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Work with Orphans Among Efforts
Recognized at Annual Diversity Awards Ceremony

In the past two decades, David Murline has crisscrossed the globe aboard research vessels for UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. But there is one port in Chile that holds a particular place in his heart. That is where Murline, a ship captain, regularly visits an orphanage every time he makes port. He and his crew donate funds and organize on-board visits for the orphans. Murline was one of 14 individuals and 10 organizations, departments and units to be recognized for their outstanding contributions in support of UCSD’s commitment to diversity and understanding of other cultures Tuesday during the campus’ 15th Annual Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Awards ceremony. More arrow

UC San Diego Researchers Participating in
‘Olympics of Science Conferences’ in San Diego

UC San Diego Black Student Union (Photo / Victor W. Chen)The future of stem cell research, how poor sleep influences drug use in adolescent social networks, understanding genome instability in cancer cells, and how computer science is being used to solve the nation’s most pressing health and environmental “grand challenges” are just a few of the topics that more than 20 UC San Diego researchers will discuss Feb. 18-22 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Diego. More arrow

Biologists Image Birth of
Blood-Forming Stem Cells in Embryo

Photo of researchersBiologists at UC San Diego have identified the specific region in vertebrates where adult blood stem cells arise during embryonic development.Their discovery, which appears in a paper in last week’s early online edition of the journal Nature, is a critical first step for the development of safer and more effective stem cell therapies for patients with leukemia, multiple myeloma, anemia and a host of other diseases of the blood or bone marrow. More arrow

Annual Hearts and Scholars Dinner Brings
Together UC San Diego Students and Donors

Logo of San Diego Supercomputer CenterBrennan Pursley never planned to continue his education after high school. Then he experienced first-hand how difficult life was without a degree. Today, Pursley is a double major in physics and applied mathematics at UC San Diego. And he is captivated by physics research, thanks to a scholarship named for a former UC San Diego chancellor—who was a scholarship recipient himself—and his wife. More arrow

Rady School Launches 'Fellowships
for the Future' Initiative with $2.5 Million
Challenge Gift from Pauline Foster

Rady SchoolThe Rady School of Management has received a $2.5 million charitable gift from local philanthropist and business owner Pauline Foster to endow MBA student fellowships. The gift to provide fellowships (graduate level scholarships) to MBA students is part of “Invent the Future: The UC San Diego Student Support Campaign.” More arrow

Antarctic Ice Shelf Collapse
Possibly Triggered by Ocean Waves

Depicting a cause-and-effect scenario that spans thousands of miles, a scientist at UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography and his collaborators discovered that ocean waves originating along the Pacific coasts of North and South America impact Antarctic ice shelves and could play a role in their catastrophic collapse. Peter Bromirski is the lead scientist in a new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters that describes how storms over the North Pacific Ocean may be transferring enough wave energy to destabilize Antarctic ice shelves. More arrow

Researchers Create Drug to
Keep Tumor Growth Switched Off

A novel — and rapid — anti-cancer drug development strategy has resulted in a new drug that stops kidney and pancreatic tumors from growing in mice. Researchers at the Moores Cancer Center have found a drug that binds to a molecular “switch” found in cancer cells and cancer-associated blood vessels to keep it in the “off” position.
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Catching Calcium Waves Could
Provide Alzheimer’s Insights

New insights on what causes Alzheimer’s disease could arise from a recent discovery made by bioengineers from UC San Diego. The finding concerns the infamous amyloid beta peptides—fragments of which form plaques thought to play a role in Alzheimer’s disease. The bioengineers found that amyloid beta peptides spontaneously trigger calcium waves in purified cultures of astrocyte cells extracted from the cortex region of rat brains and grown in the lab. These calcium waves could be relevant for understanding the origin of Alzheimer’s disease. More arrow

Supercomputer Center Announces First
Round of Triton Research Opportunity Grants
The San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego has announced the first round of computer allocations under the Triton Research Opportunities program associated with the center’s new Triton Resource, a data-intensive computing system primarily designed to support UC San Diego and UC researchers. More arrow

