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Rug Rat Race

Fighting for a Seat
College-educated women going to extremes to secure elite college admission for their kids
Are you a college-educated woman? Do you find that you spend an increasing amount of time driving your children to their activities? Are you hoping all these extra-curricular activities will get them into a good college? Then congratulations: you’re officially caught up in what UC San Diego economist Valerie Ramey calls “The Rug Rat Race.” Ramey and her husband, Garey, also a UCSD economist, have described the phenomenon in a working paper of the same name for the National Bureau of Economic Research. More arrow

UC San Diego Establishes Center for Chronobiology
ChronoBiologyYesterday's shift to Daylight Savings Time represents one chronobiological change that affects our productivity and physical and mental well-being. Scientists at UC San Diego studying the biological clocks of bacteria, fungi, plants and animals have joined forces to apply their knowledge across these diverse groups of organisms to human sleep disorders in a newly established Center for Chronobiology. More arrow

How to Manage California’s Alternative
Energy Grid When the Sun Doesn’t Shine
California’s goal of generating 33 percent of its power from renewable energy sources by 2020 will be challenging on days when clouds shade acres of solar photovoltaic panels or when thousands of wind turbines spin more slowly during calm weather. However, researchers at UC San Diego are developing sophisticated forecasting tools that will give California electricity distributors advance notice of meteorological changes that affect solar output. More arrow

Benefits of Brain Cooling After Stroke Being Explored
Researchers at the UC San Diego Medical Center are collaborating with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston on the largest clinical trial of hypothermia (brain cooling) for stroke to date. Brain cooling has been shown to decrease brain swelling and reduce loss of neurologic function after an acute stroke. The trial will look specifically at whether hypothermia improves patient outcomes after ischemic stroke. More arrow

Celebrating Science:
UC San Diego Organizes
the 2010 San Diego Science Festival

SFPressSpeakers UC San Diego is the lead organizer for the second annual San Diego Science Festival, a week of community events designed to focus awareness on the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. This year’s festival will take place March 20-27, culminating in a Science EXPO Day at PETCO Park on Saturday, March 27. 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

UCSD Libraries’ Acclaimed Culinary Collections
is on a Delicious Roll With Latest Addition

UCSD Libraries’ Acclaimed Culinary CollectionsApproximately 60 national and local members of the American Institute of Wine & Food joined the festivities—and fabulous food, of course—at the Geisel Library to pay tribute to the late Jan Weimer and the donation of her personal archive to the UCSD Libraries. More arrow


Kyoto Prize Brings
World-Renowned Scientists to Campus

GrantsWorld-renowned evolutionary biologists and husband-and-wife team Peter and Rosemary Grant will speak on campus April 21 as part of the Kyoto Prize Symposium. The talk is free and open to the public. The Kyoto Prize—now in its 25th year—is Japan’s highest private award for global achievement. More arrow

UC San Diego Poet Rae Armantrout Wins
National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry

rarmantroutUC San Diego poet Rae Armantrout has won the 2009 award from the National Book Critics Circle for “Versed." The awards were announced March 11 at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium in New York. More arrow

Pioneering Neurosurgeon Joins Health Sciences
CarterDistinguished neurosurgeon and scientist Dr. Bob Carter has been named chief of the division of neurosurgery at the UCSD Medical Center and the Moores UCSD Cancer Center. Under his leadership, the university will launch a multidisciplinary brain tumor treatment center that will serve as a destination for patients and referring physicians seeking integrated care from multiple specialists in one location. More arrow

Rady School of Management Professor
Receives National Science Foundation Award
Terry August, a professor at the RadTerry Augusty School of Management, has received the 2010 National Science Foundation CAREER award. The award, which will provide $530,000 in research funding, was granted by the National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Study: Camel No. 9
Cigarette Ads appeal to Teen Girls

USA Today
March 15, 2010
  arrow Giving May Be Contagious
March 10, 2010
  arrow State Regulators Approve $9 Million
in Solar Research Grants, PG&E Solar Contract

Los Angeles Times
March 11, 2010
  arrow UCSD Announces Minority Enrollment Push
March 12, 2010
  arrow A New Understanding of How
Prostate Cancer Treatment May Backfire

Los Angeles Times
March 12, 2010

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Spotlight on Faculty Research:
Access and Outcomes

At Work

Campus Launches Initiatives to
Increase Diversity
Attracting underrepresented students to the University of California has been more difficult since the passage of Proposition 209, which outlawed ethnicity based admissions policies. UC campuses, including UC San Diego, have introduced new admissions programs to encourage first-generation and low-income students to enroll. More arrow

Chief Diversity
Officer to Speak at Leadership Series

Dr. Sandra Daley, who received her medical degree from and did her training in pediatrics at the UCSD School of Medicine, will speak at the next Perspectives on Leadership talk April 6 at Eucalyptus Point. More arrow

Nominate an
Exemplary Staff Employee
The Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year Award Program recognizes Professional and Support Staff career employees who make exceptional contributions to the UCSD and San Diego communities. All members of the campus community are encouraged to nominate staff colleagues who deserve this special acknowledgment. More arrow

Staff Education and Development Courses

Facilitating Groups: The Basics
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Understanding UC Plans
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Personal Finance Series: Identity Theft
Noon to 1:00 pm

What's Happening
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Second Annual womens
Second Annual UCSD Womens Conference
March 22
9 a.m.
Price Center West Ballrooms
FitLife Fest
FitLife Fest
March 31 - April 1
Main Gym/RIMAC
View from the Top: The Intersection of Science and Policy in the Capital
March 30
Biomedical Library
ucsd book store
Spring Break Sale @ UC San Diego Bookstore
March 15 - 19
UCSD Bookstore
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You Do The Math



75,000 number of individuals reached by the San Diego Science Festival in 2009

$3 million amount the National Science Foundation awarded to fund the year-round San Diego Science Festival efforts

Faculty Authors

Curious Folks Ask
By Sherry Seethaler

Is one “horsepower” really equal to the power of one horse? Why can’t you sneeze with your eyes open? How much does a cremated body weigh? These are just a few of the fascinating science and health questions real people have asked top science writer and San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Sherry Seethaler. "Curious Folks As"k brings together 162 of her best answers–all crystal-clear, accurate, quick, and a pleasure to read. More arrow

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