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Judy Davis, a UCSD staff member, and her husband rejoice and kiss as workers rebuild the home the couple lost in the Harris fire last year.

Rebuilding Their Lives
Staff and faculty reflect on losing their homes as San Diego marks one-year anniversary of devastating wildfires
On a warm Tuesday afternoon, Judy Davis, a UCSD staff member, and her husband, Ken, stood on an overhang, looking down on the busy construction site that surrounds their new home. It had been exactly one year to the day since the Harris fire came through Deerhorn Valley, near Jamul, turning the home the couple had shared for 23 years into a jumble of rubble and twisted iron. Now, a new wooden frame topped by a plywood roof rises where the home’s ruins stood. Davis smiled and hugged her husband. They kissed. More arrow

Parents Connect With Campus During Family Weekend
Photo of Penny Rue during Family WeekendThey went on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Birch Aquarium. They tried rock climbing. Most importantly, they got to spend time with their children and discover all the resources UC San Diego has to offer. Morearrow

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Competing for Jobs in Tough Times
Photo of the Triton Job and Internship FairIn these tough economic times, UC San Diego is providing students with the support they need in a variety of ways. Students feeling the crunch of the economic crisis are taking advantage of the many services offered by the Career Services Center. More arrow

Homecoming 2008: UC San Diego Alumni
Return and Reconnect at Fun-Filled Weekend

Photo of HOmecoming 2008More than 800 UC San Diego alumni from across the nation came back to campus to participate in a variety of social and athletic activities at Homecoming 2008, held during the weekend of Oct. 17. In its inaugural year as a joint program of Alumni Affairs, Student Affairs and UC San Diego Athletics, Homecoming offered a chance for graduates to reconnect with the faces and places that made their time at UC San Diego memorable. More arrow

Potent Greenhouse Gas More Prevalent
in Atmosphere than Previously Assumed

Photo of Ray Weiss and Jens MuehleA powerful greenhouse gas is at least four times more prevalent in the atmosphere than previously estimated, according to a team of researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Using new analytical techniques, a team led by Scripps geochemistry professor Ray Weiss made the first atmospheric measurements of nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), which is thousands of times more effective at warming the atmosphere than an equal mass of carbon dioxide. More arrow

Project Awarded to NanoEngineer

Photo of Joseph WangWith a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Office of Naval Research, Joseph Wang, a professor in the nanoengineering department, will lead a project to create a “field-hospital-on-a-chip” that soldiers can wear on the battlefield. More arrow

School of Medicine to Lead
Neuroscience Information Framework

Neuroscience Information Framework graphicThe School of Medicine has received a contract from the National Institutes of Health to enhance and maintain the Neuroscience Information Framework — a dynamic inventory of web-based neurosciences data, resources and tools that scientists and students can access via any computer connected to the Internet. More arrow

Researchers Identify Genetic
Switch Critical for Cell Survival in Hypoxia

Illustration of Drosophila melanogasterResearchers at the School of Medicine have identified a critical metabolic “switch” in fruit flies that helps oxygen-deprived cells survive. Hypoxia-induced injury occurs in the case of heart attack, stroke or other neurological or respiratory conditions which diminish the supply of oxygen to vital tissues and organs. More arrow

What’s New: Parking and Transportation
Photo of bus driverWhat’s new this academic year? This Week @ UCSD has been looking at all the changes taking place on campus in 2008-09. Here is a look at what Transportation and Parking Services has in store, according to Brian d’Autremont, the department’s director. More arrow


Distinguished Scientist John W. Miles Dies
Photo of John W. MilesJohn W. Miles, renowned scientist and research professor emeritus of applied mechanics and geophysics at UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography, died Oct. 20, in Santa Barbara, Calif., following a stroke.  He was 87 years old.  Miles had been at Scripps since 1964 as a researcher and professor in the Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics and also served as vice chancellor for academic affairs at UC San Diego from 1980 to 1983. More arrow

Engineering Superstar Joins
UCSD’s NanoEngineering Department

Photo of Joseph WangJoseph Wang, the most cited engineer from 1991 to 2001 and consistently one of the world’s most cited engineers and chemists, joined the faculty of the department of nanoengineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering this summer. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow 2 Greenhouse Gases on the Rise Worry Scientists
Oct. 27, 2008
  arrow Volcanoes May Be Original Womb of Life
Oct. 21, 2008
  arrow Sitdown With a Water Polo Legend
Oct. 20, 2008
  arrow Obituary: George Palade
Daily Telegraph, U.K.
Oct. 23, 2008
  arrow How Snails Walk on Water Is a Small Miracle
National Geographic
Oct. 20, 2008

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Vice Chancellor
Penny Rue to Chat Online With Students

1 p.m. Oct. 29
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UC Regents Approve Final Budget for 2008-09
The University of California Board of Regents has formally approved a final 2008-09 operating budget for the UC system totaling $3 billion in state funding for core operations. More arrow

Medical Center Toxicologists Offer Halloween Tips
Getting ready for Halloween? Here are some safety precautions from the UCSD Medical Center to help parents and guardians make Halloween safe.
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Staff Education and Development Courses

for Surviving an Audit

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Microsoft Excel 2003

11/4/08 and 11/6/08
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Best Practices
for Employee
Disability Management

8:30 am to 11:30 am

What's Happening
Photo of Steve Kay
Biofuels: Hype vs. Hope
Nov. 3, 2008
Biomedical Library

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First Nature Matters Talk
Nov. 6, 2008
6:30 p.m.
Natural History Museum

Animation of Cross-Cultural Center logo
Pathways to Life
Nov. 7, 2008
6 p.m.
Cross-Cultural Center

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Understanding Oil Prices
Nov. 5, 2008
5:30 p.m.
UCSD Faculty Club

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Election Night 2008:
A Political Party

Nov. 4, 2008
7 p.m.
Eleanor Roosevelt College

Illustration of poster for Halloween Costume Contest
UCSD All-Campus Halloween Costume Contest
Oct. 31, 2008
11:30 a.m.
Price Center Plaza


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You Do The Math
= $203,305: total the 2008 Chancellor's Challenge 5K raised as of Oct. 20
= $2.1 million: fundraising threshold reached by the Chancellor's 5K this year
Faculty Authors
Book cover of Ms. Hempel Chronicles
Ms. Hempel Chronicles
By Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
A National Book Award finalist in 2004, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum returns with an intricate and absorbing collection of eight interconnected stories about Beatrice Hempel, a middle school English teacher. Bynum seamlessly weaves stories of the teacher’s childhood with the present while simultaneously fleshing out the lives of Beatrice’s impressionable students. More arrow
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