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Haiti candlelight vigil (Photo / Kevin Wu)

Members of UCSD Community
Open Hearts, Pocketbooks for Haiti Outreach

Some gave dollars, some handed over bags of change they’d been saving; others merely walked by and apologized. Some gave because they have been to Haiti, and many more gave even though they haven’t. Then there were the middle school students of Nativity Prep Academy in southeast San Diego, who donated more than $200 – delivered in two bulging white envelopes by a pair of smiling girls – because it felt like the right thing to do. More arrow

Former UC San Diego Swimmer
Among Those Killed in Haiti Earthquake

Photo of Ryan KloosUC San Diego alumnus Ryan Kloos had flown to Haiti to visit his sister and help her care for orphaned and disabled children. Last week, his drive to help others and his young life were cut short when a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Caribbean nation. More arrow

Looking Forward to 2010
Graphic of looking forward 2010The celebration of UC San Diego's 50th anniversary as well as the development of six major construction projects will highlight the 2010 year on campus. The university also will begin energy-saving retrofits of 25 older buildings that will take four years to complete. This new year promises to be one of both exciting developments and financial challenges. This Week@UCSD asked each of the campus divisions about what they have in store for the next 12 months. More arrow

2010 Construction Projects
at UC San Diego Total $568 Million

Photo of new grad housingMore than 300 construction workers gathered Wednesday with faculty, staff and students to celebrate the “topping off” of the $67 million Health Services Graduate Student Housing complex.The uniquely designed nine-story apartment development is one of six major projects under construction at UC San Diego this year, all of which are changing the skyline of the campus at a combined total cost of $568 million. More arrow

Preuss Teacher Named One of
Four National Teacher of Year Finalists

Kelly Kovacic, social studies department chair at the Preuss School and a UCSD alumna, has been named one of four finalists for the prestigious National Teacher of the Year competition. More arrow

UC San Diego Again Named ‘Best Value’ College
The University of California, San Diego is ranked among the nation’s top 50 “Best Value” public colleges for 2010 by The Princeton Review, one of America’s most widely known education service companies. The publication listed its annual ranking of the 50 private and 50 public “best value colleges” today. More arrow

Rady School of Management Launches San Diego’s First Student-Assisted Venture Capital Fund
Photo of Rady School The Rady School of Management has launched the Rady Venture Fund, a student-assisted venture capital investment fund. The Rady Venture Fund will provide a unique, hands-on learning experience for Rady MBAs and other UC San Diego graduate students and support entrepreneurship, innovation and transfer of discovery into the marketplace. It is the first fund of its kind in San Diego. More

Biologists Develop Efficient Genetic
Modification of Human Embryonic Stem Cells

Photo of researcher Biologists have developed an efficient way to genetically modify human embryonic stem cells. Their approach, which uses bacterial artificial chromosomes to swap in defective copies of genes, will make possible the rapid development of stem cell lines that can both serve as models for human genetic diseases and as testbeds on which to screen potential treatments. More arrow

Researchers Trace HIV Mutations
that Lead to Drug Resistance

Photo of Chemists at UC San Diego and statisticians at Harvard University have developed a novel way to trace mutations in HIV that lead to drug resistance. Their findings, once expanded to the full range of drugs available to treat the infection, would allow doctors to tailor drug cocktails to the particular strains of the virus found in individual patients. More

Researchers Identify Protein
Needed to Develop Auditory Neurons

Loss of spiral ganglion neurons or hair cells in the inner ear is the leading cause of congenital and acquired hearing impairment. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health found that Sox2, a protein that regulates stem cell formation, is involved in spiral ganglion neuron development. The study was published in the January 13 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. More arrow


Campus Renames Donor Group
to Honor Founding Chancellor Herb York

The Office of Gift Planning is changing the name of its donor recognition group from “Legacy Society” to “York Society” in honor of the late Herb York, founding chancellor of the university. The York Society acknowledges individuals who provide essential philanthropic support to the university through annuities, bequests, trusts and other planned gifts. More arrow

Santosh Kesari Named Chief of Neuro-Oncology
Dr. Santosh Kesari has been named chief of neuro-oncology at the School of Medicine. Kesari specializes in the treatment of brain tumors and has special interests in drug development, biomarkers for cancer detection, and the behavior and potential therapeutic use of both normal and cancer stem cells. One of his major goals is to establish an interdisciplinary, translational neuro-oncology program at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center focused both on improving the understanding of the biology of brain tumors and on developing more personalized treatments for patients. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow What, Exactly, is in a Cigarette? FDA to Study
The New York Times
January 18, 2010
  arrow County Median Housing Price on Upswing
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 19, 2010
  arrow Scripps Scientists Part of Grant-Winning Team
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 19, 2010
  arrow UCSD Makes “100 Best Value” List
San Diego News Network
January 12, 2010
  arrow UCSD Students to Help Run New Fund
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 12, 2010

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Chancellor's Corner

Photo of Chancellor Fox Letter from the Chancellor

on Faculty Research: Robotics

At Work Governor's Budget Proposal Partially Restores Funds to UC
Photo of governor In a budget full of bad news for state workers, health and social services and prisons, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger stuck to his promise to hold the line on higher education cuts, unveiling a spending plan Friday that includes $371 million in additional money for UC plus funding for Cal Grants. More arrow

Watch a Video from UC President Mark Yudof on the Governor's 2010-11 Budget Proposal
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Campus Cuts Energy Costs by $210,000
Over Holidays

UC San Diego cut its energy costs $210,000 over the recent holiday break by putting most of its 90 buildings (excluding hospitals and clinics) in “unoccupied mode” for 16 days compared to 10 days last year. More arrow

Staff Education and Development Courses

Job Accommodation: Saving Jobs, Saving Lives
8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Introduction to Microsoft Access 2007
1/26/10 and 1/28/10
8:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.

Supervisory Training Laboratory
2/2/10, 2/9/10, 2/16/10, 2/23/10, 3/2/10, 3/30/10, and 5/4/10
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

What's Happening
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New Interactive Exhibit at UC San Diego: Turning Overheard Conversations into Art
01/15/2010 to 03/12/2010
gallery@calit2 - Atkinson Hall
San Diego Biotechnology Network: Maximizing Your Career Potential in 2010
5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Photo of No Child (play)
No Child...
La Jolla Playhouse
Photo of Prebys Concert Hall
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Photo of Chinese flag
What It Means to be Human in China —
A Conversation

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Social Science Bldg. Rm. 107

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You Do The Math
= 48,073: Applications UCSD received for its Fall 2010 freshman class, up 2.3 percent from the previous year
= 14,286: Transfer student applications, a 27.7 percent increase from 2009
= 8.8 percent: Increase in freshman applications from underrepresented students, with 20.6 percent increase in applications from African Americans, 5.8 percent from Latinos and Mexican Americans, and 25.1 percent from Native Americans
Faculty Authors
Book cover of Celia Alvarez Muñoz
Celia Alvarez Muñoz
By Roberto Tejada

In a biographical essay that contains more than 100 color reproductions, Tejada looks at the writing, painting, photography, multimedia installations and public art of Chicana artist Celia Alvarez Muñoz. This book traces her development from her earliest projects to the recent works in digital photography. Her work draws on her personal experiences growing up on the border and learning to navigate between two languages, cultures and communities, and Tejada deftly illustrates the artist’s feminism, political stance and multiculturalism. More arrow
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