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Fishing Throws Targeted Species
Off Balance, Scripps Study Shows

Research led at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography with a team of government and international experts demonstrates that fishing can throw targeted fish populations off kilter. Fishing can alter the “age pyramid” by lopping off the few large, older fish that make up the top of the pyramid, leaving a broad base of faster-growing small younglings. The team found that this rapidly growing and transitory base is dynamically unstable—a finding having profound implications for the ecosystem and the fishing industries built upon it. More arrow

Statins Shown to Lower Blood Pressure
Cover of April Archives of Internal MedicineA large, randomized drug trial has shown for the first time that statin drugs result in a modest, but significant, reduction in blood pressure. These effects may contribute to the reduced risk of stroke and cardiovascular events reported for patients on statins, according to lead investigator Dr. Beatrice Golomb of the UCSD School of Medicine. More arrow

UCSD Signs Agreement
with Baja California University, Hosts Baja Governor

Tonatiuh Guillen Lopez and Marye Anne Fox (Photo / Victor W. Chen)Chancellor Marye Anne Fox signed an agreement Thursday for long-term collaboration in a wide swath of academic and research areas with a leading university in the neighboring Mexican state of Baja California. The signing ceremony was followed by the first public lecture given in the United States by Baja’s new governor, Jose Guadalupe Osuna Millan, who spoke on a wide range of topics, including economic and social development. More arrow

Study Finds Mice Can Sense Oxygen Through Skin
Photo of miceUC San Diego biologists have discovered that the skin of mice can sense low levels of oxygen and regulate the production of erythropoietin, or EPO, the hormone that stimulates our bodies to produce red blood cells and allows us to adapt to high-altitude, low-oxygen environments. If found to apply to humans, the discovery could be used to improve the performance of endurance athletes competing in this summer’s Olympic Games. More arrow

UC San Diego Scientists Show
First 3-D Image of Antibody Gene

3D illustration of antibody geneUsing a mix of geometry, biological research and techniques developed to solve problems on supercomputers, scientists at UC San Diego have shown for the first time how a genome is organized in three-dimensional space. More arrow

Campus to Share College Tips with High Schoolers
Photo of studentBoth a question and an affirmation will be presented to 10th-grade and 11th-grade students and their parents in Southeast San Diego Tuesday when UC San Diego and the California Student Opportunity and Access Program partner to present An Evening with UCSD. More arrow

Visiting Scholar Argues Against
Long-Term U.S. Military Presence in Iraq

David Yankelovich (Photo / Ioana Patringenaru)Should the United States strengthen its military presence in the Muslim world? Or should it rely on diplomacy and economic incentives instead? Visiting scholar and long-time pollster Daniel Yankelovich wrestled with these questions Thursday in front of a record crowd at the Social Sciences Supper Club at the Faculty Club. More arrow

Nordic Walking Class Gives Employees' Fitness a Boost
Nordic Walkers (Photo / Victor W. Chen)It was a sunny spring day, but about a half a dozen UC San Diego staff members were wielding what looked like ski poles as they made their way through the streets of La Jolla. No, they didn’t get their seasons mixed up. Rather, they were taking part in one of the campus’ new Nordic walking classes. More arrow

Muir College Celebrates 40th Year
with Green Events During Earth Week

Muir logoJohn Muir College will celebrate its 40th anniversary April 20 to 26 with a week filled with sustainability-themed events that coincide with Earth Week activities. Muir, the famed environmentalist, nature writer and founder of the Sierra Club, was born April 21 and this year his birthday lands one day prior to Earth Day. More arrow

Campus Celebrates Revamped
Student Center With Block Party

Student Center block party (Photo / Victor W. Chen)Free vegetarian curry. Prize giveaways. World music. The Old Student Center was bustling with traffic for the first time in months during a block party that celebrated the revamped complex Thursday. More arrow

People

Preuss School Student Takes First Place
in Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair

Photo of Paul TranPaul Tran, a student at the Preuss School, is one of four winners of First Place and Senior Division Sweepstakes awards in the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair. Asked to explain his project in lay terms, Tran replies: “I used a protein found in the blood to prevent the metastasis of prostate cancer.” More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Stem Cell Lab Planned for San Diego
TIME
April 21, 2008
     
  arrow The Lost Leonardo Da Vinci
CBS News, 60 Minutes
April 20, 2008
     
  arrow How Breathtaking is Human Skin?
MSNBC
April 17, 2008
     
  arrow Throw the Big Ones Back, Fishing Study Suggests
MSNBC
April 16, 2008
     
  arrow New Benefits From Old Heart Measures
The Washington Post
April 14, 2008
     
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Cash for Careers
Give your department's training budget a boost. Apply by May 19 for up to $500 for training and career development from UCSD's Staff Equal Opportunity Enrichment Program.

Take Our Daughters
and Sons to Work Day

Read the campus notice
to find out how to celebrate Thursday on campus.

Upcoming
Staff Education and Development Courses

From Blogs
to Wikis: Getting the
Most Out of the New Web

05/01/08 and 05/08/08
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Intermediate
Dreamweaver CS3

04/29/08 and 05/01/08
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Creating the
Job Description

04/29/08
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

What's Happening
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Earth Week
April 21 - 25

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Walkout! Film
April 22, 2008
6 p.m.
Student Services Multipurpose Room

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Evolution Matters:
The Diversity
of Development

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

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Extreme Googling
April 23, 2008
10 a.m.
Biomedical Library

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Carlos Fuentes
Free Public Lecture
and Book Signing

April 24, 2008
7 p.m.
Mandeville Center

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The Mexican Dream
April 22, 2008
3:30 p.m.
Eleanor Roosevelt College

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International Cafe
to Offer Gourmet Lunch

April 25, 2008
noon
International Center

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You Do The Math
= 148: percentage increase since 1996-97 in the number of master's degrees UCSD conferred
= 901: number of master's degrees UCSD conferred in 2006-07
 
Faculty Authors
Book cover of Molecules that Changed the World
Molecules That
Changed the World

By K. C. Nicolaou

In this book, K. C. Nicolaou introduces the world's most important molecules and shows the role certain compounds have to play in our everyday lives in the fields of drugs, aromatics or vitamins. For example, he tells the story of aspirin, beginning 3,500 years ago in Egypt, and going on to its first synthesis and various applications, while including many entertaining facts and details. More arrow
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