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Mind Mappers
Digital Brain Library sets out to dissect brains of 1,000 donors
For obvious reasons, humans are utterly fascinated with what makes us, well, human. Put another way, our brains want to know more about themselves. But studying this jellied, three-pound organ perched atop our spine has historically been problematic. How do you compare what has been learned about human behavior and disease with the actual organ, which clearly can't be examined in direct, microscopic detail while still in use by its owner? More arrow

Service, Outreach Efforts Recognized at Diversity Awards
diversity baldThe first time Eduardo Fricovsky came in contact with UC San Diego, he was a ninth-grader coming from a neighborhood where violence and drug use were common occurrences. Fast forward a few decades and Fricovsky is now a faculty member at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, mentoring a diverse student population. He also volunteers at UCSD’s Student-Run Free Clinic Project, which serves a diverse population. More arrow

Campus Celebrates Anniversary
With Free Lunchtime Series Feb. 22-24

Campus Celebrates Anniversary Join in the celebration of UC San Diego's 50th Anniversary—and enjoy complimentary lunch—as part of the Innovation Day Expo and Symposia (IDEaS) series of lunchtime programs Tuesday, Feb. 22 through Thursday, Feb. 24. The provocative talks will focus on social justice and the cultural innovation emerging from UC San Diego and its staff, faculty and alumni. More

Fluorescent Peptides Help Nerves Glow in Surgery
photo of TsienAccidental damage to thin or buried nerves during surgery can have severe consequences, from chronic pain to permanent paralysis. Scientists at the School of Medicine may have found a remedy: injectable fluorescent peptides that cause hard-to-see peripheral nerves to glow, alerting surgeons to their location even before the nerves are encountered. More arrow

Learning Causes Structural Changes in Affected Neurons
Tuszynski MarkWhen a laboratory rat learns how to reach for and grab a food pellet—a pretty complex and unnatural act for a rodent—the acquired knowledge significantly alters the structure of the specific brain cells involved, which sprout a whopping 22 percent more dendritic spines connecting them to other motor neurons. More arrow

NSF Awards Grants to Scripps Scientists
to Study Effects of Ocean Acidification

Scripps GraphicWith increasing levels of carbon dioxide accumulating in the atmosphere and moving into marine systems, the world's oceans are becoming more acidic.
To address the growing concern of acidifying marine ecosystems, the National Science Foundation has awarded 21 grants, including awards to scientists at UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography. More arrow

Searching for the Soul of the Genome
The discovery that a "gene desert" on chromosome 9 was a hotspot for coronary artery disease risk was among the highlights of findings produced recently by genome-wide association studies, which compare the genomes of many people for genetic variations and have been broadly used in the past few years to study hundreds of diseases and complex traits. Gene deserts are large genomic segments devoid of genes. More arrow

Computer Simulations Reveal
the Structure, Dynamics of Chemical
Signal That Triggers Metastatic Cancer

computer graphicIn cancer and other pathological diseases, researchers are discovering that packaging is important: specifically, how DNA—about two meters long when unwound and stretched—coils up and compacts neatly inside the nucleus of a cell. More arrow

The Hitch in the Drug? The Itch in the Drug
Scratching deep beneath the surface, a team of researchers from the School of Medicine and three South Korean institutions have identified two distinct neuronal signaling pathways activated by a topical cream used to treat a variety of skin diseases. One pathway produces the therapeutic benefit; the other induces severe itching as a side effect.
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SDSC Announces New Round of
Triton Research Opportunity Grants

The San Diego Supercomputer Center has announced the latest round of computer allocations under the Triton Research Opportunities program associated with the center’s Triton Resource, a data-intensive computing system primarily designed to support UC San Diego and UC researchers.
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Event Reaches Out to Low-Income,
Underrepresented Students
Interested in Graduate School

computer graphic UC San Diego's Office of Graduate Studies partnered with 31 other universities for UC Edge: University of California Recruitment Day Friday. The all-day event is designed to inform low-income, first-generation, underrepresented and untraditional students about graduate education opportunities, including those at University of California campuses. This was the first time UC San Diego hosted the annual event, traditionally held at UCLA. Also a first, the event was free of charge to participants as a result of UC San Diego's fund-raising efforts to make the event as affordable and accessible as possible.


Students Say Thank You at Annual
Hearts and Scholars Dinner Feb. 17

Diamant Shaw When Diamant Shaw began her senior year at UC San Diego, she made it a personal goal to find a niche on campus where she could make an impact. She found it in a unique research project that combines environmental studies and neighborhood after-school programs. The research allows her to work one-on-one with UC San Diego faculty members and teach K-12 students—enhancing her own education and positively impacting the local community. Thanks to generous scholarship support, Shaw has been able to continue this research for almost a year now. More arrow

More Headlines

Medication Education Key to
Successful Adherence in Patients with Diabetes

UC San Diego Health System Expands
Cancer-Related Services in North Coastal Area

Press Clips


Light It Up, Baby:
Glow-in-the-Dark Surgery in the Works

TIME Magazine, Feb. 8

  arrow Not All Birthmarks Harmless, Expert Says
BusinessWeek, Feb. 9

  arrow Second-hand Smoke Ups Risk of Abnormal Pap Test
Reuters, Feb. 11

  arrow Top 10 Sectors for New Jobs
Los Angeles Times, Feb. 8

  arrow UCSD Hosts Wide-ranging Dialogue About Mexico
San Diego Union-Tribune,Feb. 13


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February 14, 2011

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Chancellor's Corner

Q&A Q and A with: Nate Delson

spotlight Spotlight On: Innovators

Campus Notices

2011 Call for Proposals:
Global Seminars Summer 2012—Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs

2011 UC San Diego United Way/CHAD Campaign

At Work

Slideshow: Campus Gets
into the Triton Spirit with Decoration Contest

UCSD Alumni Association to Receive Six Awards for Excellence from CASE
A smart-phone app and a night in a Napa castle were among the programs that netted UCSD Alumni six awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Staff Education and Development Courses

CPR: Heartsaver Cardiac Life Support
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Keyword search: cprheart

Collaborate with Ease
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Keyword search: collaboratewithease

Diversity Education
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Keyword search: diversityeducation

What's Happening

IDEaS - Expo
3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Feb. 25, 2011


Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran
7 p.m.
Feb. 25, 2011
Price Center West Theater


Tim Wise lecture-- Colorblind
7 p.m.
Feb. 16, 2011
Price Center

gene perry

Gene Perry - Dance and Drumming Workshop
3:30 p.m.
Feb. 17, 2011
Social Science Building

little miss sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine
Feb. 15 to March 27
La Jolla Playhouse


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You Do The Math

14 = UC San Diego's rank among large universities for the number of alumni it sends to the Peace Corps.

678 = Total number of UC San Diego alumni who have served in the Peace Corps in the past 50 years.

Faculty Authors

Living with Complexity

By Donald A. Norman

Simplicity turns out to be more complex than we thought. In this provocative and informative book, Don Norman writes that the complexity of our technology must mirror the complexity and richness of our lives. It's not complexity that's the problem, it's bad design. Bad design complicates things unnecessarily and confuses us. Good design can tame complexity. More arrow

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