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Annual Sun God Festival Celebrates
Music, Art and Community on Campus

World-famous performers, local San Diego musicians and UC San Diego's own talented student artists shared the stage at the annual Sun God Festival Friday, drawing more than 20,000 people to RIMAC Field. From hip-hop artists, alternative rock and electronic DJs, to comedians, cultural dances and acrobatic performances, the festival offered a diverse array of entertainment throughout the day. Headlining the festival was Wiz Kalifa, who topped the Billboard's Hot 100 list earlier this year with his Pittsburgh anthem "Black and Yellow," and rock band Jimmy Eat World. More arrow

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Chancellor's Medals Awarded to 'Citizens
of the Highest Order' to Close 50th Anniversary Year

UC San Diego today announced the outstanding community leaders and campus supporters who have been selected to receive prestigious Chancellor's Medals as the university's 50th Anniversary year comes to a close. Chancellor's Medal recipients for 2011 are Richard and Rita Atkinson, John and Ann Davies, Sheldon and Susan Engelhorn, Anne Ratner, and Sam and Aline Skaggs. One of the highest honors given by UC San Diego, the Chancellor's Medal recognizes exceptional service in support of the university's mission. More arrow

Groundbreaking Chicano Legacy
40 Años Mosaic to be Unveiled

The Chicano Legacy 40 Años mural, which covered the east wall of Peterson Hall on campus for two years, has been installed as a permanent mosaic. The 17-by-54- foot mural, made up of thousands of pieces of colored glass, will be unveiled at noon, May 25, in a free event open to the campus and San Diego community. More arrow

Four Preuss School Seniors Named
Gates Millennium Scholarship Winners

Four seniors at The Preuss School UCSD—a charter middle and high school for motivated, low-income students—have won scholarships from the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholars Program, a national competition that annually awards "good through graduation" college scholarships to 1000 talented students nationwide. Over the past five years, 21 Preuss School seniors have won Gates Scholarships.

Campus to Celebrate
Intellectual, Entrepreneurial, Cultural
and Economic Power of 130,000 Alumni June 16-19

Alumni UC San Diego alumni are innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders who continue to change the world across all industries, from science, technology, medicine and public service to business, education, politics and the arts. They will be coming back to campus to celebrate their achievements—and the achievements of all alumni—during the third annual Alumni Weekend June 16-19. More arrow

Graduate Students Impress
Legislators with Latest in UC Research

Ramsin Khoshabeh is a UC San Diego doctoral student developing a system to enable surgeons to see laparoscopic surgeries in 3D, without the need for specialized glasses. In response to the 2007 San Diego wildfires, communications doctoral student Katrina Petersen began researching disaster mapping so that in the future, emergency responders will be better prepared to communicate information and coordinate relief efforts. On Wednesday, Khoshabeh, Petersen and other University of California graduate students took their stories to Sacramento as part of UC Graduate Research Advocacy Day. More arrow

Help Name New Species of Deep-Sea Worms
Celebrate World Ocean Day by helping Birch Aquarium at Scripps and researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography name two new species of deep-sea marine worms. One name will be selected from the public at large and another will be chosen from a K-12 school. Suggestions can be submitted through May 25 on Birch Aquarium's website or at the aquarium during its monthly SEA Days event May 21. More arrow

Brain-Monitoring Technology Makes Media Waves
Brain waves, particularly those being studied by UC San Diego researchers, have been making media waves. ABC News, KPBS, UCSD TV and other media outlets have all recently featured new brain-computer interface technology developed by Tzyy-Ping Jung and associates Yu-Te Wang and Yijun Wang of the Institute for Neural Computation. The innovative technology heralds a new and fast-advancing generation of mobile, wireless brain-activity-monitoring systems. More arrow

Study Finds Therapies Using Induced Pluripotent
Stem Cells Could Encounter Immune Rejection Problems

infiltration of T cells Biologists at UC San Diego have discovered that an important class of stem cells known as "induced pluripotent stem cells," or iPSCs, derived from an individual's own cells, could face immune rejection problems if they are used in future stem cell therapies. In a paper in journal Nature, the researchers report the first clear evidence of immune system rejection of cells derived from autologous iPSCs that can be differentiated into a wide variety of cell types. More arrow

