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UC San Diego Sends Two
on Quest for Olympic Gold in Beijing

Making it onto an Olympic team is tough enough. Making it twice puts an athleteís achievement in a whole different league. And thatís exactly what a UC San Diego student and an alumna have managed to do this year. Carrie Johnson, 24, will compete in the Olympics for the second time as a flat-water kayaker. Julie Swail Ertel, 35, is trying to bring back a medal in the Olympic triathlon in Beijing. More arrow

Dispatches from the Field
Photo of Sara Richardson, Michael Wang and Cindy TranOne is helping fight against a potential avian flu pandemic in Malaysia. Another is exploring New Zealand's biggest city while building 3-D models of muscle tissue. Yet another is visiting and studying in Beijing on the eve of the Olympics. All three have agreed to serve as foreign correspondents for This Week@UCSD. Here are their first dispatches from abroad. More arrow

Campus Launches Construction
on Sweeping Sustainable Energy Program
as Part of Goal to Be ‘Greenest University’ in Nation

Photo of workers from Borrego Solar, Inc., a national solar power contractor based in El Cajon, CA, install the first solar photovoltaic panels on the East Campus Utility Plant at UC San Diego.UC San Diego further bolstered its reputation as one of the nation’s greenest college campuses recently when it began construction on its sustainable energy program—one of the largest such programs in the nation by a university. More arrow

A Camp for Hope
Camp Kesem Provides Children
of Cancer Victims A Chance to Just Have Fun

Camp KesemBattling cancer is tough enough on those suffering from the disease. But it can be even tougher on the children whose parents are battling for their lives. A small group of UC San Diego students have banded together to help kids cope with their parentís illness by running a summer camp for them in the San Gabriel mountains. Called Camp Kesem, it provides them with a week of fun activities. More arrow

Physical Activity in Children
Declines Significantly from Age 9 to 15

Illustration of child playing soccerThe increase in childhood obesity may be due, in part, to children’s decline in physical activity as they age, according to a new study by researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine; University of Arkansas; University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and RTI International. More arrow

UC San Diego Medical Center Among Nationís Best
Photo of a doctorUCSD Medical Center is the only San Diego hospital ranked among the nation’s best in eight specialties in U.S. News & World Report’s new 2008 “America’s Best Hospitals” issue. Among the five leading California hospitals in the total number of top-ranked specialties, UC San Diego Medical Center has combined innovative treatments and compassionate care to earn recognition in multiple specialties for several years in this annual survey. More arrow

BP Chief Scientist Outlines Future of Oil Economy
Steve Kooning (Photo / Ioana Patringenaru)Fossil fuels are still plentiful underground. But whatís happening above ground means an economy based solely on oil is no longer viable. That was the word this week on campus from a well known scientist who oversees new-energy research efforts at BP, a company formerly known as British Petroleum. More arrow

Newly Launched Travel Portal Should
Help Cut Costs, Make Booking Travel Easier

Travel Traveling for business? Need an airplane ticket or a rental car? How about a hotel reservation? A new Web site is making all travel at UC San Diego, and throughout the University of California, easier. More arrow

ĎIíll Take Scripps for $1000í
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
to be Featured on TV Game Show ‘Jeopardy!’

Jeopardy logoThere are all sorts of ways to cement a reputation, and this Thursday, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will receive an unusual kind of immortality. The popular game show “Jeopardy!,” will feature Scripps’s history of cutting-edge ocean and earth science by awarding the institution its own category. More arrow


Jeff Elman Appointed Dean of Social Sciences Division
Photo of Jeffrey ElmanJeffrey Elman, Associate Dean of the Division of Social Sciences and Distinguished Professor in the department of cognitive science, has been named Dean of the Division of Social Sciences, effective Sept. 1. In making the announcement, Chancellor Marye Anne Fox said, "Jeff Elman's administrative and scholarly accomplishments and his vision and extraordinary leadership skills make him an outstanding choice as UCSD's next Dean of the Division of Social Sciences. More arrow

Former Chair of Music Department Thomas Nee Dies
Photo of Thomas NeeThomas Nee, who joined the faculty of UC San Diego’s Department of Music in 1967 and helped shape the innovative program, passed away July 7. He was 87. Along with founding faculty Will Ogdon and Robert Erickson, Nee was mentored by composer Ernst Krenek at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Nee advocated Krenek’s free approach to music and education. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Study: Teens Getting Less Exercise
TIME Magazine
July 16, 2008
  arrow Surfing the Universe
The New Yorker
July 21, 2008
  arrow Supercomputers Identify
Potential New Drugs to Combat Bird Flu

US News & World Report
July 14, 2008
  arrow 'For the Love of Animals' Book Review
The Washington Post
July 20, 2008
  arrow New Model Allows Testing of Hepatitis C Treatments
The Washington Post
July 16, 2008
  arrow UCSD Launches Sweeping
Sustainable Energy Program

July 15, 2008

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July 21, 2008

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Chancellor's Corner
Letter from Chancellor
Chancellor Fox UC San Diego has rapidly achieved the status as one of the nationís leading higher education and research universities. One of the advantages of being a relatively young campus is weíre still evolving and expanding. More arrow

POV: Tom Robinson
Tom Robinson Tom Robinson remembers the early days at UC San Diego, when there were far fewer builldings and only two colleges on campus. He graduated from UCSD in 1968 as part of the charter class at Revelle College, and went on to become a founding member and president of the UC San Diego Alumni Association. More arrow
At Work
Medical Center
to Conduct Safety
Drill Wednesday

The UC San Diego Medical Center, Hillcrest and Thornton, will conduct a safety training event Wednesday, July 23. Law enforcement agencies will practice security and crowd management in preparation for a potential public health crisis and an influx of patients to the Medical Center. More arrow

Center Collecting Supplies for Kids

The Women's Center is looking for donations of toys for infants and toddlers, childrenís books, cloth baby carriers and diapers. For more information: call (858) 822-1479 or e-mail

Staff Education and Development Courses

Find it Fast: Library Research for Busy People
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Job Accommodation: Saving Jobs, Saving Lives
8:30 am to 11:30 am

Excel 2007 Overview

8:30 am to 12:30 pm

What's Happening
Photo of a keyboard witht he word blog
From Blogs to Wikis: Exploring Web 2.0
Aug. 7, 2008
2 p.m.
Geisel Library

CONNECT Workshop: Trade Secrets
July 24, 2008
Morrison & Foerster LLP

Photo of beach
2nd Annual Survivor Beach
Aug. 10, 2008
Beach by Scripps Pier

Photo of Methamphetamine
37th Annual Summer Clinical Institute in Addiction Studies
Aug. 5 - Aug. 7, 2008
Price Center

Photo of waves
Wild Waves: Family Day
Aug. 16, 2008
Birch Aquarium


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You Do The Math
= 6: UC San Diego Medical Center's ranking for respiratory diseases care this year in the "America's Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report
= 16: ranking for rheumatology
= 21: ranking for psychiatry
= 35: ranking for kidney disease
= 37: ranking for gynecology
= 38: ranking for urology
= 43: ranking for cancer care
= 47: ranking for ear, nose and throat
Faculty Authors
Book cover
Concerto for the Left Hand
By Michael Davidson

"Concerto for the Left Hand" is at the cutting edge of the expanding field of disability studies, offering a wide range of essays that investigate the impact of disability across various art forms. Rather than simply focusing on how disabled persons are portrayed, Michael Davidson explores how the experience of disability shapes the work of artists and why disability serves as a vital lens through which to interpret modern culture. More arrow
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