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UC San Diego Teams Up with Padres, City for Second Annual San Diego Science Festival
It’s not every day that you see San Diego Padres pitcher Chris Young in a lab coat, kids making slime out of kelp and the mayor of San Diego sharing his excitement about science—all against the backdrop of PETCO Park. But that’s exactly what happened Tuesday when UC San Diego, the City of San Diego, and the San Diego Padres/ PETCO Park united in celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics exploration at a press conference to announce the second annual San Diego Science Festival. More arrow

Task Force Seeks Input at
Town Hall on Future Campus Funding

Town Hall Meeting (Photo / Victor W. Chen)Members of the UC San Diego campus got a chance to voice concerns Thursday about the budget situation facing the university. At a town hall meeting organized by the Joint Senate-Administration Task Force on the Budget, about a dozen people spoke up about how funds could be better collected and administered. More arrow

UCSD Embarks on
$73 Million Energy Efficiency Program

Photo of UCSD UC San Diego has embarked on a $73 million program to increase the energy efficiency of 25 of its older buildings to lower their combined energy consumption by at least $6 million a year. The project is part of a larger $247.4 million University of California initiative to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and cut energy costs at its 10 campuses by $36 million annually. More arrow

Campus Announces New
Center for Migration and Health

Photo of Steffanie Strathdee, PhD UC San Diego will lead a new Center of Expertise on Migration and Health as one of three multi-campus initiatives launched by the University of California system under the auspices of the new UC Global Health Institute. More arrow

Active Desk Aims to Get Office Workers Up and Moving
Ernesto Ramirez (Photo / Erik Jepsen)UC San Diego researcher Ernesto Ramirez has logged more than 34 miles of walking in the past month, and he hasn't even had to leave the office to do it. Ramirez, has designed and built what he calls the "Active Desk" — a raised work station connected to a standard treadmill that allows him to walk while he works. The project stems from a body of scientific research that links sedentary behavior (like sitting at a desk all day) with an elevated risk of mortality from all causes and from cardiovascular disease. More arrow

Life in Time: UCSD’s New Center for
Chronobiology Studies Rhythms of Existence

chronobiologyUC San Diego is among the nation’s leaders for encouraging and supporting interdisciplinary research. The university’s Organized Research Units (ORUs) demonstrate both the necessity for, and the wisdom of, bringing together experts from an array of fields to study complex processes, create new forms of expression, and solve daunting problems. One of the newest ORUs is the Center for Chronobiology. More arrow

New Incisionless Surgery to Treat GERD, California First
Photo of UCSD SurgeonsEvery day, more than 20 percent of the U.S. population experiences the painful burning symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). For these 20 million Americans, the first line of defense is medication. To find a long-term, permanent solution for this nagging condition, the Center for the Future of Surgery at the Medical Center is leading a multicenter clinical trial to test the safety and effectiveness of a new incisionless GERD treatment. More arrow

Scripps Scientists to Develop ‘Swarms’
of Miniature Robotic Ocean Explorers

Ocean RobotsIn an effort to plug gaps of knowledge about key ocean processes, scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have been awarded nearly $1 million from the National Science Foundation to develop a new breed of ocean-probing instruments. Scripps researchers Jules Jaffe and Peter Franks will be spearheading an effort to design and deploy autonomous underwater explorers, or AUEs, which will trace fine details of fundamental oceanographic mechanisms that are vital to tiny marine inhabitants. More arrow


Chair of Economics Named Bren Fellow
at Public Policy Institute of California

Photo of Julian BettsUC San Diego economist Julian Betts, chair of the department of economics, is an inaugural Bren Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. Betts, who is an expert on K-12 education and is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, has been an adjunct fellow at the institute since 1998. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Millions of Useless Purchases Explained at Last!
November 11, 2009
  arrow Tiny Robot Swarms Will Study Tiniest Sea Life
Fox News
November 10, 2009
  arrow How Scientists are Trying
to Solve the Carbon Riddle

November 9, 2009
  arrow New Center at UCSD To Study
How Migration Affects Health

November 11, 2009
  arrow UCSD Professor and Poet Rae Armantrout Nominated For National Book Award
November 9, 2009

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At Work UC Commission on Future Hears Radical Funding Ideas
Charging a fee to companies that hire university graduates and eliminating student fees were among the ideas the UC Commission on the Future heard at its meeting in Oakland on Thursday. More arrow

Mortgage Loan
Advice Available
at Free Workshop

Staff Education and Development and the Benefits Office are sponsoring this free lunchtime series on managing personal finances in difficult budget times. More

Staff Education and Development Courses

Strategies for Stress Management
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Academic Personnel: The Academic Review Process
11/20/09 and 12/1/09
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Risk Management:
Do You Know What Might Bite You? Your Role in Managing Departmental Exposures

1:30 pm to 3:30pm

What's Happening
Education Week

Nov. 16 — Nov. 20
Greenovation Forum: Sensing and Sustainability
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
AIDS Quilt (Photo / Victor W. Chen)
AIDS Quilt Displayed at UC San Diego in Recognition of World AIDS Day
7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Price Center East Ballroom
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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You Do The Math
= 54%: undergraduate students who need financial aid
= 16%: graduate students who receive fellowships (graduate level scholarships)
= $50 Million: needed by UC San Diego to fund scholarships and fellowships
Faculty Authors
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and Violent
Radical, Religious,
and Violent: The New Economics of Terrorism

By Eli Berman

What made religious organizations like Hezbollah and the Taliban turn violent? The author answers this question by studying the economics of organizations. Comparing radical religious Jews, Christians, and Muslims, Berman has discovered a chilling commonality among their most lethal groups. More arrow
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