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Afghan Women's Writing
Opens Window to Shrouded World

A beautiful woman is an Afghan woman with a heart that is big like an ocean, but full of sorrow-rocks. She must be strong. She has no tears left to shed.
The words flashed on Barbara Field's screen and moved her deeply. She had been working with an Afghan woman named Mahnaz on an essay about the definition of a beautiful woman and was hoping to get it published soon. Field, who manages communications and metrics for the Office of the Controller, volunteers as a mentor for the Afghan Women's Writing Project in her spare time. More arrow

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UC San Diego Awards 7,535 Graduates
with Diplomas in 11 Commencement Ceremonies

Graduates National Geographic Adventure magazine's 2010 adventurer of the year Albert Lin, actor David Alan Grier and Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.) will speak to 7,535 graduating students on campus. The majority of UC San Diego's 11 commencement ceremonies will take place June 10-12.
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Outstanding Graduates Prepare for New Challenges
Graduate Student UC San Diego's 50th Anniversary celebration comes to a close with the 2011 commencement series. The class of 2011 carries the university's legacy of achieving the extraordinary as they gear up for the next exciting phase in their lives. Some will go on to graduate school, others will start their careers or serve their communities. Here are a few of their stories. More arrow

Close Up: Economist James Hamilton on Gas Prices
James Hamilton Some experts are predicting that gas prices could hit $5 per gallon this summer. We decided to talk to UC San Diego economist James Hamilton, an expert in oil markets, to find out whether their predictions are going to come true. Luckily, Hamilton told us in this video Q and A that he expects to see a decrease in prices in the coming months. But over the long run, prices will remain high. So don't buy that gas-guzzling SUV just yet, he said.
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Rethinking the Border
Political Equator 3 project takes creative approach
to addressing San Diego-Tijuana border region issues

Border It's at once an informal settlement, a military installation and a vulnerable environmental zone. It's also one of the world's great creative urban laboratories and what former U.N. diplomat and UC San Diego Urban Studies and Planning lecturer Oscar Romo calls "the very edge of the developed and the underdeveloped world." More arrow

Exemplary Staff Awards Honor
Employee Contributions to Campus and Community

Exemplary Staff "We wouldn't have transformed into a world-renowned research university in only 50 years without our staff," noted Chancellor Marye Anne Fox at last week's Exemplary Staff Awards ceremonies. Ten UC San Diego employees were named Exemplary Staff Employees of the Year. More arrow

Leading the Way
Sucesses of visionary alumni span wide spectrum of fields
Alumni The successes of our alumni constantly remind us that UC San Diego is more than a place; it is a state of mind. The university not only imparts knowledge, it teaches its students how to think, and UCSD alumni bring those cognitive abilities into the world and make it a better place. Here is just a sampling of the visionary alumni who have changed, and are changing the world. More arrow

Conflict of Interest Office
Helps Balance Innovation, Disclosure

Valerie Dixon "Conflict of interest," says Valerie Dixon, director of the university's Conflict of Interest Office, correcting a common misconception, "is not a statement of wrongdoing." Rather, she says, the term refers to situations in which financial or other considerations may compromise—or have the appearance of compromising—an employee's professional judgment. And that applies to administration, management, teaching, and other professional activities, not just research. More arrow

Students Gather to Celebrate
Traditional Watermelon Drop

Watermelon Drop The 47th Annual Watermelon Drop, UC San Diego's oldest tradition, took place Friday, when the "Watermelon Queens" raced up seven stories of Urey Hall and dropped the sacrificial fruit into history. Hundreds of students showed up to witness this annual ritual. This year's splat extended as far as 60 feet, 2 inches away from the point of impact. Following the drop, free barbecue, cake, and watermelon were available to all in attendance.
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Potential New Drug
Candidate Found for Alzheimer's Disease

Researchers at UC San Diego, the Medical University of South Carolina and American Life Science Pharmaceuticals of San Diego have demonstrated that oral administration of a cysteine protease inhibitor, E64d, not only reduces the build-up of ?-amyloid (A?) in the brains of animal models for Alzheimer's disease, but also results in a substantial improvement in memory deficit. More arrow

Phase Change Memory-Based 'Moneta'
System Points to the Future of Computer Storage

Moneta A UC San Diego faculty-student team is about to demonstrate a first-of-its kind, phase-change memory solid state storage device that provides performance thousands of times faster than a conventional hard drive and up to seven times faster than current state-of-the-art solid-state drives. More arrow


UCSD Composer
Roger Reynolds' 1968 PING Restored for 2011

Malcolm Crowthers More than 40 years after the premiere of UC San Diego composer Roger Reynolds innovative intermedia work PING, the piece has been restored and updated with new technologies. The composition combines flute, piano, percussion, harmonium, live electronics, and projected moving and still images. More arrow

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New Directions in Data Storage Solutions

Scripps Climate Researcher
to Receive Top Honor from Alma Mater

Press Clips

  arrow La Jolla Gears up for New Era of Ocean Research
San Diego Union-Tribune, May 28

  arrow UCSD Program to Focus on Southeastern San Diego
Union Tribune, June 2

  arrow Teddy Cruz Leads Walking Conference at Border
KPBS, June 2

  arrow Championship Softball Season Means
Diamond Fades Away for Tritons Seniors

Union-Tribune, June 2


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June 6, 2011

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UCSD Police are investigating an attempted rape in an on-campus residence at Warren College. If you have any information on this incident, please contact the UCSD Police at (858) 534-4357. Click here for information.

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UC San Diego Nominated in Best College or University Contest
UC San Diego has been nominated for the San Diego Union-Tribune's "San Diego Best 2001" in the San Diego Life/College or University category. The voting phase runs through June 25. Click here for more information and to cast your vote.

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What's Happening

Commencement 2011
June 11 - 12, 2011


Alumni Weekend
June 16 - 19, 2011


Helen Edison Lecture Series: Roy Schwitters
7 p.m.
July 19, 2011
Birch Aquarium


Economics Roundtable: Mark Jacobsen
7:30 a.m.
July 22, 2011
Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club


Birch Aquarium at Scripps - World Ocean Day
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
June 8, 2011
Birch Aquarium


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You Do The Math

143 = number of students set to graduate from the UC San Diego School of Medicine June 5

57 = number of graduates who received doctor of pharmacy degrees from UC San Diego's Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences May 21

Faculty Authors

Madness: A Very Short Introduction

Andrew Scull

In this "Very Short Introduction," Andrew Scull provides a provocative and entertaining examination of the social, cultural, medical, and artistic responses to mental disturbance across more than two millennia, concluding with some observations on the contemporary accounts of mental illness.

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