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Roger Tsien (Photo / Victor W. Chen)

Tsien Takes National Spotlight
with Nobel Prize Win in Chemistry

Humble Scientist Credits Lowly Jellyfish for Success
Rumors had been circulating and expectations had been rising for almost a week after a news service predicted that UC San Diego scientist Roger Tsien would win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry this year. Tsien himself remained skeptical. But around 2 a.m. Wednesday, rumor became reality. The researcher received a call from the Royal Swedish Academy in Stockholm and learned that he had indeed become a Nobel laureate. video camer icon More arrow

filmstrip icon View slideshow of Roger Tsien's first day as a Nobel laureate.

Nobel Laureate, 'Father of Modern
Cell Biology' George Palade Dies

Photo of George PaladeNobel Laureate Dr. George Palade, considered the father of modern cell biology, died at home Oct. 7 at age 95 after a long illness. Palade, Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Cellular and Molecular Medicine, and founding Dean for Scientific Affairs at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, was a resident of Del Mar, Calif., with his wife Marilyn Farquhar, Ph.D., Chair of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at UCSD. More arrow

Solar Pioneer Joins UC San Diego
Byron Washom and Chancellor Fox (Photo / Victor W. Chen)UC San Diego’s reputation as one of the “greenest universities” took a giant leap forward with the appointment of solar pioneer Byron Washom as director of strategic energy initiatives.
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Novel Lung Cancer Vaccine Trial
Launched at Moores UCSD Cancer Center

Photo of  Lyudmila A. BazhenovaOncologists at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center are hoping to stave off the relentless march of advanced lung cancer by treating patients with a novel kind of cancer vaccine. While many vaccines attempt to pump up the immune system to fight off a cancer, the new vaccine, Lucanix, is genetically engineered to also trick the cancer into turning off its immune system-suppressing activities. More arrow

Sculpture of Campus Mascot to be Unveiled This Week
Illustration of Triton Scultpure UnveilingHeralding a new UC San Diego tradition, a 750-pound bronze sculpture of the fish-tailed sea god Triton will be unveiled during an 11 a.m. ceremony Oct. 16 on the Price Center East steps. The blow of a conch-shell trumpet, used by the mythical god, will signal the start of the event. More arrow

New Center Offers
Unprecedented Look at San Diego Bay

Photo of San Diego BayThe San Diego Board of Port Commissioners has approved funding for a new interdisciplinary research center to study San Diego Bay, its watershed and San Diego’s beaches and coasts. The Center for Bay and Coastal Dynamics brings together geologists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and ecologists from San Diego State University to study the complex environmental processes influencing San Diego Bay and surrounding coastal waters. More

Diary from the Dome
Photo of Paul HarrisPaul Harris, then a staff member at UCSD’s Geisel Library, arrived in New Orleans three days before Hurricane Katrina hit the city. He was eager to sample gumbo and listen to jazz music. Instead, he found himself trapped in the Superdome with thousands of other evacuees, eating military ready-to-eat meals and listening for news from the outside world on battery-powered radios. filmstrip icon More arrow

UCSD Chancellor Catches a Ride With the Blue Angels
Photo of Chancellor Marye Anne FoxChancellor Marye Anne Fox got a chance to fly with the Blue Angels last week, while the elite squadron was performing in San Francisco. Fox, UC San Diego’s seventh chancellor, flew in Blue Angel 7. filmstrip icon More arrow

Note to Students: How to Find a Job in Ailing Economy
Career Services Center logoAmid the current economic crisis, UC San Diego’s Career Services Center will dedicate a week to help students who are seeking careers in the business and financial sectors. The event, dubbed Business Week, will feature a series of workshops where students will receive advice from financial service and consulting companies. Additional events range from résumé marathons to speed interviewing and even an industry networking night. More arrow

Film Festival at UCSD Chronicles Native Americans’ Experiences in the U.S., Emphasizes Health Concerns
Photo of three Native American filmsA Native American Film Festival featuring documentaries and short films chronicling native people’s multi-faceted health experiences in the United States will be presented from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Cross-Cultural Center at UCSD. More arrow

UC San Diego Extends Global Reach with
Historic Agreement to Train Chinese University Officials

UC San Diego and the Chinese Ministry of Education have signed a first-of-its-kind agreement to train student affairs officers from universities throughout China. The first 33 Chinese student affairs officers have arrived at UC San Diego Extension, the continuing education arm of the university, to begin 13 weeks of instruction. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Three Chemists Win Nobel Prize
The New York Times
Oct. 8, 2008
  arrow George Palade, Nobel Winner
for Work Inspiring Modern Cell Biology, Dies at 95

The New York Times
Oct. 10, 2008
  arrow Glowing Jellyfish Leads to Chemistry Nobel
CBS News
Oct. 8, 2008
  arrow Nobel Prize Winner Dr. George Palade Dies at 95
Oct. 15, 2008
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San Diego Union-Tribune
Oct. 10, 2008

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Outstanding Staff (Photo / Victor W. Chen) Do you know a staff employee whose actions and leadership have made a difference at UCSD or in the community? Nominate them by Nov. 19 for the UCSD Staff Association Impact Award.

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Chancellor's Challenge 5K Run/Walk for Scholars
Oct. 17, 2008
10:30 a.m.

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Dedication of the
San Diego Supercomputer Center Expansion

Oct. 14, 2008
10:30 a.m.
San Diego Supercomputer Center

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Homecoming Weekend 2008
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Mayer Hall Open House
Oct. 22, 2008
5:30 p.m.
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Sustainability Social / Green Dance Revolution
Oct. 15, 2008
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UCSD WISE Open House (PDF)
Oct. 17, 2008
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Faculty Authors
Book cover of Worlds Before Adam
Worlds Before Adam
By Martin J. S. Rudwick

The first detailed account of the reconstruction of prehuman geohistory, Martin J. S. Rudwick’s "Worlds Before Adam" picks up where his celebrated "Bursting the Limits of Time" leaves off. Here, Rudwick takes readers from the post-Napoleonic Restoration in Europe to the early years of Britain’s Victorian age, chronicling the staggering discoveries geologists made during the period. Ultimately, Rudwick reveals geology to be the first of the sciences to investigate the historical dimension of nature, a model that Charles Darwin used in developing his evolutionary theory. More arrow
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