Tiny Talk on a Barnacle's Back
Even the merest of microbes must be able to talk, to be able to interact with its environment and with others to not just survive, but to thrive. This cellular chatter comes in the form of signaling molecules and exchanged metabolites (molecules involved in the process of metabolism or living) that can have effects far larger than the organism itself. More arrow

Study Finds Filipino Children in San Diego
County at Higher Risk for Kawasaki Disease

While children of all ethnicities can contract Kawasaki disease, a study led by researchers at the Kawasaki Disease Research Center at UC San Diego and Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego finds that Filipino children with the disease are at a higher risk for inflammation of the blood vessels of the heart than those of other Asian and non-Asian backgrounds. More arrow

Genome of Marine Organism Reveals Hidden Secrets
An international team of researchers led by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography has deciphered the genome of a tropical marine organism known to produce substances potentially useful against human diseases. Tiny photosynthetic microorganisms called cyanobacteria are some of the oldest forms of life on the planet. More arrow


Naomi Oreskes Named
'Climate Change Communicator of the Year'

Naomi Oreskes, professor of history and science studies at UC San Diego, has been named 2011 "Climate Change Communicator of the Year" by George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication (4C). The honor, established in 2009, recognizes an individual and an organization for "great strides in helping society understand and respond to climate change." More arrow

Alumna Only American Featured
at 2011 Cannes Directors' Fortnight

CannesThe Directors’ Fortnight committee chose 25 films, from a pool of 2,288, to show in this year’s screenings at the Cannes Film Festival. And the only American filmmaker selected in this exclusive group is artist and UC San Diego alumna Liza Johnson. Johnson’s “Return” is premiering at the prestigious Directors’ Fortnight May 12-22. More arrow

Biologist Awarded San Diego Science Educator's
Association Excellence in University Teaching Award

James Nieh, a professor of biology, has been named this year's winner of the San Diego Science Educator's Association Excellence in University Teaching Award. The region's professional science education support organization annually recognizes a university-K12 program for the award, which "has had a substantive, positive impact on science education in the San Diego area." More arrow

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The Slow Road to a Synapse
Researchers explain why some neuronal proteins take their time getting to the terminal

May 16, 2011

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VC Sandra Brown

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Campus Notices

Wellness Program for Faculty and Staff: Thrive at UCSD

Chinese Language Learners Summer Trip

At Work

Spring Roles 2011:
Join in the 5th annual celebration of Asian and Pacific-Islander American Heritage Month taking place on campus. Upcoming activities include a sushi workshop and a discussion of the "State of Asia-America at UCSD" on May 20.
View a full
calendar of events here.

Mobile Apps

UC San Diego's Mobile
Application Expanding

The highly successful UC San Diego mobile app is expanding to be available on any mobile device with Internet access. Find buildings and pinpoint them on a map. Look up students, staff and faculty. Watch videos from the UC San Diego YouTube channel. Read campus news. Listen to course podcasts.  Browse scheduled classes and much more. More arrow

Staff Education and Development Courses

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

Building Productivity
through Respect and Dignity

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Keyword search: buildrespect

Coaching Tools for Leaders
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What's Happening

UC San Diego Powwow
May 21, 2011
Muir Field

Revelle Forum

Revelle Forum:
Former Executive Director
Eli Pariser

7 p.m.
May 23, 2011
The Neurosciences Institute

Vampire Literature

10 Years of
Media in Vietnam

4 p.m.
May 17, 2011
UC San Diego Faculty Club

ted waitt

San Diego MIT Enterprise Forum presents An Evening with Ted Waitt
5 p.m.
May 18, 2011
Salk Institute


Senior Concert:

7:30 p.m.
May 31, 2011
Price Center


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You Do The Math

262,836,946 = number of total impressions generated by the UC San Diego 50th Anniversary paid advertising campaign

642 = number media hits generated by 50th Anniversary media outreach efforts

100 = approximate number of news releases mentioning the 50th Anniversary distributed by UCSD communications teams members

Faculty Authors

Institutions for Regional Integration: Toward an Asian Economic Community

By Miles Kahler and Stephan Haggard

In continuation of the work on Asian economic integration done by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the ADB Institute, this book takes stock of existing institutions for regional integration in Asia and the Pacific and discusses the need for institutional innovation and reform in moving toward the creation of an Asian economic community. The study draws its strength and insights from a team of authors including ADB staff, scholars, and advisers to regional policy makers. Consultation workshops to finalize the study involved leading experts in several countries in Asia, Europe, and North America. More arrow

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