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Students Protest Cuts to Higher
Education with
Day of Action
Hundreds of students turned out on Library Walk Thursday to protest budget cuts and fee increases in higher education. Students also spoke up about campus climate. The rally was part of a statewide protest billed as a “Day of Action.” From Sacramento to Los Angeles, demonstrators from public schools, community colleges and universities gathered to protest cuts and demand access to an affordable public education for all. Similar protests also took place throughout the nation. More arrow

‘Pay It Forward’ Pays Off
Researchers report experimental findings
on spread of cooperation in a social network

Netcoop.jpg For all those dismayed by scenes of looting in disaster-struck zones, whether Haiti or Chile or elsewhere, take heart:  Good acts — acts of kindness, generosity and cooperation — spread just as easily as bad. And it takes only a handful of individuals to really make a difference. More arrow

Annual San Diego Science Festival to
Host Countywide 'Excite Your Mind' Events

logo_ExciteTag The largest celebration of science on the West Coast, held annually in San Diego, promises to once again “excite the minds” of thousands of students and their families March 20 to 27. In 2010, the San Diego Science Festival will continue to raise awareness of the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education among San Diego’s youth to inspire them to pursue careers in these rewarding fields. More arrow

Protein Shown to be Natural
Inhibitor of Aging in Fruit Fly Model

karinScientists at the School of Medicine, have identified a protein called Sestrin that serves as a natural inhibitor of aging and age-related pathologies in fruit flies. They also showed that Sestrin, whose structure and biochemical function are conserved between flies and humans, is needed for regulation of a signaling pathway that is the central controller of aging and metabolism. The work, led by Michael Karin, distinguished professor of pharmacology in UCSD’s Laboratory of Gene Regulation and Signal Transduction, is the cover story of the March 5 issue of the journal Science. More arrow

Study Shows Potential for Using Algae
to Produce Human Therapeutic Proteins

Pharmaceutical companies could substantially reduce the expense of costly treatments for cancer and other diseases produced from mammalian or bacterial cells by growing these human therapeutic proteins in algae—rapidly growing aquatic plant cells that have recently gained attention for their ability to produce biofuels. More arrow

Bt Protein Found Effective
Against Parasitic Roundworm Infections

.jpgBiologists at UC San Diego have discovered that a protein from a soil bacterium used to kill insects naturally on organic crops is a highly effective treatment for intestinal parasitic roundworms. These parasites, which include hookworms and whipworms, infect about two billion people in underdeveloped tropical regions and are cumulatively one of the leading causes of debilitation worldwide. More arrow

Researchers Help Create New System to Improve Safe Use of Medicines and Vaccines by Pregnant Women
Tracking the effects of drugs on pregnant women has long been a difficult and nearly impossible task for researchers— until now. Researchers at the UCSD School of Medicine, Boston University and The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology have created a new system to provide information to pregnant women and their doctors about using medications and vaccines safely in pregnancy. More arrow

Research Shows More Vitamin D May
Mean Fewer Bladder Cancer Cases

The latest in a series of papers from researchers the School of Medicine shows a clear association between deficiency in exposure to sunlight, specifically ultraviolet B (UVB), and bladder cancer. UVB exposure triggers photosynthesis of vitamin D3 in the body. This form of vitamin D is also available through diet and supplements. Previous studies from this research team have shown associations between higher levels of vitamin D3 and lower risk of cancers of the breast, colon, kidney, ovary and more. More arrow

Groceries for a Cause: Whole Foods
Market La Jolla to Donate Portion
of March 10 Sales to Student Wellness

wholefoods Student wellness at UC San Diego is getting a healthy boost thanks to Whole Foods Market in La Jolla. To ensure that students on the nearby university campus thrive, the market will donate 5 percent of net sales March 10 to support student wellness at UC San Diego. The Whole Foods Market “5% Day” is a quarterly program which supports nonprofit groups that are making a difference in the community. More arrow


Two UCSD Scientists Elected to National
Academy of Sciences Governing Council

wholefoods.jpgTwo scientists from UC San Diego have been elected to the governing council of the National Academy of Sciences, the nation’s preeminent organization of scientists, which advises Congress and the U.S. government on matters of science and technology. More arrow

Gift Supports MFA Playwrights at UCSD
03-02shanktheatre1.jpg.jpg Adele and Theodore Shank — both critically acclaimed dramatists as well as distinguished faculty emeriti in the department of theatre and dance at UC San Diego — have pledged $200,000 to establish the Adele and Theodore Shank Professional Playwriting Residency Award Fund to support students graduating with a Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting at UC San Diego. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Crisis Management at UCSD :
Chancellor Fox Deserves Praise, Not Blame

San Diego Union-Tribune, Editorial
March 8, 2010
  arrow County's Colleges See Mass Protests
San Diego Union-Tribune
March 5, 2010
  arrow Scientists Reaffirm Theory
That Giant Asteroid Killed Dinosaurs

March 8, 2010
  arrow High Hormone Level Linked
to Cancer Death in Older Men

March 3, 2010
  arrow Soil Bacteria Could Yield
Drug to Treat Roundworm

March 2, 2010

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March 8, 2010

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UCSD, Black
Student Union Sign Agreement, Announce Common Goals

UCSD officials reported successfully defining common goals at Thursday's meeting between senior administrators, faculty and students, led by Black Student Union co-chairs David Ritcherson and Fnann Keflezighi to address diversity issues to improve the campus climate. More arrow

UC Berkeley Law
Dean to Advise
on Race Matters
Christopher Edley, dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law and a widely respected authority on civil rights issues, has agreed to act as special advisor to UC President Mark Yudof and UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox. More arrow

Staff Education and Development Courses

Supervisor’s Role in Sustaining Quality Management While Dealing with Troubled or Problem Employees
1:00 pm to 4:00 p.m.

Work Leader Training Laboratory
3/18/10, 3/25/10, and 4/1/10,
12:30 pm to 4:30 p.m.

FinancialLink 103: Advanced
9:00 am to 12:00 p.m.

What's Happening
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The Evolution of Human Biodiversity
1 p.m. March 12
Basic Science Bldg.
Going to the Ends of the Earth to Study the Beginnings of Time
5:30 p.m. March 9
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Spring Arts Spree Open Studio
10 a.m. March 13
UCSD Extension Complex
8 p.m. March 10
Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre
Music of Poland: Szymanowski & U.S. Premiere!
10 a.m. March 13
Mandeville Center
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Faculty Authors
Stem Cells For Dummies

Stem Cells for Dummies
Lawrence S.B. Goldstein

“Stem Cell Research for Dummies” offers a balanced, plain-English look at this politically charged topic, cutting away the hype and presenting the facts clearly for you, free from debate. It explains what stem cells are and what they do, the legalities of harvesting them and using them in research, the latest research findings from the United States and abroad, and the prospects for medical stem cell therapies in the short and long term.
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