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Looking Forward to 2009
The opening of a new housing complex for transfer students and of the Conrad Prebys Music Center as well as a visit by former Vice President Al Gore will highlight the 2009 year at UC San Diego. The university also will expand its research efforts in many areas, from alternative fuels to telemedicine. This new year promises to be an exciting one and This Week@UCSD has asked each of the campus’ divisions about what they have in store for the next 12 months. More arrow

Campus Surpasses Recycling Goal for 2008
Trash Sort (Photo / Victor W. Chen)Smashing through the recycling goal set for 2008, UC San Diego prevented 67 percent of its trash, construction debris and other solid waste from going into landfills last year. The goal set by the UC Office of the President for all campuses was 50 percent. One of the greenest universities in America, UCSD is well on its way to achieving upcoming targets of 75 percent by 2012 and 100 percent by 2020, although the final goal will require a much greater commitment to recycling by the entire campus community. More arrow

UC San Diego Named “Best Value” College
Logo of The Princeton ReviewUC San Diego is ranked among the nation’s top 10 “Best Value” public colleges for 2009 by The Princeton Review, one of America’s most widely known education service companies. The Review listed UC San Diego in seventh place on its annual ranking of the 50 private and 50 public “best value colleges.” More arrow

Campus Kicks Off Darwin-Lincoln Anniversary Celebration with Series of Events, Lectures
Image of Darwin and LincolnFeb. 12, 2009 marks 200 years since the births of two men whose ideas and actions helped to shape the modern world: Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln. Both men were controversial in their time—Lincoln for opposing slavery and refusing to allow southern states to secede from the union, and Darwin for challenging accepted ideas of how abundantly diverse forms of life came to inhabit the Earth. More arrow

Senior to Watch: Tyler Green
Graphic of Senior to WatchLast summer, Tyler Green, who was about to start his senior year at UCSD, went on a humanitarian mission to the Amazon in Ecuador. The Orange County native, who volunteers in the emergency room at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, helped triage patients, who were waiting for doctors and nurses to see them. More arrow

Genome Study Reveals New Clues
Regarding Mystery Childhood Illness:

UC San Diego Scientists Participate in International Kawasaki Disease Study
A study looking at the entire human genome has identified new genes that appear to be involved in making some children more susceptible to Kawasaki disease, a serious illness that often leads to coronary artery disease, according to a new international study published in PLoS Genetics.  This is the first genetic study of an infectious disease to look at the whole of the genome, rather than just selected genes. More

Metabolic Syndrome a Risk for Veterans with PTSD
Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are more likely to have metabolic syndrome than veterans without PTSD, according to a study led by Pia Heppner, a psychologist with the School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs of San Diego. The study was published online in the journal BMC Medicine. More arrow

Eyes on the Prize
Brain-imaging research finds
visual areas respond more to valuable objects

Image of brainDollar signs for eyes — cartoonists have been drawing them for years, and the artists, while whimsical, may have been onto something. According to new research from UC San Diego, areas of the brain responsible for vision respond more strongly to objects of value. More arrow

Record Number of UC San Diego Students
Named as 2009 Gates Millennium Scholars

Photo of Bill and Melinda GatesA record 63 students at UC San Diego have been accepted in the Gates Millennium Scholars program sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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First Associate Dean for Global Health Sciences Named
Photo of Steffanie StrathdeeIn a world with constantly shrinking borders, global health is a growing concern. UC San Diego is making an international impact with research and health care programs around the globe that fight diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. In support of this critical initiative, Steffanie Strathdee has been appointed the first associate dean for Global Health Sciences. More arrow

New Assistant Vice Chancellor
for Strategic Campus Resources Initiatives Named

Photo of Brian GregoryBrian Gregory hs been appointed assistant vice chancellor for Strategic Campus Resource Initiatives. In this role, Gregory will provide executive leadership for Resource Management and Planning, including fostering collaboration and teamwork for various campus initiatives such as the J. Craig Venter Institute, Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, La Jolla Playhouse theaters and University House. More arrow

