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Concrete Canoe - Dow Jones (Photo / Victor W. Chen)

Structural Engineering Students Pin Hopes on
300-Pound Concrete Canoe Named ‘Dow Jones’

The ‘Dow Jones’ got a lift on Thursday by UC San Diego structural engineering students. We’re not talking about the overall indicator of the condition of the stock market, but a handmade, 300-pound concrete canoe destined for Hawaii. A team of students designed and built the 25-foot canoe as part of an annual collegiate conference and competition organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers. More arrow

UC San Diego Again Ranked
Top Surfing Campus in U.S.

Photo Surf Team Captain Marty WeinsteinA global Web site that specializes in surf reports and live video cams has ranked UC San Diego as the top campus in the nation. UCSD was ranked No. 1 for surfing based on its proximity to the world-renowned Black’s Beach, its nationally ranked surf team, lively student life, affordable educational costs and extensive offering of surf classes. More arrow

UC San Diego Experts Examine Causes,
Suggest Fixes for Economic Crisis

Economic Crisis discussion (Photo / Victor W. Chen)The federal government should conduct a thorough survey of banks to uncover bad assets. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation should take over insolvent banks. But tax cuts and tax rebates probably won’t do much to solve the economic crisis the country is experiencing. More arrow

Campus to Hold César Chavez Celebration in April
The life and achievements of César E. Chávez, labor leader and champion of human rights, will be observed on campus with a monthlong series of diverse activities during April. Chávez’s March 31 birthday will be honored with a statewide holiday and a campus observance March 27. More arrow

Bioscience Institutions Come Together to Launch Microlife Discovery Center for Area Students
Photo of High school students engaged in hands-on Microlife Discovery Center activitiesMicrobes may hold the key to many of the challenges we face today, such as renewable energy and disease eradication, yet scientists estimate that they have discovered less than 1 percent of all microbial species. Helping students delve into such uncharted scientific territory as a means of heightening their interest and motivation in science and research is the purpose of a new Microlife Discovery Center to be launched later this month. The center will use a novel approach to combine San Diego’s cutting-edge biotechnology with UCSD’s BioBridge science outreach capabilities, giving access to local teachers and students. More arrow

Students Serve Communities Over Spring Break
Photo of Alternative Breaks studentsUC San Diego students are finding creative ways to economize on spring break and also provide humanitarian aid during their week away from classes beginning March 21. Of the 80 students participating in an Alternative Breaks program, more than 60 will travel across the globe, working in orphanages, schools and hospitals and about 20 students will volunteer in community service projects in the United States. More arrow

UC San Diego and IBM Launch
Center for Next-Generation Digital
Media to Power Tomorrow's Virtual Worlds

Photo of IBM computer mainframe Researchers have announced plans for a new campus center dedicated to invent the next generation of virtual worlds, multiple player online games and high fidelity digital cinema, using one of the world's most sophisticated computer servers. More arrow

From White Coats to White Envelopes
Future is Revealed for UC San Diego
Medical Students on Match Day

Photo of Daniel Fox pinning his matchBeaming from ear to ear with a smile that arrives only after hard-earned accomplishment, Chris Moriates admitted he was nervous. “It was hard for me to open the envelope but amazing to finally see my future in writing!” said the newly assigned senior at the School of Medicine. On Thursday morning, Moriates and 107 of his classmates joined thousands of fellow medical students across the nation in a once-in-a-lifetime event: the simultaneous opening of the envelopes that reveal where the students will pursue their residency training program. More arrow

People

Faculty Honored with Excellence Awards
Photo of Honored FacultyWhat do a philosopher of science, an ethnic studies scholar, a cell and developmental biologist, a researcher on memory, and a human rights advocate have in common? They are all recipients of prestigious awards presented by the UC San Diego Chancellor’s Associates donor group for excellence in teaching, research and community service. The annual recognition ceremony and reception will be held March 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the new Robert Paine Scripps Forum for Science, Society and the Environment on the Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus. More arrow

Evolutionary Biologist, Richard Dawkins
to Speak as Part of Receiving Nierenberg Prize

Photo of Richard DawkinsIn a salute to Charles Darwin in celebration of his 200th birthday, UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography will honor British ethologist, evolutionary biologist and popular science author, Richard Dawkins April 7 with the ninth Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Mandell Weiss Theatre of the La Jolla Playhouse. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Low-Wage Workers in This Economy
The New York Times
March 23, 2009
     
  arrow UC San Diego Named Top Surfing Campus
Los Angeles Times
March 18, 2009
     
  arrow Experts See Similarities Between Japan's
1990s Banking Crisis, Current US Economy

Voice of America
March 19, 2009
     
  arrow One of the Greenest Universities
Practices What It Preaches (PDF)

Smart Business San Diego
February 2009
     
  arrow A Victory in the Global Warming Fight?
San Diego Union-Tribune, Opinion
March 17, 2009
     
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UC Pursuing Cost-Saving Measures to Cope
with Mounting
Budget Challenge

The University of California is pursuing a range of cost-saving initiatives to cope with the global economic contraction, including continued reductions at campuses and the Office of the President and further limits on senior-level pay, UC officials told the Board of Regents last week. More arrow

Sharecase '09 to Offers Cost-saving Solutions

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In this time of significant campus budget reductions, Sharecase 2009 on Wednesday will highlight new tools and technology to help you work smarter and more efficiently, reduce costs, and streamline your daily tasks. More arrow

Are you an IT innovator?
Have you or your team developed an IT solution that improved your department's processes? Share these ideas with others by applying for the UC-wide Larry L. Sautter Award for Innovation in Information Technology by April 27. See the details on the 2009 awards, including how to apply. More arrow

Upcoming
Staff Education and Development Courses

The Supervisorís Toolkit
in Dealing with the
Troubled Employee

04/07/09
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Microsoft Outlook 2007
04/01/09 and 04/03/09
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Introduction
to Photoshop CS3

04/07/09 and 04/09/09
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

What's Happening
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Graphic of career night
San Diego Science Festival - Expo Day
April 4, 2009
10:30 a.m.
Balboa Park
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Graphic of career night
Your Future in Science, Technology & Business
March 25, 2009
5 p.m.
UCSD Extension -
Sorrento Mesa Center
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Photo of Michael Shermer
Evolution, Intelligent Design, and the Battle for Science and Religion
April 2, 2009
7 p.m.
Price Center
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Graphic of Deans Symposium
2009 Dean's Symposium
April 3, 2009
Price Center
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Graphic of entrepreneurship
Angel and VC Financings
April 8, 2009
4 p.m.
Leichtag Biomedical Research Building
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Faculty Authors
Book cover of The Cholesterol Wars
The Cholesterol Wars
By Daniel Steinberg

Today, in the era of the statins (cholesterol lowering drugs), there is no longer any doubt about the value of lowering blood cholesterol levels. This book chronicles the controversy that swirled around the 'lipid hypothesis' of atherosclerosis for so many years. In fact, 'the lower the better' is the position of many clinicians. However, getting to this point has been a long uphill battle marked by heated debate and sometimes violent disagreement. More arrow
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