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Earth Week (Graphic / Victor W. Chen)

Campus to Celebrate Earth Week
with Challenge of “Choosing to Change”

It isn’t easy being green, according to Kermit, but UC San Diego students and staff are proving the well-known frog wrong with a palette of green activities amassed into Earth Week April 20 to 26. “This year’s theme, ‘Choose to Change,’ illustrates how people can select from a number of alternatives that make it easy for them to contribute to helping the environment,” said Maggie Souder, campus sustainability coordinator. More arrow

From Bench to Bedside in One Year:
Stem Cell Research Leads to Potential
New Therapy for Rare Blood Disorder

A unique partnership between industry and academia has led to human clinical trials of a new drug for a rare class of blood diseases called myeloproliferative disorders, which are Graphic of Stem Cells all driven by the same genetic mutation and can evolve into leukemia. In just one year, collaborative discoveries by stem cell researchers moved from identification of the most promising drug candidate to clinical trials for a new drug to fight the degenerative blood disorder. More arrow

Survivor Gives First-Hand
Account of Life on Schindler’s List

By the time World War II ended, Leon Leyson had lost two brothers, survived the Krakow Ghetto in Poland and narrowly Leon Leyson escaped death countless times. He was just 15. Leyson is the youngest survivor on the now-famous Schindler’s List, drafted by industrialist Oskar Schindler, who went on to save about 1200 Jews from death in Nazi concentration camps. Now a resident of Orange County and the father of a UCSD alumna, Leyson gave a talk Friday on campus, sponsored by UCSD’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. More arrow

Going Far, Doing Good:
Making Twelve Best Friends in One Week

Photo of Shaina Patel and her fellow students and friendsScores of UCSD students, fanned across the globe last month for spring break. They took part in alternative spring breaks, a program that allows students to take one-week service trips to many destinations, from China, to Russia and Guatemala. This year, This Week@UCSD has asked two students to write first-person essays about their experiences. Read the second essay in the series about Shaina Patel's one-week stint in Guatemala. More arrow

Popularity Grows for 'Voluntourism'
UCSD survey shows all generations will travel to help others
Graphic of VoluntourismAbout 40 percent of Americans say they're willing to spend several weeks on vacations that involve volunteer service, with another 13 percent desiring to spend an entire year. But where volunteers want to go and how long they want to stay is linked to which generation they belong. More arrow

This Shore Thing Isn’t Always a Sure Thing
Many Turn Out to Watch Grunion Fish Spawn on Beaches
Photo of GrunionsAn adventurous crowd of kids and adults stayed up well past their bedtime April 7 in hopes of witnessing a late-night, ocean wonder — the mysterious grunion run. The night marked the 2008 season launch of Birch Aquarium at Scripps’s naturalist-guided grunion runs, and the grunion — and humans — were out in full force. More arrow

Protein Data Bank Archives 50,000th Molecule Structure
Graphic of HemoglobinThe Protein Data Bank this month reached a significant milestone in its 37-year history as the 50,000th molecule structure was released into its archive, joining other structures vital to pharmacology, bioinformatics, and education. With its origins in a handwritten petition circulated at a scientific meeting, the PDB is the single worldwide repository for the three-dimensional structures of large molecules and nucleic acids. More arrow

UC San Diego Hosts Fiesta de las Estrellas on
April 17 to Benefit Student Undergraduate Scholarships

Graphic for Fiesta de la EstrellaMore than 50 promising UC San Diego students' lives have been touched by the generosity of members of the UCSD Hispanic Scholarship Council, which created Fiesta de las Estrellas more than a decade ago to raise scholarship funds for deserving students of great promise. The council will hold the 11th annual Fiesta de las Estrellas fundraiser on Thursday, honoring the achievements of six Estrellas—community and business leaders who have consistently worked to improve the world in which we live. More arrow

People

Leading Scholar of the Bible,
David Noel Freedman, Dies at 85

David Noel Freedman One of the world’s foremost experts on the Bible, David Noel Freedman, died April 8, 2008. Holder of the Endowed Chair in Hebrew Biblical Studies at UC San Diego since 1992, Professor Freedman was 85 and had been author and editor of more than 300 scholarly books. His son David said Freedman died from a myocardial infarction at the son’s home in Petaluma, Calif. More arrow

Chief Operating Officer of Chemistry
and Biochemistry Receives 2008 Betsy Faught Award

Photo of Marjorie Hardy Marjorie Hardy, chief operating officer of the department of chemistry and biochemistry, has been named the recipient of the 2008 Betsy Faught Award. The award recognizes excellence and outstanding achievement in the management of general campus academic units.  More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow An Engineer Takes On the Art Experts
The Wall Street Journal
April 10, 2008
     
  arrow Study Turns Up a New Climate Suspect
MSNBC
April 8, 2008
     
  arrow In Storing 1’s and 0’s, the Question Is $
The New York Times
April 8, 2008
     
  arrow Treatment Reverses Blood
Disorder in Mice, Study Finds

Scientific American
April 7, 2008
     
  arrow A Bump From the ‘Colbert Report’
U.S. News & World Report,
April 8, 2008
     
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Chancellor's Corner

Spotlight on Faculty Research: Sleep


April 16, 2008 noon

At Work

Attention IT Innovators
Photo of laptop computerHas your IT solution imprioved your department's processes? Apply for the UC-wide
Larry L. Sautter Award by May 23 More arrow

Orientation
for Supervisors

Photo of orientationAre you a new supervisor or manager, or have questions about your role? If so, the next New Supervisor Orientation will be April 29. Sign up online.

Upcoming
Staff Education and Development Courses

Measuring Your
Business Processes Effectively Using the Balanced Scoreboard

04/24/08
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Financiallink: Risk Based Financial Analysis
04/24/08
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Querylink: Basis
04/21/08
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

What's Happening
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Double Threat for Asia
April 14, 2008
6:30 p.m.
Birch Aquarium

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The United States
and the Muslim World

April 16, 2008
5:30 p.m.
UCSD Faculty Club

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Photo of José Guadalupe Osuna Millán
Challenges and Opportunities of
Cross-Border Relations

April 17, 2008
11 a.m.
Institute of
the Americas Building

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Evolution Matters:
A Rosetta Stone
for Understanding
Human Disease

April 24, 2008
6:30 p.m.
San Diego Natural
History Museum

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Lura
April 14, 2008
8 p.m.
Calit2 Theatre

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Journey from the
Fall - Vietnam, 2006

April 19, 2008
11 a.m.
Applied Physics & Mathematics, Room 4301

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You Do The Math
= 101: percentage increase from 1997 to 2007 in the number of transfer students who applied to UCSD
= 81: percentage increase in the number of transfer students who register after being admitted
= 1742: number of new transfer students who registered at UCSD in fall 2007
 
Faculty Authors
Book cover of The Theory and Technique of Electronic Music
The Theory
and Technique of Electronic Music

By Miller Puckette

This is the first book to develop both the theory and the practice of synthesizing musical sounds using computers. Each chapter starts with a theoretical description of one technique or problem area and ends with a series of working examples (over 100 in all), covering a wide range of applications. More arrow
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