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Cigarettes (Photo / Victor W. Chen)

Quitting Smoking Good
for Your Social Health Too

Putting down cigarettes for good can have unexpected social benefits, according to new research from Harvard and UC San Diego. Smoking is bad, it turns out, not only for your physical wellbeing but for your social health, too — with smokers increasingly edged out to the margins of social circles.
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The Preuss School Named Sixth
Among Nationís Top 10 High Schools by Newsweek

Preuss School students (Photo / Victor W. Chen)The Preuss School ranks sixth in the nation on Newsweek magazine’s second annual listing of the 1,300 top U.S. high schools. The school bounced up three ranks from its listing in 2007 as ninth among 1,200 high schools in the U.S. regarded as the best of the best. More arrow

An Educational Playhouse
Scripps Oceanography Helps Teach Life Lessons at BizTown
Photo of BizTownIt’s Thursday at 11 a.m. and the head of Scripps Institution of Oceanography is hard at work. There’s just so much to do: a business plan to implement, a budget to iron out and scientists who need research projects. But the person in charge is not Scripps’ real director, Tony Haymet. It’s a fifth-grader named Holly, who took on the top job as part of BizTown, an indoor replica of San Diego that lets students be grown-ups for a day as they learn about managing money and running a company. Camera icon More arrow

Students Rally to Help
Victims of the Sichuan Earthquake

Chinese American Student Association (Photo / Christine Clark)Students from the Chinese American Student Association joined forces with the Chinese Union and other groups to raise more than $10,000 to help victims of the Sichuan Earthquake last week at UC San Diego. More arrow

Junkyard Derby Competitors Brave
Rainy Weather in Attempt to Claim Victory

Triton Junkyard Derby (Photo / Victor W. Chen)The winning boxcar had barely crossed the finish line Friday during the Triton Junkyard Derby when the rain started coming down—hard and fast. Still, dozens of fans huddled at the bottom of Peterson Hill, armed with umbrellas, to watch a slew of competitors collect their prizes. More arrow

A Modest Glass of Wine
Each Day Could Improve Liver Health

Photo of WineResearchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine are challenging conventional thinking with a study showing that modest wine consumption, defined as one glass a day, may not only be safe for the liver, but may actually decrease the prevalence of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. More arrow

Senior to Watch: Emma Sandoe
Senior to Watch logoWhen Emma Sandoe came to UC San Diego, she wanted to become a physician. Then she spent a summer working in a chemotherapy unit. Sandoe found herself processing a whole lot of paperwork, which sometimes meant patients couldnít get the help they needed right away. Thatís when she started thinking that her organizational skills might be better put to use reforming health care. More arrow

Libraries Acquire Letters of
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Beat Poet Gary Snyder

Letter from Gary SnyderThe UC San Diego Libraries have acquired a collection of the letters of Gary Snyder, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who began writing in the 1950s as one of the writers of the Beat Generation. More arrow


Photo of Edward Abeyta UC San Diego Staff Member to
Become Staff Advisor to UC Regents

Edward L. Abeyta, the registrar and director of academic services at UC San Diego Extension, will serve as a staff advisor to the UC Regents next academic year, the UC Office of the President announced last week. "Ed brings great dedication to the university and its staff to the position of staff advisor-designate,” said Associate Vice President of Human Resources Judy Boyette. “His selection signals a wonderful addition to the program." More arrow

Photo of UC San Diego biology professor Massimo Scanziani UC San Diego Biology
Professor Named Howard
Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute today named UC San Diego biology professor Massimo Scanziani an HHMI investigator for his work on how the brain makes sense of a changing and complex flow of incoming information. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Social Networks' Sway May Be Underestimated
The Washington Post
May 26, 2008
  arrow Itís the Genes, Stupid
The New York Times
May 27, 2008
  arrow The Preuss School as a Model
San Diego Union-Tribune
May 27, 2008
  arrow Construction Workers Burned in
San Diego Hotel Blast Undergo Skin Graft Surgeries

FOX News,
May 22, 2008
  arrow Kidney Cancers More Likely to Be Diagnosed Early
U.S. News & World Report
May 19, 2008

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Our University Newsletter Gives Budget Update
Get an update on the state budget and a UC proposal to allow employees to voluntarily reduce their hours in UCOP's Our University newsletter.
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Academic Senate logo Budget, Admission Standards, U.S. Open Focus of Academic Senate Meeting
During their last meeting of the academic year, members of the Academic Senate received an update on budget negotiations from Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, as well as a briefing on the U.S. Open. They also heard a presentation on proposed changes to UC's admission standards.
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Be a First Responder
Faculty, staff and students are invited to the first-ever Campus Emergency Response Team Academy in September. CERT team members will be trained to help the campus community in a crisis, learning disaster preparedness, light search and rescue, disaster medical operations and more. Sign up for the academy through Enrollment Central. More arrow

Staff Education and Development Courses

Staffing for Success
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Enhancing Quality
Service Skills

8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Financial Systems
at UCSD: An Overview

1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

What's Happening
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Climate Change
and Business: Demystifying Science, Risk and Reward

June 6-7, 2008
Rady School of Management

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Holocaust Living
History Workshop

May 27, 2008
4:00 p.m.
Seuss Room in the
UCSD Geisel Library

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Brain Matters:
Translating Research
to Classroom Practice

June 5, 2008
Geisel Library


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You Do The Math
= 381: increase in the number of first-generation college-going students who earned an undergraduate degree at UCSD from 2001-02 to 2006-07
= 1251: number of first-generation college-going students who earned an undergraduate degree from UCSD during the 2006-07 academic year
Faculty Authors
Book cover of Talons of the Eagle
Talons of the Eagle
By Peter H. Smith

After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a new international regime emerged and profoundly transformed inter-American affairs.  In the third edition of "Talons of the Eagle", Peter H. Smith places this devastating event into its full historical context by offering a vivid portrayal of U.S.-Latin American relations from the early 19th century to the present. A new section, "The War on Terror," examines the impact of 9/11 on the United States and Latin America, with a focus on George W. Bush's Latin American policy. More arrow
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