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Participants at Science Festival Roll
Up Sleeves to Learn About Science
Annual fair organized by UC San Diego draws about 30,000
They got to touch sheep brains and try to figure out the differences between dolphin and human brains. They learned about mechanical engineering by playing with convoluted contraptions. They played with toy California lobsters, starfish and octopus. More than 30,000 residents of San Diego County—and beyond—turned out at PETCO Park Saturday for the second annual Science Festival EXPO Day. The event offered a bonanza of hands-on activities for the young and the young-at-heart, including more than 25 UC San Diego booths. More arrow

Women Encouraged to Take Charge of
Career Path at UCSD Women's Conference

womens conferenceBuilding your career is a whole lot like going to Disneyland. There’s lots of waiting in line and lots of ups and downs once you get on a ride. But you’ve got to make sure you get to the best attractions. Only then will you have a truly magical experience. That was the metaphor that Linda Morris Williams, the associate chancellor at UC Berkeley, used to deliver career advice as the keynote speaker March 22 during UC San Diego’s Second Annual Women’s Conference. She spoke to an audience of more than 600 staff members at the Price Center West Ballroom. The day’s theme was “(Re)Defining the UC San Diego Woman: Striking the Balance. More arrow

Diverse Activities at UCSD Commemorate
Life and Achievements of César Chávez

mural The legacy of César E. Chávez, a labor leader and champion of human rights, will be observed on campus with a monthlong series of diverse activities during April. Chávez, a principal figure in the Chicano Civil Rights Movement who defended working families and advocated for nonviolent solutions, will be recognized with lectures, a roundtable discussion, cultural celebrations, a youth essay contest, a student field trip to Chicano Park and an artistic collaboration with the original muralists who founded the park. All events are open to the public and many are free. More arrow

Green Collar Economy: One Solution for Two Problems joneVan Jones, New York Times best-selling author, will speak on “The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems” at 7 p.m. May 11 in the Center Ballroom West. The event is free and open to the public with no tickets or reservations required. More arrow

Sleep Deprivation Influences
Drug Use in Teens’ Social Networks

Recent studies have shown that behaviors such as happiness, obesity, smoking and altruism are “contagious” within adult social networks. In other words, your behavior not only influences your friends, but also their friends and so on. Researchers at UC San Diego and Harvard University have taken this a step farther and found that the spread of one behavior in social networks—in this case, poor sleep patterns—influences the spread of another behavior, adolescent drug use. More arrow

Gatsby Charitable Foundation Awards $4 Million to Salk-UC San Diego Consortium to Study Brain Circuitry
Edward Callaway A new consortium of four research teams from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the UC San Diego has been selected by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, based in the United Kingdom, to receive a $4 million grant over five years to study neuronal circuits underlying higher brain function. More arrow

Colonies of Bacteria Fight
for Resources with Lethal Protein

bacterialbattle Rival colonies of bacteria can produce a lethal chemical that keeps competitors at bay, scientists at UC San Diego, University of Texas and Tel Aviv University report this week. By halting the growth of nearby colonies and even killing some of the cells, groups of bacteria preserve scarce resources for themselves, even when the encroaching colony is closely related. More arrow

Visual Arts Department Hosts Open Studios
sadie-barnetteOn April 10, the community can take a long look and at the graduate programs in the visual arts department. Visitors will be able to view approximately 50 open studios, a group exhibit, film and video screenings, live performances and a symposium all in one day. More arrow

'Biotech Demystified' Program
Offers Science Basics for Industry Leaders

UC San Diego will present its seventh offering of "Biotech Demystified" June 7-9. This innovative program helps executives and decision makers gain a practical understanding of the basic science powering the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The program is offered through the Rady School of Management Center for Executive Development in collaboration with the Division of Biological Sciences and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. More arrow


Scientist Honored with
American Chemical Society Award

sustainawardsKimberly A. Prather, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was honored last week by the American Chemical Society at its national meeting in San Francisco. Prather received the “2010 Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology.” More arrow

Press Clips

  arrow Parents Spending More Time
on College Admissions ‘Tournament’

The Wall Street Journal
March 26, 2010
  arrow Institutions Seek 4-part Harmony on Stem Cells
San Diego Union-Tribune
March 27, 2010
  arrow Courted in California, But Dreaming of New York
The New York Times
March 23, 2010
  arrow Resistance Against N. Korean
Regime Taking Root, Survey Suggests

The Washington Post
March 24, 2010
  arrow Scripps Team to Finish Chile Quake Mapping
San Diego Union-Tribune
March 23, 2010

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Campus Officials Update Campus Climate Goals, Accountability Efforts
Like all institutions in the University of California system, UC San Diego values diversity and champions an environment that encourages academic success of its students. As part of the university’s ongoing efforts to increase the diversity of its student body and faculty, and in response to a series of overtly racist incidents that took place recently, steps are being taken to improve the campus climate at UC San Diego and throughout the UC system.  More arrow

Student Affairs Achieves Highest Increase in Sixth Week of United Way Campaign
March 24 wrapped up with a new winner for the weekly United Way traveling trophy. Student Affairs achieved the highest increase in participation levels with an increase of 0.08% over all the other areas. More arrow

Staff Education and Development Courses

Intermediate Microsoft Word 2007,
3/30/10 and 4/1/10
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Desktop Shipping: Saving Time and Money When Sending Documents and Small Packages
11:00 am to 12:30 pm,

Faculty Assistant: Philosophy of the Trade
9:00 am to 11:30 am

What's Happening
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FitLife Fest
March 31 and April 1, 2010
Main Gym/RIMAC
Thurgood Marshall College’s 32nd Annual Cultural Celebration
April 10, 2010
Thurgood Marshall College
Town Hall Discussions with Gloria Penner
April 5 – May 24
UCSD Extension Complex
View from the Top: The Intersection of Science and Policy in the Capital
March 30, 2010
Biomedical Library
A Light Green Light: Toward Sustainability in Practice
Apri l 2 – June 4
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Faculty Authors

Essentials of Paleomagnetism
By Lisa Tauxe

This comprehensive textbook provides the latest information about how paleomagnetic data can be used in archaeological, geophysical and geological applications. Focusing on the analysis of the magnetism of rocks, this text also covers the basics of magnetism, geomagnetic fields and how rocks get magnetized in the first place—offering a clear introduction of these principles to anyone with college level physics and a basic understanding of earth science. More arrow

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