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A Sampling of Clips for September 2, 2011

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The Math Gender Gap: Nurture Trumps Nature
Time magazine, Aug. 30 – Rural India might not seem a likely place to study the roots of gender differences in math performance. But a new study of two tribes living in the northeast of the country offers intriguing evidence that biology alone does not determine women's math aptitude (or lack thereof, as former Harvard President Lawrence Summers once infamously suggested) and that culture has a lot to do with the differences between the genders. The study was led by Moshe Hoffman, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego and Uri Gneez, a professor in the UC San Diego Rady School of Management. More

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Hurricane Irene Sea Foam Wasn’t Sewage, Ocean City Official Ways
Washington Post, Sept. 1 -- A clip of a local TV reporter being coated from head to toe in goopy, green-brown froth during a live report from Ocean City during Hurricane Irene rippled around the Internet this week, accompanied by reports that the “sea foam” was windblown ocean water mixed with . . . raw sewage. Even David Letterman weighed in with a Top Ten list about the incident. With an eye toward preserving the town’s reputation, officials in Ocean City have spent the better part of the week insisting otherwise and demanding that the media correct reports about the episode. (Includes comment by marine biologist Elizabeth Venrick of UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography.) More

Politics Overtaking Science in Global Warming Debate
Voice of America, Aug. 31 -- Polls in recent years show that fewer Americans believe global warming is a threat or that it is driven by human activities. That’s despite consensus among scientists that climate change is not only very real, but also that it is caused largely by the burning of fossil fuels in cars, trucks and power plants. University of California history professor Naomi Oreskes explores why so many Americans are mistrustful of science in "Merchants of Doubt," a book she co-authored with science historian Erik Conway. More

PINs Not So Personal: Study
NBCSanDiego, Sept. 1 -- When you go to the ATM, you probably cover up your PIN in some way, so that no one can take a video of you punching it in. However, new research suggests that it may take more than a cover-up to protect your PIN. Researchers from UCSD used an infrared camera to see the pin numbers pushed into the keypad. The keys still had the heat of the user’s fingers a minute after the user left. When used within a minute after the transactions, researchers were able to identify the numbers 80 percent of the time. More

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Glowing, Blinking Bacteria Reveal How Cells Synchronize Biological Clocks
PhysOrg.com, Sept. 1 -- Biologists have long known that organisms from bacteria to humans use the 24 hour cycle of light and darkness to set their biological clocks. But exactly how these clocks are synchronized at the molecular level to perform the interactions within a population of cells that depend on the precise timing of circadian rhythms is less well understood. To better understand that process, biologists and bioengineers at UC San Diego created a model biological system consisting of glowing, blinking E. coli bacteria. This simple circadian system, the researchers report in the September 2 issue of Science, allowed them to study in detail how a population of cells synchronizes their biological clocks and enabled the researchers for the first time to describe this process mathematically. More

UCSD’s Best Football Team
San Diego Reader, Aug. 31 -- Mayor Jerry Sanders and other local pols seeking a hint about how much longer the Chargers intend to continue playing in San Diego might do well to take a look at a sponsorship deal cemented earlier this year between the team and the University of California San Diego Health Sciences division. More

UCSD Builds Knowledge Exchange Corridors to Connect to Community
La Jolla Light, Aug. 31 -- UCSD sits perched high atop a lofty hill overlooking the town of La Jolla. But has UCSD become an ivory tower, aloof and detached from the communities below it with very little in the way of structures that allow for the free flow of information, knowledge, and creative intelligence from the community to the university and back? Professor Teddy Cruz of the UCSD Visual Arts Department and Professor Michael Cole of Communications both think so and they are trying to do something about it. They’ve put together a pilot project called “Knowledge Exchange Corridors: The UCSD Community Stations Initiative.” The aim of the program is to revitalize the university’s commitment to community service through the installation of pipelines for information flow between the campus and surrounding communities. More

UCSD Team Leads Search For Lost Da Vinci Painting
10News, Aug. 31 -- A team led by scientists at UC San Diego is attempting to locate a lost masterpiece painted by Leonardo Da Vinci. The 12 by 15-foot mural "The Battle of Anghiari" is called Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece by many. The mural has been missing for almost four and half centuries but its location could soon be uncovered. More



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