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From Physics Degree to Hollywood Success
Filmmaker Mike Judge Outlines ‘Crooked Path’ to Fame
as Keynote Speaker at All-Campus Graduation

How do you go from earning a degree in physics to becoming a successful filmmaker and the creator of cult animated TV series? How do you find your passion? And how to do you get a job in this economy anyway? These were some of the questions that filmmaker and UC San Diego alumnus Mike Judge tried to answer Friday during the All Campus Graduation Celebration on RIMAC Field, where he served as the keynote speaker. More arrow

Standout Athlete with Cystic Fibrosis Among 5,000 Undergraduates Who Received Diplomas This Weekend
Michelle Jones (Photo / Victor W. Chen)Michelle Jones is just 22, but she has already climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and earned a dive master certification, logging more than 200 dives. She also swims two miles a day, every day—all while maintaining a near-perfect grade-point average. This alone would make her a standout among the 5,000 UC San Diego undergraduates who received their bachelor’s degrees this weekend. But there is more to Jones’ story. More arrow

Students Get a Chance to Mingle
with Animator at Campus Pub

Photo of Bevis and Butthead sketchBe nice. Put your writing out there. If it’s good, it will get picked up. These were some of the pieces of advice that filmmaker and UC San Diego alumnus Mike Judge shared with a group of students during a lunch at Porter’s Pub Friday. More arrow

Q & A with Mike Judge
Photo of Mike JudgeFilmmaker and UC San Diego alumnus Mike Judge served as keynote speaker for the All Campus Graduation Celebration this weekend. He took a few minutes out to sit down with @UCSD editor Raymond Hardie. More arrow

Sleep on It:
Creative Problem Solving Enhanced by REM Sleep

Sleeping Student (Photo / Victor W. Chen)Research led by a leading expert on the positive benefits of napping at the School of Medicine suggests that Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep enhances creative problem-solving. The findings may have important implications for how REM sleep fosters the formation of associative networks in the brain. More arrow

The Preuss School Makes Newsweek’s
Top 10 High School Rankings for Third Year in Row

UCSD’s charter school only California school in top 10
Photo of Preuss SchoolIn its newly issued rankings, Newsweek has named The Preuss School at UC San Diego among the nation’s top 10 high schools, the only California school to be listed in that elite top 10 category. More arrow

Ninety-Four Percent of Preuss School ‘09
Graduates Headed to Four-Year Colleges

Preuss School Students (Photo / Victor W. Chen)With four or more intense years of college-preparatory courses behind them, 96 senior class members of The Preuss School at UC San Diego will receive diplomas during graduation ceremonies at 4 p.m. June 26 on Manchester Field. An impressive 94 percent of the class will celebrate reaching the goal they’ve worked toward — acceptance at a four-year college or university. More arrow

UC San Diego Alumni Return to
Campus for Inaugural Alumni Weekend

Photo of Alumni WeekendUC San Diego graduates from all years came back to campus to participate in the university’s inaugural Alumni Weekend, enjoying a variety of activities from a Birch Aquarium event, to the 31st Annual Alumni Awards for Excellence gala, to a brunch-time concert in one of the world’s finest concert venues — the Conrad Prebys Music Center. More arrow

“Weedy” Bird Species May Win as Temperatures Rise
Photo of Common RavenClimate change is altering North American winter bird communities in ways that models currently favored by ecologists fail to predict. Based on patterns of animals found in different climate zones today, ecologists would expect that as habitats warm, numbers of species found there will increase, and that those species will be smaller in size and restricted to narrower geographic ranges. More arrow

Final Exams Stressing You?
Therapy Dogs Come to the Rescue.

Photo of dogsThe dog days of summer aren't yet here, but many UC San Diego students were dogged by multiple final exams last week. So what better way to relax than to pet 10 certified therapy dogs on Library Walk, courtesy of the campus' Wellness Center? More arrow


Preuss School Teacher
Selected for Teacher of Year Honors

Photo of Kelly KovacicAs a UC San Diego senior, she served as a volunteer at the Preuss School at UC San Diego. Today, Kelly Kovacic is not only a faculty member at The Preuss School, but she’s also won “teacher of the year” honors in district competition. More arrow

Friends of International Center Award
Scholarships for International Studies

Photo of International Center Award Recipients A total $57,000 in scholarships was awarded to 43 students for study abroad or graduate study on campus by the Friends of the UC San Diego International Center during the organization’s recent annual dinner. More arrow

Obama Trade Advisor, IR/PS Dean Peter Cowhey Takes Short Leave in San Diego for Graduation, Book Talk
Photo of Peter CowheySchool of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) Dean Peter Cowhey took several days away from his Washington assignment for the Obama Administration to participate in IR/PS graduation ceremonies and to present an academic talk based on his recently published MIT Press book on the global information and communications market.  More arrow

Press Clips

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BBC News
June 9, 2009
  arrow 'Beavis and Butt-Head' Creator
Big Hit at UCSD Party for Grads

San Diego Union-Tribune
June 13, 2009
  arrow Local High School Makes National Top Ten List
June 9, 2009
  arrow War Zones, Not Comfort Zone, Await This Grad
San Diego Union-Tribune
June 14, 2009

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UCSD on Your iPhone
UC San Diego last week became the first public university in the nation to offer an iPhone application that provides mobile access to the latest information about its courses, faculty, athletics and even videos from the university’s YouTube channel.

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Budget Update in Our University Newsletter
UC President Mark Yudof gives an update on the system's budget in the latest issue of the Our University newsletter. Budget VP Patrick Lenz talks about the steps UC is taking. More

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Benefits Task Force Members Appointed

To help the University of California develop a comprehensive, long-term approach to post-employment benefits, UC President Mark Yudof has established a task force to study and recommend funding, policy and benefits design alternatives. More

The bus you've
been waiting for
Phase I of the SuperLoop, newest route in the UCSD Bus Zone, starts today, June 15, using existing stops until dedicated stops are in place.

See a map (PDF) and the project Web site.

Staff Education and Development Courses

Situational Leadership
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Diversity Education
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Dreamweaver CS3

6/23/09 and 6/25/09
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What's Happening
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Amazing Man-Made Nanomachines
June 18, 2009
AMN Healthcare
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UCSD Blood Drive
July 15 - 16
Library Walk
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Green Flash Summer Concert Series:
Shawn Mullins

June 17, 2009
6 p.m.
Birch Aquarium
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Family Days:
Carbonated Oceans

June 20, 2009
11 a.m.
Birch Aquarium

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You Do The Math
= 6,029: Total number of graduates that received diplomas during the 2009 commencement ceremonies at UCSD
= 5,051: Number of students who received bachelor’s degrees
= 554: Number of students who received master’s degrees
= 270: Number of students who received doctoral degrees
= 108: Number of students who received degrees from the UCSD School of Medicine
= 56: Number of students who received degrees from the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Faculty Authors
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Transnational Transcendence
Thomas J. Csordas (Editor)

This innovative collection examines the transnational movements, effects and transformations of religion in the contemporary world, offering a fresh perspective on the interrelation between globalization and religion. More arrow
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