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Students From All Colleges Unite to Celebrate
as UCSD Revives Tradition of All-Campus Graduation

It all started with the low rumble of Japanese taiko drums and an audience of students, parents and alumni clapping and cheering to the rhythm of the beat. Then students, both undergraduate and graduate, got some advice from UC San Diego top administrators about life after college. Finally, bouquets of fireworks lit up the night, much to the delight of the celebrating crowd. UCSD revived its all-campus graduation tradition Thursday evening at RIMAC Field and 500 members of the campus community turned out for the occasion. Filmstrip icon More arrow

Students Urged Not to Let Realism Get in Way
of Dreams as More than 6,000 Graduate from UCSD

Photo of graduating students“How does it feel to graduate from one of the finest universities in the world?” Chancellor Marye Anne Fox asked about 500 seniors during the Sixth College graduation Saturday at RIMAC Field. A big cheer erupted from the crowd in answer to her question. Filmstrip icon More arrow

A Week to Remember: UCSD Seniors
Have Fun in San Diego During Senior Week

Photo of UCSD seniorWatching the Shamu show; getting a peek at the San Diego Zoo’s pandas and kayaking  in Mission Bay: The first-ever Senior Week, held June 15 to 19, is bound to be one week that many UC San Diego students will never forget. Filmstrip icon More arrow

In Place of Walking Across Graduation Platform
UCSD Student Will Paddle Mississippi River

Photo of Kristian GustavsonWhile his fellow Thurgood Marshall College graduates received their diplomas at UCSD commencement ceremonies June 21, Kristian Gustavson was in Chicago preparing to launch a 17-foot aluminum canoe on a 1,000 mile research trip down the Mississippi River. More arrow

UCSD Scientists Highlight Biofuels,
Stem Cells Research at Biotech Convention

Photo of J.Craig Venter speaking at the Keynote Luncheon.At the BIO 2008 convention at the San Diego Convention Center last week, a new biotechnology issue grabbed the headlines, and UC San Diego played a significant role. This year, biofuels were a hot topic—due to soaring gasoline prices, intense interest in sustainable energy and the need for climate change solutions. More arrow

San Diego Regionís First Science
Festival to be Launched March 2009

Photo of students doing lab workHave you ever wanted to sit down and chat with a Nobel Laureate? Did you know that red wine not only goes well with steak, but also has anti-aging properties?  Have you ever wanted to uncover the mysteries of baseball’s knuckleball pitch? Were you curious about the science behind Harry Potter’s magic?  These and other intriguing questions will be answered at the inaugural San Diego Science Festival, planned as one of the biggest-ever celebrations of science on the West Coast. More arrow

Preuss School to Hold June 27
Commencement Ceremony for 97 Graduates

Photo of Preuss schollTwelve graduates of the Preuss School at UC San Diego will welcome families and guests in 10 different languages at a 4 p.m. commencement ceremony June 27 on Manchester Field. More arrow

Graduate Students Receive
Chancellorís Interdisciplinary
Collaboratories Grant to Visualize Cultural Patterns

Alt tag goes hereThanks to an Interdisciplinary Collaboratories grant awarded by Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, graduate researchers at the UCSD division of the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology will soon be able to analyze vast amounts of cultural data using high-tech visualization techniques previously only used for scientific data. More arrow

Exciton-Based Circuits Could Revolutionize
Computing, UC San Diego Physicists Show

Photo of a circuit that uses excitons for computing flashes light as the particles decay to release photons.Particles called excitons that emit a flash of light as they decay could be used for a new form of computing better suited to fast communication, physicists at UC San Diego have demonstrated. More arrow

Scientists Discover DNA Knot Keeps
Viral Genes Tightly Corked Inside Shell

Illustration of a donut-shaped twist, or toroid, of DNA (shown in red) wedges the viral genome tightly within the protein envelope of the bacteriophage.A novel twist of DNA may keep viral genes tightly wound within a capsule, waiting for ejection into a host, a high-resolution analysis of its structure has revealed. Using electron microscopy and three-dimensional computer reconstruction, UC San Diego biologists and chemists have produced the most detailed image yet of the protein envelope of an asymmetrical virus and the viral DNA packed within, they reported last week in the journal Structure. More arrow


Seth Lerer Named Dean of Arts and Humanities
Photo of Seth LererSeth Lerer, one of the nation’s leading literature scholars, with particularly strong administrative and leadership experience, has been named dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities. Lerer currently holds and endowed chair in the humanities and is a professor of English and comparative literature at Stanford University. More arrow

20 Assistant Professors
Awarded with Praise and Dollars
for Research and Creative Activities

Twenty UC San Diego assistant professors will share a total of $360,000 as recipients of the 2008-2009 Hellman Faculty Fellows Awards. The funds will go to support their research and creative activities and to enhance their progress toward tenure. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Barbara Kruger Goes Back to School
Los Angeles Times
June 23, 2008
  arrow Predicting Success, Preventing Failure
San Francisco Chronicle, Opinion
June 20, 2008
  arrow Stem Cell Research
a Hot Topicat Biotech Conference in S.D.

June 19, 2008
  arrow University Project Gets
Medical Books to Afghan Doctors

San Diego Union-Tribune
June 19 , 2008
  arrow Next Chapter in Life Starts with Graduation
San Diego Union-Tribune
June 23, 2008

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Rainbow Flag
Raising at UC San Diego

UCSD Box Office logoUCSD will hold a Rainbow Flag-Raising ceremony at 11:45 a.m. July 1 at the North Point Drive Visitors Information Center as part of a San Diego-wide project. The event marks the 30th anniversary of one of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender community’s iconic symbols. Click here for more information.

Your Ticket
to Summer Fun

UCSD Box Office logoThe UCSD Box Office in Price Center Plaza has discount tickets for the San Diego County Fair ($13 for an unlimited admission pass), as well as amusement parks like Disneyland, SeaWorld and the Wild Animal Park.
Buy tickets online, or in person at the Box Office.

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Discount for
High-school Program

Faculty and staff can get 10% off UCSD's Academic Connections pre-college residential program for high school students. The 2008 edition runs July 6-26.

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Energy: Facts, Challenges
and Responses

July 15, 2008
7 p.m.
Birch Aquarium

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Strategies for
Successful Aging

July 18, 2008
5:30 p.m.
Garren Auditorium

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UC San Diego
Economics Roundtable

July 7, 2008
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Faculty Club

CONNECT Workshop: Protecting Yourself
and Protecting Customers Online

July 10, 2008
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

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David Sedaris
June 30, 2008
8 p.m.
Copley Symphony Hall

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In Search of Solomon, Gabriel and Internet Archaeology
June 24, 2008
6 p.m.
Atkinson Hall

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Eleanor Antin:
Historical Takes

San Diego Museum of Art


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You Do The Math
= 6,140: number of graduates who took part in this year's commencement ceremonies June 21 to 23 at UCSD
= 4,947: number of bachelorís degrees awarded during this year's commencement
= 714: number of masterís degrees awarded
= 321: number of doctorates awarded
Faculty Authors
Book cover of Second Nature
Second Nature
By Gerald M. Edelman

In this illuminating book, Dr. Gerald M. Edelman offers a new theory of knowledge based on striking scientific findings about how the brain works. And he addresses the related compelling question: Does the latest research imply that all knowledge can be reduced to scientific description? More arrow

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