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Unmanned aerial vehicles in Beijing (Graphic / Victor W. Chen)

Chinese Efforts to Curb
Pollution During Olympics Turn Into
Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity for Scripps Researcher

When Chinese government officials decided to cut back on pollution and clean up the air in Beijing, they were concerned about athletes’ health during the Olympic Games. But they also inadvertently gave scientists at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to find out the real impact of pollution on climate change.
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Former UCSD Coach Steps In
as Interim Head Coach of U.S. Men’s
Volleyball Team in Beijing in Wake of Tragedy

Photo of Ron Larsen Former UC San Diego Men’s Volleyball Coach Ron Larsen knows all about overcoming obstacles and dealing with tough situations. At UCSD from 2000-05, Larsen had what is generally considered the program’s most difficult coaching job, annually sending a non-scholarship NCAA Division II (initially III) squad up against the premier Division I teams in the country as a member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. More arrow

Dispatches from the Field
Photo of students One taught English to 120 sixth-graders in Thailand. Another visited a rural school in Malaysia and encouraged students to pursue higher education. Yet another is working for an international corporation in India. UCSD students are studying, conducting research and working all around the globe this summer. Their latest Dispatches from the Field chronicle their adventures abroad. Here are their stories. More arrow

Four UCSD Scientists Awarded
New Faculty Grants by California Institute of Regenerative Medicine to Pursue Stem Cell Research

Illustration of Stem Cell Research Adding $11.5 million to the more than $20 million in funding that researchers at UC San Diego have received to date from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, five UCSD researchers and physicians have been awarded New Faculty grants. More arrow

UC San Diego Alums Average Third Highest
Salaries Among Public University Graduates

Logo of Payscale.com UC San Diego graduates rank third nationally in their salary earnings among U.S. public universities, according to Forbes.com. The rank was based on a new study by PayScale.com that looked at earnings of alumni at colleges around the country. The survey covered graduates with 10-20 years experience in the workplace. More arrow

UCSD Senior Tries for Kayak Medal in Beijing
UCSD Alumna Finishes Short of the Podium in Triathlon
Photo of Carrie Johnson UCSD alumna Julie Swail Ertel finished in the 19th spot in the Olympic triathlon competition Aug. 17 in Beijing. This week, UCSD senior Carrie Johnson will get her shot at a medal in the flat-water kayak competition. Read more about Johnson’s experiences at the Olympics in her blog. More arrow

UCSD Grad Student Wins Big on Jeopardy! Game Show
Photo of Alec Trebek and Aaron SchroederAaron Schroeder has always had a knack for remembering facts. So, the UC San Diego graduate student in economics didn’t cram before heading out to Los Angeles to become a contestant on Jeopardy! In the end, Schroeder’s memory delivered, making him a five-time champion on the game show and allowing him to win close to $130,000 in prize money. More arrow

Oceans on the Precipice: Scripps Scientist
Warns of Mass Extinctions and ‘Rise of Slime’

Photo of Christmas Island Ocean Floor (Photo / Jennifer Smith)Human activities are cumulatively driving the health of the world’s oceans down a rapid spiral, and only prompt and wholesale changes will slow or perhaps ultimately reverse the catastrophic problems they are facing. Such is the prognosis of Jeremy Jackson, a professor of oceanography at UCSD'S Scripps Institution of Oceanography, in a bold new assessment of the oceans and their ecological health. More arrow

How Flesh-Eating Bacteria
Attack the Body’s Immune System

Photo of strep bacteria“Flesh-eating” or “Strep” bacteria are able to survive and spread in the body by degrading a key immune defense molecule, according to researchers at the School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The finding could aid in development of new treatments for serious infections in human patients. More arrow

UC San Diego Offers Cutting Edge
Green Courses on Environment and Sustainability

Graphic of UCSD SustainabilityUC San Diego, a university striving to become one of the nation’s greenest, this fall will emphasize greenness in classes and seminars from global warming and consumerism to alternative energy, all taught by some of the university’s most distinguished faculty. More arrow

