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Price Center Expansion launch party (Photo / Victor W. Chen)

Campus Celebrates Opening
of Price Center Expansion with Launch Party

Students, staff members and faculty packed the Price Center’s new atrium, leaning over balconies and crowding staircases. Many held plates piled with food. Other listened to the many DJs and bands scattered throughout the building. In all, about 4,000 members of the UC San Diego community turned out Thursday for a launch party that celebrated the expansion of the Price Center. Camera icon More arrow

Newly Revamped Sun God
Music Festival Attracts Record Crowd

Sun God Festival 2008 (Photo / Victor W. Chen)Students swarmed RIMAC field Friday as the Sun God music festival marked the highest attendance ever in its 26-year history. This year, the festival offered a new format. For the first time, Sun God was centrally located on RIMAC field and it featured three distinct stages, a street fair, art show and carnival. In addition, a new ticketing system allowed students to enter and exit the grounds for the majority of the festival. More arrow

Global View Shows Link
Between Vitamin D Status, Breast Cancer

Photo of Cedric GarlandUsing newly available data on worldwide cancer incidence, researchers at the Moores Cancer Center and the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine have shown a clear association between deficiency in exposure to sunlight, specifically ultraviolet B and breast cancer. More arrow

Thinking Inside the Box:
Campus Opts for Eco-Friendly Datacenters

Photo of Sun black boxIt’s not often that researchers at the UC San Diego are asked to think inside the box, but two large shipping containers installed on the campus yesterday hold great promise for scientists in the form of advanced data storage and energy savings. More arrow

I-House Musical Ensemble Makes Its Debut
A group picture of Ensemble con Brio.Back in his native Iran, Pouya Jamshidi served as the assistant conductor for the Tehran Philharmonic. Now a senior at UCSD, he has been able to recapture the conductor’s baton by starting his own orchestra at the International House, where he lives. Camera icon More arrow

Chancellor to Speak at College
Fair for Imperial Valley Juniors

Imperical Valley/UCSD illustrationInformation on opportunities to pursue a college education for 600 juniors in high schools in the Imperial Valley will take the spotlight when Chancellor Marye Anne Fox meets with students and higher education representatives May 20 at Calexico High School. More arrow

Latino Families to Gather at UCSD May 31
for Comienza con un Sueño College Outreach Event

Comienza con un Sueño logoNurturing the desire for college and keeping it on track is the purpose of Comienza con un Sueño (It Begins with a Dream), a major college outreach event taking place this month at UCSD. Aimed at Latino and Mexican American students, parents and families, this free event will be held Saturday, May 31 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in various stages on Library Walk, Center Hall and Geisel Library terrace. More arrow

Nanowires May Boost Solar Cell Efficiency
Photo of nanowiresUC San Diego electrical engineers have created experimental solar cells spiked with nanowires that could lead to highly efficient thin-film solar cells of the future.
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Researcher Develops Simple
Technology to Help Women in Rural India

Photo of village women carry water from the pump to their homes on their heads (left) or hip (right) while boys drag the MuthuCart behind them.For Shannon Spanhake, the idea for a new product came when she picked up one of the ten-liter metal jugs that local women in thousands of Indian communities use to carry water. “I lifted the jug of water and to me, it was heavy,” exclaims Spanhake, a researcher in the UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). More arrow

Local Whiz Kids Win Awards in Math and Statistics
Photo of Zhao Zhang of Rancho Bernardo High SchoolElegant solutions to challenging problems have earned honors for local high school students in mathematics and statistics competitions held at UC San Diego in April. More arrow


External Relations Leader
Debra G. Neuman Named as New Vice Chancellor

Debra G. NeumanDebra G. Neuman, Senior Vice President, External Relations at CARE USA in Atlanta, has been appointed as UC San Diego’s Vice Chancellor – External Relations, following approval by the University of California Board of Regents. Neuman, a nationally recognized development professional who led CARE USA’s fundraising response to the December 2004 South Asia tsunami and similar international efforts, will join UC San Diego on June 16, 2008. More arrow

Medical Center Awards Physician
of the Year to Expert in Endoscopic Ultrasound

Photo of Thomas J. Savides, M.D., clinical service chief
for gastroenterology, UC San Diego Medical Center and professor of clinical medicine at
UC San Diego School of MedicineEvery year, UC San Diego honors physicians for their outstanding commitment to healthcare, both in the hospital setting and throughout the community. This year, Dr. Thomas J. Savides, clinical service chief for gastroenterology for the UC San Diego Medical Center was named Physician of the Year. Dr. Byron Buckley and Dr. Brian Kolski were awarded House Officers of the Year. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Vitamin D Deficiency Linked
to Breast Cancer, Study Finds

Los Angeles Times
May 16, 2008
  arrow Can Robot Worms Kill Cancer?
ABC News
May 13, 2008
  arrow Acne Drug Prevents
Tissue Damage from Emphysema

May 15, 2008
  arrow Wetsuit Inventor Has Died at Age 92
USA Today
May 12, 2008

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Women's Center logoAre you the first woman in your family to attend college? The Women's Center invites you to share your experience and thoughts in a poem, essay, drawing, or whatever creative expression you choose. Your work and others will be complied by the Women's Center Programming and Events intern for an anthology available at all three community centers at the end of Spring quarter.

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All People's Celebration and Recognition Ceremony:
New Beginnings

May 23, 2008
5:00 p.m.
Price Center

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How Should the State Intervene in Markets
May 21, 2008
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Rady School of Management

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Building a Company
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May 20, 2008
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Sydney Kimmel Cancer Center

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UCSD Blood Drive
May 20, 2008
10:00 a.m.
Price Center

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Dress for Success
May 21, 2008
6:00 p.m.
Prospect Lounge

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Green Flash
Seaside Concert

May 21, 2008
6:00 p.m.
Birch Aquarium


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You Do The Math
= 105: percentage increase in the number of engineering undergraduate degrees conferred at UCSD between 1996-97 and 2006-07
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Faculty Authors
Book cover of Dilemmas of Victory
Dilemmas of Victory
By Paul G. Pickowicz

This illuminating work examines the social, cultural, political and economic dimensions of the Communist takeover of China. Instead of dwelling on elite politics and policy-making processes, "Dilemmas of Victory" seeks to understand how the 1949-1953 period was experienced by various groups including industrialists, filmmakers, ethnic minorities, educators, rural midwives, philanthropists, stand-up comics and scientists. More arrow
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