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Growth Factor Protects
Key Brain Cells in Alzheimer’s Models

Memory loss, cognitive impairment, brain cell degeneration and cell death were prevented or reversed in several animal models after treatment with a naturally occurring protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). The study by a UC San Diego-led team shows that BDNF treatment can potentially provide long-lasting protection by slowing, or even stopping the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in animal models. More arrow

Scripps Dives into the Ocean with Google Earth
Photo of Melville shipSeafloor imagery from a Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego scientist brings the oceans to life in a new version of Google Earth unveiled today. Scripps also contributed to Google Earth “Expedition Layer” with highlights from a two-and-a-half yearlong research voyage aboard Scripps’ research vessel Melville, detailing its more than 100,000 nautical miles journey during 49 research missions to study the western Pacific Ocean. More arrow

Medical Center is First in Region to
Offer Microwave Technology to Destroy Liver Tumors

Photo of surgeons observing on a monitor the destruction of a tumor in less than ten minutes.A new minimally-invasive option for treating liver tumors, called microwave ablation, is now available at UC San Diego Medical Center and Moores UCSD Cancer Center, the only hospitals in the region to offer this technology to patients. More arrow

Two Immune-System Proteins
Linked to Colitis-Associated Cancer

Photo of Michael KarinRecent research from the School of Medicine's Michael Karin—the first researcher to demonstrate a molecular link between inflammation and cancer—has identified two potential targets for the prevention and treatment of colitis-associated cancer, the most serious complication of inflammatory bowel disease. More arrow

Philosophy and Physics Professors
Receive Faculty Research Lecturer Award

Animation of Donald Rutherford and Ivan K. SchullerPhilosopher Donald Rutherford and physicist Ivan K. Schuller have received the Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecturer Award for the 2007-08 academic year. More arrow

High-Resolution Video Research
One of Many Projects Engineering
to be Highlighted at Research Expo

Photo of Han Suk KimWith their immersive 3D capabilities, virtual-reality environments (VEs) provide the kind of intense visual experience that two-dimensional digital televisions could never live up to. But digital TVs outperform VEs in one important way: They can play high-resolution video in real time without a hitch, while VEs have trouble rendering the data-heavy video clips at a constant frame rate. More arrow

UC San Diego Alumni Association Reaches Out
to Young Alumni with Inaugural Reunion Feb. 19 – 22

Illustration of Young Alumni Reunion PosterThere’s something for everyone—well, everyone who graduated from UC San Diego between 1998 and 2008—at the Young Alumni Reunion. The UC San Diego Alumni Association invites graduates from 1998 through 2008 to take part in its inaugural Young Alumni Reunion to catch up with friends, make new contacts and explore what’s new on campus. More arrow

Heart to Heart: UC San Diego Donors
and Students Celebrate Gift of Education

Photo of Kenyon RalphKenyon Ralph, a student at UC San Diego, served in the Marine Corps Reserve for seven years and was twice deployed to Iraq. While in the military, Ralph attended several community colleges before transferring to UCSD, where he was thrilled to receive the Pat and Bob Whalen Endowed Military Transfer Scholarship, established through the generosity of longtime university friends and La Jolla residents, Pat and Bob Whalen. More arrow


Passionate Advocate to Chair
UC San Diego Diversity Council

Photo of Robert ContinettiRobert Continetti, chair of the department of chemistry and biochemistry, has been named chair of UCSD's Diversity Council, an advisory group to Chancellor Marye Anne Fox. Continetti is a passionate advocate for the need for diversity on the UCSD campus and campuses nationwide. More arrow

Campus Names New
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Wellness

Photo of Karen CalfasStarting next month, UC San Diego will have an assistant vice chancellor in charge of student wellness, officials announced last week. Karen Calfas, a faculty member both at UCSD and San Diego State University and an expert on health promotion, will step into the position March 23. She will oversee Student Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Sexual Assault Resource Center, Campus Recreation and the Wellness Center, and report to Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Penny Rue. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Brain Protein May Have
Potential Against Alzheimer's

U.S. News & World Report
Feb. 8, 2008
  arrow Einstein Robot Shows Animatronic Empathy
Feb. 6 , 2008
  arrow Google Unveils Software to Explore World's Oceans
Contra Costa Times
Feb. 2, 2008

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February 9, 2009

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Update On Budget Crisis
In a new message to campus about the ongoing state budget crisis, Chancellor Marye Anne Fox and Sr. Vice Chancellor Paul Drake summarize the steps the UCSD community is taking to deal with the budet shortfall. More arrow

Chancellor's Town Hall logo
3 p.m., Feb. 12 Multipurpose Room Student Services Center More (PDF) arrow

Show Your Triton Pride During Spirit Week
Triton Spirit Week Support Triton Spirit Week, Feb. 16 to 20, by decorating the lobby entrance, entrance door and windows of your department workplace and win up to $250 in prizes for your department. The first ten departments to sign up receive a free decoration kit with washable window paint, streamers, balloons and other supplies. More arrow

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What's Happening
Black History '09 logo
Black History Month
Feb. 1 - 28
Photo of Diversity Awards ceremony
14th Annual Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Awards
Feb. 10, 2009
2 p.m.
Price Center
Illustration of Charles Darwin in a birthday hat
Darwin's Birthday Party
Feb. 12, 2009
12:30 p.m
Library Walk
Photo of water
Water for Energy -
Energy for Water

Feb. 11, 2009
4 p.m.
UCSD Faculty Club
Photo of Charles Darwin
Darwin's Legacy
and the Origin of Life

Feb. 10, 2009
11 a.m.
Center Hall

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You Do The Math
= 47,025: number of freshman applications UC San Diego received for fall 2009
= 11,483: number of transfer student applications received
Faculty Authors
Poems for the Millennium book cover
Poems for the Millennium
By Jerome Rothenberg, Editor

Editors Jerome Rothenberg and Jeffrey C. Robinson bring a radically new interpretation to the poetry of the preceding century, viewing the work of the romantic and post-romantic poets as an international, collective, often utopian enterprise that became the foundation of experimental modernism. More arrow
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