Lowering Cholesterol Early in Life Could Save Lives
Illustration of Cholesterol ChartWith heart disease maintaining top billing as the leading cause of death in the United States, a team of UC San Diego School of Medicine physician-researchers is proposing that aggressive intervention to lower cholesterol levels as early as childhood is the best approach available today to reducing the incidence of coronary heart disease. More arrow

People

UC San Diego-Based iBotics Team Competes
in Underwater Unmanned Vehicle Competition

Photo of Gideon PriorThey've coped with leaks, navigation problems and a few minor explosions, but the San Diego iBotics team — based at UC San Diego and funded by the Jacobs School of Engineering — had the most beautiful underwater craft in this year's competition of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. Their sleek, carbon-fiber entry, dubbed the “Stingray,” features a lightweight shell that resembles a small stingray and provides very little drag. Camera icon More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Going Green Registers With Colleges
USA Today
Aug. 14, 2008
     
  arrow The Lost Leonardo Da Vinci
60 Minutes, CBS News
Aug. 17, 2008
     
  arrow Beijing Smog Cleanup: Has It Worked?
TIME Magazine
Aug. 15, 2008
     
  arrow Top Public Colleges
for Getting Rich: No. 3: UC San Diego

Forbes
July 30, 2008
     
  arrow How "Gene Doping" Could
Create Enhanced Olympians

National Geographic
Aug. 14, 2008
     
  arrow State Agency Allots $13 Million
for Local Stem Cell Researchers

San Diego Union-Tribune
Aug. 13, 2008
     
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Letter from Chancellor
Chancellor Fox Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court, once said, “We don't accomplish anything in this world alone… whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something.” More arrow

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Memory Walk 2008
Dust off your sneakers, put on your sunscreen and join Leon’s Legacy: Team UCSD for the upcoming Memory Walk Oct. 25 in Balboa Park. The team is named for Dr. Leon Thal, our former director who tragically died in a plane crash in early 2007. The team name represents Dr. Thal’s enduring dream, to eradicate Alzheimer’s. Click here to join the team.

Enjoy the All Staff Picnic and Idol Competition
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You've chosen the five finalists for the second annual Staff Idol competition. Come to the All Staff Picnic on Friday, Aug. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Muir Field to see them do their thing live! Of course there'll also be free food, volleyball and more.

Upcoming
Staff Education and Development Courses

Managing
Workplace Conflicts

8/26/08
8:00 am to 12:30 pm

Web Design Part 1: Introduction to HTML
9/03/08 and 9/05/08
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Introduction to
Microsoft PowerPoint 2007

9/16/08 and 9/18/08
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

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Welcome Week
Sept. 21 -- 27

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Illustration of stem cells
Stem Cells
and Brain Disease:
The Straight Story

Aug. 27, 2008
Leichtag Lobby

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The Impact of Exercise
on Cognitive Functioning

Aug. 20, 2008
5:30 p.m.
Basic Science Bldg.

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Building Bridges
to Understanding

Aug. 28, 2008
UCSD Medical Center

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Luau and Longboard Invitational logo
15th Annual Luau and Longboard Invitational
Aug. 24, 2008
Pawka Green,
Scripps Institution
of Oceanography

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You Do The Math
= 79: number of UCSD athletes named to the 2007-08 California Collegiate Athletic Association All-Academic Team
= 29: number of national championships won by the Tritons since 1970
= 23 : number of intercollegiate sports on the UCSD campus
 
Faculty Authors
Book cover of Gene Doping
Gene Doping in Sports: The Science and Ethics of Genetically Modified Athletes
By Theodore Friedmann
The international sports community has begun to recognize the potential harmful use of gene transfer technology by athletes. The task of monitoring and controlling sports doping must be a truly cooperative effort, involving the cooperation of a range of local, national and international organizations. This book tackles all these issues and more, serving as the first such focused treatment of this increasingly important topic, which has broad-based implications for science, medicine, sports and society. More arrow
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