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UC San Diego Students Gravitating to
‘Green’ Majors, Courses and Internships

From energy economics and sustainable building designs to water conservation and biofuels made from algae, sharply higher numbers of UC San Diego undergraduates are opting for majors and minors, classes, internships and research projects that emphasize environmental sustainability. This year alone, the number of students minoring in Environmental Studies doubled to 60 and Environmental Engineering majors increased 50 percent to 92. In the eight years since the Division of Physical Sciences created the Environmental Systems major, enrollment has grown from a handful of students to more than 200 registered this fall. More arrow

Experts Calculate How Much
Information Americans Consume

Graphic of information americans digestedU.S. households consumed approximately 3.6 zettabytes of information in 2008, according to a new report by UC San Diego researchers. One zettabyte is 1,000,000,000 trillion bytes, and total bytes consumed last year were the equivalent of the information in thick paperback novels stacked seven feet high over the entire United States, including Alaska. More arrow

San Diegans—and their Cell Phones—will help Computer Scientists Monitor Air Pollution
You want to go for a run, but you don’t want to run in polluted air that might aggravate your asthma. UC San Diego computer scientists are creating a network of environmental sensors that will help you avoid air pollution hot spots that exist exactly when you are planning your route. The system will provide up-to-the-minute information on outdoor and indoor air quality, based on environmental information collected by hundreds, and eventually thousands, of sensors attached to the backpacks, purses, jackets and board shorts of San Diegans going about daily life. More arrow

UCSD’s Newest Café Hopes to Become a Second Home
The Village (Photo / Victor W. Chen)In the three months since The Village Place and Market has opened, Ashley Abba, a junior, has perfected the grab n’ go: Step 1, position fingers around ice cream, soda, coffee or other late night fuel. Step 2, remove item from shelf and pay, typically with meal points. Step 3, go — to apartment, either alone or with friends, and start noshing. More arrow

Researchers Study Adolescent Obesity and Weight Loss
Photo of obese children In a study published in the December 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, researchers from the School of Medicine identified overweight adolescents who successfully lost weight, and overweight adolescents who did not, and compared the two groups on weight control behaviors, dietary intake and physical activity to determine which strategies are effective. More arrow

$17 Million Awarded
for Methamphetamine/AIDS Research

Photo of researcher Researchers at the School of Medicine have been awarded a $17 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to establish the Translational Methamphetamine AIDS Research Center. More arrow

For Music Lovers: One Gift, Twice the Impact,
in New Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall (Photo / Erik Jepsen) If you know a music lover, the department of music has a gift opportunity that is hard to resist this holiday season. Just $200 will reserve a named seat in the acoustically perfect Conrad Prebys Concert Hall—a unique gift that will honor friends and family for a lifetime. More arrow

Lights On: William Scripps Donates $100,000
to Launch Initiative to Light Baseball Field

Photo of a baseball player UC San Diego's baseball team has something new to cheer about. A generous $100,000 gift from campus supporter and Athletic Board member William Scripps has helped launch an initiative to purchase and install lighting on the campus baseball field. More arrow

‘Green’ Student Apartments Win Construction Award
This summer, as Turner Construction was about to add the top floor of the 14-story centerpiece of UC San Diego’s new 1,060-bed apartment-style development for transfer students, the company hit what could have been a major snag. Rather than capping the tallest of seven buildings with a conventional roof as planned, the university informed the company that it wanted a 15th floor glass-enclosed meeting pavilion. The addition would offer stunning views of Torrey Pines Golf Course, the nearby Torrey Pines Gliderport and the Pacific Ocean. More arrow


National Geographic Adventure Magazine Labels Calit2 Researcher Among Top 10 Adventurers of the Year
It’s not often that a materials scientist by training gets to be labeled one of the world’s top adventurers. But that’s the honor bestowed on Calit2 research scholar Albert Yu-Min Lin in the December 2009-January 2010 issue of National Geographic Adventure magazine. Lin is affiliated with Calit2’s Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3). More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Trade Deficit Shrinks by 7.6%
San Diego Union-Tribune
December 11, 2009
  arrow UN 'off by a Substantial Amount'
BBC Radio
December 10, 2009
  arrow New Models for Powerful Flu
Fighters from Existing Drugs

U.S. News and World Report
December 9, 2009
  arrow A Crisis of Overconfidence
CNN Money
December 8, 2009
  arrow UCSD Awarded Grant for Meth-HIV/AIDS Study
December 8, 2009

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At Work H1N1 Vaccine Available to All High-Risk Students, Faculty and Staff
Photo of vaccine H1N1 Vaccine will be available to all students, faculty and staff who are considered to be high-risk for complications from influenza. A vaccination clinic will be held at Student Health Service in the upstairs, north conference room on Wednesday, December 16th from 10-4. More arrow

See You in 2010!!!
Photo of snow flakes We will not be publishing during the winter break. Our next issue will be published Jan. 19, 2010. We would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday!

Professor Emeritus Wins Super Senior Golf Championship
Dr. Stephen Shuchter, a professor emeritus of clinical psychiatry who recently retired from the Medical Center, has won the Super Senior Championship tournament of the Southern California Golf Association. More arrow

Staff Education and Development Courses

Advanced Microsoft
Excel 2007

12/15/09 and 12/16/09
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Creative Thinking Power
8:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.

Common Leadership Challenges: Workplace Bullying, Fear and Building Trust
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

What's Happening
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Xconomy Forum: Tomorrows Biotech - Innovators and Innovations
2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Calit2 - Atkinson Hall
Holiday Pancake Breakfast
6:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Price Center West Ballrooms
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3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
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Bonnie & Clyde
11/10/2009 - 12/20/2009
Mandell Weiss Theatre

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You Do The Math
= 36 million hours: time American consumers spend watching television on mobile devices each month – a number that, while expected to grow, is a fraction of the hours spent watching television at home, according to a new UCSD report
= 100,000 words: average information consumption of the average American on an average day
= 67 percent: segment of bytes consumed online devoted to computer games
Faculty Authors
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Spartak Moscow:
A History of the
People's Team
in the Workers' State

By Robert Edelman

During the regimes of Stalin, Khrushchev and their successors, conformity and obedience were the rule of law in Soviet society, on the pain of imprisonment or death. But an opening emerged on the soccer field, through the likes of Spartak Moscow, a team that originated in a proletariat neighborhood of the capital and fiercely rivaled Dinamo, the secret police team. Edelman ties together history, politics, economics in his riveting study of the U.S.S.R.’s take on what may be the one truly global sport. More arrow
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