New Assistant Vice Chancellor
for Auxiliary and Plant Services Named

Photo of Russell ThackstonRussell Thackston has been appointed as assistant vice chancellor for Auxiliary and Plant Services. In this role, Thackston will provide executive leadership to a diverse group of support service departments, including Facilities Management, UCSD Bookstore, Transportation and Parking Services, Early Childhood Education Center, Campus Research Machine Shop and Imprints Copy Services. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Can Lasers Help
California Farmers Conserve Water?

Los Angeles Times
Jan. 3 2009
  arrow The 'Voodoo' Science of Brain Imaging
Jan. 9 2009
  arrow More Names Mentioned for NASA Post
Jan. 9 2009
  arrow Study Points to Way
of Stopping Lung Cancer Spread

Dec. 31 2008
  arrow Bling Makes Your Brain Sing
US News and World Report
Dec. 24 2008

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January 12, 2009

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Chancellor's Corner
Letter from Chancellor Photo of Chancellor Marye Anne Fox
This time of year, many of us make New Year’s resolutions about things we plan to do or places we would like to see in the coming year. I expect, however, that our dour economic climate will affect 2009 resolutions and plans. More arrow
Q&A: Debra Neuman Photo of Deb Neuman
San Diego is starting to feel like home for our new Vice Chancellor for External Relations, Debra Neuman, and her family. Neuman joined the UC San Diego team last summer, moving here from Georgia, where she was Senior Vice President, External Relations at CARE USA, one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations fighting global poverty. More arrow
At Work

UC San Diego’s Sustainability
2.0 Initiative

A new campus sustainability initiative was announced today by Chancellor Marye Anne Fox and Daniel Donoghue, chair of the Academic Senate. More arrow

UC Regents to Consider Plans to Trim Enrollment, Freeze Senior Management Pay
To cope with insufficient state funding for enrollment growth and continuing budget cuts, UC President Mark Yudof will ask the Board of Regents Wednesday to consider proposals to curtail undergraduate enrollment growth, freeze the salaries of top administrators and significantly restrict compensation for a large group of senior leadership. More arrow

Staff Members Invited
to Attend HR Update

UC San Diego staff members will be able to learn more about building their career on campus, ongoing programs and new initiatives at the Human Resources annual HR Update from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Price Center West Ballrooms. More arrow

Staff Education and Development Courses

Networking, Part 1: Protocols and
Networking Design

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Find it Fast: Library Research for Busy People
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Behavioral Feedback

8:30 am to 12:00pm

What's Happening
Photo of the Healthy Heart Expo
Third Annual
Healthy Heart Expo

Jan. 17, 2009
Ida and Cecil Green
Faculty Club
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The Origins of AIDS
Jan. 13, 2009
11 a.m.
Center Hall
Photo of David Shirk
Drug Violence,
Public Security and the Rule of Law in Mexico

Jan. 14, 2009
4 p.m..
Institute of the
Americas Building
Photo of families at the Birch Undergrounad Aquarium
Family Days:
Underwater Parks

Jan. 17, 20098
Birch Aquarium

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You Do The Math
= 23: number of UCSD students who received fellowships and graduate scholarships from the ARCS Foundation during the 2008-09 academic year
= $212,500: total amount of fellowships and graduate scholarships students received from the ARCS Foundation in 2008-09
Faculty Authors
Fortifying Chinar book cover
Fortifying China
By Tai Ming Cheunge

"Fortifying China" explores the titanic struggle to turn China into an aspiring world-class military technological power. Drawing on extensive Chinese-language sources, Tai Ming Cheung explains that this transformation has two key dimensions. The defense economy is being reengineered to break down bureaucratic barriers and reduce the role of the state. At the same time, the civilian and defense economies are being integrated to form a dual-use technological and industrial base. More arrow
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