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Looking Forward to 2011
A Green Open House and an Innovation Day Expo and Symposium, as well as a visit by former President Bill Clinton, whose Global Initiative University will head a conference for university students, are among the highlights of the upcoming year at UC San Diego. As the university wraps up its 50th anniversary celebration and continues to grow, it will open a new cardiovascular center and more student housing and campus researchers will have access to a new stem cell research facility. Read on to find out what is in store in the next 12 months at UCSD. More arrow

Gov. Brown's Proposed Budget
Includes $500 Million Cut to University of California

Students at Geisel Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a balanced, deficit-closing 2011-12 state budget today that relies on painful cuts in state services including a $500 million reduction in support for the University of California. The 16.4 percent drop in state general fund support for UC would result in a historic shift in how California's public research university is funded. "The crossing of this threshold transcends mere symbolism and should be profoundly disturbing to all Californians," said UC President Mark G. Yudof, calling it a sad day for California. More arrow

Kiplinger's Recognizes Campus
as California's 'Best Value' Public University

Students at Geisel UC San Diego is the 'best value' public college in California, according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. The list of the top 100 best values public colleges and universities will appear in the February 2011 issue of the publication. Kiplinger's ranked UC San Diego 12th in the nation, above UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC Irvine, based on its academic quality, affordability and financial aid resources. More arrow

SIDS Spikes on New Year's Day
Not a happy holiday thought, but an important one: The number of babies who die of SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome, surges by 33 percent on New Year's Day. The suspected reason? Alcohol consumption by caretakers the night before. More arrow

Global Seminars Program Brings
Academics to Life for Students

Cadiz On her first day of class in Turkey's capital, Istanbul, UC San Diego freshman Jessica Ko attended a lecture about Hagia Sophia, the city's famous cathedral turned mosque turned museum. Then, she and her classmates went to visit the monument, built in the fourth century. More arrow

NFL Charities Awards Research Grant
to School of Medicine Researcher
NFL Charities
NFL Charities, the charitable foundation of the National Football League owners, has awarded more than $1.6 million in grants to support sports-related medical research at 16 organizations. Of these grants, nearly $100,000 will go to a team of researchers at the School of Medicine who are studying novel methods of detecting brain injury. More arrow

Babies Process Language in a Grown-Up Way
Baby Brains Babies, even those too young to talk, can understand many of the words that adults are saying — and their brains process them in a grown-up way. Combining the cutting-edge technologies of MRI and MEG, scientists at UC San Diego show that babies just over a year old process words they hear with the same brain structures as adults, and in the same amount of time. More arrow

Genetic Abnormalities Identified
in Pluripotent Stem Cell Lines

A multinational team of researchers led by stem cell scientists at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and Scripps Research Institute has documented specific genetic abnormalities that occur in human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cell lines. The published findings highlight the need for frequent genomic monitoring of pluripotent stem cells to assure their stability and clinical safety. More arrow

Researchers Discover Human
Immune System Has Emergency Backup Plan

Research by scientists at the School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences reveals that the immune system has an effective backup plan to protect the body from infection when the "master regulator" of the body's innate immune system fails. More arrow

New Study Upends Thinking
About How Liver Disease Develops

David Brenner In the latest of a series of related papers, researchers at the School of Medicine, with colleagues in Austria and elsewhere, present a new and more definitive explanation of how fibrotic cells form, multiply and eventually destroy the human liver, resulting in cirrhosis. In doing so, the findings upend the standing of a long-presumed marker for multiple fibrotic diseases and reveal the existence of a previously unknown kind of inflammatory white blood cell. More arrow

Record Crowd Expected to Brawl
and Play at Campus Winter Game Fest

WinterGameFest More video games, sponsors, attendees and $7,000 worth of prizes, will be featured at the seventh annual Winter Game Fest Jan. 22 and 23 on the campus. The two-day video game tournament is free and open to the public and has become one of the largest competitions of its kind in Southern California. More arrow

