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GiveDirectly is a nonprofit that does something radical – almost heretical – in the world of international charity: It gives cash directly to those who need it without any strings attached. Each donation is about $1,000, deposited through a mobile banking system straight to a recipient’s phone. In Kenya, where the group began operations, this is equivalent to a year’s wages. The windfall is not a loan. And what’s required in return is exactly nothing. Read More »

Holiday Message from Chancellor Khosla 2013
Seismic Science

Seismic Science

Engineering students teach sixth graders earthquake engineering fundamentals

Over the past seven years, more than 7,000 sixth graders from 26 schools in San Diego County have visited the Jacobs School of Engineering to build model structures and test them on small shake tables. It’s all part of the Earthquake Engineering with K’NEX Outreach Program run by the UC San Diego chapter of the Society of Civil and Structural Engineers. Read More »

Antibiotic Resistance

UC San Diego Biophysicists Examine Development of Antibiotic Resistance

A team of UC San Diego biophysicists used quantitative models of bacterial growth to discover the bizarre way by which antibiotic resistance allows bacteria to multiply in the presence of antibiotics, a growing health problem in hospitals and nursing homes across the United States. Read More »

New Athletic Center

San Diego Chargers President Donates $500,000 to New Athletic Performance Center

Students at UC San Diego have something new to cheer about this season. Dean Spanos, chairman of the board and president of the San Diego Chargers, has pledged $500,000 to UC San Diego to support a new Athletic Performance Center. The gift will support the expansion of the existing Alex G. Spanos Training Facility, located at the north end of campus. Read More »


Former Foster Youth Find a Family at UC San Diego

When former foster youth join the UC San Diego community as undergraduates, they are immediately embraced by a close-knit extended family of caring staff members who affirm the students’ potential and assure comprehensive support. A network of resources is made available to them—from helping obtain basic school supplies to advice on navigating the path to a career or graduate school—through the Guardian Scholars Program. Read More »


Scripps Leads First Global Snapshot of Key Coral Reef Fishes


Nanosponge Vaccine Fights MRSA Toxins

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Galaxy Garden Workshop

Galaxy Garden Workshop,
Dec. 7

Pancake breakfast

Staff Association Holiday Pancake Breakfast, Dec. 11



2013 AAAS Fellows

Six UC San Diego Professors Named 2013 AAAS Fellows

Six professors at UC San Diego have been named 2013 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the nation’s largest general science organization. Ronald S. Burton, Seth M. Cohen, Jean-Bernard Minster, Bing Ren, Shankar Subramaniam and Mark H. Thiemens were among 388 individuals selected this year. Read More »




Chancellor Offers Office Hours for Campus Community Members

Want to chat with the Chancellor about your ideas to improve UC San Diego? Or, do you simply want to get to know UC San Diego’s 8th Chancellor? Sign up for a 15-minute walk-in appointment with Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. Each month, Chancellor Khosla sets aside time for faculty, staff and students to meet to discuss topics of interest to the campus community. Current faculty, staff and students may schedule walk-in appointments through the Chancellor’s website. Appointments are confirmed via email by Executive Assistant Maizie Woodall. View Website »


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campus notices


Holiday Message from UC President Janet Napolitano

Dean, Division of Social Sciences

Sun God Festival 2014


Establishment of the Center for Drug Discovery Innovation (cDDI) as an Organized Research Unit at UC San Diego

Undergraduate Research Portal Open for Business



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UC San Diego Women’s Basketball Undefeated Champs of 4th Annual Thanksgiving Classic Tournament


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press clips

The Fear of French Negroes

The Fear of French Negroes

By Sara E. Johnson
Department of Literature


World AIDS Day Observed at UC San Diego
CBS San Diego, Dec. 2

UCSD Offers Pathway for Transfer Students
U-T San Diego, Nov. 21

White House Honors Molina, Ride
U-T San Diego, Nov. 20

The Cheerleader Effect
Scientific American, Dec. 3

Uncertain Future for Iconic "Keeling Curve" CO2 Measurements
Scientific American, Nov. 21

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Look for the next issue of This Week on Jan. 9. Happy Holidays!