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How to Cope with the Holiday Stress
Therapist tells UCSD faculty/staff to plan ahead, speak up, ask for help
Do you hate holiday shopping? Do you find yourself rushing this time of the year? Do you feel stressed and tired? Then Sherry Reasbeck, a cognitive therapist, has some advice for you. More arrow

Campus to Add Power Storage to
Fuel Cell Project, Part of ‘Smart Energy Grid’

Photo of renewable methane fuelUC San Diego plans to store power produced at night from a planned 2.8 megawatt "green" fuel cell and use the energy during peak-demand hours the following day, when electricity rates are highest. More arrow

Preuss School Ranked 8th by U.S. News & World Report in Annual Analysis of "America's Best High Schools"
Preuss School Students (Photo / Victor W. Chen)The Preuss School has been named 8th among the nation’s “best high schools” by U.S. News & World Report in its annual survey of 21,000 public high schools. The new ranking is up from the school’s 10th place spot in the 2007 listing. More arrow

Campus to Offer New Part-Time Child Care Program
Early Child Education Center (Photo / Victor W. Chen)UC San Diego will offer a new part-time child care program beginning March 2. The program augments the full-time schedule the Early Childhood Education Center has offered since 1991. More arrow

California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Awards Grant to Medical School Researcher

Image of Stem CellsA researcher from the School of Medicine is among 23 awardees statewide to receive “Tools and Technology” grants from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).  The grant to Steven Dowdy, professor of cellular and molecular medicine and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, for $925,200 brings the total of CIRM funding to the university to almost $34 million since grants were first awarded in late 2005. More arrow

Why Do Some Bird Species Lay Only One Egg?
UC San Diego Study Offers Some Answers

Photo of birdWhy do some species of birds lay only one egg in their nest, while others lay 10 or more? A global study of the wide variation among birds in this trait, known as the “clutch size,” now provides biologists with some answers. More arrow

Improving Chances for Low-Income Youth by Understanding Barriers to College and the Job Market
Logo of UCSD CREATE A five-year California-wide research study aiming to more completely understand the job-market and college-access problems of low-income youth will be led by education professors at UC San Diego and UCLA, under a just announced $7.6 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. More arrow

Intro to Computer Programming Gets a Makeover
Photo of computer art exhibitUC San Diego undergrads taking an intro-to-computer-programming course held a campus art show recently. The art? Glossy collages created by pairs of students as a homework assignment for Beth Simon’s CSE8A class, the first programming course computer science majors take at the Jacobs School of Engineering. The students learn to program in Java by writing code to manipulate digital images and create art. More arrow

Interactive Gene “Networks” May Predict
if Leukemia is Aggressive or Slow-Growing

Image of Gene NetworksRather than testing for individual marker genes or proteins, researchers at UC San Diego have evidence that groups, or networks, of interactive genes may be more reliable in determining the likelihood that a form of leukemia is fast-moving or slow-growing. More arrow

From Mother to Daughters:
A Central Mystery in Cell Division Solved

Photo of daughter cell that has just separated from the mother cellResearchers from the School of Medicine have identified a key step required for cell division in a study that could help improve therapies to treat cancer. Their work describing the mechanism of the contractile ring—a structure that pinches the mother cell into two daughter cells—has been published in the December 5 issue of the journal Science. More arrow

People

San Diego Supercomputer Center Director Offers
Tips on Data Preservation In the Information Age

Photo of Francine BermanThe world has gone digital in just about everything we do. Almost every iota of information we access these days is stored in some kind of digital form and accessed electronically—text, charts, images, video, music, you name it. The key questions are: Will your data be there when you need it? And who’s going to preserve it? More arrow

Calit2 Inventor Creates Estimating
Calculator to Help Hone Students' Math Skills

Photo of High Tech High studentCall it the calculator for "thinking people." QAMA, or Quick Approximate Mental Arithmetic, is a new kind of calculator designed and developed by Ilan Samson, an "inventor-in-residence" at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at UCSD. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow The Happiness Effect
TIME Magazine
Dec. 11, 2008
     
  arrow When Blindness is in the Mind, Not the Eyes
Scientific American
December 2008
     
  arrow Examining An Amnesiac's Brain
NPR
Dec. 15, 2008
     
  arrow Genopolitics
The New York Times
Dec. 12, 2008
     
  arrow Get Lost ... and Get Better Architecture
MSNBC
Dec. 15, 2008
     
  arrow Number of Eggs in a Nest Depends on Climate
MSNBC
Dec. 9, 2008
     
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Budget Update

UC President Mark Yudof has an update on the dire state budget in the latest issue of the Our University newsletter. More arrow

Pancake Breakfast
It’s that time of the year again, when visions of plump pancakes start dancing in staff members’ heads. The UCSD Staff Association will host its annual Holiday Pancake Breakfast Dec. 17 in the Price Center Ballroom. More arrow

Myers Loop to Close
As of today, the traffic loop and parking area at Myers Loop will permanently close. The area is set to become a pedestrian-friendly, no-vehicle "Town Square," future home of the weekly farmers market along with other events. See a map (PDF) of the area and read the campus notice.

Upcoming
Staff Education and Development Courses

Designing Workplace Training
01/08/09
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Introduction to Microsoft Powerpoint 2003
01/07/09 and 01/09/09
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Microsoft Outlook 2007
01/07/09 and 01/09/09
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

What's Happening
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Life and Death
Among the Flowers

Jan. 22, 2009
6 p.m.
San Diego Natural History Museum
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Public Speaker (Photo / Victor W. Chen)
Public Speaking...
Yes You Can!

Jan. 7, 2009
2 p.m.
Price Center
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Connect Workshop: The Venture Capital Process
Jan. 22, 2009
8:30 a.m.
Hilton Garden Inn,
3939 Ocean Bluff Ave.,
San Diego, California, 92130
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The Loft at UC San Diego (Photo / Victor W. Chen)
FriendExpress @ the Loft
Jan. 8, 2009
The Loft @ Price Center East
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For Preuss, With Ludwig
Jan. 25, 2009
3 p.m.
UCSD Faculty Club
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You Do The Math
= $12 million: amount awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce/National Institute of Standards and Technology to UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography to build a new laboratory for research on marine ecosystem forecasting.
= $26.5 million: building's total price tag
= 18,000: number of assignable square feet in the new building
 
Faculty Authors
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Mirror Neuron Systems
By Jaime A. Pineda, Editor

Thought-provoking and cutting-edge, Mirror Neuron Systems: The Role of Mirroring Processes in Social Cognition provides the basis for extended discussion among interested readers and lays down the guidelines for future research in this fascinating and expanding field. It addresses issues common to different perspectives, raises contrary views, and creates the basis for an extended dialogue and discussion. More arrow
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