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Photo of Thomas Levy and the industrial copper slag mound excavated at Khirbat en-Nahas.

King Solomon’s Mines Rediscovered?
Did the Bible’s King David and his son Solomon control the copper industry in present-day southern Jordan? Though that remains an open question, the possibility is raised once again by research reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Led by Thomas Levy of UC San Diego and Mohammad Najjar of Jordan’s Friends of Archaeology, an international team of archaeologists has excavated an ancient copper-production center at Khirbat en-Nahas. video camera icon More arrow

Campus to Celebrate Historic Vote
with Election Night Party, Get-Togethers

Graphic from Election Night flyerIt’s Election Day and you’ve cast your vote. Now you have to wait for the results to come in. UC San Diego is offering several events for everyone on campus to make sense of all the trends that shaped the election—and make the wait more fun. More arrow

PRIME Program Takes Undergraduates to
Pacific Rim to Broaden Research Experiences

Photo of Photo of PRIME class of 2008They went to the other side of the world to study and work on high-tech projects, including a computer model of muscle cells in the heart and graphical user interfaces. They also learned about different cultures and picked up different languages. In the past five years, more than 70 UCSD undergraduates have taken part in the Pacific Rim Experiences for Undergraduates program. Video camera icon More arrow

Campus to Hold Tree-Planting Event Nov. 12 in Recognition of Being Named 'Tree Campus USA' Site
Photo of students planting treesUC San Diego will hold a tree planting ceremony Nov. 12 in recognition of its designation as one of nine college campuses in the U.S. to be cited by the Arbor Day Foundation for best practices in campus forestry. The nine honored campuses were selected from 76 universities who applied for the Foundation recognition. More arrow

Eating Red Meat Sets Up
Target for Disease-Causing Bacteria

Photo of Ajit VarkiOffering another reason why eating red meat could be bad for you, an international research team, including the School of Medicine's Dr. Ajit Varki, has uncovered the first example of a bacterium that causes food poisoning in humans when it targets a non-human molecule absorbed into the body through red meats such as lamb, pork and beef. More arrow

Keys Can be Copied
From Afar, Computer Scientists Show

Photo of Kai WangUC San Diego computer scientists have built a software program that can perform key duplication without having the key. Instead, the computer scientists only need a photograph of the key. More arrow

Campus Named Among
10 ‘Best Value’ Public Universities

Photo of UCSD campusUC San Diego has been named one of the nation’s top 10 “Best Values in Public Colleges” in the December 2008 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. More arrow

Genetic Clock Makers
Publish Their “Timepiece” in Nature

Photo of Scott CooksonUC San Diego bioengineers have created the first stable, fast and programmable genetic clock that reliably keeps time by the blinking of fluorescent proteins inside E. coli cells. The clock’s blink rate changes when the temperature, energy source or other environmental conditions change, a fact that could lead to new kinds of sensors that convey information about the environment through the blinking rate. video camera icon More arrow

California, Canada Campuses Combat
Greenhouse Gas Emissions with Green IT

Photo of Art EllisIn one of the first efforts of its kind, universities in Canada and California are pledging to work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on their campuses while developing so-called ‘green cyberinfrastructure’ — information technology that improves energy efficiency and reduces the impact of emissions on climate change. More arrow

When You Look at a Face, You Look Nose First
Photo of test subjectsWhile general wisdom says that you look at the eyes first in order to recognize a face, UC San Diego computer scientists now report that you look at the nose first. The nose may be the where the information about the face is balanced in all directions, or the optimal viewing position for face recognition, the researchers from Jacobs School of Engineering propose in a paper recently published in the journal Psychological Science. More arrow

Clever Costumes and
Flying Pumpkins: It’s Halloween on the UCSD Campus

Photo of Halloween costume contest Werewolves, cartoon characters and pop singers rubbed elbows at this year’s Halloween Costume Contest at the Price Center. A pumpkin nicknamed “Dow Jones” plummeted from the roof of Tioga Hall. Halloween arrived Friday at UCSD and the campus celebrated in style. View a slideshow of all the activities. Sideshow icon More arrow


