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A Year Without "Made in China":
One Alum’s True Life
Adventure in the Global Economy

On a steamy Tuesday morning last July, I found myself in a place I never dreamed I would visit: the green room of CNN’s New York studios, waiting to go on air for a live interview. In a haze of nerves I focused on odd details. Muffin crumbs on the carpet. A cup of milk abandoned on the table beside a tower of wilting fruit. It took me a couple of minutes to notice the huge window behind me with a view of Columbus Circle and a bright green corner of Central Park. When a gruff, shorts-clad soundman appeared in the door and motioned for me to follow him, a question popped into my head: How in the world did I get here. More arrow

Researchers Examine Health Benefits
of Video Games & Game Technologies

Photo of Wii controllersTennis, boxing and bowling, all while playing video games? Could video games that require players to get up and move, also known as “exergames,” increase physical activity among users? That’s one of the questions researchers from the School of Medicine want to answer. More arrow

Preuss School, One of “Best High
Schools in America,” Names New Principal

Photo of Scott BartonUC San Diego has appointed Scott Barton, acting principal, to the post of principal of The Preuss School. The appointment by Chancellor Marye Anne Fox was effective June 1. More arrow

Alumnus to Show Super-High-Definition,
Hip Hop-Inspired Video at International Festival

Photo of Mike ToillionThe year 1985 was a momentous one for the arts and entertainment industry: The first Nintendo Entertainment System was released in U.S. stores, hip hop was in its early heyday, and the sci-fi flick “Back to the Future” was drawing huge crowds. It was also the year UC San Diego alumnus Mike Toillion was born. Now, at age 23, Toillion has traveled back to the future himself, remixing elements from old-school hip hop culture and new-school video games to create a state-of-the-art 4K digital video that is beginning to draw attention from across the globe. More arrow

Standard Operating Procedure
Author of Ground-breaking Book
on Scandal at Abu Ghraib Prison Coming to Campus

Photo of Philip GourevitchFour years ago, pictures showing the abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq filled the airwaves and dominated the front pages of newspapers across the United States. Now, for the first time, a documentary filmmaker and a longtime staff writer for The New Yorker magazine have conducted lengthy interviews with soldiers who served at the prison and are telling their stories in a ground-breaking book. Writer Philip Gourevitch will discuss “Standard Operating Procedure,” during a talk June 3 at The Neurosciences Institute, as part of UCSD Extension’s Revelle Forum. More arrow

UC San Diego Delegation Advocates for
University During First Annual UCSD Week at City Hall

UCSD Week Initiation (Photo / Victor W. Chen)The San Diego City Council honored UC San Diego last week with a resolution prepared by Mayor Jerry Sanders and the council declaring May 26 to May 30 “UC San Diego Week.” More arrow

Floating Orbs Meet Music Boxes:
Students Unleash Creative Powers at Art Show

The Sermon by Jesse Chapo (Photo / Victor W. Chen)Giant elephants, floating orbs and oversized portraits were among the eclectic pieces of art on display at the 2008 Visual Arts Senior Art Show Friday and Saturday at Mandeville Center. The exhibit, "Transparency," was organized by six students and featured the works of graduating Visual Arts majors. More arrow

New IR/PS Research Unit Undertakes
“How Much Information?” Study to
Measure World's Quantity and Quality of Information

Illustration of the world of informationThe new Global Information Industry Center in the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies has launched its first program to quantify and qualify the amounts and kinds of information being produced worldwide by businesses and consumers. More arrow

Mentors, Teachers and Students Recognized at First Graduate Student Community Awards Recemption
Photo of graduatesThe Graduate Student Association hosted to the first Graduate Student Community Awards Reception May 21 at the Student Services Center. The event aimed to celebrate the work and achievements of graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners, whose support for graduate and professional students at UCSD has proven indispensable over the past year. More arrow


$3 Million Gift From Philanthropist
Conrad Prebys is Music to Ears of UC San Diego

Photo of Conrad PrebysLocal philanthropist Conrad Prebys is not a golfer. He doesn’t like to fish, he doesn’t want a boat and he has no interest in flying planes. Fortunately for UC San Diego, he does like music. “It’s a true passion of mine and has been a great part of my life,” said the one-time aspiring musician.  Now, the San Diego builder has demonstrated his love of music by making a $3 million gift to support the renowned UC San Diego Department of Music with the establishment of the Conrad Prebys Music Endowment. More arrow

Kite Runner Author and Biosite Founder
Among Stellar Alumni to Be Honored June 7

Photo of Julia Tomlin and Sue Hart Six accomplished UC San Diego alumni and students will receive top honors Saturday at the 30th Annual UCSD Alumni Association Awards for Excellence scholarship fundraiser to be held in the Price Center Ballroom on campus. A 30-year tradition at UC San Diego, the alumni Awards for Excellence event recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in a particular field and brought honor and distinction to the university.
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Press Clips

  arrow Mr. Rogers' Memory Lives On in Scholarships
FOX News
June 1, 2008
  arrow Mexico: Crimes at the Border:
Q&A with Immigration Expert Wayne Cornelius

Frontline, PBS
May, 2008
  arrow Daily Glass of Wine Cut Risk of Fatty Liver Disease
The Washington Post
May 30, 2008
  arrow China Just Might Surprise
the U.S. on Climate Change

San Francisco Chronicle, Opinion
May 28, 2008
  arrow Crossing Cultural Seas
San Diego Union-Tribune, Opinion
June 1, 2008

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June 2, 2008

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Chancellor's Corner

Letter from Chancellor

Chancellor Marye Anne FoxA quick perusal of the dictionary will show there are two formal definitions of the noun “graduate” — either a recipient of a degree marking completion of studies or a container divided into marked intervals used for measuring. Frankly, I think the second definition is more interesting. It asks us to think of the scholar as a vessel, always taking in or generating new information, and measuring findings against the ultimate standard, truth. More arrow

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Employees Named

Mark Reeves, community health program manager for UCSD Medical Center's Chaplain Services, has been named the 2007-08 principal Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year. Reeves and nine others will be honored at a ceremony this week for their service and contributions to the campus and local communities. See the campus notice for the full list of recipients.

Hang Up and Drive
Read about the new cell-phone driver law, Safety Award For Excellence winners, UCSD's FitWell program, and more in the
Summer '08 Safety Briefs newsletter.

Research Riches
The next generation of UC's online Melvyl Catalog has been released, allowing access to the world's richest database of materials held in libraries. Have a look.

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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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30th Annual Alumni Awards for Excellence
June 7, 2008
6 p.m.
Price Center

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Setting Common Ground
June 3, 2008
Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club

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Senior Salute 2008
June 5, 2008
5 p.m.
Student Center

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43rd Annual
Watermelon Drop

June 6, 2008
11:45 a.m.
Urey Hall


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You Do The Math
= 6: national rank of the Preuss School in Newsweek's listing of the nation's top 1300 high schools this year
= 72: percentage of Preuss high school graduates who have been admitted to UC campuses this year
Faculty Authors
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Much Ado
About Nonexistence: Fiction and Reference

By Avrum Stroll

The problem of the nature of fiction and the problem of nonexistence are closely tied because fiction often talks about nonexistent entities. In this volume, A.P. Martinich and Avrum Stroll, two of America's leading philosophers, explore fiction and undertake an analytic study of fiction and its relation to truth. More arrow
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