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Cancer Center Plays Key Role
in Landmark Breast Cancer Study

The Moores UCSD Cancer Center is participating in an unprecedented study involving 150,000 women across California that is expected to change the face of breast cancer prevention, screening and treatment. The ATHENA Breast Heath Network will track healthy women, breast cancer patients and survivors for several decades at all five UC medical centers. By pooling data and laboratory specimens, connecting with a vast number of patients and comparing prevention, detection and treatment strategies, researchers hope to gain new insights into one of the most prevalent cancers in women. More arrow

Undergraduate Research Portal Launched
Undergraduate Research Portal Screen ShotA new Web portal specifically designed to help undergraduates find research opportunities has been launched at UC San Diego. The new site provides an entry point for undergraduates into research across the campus. More arrow

Supporting Our Students: Chancellor’s 5K
to Help Deserving Undergraduate Scholars

Photo of Xochitl Cortez-GonzalezIn an effort to fuel undergraduate scholarships at UC San Diego, the campus community will rally together on Oct. 23 for the 14th annual Chancellor’s Challenge 5K Run/Walk for Scholars. Since its founding in 1996, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, students, friends and community sponsors have raised $2.12 million for scholarships, benefiting more than 800 outstanding undergraduates. More arrow

UCSD Ranked First in Division II, Seventh
Overall in Annual NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings

Photo of UCSD Director of Athletics Earl W. Edwards and All-American Jessica McGovern UC San Diego has once again earned a listing in the annual National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) Power Rankings. On the NCSA's list for the fifth year in a row, UCSD was the top Division II university and earned a No. 7 national ranking overall in 2009.More arrow

UCSD Senior is Washington D.C.’s First ‘Green’ Intern
Photo of Mark Galvan (center) stands with Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53) and the Capitol’s chief administrative officer, Dan BeardThe nation’s first “green” intern in the U.S. Capitol has arrived from one of the country’s greenest universities, UC San Diego. More arrow

New Saudi University’s Stunning
Visualization Facilities Prototyped at UC San Diego

Photo of KAUSTIn inaugural ceremonies webcast around the world, Saudi Arabia inaugurated the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology on Sept. 23. The campus on the Red Sea was built in just 24 months, and its world-class facilities and programs are funded by the King's $10 billion endowment — one of the largest in the world, and enough to fund the university for years to come. More arrow

Discovery Brings New Type of
Fast Computers Closer to Reality

Photo of Alex High and Aaron Hammack adjust the optics in their UCSD lab.Physicists at UC San Diego have successfully created speedy integrated circuits with particles called “excitons” that operate at commercially cold temperatures, bringing the possibility of a new type of extremely fast computer based on excitons closer to reality. More arrow

Jacobs Scholars Make their Mark
in the Future of Engineering

Photo of new and current UC San Diego Jacobs School ScholarsJennifer Fang learned her first programming language, Visual Basic, in the third grade. Since then she has honed her programming skills and is entering the Jacobs School of Engineering this fall as a freshman computer science major, with an emphasis on bioinformatics. Fang has an extra bonus — full room and board through the Jacobs Scholars Program. More arrow

Disaster Preparedness for Health Professionals
Image of Disaster Preparedness for Professionals “Fire catches, so don’t play with matches.” “Stop, drop, and roll.” “Look, duck, cover and hold.” Safety slogans can serve as quick reminders for what to do when an earthquake, fire, flood or pandemic strikes. But beyond the slogans, what’s the best way to react? How do the guidelines change for individuals, versus institutions? And how do the experts prepare? “Disaster Preparedness for Health Professionals” is a new four-part video series that answers all of those questions. The series, premieres on UCSD-TV Thursday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. and online. More arrow


Memorial to Herb York to Be Held October 9
Photo of Herb YorkA memorial tribute to Herb York, founding chancellor of UC San Diego and a world-renowned physicist who died May 19, will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 9 in Mandeville Auditorium. UC San Diego friends and associates are invited to attend. More arrow

$2 Million in Support from Joan and Irwin Jacobs Fuels Center on Pacific Economies at UC San Diego
Photo of Joan and Irwin JacobsWhy do countries in the Pacific region differ in their ability to maintain sustainable growth or financial stability? How can these countries collaborate on issues of common concern such as the environment, innovation, trade and investment? Thanks to a $500,000 gift from longtime civic leaders Joan and Irwin Jacobs, these critical issues will continue to be addressed by the Center on Pacific Economies and the Pacific Leadership Fellows program at UC San Diego. More arrow

Press Clips

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Wall Street Journal
September 30, 2009
  arrow Is There a Little Pinocchio in All of Us?
ABC News
September 30, 2009
  arrow China to Parade its New and Improved Arsenal
Los Angeles Times
September 30, 2009
  arrow Speedier Computer Circuits Created
September 28, 2009
  arrow Colleges in S.D. Called Vet-Friendly
San Diego Union-Tribune
October 1, 2009

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Campus Establishes Joint Senate-Administration Task Force on Budget
In response to the severe impact of the state budget crisis and the resulting drastic budget cuts to the university, a joint Senate-Administration Task Force on Budget has been established. Senior Vice Chancellor Paul Drake and Dan Donoghue, immediate past Chair of the Academic Senate, will serve as co-chairs of the task force.
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Campus Fun 101
Learn more about some of the fun activities available to UCSD faculty and staff
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Staff Education and Development Courses

Networking Part 2:
Network Management
and Troubleshooting

10/9, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
10/12, 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Introduction to Dreamweaver CS3
10/13/09 and 10/15/09
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

9:00 am to 11:30 am

What's Happening
UCSD Near You
UCSD Near You
presents Middle East Elections & Democracy

5:30 PM
Great Hall, I-House
Homecoming logo
UCSD Homecoming Weekend
12:00 PM
Various Campus locations
Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives
7:30 PM
Warwicks, 7812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla
Nicholas Kristoff
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for
Women Worldwide

7:00 PM
Price Center Ballroom West

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You Do The Math
= $2.5 million: Charitable gift commitment from local philanthropist and business owner Pauline Foster to the Rady School of Management to endow MBA student fellowships
= $1.4 million: Donation from Joan and Irwin Jacobs to the Jacobs School Scholars and Fellows program, which funds four-year undergraduate scholarships and first-year graduate fellowships at the Jacobs School of Engineering
= 51 percent: Decline in student support given to the University of California over the past 19 years as a result of state budget cuts
Faculty Authors
Book cover of Reputation and Civil War
Reputation and Civil War
Why Separatist Conflicts Are So Violent
By Barbara F. Walter

In her second book on civil wars, political scientist Barbara Walters undertakes a sophisticated analysis of an important question: Why are conflicts involving separatist groups more violent than others? She begins with the premise that disputes over self-determination, or the ability of a group or territory to choose its own political identity, more frequently escalate into violent war and resist settlement through negotiation than other types of conflicts. Basing her research on three sources—lab experiments on undergraduates, statistical analysis and case studies of recent history in Indonesia and the Philippines—Walters makes the provocative argument that what’s really on the line is reputation. More arrow
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