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UCSD Chemists Find Important Contributor to Smog
Chemists at UC San Diego have discovered that a chemical reaction in the atmosphere above major cities long assumed to be unimportant in urban air pollution is in fact a significant contributor to urban ozone—the main component of smog. Their finding, detailed in the journal Science, should help air quality experts devise better strategies to reduce ozone for the more than 300 counties across the United States with ozone levels that exceed new standards announced last week by the Environmental Protection Agency. More arrow

Scientists Develop Sensors for Homemade Bombs
Photo of penny and bomb sensorA team of chemists and physicists at UC San Diego has developed a tiny, inexpensive sensor chip capable of detecting trace amounts of hydrogen peroxide, a chemical used in the most common form of homemade explosives. More arrow

Medical Center Reports First Oral
Appendix Removal in United States

Photo of  Dr. TalaminiOn March 12, surgeons at the UC San Diego Medical Center performed what is believed to be the country’s first removal of a diseased appendix through the mouth. This clinical trial procedure received approval for a limited number of patients by UC San Diego’s Institutional Review Board, which oversees clinical research. More arrow

52 Ways to Change the World
Hundreds Attend Extension's Open House
to Learn How to Make a Difference

Change the World: UCSD Extension Open House (Photo / Victor W. Chen)How do you change the world and still make it home on time for dinner? Hundreds of members of the UCSD and San Diego communities gathered in the Price Center Ballroom Thursday evening to look for an answer to this very question. More arrow

Need New Look? Online Makeover is Fan-taaz-tic
Photo of David Kriegman and Satya MallickThanks to a Jacobs School startup company whose site, Taaz.com went live March 18, the cosmetics counter isn't the only place to try out the latest makeup trends. The new way is easier, faster, and much more private. Anyone with a digital photograph can now apply more than 4,000 makeup products with the click of a mouse. It’s all at www.taaz.com—the creation of two Jacobs School computer scientists turned entrepreneurs. More arrow

Igniting a Genomic Revolution
Craig Venter (Photo / Victor W. Chen)For more than two decades, J. Craig Venter—a name nearly synonymous with the Human Genome project—has been a leading pioneer in genomic research. In 2007, Venter was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. More arrow

From White Coats to White Envelopes CPhoto of Ann Ha and Wesley Tran
Graduating medical student Ann Ha has a great reason to love her alma mater, the UC San Diego School of Medicine. While studying to be a pediatric physician, she met and married fellow student, Wesley Tran, who plans to be an orthopedic surgeon. And now, they’ll have even more to celebrate. On Thursday, the two opened white envelopes that revealed they both will pursue their residency training at Harbor-UCLA Hospital. More arrow

Seniors to Watch: Shannon Dulaney
Shannon Dulaney (Photo / Victor W. Chen)Eight years ago, when she was just 13, Shannon Dulaney took a trip with her church’s youth group to Guatemala. They did construction work at a missionary institution, visited orphanages and explored local markets. More arrow

Insight into HIV's "On-Off" Switch Shows
Promise for Therapy, Understanding Cellular Decisions

Photo of immune cells, infected with a genetically engineered HIV, are expressing the green fluorescent protein.Researchers at UC San Diego and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered how a genetic circuit in HIV controls whether the virus turns on or stays dormant, and have succeeded in forcing the virus towards dormancy, a finding that shows promise as an avenue for HIV therapy. More arrow

UC San Diego New Media Expert
Pushes Peer Review into the 21st Century

Photo of Noah Wardrip-FruinThe populist blog could be the future of academic publishing. In a daring attempt to rewrite—or at least edit—the rules of scholarly peer-review publishing, a professor at UC San Diego last week posted the last chapter sections from his upcoming book on a web log—opening it up to comments from anyone, anywhere. More arrow

City Partners with UCSD to Cultivate
'Home-Grown' Clean Technology Innovation

Photo of solar panels on the roof a UC San Diego.The regional momentum for supporting sustainability and clean/green technology received a boost from a new partnership of the City’s Cleantech Initiative and UC San Diego’s William J. von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement. The City is collaborating with the nationally recognized center to accelerate the commercialization of environmentally friendly technologies from academia to the private sector. More arrow

