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Physics of Surfing (Photo / Victor W. Chen)
Tiger Woods reacts after making his birdie putt on the 18th hole during
the fourth round at Torrey Pines Golf Course June 15. ©USGA/John Mummert

U.S. Open Makes Light Impact on UCSD Campus
On one side of North Torrey Pines Road last week, crowds gathered to watch the worlds best golf players vie for the U.S. Open title. On the other side of the road, on the UC San Diego campus, it was pretty much business-as-usual, officials said. The Open’s impact on campus turned out to be fairly small—including June 16 when the golf tournament went into overtime with a playoff between Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate. More arrow

UCSD Alumna Karen Hunter Moraghan
Stays the Course with 15-Year U.S. Open Connection

Photo of Karen MoraghanWith the U.S. Open Golf Championship to be played in UC San Diego’s backyard the week of June 9 to 16, Karen Hunter Moraghan couldn’t be more proud of her alma mater.  A Third College (now named Thurgood Marshall College) graduate with a double major in communications and sociology and a visual arts minor, this will be her 15th year involved with one of the world’s premier golf championships. More arrow

Surfing to Academic Success
Photo of student in UCSD's Physics of Surfing classPhysics of Surfing Class Introduces Students to Research
It was a sunny Saturday morning in La Jolla and a UCSD student was getting ready to wade in the waves with his surfboard. But the undergraduate wasn’t there to just have fun. He also was trying to measure the physical forces at work when he surfed. Two devices were snugly duct-taped to the front and the back of his board. The experiment was part of a class titled “The Physics of Surfing” taught by Professor David Sandwell at UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. More arrow

Nine Commencement Ceremonies
to Honor 6,000 Graduates June 21 to 23

Photo of commencement ceremoniesOne of the world’s leading genomic researchers, a member of the “Little Rock Nine,” who desegregated Little Rock High School and a co-founder of the world’s leading supplier of excimer light sources are among speakers who will address nearly 6,000 graduates at nine ceremonies on campus June 21 to 23. More arrow

Eight Faculty Members and Three Graduate
Students Honored for Teaching Excellence, Inspiration

Photos of students, faculty“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires,” said author and educator William Ward. Eight professors and three graduate students at UCSD were honored for just this kind of excellence in teaching June 6 in the Atkinson Pavilion of the Cecil and Ida Green Faculty Club. They received Distinguished Teaching Awards, sponsored by the San Diego Division of the Academic Senate at UC San Diego. More arrow

Computer Science Undergraduates
Showcase Multiplayer Online Games at Calit2

Photo of multiplayer gamingAs the deadline for CSE 125 final projects drew near, the most sought-after item among undergraduates in UC San Diego's Software System Design and Implementation course wasn't a high-speed computer or fancy piece of visualization software. It was the inflatable aerobed mattress that some bleary soul had dragged into the computer lab, hoping to get some shut-eye between bouts of programming. More arrow

Women, Smoking and Heart Disease
Illustration of women's smoking and heart diseasesIn a first-of-its-kind study, research results show that toenail nicotine levels can help predict risk of coronary heart disease in women. Researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, in collaboration with colleagues from Harvard University, showed that the higher the level of nicotine in the toenails, the higher the risk of coronary heart disease, no matter the number of cigarettes smoked or level of exposure to second hand smoke. More arrow

Anti-estrogen Drug Therapy Reduces Risk
of Invasive Breast Cancer in Older Women

Anti-estrogen illustrationNew analysis of a drug approved for osteoporosis prevention and treatment has provided definitive evidence that the medication is also effective as a breast cancer preventative for certain cancers.  Women who took the drug raloxifene were less likely to develop invasive, estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer compared with women who did not take the drug. The results of the randomized controlled trial were published in the June 10 online issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. More arrow


Photo of Michael L. NormanMichael L. Norman Appointed
Chief Scientific Officer of SDSC

The San Diego Supercomputer Center has appointed Michael L. Norman, distinguished professor of physics at UC San Diego, to the new position of Chief Scientific Officer for SDSC. More arrow

Photo of Nika RastakhizAcademic Interns Recognized
Six academic interns at UC San Diego— ranging in disciplines from politics to medicine and from museum studies to real estate—were recognized for their outstanding performances during the 2007-2008 academic year at a ceremony and reception last month at the Price Center. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Better Sleepers Are 'Successful Agers'
U.S. News & World Report
June 13, 2008
  arrow Regimens: Wine May Help Keep Liver Healthy
The New York Times
June 9, 2008
  arrow Experimental Alzheimer's Drug is 'Astonishing'
Daily Telegraph
June 11, 2008
  arrow Early Help Urged to Avoid Exit Exam Failure
San Francisco Chronicle
June 11, 2008
  arrow Residents Warned to Keep Eye Out for Rattlesnakes
San Diego Union-Tribune
June 10, 2008

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A Message from New
UC President Mark Yudof

Photo of Mark G. YudofJune 16 marks the first day of Mark Yudof's tenure as the new University of California president. He wrote to the UC community to extend his good wishes. Click here to read his message.


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Commencement 2008
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Cecil Lytle:
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June 18
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Strategies for
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You Do The Math
= 126: number of physicians who graduated from the UCSD School of Medicine June 1
= 32: number of students graduated May 31 from the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UCSD, the school's largest class to date
Faculty Authors
CD cover of On the Keyboard
On the
Works of Joji Yuasa

By Joji Yuasa

Joji Yuasa has been actively engaged in a wide range of musical compositions, including orchestral, choral and chamber music, music for theatre and intermedia and electronic and computer music. This recording is the first complete collection of Yuasa's piano works recorded and published by an American label. Pianist and music theorist Ronald Squibbs is a leading authority on the music of Joji Yuasa, Iannis Xenakis and other important contemporary composers. More arrow
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