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Former Alum, Navy Seal and CIA Agent Killed in Ambush Honored in Campus Memorial
As a boy, Christopher Glenn Mueller often staged war games in the family’s backyard. As a young man, his passion lead him to become a Navy Seal and later a CIA agent, deployed first to Iraq, then to Afghanistan, a few months after he graduated from UC San Diego. But on Oct. 25, 2003, Mueller’s mission came to an end during an ambush in the remote border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan. That day, he saved the life of an Afghan commander, before losing his own. More arrow

UC San Diego Ranked a Top Surfing School
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ranked Surf Team at Black’s Beach.A popular surfing magazine has ranked UC San Diego the third-best surfing college in the nation based on academics, surf quality, life experience, cost, and partying. In announcing its 2008 ranking, Transworld Surf praised UCSD for its diverse student population and high academic standards, but also noted its convenient location adjacent to the famed Black’s Beach. Surfer Magazine and Sports Illustrated also have ranked UC San Diego a top surfing school. More arrow

Campus on Fast Track to Fewer Cars
Photo of Brian d'AutremontMore than half of the daily commuters to the UC San Diego campus are pedaling bikes, riding shuttle buses or carpooling with fellow students, staff and faculty, an alternative transportation milestone for one of the nation’s greenest universities. More arrow

Political Activist Discusses
‘Power of Zero’ at Campus Human Rights Symposium

Photo of Luis ValdezA charismatic Luis Valdez kept an audience of some 500 riveted Thursday night as he described his evolution from a childhood in migrant labor camps to his role today as an acclaimed filmmaker, playwright and political activist. More arrow

Global Citizenship, Human Rights
Focus of International Education Week
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They discussed human rights and global citizenship. They watched movies from around the world and a play about the lives of Iraqi women. They learned more about studying abroad. Members of the UC San Diego community took part last week in the campus’ fourth annual International Education Week. More arrow

AIDS Quilt Displayed On Campus
in Recognition of World AIDS Day

Photo of hands holding AIDS ribbonsThe 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day will be recognized on campus with a number of events and programs, including a public viewing of portions of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in the Price Center East Ballroom from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1. More arrow

Dolphin Population Stunted
by Fishing Activities, Study Finds

Photo of dolphinsDespite broad “dolphin safe” practices, fishing activities have continued to restrict the growth of at least one Pacific Ocean dolphin population, a new report led by a researcher at UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography has concluded. More arrow

The Smart Way to Study
Photo of students studyingCombine the aphorisms that “practice makes perfect” and “timing is everything” into one and you might get something resembling findings published in this month’s issue of Psychological Science. Proper spacing of lessons, the researchers report, can dramatically enhance learning. And larger gaps between study sessions result in better recall of facts. More arrow

Health Sciences Announces Collaboration With Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development
Photo of Diego Miralles, M.D., David Brenner, M.D., and Larry Brunton, Ph.D.UC San Diego Health Sciences leaders have announced that they have executed a formal memorandum of understanding with Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, with the objective of developing future collaborations in biomedical research and education to advance human health. More arrow

Participants of Scavenger Hunt Learn to Use GPS Technology While Searching for Campus Landmarks
Photo of Scavenger HuntArmed with a GPS navigation device and a series of clues written as poetic riddles, participants trekked across campus grounds Wednesday in search of landmarks specific to UCSD history, such as the gift of a rainbow eucalyptus and "Trees" from the Stuart Collection. filmstrip icon View Slideshow arrow

People

American Heart Association Bestows Award
on Pioneer in Peripheral Artery Disease

Photo of Michael Criqui Dr. Michael Criqui has been awarded the American Heart Association’s 2008 Distinguished Achievement Award, sponsored by the American Heart Association's Council on Epidemiology and Prevention. The award, given only once every three years, is presented to an individual who has made substantial professional contributions to the field. More arrow

UCSD Theater Professor Jorge Huerta
Receives Distinguished Scholar’s Prize

Photo of Jorge HuertaUC San Diego Professor Jorge Huerta was named a Distinguished Scholar at the annual meeting of the American Society for Theatre Research Nov. 8 in Boston.  He was cited for his lifetime of contributions to Latino and Latina theatre in particular and American theatre studies generally. More arrow

Press Clips

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MSNBC
Nov. 19, 2008
     
  arrow Who Wrote the Flood Story?
NOVA, PBS
November 2008
     
  arrow U.S. Biz School Absorbs China
Scholars Focusing on Innovation

China Daily
Nov. 20, 2008
     
  arrow Magazine Names UCSD Third-Best Surfing College
10News
Nov. 19, 2008
     
  arrow Two from UCSD Joining Obama Team
San Diego Union-Tribune
Nov. 18, 2008
     
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Regents Approve
2009-10 Budget Plan

The University of California Board of Regents has approved a 2009-10 budget proposal for the university. In doing so, the Regents also adopted a resolution stating that UC freshman enrollments next fall will be curtailed if the state does not provide sufficient funding. More arrow

Nominate
a Diversity Champion

Photo of diversityNominate a coworker or department by Friday for the Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action and Diversity Awards, recognizing support for UCSD's Principles of Community.

The Turkeys are
Calling at UCSD Library

Illustration of a turkeyIf you’re walking through the Geisel Library next Wednesday and hear what sounds a lot like turkeys, don’t worry. You’re not coming down with a bout of Thanksgiving fever—or turkey fever. You’re hearing part of a special pre-Thanksgiving performance at the library. More arrow

Open Enrollment:
Last Day Tomorrow

The annual Open Enrollment ends Tuesday, Nov. 25. It's your chance to review your benefits and make any changes. Check out the Open Enrollment page for updated 2009 information on how to adjust your plans.

Upcoming
Staff Education and Development Courses

Pre-Retirement Planning – Understanding Provisions
of the UC Retirement Plan

12/4/08
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Hiring Consultants and Independent Contractors
12/02/08
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Introduction to
Microsoft Excel 2007

12/02/08 and 12/04/08
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

What's Happening
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Holiday Pancake
Breakfast Ticket Sales

Starting Nov. 24
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Bookstore Holiday Sale
Dec. 1 - 7
UC San Diego Bookstore
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Greenovation Forum: Impacts of Climate Change on Water
in San Diego

Dec. 9, 2008
4 p.m.
UCSD Faculty Club
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Fighting Cancer
with Your Fork

Dec. 10, 2008
5 p.m.
Moores Cancer Center
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As You Like It
Nov. 25 - Dec. 6
Sheila and Hughes
Potiker Theatre
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The DNA of Music
Dec. 6 - 7
Mandeville Auditorium
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You Do The Math
= 35: percentage of Rady School of Management graduates who work in the healthcare, biotech, pharmaceutical industries
= 22: percentage who work in the financial services industry
= 22: percentage who work in the technology and high-tech industries
 
Faculty Authors
The Forgiving Air book cover
The Forgiving Air
By Richard Somerville

"The Forgiving Air: Understanding Environmental Change" updates the critical issue of climate change with the latest science including the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports. The book weaves together complex topics such as the greenhouse effect, acid rain, air pollution and the ozone hole in an easy-to-understand story. Somerville was a coordinating lead author in Working Group I, which produced a key portion of the IPCC’s 2007 Fourth Assessment Report. Available at the UCSD Bookstore and the Birch Aquarium bookshop.
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