  arrow Five Things Happy People Do
O, the Oprah Magazine
March, 2008
  arrow Hi-tech Indiana Jones Hunt for
Leonardo da Vinci Secrets

Daily Telegraph, U.K.
Feb. 23, 2008
  arrow Life's Building Blocks May Have Been Ice Cubes
Feb. 23, 2008
  arrow UCSD Big-time in Books,
So Why Not in Basketball, Too?

San Diego Union-Tribune, Opinion
Feb. 21, 2008

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February 25, 2008

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Chancellor Marye Anne Fox will hold a town hall meeting with faculty from 1 to 2 p.m. March 11 at the Faculty Club. More arrow (PDF)

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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)

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
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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SciVee: A New Form of Scientific Communication
Feb. 28, 2008
Biomedical Library

Brains 'R' Us logo
‘Brains R Us’
Mar. 3, 2008
8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Salk Institute
Frederic de Hoffmann Auditorium
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Evolution Matters:
The Diversity
of Development

Feb. 28, 2008
6:30 p.m.
San Diego Natural
History Museum, Balboa Park
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How to Run
an Effective Meeting

Feb. 28, 2008
Price Center
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Armenian Shoghaken Folk Ensemble
Feb. 28, 2008
8 p.m.
Mandeville Auditorium
Animation of Steve Schick
Roger Reynolds: Sanctuary
Feb. 28, 2008
5:30 p.m.
Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall

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You Do The Math
= 253,000: number of Latino families that the Division of Community Pediatrics educated about the importance of physical activity and good nutrition
= 80,000: number of minority fourth- and fifth-graders who received nutrition education from the division
Faculty Authors
Book cover of Mental Mechanisms
Mental Mechanisms: Philosophical Perspectives on
Cognitive Neuroscience

By William Bechtel

Until recently, opportunities to conduct experiments directly on our brains were limited. As a result, research efforts were split between disciplines such as cognitive psychology, linguistics and artificial intelligence that investigated behavior while disciplines such as neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and genetics experimented on the brains of non-human animals. In recent decades, these disciplines integrated, and the term cognitive neuroscience has been applied to the integrated investigations of mind and brain. This book is a philosophical examination of how these disciplines continue in the mission of explaining our mental capacities. More arrow
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