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Earth Week 2008 (Photo / Victor W. Chen)

Tidal Wave of Green Activities
Comes to Campus During Earth Week

“Is this recyclable?” staff member Alonso Noble asked, lifting a Styrofoam cup out of a pile of trash. A group of about a dozen students and employees hesitated, considering. Finally, Noble told them the answer: “No.” A few minutes later, he held up a plastic water bottle. “Is this recyclable?” he asked again. “Yes,” came back as the resounding answer. “Getting better,” said Noble, assistant superintendent in UC San Diego’s facilities management department. He and a crew of about a dozen students and staff members were taking part Tuesday in a trash-sorting event, which has become one of the hallmarks of the campus’ annual Earth Week celebrations. More arrow

UC San Diego Named ‘Climate
Protection Champion’ by City

Photo of Climate Protection Champion award recipientsUC San Diego received the San Diego Climate Protection Champion award from Mayor Jerry Sanders and Council President Scott Peters for the university’s commitment to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the San Diego region. More arrow

Students Paint a Green Picture at Film Festival
VidFest Works Promote Sustainable Lifestyle
Vidfest 2008 (Photo / Victor W. Chen) UC San Diego students showcased their commitment to the environment and talent for visual arts during the second Earth Week “VidFest” film festival on Wednesday night at the Price Center Theatre. The competition featured 11 original videos by undergraduate students. The short pieces differed in style, but all were created specifically for the competition to increase awareness about the environment. More arrow

UCSD Community Members
Recognized for Sustainability Efforts

Moore and Fox (Photo / Victor W. Chen)UCSD hosted the second edition of its Sustainability Awards Tuesday at Eucalyptus Point. The awards are designed to recognize members of the UCSD community, from students, to faculty, to alumni and even parents, who are engaged in all-out efforts to boost sustainability on campus. More arrow

Campus Marks Earth Day with Panel
Discussion on “Green” Computing Technologies

Illustration of green chipThe San Diego Supercomputer Center and UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management marked Earth Day with a panel of academic and industry experts discussing ways to make the world’s rapidly expanding computer infrastructure “greener.” More arrow

Kids Get Sneak Peek
of Medical Center Operating Rooms

Photo of sons and daughters at UCSD Med Center“I like the big robot,” said Connor Carr, age 4. “I got two finger casts and I got to see my heart beat on a computer screen. I also got a cookie.” Dressed in a white surgical suit and cap, Connor was one of 50 children who had the privilege of touring four operating rooms at UC San Diego Medical Center-Hillcrest on April 19. The visit represents the first “Take Your Child to Work Day” event for the hospital’s operating room staff. More arrow

Senior to Watch: Jeff Mouzner
Jeff Mounzer (Photo / Victor W. Chen)Roughly 4 1/2 years ago, Jeff Mounzer found out that he had been accepted to Stanford, UC Berkeley and UC San Diego. He had to decide where he would go. He chose UCSD and says he has never looked back. More arrow

Fat-Cell Hormone Linked to Kidney Disease
Photo of Kumar SharmaReduced levels of a hormone produced by fat cells and linked to the development of insulin resistance may also be related to a higher risk of kidney disease, according to a study led by researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and Thomas Jefferson University. Their study could point the way to drug therapies that can protect renal and cardiac function in patients with obesity. More arrow

Giving the Fountain of Youth:
Campus Receives $2 Million Research Grant
from Hillblom Foundation to Slow Aging Process

Photo of Laura DuganA grant of nearly $2 million from the Larry L. Hillblom Foundation will offer researchers at UC San Diego the opportunity to forge ahead in their trail-blazing quest to better understand the process of aging and discover new ways of minimizing its effects.  Physicians and researchers of the newly created Division of Geriatrics at the UC San Diego School of Medicine—ranked fifth in the nation among public medical schools by US News and World Report—will work collaboratively to determine how processes such as cellular damage, inflammation and gene activity may be linked to the aging process and disorders which often accompany advanced age. More arrow

Technology Born at
UC San Diego Featured on CSI: Miami

Photo of XPAKA new way to detect explosives featured tonight on CBS’s popular show "CSI: Miami" had its origins in a UC San Diego chemistry laboratory. William Trogler, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, developed the sensor ink for a portable explosives detection system, the XPAK, which was developed by the Rockville, Md. Company RedXDefense. More arrow

People

Retired Army Colonel, Foreign Diplomat
to Speak on Peace, Dissent and Foreign Policy

Photo of Ann WrightA retired Army colonel and foreign diplomat who resigned from the U. S. Foreign Service in 2003 in disagreement with the Bush administration decision to go to war in Iraq will speak on peace and foreign policies at 7 p.m. tonight in the Price Center. Peace activist Ann Wright will address Dissent: Voices of Conscience at a panel discussion sponsored by the UC San Diego Women’s Center, California Cultures in Comparative Perspective and the Cross-Cultural Center. The event is free and open to the public. More arrow