UC San Diego Again Named
a Peace Corps ‘Top College’

Jenna Houts is one UC San Diego alumna who has helped her alma mater earn a top spot on the annual list of “Peace Corps Top Colleges and Universities” for the fourth year in a row.The Peace Corps’ Top Colleges report ranks colleges and universities according to the size of the student body. More arrow


Supporting the ‘Heart of San Diego’:
Gala Benefits Medical Center’s Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center

Logo of graduate student association Friends and supporters of the Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center, part of the UC San Diego Medical Center, will show their heart on Feb. 27 by joining the university’s 13th annual Heart of San Diego Gala. Proceeds from the black-tie fete — which will include dinner, dancing and a live auction at the Four Seasons Resort Aviara in Carlsbad — will directly benefit the construction of the comprehensive Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center.More arrow

UCSD Composer Wins Prestigious Commission from the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University
Logo of graduate student associationIt’s not often that mining the 13th century yields a contemporary gem. But UC San Diego composer Bryan Christian discovered a rich vein of inspiration in the cathedrals and churches of the Old Town of Tallinn, Estonia—one of the best preserved medieval villages in Europe.In December, Christian learned that he had won a Fromm Commission from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University.More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow CDC Report: H1N1 Has Killed Up to 17,000 in U.S.
FOX News
Feb. 15, 2010
  arrow Some Say Learning Styles
Are Myth, Others Say They're Magic

The Washington Post,
Feb. 11, 2010
  arrow Stem Cell Births Seen Live
San Diego Union-Tribune
Feb. 15, 2010

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Chancellor's Corner

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on Faculty Research: Diversity

At Work
Task Force Completes
Budget Report

The UCSD Senate-Administration Task Force on Budget has issued its report after carefully reviewing the campus’ challenges. Read the report, which includes recommendations at

Read an Advocacy Message from
Chancellor Fox
Chancellor Fox urges members of the UCSD community to become advocates for UC’s future. Click here to read her message. (PDF)

President Yudof
Reports on Budget Advocacy Progress

Read about UC-wide efforts to advocate for increased state funding, including two rallies in Sacramento this spring, which UC President Mark Yudof and other UC leaders plan to attend.
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UCSD United Way/CHAD Campaign Underway
The theme of this year’s UCSD United Way/CHAD Campaign is "Live United, Keep it Local: Imagine the Impact of Your Support." Supporting United Way/CHAD through the UCSD Campaign offers the opportunity to make an important difference in the lives of our neighbors.
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Staff Education and Development Courses

Introduction to SharePoint
2/23/10 and 2/25/10
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

Best Practices for Employee Disability Management
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Confidentiality of Records: Privacy/Access/The Law
1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

What's Happening
Greenovation Nature and Sustainability
Greenovation Forum: Nature and Sustainability
4 p.m. Feb. 24
Calit2 Theatre at
Atkinson Hall
Black History Month (Photo / Victor W. Chen)
Black History Month
February 2010
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Predicting the Present With Google Trends
7:30 a.m. Feb. 18
UCSD Faculty Club
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The California Judiciary: A Search for Justice in a Democratic Society
1:30 p.m. Feb. 20
Chancellors Complex
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DNA Art Opening
4 p.m. Feb. 19
The Loft

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You Do The Math
= $1.6 billion number of processor hours the Department of Energy’s Office of Science awarded San Diego Supercomputer Center and other parts of UCSD as part of its 2010 Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment program.
Faculty Authors
Book cover of Composing the Citizen

Moral Spectatorship: Technologies of Voice and Affect in Postwar Representations of the Child
By Lisa Cartwright

This groundbreaking work in film studies rethinks the role of the spectator by reopening a critique of psychoanalytic film theory that many consider was laid to rest decades ago. Her renewed glance at the questions posed by theorists in the 1980s and 1990s focuses on the relationships and technologies that forge human agency. Rather than putting ourselves in the other’s shoes or thinking and feeling like the other when we are spectators, the process of perception and identification in film is actually a two-way street, Cartwright argues. More arrow

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