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High Tech Facility Brings UCSD
to Leading Edge of Digital Revolution

Walk into UCSD's new Calit2 building and you can watch movies beamed through the world's highest-resolution projector. You can also meet RUBI, a quirky robot who teaches and plays with preschoolers. And you can talk to researchers who make devices about one 25-millionth of an inch across. More
Fast-a-Thon Aims to Fight More Than Hunger
First, women clad in long flowing clothes and headscarves made their way from table to table, handing out paper cups. Then there was a call to prayer and dozens broke their daylong fast by eating dates. Men, many of them in black, handed out plates of food to hungry participants in UCSD’s third annual Fast-a-Thon. More
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Launches Scripps Genome Center
Advancing further into its second century of discovery, Scripps Institution of Oceanography has unveiled a new research center aimed at the burgeoning science of genomics. More
UCSD Team Raises nearly
$3,800 at AIDS Walk San Diego
Raising money for HIV/AIDS is a very personal campaign for Joseph Toledo, a financial analyst in neurosciences. This year, he raised nearly $1,400 participating in the 16th annual AIDS Walk San Diego held Oct. 2 in Balboa Park. More
Lectures, Theatrical Performances, Films to Mark Observance of International Education Week
International Education Week will be observed Nov. 14-18 at UCSD with a roster of activities including lectures and seminars with international themes, theatrical productions, cultural presentations, films, internationally inspired lunches and dinners, and an international festival. The events are open to the public. More
UCSD Among Top Universities for International Studies
UCSD has been awarded high ranking in another survey of the best American colleges and universities. In a new listing of the best schools for studying foreign affairs, professors from all over the U.S. have said that the university's programs in international relations are among the nation's top ten. The survey of more than 1,100 college and university scholars, asking international relations professors to name the best schools for both academic and policy careers, has just been published in the influential journal Foreign Policy.
Faster Computation of DNA Maps Provides
Insight into Genetic Basis of Human Disease
High-throughput sequencing of an individual's DNA yields a map of genetic variation which can give clues to the genetic underpinning of human disease. The current technologies collect genotypes, or information from the individual's two chromosomes. Yet many scientists believe that drilling down to the variations between individuals' DNA at the level of each chromosome - so-called haplotypes - will permit more accurate study of genetic differences and their consequences for medical research and the study of evolution. More
More than 470 Physicists Sign Petition
to Oppose U.S. Policy On Nuclear Attack
More than 470 physicists, including seven Nobel laureates, have signed a petition to oppose a new U.S. Defense Department proposal that allows the United States to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states. More
Researchers Learn How Blood Vessel
Cells Cope with their Pressure-Packed Job
UCSD researchers stretched cells in a workout chamber the size of a credit card to gain a better understanding of how repetitive stretching of endothelial cells that line arteries can make them healthy and resistant to vascular diseases. More
Law Professor Anita Hill to
Talk on Gender, Race, and the Court
Anita Hill, law professor, author and authority on race and gender issues - best known from the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas Supreme Court hearings controversy - will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Price Center Ballroom. Her topic is "Gender, Race, and the Future of the Court." The event is free and open to the public. More
Three UCSD Professors Named 2005 Fellows of the
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Three UCSD professors have been named 2005 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the nation's largest scientific organization.William Bechtel, Paul A. Insel and Vivek Malhotra are among the 376 individuals this year selected by colleagues in their disciplines to be honored by the association for "efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished." More
Director of Cancer Center
Elected to Institute of Medicine
Dr. Dennis A. Carson, director of the Moores UCSD Cancer Center, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Carson is one of 64 new members elected nationwide and one of only two announced from San Diego. More
Bynum Wins Whiting Writers Award
Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, associate professor of writing in the department of literature, is one of 10 winners of the 2005 Whiting Writers' Award. The $40,000 award recognizes "emerging writers of exceptional talent and promise." More
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Quiet Riot: Girls with ADHD Sit in Silence
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Most Asthma Drugs OK During Pregnancy
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Decades of Service

Employees who have celebrated 10 or more years at UCSD will be honored today at the Service Awards ceremony in the Price Center Ballroom. See a list of this year's awardees.

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Education Week
Nov. 14-18
UCSD Election
Night 2005
Nov. 8, 7 p.m.
Great Hall
''Beyond Blots and Diagrams: Art and Technology Since 1850''
Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Pepper Canyon Hall, Room 106
Silent Film Screening: Nosferatu the Vampire!
Oct. 31, 8 p.m.
Geisel Library
More Events
5,000th: Number of births since starting of the UCSD Medical Center's Birth Center 5 1/2 years ago.
1,787: Number of students with economic majors in 2004
19: Percentage of UCSD students with a GPA higher than 3.5 in Fall 2004

Introduction to Finite and Spectral Element Methods Using MATLAB
C Pozrikidis

Introduction to Finite and Spectral Element Methods Using MATLAB provides a means of quickly understanding both the theoretical foundation and practical implementation of the finite element method and its companion spectral element method. Written in the form of a self-contained course, it introduces the fundamentals on a need-to-know basis and emphasizes algorithm development and computer implementation of the essential procedures. More

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