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Examining the Brain of HM:
World’s Most Famous Amnesiac

Procedure broadcast live on Internet
The brain of one of the most famous patients in the history of neuroscience has gone back under the knife…and scientists and students around the world had a front-row seat. In 1953, Henry Molaison, known as the amnesic patient “HM,” agreed to undergo experimental brain surgery in hopes that it would relieve his severe epileptic seizures. While the surgery lessened HM's seizures considerably, it was at the cost of his ability to make new memories. This astonishing outcome initiated decades of scientific discoveries that have radically changed our understanding of memory function in the brain.  On Wednesday – exactly one year after HM’s death – neuroanatomist Jacopo Annese of the School of Medicine began the process of slicing HM's brain. More arrow

Scripps Scientists to Participate in
Historic Copenhagen Climate Change Summit

Logo of Copenhagen Climate Change SummitUCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography has sent a delegation of scientists and students to Copenhagen for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties, which begins today. Researchers hope to inform negotiators of the latest evidence on ocean acidification and black carbon, among other topics. More arrow

Campus Marks World AIDS Day with Candlelight
Vigil, Viewing of Memorial Quilt, Artistic Works

AIDS Quilt (Photo / Victor W. Chen) They danced and sang. They created films, sculptures and photography exhibits, all to show the impact of HIV/AIDS and how it has affected so many people and taken so many lives. Members of the UC San Diego community recognized World AIDS Day on Tuesday, and this year's events were more extensive and creative than ever before, according to Shaun Travers, director of the UCSD LGBT Resource Center. More arrow

Fighting Cancer with Your Fork
Cooking classes teach how to eat your way to health
Fighting Cancer with Your Fork (Photo / Roxana Popescu) Jerry Bryant learned how to make low-fat banana bread in the spring of 2005, around the time he realized his wife, Donna, truly was dying. The kidney cancer had spread to her lungs, an operation had not gone well, doctors were not optimistic, and a clinical trial she signed up for as a last effort did not appear to be working. More arrow

School of Medicine to Build Innovative
Hub of Learning for the 21st Century

Rendering of Medicine & Telemedicine Center Chancellor Marye Anne Fox and Vice Chancellor David A. Brenner, dean of the School of Medicine, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony and reception for the new UC San Diego Medical Education and Telemedicine Center Nov. 20. More arrow

Surface Bacteria Maintains Skin’s Healthy Balance
Photo of Richard Gallo and Yu Ping Lai On the skin’s surface, bacteria are abundant, diverse and constant, but inflammation is undesirable. Research at the School of Medicine now shows that the normal bacteria living on the skin surface trigger a pathway that prevents excessive inflammation after injury. More arrow

Systems Biology Approach
Provides Insulin Resistance Insights

Diagram of Insulin Researchers from UC San Diego recently offered the sharpest-yet picture of how core biochemical pathways in skeletal muscle cells and fat cells are altered in people who suffer from insulin resistance—a primary defect in type 2 diabetes and obesity. More arrow

Good News for Moms: Medical Center
Opens New Labor and Delivery Suites

Photo of a newborn UC San Diego Medical Center-Hillcrest has opened five new state-of-the-art labor and delivery suites for moms-to-be. Spacious and well-appointed, the rooms offer a private and relaxing environment for the entire family to welcome their newest addition. More arrow

Electric Power Research Institute Donates $1.35 Million to Establish Lab on International Law and Regulation
Photo of Robinson AuditoriumThe School of International Relations and Pacific Studies has received the first installment of a three-year, $1.35 million gift from the Electric Power Research Institute. The gift will establish a laboratory on International Law and Regulation to examine when and why international law works. More arrow


Three UC San Diego Researchers
Receive Top National Awards

Three top researchers from the School of Medicine were recently named as recipients of prestigious awards from national organizations in their respective fields. Dr. Lewis Judd, Dr. Gary Firestein, and Larry Goldstein all received awards. More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Uncovering Secrets of Human Memory
CBS News
December 3, 2009
  arrow Loneliness Spreads in Social Networks
CNN International
December 4, 2009
  arrow A Burning Issue in the Climate Change Fight
Financial Times
December 4, 2009
  arrow Study: Hand Sanitizer Also Kills Good Bacteria
December 2, 2009
  arrow Autism Treatment Works in
Kids as Young as 18 Mos.

Guardian U.K.
December 2, 2009

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December 7, 2009

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Chancellor's Corner

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Wint Lwin

At Work Academic Senate Hears of Recent Campus
Achievements, Unique Role
of Six Colleges in University’s Success
Speaking to the Academic Senate Tuesday, Chancellor Marye Anne Fox expressed pride in the university community’s perseverance in the face of the “dire financial world in which we live,” and listed some recent achievements that illustrate the university’s resilience. More arrow

Discounted Tickets to Broadway San Diego Available
Photo of Broadway San Diego Support the UCSD Staff Association by purchasing discounted tickets to Broadway San Diego’s 2010 season. More

Staff Education and Development Courses

Purchasing Policies and Procedures for Web IFIS
8:30 a.m. to noon

Advanced Microsoft
Excel 2007

12/15/09 and 12/16/09
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Creative Thinking Power
8:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.

What's Happening
Holiday Pancake Breakfast
6:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Price Center West Ballrooms
Therapy Dogs (Photo / Lester Cacho)
Therapy Dog De-Stress Fest
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Price Center
Photo of Art Exhibit
Visual Arts Dept Presents: Gretchen Mercedes
12/01/2009 to 12/11/2009
from noon
Visual Arts Facility Gallery
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Bonnie & Clyde
11/10/2009 - 12/20/2009
Mandell Weiss Theatre

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You Do The Math
= 3,000: number of newborns delivered and cared for every year at the UC San Diego Medical Center-Hillcrest, after a recent expansion of the labor and delivery program
= more than 20: percent of the county’s very low birthweight babies born in 2008, delivered at UC San Diego Medical Center
= 900: number of infants that can be cared for in the center’s newly expanded neonatal intensive care unit
Faculty Authors
Book cover of Brain Development
The Fundamentals of Brain Development: Integrating Nature and Nurture
By Joan Stiles

Clear writing and excellent illustrations enhance this thorough explanation of the brain’s development. Stiles reveals that the age old debate of nature versus nurture is far more complicated than typically assumed. Through a patient examination of genetic variation and transcription, as well as of the variable paths of neural development, complemented by clinical correlations, this text is an overarching and interdisciplinary opus. More arrow
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