What Will You Do This Year?
mishi kavoraStudents talk about their New Year resolutions
At the beginning of the academic year, the UC San Diego Alumni Association asked students about their plans for the future. We decided to catch up with a few of them at the beginning of this new calendar year to learn more about their New Year resolutions and their experiences at UCSD so far. Here's what they had to say. More arrow

UC San Diego is Named by U.S. News and World Report
as one of the Top 10 'Best Colleges to Avoid Winter'

Surfer The temperature may only run in the 60s, but it's still sunny here in San Diego. So, vote for UC San Diego as one of the best colleges to avoid winter and help the campus get recognized for its amazing weather. More arrow


Chancellor Fox and Martin Wollesen
Named Among "50 People to Watch"

50 People to Watch In its January 2011 issue, San Diego Magazine announced its annual list of "50 People to Watch," ranking Chancellor Marye Anne Fox and Martin Wollesen, artistic director of UC San Diego ArtPower!, among the city's top "movers and shakers." More arrow

No Grinch This Season: Mrs. Seuss Honors
UCSD's 50th Anniversary with $2M Gift

Audrey GeiselUC San Diego received an unexpected and generous gift from longtime campus supporter Audrey Geisel in honor of the university's 50th Anniversary. The $2 million donation will be used to jumpstart the renovation of University House, the currently uninhabitable private residence for the UCSD Chancellor. More arrow

Composer Katharina Rosenberger
Inspired by Geometry and Plant Forms

Katharina Rosenberger Visual art, geometry and plant forms inspired seven new works by UC San Diego composer Katharina Rosenberger. One of these pieces will premiere at UCSD on Jan. 12, performed by the highly regarded Wet Ink Ensemble from New York City. More arrow

More Headlines

UC San Diego Cancer Researcher and Community Advocate Named Chair of National Study Group


Press Clips

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San Diego Union-Tribune, Jan. 4

  arrow National Study Launched
Researching Children's Health

San Diego Union-Tribune, Jan. 10

  arrow It Pays to Give
The Economist, Jan. 7

  arrow Genetic Abnormalities Found in Stem Cell Lines
Los Angeles Times, Jan. 6

  arrow Holiday Hangover: Alcohol Linked to SIDS Deaths
Good Morning America, ABC News, Dec. 29


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January 10, 2011

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Chancellor's Corner

Poem Letter from the Chancellor


Alonso Noble Q & A
with Alonso Noble

Campus Notices

An Important Message from President Yudof Regarding the State Budget

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Sexual Harassment Prevention: The Survival Guide
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
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UCSD Gift Processing
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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What's Happening

Volunteer50: MLK Parade and Day of Service
9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Jan. 15, 2011

Teaching Diversity Conference

Teaching Diversity Conference
Jan. 27, 2011
Cross Cultural Center

Searching for the Higgs

Hunt for the Higgs Boson
5:30 p.m.
Jan. 27, 2011
Natural Science Building

Ron Reagan

Revelle Forum: Ron Reagan
7 p.m.
Jan. 26, 2011
The Neurosciences Institute

Winter Student Org Fair

Winter Student Organizations Fair
10 a.m.
Jan. 12, 2011
Library Walk

UCSD Tours

UCSD 50th Anniversary Campus Tours
9 a.m.
Feb. 13, 2011

Stephen Potts

Dig the Scene with Prof. Stephen Potts
7 p.m.
Jan. 19, 2011
The Loft


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You Do The Math

2,800 = number of homes that could be powered by a fuel cell that will be completed in late 2011 at UC San Diego

$19 million = fuel cell's cost, funded through state funds, private investment, loans and investment tax credits

Faculty Authors

Citizen Rauh
An American Liberal's Life in Law and Politics

Edited by Michael E. Parrish

"Citizen Rauh" tells the story of American lawyer Joseph L. Rauh Jr., who kept alive the ideals of New Deal liberalism and broadened those ideals to include a commitment to civil rights. Rauh's clients included Arthur Miller, Lillian Hellman, A. Philip Randolph, and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. No lawyer in the post-1945 era did more to protect the economic interests of working-class Americans than Rauh.
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