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IPCC Report (Photo / Victor Chen)

Scientists Predict Droughts,
Rise in Temperatures, Sea
Levels in Global Warming Report

Temperatures will probably increase by 3.2 to 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100. Sea levels will rise by 7 to 23 inches. Many of the world’s most populated regions will face severe water shortages. Scientists made these dire predictions in a report issued Friday in Paris by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This was the IPCC’s fourth report since 1990. For the first time, it states with near-certainty that global warming is man-made. More arrow

Renowned Alzheimer's Expert
and Chair of Neurosciences Dies in Plane Crash

Dr. Leon Thal Dr. Leon Thal, Distinguished Professor and chair of the department of neurosciences at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, and one of the world’s leaders in the development and study of new therapies for Alzheimer’s disease, was killed in a plane crash Saturday night. Thal, 62, was piloting the plane between San Diego and Borrego Springs, California. More arrow

Atkinson Outlines Fallout of Prop. 209 at UC Campuses
Diversity at elite universities faces increasing threats Richard C. Atkinson nationwide more than 10 years after the passage of Prop. 209, which banned affirmative action in California’s public universities and other agencies. That was the warning delivered by former UC President and UCSD Chancellor Richard Atkinson Thursday at UCSD’s Faculty Club in front of more than 100 donors, community members and students. More arrow

Renn helped Ana Torres deliver Jesus Alexis Torres at the UCSD Birth Center at the UCSD Medical Center-Hillcrest after a very short labor. Nurse Midwife Delivers 1,000th Baby
A nurse midwife at the Medical Center recently delivered her 1,000th baby. “When I came here in 1999,” said Hope Renn.“I’d only caught 159 babies. That means most of the 1,000 were delivered right here at UCSD.” Renn helped Ana Torres deliver Jesus Alexis Torres at the UCSD Birth Center at the UCSD Medical Center-Hillcrest after a very short labor. More arrow

Campus Kicks Off Black History Month Celebration
The UCSD community kicked off Black History Month Thursday at the Price Center Plaza with a celebration.
Shemer're and Shemia Jones - Black Student Union (Photo / Victor Chen) The program, sponsored by the Black Student Union and Associated Students, included students portraying unsung black history heroes, a talk by UCSD professor Pat Washington and musical numbers. "The event is planned as a celebration acknowledging the history of African American struggles and successes," said co-chairs and sisters Sheme're and Shemia Jones. Visit Web site arrow

Origami Lens Ultrathin High-Resolution
Camera Developed By
Folding Telephoto Lens

Engineers at UC San Diego have built a powerful yet ultrathin digital camera by folding up the telephoto lens. This technology may yield lightweight, ultrathin, high-resolution miniature cameras for unmanned surveillance aircraft, cell phones and infrared night vision applications. More arrow

Simulating Human Metabolism
to Find New Diets to New Drugs
Bioengineering researchers at UC San Diego have painstakingly assembled a virtual human metabolic network UC San Diego researchers, Monica L. Mo, Scott A. Becker, Neema Jamshidi, Ines Thiele, and bioengineering professor Bernhard Palsson used strict quality control criteria accepted by the scientific community to assemble the human metabolic network piece by metabolic piece during more than a year of intense work. that will give researchers a new way to hunt for better treatments for hundreds of human metabolic disorders, from diabetes to high levels of cholesterol in the blood. This first-of-its-kind metabolic network builds on the sequencing of the human genome and contains more than 3,300 known human biochemical transformations that have been documented during 50 years of research worldwide. More arrow

Jorge Hirsch Prominent Physicists Ask
Congress to Forbid Use of Nuclear
Weapons Against Non-Nuclear States

Twenty-two of the nation's most prominent physicists asked Congress last week to restrict the authority of President Bush to order nuclear strikes against non-nuclear-weapon states.
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Tritons Win Big on National TV
Fresh off its ninth and tenth consecutive road wins, including Leora Juster (Photo / Jimmy Gekas) an impressive 17-pt. national television triumph over No. 8 Chico State, the women's basketball team returns to RIMAC Arena Tuesday to host Cal State Dominguez Hills, then battles Sonoma State Friday and Humboldt State the next night. Tritons are now 15-3 overall, 11-2 in the CCAA and tied for the top spot in the conference with Cal State Bakersfield, half a game up on Chico State. More arrow

