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Scientists From Across Globe
Warn of Drastic Water Shortages
Impact of Shrinking Snowpack, Disappearing Glaciers will Affect Hundreds of Millions
In the Sierra Neveda, snowpack will shrink by 30 to 90 percent by the end of the century. On the other side of the planet, in the Himalayas, about 70 percent of glaciers are set to disappear. These changes are both caused by climate change and will lead to dramatic water shortages for hundreds of millions of people across the globe, scientists said during a press conference Wednesday at UC San Diego. Morearrow

Scripps Alumna Rockets into
Space on Mission to Fix Hubble Telescope

Photo of For as long as she can remember, Megan McArthur, an alumna of UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, has been hanging around airplanes and interested in flying. Today, McArthur flew farther than most of us ever dreamed of, as she blasted off on the shuttle Atlantis on an 11-day repair mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. Morearrow

Ellen Revelle: 1910 - 2009
UC San Diego Loses a Legend
Photo of Ellen RevelleEllen Revelle, San Diego philanthropist and matriarch of UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography, died May 6 at Thornton Hospital after suffering a stroke. She was almost 99 years old. Ellen was the wife of Roger Revelle, the late legendary statesman of science and founder of UC San Diego. With Ellen at his side for more than 60 years, Roger became a world-renowned scientist and is considered one of the pioneers of climate change research. More arrow

“Office Space” and “King of the Hill” Creator Mike Judge to Give Keynote Address at All Campus Graduation
Photo of Mike JudgeMike Judge, a UC San Diego alumnus and creator behind cult films and TV shows such as “Office Space,” and “King of the Hill,” will serve as keynote speaker at the university’s All Campus Graduation Celebration June 12. More arrow

Setting the Stage for the Future: Conrad Prebys Music Center Opens with Dedication, Sold-Out Concert
Photo of Debra Turner and Conrad PrebysUC San Diego’s Gospel Choir, along with hundreds of attendees from the campus and community, welcomed the new Conrad Prebys Music Center in star-studded style Friday at the dedication of the new facility. More arrow

UCSD Plays a Role in New HBO
Documentary Film on Alzheimer’s Disease

Photo of Paul Aisen The School of Medicine’s Dr. Paul Aisen and Dr. Edward Koo were among those interviewed for a four-part documentary called The Alzheimer’s Project” produced by HBO. The third film of the seriesy, entitled "Momentum in Science" premiered Tuesday at UC San Diego. More arrow

Women’s Track and Field Team
Wins Fifth Straight CCAA Championship

Photo of Junior Christine MerrillUC San Diego reaffirmed its dominance of the California Collegiate Athletic Association Division II earlier this month by capturing its fifth consecutive women's title in track and field. More arrow

Expression of Infrared
Fluorescence Engineered in Mammals
Research led by Nobel Prize-winner Roger Tsien may provide prototype for future studies in animal models
Photo of Roger TsienUC San Diego researchers—led by 2008 Nobel Prize-winner Roger Tsien—have shown that bacterial proteins called phytochromes can be engineered into infrared-fluorescent proteins (IFPs). Because the wavelength of IFPs is able to penetrate tissue, these proteins are suitable for whole-body imaging in small animals. More arrow

Robotic Mouse Makes Maze
Debut at Jacobs School of Engineering

Photo of a Robotic MouseAn intrepid group of undergraduates has designed and build a robotic mouse from scratch. The electrical engineering and computer science undergraduates from the Jacobs School of Engineering also wrote the software to teach the robot to solve a maze. The team unveiled their mouse at an IEEE regional spring meeting. More arrow

New Calit2 Undergraduate Research Venture
Calls All Hands for Hands-On Learning

Photo of Saura NaderiSaura Naderi is a bit embarrassed to admit it, but when she first entered the engineering physics program at the Jacobs School of Engineering, she didn't know what a transistor was. More arrow

Campus Kicks Off Senior
Spring with Grad Nite at Bookstore

Photo of Class Signing PlaqueUC San Diego kicked off Senior Spring with the first-ever Grad Nite at the UCSD Bookstore. The recently-launched program offers seniors a variety of opportunities to enrich their academic experience before commencement. More arrow


Physics Professor Wins
Astronomical Society Medal

Photo of Frank ShuAstrophysicist Frank Shu, a UCSD professor of physics, will receive the 2009 Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal for a lifetime of achievement in astronomy from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Fluorescent Proteins Go Invisible
May 7, 2009
  arrow Brain Games
The New Yorker
May 2009
  arrow The Mysterious Syndrome Called CAPS
May 2009
  arrow Philanthropist Was 'First Lady' of UCSD
San Diego Union-Tribune
May 7, 2009
  arrow Sound Decisions Showcased at Prebys Hall Opening
San Diego Union-Tribune
May 11, 2009

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Extension Offers
New Change the
World Scholarships
to UC Alumni

All UC alumni are eligible to apply for one of four merit scholarships of up to $5,500 to enter any continuing education certificate or special study program offered by UC San Diego Extension. More arrow

Campus Community Invited to Celebrate 40th Anniversay of
Medical School
All UCSD employees are invited to to join colleagues for birthday cake to celebrate the School of Medicine's 40th anniversary. More arrow

Learn at Lunch: Managing Anger
In the next free Learn at Lunch session, Jay Schneider will offer insights to help you more effectively cope with your own and others' angry reactions. The session will  be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the John Muir Room of  Price East. More arrow

New Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Launced
The California Council of Science and Technology is launching a new fellowship opportunity for professional scientists and engineers to spend a year working in Sacramento with the California State Legislature. Fellows contribute to scientific and technical issues facing California through their interaction with the legislative process. More arrow

Staff Education and Development Courses

Budgeting 135:
Staffing List Basics

8:30am to 12:00pm

Advanced Microsoft
Word 2007

5/13/09 and 5/15/09
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Employment Process Training: Streamlining the Staff Recruitment Process
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

What's Happening
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The Water We Eat
May 12, 2009
4 p.m.
UCSD Faculty Club
Connect Frameworks Logo
The Art of the Start-up
May 12, 2009
Hilton Garden Inn San Diego/Del Mar
Genghiskhan Poster
Redefining the Lens
May 1 - 30
Nature Matters poster
Nature Matters Lecture Series: Ants Marching
May 14, 2009
6:30 p.m.
San Diego Natural History Museum
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Breathing in a
Changing Climate

May 16, 2009
Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD

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You Do The Math
= $5.16 million
amount of the grant that UCSD Professor Yang Xu received from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
= $45 million
total amount UCSD has received from CIRM since grants were first awarded in late 2005
Faculty Authors
Book cover of Biosecurity Interventions
Why Democracies Need an Unlovable Press
by Michael Schudson

Journalism does not create democracy and democracy does not invent journalism, but what is the relationship between them? This question is at the heart of this book by world renowned sociologist and media scholar Michael Schudson. More arrow
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