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Professor Oscar Romo (Photo / Victor W. Chen)

Saving the Tijuana River Estuary
Oscar Romo is walking on a dirt road just a few miles away from the U.S.-Mexico border, the ground crunching softly under his feet. It’s a typical sunny day in the Tijuana River estuary. Birds fly by. Families walk on the beach. But Romo is worried. The UCSD researcher points to a patch of vibrant dark-green grass to his left. This, he explains, is a salt marsh, the healthy part of the estuary, where native species thrive. He then turns to a patch of hard, cracked light-brown dirt to his right. This, he goes on, is sediment that came across the border from Tijuana and is choking the marsh.
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UCSD Researchers Discover
Inflammation, Not Obesity, Cause of Insulin Resistance

Findings may have important potential for
new drug discoveries in fight against Type 2 diabetes

Diabetes and Inflammation (Photo / at the UCSD School of Medicine have discovered that inflammation provoked by immune cells called macrophages leads to insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes. Their discovery may pave the way to novel drug development to fight the epidemic of Type 2 diabetes associated with obesity, the most prevalent metabolic disease worldwide. More arrow

Only as Green as Our People:
UCSD Commits to Long-Term Sustainability

Fair Trade Ice Cream Givaway (Photo / Victor W. Chen)Going green isn’t just resources and technology, but the hard work of people. How is UC San Diego going green? Solar panels on the roof of the Rady School of Management are lowering energy usage and costs and reducing fossil fuel. Students are working with Housing, Dining, Hospitality (HDH) to increase recycling and conservation and faculty are leading pioneering research on climate change, sustainability informatics, energy bioscience and biodiversity. More arrow

Veteran of the Year Does It All
for Country, Campus and Community

Veteran of the Year (Photo / Victor W. Chen)Chris Halter had been in the Navy for just a few years when he found himself patrolling the waters of the Persian Gulf during the Gulf War, looking for weapon smugglers. Later, he left active duty and took on a completely different challenge: he taught math to high school students for 11 years. More arrow

High-tech Tools Helped Combat Wildfires
HPWREN (Photo / National Science Foundation)Some of those fighting rampaging California wildfires in late October didn’t wield shovels or hoses — they worked with high-tech tools developed at UCSD. UC San Diego’s response to the nearby wildfires included innovative technologies that not only helped the local region respond and recover, but that also can save lives during emergencies elsewhere in the world. More arrow

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Roger Reynolds
to Premiere New Work at National Gallery of Art

Steve Schick For UC San Diego composer Roger Reynolds, the Nov. 18 premiere of his ambitious work “Sanctuary,” at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., marks the culmination of a three-year creative process.
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Student Gets Flavor of
International Life Without Leaving Campus

Orientation AssistantMany students at UCSD study abroad to get an international experience, yet Amy Dixit found hers on campus. She has volunteered at the International Center as an Orientation Assistant for the past three years, where she greeted international students and helped them acclimate to UCSD. More arrow

Evolution Matters: Free Public Lectures
Explain Biological Links among All Living Creatures

Steve A. Kay Embryo growth, circadian rhythms, biological complexity, the mysteries of flower formation and primate evolution are among the topics to be explored in a new series of free public lectures presented by the division of biological sciences. More arrow


UC San Diego Donors Honored
by National Philanthropic Organization

The KatzinsWhat do San Diego civic leader and former QUALCOMM director, Jerome Katzin and his wife Miriam, have in common with Amylin Pharmaceuticals? They are each counted as loyal friends and supporters of UC San Diego.   Over the years, their generous philanthropic gifts have supported a wide range of campus initiatives, from student scholarships and fellowships, to endowed faculty chairs and academic programming. More arrow

New Director of Alzheimer’s
Disease Cooperative Study Named

AisenA leading researcher in Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials, Dr. Paul Aisen, has joined the faculty of School of Medicine’s department of neurosciences. He has also been named director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study, a position he has held on an interim basis since the death of longtime director Leon Thal in a plane crash in February 2007. More arrow

UC San Diego Policeman Earns Gold
in Grueling Western Games Races

Mike WilliamsIn the warm desert sun of Arizona’s highways, one of UC San Diego Police Department’s finest competed in a grueling four-day race during the 2007 Western States Police and Fire Games, and came away with both the gold medal and a sense of personal satisfaction. Corporal Mike Williams of the UCSD Police Department participated in the men’s street-cycling competition, taking the lead over the course of several races. More arrow

Press Clips

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FOX News
Nov. 7, 2007
  arrow Giggling Robot Becomes One of the Kids
ABC News
Nov. 7, 2007
  arrow Injecting Stem Cells Sparks
Progress in Repairing Heart

USA Today
Nov. 8, 2007
  arrow Gout Drug Shows Promise
The Washington Post
Nov. 13, 2007
  arrow Fishlike Creature Glows in the Dark
Nov. 8, 2007

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Chancellor's Corner

Phillip Van Saun Q&A with:
Emergency Svcs. Mgr. Phillip
Van Saun

Spotlight on
Faculty Research: Wildfire Experts

At Work

To Your Health
Open Enrollment
UCSD's Health and Wellness Expo is Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Price Center. Find out important Open Enrollment information from plan representatives, enjoy healthy snacks, get a flu shot ($20) and more.

Chancellor's Chat
Chancellor's Chat Chancellor Marye Anne Fox will be holding a live online chat with students Wednesday, November 28, from noon to 1 p.m. Please visit during the event to attend the chat. More arrow

Staff Education and Development Courses

Web Design Part 2: Intermediate HTML
11/27/07 and 11/29/07
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Financiallink: ENPET For Managers
8:30 am to 10:30 pm

Financiallink: Transaction Sampling (PWRuP)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm

What's Happening
Chancellor's 5K
Chancellor's Challenge 5K
Nov. 30, 2007
11 a.m.
International Education Week
Education Week

Nov. 13 – Nov. 16
Little Rock
Reconsidering Little Rock
Nov. 13 – Nov. 15
Fighting Cancer With Your Fork
Fighting Cancer
With Your Fork

Nov. 14, 2007
1:30 p.m.
Moores UCSD Cancer Center
Velveteen Rabbit
Special Reading of
The Velveteen Rabbit

Nov. 15, 2007
3 p.m.
Moores UCSD Cancer Center
Nov. 29, 2007
6 p.m.

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You Do The Math
= $231,349: amount raised by the 2006 Chancellor's 5K Run/Walk for Scholars
= $1.7 million: amount raised for scholarships by the Chancellor's 5K since 1996
Faculty Authors
Solo Violin Recital
Solo Violin Recital
János Négyesy (violin)

János Négyesy has long excelled in the interpretation of contemporary music, bringing his élan to a repertoire ranging from Rihm to Reynolds, from late Cardew to Cage’s peerlessly difficult "Freeman Etudes." His curiosity and enthusiasm are abundantly evident in this new collection, which presents the work of five women of very different generations and styles – the exotic textures of Kaija Saariaho, the post-Bergian expressionism of Bun-Ching Lam, the fervent energy of Athanasia Tzanou, the enigmatic and mobile aphorisms of Marita Bolles, the haunting (or haunted) simplicities of Alice Samter. More arrow
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