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Conrad Prebys Music Center (Photo / Victor W. Chen)

Music Center Draws Curtain on
New Era for Music Department, Campus

On a recent Tuesday morning, the sound of a piano soared in the Conrad Prebys Music Center, rising along the venue’s triangular, wood-paneled walls and ceiling. Graduate student William Fried was performing "Feux d'Artifice" by French master Claude Debussy. He was one of a handful of students who got to test-drive the music center’s concert hall in March before its public opening in May. video camera icon More arrow

California Climate Change Experts
to Discuss Key Findings at Science Summit

Photo of Discovery BayCalifornia’s leading experts on the potential effects of climate change on the state will gather at UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography today to discuss recently released findings and gather feedback from the public. More arrow

UC San Diego Video Wins National
Wildlife Federation ‘Chill-Out’ Contest

Photo of Chill-out video productionUC San Diego has been recognized in the National Wildlife Federation’s annual Chill-Out awards for a video that highlights a wide array of sustainability efforts on the campus. UCSD and seven other U.S. colleges and universities received Chill-Out awards for implementing outstanding green initiatives and programs and offering creative solutions to global warming on their campuses. More

Students Compete in ‘Battle of the Brains’ in Stockholm
Photo of Battle of Brains in StockholmThree UC San Diego engineering students will join the next generation of elite problem solvers to compete in the IBM-sponsored “Battle of the Brains” World Finals contest in Stockholm, Sweden. More arrow

Campus Trees Pay Big Eco-Dividends
Photo of Campus Tree plantingHow much can trees reduce an institution's carbon footprint and save in cooling and other costs? The total effect of UC San Diego's 200,000 trees was a reduction of nearly 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, or 5 percent of its annual emissions. The total annual savings attributed to the trees were $2.2 million. More arrow

Nature Matters Lecture:
Climate Change and Southern California Ecosystems

Climate change will disturb ecosystems found here and in rest of California, posing a challenge for managers and policy-makers. On April 30, Elsa Cleland will describe what we know about the coming changes, how plant communities are likely to respond, and what we still need to find out in order to protect important natural habitats. More arrow

Obama’s Education Promises to Be
Examined at UCSD Economics Roundtable

Photo of Barack ObamaOne of the nation’s leading authorities on the economics of education, and on the performance of students in public schools, will address promises from the Obama administration when Julian Betts, professor of economics at UC San Diego, speaks to the UCSD Economics Roundtable April 29. More arrow

Former UC President Richard Atkinson Reflects on Standardized Testing, Grades Controversy
Photo of Richard AtkinsonAlthough more than three million high school seniors take standardized college admissions tests such as the SAT, “it is well known by educational researchers that high-school grades are the best indicator of student readiness for college,” according to Richard C. Atkinson in a speech last week at the American Educational Research Association’s meeting in San Diego. More arrow


San Diego Charger, Best-Selling Author Among Honorees at Fiesta de las Estrellas
Photo of Luis CastilloWhat do a San Diego Charger and a bestselling author have in common with a police chief and two education advocates? They will all be honored for their outstanding community leadership Thursday at UC San Diego’s 2009 Fiesta de las Estrellas celebration to benefit undergraduate scholarships. More arrow

Pharmacy Students Provide
Screenings at Start Walking Event

UCSD School of Pharmacy students got a chance to meet San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and Councilwoman Sherri Lightner at a National Start Walking Day event hosted by the American Heart Association. The students, led by Jennifer Lai, provided blood pressure and diabetes screenings, answered health-related questions, and provided health education and referral information.

San Diego Holocaust Survivors to Share Stories at Holocaust Living History Workshop Series
Five local Holocaust survivors will recount their personal experiences during the Holocaust in Nazi Germany in “Discovering History: Holocaust Survivors in San Diego,” a series of presentations being held by UC San Diego’s Holocaust Living History Workshop, a joint effort of the UCSD Judaic Studies Program and the UCSD Libraries. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Third-World Stove Soot Is Target in Climate Fight
New York Times,
April 16
  arrow Stem Cell Consortium $43 Million Richer
San Diego Union-Tribune,
April 17
  arrow The SAT 'at War With Itself'
Inside Higher Ed,
April 16
  arrow New Study Finds Childhood Photos
Predict Marital Happiness

Huffington Post,
April 16

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April 20, 2009

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Know an Outstanding Senior?
Nominate an exceptional senior undergrad or grad student by April 24, to be honored at the All Campus Graduation Celebration in June. Nominations are due by April 24. More arrow (PDF)

New Resources for Marketing Professionals
Does your job involve getting the word about UCSD out to campus or the community? Check out this new Web page of resources for marketing professionals. More arrow

Cuckoo for Composting
In honor of Earth Week, Dining Services and Catering will partner with the City of San Diego today, in composting meat, bones and dairy besides the usual compost items they collect. More arrow

Staff Education and Development Courses

Helping Anxious Students for Academic Advisors
11:00am to 1:00pm

Objective Behavioral Feedback
8:30am to 12:30pm

Perspectives on Leadership
12:00pm to 1:00pm

What's Happening
Earth Week 2009
April 20 - 26, 2009
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Fiesta de las Estrellas
April 23, 2009
5:30 p.m.
UCSD Faculty Club
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10th Annual Hate-Free Campus Week: United in Our Struggles
April 20 — 24
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What Happy Faces Are Hiding - Talking About Depression
April 22, 2009
3:30 p.m.
Price Center
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Calder Quartet
April 23, 2009
8 p.m.
The Loft

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You Do The Math
= 17,582: number of freshmen admitted at UC San Diego for the Fall 2009 and Winter 2010 quarters
= 4.08: mean high school grade point average of freshmen admitted to UC San Diego for the Fall 2009 and Winter 2010 quarters
Faculty Authors
Book cover of The Global Governance of Food
The Global Governance of Food
By April Linton (Co-editor)

Our need for food is a constant; how we acquire food is a variable; and the production, commercialization, and consumption of food therefore offer an invaluable window onto the globalization of the world we inhabit. More arrow
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