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Looking Back at 2006
A character right out of the "The Da Vinci Code." Birds that learn grammar. Author Maya Angelou and movie director Woody Allen. What do all these characters have in common? They all made appearances in This Week@UCSD in 2006. With the end of the year just around the corner, we decided to take a look back at the last 12 months. Here is a list of some of the most important and interesting stories that ran in This Week@UCSD this year... More arrow

Staff to Display Crafty Creations
at Staff Association Pancake Breakfast

Monet Castle (Painting / E.C. Stiles) You might have spotted Judy Schulman on campus before, say on a shuttle, hauling four or five bags full of pine needles. Well, Schulman is no crazy pine needle lady. She actually makes baskets from all her loot — and they will be on sale on campus this Wednesday. Schulman, and many other crafters, will take part in the first full-blown crafts fair to be held at the Staff Association Holiday Pancake Breakfast. Offerings will include jewelry, baskets, holiday cards and ornaments and much much, more. More arrow

Guest Chef Marye Anne Fox on Duty
at Associated Students Pancake Breakfast

Chancellor Fox serving pancakes; Clare Kristofco, Associate Chancellor, on the right.

Students took a 10 p.m. to midnight break from studies during finals week to enjoy a pancake breakfast served by guest chef Chancellor Marye Anne Fox and Associate Chancellor Clare Kristofco (above). More than 800 students received free bluebooks and downed pancakes, potatoes, fruit, muffins, coffee and juice. More arrow

Reducing Air Pollution Could Increase
Rice Harvests in India, Suggests New UC Study

V. Ramanathan New research from the University of California indicates that reductions of human-generated air pollution could create unexpected agricultural benefits in one of the world’s poorest regions. These new findings appear Monday, Dec. 4, in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). More arrow

Climate Change Heats Up Senate Hearing
Naomi Oreskes UCSD’s Naomi Oreskes, professor of history and science studies, testified at the Dec. 6 “Climate Change and the Media” hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. This was the last hearing called by outgoing committee chair, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.). More arrow

Chemists Help Local Students
Win LEGO Robotics Competition

The subject of nanotechnology might seem a bit over the heads of high school students, let alone middle and LEGO Robotics Competition Winners elementary students. But a group of fifth- to ninth-grade students from San Diego city schools managed to employ one of the latest developments in nanotechnology from UCSD to win this month's FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League Southern California robotics challenge at Carlsbad’s Legoland. More arrow

Joint Cartilage Gets Slippery During Flex Time
Gayle E. Nugent-Derfus and UCSD bioengineering professor Robert Sah Taking a cue from machines that gently flex patients’ knees to help them recover faster from joint surgery, bioengineering researchers at UC San Diego have shown that sliding forces applied to cartilage surfaces prompt cells in that tissue to produce molecules that lubricate and protect joints. More arrow

Regulatory Pathway in Brain Development
Possible Basis for Malformations

Brain Images Researchers at the UCSD School of Medicine have identified a genetic regulator of brain development that sheds new light on how immature neural cells choose between proliferation and differentiation. More arrow

What's New: Division of Biological Sciences
What’s new this academic year? This Week@UCSD is taking a quick look at what’s in store for different areas of campus. Here’s what the Division of Biological Sciences is up to for 2006-07. More arrow


Acting Dean of IR/PS Gets Japanese Award
Takeo Hoshi In a ceremony held in Tokyo on Dec. 6, Prof. Takeo Hoshi, acting dean of IR/PS, was awarded the 2006 Enjoji Jiro Memorial Prize. Hoshi is one of three inaugural recipients of the prize created by the Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper, the Japanese equivalent of the Wall Street Journal. The award was established in celebration of the newspaper’s 130th anniversary. More arrow

Chief of Rheumatology, Allergy and
Immunology Recognized by Arthritis Foundation

Gary S. Firestein Dr. Gary S. Firestein was awarded the Lee C. Howley Sr. Prize for Arthritis Research by the Arthritis Foundation at its national meeting on Nov. 17 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Firestein, chief of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, was recognized for his research on the origination and development of rheumatoid arthritis. More arrow

Associate Vice Chancellor - Academic Planning
and Resources Retires After 40 Years of Service

After 40 years of service to UC San Diego, David R. Miller, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and Associate Vice Chancellor - Academic Planning and Resources, has announced his intention to retire effective
December 31. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow The Pursuit of Happiness:
Six Experts Tell What They've Done to Achieve It

The Wall Street Journal
Dec. 6, 2006
  arrow Death by Auction
Dec. 8, 2006
  arrow The Dot-com Bust? Not as Bad as You Think
FOX News
Dec. 5, 2006
  arrow New Tool to Catch Sports Cheats: Gene-doping Test
USA Today
Dec. 5, 2006
  arrow Antibiotics Au Naturel
Dec. 5, 2006

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December 11, 2006

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Chancellor's Corner

Q&A with Gary Jacobson Q&A with: Gary Jacobson

Spotlight on Faculty Research: Elections

At Work

Holiday Lights
Holiday Lights Where are the best holiday lights displays in your neighborhood? This Week@UCSD is compiling a list of the best spots to see holiday displays in the San Diego area and would like your help. Please e-mail us your suggestions at, with holiday lights in the subject line, including city, street names and nearest cross streets. Watch for our holiday lights guide on December 18th.

Tickets for Snowy Slopes and Fairway Flop Shots
Snowboard Kinetic Image The UCSD Box Office
now sells lift tickets to:
Bear Mountain and Snow Summit ($45 for adults; $35 for students to age 21), as well as tickets to the Buick Invitational golf tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course ($15).
Golf Kinetic Image

Upcoming Staff
Education and
Development Courses

ENPET for Managers
8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Guide To Reading Operating and Encumbrance Ledgers
1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Negotiating Effectively: Skills for Managers
12/12/06 at 8:30 p.m.
12/13/06 at 4 p.m.

What's Happening
Woody Allen
ArtPower! Presents: Woody Allen and His New Orleans Jazz Band
Dec. 19, 2006
8 p.m.
Copley Symphony Hall
Holding On, Letting GO
New Beginnings: Holding On and Letting Go of 2006
Dec. 12, 2006
The Center For
Molecular Genetics
Paper Theatre Performance
Paper Theatre Performance
Dec. 12, 2006
12:30 p.m.
Geisel Library - Lower Level
7th Annual UCSD Symposium, Frontiers
in Chemistry
7th Annual UCSD Symposium, Frontiers
in Chemistry

Dec. 11, 2006
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Price Center - Auditorium

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You Do The Math
= 200,000: number of bound volumes in UCSD's Biomedical Library
= 200,000: number of people who visit the Biomedical Library each year
= $17 million: cost of the Biomedical Library's renovation
Faculty Authors

A Brief Tour Of Human Consciousness:
From Impostor Poodles To Purple Numbers
by V.S. Ramachandran

What does an amputee who still feels a phantom limb have in common with an avant-garde artist, or a schizophrenic who claims to be controlled by alien implants, or an autistic child who can draw a hyper-realistic horse? According to neuroscientist V. S. Ramachandran (coauthor, Phantoms in the Brain), named by Newsweek as one of the 100 people to watch in the 21st century, the answer lies deep in the physical structures of the brain. Ramachandran's new book offers a thought-provoking survey of his area of research. Through examples, anecdotes and conjecture, Ramachandran aims "to make neuroscience... more accessible to a broad audience." More arrow
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