Q&A with Antigone Blackwell

Antigone Blackwell is using her skills as a fundraiser, and her passion for diversity and access, to raise money for programs at UC San Diego that attract the best and brightest students from underrepresented communities. As the Director of Development for Diversity Initiatives, she has been working with students, faculty and staff all over campus, and individuals and groups in the community, to identify, cultivate and steward major gift prospects for various diversity activities. She came to UC San Diego from DePaul University in Chicago, where access was part of the school’s mission. In this interview, she talks about her priorities, the importance of collaboration, and the challenges and opportunities she faces.

March 13, 2012Q and A, Q & A

A New Approach to Faster Anticancer Drug Discovery

Tracking the genetic pathway of a disease offers a powerful, new approach to drug discovery, according to scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine who used the approach to uncover a potential treatment for prostate cancer, using a drug currently marketed for congestive heart failure.

March 13, 2012General, Health, Science and Engineering, Health & Medicine, Science & Engineering

Botox Injections Now Used for Severe Urinary Incontinence

When you think of Botox injections, you probably think of getting rid of unwanted wrinkles around the eyes or forehead, but recently the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved using the injections to help patients with neurological conditions who suffer from incontinence, or an overactive bladder.

March 13, 2012General, Health, Science and Engineering, Health & Medicine, Science & Engineering

More Trans Fat Consumption Linked to Greater Aggression

Might the “Twinkie defense” have a scientific foundation after all? Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have shown – by each of a range of measures, in men and women of all ages, in Caucasians and minorities – that consumption of dietary trans fatty acids (dTFAs) is associated with irritability and aggression.

March 13, 2012General, Health, Science and Engineering, Health & Medicine, Science & Engineering

Data Support Theory on Location of Lost Leonardo da Vinci Painting

Evidence uncovered during research conducted in Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio late last year appears to support the theory that a lost Leonardo da Vinci painting existed on the east wall of the Hall of the 500, behind Giorgio Vasari’s mural “The Battle of Marciano.”

March 13, 2012Arts, General, Science and Engineering, Arts & Culture, Science & Engineering, Arts & Humanities

U.S. News Again Ranks UC San Diego Among Nation’s Best Graduate Schools

Each year, graduate programs at the University of California, San Diego are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report, as noted in the 2013 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, released today. The rankings measure professional-school programs in business, education, engineering, law and medicine.

March 13, 2012Awards, General, Students, Students, Awards, Honors & Appointments

New Website to Open World of Neurosciences to Public

Which of the following statements are true? We only use 10 percent of our brain. Listening to classical music can make us smarter. Brain damage is permanent. Alcohol kills brain cells. If you’ve said none of the above, congratulations.

March 13, 2012Science and Engineering, Science & Engineering

UC San Diego Welcomes Campus, Local Community to Triton Day Experience

UC San Diego’s Admit Day and Open House will come together Saturday, April 7 as the Triton Day Experience, a showcase of the university’s vibrant campus community. The free event open to the public will provide myriad opportunities to meet stellar professors, talk to student leaders, explore the campus and enjoy all-day entertainment.

March 13, 2012Events, General, Events

Four Members of UC San Diego Men’s Water Polo Team Named to All-Academic Team

The UC San Diego men's water polo team had four players named to the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-Academic Team, it was announced Friday.

March 13, 2012Athletics, On Campus, Athletics, Campus & Community

DECAF Career Fair Generates Buzz on Campus

Google, Cisco, Yahoo!, Facebook: the roster of companies featured at this year’s Disciplines of Engineering Career Fair, also known as DECaF, reads like a Who’s Who of the hottest tech companies. The event also featured many local powerhouses, including ViaSat and Solar Turbines. In all, more than 80 companies and 1,600 students turned out for the event, packing the Price Center Ballroom.

March 13, 2012Events, General, Events

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