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Faculty, Students and Staff Rally to Help Fire Victims
Brandon Opliger, a political science major at UCSD, had decided to take the fall quarter off to work for the U.S. Forest Service up in Southwest Riverside County. Then on Oct. 21, a call came to his fire station near Temecula. His crew was needed on the Witch Fire. Now. More arrow

Chancellor Holds Town Hall to Discuss
Measures Taken After Wildfires Hit San Diego County

Chancellor's Town HallAbout a dozen UCSD employees have lost their homes. Students who couldn’t work during October’s wildfires will have access to emergency loans. More than 6,000 new air filters were installed during a comprehensive campus clean-up. These were some of the updates top campus administrators shared with faculty, students and staff during a Chancellor’s town hall meeting Wednesday at the Price Center Theatre. Administrators also fielded questions from the audience.
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While Staff Evacuated, Remote Video
Cameras Captured Real-time Images of Fires

Like more than a half-million San Diegans, Hans Werner-Braun—a networking researcher at the San Diego HPWREN (Photo / National Science Foundation) Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego—was forced to evacuate his home during the recent county firestorms. But remote video cameras perched on some of the county’s mountains and bluffs by Braun and his team from the National Science Foundation-supported High-Performance Wireless Research and Education Network provided fire crews with real-time commanding views of the fires, saving valuable time and personnel. Video inside! More arrow

Birch Aquarium Offers Respite During Wildfires
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Offers Respite during WildfiresAs wildfires ravaged San Diego two weeks ago, the Birch Aquarium at Scripps provided a respite for evacuees, families and even firefighters needing a break from the tragedy. The aquarium re-opened after four days of closure on Oct. 26, and offered free admission Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for visitors. More arrow

Chancellor's Challenge 5K Run/Walk
for Scholars Rescheduled for November 30

5KThe official “Challenge” is on once again. The 12th Annual Chancellor’s Challenge 5K Run/Walk for Scholars—a longtime UC San Diego tradition to raise funds for undergraduate scholarships—is now slated for Friday, Nov. 30, after being postponed due to the recent wildfires. More arrow

Nobel Prize Winner Outlines ‘Microcredit Movement’
that Helps Poor, Rural Women Start Businesses

Muhammad YunusIn a revealing autobiographical talk on Oct. 21, the 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate, Muhammad Yunus, told of how he developed a program to help poor, rural women start businesses. Although at first widely rejected by bankers in Asia, in its current incarnation Yunus’s Grameen Bank now serves more than 7.5 million entrepreneurs in Bangladesh, with similar programs under way around the world. More arrow

Powerful Molecular Motor
Permits Speedy Assembly of Viruses

Molecular MotorA team of physicists at UC San Diego and biologists at Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. has shown that a tiny viral motor generates twice as much power, relative to its size, as an automobile engine.  The finding explains why even very large viruses can self-assemble so rapidly. More arrow

Transparent Zebrafish
Help Researchers Track Breast Cancer

Zebra FishWhat if doctors could peer through a patient’s skin and see a cancer tumor growing? They’d be able to study how tumor cells migrate: how they look, how they interact with the blood system to find nourishment to grow and spread through the body. More arrow


Palmer TaylorFour UC San Diego
Faculty Named AAAS Fellows

Four UCSD faculty members have been awarded the distinction of “fellow” by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science. More arrow

Brian KeatingTwo at UC San Diego Receive
White House Science Awards

Two UCSD faculty members were among 56 scientists and engineers who last week received the nation’s highest honor awarded by the White House to researchers at the outset of their professional scientific careers. More arrow

Scripps Scientist Receives Award
for Excellence in Ocean Science and Engineering

John OrcuttJohn Orcutt, professor of geophysics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, has received the Marine Technology Society’s Lockheed Martin Award for Excellence in Ocean Science and Engineering. The award, acknowledging his numerous contributions to ocean technology, was presented on Oct. 3rd at the annual Oceans 2007 Marine Technology Society/Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers conference in Vancouver. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Birth of a Firestorm
Oct. 29, 2007
  arrow Building on the Edge of Flames
Los Angeles Times, Opinion
Nov. 2, 2007
  arrow TV Tied to Blood Pressure in Obese Kids
CBS News
Oct. 30, 2007
  arrow The Genetics of Politics
Scientific American
November 2007
  arrow First Stop on a Long Road
San Diego Union-Tribune
Oct. 30, 2007

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Open Enrollment
Held Nov. 1 – 27

Open Enrollment
Open Enrollment, when you can make changes to your benefits, will be held Nov. 1 – 27. Don’t miss learning about wellness and benefits at the annual UCSD Health and Wellness Expo, Nov. 13 at Price Center.

The Open Enrollment site on At Your Service will have additional details.

New to Management?
New to Management
Recently designated supervisors and managers are invited to a half-day orientation Thursday, Nov. 15. Learn about policies, practices, and leadership philosophy for effective management at UCSD.

Staff Education and Development Courses

Web Design Part 1: Introduction to HTML
11/06/07 and 11/08/07
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Adobe Photoshop CS

11/07/07 and 11/09/07
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Introduction to
Microsoft Access 2003

11/06/07 and 11/08/07
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

What's Happening
Little Rock
Reconsidering Little Rock
Nov. 13 to 15, 2007
Cancer Awareness Day
Cancer Awareness Day
Nov. 6, 2007
10 a.m.
Library Walk
Memory Walk
Memory Walk
Finish Line Event
and Resource Fair

Nov. 17, 2007
9 a.m.
Balboa Park Club
Memory Walk
Lou Dobbs
Nov. 11, 2007
7 p.m.
The Neurosciences Institute
Anthony Shadid
“The Long War
Loss and Nostalgia
in the Middle East”

Nov. 8, 2007
7 p.m.
Robinson Building Complex
Dream Career
Discover Your
Dream Career

Nov. 7, 2007
4 p.m.
Career Services Center

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You Do The Math
= 21,797: number of employment postings on Port Triton in 2006-07
= 10,017: number of individual internship, career and grad school advising appointments at UCSD's Career Services Center in 2006-07
= 4,171: number of people who attended the Career Services Center workshops in 2006-07
Faculty Authors
Confabulation Theory: The Mechanism of Thought
Confabulation Theory:
The Mechanism of Thought

By Robert Hecht-Nielsen

Confabulation theory offers the first complete detailed explanation of the mechanism of cognition, i.e., thinking, an essential information processing capability of all enbrained Earth animals (bees, octopi, trout, ravens, humans, et al.). Concentrating on the human case, this book offers an hypothesis for the neuronal implementation of cognition and explores the mathematics and methods of application of its mechanism. More arrow
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