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Widespread and Complex Climatic
Changes Outlined in New U.N. Report

Cities from Beijing to New Delhi are getting darker, glaciers in ranges like the Himalayas are melting faster and weather systems becoming more extreme, in part, due to the combined effects of man-made atmospheric brown clouds and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. These are among the conclusions of a team of scientists led by V. Ramanathan who are studying a more than three kilometer-thick layer of soot and other man-made particles that stretches from the Arabian Peninsula to China and the western Pacific Ocean. Ramanathan is an atmospheric sciences professor at UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography. More arrow

UC San Diego Leaders Tapped
as Key Members of President-Elect
Barack Obama’s Administration Transition Teams

Photo of U.C. San Diego leadersTwo prominent scholars at UC San Diego have been named by President-elect Barack Obama to serve on his transition teams. Peter Cowhey, dean of the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, has been chosen as a Co-Leader of the President-Elect transition team preparing for the new administration’s Special Representative for Trade Policy. Nobel laureate, Mario Molina, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has been named as Co-Leader of the transition team assigned to develop plans for the nation's science and technology policy. More arrow

Shake, Rattle & Roll: Engineers Produce Simulated Earthquake During the Great California Shakeout
Photo of Andreas AtavridisWhile residents across California prepared for the “big one” during the Great California Shakeout on Thursday, UC San Diego engineers simulated their own earthquake in order to devise better retrofit strategies for some of California’s oldest buildings. video icon More arrow

Arbor Day Foundation Recognizes
UCSD for Best Practices in Campus Forestry

Photo of Vice Chancellor Steve Relyea, Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, Rhonda Glasscock, and Woody Nelson.“I’m going to plant a tree today,” proudly announced 5-year-old Seth Christensen, a member of the kindergarten class at UCSD’s Early Childhood Education Center, as he wiggled in his seat before the speeches began. And so he did. Seth and his classmates were on hand for a ceremony Wednesday during which the Arbor Day Foundation recognized UC San Diego for its best practices in campus community forestry through a tree-planting event. More arrow

How Eating Red Meat Can Spur Cancer Progression
Photo of Red meatResearchers at the School of Medicine, led by Dr. Ajit Varki, have shown a new mechanism for how human consumption of red meat and milk products could contribute to the increased risk of cancerous tumors. Their findings suggest that inflammation resulting from a molecule introduced through consumption of these foods could promote tumor growth. More arrow

Volunteer to Military Wounded
Recognized as Veteran of the Year

Photo of John Will with Chacellor FoxEvery year, UC San Diego staff member John Will and about a dozen other volunteers visit soldiers who have been wounded, sometimes critically, and receive care at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on the UCSD campus. More arrow

Employee with 40 Years of Service Among More than 500 Staff Members Recognized at Award Ceremony
Photo of Darlene Newell with Chancellor FoxWhen Darlene Newell first came to UC San Diego 40 years ago, students used to stage protests at Revelle Plaza and well-known philosopher Herbert Marcuse was on the faculty. Four decades later, the campus has undergone dramatic changes, but Newell has stayed put. More arrow

UC San Diego Physician Defies Gravity
with Four Kids Who Spend Their Lives in Wheelchairs

Photo of paraplegic children experiencing
weightlessness on Zero Gravity plane.Dr. Erik Viirre, a School of Medicine physician who specializes in diseases of the inner ear, recently completed his fifth weightless flight with Zero Gravity Corporation. Aboard the same plane were four paraplegic children who left their wheelchairs on Earth as they floated free in a zero-gravity environment. More arrow

Light Triggers a New Code for Brain Cells
Photo of tadpolesBrain cells can adopt a new chemical code in response to cues from the outside world, scientists working with tadpoles at UC San Diego reported in the journal Nature last week. More arrow

Palomar Pomerado Health, Medical School Partnership Improves North County Access to Clinical Trials
Photo of surgery at UC San Diego Medical SchoolPalomar Pomerado Health and the School of Medicine have entered into an innovative partnership that enhances options for patients needing leading-edge therapy, expands clinical research at UC San Diego and strengthens the clinical research program at Palomar Pomerado Health. More arrow

