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Campus Gathers to Celebrate
Birthday of Beloved ‘Dr. Seuss’

How long does it take to hand out 2,000 pieces of cake to UC San Diego students, faculty and staff members to celebrate the birthday of the late Theodor Geisel—also known as Dr. Seuss? Today, the answer was about 20 minutes, as the campus marked the 105th anniversary of the author in front of the Geisel Library. That’s about 20 slices a minute and a slice every 3 seconds. Filmstrip icon More arrow

Climate Panel: Science Must Support Efforts to
Cope with
Climate Change-Related Problems
Photo of Serpa Power Plant The federal government's climate change research program should broaden its focus to include research that would support actions needed to cope with climate change-related problems that will impact society, while building on its successful research to improve understanding of the causes and processes of climate change, says a new report from the National Research Council committee chaired by V. Ramanathan, a climate and atmospheric sciences professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography,
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Magnetic Device Studied for
Treatment for Heartburn and Acid Reflux

Photo of Magnetic DeviceMore than 20 million Americans suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), experienced by many as chronic heartburn. Medication offers short-term relief for some sufferers of this disease. For those seeking a non-prescription alternative, a magnetic device, currently being evaluated at UC San Diego Medical Center, may provide a long-term solution. More arrow

Sparking an Interest in Science
San Diego Science Festival to Offer More Than 500 Hands-on Activities
San Diego Science Festival (Photo / Victor W. Chen)A wave of hands-on activities and science events will sweep through the region as part of the first-ever San Diego Science Festival, officials said last week at a press conference at UCSD announcing the launch of the event. More arrow

Hundreds of Recent Graduates Reconnect
at Inaugural Young Alumni Reunion

Photo of the UC San Diego AlumniMore than 750 alumni, students and guests came back to campus to participate in the inaugural Young Alumni Reunion that took place Feb. 19-22. The new program will be offered annually, providing UC San Diego graduates from the last decade an opportunity to reconnect with friends and explore new spaces on campus. More arrow

Campus to Hold First-Ever 'Nap-in'
UC San Diego Nap-In LogoHundreds of students and staff from across campus will bring mats, pillows and teddy bears to the first-ever UC San Diego “Nap-In” at 12:30 p.m., March 9 in the Price Center Ballroom. The event, co-sponsored by the Wellness Center, will feature remarks from Sara Mednick, assistant professor of psychiatry at the School of Medicine, and author of Take a Nap! Change Your Life! More arrow

San Diego Supercomputer Center
Completes Major Storage Upgrade
Upgrade maintains university’s standing as first in world of educational institutions in archival storage capacity
Photo of the San Diego Supercomputer CenterThe San Diego Supercomputer Center has completed a comprehensive upgrade to significantly expand its tape-based archival storage capacity to a total 36 petabytes, or 36 thousand trillion bytes of information. The upgrade maintains the university’s standing as having the largest archival storage capacity of any educational institution in the world. More arrow

Summer Immersion Program
Bridges High School to College Gap

Photo of GirlIn an effort to bridge the gap from high school to college, UC San Diego Extension offers Academic Connections, a July 5 to 25, 2009 summer residential immersion program that gives high school students a taste of the real college experience in a safe and supervised environment. Eligible students participate in a non-stop, three-week summer program held on the UC San Diego campus, enrolled in classes that mirror the university experience, ranging from engineering to theatre production. More arrow

Groundbreaking Set for Newest
Addition to Graduate Student Housing

Model of Health Sciences Housing ProjectGroundbreaking ceremonies for the Health Sciences Housing Project, the newest effort in a goal to house 50 percent of students on campus, will be held at 10:45 a.m. Friday. More arrow

New Childcare Center Opens on Campus
Photo of Childcare center Chldren (Photo / Lester Cacho)The number of childcare spots available at UC San Diego increased by 25 percent today, when the new Mesa Child Care Center opened its doors. The center will provide part-time childcare for 48 children ages 2 ½ to 5 years, equally divided between morning and afternoon sessions. The facility is located in the Mesa graduate student housing complex. More arrow


Scripps Climate Science
Pioneer Awarded Tyler Prize

Photo of V. RamanathanV. Ramanathan, a renowned climate and atmospheric scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is among two scientists who will share the 2009 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. The award, consisting of a $200,000 cash prize and gold medals, will be awarded to Ramanathan and Richard Alley, professor of geosciences at Penn State University, for their work demonstrating the global reach and severity of human impacts on climate. More arrow

