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Freshmen Welcomed to Campus at Formal Kickoff to College Experience

A few summers ago, Steven Schick, a professor in UC San Diego’s music department, walked from the border between the United States and Mexico to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. On the road, Schick, a well-known percussionist who sometimes teaches sound appreciation classes, listened to the sounds of California, from children playing at an elementary school to guns firing on a military base. Sunday, Schick recalled his uncommon walking odyssey during UC San Diego’s third annual convocation for an audience of incoming freshmen about to embark on their own journey of sorts—their college experience. Video icon More arrow

UCSD Physicists Take Part
in World’s Largest Experiment

Photo of the CMS detectorUC San Diego physics professor Frank Wuerthwein never thought his work as a particle physicist would be front page news. But when the world’s largest particle collider turned on its beam of protons near Geneva Sept. 10, Wuerthwein began receiving text messages from people he hardly knew congratulating him on the accomplishment.
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Dispatches from the Field
Photo of studentsOne writes about sharing her birthday cake with students in a rural school in Malaysia. Another remembers her 1,000-mile drive around New Zealand's South Island, punctuated by scenic views and sightings of penguins. Yet another recalls trying his hand at water calligraphy in a Beijing park. A new academic year is about to start and UCSD students, who studied abroad this summer are reflecting on their experiences and favorite memories. Here are their last Dispatches from the Field. More arrow

Back from Beijing: UCSD Senior
Reflects on Competing at the Olympics

Photo of Carrie Johnson and Maggie Hogan kayakingMore than 28,000 students are starting the fall quarter at UC San Diego Thursday, but only one of them has spent the past four years on a quest for Olympic gold. Carrie Johnson, 24, has competed in two Olympic Games as a flat-water kayaker. And she has done it all while battling an autoimmune condition that has kept her out of the water at times. More arrow

UC San Diego’s Theatre District is Site
of Region’s First Wolfgang Puck Restaurant

Wolfgang Puck (Photo / Victor W. Chen)Austria-born über chef Wolfgang Puck regretted never having the opportunity to go to college. But on August 20, he announced “Now I can say I go to UC San Diego!” at the official opening of Jai by Wolfgang Puck in the university’s Theatre District, next to the La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Forum. Video icon More arrow

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Warming World in Range of Dangerous Consequences
Photo of Professor V. RamanathanThe earth will warm about 4.3° F above pre-industrial levels even under extremely conservative greenhouse-gas emission scenarios and under the assumption that efforts to clean up particulate pollution continue to be successful, according to a new analysis by a pair of researchers at UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography. More arrow

3D Virtual Reality Environment Helps Scientists Innovate
Photo of the StarCAVE virtual reality systemIts name sounds like something out of science fiction, but the StarCAVE at UC San Diego is now a science fact. The virtual-reality environment allows groups of scientists to venture into worlds as small as nanoparticles and as big as the cosmos – permitting new insights that could fuel discoveries in many fields. More arrow

Trapped Toddler Rescued by
Campus Transportation and Parking Staff

Eliud Escobedo, Yaro Trujillo, baby Aurora, and Darin Imlay (Photo / Victor W. Chen)On a sunny morning, Yaro Trujillo faced a mother’s worst nightmare in the Birch Aquarium parking lot. She was locked out of her car, her 15-month-old daughter was inside and so were the car keys. Trujillo had no way to get the toddler out. More arrow


National Institutes of Health Doles Out $3 Million
in New Innovator Awards to Two UC San Diego Faculty

Animated photos of Karen Christman and Seth FieldTwo UCSD faculty members have received New Innovator Awards from the National Institutes of Health, awards intended to accelerate the translation of cutting-edge science and research to improvements in human health. Karen Christman, assistant professor of bioengineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering, and Seth J. Field, an assistant professor of medicine the School of Medicine, will each receive five-year, $1.5 million grants to support their work. More arrow

Pioneering Alzheimer’s Expert Robert Katzman Dies
Photo of Dr. Robert KatzmanDr. Robert Katzman, professor emeritus of neurosciences and founding director of the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center on campus, died Tuesday at his home in La Jolla after a long illness. He was 82 years old.
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Press Clips

  arrow Banker Supports Stem Cell Research
CBS News
Sept. 17, 2008
  arrow Helping New Technologies Grow
Into Businesses, the San Diego Way

The New York Times
Sept. 18, 2008
  arrow Stem Cells Open Door for Studying Human Disease
Sept. 22, 2008
  arrow Dr. Robert Katzman Dies at 82; Neuroscientist Identified Alzheimer's Disease as a 'Major Killer'
Los Angeles Times
Sept. 20, 2008
  arrow Scarless Surgery Uses Body's Own Openings
The Washington Post
Sept. 21, 2008

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September 22, 2008

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Chancellor's Corner
Letter from Chancellor
Chancellor FoxEducation changes lives. It opens minds, exposes people to different views and different cultures, and allows people to pursue chosen careers and make a difference in this world. When I started college, I thought I’d become a teacher. Instead, my professional career took a turn towards chemistry and research. More arrow

POV: Donna Bean
Photo of Donna BeanAssociated Students President Donna Bean first visited UC San Diego when she was in junior high, and she knew right away this was the university she wanted to attend. More arrow

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At Work

UC President Issues Draft Accountability Report, Launches Review Period
UC President Mark G. Yudof has issued a draft accountability report that represents the first effort to comprehensively assess, and present to the public, the UC system's progress in meeting key teaching, research and public service goals across its 10 campuses. More arrow

UCSD Blood Drive
Sept. 23 - 25
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
UCSD Price Center
Click here to schedule an appointment or click here for more information.

Staff Education and Development Courses

Social Security
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Microsoft Outlook 2003
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Supervisor’s
Toolkit in Dealing with
the Troubled Employee

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

What's Happening
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Welcome Week
Sept. 21 - 27

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Here Comes the Sun: Vitamin D for Preventing and Helping Cure Cancer
Sept. 26, 2008
Biomedical Library

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Native American Day
Kick Off

Sept. 26, 2008
11:30 a.m.
Price Center

AIDS Walk illustration
AIDS Walk San Diego 2008
Sept. 28, 2008
7 a.m.
Balboa Park

Animation of Barton Gellman
Revelle Forum:
Barton Gellman

Sept. 25, 2008
7 p.m.
The Neurosciences Institute


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You Do The Math
= 28,561: number of UCSD students who will start the 2008-09 academic year this week
= 4,300: estimated number of incoming freshmen coming to campus this new academic year
= 1,800: estimated number of new transfer students
= 1,050: estimated number of new graduate students
Faculty Authors
Book cover of Choose and Focus
Choose and Focus
Japanese Business Strategies for the 21st Century
By Ulrike Schaede

In "Choose and Focus," Ulrike Schaede draws on profiles of several corporations, including Panasonic, Takeda and Astellas, Softbank,, and SBI E*Trade, to explain how the fundamental principles of Japan's economy have been overturned. More arrow
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