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San Diego Science Festival (Photo / Victor W. Chen)

Science Takes Center Stage at Expo
50,000 Roll Up Sleeves and Take Part in
Science Festival Celebration at Balboa Park

They learned how scientists can use fluorescent proteins to peer at the mechanisms inside cells—work that earned UC San Diego researcher Roger Tsien the Nobel Prize. They got to drive robots designed by Calit2 that are deployed to disaster areas to assess damage. They played with moving sculptures designed by high school students with the help of UC San Diego students. video camera icon More arrow

Students Invited Inside World of Stem Cell Research
Biobridge (Photo / Victor W. Chen)How do you become a scientist? Is it difficult? Is it like being on “ER” or “CSI”? These were some of the questions asked by scores of high school students who visited UC San Diego’s stem cell research facilities Wednesday. The visit was part of the monthlong San Diego Science Festival, which aims to get youngsters excited about science. More arrow

High School Students Get
Big Picture on Nanotechnology

From hair gel to virtual gene expression, Southern California high school students got the “big” picture on nanotechnology at UC San Diego Wednesday. About 175 students participated in hands-on nanotechnology experiments such as exploring ways of creating color with shapes, a virtual walk inside a molecule, and a view of the world’s smallest motors. The “Small Wonders” event was part of the inaugural San Diego Science Festival. More arrow

Report Presents New Research on
Climate Change Effects in California

Photo of California Department of Water Resources officialsA biennial report released today by a team of experts that advises California’s governor suggests that climate changes are poised to affect virtually every sector of the state’s economy and most of its ecosystems. Significant impacts will likely occur under even moderate scenarios of global greenhouse emissions and associated climate change, but without action, severe and costly climate change impacts are possible across the state. More arrow

Scripps Scientists Help Decode
Mysterious Green Glow of the Sea

Photo of FirewormsMany longtime sailors have been mesmerized by the dazzling displays of green light often seen below the ocean surface in tropical seas. Now, researchers at UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography have uncovered key clues about the bioluminescent worms that produce the green glow and the biological mechanisms behind their light production. More arrow

Campus Receives SANDAG’s Diamond
Award for Transit Programs Improving Air Quality

Photo ofSupplementing its credentials as a leading “green” campus, UC San Diego has received two Diamond Awards from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) for its outstanding contributions to reducing traffic congestion and improving mobility in the San Diego region. More arrow

Students ‘Power Down’ in Energy-Saving Contest
Power down logoUC San Diego students, faculty and staff will help green the environment by turning off their computers as part of a nationwide intercollegiate energy-saving competition called “Power Down for the Planet” that runs through April 17. More arrow


Scripps to Honor Prince Albert II of
Monaco for Environmental Efforts

Photo of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and Scripps Director Tony Haymet.UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography will present the Roger Revelle Prize at Scripps to His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco for his efforts to advance and communicate protection of the environment on a global scale. Prince Albert will officially accept the award at Scripps in October.
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Supercomputer Center Director to
Join Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Photo of Fran BermanFran Berman, director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center, will become the vice president of research for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute effective August 1. Berman has led the Supercomputer Center since 2001. An interim director will be named at a later date. More arrow

Pioneering Geneticist Named Recipient of 2009 UCSD/Merck Life Sciences Achievement Award
Photo of James CrowA pioneer in the field of genetics will be awarded the 2009 UCSD/Merck Life Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award from UC San Diego. James F. Crow, an emeritus professor of genetics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, will receive the $25,000 award from the Division of Biological Sciences. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Join Our Journey to Preserve the Ocean
National Geographic,
March 2009
  arrow Scientists 'Discover' Source
of Wisdom in the Human Brain

Daily Mail,
April 5
  arrow Report Outlines Possible
Effects of Warming on California

Los Angeles Times,
April 2
  arrow 'Gore-Sat' Climate Probe May Get Second Chance
Discovery Channel,
April 2

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April 6, 2009

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Bone Marrow and Blood Drive on Campus
The San Diego Blood Bank will hold a blood and bone marrow drive at Price Center's Bear/ Red Shoe Room April 7 to9, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Walk-ins welcome; appointments will be honored first. More arrow

United Way
Campaign Update

For the fourth time, Resource Management and Planning takes the trophy for the largest boost in participation during Week 7 of the 2009 United Way/CHAD campaign.

Staff Education and Development Courses

Organizational Performance Management and Process Improvement
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Dreamweaver CS3

4/14/09 and 4/16/09
8:30 am to 12:30pm

H-1B Status Departmental Training for Beginners
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

What's Happening
Earth Week 2009
April 20 - 26, 2009
Photo of Richard Dawkins
Scripps Oceanography Honors Evolutionary Biologist Richard Dawkins
April 7, 2009
7 p.m.
La Jolla Playhouse
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Do the Right Thing
April 20, 2009
7 p.m.
Price Center
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Survivors in San Diego

April 15, 2009
5 p.m.
Geisel Library
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Greenovation Forum: The Value of Water
April 15, 2009
4 p.m.
UCSD Faculty Club

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Faculty Authors
Book cover of Habits of the Heart
Habits of the Heart
Individualism and Commitment in American Life
By Richard Madsen (co-author)

First published in 1985, Habits of the Heart continues to be one of the most discussed interpretations of modern American society, a quest for a democratic community that draws on our diverse civic and religious traditions. In a new preface the authors relate the arguments of the book both to the current realities of American society and to the growing debate about the country's future. More arrow
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