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Clearing the Air
A Scripps researcher hopes to demonstrate that improving developing world cooking methods could slow global warming and improve public health along the way
Smoke rises from a clay stove and blackens the walls of a poorly ventilated kitchen hut somewhere in south Asia. The smoke eventually escapes and adds to a perpetual haze that darkens the horizons over large swaths of poverty-filled regions. The practice of biomass burning — using sticks, grass, or cow dung as free cooking fuel — combines with the production of diesel exhaust from vehicles everywhere to create a large contributor to global warming, possibly second only to carbon dioxide emissions. By accelerating snowmelt, it makes the planet more heat-absorbent as sunlight falls less on the bright ice and snow and more on dark land and water. More arrow

Campus Soggy, but Coping Well
After Series of Strong Pacific Storms

The Village Grocery Store (Photo / Victor W. Chen)The fourth strong Pacific storm in a week pounded the UC San Diego campus Thursday, with up to 6 inches of torrential rains and winds up to 60 mph. The storm toppled trees, flooded sections of at least eight buildings and transformed the normally precipitation-challenged campus into a soggy mess. More

Undergraduate Research
Opens Door to New Opportunities

Image of Undergraduate ResearchTo the average 3-year-old, “research” means studying shiny snail trails or jumping into puddles and seeing how far they’ll splash. For the third-grader, it might mean dropping a tooth into soda and watching it turn to mush, or interviewing family members for oral histories. But it’s really around grade 13 — freshman year of college, that is — that the concept of research begins to get turned on its head. More arrow

UCSD Receives Record Number
of Freshman and Transfer Applications

Photo of studentsUC San Diego has received 48,073 freshman applications for Fall 2010, up 1,101 applicants, or 2.3 percent, from the previous year. The 14,286 transfer student applications continued to show an increase to 3,102 students or 27.7 percent from 2009, reflecting a record number of applications from both transfer and freshman. More arrow

Scientists Show How Brain Tumors Outsmart Drugs
Image of Brain TumorResearchers at the School of Medicine have shown one way in which gliomas, a deadly type of brain tumor, can evade drugs aimed at blocking a key cell signaling protein that is crucial for tumor growth. More arrow

Medical Students Say Western Medicine/Teaching Needs to Integrate More with Alternative Medicine
Image of human subjectIn the largest national survey of its kind, researchers from UCLA and UC San Diego measured medical students’ attitudes and beliefs about complementary and alternative medicine. The findings were published in the online issue of Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. More arrow

Link Between Obesity and
Enhanced Cancer Risk Elucidated

Epidemiological studies indicate that being overweight or obese is associated with increased cancer risk. The most dramatic effect of obesity on cancer risk has been noted for a common form of liver cancer called hepatocellular carcinoma. Modeling the effect of obesity in mice, researchers at the School of Medicine have conclusively demonstrated that obesity is tumor-promoting and have obtained evidence that this effect depends on induction of low-grade, chronic inflammation. More arrow

Researchers Find New Insights
into Inherited Retinal Disease

An international team of scientists, led by researchers at the School of Medicine have discovered new links between a common form of inherited blindness affecting children and a gene known as Abelson helper integration site-1. Their findings, which may lead to new therapies and improved diagnostics for retinal disease, appeared online in the journal Nature Genetics. More arrow

Tobacco Smoke Causes Lung Inflammation,
Promotes Lung Cancer Growth

Repeated exposure to tobacco smoke makes lung cancer much worse, and one reason is that it steps up inflammation in the lung. Scientists at the School of Medicine have found that mice with early lung cancer lesions that were repeatedly exposed to tobacco smoke developed larger tumors — and developed tumors more quickly — than unexposed animals. The key contributing factor was lung tissue inflammation. More arrow

UC San Diego Researchers
Synchronize Blinking “Genetic Clocks”

Photo of Genetic Clock Researchers at UC San Diego who last year genetically engineered bacteria to keep track of time by turning on and off fluorescent proteins within their cells have taken another step toward the construction of a programmable genetic sensor. The scientists recently synchronized these bacterial “genetic clocks” to blink in unison and engineered the bacterial genes to alter their blinking rates when environmental conditions change. More


Renowned Oceanographer Walter Munk
to Receive Crafoord Prize

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego scientist Walter Munk, often referred to as the world’s “greatest living oceanographer,” added to a long list of career honors today when the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced his receipt of the Crafoord Prize, which is given each spring to researchers who have made major advancements in their branches of science. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Teen Drinking May Cause
Irreversible Brain Damage

January 25, 2010
  arrow Synthetic Biology Cells Produce Light Show
BBC News
January 22, 2010
  arrow American Scientist Wins Geoscience Prize
The New York Times
January 21, 2010
  arrow The Nifty 50
The New York Times
January 21, 2010
  arrow Medical Students Supportive
of Alternative Medicine

January 20, 2010

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Chancellor to Hold Town Hall with Students 4 - 5 p.m., January 27 at the Price Center East Ballroom More arrow

Planning Under Way
for 50th Anniversary Celebration

Find out what's in store for UCSD's 50th Anniversary. More arrow

Diversity Awards Recipients Announced
Fourteen individuals and nine departments, units and organizations will be recognized at 2 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Price Center ballroom for their outstanding contributions in support of UCSD’s commitment to diversity. More arrow

Free H1N1 Vaccine Clinics to be Held
on Campus

Graphic of flue vaccine All students, faculty and staff can be vaccinated at one of the following free clinics. There is no cost, due to support from the San Diego County Public Health Department. More arrow

Staff Education and Development Courses

Web Site Redesign: Campus Case Studies
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Compensation / Classification A: Creating the Job Description
1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m.

Department Security Administrator (DSA) Training
2/2/10 and 2/3/10
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

What's Happening
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The Reconstruction of American Journalism
5:00 p.m.
Institute of the Americas
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Predicting the Present With Google Trends
7:30 p.m.
UCSD Faculty Club
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Watch What You Tweet: The Perils of Social Networking Sites
The Offices of Latham & Watkins LLP
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D.C. Insiders Discuss
How IP Reform Will
Affect San Diego

8:00 a.m.
AMN Healthcare
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Economics and Terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan
5:00 p.m.
Robinson Building Complex

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You Do The Math
= $568 million: combined costs of six construction projects underway at UC San Diego in 2010
= $67 million: cost of the Health Services Graduate Student Housing complex
= 225: number of two-bedroom units in the new housing complex
Faculty Authors
Book cover of Hysteria
By Andrew Scull

Historians of medicine often try to understand how various diseases or epidemics originated. In this fascinating exception, Scull examines how a disease died out. Hysteria is an affliction that rose and fell with the nineteenth century. Back then, all it took was a dash of anxiety, malaise or, more cynically, free thinking for a woman to be diagnosed with this “disease.” But as attitudes toward women’s sexuality and psychology changed and understandings about the human mind and social conditions evolved, what was once termed a disease was reconstructed as a cultural phenomenon, ultimately resulting in the disease’s own extinction. More arrow
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