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New Students Urged to Become Part of
the Solution at Welcome Week Convocation

Internet pioneer Larry Smarr challenged the next generation of UC San Diego students to help solve the big challenges facing humanity, including global climate change. Smarr, director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), delivered the keynote speech to thousands of students at the fourth annual Welcome Week Convocation and Dinner Tuesday night. A record number 4,200 new freshmen and transfer students gathered together on RIMAC field to mark their formal entrance into the UC San Diego community. More arrow

Students Introduced to Campus
in Style as Part of Welcome Week

Welcome Week (Photo / Victor W. Chen)They danced their hearts out in a quest for the coveted Golden Shoe trophy. They showed their school pride during the Triton Power Hour pep rally. They learned how to get involved in student organizations, campus departments, and community organizations at the Cross-Cultural Center Block Party. These were just some of the ways students were welcomed to UCSD last week as part of the traditional Welcome Week. View Slideshow arrow

UC San Diego Announces Wide-Ranging
Plans to Cover H1N1 Flu Contingencies

Regina Fleming (Photo / Victor W. Chen)Preparations are in place at UC San Diego in anticipation of a possible surge in numbers of H1N1 flu cases as more than 28,000 students return to campus for the start of the academic year. Plans to handle prevention and/or treatment of the new influenza virus have been underway since spring at various locations. More arrow

New Blink 2.0 Launched to Enhance
Campus Productivity in Tight Budget Climate

Photo of Blink HomepageThe Internet has grown by leaps and bounds since Blink, UC San Diego’s intranet for faculty and staff, was launched in 2000. A redesign with major enhancements was long overdue for the 9-year-old Web portal, which is used by more than 100,000 people each month. More arrow

Dispatches From the Field – September Update
Photo of dispatches studentsOne concludes his investigation of archeology, memory and war crimes in Spain. Another poses with a fluffy panda and contrasts hectic Hong Kong with
enchanting India. Yet another recalls her final encounters with Japanese culture, including a tour of a sacred shrine, sausage making in the countryside and karaoke singing on a bus. A new academic year is beginning and UCSD students who studied abroad this summer are reflecting on their experiences and favorite memories. Here are their last Dispatches from the Field. More arrow

Energy Technology Coalition
Formed to Develop San Diego ‘Smart Grid’

Photo of a Smart GridWith smart grid pioneers from around the world convening on campus this month, San Diego Gas & Electric, UC San Diego and CleanTECH San Diego announced the formation of a coalition of 25 local, national and global organizations to transform the San Diego region’s electrical grid into a digital smart grid. More arrow

Sailing on the Plastic Seas
Students Travel to Great North Pacific Garbage Patch in Search of Trash
UCSD graduate students (Photo / Victor W. Chen)When a group of graduate students at UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography put together a trip to an area known as the Great North Pacific Garbage Patch this summer, they wondered what they would do if they didn’t find any garbage. They spent a fair amount of time coming up with contingency plans, just in case they came up empty-handed. They needn’t have worried. More arrow

UC San Diego Alumni Host
Annual Summer Send-Off Picnics

Photo of UC San Diego StudentsThe UCSD Alumni Association welcomed incoming students and their families at the annual Summer Send-Off Picnics that took place the weekend of Sept. 12-13. In its 20th year, the picnics bring together alumni and students to welcome the newest members of the university community and provide insights on life and studies at UC San Diego. The family-style, pot-luck picnics are organized by alumni chapter volunteers. More arrow

RIMAC Opens New Addition
Photo ofAdd another green structure to the campus’ ever-growing list. The Sports Facilities department welcomed students to its just-completed RIMAC Annex on the first day of the quarter, touting the many green elements of the $10 million building. The colorful, multi-windowed complex includes a convenience store, the “Short Stop”; Peet’s Coffee & Tea; lounges; meeting space, and improved softball facilities. The “Home Plate Café” is under construction and will open later in the fall. More arrow

Scripps Oceanography, San Diego Unified School District Partner to Bridge Science Education Gap
Photo of Liz JohnstoneAs part of a U.S. initiative to improve science education in public schools, graduate students and teachers from UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography and San Diego Unified School District are partnering on an innovative program to help translate cutting-edge earth science research into new education programs and curriculum for aspiring young scientists. More arrow


Alan Houston Named Eleanor Roosevelt College Provost
Photo of Don E. WayneAlan Houston, a professor of political science and an internationally recognized scholar of early-modern British and American political thought, has been appointed provost of Eleanor Roosevelt College. More arrow

Five UCSD Researchers Recipients of NIH Awards
to Encourage High-Risk Research and Innovation

Photo of Syvia Evans and teamThe National Institutes of Health is awarding $348 million nationwide to encourage investigators to explore bold ideas that have the potential to catapult fields forward and speed the translation of research into improved health. Five researchers from UC San Diego have been awarded grants totaling $8.5 million for their innovative research. More arrow

Press Clips

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and Other Lies Parents Tell

Wall Street Journal Blog
September 24, 2009
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September 22, 2009
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Congealed Chili Cheese Fries

Voice of San Diego
September 22, 2009
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The New York Times
September 21, 2009

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At Work UC San Diego Launches “Invent the Future” Student Support Campaign
A growing number of potential UC San Diego students will need financial support to offset rising fees and the cost of living. To address this critical need for funding, San Diego community leaders Pauline Foster and Joan and Irwin Jacobs have joined forces with the university to launch "Invent the Future: The UC San Diego Student Support Campaign," a three-year, $50 million fundraising effort. Private support generated by the campus-wide campaign will help UC San Diego stay competitive in attracting outstanding graduate and undergraduate students to campus. More arrow

Read the Latest Information on the Furlough Plan
The furlough plan approved by the UC Regents on July 16 took effect Sept. 1, 2009. The plan is being enacted to help offset a portion of the $813 million reduction in support from the state general fund. Due to the complexities of the plan, it's important that academic and staff employees have the most up-to-date information to assist their work planning and use of personal leave. More arrow

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You Do The Math
= 28,500: Estimated number of students who arrived on the UCSD campus Monday, Sept. 21, for the start the fall quarter.
= 550: Reduction in number of freshman this fall compared to last, due to budget restrictions. But more continuing students means enrollment across the university has stayed stable.
= 814: Number of new international students joining UCSD this fall, up seven percent from last year.
Faculty Authors
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Cheating In School: What We Know and What We Can Do
By Tricia Bertram Gallant (co-author)

From grade school to graduate school, cheating has reached epidemic proportions and teachers, administrators and parents are at a loss for how to bring integrity back into the classroom. In “Cheating in School,” Bertram Gallant doesn’t merely look at the causes or manifestations of this problem. She also offers concrete and practical solutions, ranging from immediate deterrents to long-term methods for moral development. The ultimate aim? To teach students that honesty is more profitable than cheating. More arrow
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