Dean of International Relations
Joins Obama Administration

Photo of Peter CowheyPeter Cowhey, dean of the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, has been named to a senior position in the Obama administration's Office of the United States Trade Representative. During a one-year leave of absence from UCSD, Cowhey will serve as Senior Counselor to the U.S. Trade Representative focusing on strategy and negotiations. More arrow

Mark Thiemens Named 2009 Goldschmidt Medalist
Photo of Mark ThiemensThe Geochemical Society has named Mark Thiemens, dean of the Division of Physical Sciences, as this year’s recipient of the 2009 V.M. Goldschmidt Medal. The award, made for major achievements in geochemistry or cosmochemistry, includes a medal, a certificate, an honorarium, and a plenary talk presented at the society’s Goldschmidt 2009 Conference in Davos, Switzerland. Previous UC San Diego award winners include Harold Urey and Hans Suess. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Tyler Prize for Masters of Air and Ice
The New York Times
February 26, 2009
  arrow Biodegradable Nano-Particles Could
Help Find Tumors, Deliver Drugs Safely

Voice of America
February 25, 2009
  arrow Study: Laser Therapy Promising for Milder Strokes
FOX News
February 23, 2009
  arrow Four Developments to Watch in Clean Tech
The San Jose Mercury-News
February 25, 2009
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March 2, 2009

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Chancellor's Corner
Letter from Chancellor
Photo of Chancellor Fox All of us at the University of California are pleased that our federal government recognizes that higher education institutions have a key role in our nation’s economic recovery. We are part of the solution—the University trains tomorrow’s skilled leaders; creates tens of thousands of jobs and dozens of start-up companies formed by university faculty, alumni and students... More arrow

POV with
Rich Woodbridge
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At age 11, Richard Woodbridge became one of the youngest patent holders in the United States. And, years later, his ideas are still flowing. Now, as a student at the Rady School of Management, Woodbridge is learning to translate his steady stream of ideas into reality. More arrow
At Work

UC San Diego Receives National Recognition
for Innovative Transportation Program

Adding to its status as one of the country’s greenest universities, UC San Diego was recognized for its creative campus transportation program at the recent Clinton Global Initiative University held in Austin, Texas. More arrow

Academic Senate
Re-Hashes Admission Changes, Fiscal Crisis

UC San Diego’s Academic Senate heard an update Tuesday on financial aid, the new University of California admission requirements, and other universities’ responses to the fiscal crisis facing higher education. More arrow

Retiring in 2009?
If you're planning to retire during 2009, you'll want to attend one of the popular retirement forums in March to learn about UC's benefits, life after work, financial planning and more. More arrow

Staff Education and Development Courses

Risk Management:
Cars and Property -
Your Personal Risks

10:00 am to 11:00 am

Effort Reporting:
ECERT Basics

1:00 pm to 2:25 pm

Work Leader
Training Laboratory

03/10/09, 03/17/09,
and 03/24/09
12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

What's Happening
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San Diego
Science Festival

March 1 -- April 4, 2009
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From Dayton to Dover:
A Brief History of the Evolution Teaching Controversy

March 3, 2009
6 p.m.
Mandeville Center
Water Color Illustration
New Sources of Water - Desalination to Re-Use
March 4, 2009
4 p.m.
UCSD Faculty Club
Photo of Craig Mullaney
Revelle Forum:
Craig Mullaney

March 2, 2009
7 p.m.
The Neurosciences Institute
Cirque De Stress Logo
Cirque de Stress!
March 6, 2009
10 a.m.
Library Walk

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You Do The Math
= 45.1: percentage
of UCSD freshman applicants for fall
2009 who are from
the Los Angeles area
= 22.1: percentage
of applicants from the
San Francisco Bay Area
= 9.2: percentage
of applicants from
San Diego and
Imperial Counties
Faculty Authors
Global Hollywood Book Cover
Global Hollywood: No. 2
By Nitin Govil and
John McMurria (co-authors)

Why is Hollywood so successful? This book turns to political economy, cultural studies and cultural policy analysis to answer this question, highlighting the material factors underlying this apparent artistic success. They include the numerous hidden subsidies to the U.S. film industry and copyright limitations to prevent the free flow of information. This new edition brings the arguments completely up-to-date by taking into consideration important developments such as 9/11, shifts in the exchange rate, transformations in U.S. foreign policy and significant developments in trade agreements, consumer technology and ownership regimes. More arrow
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