People

New Associate Vice Chancellor
of Development for Health Sciences Named

Photo of Greg BarrettGreg Barrett, a skilled development professional with more than 10 years of senior experience in the field, became the campus’ new associate vice chancellor of Development for Health Sciences Nov. 3. Barrett will serve as a core member of management team of Vice Chancellor for External Relations Debra Neuman, with a dotted reporting line to Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine David Brenner. More arrow

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Arthur Wagner Theatre Named in Honor of Theatre and
Dance Department Founder and Longtime Supporter

If science and engineering are the head of our society, then the arts are the heart and soul,” notes Arthur Wagner, founder and emeritus faculty of the department of theatre and dance. “It’s crucial to support the arts in this country at this time." More arrow

New Endowed Faculty Chair to Honor Economics
Professor Emeritus and Nobel Laureate
Robert Engle
Photo of Robert EngleFor Ken Kroner, managing director of Asset Allocation Research at Barclays Global Investors in San Francisco, one economics professor had an especially profound impact on his life: UC San Diego Professor Emeritus and 2003 Nobel Laureate Robert Engle. “Rob was my Ph.D. advisor and I credit a lot of my success to him,” said Kroner, Ph.D., ’88.  “My wife, Jennifer, and I thought making a gift to establish an endowed chair in his name would be a great way to honor him.” More arrow

Press Clips

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Asia Worsen Global Warming

CBS News
Nov. 13, 2008
     
  arrow Does a Much-Hyped Cancer
Treatment Actually Make Tumors Get Bigger?

Scientific American
Nov. 9, 2008
     
  arrow Showcasing Your Life Online?
New Software Uses Images of Keys to Make Copies

Scientific American
Nov. 13, 2008
     
  arrow Eating Red Meat Shown to Increase Cancer Risk
WNBC, New York
Nov. 14, 2008
     
  arrow College Life's a Beach
San Diego Union-Tribune
Nov. 15, 2008
     
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UC President
Mark Yudof Gives
Update on the UC Retirement Plan

Photo of UC President Mark YudofI write to bring you up to date on the UC Retirement Plan (UCRP) and pension benefits for both active UC employees not yet drawing benefit payments and past employees or surviving spouses currently receiving benefits from UCRP.
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Health and Wellness Fair Slated for Tomorrow
The annual Health and Wellness Expo will be held from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Price Center. Browse booths, meet benefits representatives, learn healthy tips and sample wholesome snacks.

· Fitness expert Todd Durkin will discuss "The Making of a Champion" at 12:45 p.m.
· The expo is part of Open Enrollment, happening through Nov. 2

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· A UC program that's helping students discover the joys of teaching
· How the current state budget crisis impacts the UC system

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Upcoming
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Business Meetings, Groups and Entertainment
11/19/08
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Microsoft
Excel 2007 Overview

11/20/08
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

FinancialLink:
Electronic Non-Payroll Expense Transfers (ENPET)

11/21/08
8:30 am to 10:30am

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International
Education Week

Nov. 17 - 21, 2008

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Three Decades
of Injustice: Health and Human Rights in Iraq

Nov. 19, 2008
7 p.m.
Center Hall

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Joyce Carol Oates
Nov. 23, 2008
3 p.m.
Faculty Club

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Luis Valdez:
The Challenge
of Citizenship

Nov. 20, 2008
7:30 p.m.
Price Center

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The Gift of Giving & Receiving Feedback
Nov. 20, 2008
2 p.m.
Price Center West Bear Room

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Speculating on Nature and Culture through Art and Literature
Dec. 2, 2008
5:30 p.m.

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You Do The Math
= 7: UCSD's national
rank in federal research and development expenditures according to the National Science Foundation
= $716.1 million: spending associated with UCSD sponsored research projects during fiscal year 2006-07
= 71.1: percentage
of UCSD research expenditures funded by the federal government
 
Faculty Authors
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The Pursuit of Knowledge
By Richard C. Atkinson

Richard C. Atkinson's eight-year tenure as president of the University of California (1995–2003) reflected the major issues facing California itself: the state's emergence as the world's leading knowledge-based economy and the rapidly expanding size and diversity of its population. As this selection of President Atkinson's speeches and papers reveals, his administration was marked by innovative approaches that deliberately shaped U.C.'s role in this changing California. More arrow
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