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African American Roots

Unearthing African American Roots
Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. discusses how PBS documentaries unveiled hidden history of American celebrities
Everybody these days asks Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. what it was like to have a beer at the White House with President Barack Obama. The San Diego airport, where Gates landed last week on his way to give a talk at UC San Diego, was no exception. More arrow

UC San Diego Receives Two
Major Biomedical Informatics Grants
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Researchers at the School of Medicine have received two federal grants totaling more than $25 million to develop new ways to gather, analyze and share vast, ever-increasing amounts of biomedical information. The first grant for $16.7 million over five years will create a national center for biomedical computing called iDASH. More arrow

Campus Recognized for Sustainable Operations
UCSD ImageThe “College Sustainability Report Card 2011” has awarded UC San Diego and 51 other colleges and universities in the United States and Canada “A” grades for their sustainable campus operations and endowment practices. UCSD's A- grade by the independent Sustainable Endowments Institute was based on sustainability performance in campus operations, dining services, endowment investment practices, and student activities. More arrow

Parents and Families Welcomed into
Triton Community with Family Weekend

UCSD Image More than 400 families came together on campus for Family Weekend, Oct. 22 to 24. Now in its third year, the annual weekend offers an array of events for families and students to connect with the campus community, exploring the myriad resources and opportunities available at UC San Diego. More arrow

View a slideshow of this year's Family Weekend

Researchers Find a 'Liberal Gene'
UCSD ImageLiberals may owe their political outlook partly to their genetic makeup, according to new research from UC San Diego and Harvard University. Ideology is affected not just by social factors, but also by a dopamine receptor gene called DRD4. The study's authors say this is the first research to identify a specific gene that predisposes people to certain political views. More arrow

Environmental Protection Agency
Presents Energy Star Award to UC San Diego
UCSD ImageThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has presented UC San Diego with a 2010 Energy Star CHP Award for its high-efficiency, low-emission combined heat and power plant that provides 85 percent of the campus' annual electricity needs. More arrow

Survey: Green Jobs Offer
Great Salaries and Promotion Potential

UCSD ImageForty-three percent of sustainability professionals make $75,000 or more per year, according to a survey conducted by UC San Diego Extension in collaboration with Sustainability: The Journal of Record. The majority of respondents (62 percent) said that their job does have promotion potential, and most would recommend sustainability as a career to their children. More arrow

UC San Diego Researchers Identify
Factor Boosting Leukemia's Aggressivenes

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia cells survive and thrive not just by their own innate wiles, but by also acquiring aid and support from host cells in their surrounding environment. In a paper published in The Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, an international team of researchers led by cancer specialists at the School of Medicine and the Moores UCSD Cancer Center identify a particular relationship that can promote notably aggressive leukemias and lymphomas. More arrow

Donation from Sempra Energy
Foundation Energizes Birch Aquarium at Scripps

UCSD Image The Sempra Energy Foundation has given $600,000 to UC San Diego as lead sponsor of the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s “Boundless Energy” exhibit and education program. This gift is the largest ever made by the Sempra Energy Foundation to a nonprofit institution. More arrow

Supercomputer Center Launches Computational
Research Program for Undergraduate Students

UCSD ImageThe San Diego Supercomputer Center is launching a unique volunteer internship program for undergraduate students designed to provide valuable “on the job” experience in a cross-section of projects in computational research. More arrow

Little Pirates, Disney Villains and Funny Pumpkins
UCSD ImageUC San Diego celebrated Halloween in style this past week, with the traditional Haunted Aquarium at the Birch Aquarium, Halloween costume contest organized by the campus' bookstore and a new pumpkin-carving contest during UCSD's women volleyball game. See a slideshow of all the fun. More arrow


Gary Firestein Receives
Jane Wyman Humanitarian Award

UCSD ImageDr. Gary S. Firestein, professor of medicine, dean and associate vice chancellor of translational medicine at the School of Medicine, has been named the 2010 recipient of the Jane Wyman Humanitarian Award. More arrow

Flash Memories Researcher
Wins Intel Ph.D. Fellowship

UCSD ImageFuture USB drives, memory cards for cameras, and solid-state drives for smartphones, laptops and enterprise systems may all benefit from the research being performed by UC San Diego electrical engineering doctoral student Eitan Yaakobi. For his past research accomplishments and future research potential, Yaakobi earned a sought after 2010-11 Intel Ph.D. Fellowship. More arrow

More Headlines

New Center Looks at How
Human Systems Function or Fail

Moores UCSD Cancer Center Takes Step Toward Developing Proton Treatment and Research Center

Nightshades' Mating Habits
Strike Uneasy Evolutionary Balance


Press Clips

  arrow Is there a Gene for Liberals?
The Washington Post, Oct. 29

  arrow Study: Parent-Only Education
Helps Children Lose Weight

TIME Magazine, Oct. 28

  arrow Robots of the Gulf Spill:
Fishlike Subs, Smart Torpedoes

National Geographic, Oct. 26

  arrow Recession Report: UCSD
NBC San Diego, Oct. 27

  arrow Sempra Makes Donation to Birch Aquarium
San Diego Union-Tribune, Oct. 29


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November 01, 2010

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Chancellor's Corner

Letter from
the Chancellor

Point of View Point of View With: Shana Emile

Campus Notices

UC San Diego's 50th Anniversary Founders' Day Celebration

Letter from UC President Yudof Regarding Proposed Changes to UC Retirement Benefits

At Work

Read Letters from UC President Yudof and Chancellor Fox on Bullying Incidents on College Campuses
In the wake of recent bullying incidents at college campuses, UC President Mark Yudof and Chancellor Marye Anne Fox express support for inclusive campus environments and highlight resources available to manage stress.
Read Letter from
President Yudof

Read Letter from Chancellor Fox (pdf)

Nominate Someone for the Staff Association Impact Award
Do you know a UCSD staff member who has made a significant difference on the job or a positive impact in the community that furthers UCSD's mission? Nominate them for the Annual UCSD Staff Association Impact Award. More

Staff Education and Development Courses

Sexual Harassment Life Theatre
9 a.m. - 11 a.m & 2 p.m. - 4 p.m

Enhancing Quality Skills
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Campus Asset Management Training
10 a.m - noon

What's Happening
henry louis gates

Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest: Ira Flatow
7 p.m. Nov. 9
Scripps Seaside Forum

V50 logo

Volunteer50: "Food 4 Kids Backpack Program"
12:30 p.m. Nov. 6
9850 Distribution Avenue, San Diego


UCSD by Design: John Walsh
10 a.m. Nov. 5
Student Services Center

halloween 2010

Celiac Disease & Gluten: Facts, Fiction & Controversies
7 p.m. Nov. 2
Pharmaceutical Sciences Building


Dia de los Muertos Celebration
4 p.m. Nov. 2
Institute of the Americas Building

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You Do The Math

1,425 = members of the UCSD community who turned out for 2010 Chancellor's Challenge 5K

15 = number of years the 5K has been taking place.

$2.3 million = approximate amount the 5K has helped raise for undergraduate scholarships.

Faculty Authors

Creating the Ethical Academy
A Systems Approach to Understanding Misconduct and Empowering Change
Edited By Tricia Bertram Gallant
In this edited volume, higher education experts and scholars tackle the challenge of understanding why ethical misconduct occurs in the academy and how we can address it. More arrow

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