Traditional Indian Dance Fuses with Hip-Hop

K.Y.A. Dance Team

They mix traditional Indian dance moves with hip-hop. Last week, they won second place and $500 in prize money during a nationwide competition in Philadelphia. UCSD’s Hindi Film Dance team, known as K.Y.A., has 18 members. They also enjoyed quite a run last year. They won first place and $2,500 in prize money at Phillyfest in Philadelphia, defeating about 10 other teams. Then, in March, they won first place and $1500 at Jhoomti Shaam, a competition in Los Angeles. They also brought home from Los Angeles a best costume award and a hype award, with $500 in prize money each.


"Sideways" Author And UCSD Alumnus
Highlights "Merlot Fights Back" Dinner at Faculty Club

Merlot and Food Rex Pickett, a UC San Diego alumnus and author of the novel “Sideways” and the resulting popular movie of the same name, will be the featured speaker at a “Merlot Fights Back” dinner on Friday, Feb. 16, in the Faculty Club on campus. More arrow

First Woman, African American
to Direct a NOAA Office to Speak Feb. 16 on Campus

Rear Admiral Evelyn Fields Rear Adm. Evelyn Fields, USN, ret., is the first woman and the first African American to serve as director of the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations at the Naval Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This is just two of Fields’ “firsts.” She will speak on Journey to Empowerment at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Price Center Ballroom. The lecture is part of UCSD’s Black History Month activities. It is free and open to the public. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Game Over on Global Warming?
Los Angeles Times
Feb. 5, 2007
  arrow The Long Consensus on Climate Change
The Washington Post, Opinion
Feb. 1, 2007
  arrow The King of Alter Egos Is Surprisingly Humble Guy
USA Today
Feb. 4, 2007
  arrow Leon Thal, UCSD Alzheimer's Researcher,
Dies in Small Plane Crash
San Francisco Chronicle
Feb. 5, 2007
  arrow Navajo Officials Have High Hopes for Wireless Grid
San Jose Mercury News
Jan. 31, 2007

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February 5, 2007

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Diversity Award Recipients Named
Diversity Twenty-four individuals and 12 departments and units will be recognized this year for their outstanding contributions in support of UCSD’s commitment to diversity. They will receive the 2006 UCSD Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Awards at 2 p.m. Feb. 14 during a ceremony at the Price Center. More

BREEZE Bus Route 101 Now Free to Students, Faculty and Staff
BREEZE Bus Beginning Feb. 1, UC San Diego students, faculty and staff will have unlimited free access to campus via North County Transit District’s BREEZE bus route 101. More

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What's Happening
Black History Month
Black History Month
Feb. 1 — Feb. 28
James Salter
An Evening
with James Salter

Feb. 20, 2007
5:30 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Dress for Success
Work It: Dressing for Success Seminar
Feb. 7, 2007
4 p.m.
Career Services Center
Grey Matter
Grey Matters: Autism
Feb. 7, 2007
6 p.m.
SD Natural History Museum, Balboa Park
Heather Fowler Zion and Baby
New Writing Series: Heather Fowler Zion
Feb. 21, 2007
4:30 p.m.
Vis. Arts Performance Space
The Death of Mister Lazarescu
PC Film Series Presents: Death of Mr. Lazarescu
Feb. 6, 2007
8 p.m.
Price Center

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You Do The Math
= 1947: tons of waste UCSD recycled last year
= 269: number of households that could be powered for an entire year with the energy UCSD saved last year
= 7782: number of trees UCSD saved in 2004
Faculty Authors

Food For Thought

Food for Thought
By Susan Faerber, Vicky A. Newman and Sheila Kealey

Nutrition experts from the Moores UCSD Cancer Center have created a cookbook that is far more than just a compilation of healthy recipes. The book's three co-authors, all members of the Cancer Center's Cancer Prevention and Control Program, have expanded the cookbook concept to include helpful, easy-to-read informational guidelines about healthy eating and living. "Food for Thought: Healing Foods to Savor" is a guide on nutritious foods and how to easily incorporate them into daily meals. The book is based upon research conducted at the Cancer Center and other recognized institutions. More arrow
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