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Saving the 'Invisible Children'
Former UCSD student forms organization to help young victims of Ugandan conflict
When he was just 19 and a student at UC San Diego, Laren Poole found himself in a small town in Northern Uganda. On his first night there, hundreds of small children emerged from the countryside and flooded the city, sleeping in the streets. They were fleeing the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army, which raided villages to kidnap boys and turn them into child soldiers. Poole had come to Africa with two friends in the spring of 2003 to make a movie. They were looking for a story. That night, they knew they had found it. When they got back to the United States, they used their footage to create a documentary titled “Invisible Children.” Poole, now 26, is the co-founder of a nonprofit organization named after the movie, which has recently grabbed the national spotlight with nationwide events featuring celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey. More arrow

Dispatches From the Field
One is gathering testimony from witnesses and victims of the Spanish Civil War in Madrid, the country’s capital. Another Photo of a Gundam witnessed first hand the forces of nature as a typhoon struck Taiwan, where he is helping run experiments on corals. Another got to know the lives of Tanzanian women and helped empower them. Eight UC San Diego students are studying, working and volunteering abroad this summer and have agreed to share their experiences in This Week @ UCSD. Here are their stories. More arrow

Diversity, Equality Focus
for New Team of Social Justice Ambassadors

Photo of Diversity UC San Diego is launching a new initiative to increase awareness of the importance of diversity and equality for the campus community. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Penny Rue is leading the effort. She has brought together a team of more than 35 staff members who have been designated as allies for social justice after attending a recent Building Communities for Social Justice Practice Institute. More arrow

Exploring the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch
Photo of Garbage PatchScientists from UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography have embarked on a research journey into the vast and little-explored "Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch." The North Pacific Ocean Gyre is roughly a thousand miles off California's coast. Camera icon More arrow

UC San Diego Team Wins Spirit Award at Pride Parade
Photo of Pride ParadeFor this year’s San Diego Pride Parade, the team assembled by the UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center decided to break down some walls—albeit foam ones—and was rewarded for it. Last month, they won The Spirit of Pride Award, as part of the parade and surrounding events. More arrow

Extinction Runs in the Family
Photo of sea shellsGlobal calamities like the one that doomed most dinosaurs forever alter the varieties of life found on Earth. But new research shows that it doesn’t take a catastrophe to end entire lineages. An analysis of 200 million years of history for marine clams found that vulnerability to extinction runs in evolutionary families, even when the losses result from ongoing, background rates of extinction. More arrow

Discovery Could Help Stem
Infections of Parasitic Roundworms

Photo of kids Working with researchers in China, biologists at UC San Diego have discovered how a Chinese drug effective in killing parasitic roundworms works. Their discovery of the drug’s biological mechanism provides important new information about how to combat parasitic roundworms, which infect more than a billion people in tropical regions and are one of the leading causes of debilitation in underdeveloped countries. Camera icon More arrow

Computer Scientists Take Over Electronic Voting Machine with New Programming Technique
Computer scientists demonstrated that criminals could Photo of voting machine hack an electronic voting machine and steal votes using a malicious programming approach that had not been invented when the voting machine was designed. The team of scientists from UC San Diego, the University of Michigan and Princeton University employed “return-oriented programming” to force a Sequoia AVC Advantage electronic voting machine to turn against itself and steal votes. More arrow

Campus Receives $11 Million
in Incentives for Renewable Energy

The California Center for Sustainable Energy in San Diego has announced Photo of methane capture plant that UC San Diego will receive $11 million in incentives from California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program for the installation of an innovative fuel cell energy generation and storage system. This is the largest amount ever awarded by the California Public Utilities Commission for a renewable energy project and is the nation’s first advanced energy storage project to receive state incentive funds. More arrow

UC San Diego Named ‘Tree Campus USA University’
By Arbor Day Foundation for Second Year

Photo of tree plantingUC San Diego’s dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship was cited by the national Arbor Day Foundation in naming the campus as a “Tree Campus USA University” for the second consecutive year. More arrow

Campus Receives $3 Million
NSF Grant to Fund Science Festivals

San Diego Science Festival (Photo / Victor W. Chen) UC San Diego has received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support the 2010 San Diego Science Festival and fund the creation and growth of Science Festivals nationwide. The grant award follows the highly successful first San Diego Science Festival, held in March and April 2009. More arrow

Mutations in Gene Linked to Ciliopathies
An international team of scientists, led by researchers at the School of Medicine, have discovered a connection between mutations in the INPP5E gene and ciliopathies. Their findings, which may lead to new therapies for these diseases, appeared in the online edition of Nature Genetics Aug. 9. More arrow


