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Moores Cancer Center (Graphic / Lester Cacho)

Cancer Center Receives $6 Million Contract
to Identify Vaccine-Enhancing Substances

Researchers at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center have received $6 million from the National Institutes of Health to spend the next five years looking for, testing and developing chemicals called “adjuvants” that they hope will make current vaccines more effective. More arrow

'Ellen' Show Twitter Contest Sends
Students into Frenzy in Quest for Prizes

UCSD Students (Photo / Victor W. Chen)Ellen DeGeneres created a Twitter frenzy Thursday night at the Price Center as hundreds of students gathered to enter her Twitter Challenge contest. More arrow

Rare Procedure Documents How
Human Brain Computes Language

Photo of a skullA study by researchers at the School of Medicine reports a significant breakthrough in explaining gaps in scientists’ understanding of human brain function. The study demonstrates that a small piece of the brain can compute three different things at different times – within a quarter of a second. More arrow

Students Welcomed to Campus by
New Mural Celebrating Chicano History

Chicano History MuralTo Lorena Ruiz, a new 15-by-50-foot mural depicting Chicano history is like a huge campus welcome sign. “Where I come from, I see art like this. It reminds of home,” Ruiz said. “It is not just a wall of color to me. It is a dream come true.” More arrow

Alumna Named Finalist for
Goldwyn Screenwriting Award

Photo of Jennifer BarclayUCSD theatre MFA graduate Jennifer Barclay, ’09, was acting in Chicago and Europe after she received her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, but when she couldn’t find enough dynamic female characters to play, she decided to create them herself. More arrow

Apocalypse When? Theoretical Physicist, Author
Speaks on How Long the Human Race Will Survive

Dr. Willard Wells (Photo / Victor W. Chen)Four horsemen or one huge asteroid? A bang or a whimper? Wrought from on high or caused by humanity itself? When it comes to predicting how the world will end, most sane people would call all bets off. But there’s sane, there’s insane, and then there’s Dr. Willard Wells, a theoretical physicist who has developed a statistical model that he believes predicts with unprecedented accuracy not just how humanity will collapse, but when. More arrow

Scientists Discover Protein
Receptor for Carbonation Taste

Photo of BubblesHow do people taste the carbonation bubbling in their glass of champagne or soda? In last week’s issue of the journal Science, researchers at UC San Diego report that they have discovered the answer in mice, whose sense of taste closely resembles that of humans. More arrow

Stimulus Grant of Nearly $9 Million to
UC San Diego Funds Study of Young Brains

Image of a BrainThanks to a grant of nearly $9 million provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, UC San Diego researchers looking for the biological bases of differences in human behavior will use sophisticated gene-mapping tools and imaging technology to collect a wealth of data about brain development in children. More arrow

Conrad Prebys Music Center Wins Award
for Construction and Design Excellence

Photo of Conrad Presby Music HallThe newly-opened Conrad Prebys Music Center has been named the best “Higher Education/Research Facility” in Southern California for its construction and design by California Construction. More arrow

New Exhibition Explores Art and Activism on the Border
Photo of CUBOSeven artists from either side of the border dividing San Diego and Tijuana are represented in an exhibition this fall that deals head-on with politics, immigration, the environment and other hot-button issues – through the lens and sensibility of artists working in multiple media. “Tijuana/San Diego: Cooperation and Confrontation at the Interface” opened Oct. 15 in the gallery@calit2 on the first floor of Atkinson Hall. More arrow


Poet Named National Book Award Finalist
Photo of Rae ArmantroutUC San Diego poet Rae Armantrout’s most recent book, “Versed,” has been selected as a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award. A professor of writing and literature at UCSD for more than two decades, Armantrout is one of five finalists in the poetry category and one of 20 overall. More arrow

Preuss School Teacher Named among
Five San Diego County “Teachers of the Year”

Photo of Kelly KovacicKelly Kovacic, social studies department chair at UC San Diego’s Preuss School, has been selected as one of five San Diego County “Teachers of the Year” and will contend in state Teacher of the Year awards next month. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Lying to Kids isn't So Rare
USA Today
October 13, 2009
  arrow UCSD Gets Stimulus Funds for Brain Study
October 15, 2009
  arrow Wires Inserted Into Human Brain
Reveal Speech Surprise

October 16, 2009
  arrow The Gift of Life, and Its Price
The New York Times
October 10, 2009
  arrow A Celebration of Culture: Chicano History
Mural to be Officially Unveiled UCSD Campus

San Diego Union-Tribune
October 13, 2009

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October 19, 2009

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Academic Senate
Leaders Talk Issues
with UC President

UC President Mark Yudof traded insights with faculty on a range of issues the university is grappling with — including furloughs, retention and future planning — at an Oct. 14 meeting of the Assembly of the Academic Senate.
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Give Your Input on the Future of the University of California
Members of the UC community are invited to participate in the work of the UC Commission on the Future. The commission was formed recently to develop a new vision for the university within the context of its mission, budget, and commitment to quality, access and affordability.
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Academic Personnel: Introduction to Academic Personnel
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10/27/09 and 10/29/09
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Women in Science
and Engineering
Open House!

Women Center
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Nicholas Kristof
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Family Weekend
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UC San Diego Halloween Costume Contest
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You Do The Math
= 125: Buildings in Southern California nominated for best “Higher Education/Research Facility” in terms of design and construction — a title that went to the new Conrad Prebys Music Center at UCSD
= 46,000: size, in square feet, of the center, which includes classrooms, recording suites, computer music labs, a 150-seat lecture and recital hall and a 400-seat concert hall
= $53 million: Price tag for the building, which took two years to complete
Faculty Authors
Book cover of
The Importance of Being Iceland
By Eileen Myles

This collection of essays documents the author’s status as a moving, thinking, perceiving subject in the middle of urban ecosystems around the world. From La Jolla to New York to Iceland, Myles studies crowds, cities, their art, their culture and their discontents, articulating a contemporary form of flanerie that is, like its Parisian antecedent, rooted in liminality and transience. But her opinions on Daniel Day-Lewis, filmmaker Sadie Benning, Henry David Thoreau and avant-garde poetry are likely to make a lasting impact. More arrow
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