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Anna Lang

Cycling to the Top
Olympic Hopeful Balances Love for Cycling with Goal
of Designing Earthquake-Safe Structures in Third World

Anna Lang is a doctoral candidate at the Jacobs School of Engineering who has dedicated herself to elite-level cycling for three years and become one of the fastest female sprinters in the country. She is training to be a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Cycling Team and hopes to be named as an alternate for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
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Looking Forward to 2008
Year in Review This Week@UCSD has asked the campus divisions and schools what they have in store for this new year. Here is a preview of some of the exciting developments planned for 2008, including new research, new programs and new facilities. More arrow

Graduate Students Acquire Data on
Renaissance Landmark in Search for da Vinci Mural

Year in ReviewWhen most tourists visit Florence's famed Palazzo Vecchio, they are ushered off the premises in early evening. But for UCSD graduate students Michael Olsen and Daniel Knoblauch, the museum's closing time was when their real work began. More arrow

Campus Begins Trading Greenhouse
Gas Credits on Chicago Climate Exchange

UC San Diego Begins Trading Greenhouse Gas Credits on Chicago Climate ExchangeUC San Diego has become the first campus on the West Coast to join the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), North America’s only voluntary, legally binding trading system to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. UCSD is only the seventh university in the nation to join the climate exchange. More arrow

"Climate Crisis" in the West
Predicted with Increasing Certainty

Climate CrisisA new analysis led by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego shows that climate change from human activity is already disrupting water supplies in the western United States. More arrow

Triton Bikes Program Offers
Green Way to Get Around Campus

Triton Bikes (Photo / Victor W. Chen)They promote exercise, recycling, clean air and are free. Initiated in February 2004, the Triton Bikes program gives students, staff and faculty at UC San Diego the opportunity to get around campus in a fun, convenient and environmentally friendly way. More arrow

Senior to Watch: Pouya Jamshidi
Senior to Watch: Pouya Jamshidi (Graphic / Victor W. Chen)As a child in his native Iran, Pouya Jamshidi used to get goose bumps when he listened to classical music. He decided he wanted to be an opera conductor, an ambition that he held on to until graduating from high school. More arrow

Researchers Show That Fibrosis
Can Be Stopped, Cured and Reversed

UC San Diego researchers have proven in animal studies that fibrosis in the liver can be not only stopped, but reversed. Their discovery opens the door to treating and curing conditions that lead to excessive tissue scarring such as viral hepatitis, fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, pulmonary fibrosis, scleroderma and burns. More arrow

Young Adults More Likely to Quit Smoking Successfully
Young Adults More Likely to Quit Smoking SuccessfullyYoung adults are more likely than older adults to quit smoking successfully, partly because they are more likely to make a serious effort to quit, say researchers at the Moores Cancer Center at UCSD. More arrow

Researchers Uncover Key Trigger
for Potent Cancer-Fighting Marine Product

Researchers Uncover Key Trigger for Potent Cancer-Fighting Marine ProductAn unexpected discovery in marine biomedical laboratories at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has led to new, key information about the fundamental biological processes inside a marine organism that creates a natural product currently being tested to treat cancer in humans. More arrow

People

National “UCSD Near You” Tour Brings Record
Number of Alumni Together to Reconnect with Campus

Susan ShirkAfter a year on the road, the UCSD Near You tour has once again finished its annual run—boasting more than 600 alumni, parents and friends in attendance at 10 different stops throughout the country. Hosted in cities from Boston and New York City, to San Francisco and Los Angeles, the annual program features UC San Diego’s most outstanding faculty and alumni experts as they provide alums with the opportunity to learn about the groundbreaking research and initiatives emanating from UCSD. More arrow

Night-time Staff Recognized
at 'Celebrate the Night' Event

Staff Association coordinators The UCSD Staff Association held its first "Celebrate the Night" Staff Appreciation event Dec. 10, starting at 11 p.m. The event will be held every year during finals week each Fall quarter. The catered event was held in the Student Services Center and quite a few of the staff walked away with prizes donated from on and off campus vendors. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Economists Say Movie
Violence Might Temper the Real Thing

New York Times
Jan. 7, 2008
     
  arrow Special Camps Help Kids with Asthma Cope
Scientific American
Jan. 3, 2008
     
  arrow Scientists: We've Entered
a New Epoch, the Anthropocene

ABC News
Jan. 2, 2008
     
  arrow UCSD Joins Carbon Trading Exchange
KPBS
Jan. 4, 2008
     
  arrow No Picky Eaters Among Successful Argentine Ants
New York Times
Jan. 1, 2008
     
  arrow Knot Theory: Why Everything Tangles
NPR
Jan. 2, 2008
     
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Chancellor's Corner
Letter from Chancellor
Chancellor Fox Happy New Year and welcome back to campus. After a very successful year of teaching, innovation, collaboration, and public service in 2007, we have much to look forward to in 2008. More arrow

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Learn at Lunch:
Create Your Best 2008

Rod Kempton January's free Learn at Lunch features success strategist and coach Rod Kempton. Learn to combine the puzzle pieces of success to create the 2008 you want.

When and where: Tuesday, Jan. 8, noon ­ 1:30 p.m., Price Center Davis/ Riverside Room

You can also watch the lecture live via streaming video. Click here for more info.

Show Your Office Spirit
Show Your Office Spirit Support Triton Spirit Week. Enter the office decoration contest to win up to $250 in prizes. The first 20 departments to sign up get a free decoration kit.

Upcoming
Staff Education and Development Courses

Introduction to
Microsoft Access 2003

1/16/08 and 1/18/08
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Introduction to Photoshop CS3
1/22/08 and 1/24/08
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2003
1/23/08 and 1/25/08
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

What's Happening
MLK Junior
MLK Jr. Parade 2008
(.PDF)
Jan. 19, 2008
9:15 p.m.
PETCO Park (Tailgate Park)
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Evan Thomas
Newsweek Managing Editor to Discuss Presidential Race at UCSD
Jan. 17, 2008
7 p.m.
Price Center Ballroom
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Grey Matters
Grey Matters II: Evolution - The Diversity of Development
Jan. 24, 2008
6:30 p.m.
San Diego Natural
History Museum, Balboa Park
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Winter Job Fair
Triton Winter Job & Internship Fair
Jan. 16, 2008
10:30 a.m.
Library Walk
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Miles Davis
MILES AHEAD, a Jazz Fest
Jan. 27, 2008
4 p.m.
UCSD Faculty Club
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You Do The Math
= $2,803,375: amount of a five-year grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine received by David Traver, assistant professor of biological sciences
= $19,854,158: amount of funding from CIRM the UCSD Stem Cell Research Program and its faculty had received as of December 2007
 
Faculty Authors
The Bear and the Porcupine
The Bear
and the Porcupine

By Jeffrey Davidow

Jeffrey Davidow coined the phrase " the bear and the porcupine" – which has now entered Mexican political discourse – to describe the difficult relationship between the hypersensitive Mexican "porcupine" and the "insensitive" American bear. In this revised and expanded second edition, Davidow picks up the story of U.S.-Mexico relations since he left his ambassadorial post in 2003. More arrow
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