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UCSD Softball Squad Routs
Top-Ranked Team to Claim First National Title

For Patti Gerckens, the journey began 19 years ago. She was a young coach from New Jersey who inherited a program that had seen four head coaches in the previous six seasons. She had one part-time assistant. The team went 6-28 in her first season. Since then, Gerckens has guided UC San Diego through a move to Division II from Division III, become the program's all-time winning coach and overseen the construction of a new state-of-the art softball facility on campus. More arrow

UC San Diego Foundation Trustee
and Former UC Regent John Davies Dies

John Davies John Davies, a prominent attorney, civic leader, former University of California regent and UC San Diego Foundation trustee died on May 20 in San Diego, following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 76. The successful attorney and businessman dedicated countless hours and substantial effort to civic matters, helping to ensure educational excellence throughout California, enhance San Diego and its downtown region, and support the state judicial system as an advisor to two California governors on judicial appointments. More arrow

National Geographic Adventurer of the Year
to Speak at All Campus Graduation Celebration

Albert Lin He's been called a modern-day Indiana Jones. Albert Lin, alumnus and researcher at UC San Diego, uses cutting-edge technologies to search for the unmarked tomb of Genghis Khan. Named National Geographic Adventure magazine's 2010 adventurer of the year, Lin's explorations are groundbreaking, in part, because he never breaks ground. He uses non-invasive, computer-based tools to make new discoveries in previously unreachable places, with no damage to the environment. More arrow

Chicano Legacy 40 Años Mosiac Unveiled
Chicano Mosiac It depicts the struggles and dreams of underrepresented communities, pays tribute to social justice and brings a sense of warmth and hope to UC San Diego—the Chicano Legacy 40 Años mural is now a permanent artwork on campus after two years of perseverance from university students, staff and faculty. The 17-by-54-foot mural, made up of thousands of pieces of colored glass, features a rainbow of vibrant colors and iconic figures such as Dolores Huerta and César Chávez. More arrow

Graduate Students Lead
Children's Orchestra to New Heights

Concert A diverse group of a dozen elementary and middle school students was sitting quietly on the stage of the Conrad Prebys Music Center at UC San Diego. They were playing homemade shakers, one-chord instruments and other unusual musical contraptions. The music, sometimes improvised, soared through the concert hall and toward an audience mostly made up of the children's mothers. All listened attentively. Some took pictures with their cell phones. One mom had brought a video camera. More arrow

UC San Diego Alumni Drive
Economic Impact to the Region

Surf Diva In just 50 years, UC San Diego has achieved the extraordinary in education, research and innovation. Sixteen Nobel laureates have taught on campus; stellar faculty members have been awarded National Medals of Science, Fields Medals, Pulitzer Prizes, MacArthur Fellowships, Tony Awards and many other honors. More arrow

Academic Senate Hears Budget Update,
Seeks Apology for 'Violation of Academic Freedom'

During its fifth and final meeting of the academic year, the UC San Diego Academic Senate on Tuesday moved quickly past presentations on the dire budgetary forecast facing the university to focus on a long-simmering controversy about an apparent threat to a professor's academic freedom. Besides ensuring a packed assembly hall, the issue also garnered local and national media attention. The Committee on Academic Freedom (CAF), one of several committees through which the issue has traveled, was asked in March of this year to again study the accusations, which date to June of 2009. More arrow

Campus Installing Additional Megawatt of
Solar Power, Boosting Renewable-Energy Portfolio

Solar Power Sullivan Solar Power has begun installing nearly 1 megawatt of additional photovoltaic capacity on campus, as part of a $3.52-million project made possible with a $1.2-million rebate from the California Solar Initiative and low-interest federal Clean Renewable Energy Bonds financing. More arrow

Family of Late Pole Vaulter Honored
Léon Talichet Roach On a gloomy recent afternoon, the sun peeked out from behind the clouds just in time to shine down on a group of more than 100 people gathered at the new pole vault terraces in remembrance of Léon Talichet Roach III on the UC San Diego campus. Student-athletes, staff, faculty, alumni and friends were there to honor the contributions made by MaryAnn and Léon Roach II in memory of their son. More arrow

