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Napper (Photo / Victor W. Chen)

Take A Nap! Change Your Life
UCSD sleep expert helps organize campus 'nap-in'
Next time you feel tired and sleepy during the day and want to buy some coffee, think again. UC San Diego sleep scientist Sara Mednick says you would be better off taking a nap instead. Mednick has spent several years documenting the benefits of a mid-day shut-eye. She found that napping for an hour is better than drinking a small cup of coffee. Napping also improves memory and might even boost creativity. Last week, Mednick and university officials organized a nap-in at the Price Center Ballroom on National Napping Day, which takes place every year the day after the start of Daylight Saving Time. video camera icon More arrow

Staff Members Learn Secrets to
Success at UCSD’s First Women’s Conference

Chancellor Marye Anne Fox (Photo / Victor W. Chen) Define your career goals. Overcome your fears and seek out mentors. Find and maintain balance in your life. Build and protect your reputation. These were some of the pieces of advice that veteran UC San Diego employees gave to more than 400 staff members during the campus’ first Women’s Conference Wednesday at the Price East Center Ballroom. More arrow

Termite Killer Lingers as a Potent Greenhouse Gas
Photo of Fumigation Tent Sulfuryl fluoride, a gas commonly used to rid buildings of termites and other pests, is a greenhouse gas that remains in the atmosphere about 36 years, six to 10 times longer than previously thought, according to a research team led by Jens Mühle, an atmospheric chemist at UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography. More arrow

Campus Celebrates National Women's
History Month with Hall of Fame Ceremony

Photo of a female The Women’s Center will host the eighth annual induction ceremony for the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame March 28 in the Price Center Ballroom. The ceremony highlights National Women’s History Month celebrated each March. More arrow

Medical Center Announces Trauma
Research and Prevention Program

Photo of Raul Coimbra Six minutes from now, someone in the United States will die from trauma. Another victim will be permanently disabled. Unintentional injury kills more people between the ages of one and 44 than any other disease or illness. Physician-researchers at the Medical Center are leading the effort to stop the spread of the disease known as ‘trauma.’ More arrow

Alumni Gather in Sacramento for Annual “UC Day”
Photo of U.C. Day The annual “UC Day” brought alumni, students and friends from all 10 UC campuses to the state Capitol to share the story of UC’s contributions with the state’s elected officials. More arrow

MFA Studios Open April 4
Photo of Art by Rob Duarte Fifty candidates for the Master of Fine Arts degree will open their UC San Diego studios and invite the public to engage with their creative processes on April 4. During the daylong event, which also features symposia, performances and film screenings, visitors will be granted a rare glimpse into artists’ working spaces with the artists themselves onsite to discuss their practices. More arrow

Engineering Students Launch
Cockroaches and Cameras Into Space

A group of cockroaches recently took a ride on a high-altitude balloon launched into space by UCSD freshmen aerospace Photo of Salton Sea engineering students The cockroaches were put in a variety of capsules to see how they would survive in different extreme environments, including cold temperatures (-40 degrees F), minimal atmosphere and high solar radiation. The high-altitude balloon experiment came off without a hitch—all the cockroaches survived. More arrow


Dean of Arts and Humanities Wins
National Award for Book on Children’s Literature

Photo of Seth LererSeth Lerer, dean of Arts and Humanities, has won the National Book Critics Circle award for criticism for his work, “Children’s Literature: A Reader’s History from Aesop to Harry Potter.” The honor was bestowed at a ceremony Thursday in New York City. More arrow

Former Engineering Dean Named
President of Kavli Foundation

Photo of Robert W. ConnRobert W. Conn, a former dean of UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering, will become the new president of the Kavli Foundation—only the second president since the foundation was established in 2000. Conn will begin serving as president in late April of this year. More arrow

Bioengineering Professor
Trey Ideker Wins 2009 Overton Prize

Photo of Trey IdekerUC San Diego bioengineering professor Trey Ideker—a network and systems biology pioneer—has won the International Society for Computational Biology’s Overton Prize. The Overton prize is awarded each year to an early-to-mid-career scientist who has already made a significant contribution to the field of computational biology. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Doctors Remove Cancerous
Kidney Through Belly Button

FOX News
March 13, 2009
  arrow Cholesterol Drugs Linked to Increased Fatigue
March 12, 2009
  arrow Termite-Killer is Powerful Greenhouse Gas — Study
March 10, 2009
  arrow Antidepressants Tied to Women's Heart Risk
ABC News
March 10, 2009
  arrow UCSD Ranked Number One
Surfing School in America

March 2009, 2009

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Chancellor's Corner

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Michelle Peters


on Faculty Research: Women's History

At Work

Nominate Someone Exemplary?
Exemplary employees (Photo / Victor W. Chen)
The deadline for nominating fellow employees for the 2009 Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year awards has been extended until tomorrow. The annual program honors employees for outstanding service and contributions to campus and the community. More arrow

Sharecase '09 to Offers Cost-saving Solutions
In this time of significant campus budget reductions, Sharecase 2009 on March 25 will highlight new tools and technology to help you work smarter and more efficiently, reduce costs, and streamline your daily tasks. More arrow

Staff Education and Development Courses

The Expectant Parent Workshop
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Cash Control Training
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Intermediate Microsoft Word 2007
04/01/09 and 04/03/09
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

What's Happening
Image of famous mayors
The Upside of Down: How to Keep Our Cities Great
March 20, 2009
7:30 a.m.
The Forum Auditorium —
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Photo of Charles Vest
The Public Value of a 21st Century Research University
March 19, 2009
7 p.m.
Institute of the Americas — Copley Auditorium
Graphic of Career Night
Your Future in Science, Technology & Business
March 25, 2009
5 p.m.
UCSD Extension —
Sorrento Mesa Center
Graphic of evolution
Darwin's 200th Birthday: 2009 Dean's Symposium
April 3, 2009
8:30 a.m.
Price Center
Logos of Google
My Google Tools: What Else Can Google Do?
March 24, 2009
Biomedical Library

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You Do The Math
= 85: percentage increase in the number of undergraduate Latino students enrolled at UCSD in the past 10 years
= 46: percentage increase in the number of undergraduate Mexican-American students enrolled at UCSD in the past 10 years
= 42: percentage increase in total undergraduate enrollment at UCSD in the past 10 years
Faculty Authors
Book cover of Nature's Clocks
Nature's Clocks
By Doug MacDougall

"Radioactivity is like a clock that never needs adjusting," writes Doug MacDougall. "It would be hard to design a more reliable timekeeper." In Nature's Clocks, MacDougall tells how scientists who were seeking to understand the past arrived at the ingenious techniques they now use to determine the age of objects and organisms. More arrow
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