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Temporal Learning

Science of Learning Center Comes to Campus
If a robot responds to a child's smile too quickly, that child may not realize the robot is really smiling back. If a teacher piles on too many new ideas during the last ten minutes of a 60-minute lecture, students may have an extra tough time following along. The physics problem you couldn't figure out last night at 2 a.m. may not be so daunting the next day.
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Native American Culture and Traditions
Highlighted as Campus Celebrates
First California Native American Day

Dancing While Bird Singing The first time Jane Dumas came to campus, a professor wanted to write down her language. Later, she became the first Native American woman to be inducted in the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame. On Thursday, Dumas came back to UCSD to give a blessing during the kick-off ceremony for the campus’ first California Native American Day Celebration. More arrow

Benefits and Education Top List of Issues Discussed at Chancellor's Town Hall at Medical Center in Hillcrest
Town Hall Meeting Health insurance, retirement and education were some of the hot topics discussed during a town hall meeting with Chancellor Marye Anne Fox Tuesday at the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest. More arrow

View the video of the town hall meeting in Hillcrest

Nobel Prize Economist, Influential Thinker on Poverty, Famine and Social Changeto Speak on Campus Friday
Amartya Sen Amartya Sen, holder of the Lamont University Professorship and professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard University, and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics, will speak at UCSD on Oct. 5 at 5:30 p.m.
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New Cross-Border Program Aims
to Assess and Treat Tuberculosis in Tijuana

United States Agency for International Development A two-year project to support Mexico's efforts to control and prevent tuberculosis has been funded with a $324,810 grant from the United States Agency for International Development. The program will be spearheaded by Richard Garfein of the School of Medicine. More arrow

Beauty and the Brain
The phrase "easy on the eyes" may hit closer to the mark than we suspected. Experiments led by Piotr Winkielman, an associate professor of psychology, and published in the current issue of Psychological Science, suggest that judgments of attractiveness depend on mental processing ease, or being "easy on the mind." More arrow

Whats New: Construction
What's News: Construction 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 is a short list of some of the new buildings that have opened or will pop up on campus throughout the year. More arrow


New Assistant Vice Chancellor
of Human Resources Appointed

Tom Leet Tom Leet has been appointed as Assistant Vice Chancellor of Human Resources. Leet has more than 25 years of progressively responsible higher education human resources management experience, including 10 years at Purdue University and 15 years at UC San Diego. More arrow

John Orcutt Associate Vice Chancellor
for Government Research Relations and Director of Research Innovation
Initiatives Appointed

John Orcutt has been appointed as Associate Vice Chancellor for Government Research Relations and director of Research Innovation Initiatives. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Fatty Liver Disease Endangers 6.5 Million U.S. Kids
October 2, 2006
  arrow Easy on the Eye? Maybe also on the Brain
September 28, 2006
  arrow Sounds like Home
San Diego Union-Tribune
October 1, 2006
  arrow Fred N. Spiess, 86;
Led Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Los Angeles Times
September 26, 2006
  arrow Scientist to Watch
The Scientist
September 27, 2006

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October 2, 2006

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Participate in
Rideshare Week 2006

Explore alternative ways to get to work during Rideshare Week 2006, Oct. 2–6. UCSD Rideshare Operations offers free and discounted programs to make it easy to participate in this statewide effort.
* Register online at and qualify to win prizes.
* Rideshare Operations' new monthly Bicyclists' Breakfasts begin Thursday, Oct. 5, from 7:30–9:30 a.m.

Call for Diversity Nominees
Nominate a colleague or department by Nov. 15 for the Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action and Diversity Awards. Awardees will be recognized at a ceremony Feb. 14. More

Upcoming Staff
Education and
Development Courses

Computer Ergonomics
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Financiallink: Managing Your General Funds with Financiallink Tools
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

What's Happening
Celebration of Abilities
Celebration of Abilities
October 4, 2006
from 11:30 a.m.
Price Center
Grey Matters
Grey Matters
October 4, 2006
from 5:30p.m.
San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park
The Political Environment in Mexico and the New Government under President Felipe Calderón
October 5, 2006
from 5:00p.m.
Institute of the Americas Bldg.
ArtPower! Presents: Savion Glover
October 6-7, 2006
from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Copley Symphony Hall
Indian Ragas
Indian Ragas
October 7, 2006
from 8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium

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You Do The Math
= 2: US News & World Report ranking for UCSD neuroscience/neurobiology (Harvard is #1)
= 6: US News ranking for UCSD genetics, genomics and bioinformatics
= 10: US News ranking for UCSD cell biology
= 12: US News national ranking of UCSD Biological Sciences
Faculty Authors

Book: Archaeology, Anthropology and Cult: The Sanctuary at Gilat, Israel

Archaeology, Anthropology and Cult: The Sanctuary
at Gilat, Israel
by Thomas E. Levy

This book provides an in-depth study of the role of religion in the evolution of societies. It melds anthropological theory and archaeological data to present one of the most comprehensive archaeological studies of the role of ritual as a vital force for promoting and consolidating social change. Morearrow
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