Bequest from Scripps Family Member
Endows Graduate Student Fellowship Program

Photo of Robert BuzzelliRobert Anthony Buzzelli, who died at the age of 45 in fall 2007, was passionate about helping people who were struggling. Because of this, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego is establishing an endowed student fellowship in Buzzelli’s name. More arrow

Four UCSD Students Win Library
Research Prize for Exemplary Research Skills

Photo of the four UCSD student winners of the Library Research prizeFour undergraduates have received the 2008 Undergraduate Library Research Prize for their outstanding research skills. The prize, which is co-sponsored by the UCSD Libraries and the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, includes cash awards of $1000 and $500 for upper and lower division students respectively. Video camera icon More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Red Meat Helps Spur a Food Poison Germ
The Washington Post
Oct. 30, 2008
  arrow Researchers May Have Found King Solomon's Mines
Oct. 28, 2008
  arrow Digital Images a Lock for Copying Keys
CBS News
Oct. 31 , 2008
  arrow High-Tech Search for Legendary Warlord
ABC News
Oct. 29, 2008
  arrow Slimy Snails Do the (Underwater) Locomotion
Nov. 3, 2008

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UC San Diego is a world-class university because of our people. People like Roger Tsien, Ph.D., who recently received the Nobel Prize in chemistry. People like our Chancellor’s 5K participants who laced up their shoes for a good cause — to help raise money for undergraduate scholarships. And people who are at the forefront of their fields — such as sustainability, politics and economics, to name a few. More

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Vice Chancellor Gary Matthews has an eye for organization — whether he’s indulging in his photography hobby or helping to shape the university’s future development and physical environment. More
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Academic Senate Starts New Year Facing 'Dire' Budget, Tough Choices
UC Seal IllustrationThe incoming chair of UC San Diego’s Academic Senate, Dan Donoghue, opened the assembly’s first meeting of the academic year on Tuesday by reminding his colleagues of the “dire” budgetary outlook, and emphasizing the vital importance of shared governance. More arrow

Learn from
UCSD Leaders

The new Perspectives on Leadership program features a series of conversations with university leaders and provides an innovative and informative look at leadership. Associate Vice Chancellor Stacie Spector will interview top administrators about their careers, experiences and philosophies. The program's first session is full, but you can still sign up for March 4 and April 29.

Faculty Honored
as 'Women Who
Mean Business'

Six School of Medicine faculty — physicians and researchers — were among 37 honorees recognized Oct. 23 at the San Diego Business Journal’s 15th Annual 'Women Who Mean Business' Awards. More arrow

Staff Education and Development Courses

Introduction to Special Event Planning—How
to Plan a Picture
Perfect Event

8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Working with Windows XP
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Advanced Microsoft Excel
11/12/08 and 11/17/08
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

What's Happening
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Education Week

Nov. 17 - 21

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Native America
Indian Heritage Day at the UCSD Medical Center

Nov. 7, 2008
11 a.m.
UCSD Medical Center

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First Annual
Gracia Molina de Pick Latina Feminisms
Lecture Series

Nov. 6, 2008
6:30 p.m.
Cross-Cultural Center

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

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

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Nov. 11 -- Dec. 31
La Jolla Playhouse


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You Do The Math
= 116,800: members of the UCSD Alumni Assocation who graduated from UCSD since 1965
= 78.4: percentage of UCSD alumni who live in California
= 33.3: percentage of UCSD alumni who live in San Diego County
Faculty Authors
Book cover of A Nation of Emigrants
A Nation of Emigrants
By David Fitzgerald

In this groundbreaking book, David Fitzgerald examines a region of Mexico whose citizens have been migrating to the United States for more than a century. He finds that emigrant citizenship does not signal the decline of the nation-state but does lead to a new form of citizenship, and that bureaucratic efforts to manage emigration and its effects are based on the membership model of the Catholic Church. More arrow
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