People

UC San Diego Faculty Members to be
Honored at Faculty Excellence Awards Ceremony

UCSD Faculty Award Recipients (Photos / Victor W. Chen)Five outstanding UC San Diego faculty members will be presented with prestigious awards for excellence in teaching, research and community service by the UCSD Chancellor’s Associates March 25. The recognition ceremony and reception will be held at 5 p.m. at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology building on campus. More arrow

UCSD Hosts Nationally Recognized Diversity Scholar
Photo of Dr. Donna Nelson.Donna J. Nelson, a nationally recognized researcher on diversity in the scientific workforce and a chemistry professor at the University of Oklahoma, will serve as a visiting Chancellor Diversity Scholar at UC San Diego through August. “My research group and I have been doing research on the representation of women and minorities among science and engineering faculty at research universities since 2000,” says Nelson. More arrow

Educational Reformer and Feminist to be
Honored at UC San Diego’s César Chávez Celebration

Photo of Molina de PickGracia Molina Enriquez de Pick, an activist in the international feminist movement and lifelong proponent of educational reform—especially for Latinos and Chicanos—once said, “Your individual life only has meaning if you unselfishly engage as sisters and brothers in the fight for equality, justice and peace.” More arrow

Press Clips

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U.S. News & World Report
March 20, 2008
     
  arrow Massage Illusion Helps Amputees
BBC News
March 21, 2008
     
  arrow A Look into the Future
-- and Sometimes It Ain't Pretty

ABC News
March 21, 2008
     
  arrow Surgeons Remove
Appendix Through Patient's Mouth

ABC News
March 19, 2008
     
  arrow Transfusions of "Older" Blood More Deadly?
CBS News
March 20, 2008
     
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Search Committee Recommends
Head of University
of Texas be Appointed Next UC President
Photo of Mark G. YudofThe committee conducting the search for the next University of California president is recommending to the Board of Regents that Mark G. Yudof, currently head of the University of Texas system, be appointed to lead the UC system, Regents Chairman and search committee Chairman Richard C. Blum announced March 20.
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Read a statement from Chancellor Marye Anne Fox about the search for a new UC president.

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Countdown to Sharecase
Sharecase 2008 is Wednesday, March 26, at Price Center, highlighting a wealth of workplace solutions. Don't forget to register online for a free lunch.

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Make Strides
to Beat Cancer

UCSD's annual 24-hour Relay for Life takes place April 12-13 on the North Track. Walk or run solo or with a team to raise money and awareness in the fight against cancer. Find out more, including how to sign up.

Want to Start
a Company?

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The von Liebig Center's 2008 free seminar series, "Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting a Company," kicks off Thursday March 27, in Price Center Gallery B.

Upcoming
Staff Education and Development Courses

Negotiating Effectively: Skills for Managers
4/10/08
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Introduction
to Microsoft Excel

4/08/08 and 4/10/08
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Departmental Security Administrator Training
4/10/08 and 4/11/08
8:30am to 12:00pm

What's Happening
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Dr. Jane Goodall Community Service Luncheon & Tree
Planting Ceremony

April 1, 2008
10:45 a.m.
Eleanor Roosevelt College

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San Diego Sustainability Business Forum:
The Value of Green

March 26, 2008
7:30 a.m. — 5:30 p.m.
SD Natural History Museum

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César Chávez Celebration
April 1 - 30, 2008
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UC San Diego's
Cultural Celebration:
The Tradition Turns 30!

April 12, 2008
10 a.m.
Thurgood Marshall College

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Ride 4 AIDS
April 13, 2008
7 a.m.
Spanish Landing Park,
San Diego
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UCSD
Visual Arts Department Open Studios 2008

April 4, 2008
2 p.m.
Visual Arts Center
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= 47: percentage of UCSD's incoming freshmen in 2007 whose high school GPA was 4.0 or above
= 57: percentage of incoming freshmen who took one to four honors courses in 10th- and 11th-grades
 
Faculty Authors
Book cover of Strategy: An Introduction to Game Theory
Strategy:
An Introduction
to Game Theory

By Joel Watson

In this innovative book, Joel Watson adopts a refreshing new format for teaching game theory to advanced undergraduates. The volume is rigorous and mathematically precise but also extremely careful in its focus on using the simplest possible models and least complicated mathematics necessary. Another innovation of the book is the way it incorporates elements of contemporary contract theory into the exposition, in a format that is highly engaging for students and easily adapted to the standard coverage familiar to teachers. More arrow
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