The Match Game: First Generation Undergraduates, Retired Faculty Pair in Unique Mentoring Program
John WheelerJohn Wheeler joined the faculty of the chemistry department at UC San Diego in 1969, just nine years after the university was founded. Since retiring in 2005, Wheeler has found a new way to support students through their undergraduate education: the UC San Diego Emeriti Mentoring Program. Wheeler, along with 33 other emeritus faculty members, volunteers his time to mentor first-generation college students and help guide them through the university experience. More arrow

West Coast Radar Network is World's Largest
West Coast Radar A network of high-frequency radar systems designed for mapping ocean surface currents now provides detail of coastal ocean dynamics along the U.S. West Coast never before available. The network has grown over the last decade from a few radars to what is now considered the largest network of its kind in the world consisting of 78 sites in operation as of May 1. More arrow

As Gravity Wanes and Pressures
Gain, It's Pain and Bane for the Brain
BrainIn space, the old movie slogan declares, "no one can hear you scream." On the other hand, you might look like it, with puffy face, swollen eyes and distended neck veins. This is what happens when, screaming or not, bodily fluids shift in the absence of gravity. They surge inward and headward, elevating pressures inside the skull—and the risk of long-term vision impairment caused by engorged blood vessels impinging upon optic nerves. More arrow


Scripps Postdoc Named as
National Geographic Emerging Explorer

Jennifer Burney Jennifer Burney, a postdoctoral researcher helping understand how changes in cooking habits could have complementary effects on climate change and public health, was named an Emerging Explorer by the National Geographic Society. The award provides financial support to the research efforts of scientists who are in their early careers. More arrow

More Headlines

Supercomputer Center Researchers
Co-author, Co-edit New Book on Geoinformatics

Nanoengineers Invent New Biomaterial
That More Closely Mimics Human Tissue

Cancer Surgeon Named Inaugural Holder
of C. Lowell & JoEllen Parsons Endowed Chair

Press Clips

  arrow Study May Shed Light on How to Stop Spam
NPR, May 26

  arrow John Davies Dies at 76;
Longtime San Diego Civic Leader

Los Angeles Times, May 26

  arrow UCSD Wins NCAA Softball Title
San Diego Union-Tribune, May 30

  arrow Mural at UCSD Breaks Boundaries, Builds Bridges
San Diego Union-Tribune, May 24

  arrow Top 10 Jobs for College Grads
AOL News, May 27


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Campus Notices

2010-2011 Exemplary Staff Employees of the Year Award Recipients Named

Call for Nominations - Associate Vice Chancellor - Academic Personnel and Resources (Part-Time Administrative)

Research Data Management and Curation Pilot Program

Faculty and Staff Participation on the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women

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UCSD Blood Drive
The Bloodmobile will be on Library Walk from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 1 to June 3. Please call The San Diego Blood Bank at 1-800-4MY-SDBB (1-800-469-7322) or log onto: to schedule an appointment. When scheduling an appointment, please provide Sponsor Code: UCPC.

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What's Happening

Commencement 2011
June 11 - 12, 2011


Alumni Weekend
June 16 - 19, 2011


Political Equator 3
June 3 - 4, 2011
The Neurosciences Institute


Senior Concert:

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


Haydn the Progressive
3 p.m.
June 5, 2011
Mandeville Center


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You Do The Math

$1.4 million = amount of funding the California Energy Commission awarded UC San Diego for accelerating the development and deployment of renewable energy technologies for Californians.

$469,447 = amount UC San Diego environmental engineering professor Jan Kleissl will use to advance his critically acclaimed solar forecasting research.

Faculty Authors

Breaking Out of Bedlam: A Novel

Leslie Larson

In her delightful second novel Leslie Larson, a UC San Diego alumna, injects a jolt of liveliness into the bleak setting of an assisted living home, thanks to the obstinate and crass narrator, 82-year-old Cora Sledge. Cora decides to take control of her life, and as she questions the loyalty of those closest to her, she reveals intimate feelings and personal heartaches that have always been obscured by her rough exterior. Cora's machinations—sometimes wily, sometimes curious, always funny—and her lovable crustiness give this plenty of heart and humor.

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