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Hundreds from Campus Community
Turn Out to Honor Martin Luther King Jr.
on Eve of Historic Presidential Inauguration

Members of the UC San Diego community marching in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade Saturday suddenly saw a large banner with the portraits of Malcolm X, Dr. King and President Barack Obama in the parade’s staging area. Hanging off the side of a double-decker bus, the banner proclaimed “Yes We Did.” “We’ve got to get a picture with that bus,” a student said. Soon, dozens of undergraduates huddled by the side of the vehicle, posing for a group portrait. filmstrip icon More arrow

Campus Venues Fill to Brim as Students, Faculty,
Staff, Gather to Witness Dawn of New Presidency

A standing-room only crowd applauded and a big cheer rose at the Great Hall at Eleanor Roosevelt College when Inauguration Party (Photo / Victor W. Chen) Barack Obama took the oath of office Tuesday morning. Obama’s image filled TV screens at the Great Hall and at several other venues on campus, including The Loft at the Price Center East, which broadcast the presidential inauguration. Hundreds of students, staff and faculty turned out for the occasion. They said they had to come to watch history unfold and to witness the beginning of a new political era. More arrow

Greening the Internet Economy
Photo of workers installing solar photovoltaic panels on a building at UC San DiegoThe California Public Utilities Commission and UC San Diego, one of the nation’s greenest universities, are joining for a groundbreaking symposium on January 22-23 to explore how to improve the technology sector’s energy efficiency while developing innovations to help other industries reduce their carbon footprints. More

National Institutes of Health Awards $16.6 Million to
UC San Diego Researcher for New Epigenome Center

Epigenome illustrationBing Ren, associate professor of cellular and molecular medicine at the School of Medicine and head of the Laboratory of Gene Regulation at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, was recently selected as one of four grant recipients in the National Institutes of Health Roadmap’s Epigenomics Program, an initiative developed to study stable genetic modifications that affect and alter the behavior of genes across the human genome. More

UC San Diego Among Peace Corps “Top Colleges”
Alt Tag Goes HereNemo Curiel, who received a math degree from UC San Diego in 2005, will begin service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya in late January. Sarah Termondt, who graduated in June ’08 with a degree in environmental systems, will begin Peace Corps work in the Dominican Republic in March. They’re among the 49 UCSD alumni currently serving overseas who have helped place the campus as 18th on the Peace Corps “Top Colleges” rankings among large universities. More arrow

Campus Parking Plans Outlined
Photo of Brian d'AutremontThe price of parking permits will not go up for the 2009-10 academic year, officials announced last week. It will be the second consecutive year that fees have stayed flat. Permits cost $55 per month for students, $81 for staff members and $93 for faculty. Other permits, with various restrictions and conditions, are available at different prices. More arrow


Reviving the United States:
Nobel Prize Winners Offer Their Perspectives

ANimation of Mario J. Molina and F. Sherwood RowlandTwo Nobel laureates—Mario J. Molina and F. Sherwood Rowland—will discuss how science can revive the United States and restore its standing in the global marketplace in terms of science, education and the environment at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Price Center East.  Molina and Sherwood Rowland shared the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Paul J. Crutzen for elucidating the threat to the Earth’s ozone layer of chlorofluorocarbon gases, or CFCs. In addition, Molina, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UCSD, was recently selected by President Barack Obama as co-leader of the transition team to develop plans for the nation’s science and technology policy. More arrow

Renowned Geophysicist and Scripps
Professor Victor Vacquier Sr. Dies

Photo of Victor Vacquier Sr.Victor Vacquier Sr., professor emeritus of geophysics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, died Jan. 11, 2009, in La Jolla, Calif., from pneumonia. He was 101 years old. Vacquier’s distinguished science career included the invention of the fluxgate magnetometer and airborne and marine magnetic surveying, which led to the discovery of magnetic field patterns preserved in the seafloor. More arrow

Scripps Oceanography Building Honors
Late, Legendary Oceanographer Fred Spiess

Photo of Fred SpiessChancellor Marye Anne Fox along with Scripps Institution of Oceanography Director Tony Haymet will rededicate the existing Scripps Nierenberg Hall Annex building as Spiess Hall. The naming of the building recognizes the exceptional career and life of late, legendary Scripps oceanographer Fred Noel Spiess. The building rededication will take place at a ceremony to be held at 2 p.m., Friday. More arrow

Press Clips

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San Diego Union-Tribune, Opinion
Jan. 16, 2009
  arrow Challenges Anticipated
in Removal of Stem Cell Restrictions

Jan. 15, 2009
  arrow We Don't Know Jack About the 'Net’
Jan. 14, 2009
  arrow Terry Allen's 'Trees' are About
to Come to Life for Obama Inauguration

Los Angeles Times
Jan. 14, 2008
  arrow On The Trail of Greenhouse Gases
CBS News
Jan. 12, 2008

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January 20, 2009

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Regents Approve Plans to Trim Enrollment, Freeze Senior Management Pay
The UC Board of Regents have approved plans curtailing undergraduate enrollment growth, and freezing the salaries of top administrators and significantly restricting compensation for a large group of senior leadership.

Save on the
Birch Aquarium’s Seaside Concert Series

Illustration of a fishSummer may seem a long way off, but it's never too early to save some money in these tough economic times. Right now and until Jan. 31, members of the UCSD community can purchase a season pass to the five-show Green Flash Seaside Concert Series at Birch Aquarium for $60 per person, a 20 percent savings off the regular price. More arrow

Staff Education and Development Courses

QueryLink: Basics
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Introduction to
Microsoft Access 2003

01/28/09 & 01/30/09
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Organization Performance Management and
Process Improvement

1:30 pm to 3:30pm

What's Happening
Flower (Photo / Kim Koenigsberger)
Life and Death
Among the Flowers

Jan. 22, 2009
6:30 p.m.
San Diego Natural History Museum
Find it Fast
Find It Fast
(for UCSD Faculty & Staff)

Jan. 22, 2009
10 a.m.
Geisel Library
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Minors & Special Programs Fair
Jan. 21, 2009
1 p.m.
Cross-Cultural Center
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The Inconstant Brain
Jan. 21, 2009
5:30 p.m.
Basic Science Bldg.
(Garren Auditorium)
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For Preuss, with Ludwig
Jan. 25, 2009
3:00 p.m.
UCSD Faculty Club

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You Do The Math
= 67: percentage of UC San Diego trash, construction debris and other solid waste that was diverted from going into landfills last year.
= 19,000: estimated tons of solid waste that the campus generated last year
Faculty Authors
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Cuba in the
Special Period

By Ariana Hernandez-Reguant

This collection is a multidisciplinary evaluation of the impact of market reforms in Cuba’s cultural policies and practices after the fall of the Soviet bloc. These insightful contributions shed light on the changes that Cuba’s opening to global markets of mass culture brought to the cultural field during the so-called Special Period in Times of Peace.
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