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A New Era in San Diego Stem Cell Research (Photo / Victor W. Chen)

Head of State Stem Cell Institute Comes
to Campus in Wake of $43 million Grant
to Build Stem Cell Research Facility on Torrey Pines Mesa

Alan Trounson, a well-known stem cell researcher, joked that the first time he came to San Diego, he knew the city had a zoo, but didn’t know it had a university. Much has changed since then. Trounson now heads California’s agency dedicated to stem cell research, while UC San Diego has become one of the major players in that field. Thursday, Trounson came to UCSD just one day after the governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) granted $43 million to the San Diego Consortium for Regenerative Medicine to build a center dedicated to stem cell research on the Torrey Pines Mesa. More arrow

Researchers Target Tumors with Tiny ‘Nanoworms’
Illustration of nanowormsScientists at UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and MIT have developed nanometer-sized “nanoworms” that can cruise through the bloodstream without significant interference from the body’s immune defense system and—like tiny anti-cancer missiles—home in on tumors.
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Taking A Female Slant on Negotiation
WISE, Women Don't Ask (Photo / Victor W. Chen)Women Scientists Learn Tips on How to Navigate Career Pathways
Get training. Build a network of mentors and peers. Do the research. And, above all, believe in yourself. This was the advice that a standing-room-only audience of women scientists got Friday during a panel discussion about negotiation in academia, in particular, and life in general. More arrow

Unmanned Aircraft to Study
Southern California Smog and its Consequences

Photo of technicians preparing an autonomous unmanned aircraft for launch at Edwards Air Force Base.Using sophisticated unmanned aircraft, research scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego hope to assess Southern California’s potential for climate change and better understand the sources of air pollution. More arrow

School of Medicine Receives $2.5 Million NIH Grant
to Establish Digestive Diseases Research Center

Photo of John Carethers, M.D.In a major boost to important research into gastrointestinal disease being conducted at the School of Medicine, a $2.5 million basic research core grant to establish a Digestive Diseases Research Development Center has been awarded to UC San Diego’s Division of Gastroenterology. More arrow

California is at Cross Roads,
State Senator Says During Speech at UCSD

Senator Ducheny and Chancellor Fox (Photo / Victor W. Chen)Chancellor Marye Anne Fox hosted California State Sen. Denise Moreno Ducheny, D-San Diego, Friday at the Faculty Club for a candid discussion about the state’s current budget situation with business leaders, faculty, staff and others who have vested interest in UC San Diego. Sen. Ducheny, who is chair of the Senate Budget and Finance Committee, gave a “State Budget 101” presentation not only on how the state collects and spends its revenues but also how our spending choices affect the day-to-day lives of Californians. More arrow

Corporate Connections: UC San Diego Alumni
Make A Business of Supporting Their Alma Mater

Photo of Robertson and Chancellor FoxHow can corporate responsibility and alumni giving go hand in hand? Just ask UC San Diego alumnus Michael Robertson, ’90. After founding MP3.com and taking it public, Robertson was approached by UC San Diego to participate in a campaign to encourage student enrollment. More arrow

Students Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo Dance Performance (Photo / Victor W. Chen)Members of the UC San Diego chapter of MEChA got together May 5 at the Price Center to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. They performed cultural music and dances. The holiday commemorates an initial victory of Mexican forces over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

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Animation of the seven UCSD Faculty Members Named
Fellows of American Academy of Arts & SciencesSeven UCSD Faculty Members Named Fellows of American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Seven UC San Diego scholars have been named Fellows of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences: four from the School of Medicine, and one each from economics, anthropology and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. More arrow

“Scarless” Surgeon Elected President of Society
of American Gastroinstestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Photo of Mark Talamini, M.D. (right)Dr. Mark A. Talamini, professor and chairman of the department of surgery at the UC San Diego Medical Center has assumed the role of president of The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the largest professional organization of gastrointestinal surgeons in the United States and the leading international society for modern minimally invasive and endoscopic surgery. More arrow

Renowned Physicist and Inventor of Wetsuit Dies
Photo of Hugh BradnerHugh Bradner, renowned physicist and professor emeritus at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, died Thursday after a prolonged illness. He was 92 years old. Bradner’s scientific career incorporated both science and ocean exploration to design many notable ocean technologies, including the first neoprene wetsuit. More arrow

Two at UCSD Up for List of 100 Top Public Intellectuals
Illustration of List of 100 Top Public IntellectualsForeign Policy magazine is looking for the world’s top public intellectual, and two from UCSD are among the 100 nominees: psychology professor V.S. Ramachandran, director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, and alumnus J. Craig Venter, a biologist and entrepreneur renowned for competing with the Human Genome Project. Go here to vote.

UC San Diego Physician
Receives Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Photo of Stuart W. Jamieson, M.B., FRCSWhen a young Stuart Jamieson first began to study medicine, he waited tables to put himself through medical school.  Now, more than four decades later, this world-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon is being honored with an Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his early sacrifices and groundbreaking successes. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow $271 Million for Research
on Stem Cells in California

The New York Times
May 8, 2008
     
  arrow Stem Cell Group Gets its First Building Block
San Diego Union-Tribune
May 8 2008
     
  arrow SD Scientists Say Bacteria
Could be a Red Tide Killer

San Francisco Chronicle
May 11, 2008
     
  arrow UCSD Quake Simulation
Tests Strength of Precast Concrete

Los Angeles Times
May 8, 2008
     
  arrow Climate Scientist Out to Change the World
San Diego Union-Tribune
May 11, 2008
     
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UC Proposes New Staff and Academic Reduction in Time Program to Fend Off Budget Cuts
To help the University of California cope with anticipated budget cuts, UC is proposing a new program allowing employees to volunteer to temporary reduce the amount of time they work, leading to salary savings. Participation in the program would not affect employees' benefits. It also would not lead to a reduction in the accrual rate of UCRP service credits. Implementation of the Staff and Academic Reduction in Time (START) Program is subject to approval by the UC Regents. They will consider the program at their May meeting. More arrow

Get Ready for Retirement
Learn about retirement investing and the steps you can take to be ready, at a series of UC-sponsored retirement workshops conducted by Fidelity Retirement Services.

Bike to Work Day?
Bike to Work Day is coming up this Friday. Find out more about the resources and incentives UCSD offers to encourage commuting safely by bicycling. More arrow

Remembering
Our Colleagues

The Staff In Memoriam section honors those who have passed away during or after their service with UCSD. Read tributes to Ginnah Saunders, who served as the Management Services Officer for Thurgood Marshall College.

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What's Happening
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Photo of woman breathing the climate of the planet
Breathing
in a Changing Climate

May 17, 2008
11 a.m.
Birch Aquarium at the
Scripps Institution
of Oceanography at UCSD

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Photo of a hut from an African Village
Compassion
for African Villages

May 14, 2008
6:30 p.m.
Cross Cultural Center

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Peace and Prosperity: Prospects for Improving Hemispheric Relations
May 13, 2008
3:30 p.m.
Institute
of the Americas Building

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Photo of Camilla F. Forbes
New Writing Series: Camille F. Forbes
May 14, 2008
4:30 p.m.
Visual Arts
Performance Space

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Illustration of tea party
Moores UCSD
Cancer Center
Mad Hatter's Tea Party

May 18, 2008
2:30 p.m.
Moores Cancer Center

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Book cover of Harm.
Harm.
By Steve Willard

This debut volume establishes Steve Willard as a true original, an artist whose kinetic sense of wordplay is deft, smart and unfailingly provocative. Intended to be read in repeated passes, these poems are Cubist in feel, multifaceted in syntax and brilliant in coloration. More arrow
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