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Spreading the Joy Around
Researchers document the contagious power of happiness in social networks
A laugh can be infectious. You don’t need a sophisticated study to tell you that. But does this happy contagion vanish as quickly as a smile? New research from James Fowler of UC San Diego and Nicholas Christakis of Harvard Medical School shows that happiness spreads far and wide through a social network traveling not just the well-known path from one person to another but even to people up to three degrees removed. More arrow

Memorial Quilt Reminds Campus
Community of Devastating Effect of AIDS

Campus marks 20th anniversary of AIDS day
Photo of AIDS Quilt at UCSDMinnie Low, a third-year student at UC San Diego, looked quietly at three panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt displayed in the Price Center Ballroom East. Asked why she decided to visit with the quilt, she began to cry. More arrow

Students Splurge on Volunteering This Holiday Season
Picture of Holiday GivingInstead of indulging in holiday shopping sprees or snowboarding in the Sierra Nevadas this holiday season, many students at UC San Diego are holding toy-donation drives on campus, working on service projects in Mexico, or contributing their time and talents in a variety of other ways. More arrow

Expeditions Reveal Gulf of California’s
Deep Sea Secrets, As Well as Human Imprints

Photo of DeepSee submersibleScientists from UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography returning from research expeditions in Mexico have captured unprecedented details of vibrant sea life and ecosystems in the Gulf of California, including documentations of new species and marine animals previously never seen alive. Yet the expeditions, which included surveys at unexplored depths, have revealed disturbing declines in sea-life populations and evidence that human impacts have stretched down deeply in the gulf.
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Regional Study Encourages Immediate Action
to Prevent Alarming Effects of Climate Change

Photo of fire pitIf significant measures aren't taken to mitigate current climactic trends in San Diego, in just 40 years the number of days above 84 degrees Fahrenheit could triple, Scripps Coastal Reserve and Cabrillo National Monument might lose much of their coastal wildlife, and most of the Mission Beach community could be under water. More arrow


Marine Biology Pioneer Ralph Lewin Dies
Photo of Ralph A. LewinRalph Arnold Lewin, a highly distinguished scientist, author and professor emeritus who spent nearly 48 years at UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography, died peacefully in his sleep on Nov. 30 in La Jolla after battling esophageal cancer for a year. He was 87. Lewin was a leading authority in multiple areas of marine biology and became known as “the father of green algae genetics.” More arrow

Alum Who Authored
“Kite Runner” Appears on Colbert Report

Khaled Hosseini, ’93, renowned Afghan-American author and physician, recently appeared on Comedy Central's the Colbert Report to Photo of Khaled Hosseini discuss the current situation in Afghanistan. Born in Kabul to a Dari-speaking family, Hosseini’s memories of a peaceful pre-Soviet era Afghanistan, as well as his personal experience with Afghan Hazaras, led to the writing of this first novel, The Kite Runner, in 2003. The book became a best-seller and was later adapted into an Academy Award-nominated movie. His second critically-acclaimed novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, was published in May of 2007. Hosseini was the recipient of the Alumni Association’s prestigious Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award in 2008. More arrow

Scripps Climate Expert to Discuss Book
on Understanding Environmental Change

Photo of Richard SomervilleIt might be a great comfort if Earth and its climate were constant. They are not, having changed naturally for as long as the planet has existed. Now, the planet's nearly seven billion people are such a potent force that their influence on the global environment has begun to rival that of Mother Nature. Join Professor Richard Somerville as he weaves critical findings in climate science into a more accessible story, making the most important issues of our time understandable to all. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Happiness is Contagious in Social Networks
Dec. 5, 2008
  arrow Appendectomy: No Cuts, No Scars, No Sweat
December 2008
  arrow Research: Young Gymnasts
Face Wide Range of New Injuries

USA Today
Dec. 5, 2008
  arrow Blacks Tolerate Cervical Cancer Chemo Better
Dec. 4, 2008
  arrow As It Grows in Popularity,
Vitamin D's Role is Debated

San Diego Union-Tribune
Dec. 3, 2008

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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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UCSD Black Staff Association Holiday Membership Drive and Networking Mixer
Dec. 12, 2008
6 p.m.
Price Center
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Making Your Science Work for You
Dec. 10, 2008
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Staff Association Holiday Pancake Breakfast
Dec. 17 2008
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One Day Student Sale
Dec. 10 2008
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Dec. 11, 2008
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You Do The Math
= 70: approximate number of volunteer student service organizations on campus.
= 400,000: approximate number of people who visit the Birch Aquarium every year.
Faculty Authors
Guilt and Its Vicissitudes
By Judith M. Hughes

Guilt and Its Vicissitudes: Psychoanalytic Reflections on Morality focuses on the way Melanie Klein and successive generations of her followers pursued and deepened Freud's project of explaining man's moral sense as a wholly natural phenomenon. More arrow
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