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Photo of UCSD Men's Basketball Team at NCAA Championship

Men’s Basketball Team Achieves Best Season in History
Both Men’s and Women’s Teams Take Part
in NCAA Championships for First Time in Campus’ History

UCSD’s men’s basketball team ended its best season in history Friday with an appearance in the NCAA’s Division II regional tournament in Anchorage, Alaska. The Tritons fell to the University of Alaska at Anchorage. A day later, the women’s team reached the semifinals of their NCAA regional tournament in Seattle, Wash., losing to Seattle Pacific University. It is the first time in the history of UCSD's basketball program that both the women’s and men’s teams reached the NCAA’s Division II regional tournaments. It’s the men’s first time at that level. More arrow

Chancellor Engages Faculty in Dialogue
About Diversity, Salaries at Town Hall

Chancellor Marye Anne Fox (Photo / Victor W. Chen)Diversity, budget cuts and salaries were top topics at a town hall meeting Chancellor Marye Anne Fox held with faculty Tuesday. About 50 faculty and top administrators turned out for the event at the Faculty Club.
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Potential Alzheimer’s Disease Drug Target Identified
Photo of Vivian Y. H. HookIn findings with the potential to provide a therapy for Alzheimer’s disease patients where none now exist, a researcher at the UC San Diego and colleagues have demonstrated in mice a way to reduce the overproduction of a peptide associated with the disease.  The study, which showed substantial improvement in memory in an animal model of Alzheimer’s disease, was led by UCSD Professor Vivian Y. H. Hook. More arrow

Health Problems in Persian Gulf War
Veterans Higher Due to Chemical Exposure

Illustration of Persian Gulf War Veteran chemical exposureA study by researchers at the School of Medicine shows there is increasing evidence that high rates of illness in Persian Gulf War Veterans can be explained, in part, by exposure to certain chemicals, including pesticides and nerve agents. Veterans from the 1990-91 conflict have a higher rate of chronic, multi-symptom health problems than either non-deployed personnel or those deployed elsewhere. More arrow

New UC Analysis Shows Alarming Increase in
Expected Growth of China's Carbon Dioxide Emissions

China/CO2 Emissions illustrationThe growth in China's carbon dioxide emissions is far outpacing previous estimates, making the goal of stabilizing atmospheric greenhouse gases much more difficult, according to a new analysis by economists at UC Berkeley and UC San Diego.
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Key Protein in Cell's "Self-Eating" Function Identified
Illustration of proteinsMolecular biologists at the UC San Diego have found one piece of the complex puzzle of autophagy, the process of “self-eating” performed by all eukaryotic cells — cells with a nucleus — to keep themselves healthy. More arrow

UC San Diego Delegation
Advocates for University in State Capitol

Photo of Chancellor Marye Anne Fox and UC San Diego Advocates meet with Assemblymember Martin Garrick (R-74, Carlsbad).Chancellor Marye Anne Fox and a delegation of UC San Diego alumni, staff and students met with state lawmakers in Sacramento on March 4 to advocate on behalf of the university as part of UC Day.
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Going the Distance: This Spring UC San Diego
Students Break from College Parties to Volunteer

Photo of students and woman making foodA lot of college students travel to exotic destinations to party during their spring break. In contrast, a number of students at UC San Diego will spend their spring vacations providing humanitarian services to developing countries through the Alternative Breaks program from March 22 to 30. More arrow

Dedicated Volunteer Has Tiniest Babies
Covered at UC San Diego Medical Center

Photo of Ronyt Sprung holds her twins for the first time.“I’ve crocheted 664 baby blankets since 1993,” said Joan Graves, 71, a volunteer and retired UC San Diego Medical Center nurse. “I don’t consider it work. The time spent is instant gratification. Each blanket is a joy to create for these fragile infants.” More arrow

People

Top UC San Diego Academic Chosen to
Lead University of California’s Academic Senate

Photo of Gary PowellDr. Henry C. Powell, a professor of pathology and immediate past chair of the Academic Senate at UC San Diego, has been chosen for a leadership role on the University of California’s Academic Council and Academic Senate in Oakland. His two-year tenure, first as vice chair, and then chair, begins Sept. 1 and lasts through 2010. More arrow

Pioneer in Marine Chemistry
and Ocean Pollution Research Dies

Photo of Edward GOldbergEdward D. Goldberg, a world-renowned marine chemist who spent more than half a century at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, died March 7 at his home in Olivenhain, Calif., after a prolonged illness. He was 86 years old. Goldberg had been affiliated with Scripps since 1949 and focused his long career on marine science as well as complex environmental problems facing the world. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow China's Emissions Rising
Faster than Thought — Report

Reuters
March 13, 2008
     
  arrow Gulf War Illness Linked to Chemical Exposure
ABC News
March 10, 2008
     
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Scripps Chemist Studied Ocean Pollution

Los Angeles Times
March 17, 2008
     
  arrow Promise in HIV Switch
Scientist Live
March 17, 2008
     
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San Diego Union-Tribune
March 14, 2008
     
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At Work

Free Lecture: Gene Therapy and the Mind
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At the next free Health and Wellness lecture on Wednesday, March 19, UCSD's Dr. Mark Tuszynski will discuss his research on gene therapy for neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

  • When and where: Noon – 1 p.m.; Price Center, Santa Barbara/ Los Angeles room
  • Register online to reserve a seat.

International
Center Looking for English-Language Tutors

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The UCSD International Center is looking for tutors for its American English in Action Program. The program is a great way to get involved at the UCSD International Center — a place full of life and the crisscrossing of cultures from around the world, said Lynn Anderson, dean of international education. More arrow

Upcoming
Staff Education and Development Courses

Dealing with
People in Crisis

3/27/08
9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Cost Sharing Overview
3/27/08
9:00 am to 11:30 am

Faculty Assistant: Philosophy of the Trade
4/03/08
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

What's Happening
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UC San Diego
Extension Open House:
“Change The World”

March 20, 2008
5 to 7 p.m.
Price Center Ballroom

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Genomic Advances
on a Grand Scale

March 20, 2008
5 p.m.
UCSD Skaggs Schoolof Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
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César Chávez Celebration
April 1 - 30, 2008

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Market Traction:
Winning Customers
for Early-Stage Ventures

March 18, 2008
8 a.m.
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center
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A.S. Free
Pancake Breakfast

March 17, 2008
10 p.m.
Price Center
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You Do The Math
= 22,048: number of undergraduates attending UCSD in 2007
= 46: percentage by which the number of UCSD undergraduates increased since 1997
 
Faculty Authors
Book cover of Embracing Our Mortality
Embracing Our Mortality
By Dr. Lawrence J. Schneiderman

In "Embracing Our Mortality," Dr. Lawrence J. Schneiderman captures medical decision-making in action at the end of life, a time when the physician's and patient's choices are the most difficult—and the most heart-wrenching-to make. Here readers will find vivid case studies drawn from Dr. Schneiderman's fifty-year career that illuminate the challenging medical decisions many of us have to make when we are seriously—and possibly even terminally—ill. More arrow
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