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Runners Rally to Support
Student Scholarships
During Difficult Economic Climate

74 degrees, slight northerly breeze. Everyone agrees: It was a spectacular day for a 5K. The gloomy financial climate only helped bolster spirits at the 14th annual Chancellor’s Challenge 5K Run/Walk for Scholars on Friday, reminding the runners and donors that their contributions couldn’t come at a more crucial time for the university. More arrow

Campus Opens Doors to
Families as Part of ‘New Tradition’

Family Weekend (Photo / Lester Cacho)Exploration was the theme of UC San Diego's second annual All-Campus Family Weekend held Oct. 23-25. More than 1,000 parents, grandparents and other family members came together to explore UC San Diego's landmarks, works of art, new transfer housing, music hall and sustainability projects. More arrow

UCSD Homecoming 2009 Brings Alumni
and Friends Back to Campus for Fun-Filled Weekend

Photo Family Weekend What’s better than a pep band rally on the Triton Steps with barbecued hot dogs, hamburgers and photo ops with King Triton? The rally before the men’s water polo and women’s volleyball games kicked off Homecoming Weekend 2009, October 16-18, and more than 1,100 alumni, families and friends returned to campus to celebrate Triton athletics. More arrow

Compound Shows Potential
for Slowing Progression of ALS

Photo of Don ClevelandA chemical cousin of a drug currently used to treat sepsis dramatically slows the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, in mice. The results offer a bit of good news in efforts to develop a therapy to stop or slow the progression of a disease that generally kills its victims within just a few years. More arrow

Gates Foundation Grants
to Fund Novel Malaria Research

Photo of Medical ResearchersFunding for two research projects at the School of Medicine are among the 76 grants announced by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grants are part of an initiative called the Grand Challenges Explorations that aims to help scientists around the world explore bold and largely unproven ways to improve health in developing countries. More arrow

Shape of Hormone Sensor Helps Biologists
Understand How Plants Survive Drought

A team of biologists has determined the structure of a critical molecule that helps plants survive during droughts. Understanding the inner workings of this molecule may help scientists design new ways to protect crops against prolonged dry periods. More arrow

Digital Signage to Make
Campus Smarter, Safer, Greener
Campus classrooms just got considerably more intelligent — and this time, it has nothing to do with the students inside them. Researchers from Calit2 are installing a number of LED digital signs in classrooms, with the eventual goal of outfitting the entire campus with the notification system. Not only are the scrolling signs capable of broadcasting tailor-made information specific to certain classrooms via embedded computers, they will eventually alert faculty, staff and students during emergency situations, such as a fire or in the event a shooter enters a particular building. More arrow


Sonia and Robert Hamburger Provide Three Decades
of Support for Chamber Music at UC San Diego

Photo of the HamburgersIn 1976, UC San Diego faculty member and music lover Robert N. Hamburger—after raising $1,000 from UCSD colleagues and the local community—presented one of the first classical music concerts on the new campus. For 33 years, the unwavering vision and support provided by Bob and his wife, Sonia, have been instrumental in growing a nascent program into the influential ArtPower! Chamber Music Series. More arrow

Alumni Association to Receive CASE Awards
The UCSD Alumni Association will be presented with three awards at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VII conference to be held Nov. 14-17 in San Francisco. The Awards for Excellence recognize best practices in alumni relations, fundraising, public/government relations, advancement services, special events and outstanding communications. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Diplomat Meets North Korean Official In New York
The New York Times
October 24, 2009
  arrow How Tongues Taste the
Carbonation in a Fizzy Beverage

The New York Times
October 19, 2009
  arrow Energy Firms Find No Unity on Climate Bill
The New York Times
October 18, 2009
  arrow UCSD Students Question Proposed Fee
San Diego Union-Tribune
October 20, 2009
  arrow Grudgingly, Young People Finally Flock to Twitter
The New York Times
October 21, 2009

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Read a Letter from UC President Yudof on Student Fee Increases
The UC Board of Regents will consider a proposal to enact a mid-year fee increase in 2009-10 and a second fee increase for the 2010-11 academic year as part of a series of measures to close UC’s budget gap. More arrow

Review Your Benefits During Open Enrollment
Faculty and staff can review their benefits and make changes during Open Enrollment, which begins Oct. 29 and ends Nov. 24. All changes are effective Jan. 1, 2010. More arrow

Staff Education and Development Courses

The Expectant Parent Workshop
10 a.m. to noon

UC San Diego Foundation Financial Statements
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2007
11/3/09 and 11/5/09
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

What's Happening
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Nicholas Kristof
7 p.m.
Price Center
Wise Logo
Women in Science
and Engineering
Open House!

Women Center
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Bonnie & Clyde
11/10/2009 - 12/20/2009
Mandell Weiss Theatre
Halloween Costume Contest Poster
UC San Diego Halloween Costume Contest
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Price Center

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You Do The Math
= 1996: Year of the first Chancellor’s 5K Run/Walk for Scholars
= Nearly $2.3 million: Amount raised since then by students, alumni, faculty, friends and community sponsors, benefiting more than 800 scholarship recipients
= 2,810: Number of people who donated $10 or less for the run last year, yielding nearly $19,000
Faculty Authors
Book cover of
The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks
and How They Shape Our Lives

By James Fowler (co-author)

From how happy we are to how much we weigh, our actions and outcomes aren’t just influenced by the people around us, but by the people around those people. That’s what Fowler, an associate professor of political science, argues in Connected, which plumbs the depths of social networking and shows how human relationships shape individual behaviors and society at large. More arrow
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