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San Diego Science Festival
Aims to Bring Excitement of
Science to Area Students, Community

Have you ever wanted to have lunch with a Nobel Laureate? Are you curious about the science behind some of Harry Potter’s magic? How about the chemistry behind a good wine, or delicious chocolate? If you want answers to these questions—and more—come to the first-ever San Diego Science Festival, which will take place across San Diego County starting in March, culminating with a large-scale expo in Balboa Park April 4. More arrow

How to Win a Nobel Prize:
Laureate Roger Tsien Gives Advice
on Keys to Scientific Success at Campus Lecture

Roger Tsien Nobel lecture (Photo / Carol Sonstein)When doing research, find a topic that you enjoy and try to put your neuroses to constructive use. When it comes to results, accept that your batting average will be low. Find the right teammates to work with and then exploit them—kindly—for your mutual benefit. These were some of the words of advice that UC San Diego Nobel Laureate Roger Tsien shared with a standing-room only crowd at the Price Center Theater Thursday. vide camera icon More arrow

Safer Nanoparticle Spotlight Tumors, Deliver Drugs
Photo of Safe-nanoSmall is promising when it comes to illuminating tiny tumors or precisely delivering drugs, but many worry about the safety of nano-scale materials. Now, a team of scientists has created miniscule flakes of silicon that glow brightly, last long enough to slowly release cancer drugs, then break down into harmless byproducts. vide camera icon More arrow

New iPhone Traffic App Delivers Personalized
Traffic Reports to California Commuters

Photo of i-Phone appMotorists in California equipped with the Apple iPhone can now get personalized traffic information via the "California Traffic Report," the first iPhone application from the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). More arrow

Diversity Office Broadens Its Reach
with Inclusion of Community Centers

Graphic of diversity In an effort to extend the reach of the campus’ diversity initiatives, UC San Diego’s community centers have now become part of the Chancellor’s Diversity Office. The Cross-Cultural Center, LGBT Resource Center and Women’s Center will help support the Diversity Office’s initiatives. More

Campus Celebrates Spirit Week
Photo of UCSD Spirit WeekArmed with tridents and thunder sticks, students demonstrated their Triton pride during Spirit Night Friday. Meanwhile, staff members equipped with paint, pompoms and other tools, vied for the title of best decorated office during Spirit Week last week. This Week@UCSD has pictures of the many spirited goings-on on campus last week. Slide show icon View Slideshow

Unique Partnership Between Dancers and Cognitive Scientists Underscores Interdisciplinary Focus at UCSD
Photo of Cognitive DanceEleven stars under the direction of British dance sensation Wayne McGregor have been in residence on campus preparing for the world premiere of a new production scheduled for fall, 2009. In a unique interdisciplinary partnership, their every move in rehearsal and performance has been documented by David Kirsh, a professor of cognitive science, and students from two classes he created to study cognition and the arts. More arrow

San Diego Supercomputer Center Begins Cloud Computing Research Using the Google-IBM CluE Cluster
Image of San Andreas topographyResearchers from the San Diego Supercomputer Center have been awarded a two-year, $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to explore new ways for academic researchers to manage extremely large data sets hosted on massive, Internet-based commercial computer clusters, or what have become known as computing “clouds.” More arrow


Kyoto Laureate to Lecture on Campus March 19
Photo of Anthony PawsonAn explanation of “How Human Cells Talk to Each Other, and What Goes Wrong in Disease” will be advanced by Anthony James Pawson, 2009 Kyoto Prize winner in Basic Sciences, at 3:30 p.m. March 19 on campus. Pawson’s talk in Price Center West, Ballrooms A&B, is free and open to the public. More arrow

Eleanor Roosevelt College Provost to Retire
Photo of Ann CraigAfter 15 years of service as provost of Eleanor Roosevelt College, Ann Craig has announced her decision to step down at the end of the fall quarter of 2009, officials said last week. An expert on Latin American politics, Craig will also retire from her faculty position in the department of political science, where she has worked since 1979. A campuswide search for her successor will be initiated shortly. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Scientists Gain Insight Into
Blood Cancer's Progression

U.S. News & World Report,
Feb. 20, 2009
  arrow Laser Therapy Disappoints in Stroke Trial
Feb. 19, 2009
  arrow ‘It was This Big’ (in the 1950s)
Feb. 18, 2009
  arrow Protective Shell of a Virus Imaged
U.S. News & World Report,
Feb. 17, 2009
  arrow Einstein Returns as a Robot
MyFox Los Angeles, Calif,
Feb. 23, 2009

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State Budget Contains $115 Million in New
Cuts for UC System

The state budget adopted for the rest of 2008-09 and the 2009-10 fiscal year contains $115 million in new permanent funding reductions for the University of California system and, by virtue of other growing costs not addressed in the budget, extends the university's total immediate state budget challenge to $450 million. More arrow

Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year Award Program
All members of the campus community are encouraged to nominate and/or endorse the nominations of their staff colleagues who are deserving of this special acknowledgment. The deadline for receipt of nominations is 4:30 p.m., March 13. More arrow

Nominees Announced
for Staff Association Impact Award

Twelve staff members have been nominated for the second UCSD Staff Association Impact Award. The association will soon announce the name of this year’s winner, who will receive a $500 award.
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Staff Education and Development Courses

Patents and Patent Searching
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Web Design Part 2: Intermediate HTML
02/24/09 and 02/26/09
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Microsoft Access
Reports 2007

02/25/09 and 02/27/09
8:30 am to 12:30pm

What's Happening
Photo of Wole Soyinka
Nobel Laureate
Wole Soyinka presents
History in Remedial Spin

Feb. 26, 2009
7:30 p.m.
Price Center
Photo of Farai Chideya
New Dawn:
Redefining the Future

Feb. 28, 2009
10:30 a.m.
UCSD Faculty Club
Graphic of Diversity
Black History Month
@ UCSD Medical Center

Feb. 23 — 30
UCSD Medical Center
Graphic of Undergraduate Investment Society
Fourth Annual Financial Horizons Conference
Feb. 28, 2009
Columnar Cacti (Photo / Arturo Anaya)
Life on the Edge
Feb. 26, 2009
6:30 p.m.
San Diego Natural History Museum

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You Do The Math
= 25.3: percentage increase in transfer student applications of underrepresented students for Fall 2009
= 1.9: percentage increase in freshman applications of underrepresented students for Fall 2009
Faculty Authors
Book cover of Reforming the Administration of Justice in Mexico
Reforming the Administration of
Justice in Mexico

Edited by Wayne A. Cornelius and David A. Shirk

This landmark study examines the challenges Mexico faces in reforming the administration of its justice system—a critical undertaking for the consolidation of democracy, the well-being of Mexican citizens, and U.S.-Mexican relations. More arrow
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