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Going Social: Faculty, Administrators
Try New Ways to Reach Out to Students

Sitting in his office in the literature building, Pasquale Verdicchio looks every bit the literary scholar — probing eyes gleam through reading glasses, a salt-and-pepper beard whispers authority, while a silver cuff adds a dash of the boheme. Naturally, there are books everywhere. Books stacked on the ground, books piled on his desk, books lining the walls. But on closer inspection, there’s something that complicates his professorial persona: an iPod touch, which lets him stay connected 24/7 and which he pronounced in a recent email message “quite a wonderful gadget!!! Verdicchio, it turns out, is a social media fiend. More arrow

Preuss Teacher Named California’s
Nominee for National Teacher of the Year

Photo of Kelly Kovacic Kelly Kovacic, social studies department chair at Preuss School and a UC San Diego alumna, has been named as California’s nominee for the prestigious National Teacher of the Year competition. More arrow

UC Commission on Future Town Hall
Provides Opportunity for Dialogue

Commission on the Future (Photo / Victor W. Chen) What do you think of the UC San Diego today? How does it compare to the school it was five or 10 years ago? And how should it look a decade down the line? The University of California’s Commission on the Future set out last summer to answer these questions on a system-wide basis. More arrow

NSF Awards $20 Million to
Supercomputer Center to Develop “Gordon”

The San Diego Supercomputer Center has been awarded a five-year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to build and operate a powerful supercomputer dedicated to solving critical science and societal problems now overwhelmed by the avalanche of data generated by the digital devices of our era. More arrow

Jacobs School of Engineering Ranks
9th Among Elite World Universities
Photo of Jacobs School of Engineering The Jacobs School of Engineering is the ninth best in the world for engineering / technology and 15th in the world for computer sciences, according to an academic ranking of the top 100 world universities published by the Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. More arrow

Interactive Programming Helps
Bring Art Alive for Students

Photo of BalloonbassThey've danced with the Jant-Bi Dance Company of Senegal, played drums with Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista, and made balloon art with artist Addi Somekh. When it comes to engaging with the arts, there’s no question that UC San Diego students are breaking the barrier between art and artists — thanks to a rich variety of programming options. More arrow

Campus Celebrates 40 Years of Partnership
with Metropolitan Transit System’s ‘Free Zone’

Photo of Chancellor Fox To mark the success and longevity of a first-of-its-kind arrangement between a public university and a public transportation system, UC San Diego honored its Metropolitan Transit System partners in creating the free “UCSD Zone” at an Oct. 30 campus celebration. More arrow

Sustainability Solutions Institute
Hosts UCSD Water Collaborative Kick-Off

Taking UC San Diego off the "water grid" is a daunting proposition. As one of the largest clients of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, UCSD consumes 800 million gallons of water annually and spends a whopping $6 million per year on water and sewage services. More arrow

Pizza Party Alfresco Celebrates
Contributions of UCSD Postdocs

If you had business near the Leichtag building on campus recently, you might have noticed a gathering of distinctly diverse people on the lawn above the Biomedical Library. Around tables, under awnings, or clustered in conversational groups in the sunlight, a good number of UCSD’s postdoctoral professionals enjoyed the first-ever Postdoc Appreciation Day. More arrow


Genetics of Algae Expert Joins Faculty
Stephen Mayfield (Photo / Bob Turner)A renowned expert on the genetics of algae who heads a regional consortium seeking to develop new biofuels from algae has joined the UC San Diego faculty. Stephen Mayfield, who since 1987 had been a professor of cell biology and associate dean of graduate studies at The Scripps Research Institute is now a professor of biology in UC San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Why India Is Playing
Hard to Get on Climate Change

November 6, 2009
  arrow Preuss Teacher Wins Top Honor from State
San Diego Union-Tribune
November 6, 2009
  arrow Climate History Forces Action -- After Decades
November 4, 2009
  arrow Cutting Back on Diabetes
Irish Times
November 3, 2009
  arrow Experts Put Their Heads Together
San Diego Union-Tribune
November 1, 2009

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At Work Town Hall to Focus
on Campus Budget Recommendations

The Joint Senate-Administration Task Force on Budget will hold a campus-wide Town Hall meeting on Thursday, November 12, 2009 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Student Services Center Multipurpose Room. The open forum will provide an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to communicate directly with members of the task force.
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Review Your Benefits During Open Enrollment
Faculty and staff can review their benefits and make changes during Open Enrollment, which begins Oct. 29 and ends Nov. 24. All changes are effective Jan. 1, 2010. More arrow

Staff Education and Development Courses

Understanding UC Plans
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Microsoft Excel 2007
Pivot Tables

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

CPR: Heartsaver
Cardiac Life Support

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

What's Happening
Education Week

Nov. 16 — Nov. 20
Science, Technology and the Future of Exploration
11 a.m. to Noon
Calit2 Auditorium,
Atkinson Hall
Holiday Pancake Breakfast
6:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Price Center West Ballrooms
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Bonnie & Clyde
11/10/2009 - 12/20/2009
Mandell Weiss Theatre
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Visual Arts Department Presents: Robert Becraft
Visual Arts Center

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You Do The Math
= $20 million: Grant awarded to the San Diego Supercomputer Center by the National Science Foundation to build and operate a powerful supercomputer dubbed Gordon
= 245 teraflops: Gordon’s total compute power, where one teraflop equals a trillion calculations per second. That will rate it among the top 30 or so supercomputers in the world
= 4 petabytes: Gordon’s disk storage, where one petabyte equals one quadrillion bytes of data
Faculty Authors
Book cover of
Laws of Men and Laws of Nature: The History of Scientific Expert Testimony in England and America
By Tal Golan

This probing investigation of the history of expert witnesses spans the last three centuries and two continents, from the birth of expert witnesses in the eighteenth century to contemporary courtroom dilemmas. Weaving together the fruits of rigorous research with riveting anecdotes, Golan digs for the kernel of truth at the bottom of this elusive question: What makes for good and bad scientific expert witnesses? More arrow
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