Fuentes Fires Up Crowd to Strive for a New ‘New Deal’
Photo of Carlos FuentesAbout 900 people packed Mandeville Auditorium Thursday to hear Mexican novelist, essayist, scholar and former diplomat Carlos Fuentes — one of Latin America’s best known and most respected literary and political voices. Almost 80 years old, the unbowed and white-maned Fuentes presented “Globalization: A New Deal for a New Age” to an enthusiastic bilingual and binational audience. More arrow

USCD Biomedical Library Exhibit
and May 1 Lecture Focus on CSI Tools of the Trade

Photo of Judge ClarkeCSI groupies and others with a fascination for the unique and powerful crime-solving tools of forensic DNA testing, will not want to miss a talk May 1 from noon to 1 p.m. at the UCSD Biomedical Library Events Room  by  forensics expert George “Woody” Clarke. Following his talk, Clarke will sell and sign copies of his new book:  “Justice and Science:  Trials and Triumphs of DNA Evidence.” More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Elderly More Likely to Battle Sleep Disorders
The Washington Post
April 27, 2008
     
  arrow Conservationists Struggle
to Save Rare Calif. Wetland

FOX News
April 25, 2008
     
  arrow Don't Compromise the Safety of Biotech Drugs
Los Angeles Times, Opinion
April 28, 2008
     
  arrow Keep Hopes Aloft
San Diego Union-Tribune, Opinion
April 22, 2008
     
  arrow Green Generation Celebrates Earth Day
NBC San Diego
April 22 , 2008
     
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Chancellor's Corner
Letter from Chancellor
Chancellor Fox Mark your calendars. The much-
anticipated Price Center East launch party will rock the campus this month. We’re hoping to see you all there, united in your Triton pride. And there are two other events this month that all Tritons can be proud of — the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies is celebrating its 20th anniversary and the City of San Diego is declaring the last week in May “UC San Diego Week.” More arrow

POV w/ Charles Erwin
Charles Erwin Senior Charles Erwin has a near-perfect academic record, quite an accomplishment especially when you consider he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November 2006. More arrow
At Work

All Campus Briefing
on the U.S. Open
Golf Championship

Illustration of golf ballThe U.S. Open is coming to Torrey Pines Golf Course June 9 to 15. Find out about arrangements for parking, finals, staffing schedules, security and more during the U.S. Open Week at a Campus Briefing to be held Friday, May 2 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Price Center Ballroom A. More (.PDF) arrow

Campus Staff Lavished with Appreciation
Photo of staff ot luncheonJohnny Cash’s music filled the room. The smell of collard greens filled the air. And hundreds of staff members packed the Price Center Ballroom Wednesday to take part in one of the staff appreciation events that took place on campus last week. More arrow

UCSD Libraries
Kick Off Summer
Fun with Fifth
Annual Summer
Reading Contest

Illustration of SSHL logoMay 1 marks the kick off of the popular UC San Diego Libraries’ annual  Summer Reading Contest, which runs through July 31. All members of the UCSD campus community, as well as other UCSD library card holders in the greater community, are invited to participate. More arrow

Upcoming
Staff Education and Development Courses

The Red Flags of Fraud
05/06/08
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Assisting the Assistants
05/02/08
8:30 am to 11:30am

Investment Advanced
05/05/08
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

What's Happening
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UCSD Cares
April 26 -30, 2008

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The Status of
Chicano/as-Latino/as
at UCSD

April 28, 2008
4:30 p.m.
Student Services Multi-purpose Room

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Photo of Jim Arnold
2008 Jim Arnold Lecture--Global Climate Change
May 9, 2008
5 p.m.
Robinson Complex Auditorium

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Photo of Dr. Gabriel González-König
Migration, Inequality
and Schooling in Mexico

April 30, 2008
3:30 p.m.
Institute of the
Americas Building

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Animation of three composers
Where I'm Calling From
May 3, 2008
8 p.m.
Mandeville Center

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You Do The Math
= 51 percentage of UCSD community members coming to campus through alternative means of transportation, including carpooling, buses and bikes in Winter 2008
= 46: percentage of UCSD community members coming to campus through alternative means of transportation in Winter 2007
= 25,081: number of UCSD community members driving to campus by themselves in Winter 2008
 
Faculty Authors
Book cover of Marine Mammal Research
Marine Mammal Research: Conservation Beyond Crisis
By William F. Perrin

This work looks beyond the current crises to present a compelling argument about how science, if conducted properly, can provide insights that minimize crisis management and implement more anticipatory action to preserve marine mammals. This volume also provides an overview of the current state of marine mammal populations and identifies the major obstacles facing marine mammal conservation, including fisheries, sonar and other noise pollution, disease, contaminants, algal booms, and habitat loss. More arrow
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