Pulitzer Prize-winning Composer
Receives 'Highest Honor’ Appointment

Photo of Roger ReynoldsRoger Reynolds, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and professor of music at UC San Diego, has been appointed University Professor by the University of California Board of Regents. Reynolds is only the 36th UC faculty member since 1960 to be honored with the title — and the first artist. More arrow

Sixth College Provost Wins Caltech’s Bacon Prize
Photo of Naomi OreskesNaomi Oreskes, professor of history and science studies and provost of Sixth College, has been awarded the Francis Bacon Prize in recognition of outstanding scholarship in the history of science and technology. This prize was established by the Francis Bacon Foundation at Caltech in 2003 and is awarded biennially. Oreskes is a distinguished historian of Earth science and a well-known consultant on issues concerning the environment.
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Dissertation Fellowship Gives
UCSD Student Step Up to Find a Job

Photo of Patricia DavisSix months ago, Patricia Davis, a single mother and doctoral candidate in UC San Diego’s department of communication, was worried that she wouldn’t be able to get a job after graduation. But, with the support of the UC President’s Dissertation-Year Fellowship Program, she recently secured a tenure-track position at Georgia State University and has been working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of North Carolina. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Study: Recovered Alcoholics
Still Face Difficulties Recognizing Emotions

ABC News
Aug. 12, 2009
  arrow Recyclers, Scientists Probe
Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The New York Times
Aug. 5, 2009
  arrow Tiny Cell Antennas Get Respect
for Role in Brain Health, Cancer

Aug. 10, 2009
  arrow Extinction Hits 'Whole Families'
BBC News
Aug. 7, 2009
  arrow Crucial Finding Advances
Spinal Cord Injury Research

U.S. News & World Report
Aug. 3, 2009

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At Work

2009 Staff Picnic: Celebrating Our Strengths
Photo of Staff Picnic Don't miss the UCSD's Got Talent Showcase, volleyball tourney, Rad Hatter and more in the UCSD Town Square. Donate non-perishable foods to the San Diego Food Bank at the picnic. All 3,750 All Staff Picnic tickets have been distributed. Although a ticket is required for the free barbecue lunch, kettle corn and ice cream, non-registered staff, students, faculty and guests are welcome to come enjoy the festivities too. More arrow

UC President Calls for Shared Sacrifice, Innovation
Photo of Staff Picnic Responding to enactment July 28 of a new state budget that cumulatively reduces support for the University of California by more than $800 million, UC President Mark G. Yudof renewed his call for both shared sacrifice and forward-looking innovation within the 10-campus system. More arrow

School Gear Needed
Donate school supplies through Aug. 31 to benefit disadvantaged classrooms in San Diego County. See what you can give, along with collection box locations around campus. More arrow

Be a First Responder
Logo of Cert Faculty, staff and students are invited to the second annual Campus Emergency Response Team Academy in September. Sign up for a three-day academy through Enrollment Central. Read more about CERT teams and CERT training.

Heart Walk
Every year, UCSD organizes a team of employees and friends to walk in the American Heart Association Heart Walk, which takes place Sept. 19 this year. The *Team UCSD* goal this year is to recruit 650 walkers and raise $95,000. More

Staff Education and Development Courses

Training Adults at Work: Principles
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

FinancialLink 102
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Microsoft Access Forms 2007
8/26/09 and 8/28/09
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

What's Happening
Welcome Week (Photo / Victor W. Chen)
Welcome Week
Sept. 20 to 26, 2009
Staff Picnic (Photo / Victor W. Chen)
UCSD All Staff Picnic
Aug. 21, 2009
11:30 a.m.
UCSD Town Square
Convocation (Photo / Victor W. Chen)
Welcome Convocation
and Dinner

Sept. 22, 2009
5 p.m.
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Revelle Forum: Frank Bruni
Sept. 16, 2009
7 p.m.
The Neurosciences Institute
Painting of Longboarder 16th Annual Luau and Longboard Invitational
Aug. 23, 2009
Pawka Green at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography
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Ninth Annual Toy Piano Festival
Sept. 5, 2009
2 p.m.
Geisel Library

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You Do The Math
= $11 million: amount UCSD received in incentives from California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program for the installation of an innovative fuel cell energy generation and storage system
= 2.8: number of megawatts a fuel cell is set to generate on campus
= $7.65 million: funding for the fuel cell
= $3.4 million: funding for an advanced energy-storage system, which will allow the university to store off-peak power and discharge the energy during peak-demand hours
Faculty Authors
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Knossos and the Prophets of Modernism
Cathy Gere

With "Knossos and the Prophets of Modernism," Cathy Gere relates the fascinating story of Arthur Evans’s excavation of the palace of Knossos in Crete and its long-term effects on Western culture. Gere shows how Evans’s often-fanciful account of ancient Minoan society captivated a generation riven by serious doubts about the fundamental values of European civilization. More arrow
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