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Commemoration of Activism that Transformed UC San Diego

Two years ago, racist incidents on and off campus sparked student demonstrations at UC San Diego resulting in an historic collaborative agreement that has strengthened our commitment to enhancing diversity. The protests, led by students and supported by faculty and staff, marked a tumultuous week and spurred visible changes at UC San Diego that allow students and others to better see themselves, their culture and their communities reflected on campus. The accompanying ten slides showcase a two-year transformation. Read More »

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Students Use Mirror Therapy to Help Relieve Phantom Limb Pain Suffered by Victims of Haitian Earthquake

When the ground shook in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Jan. 12, 2010, the magnitude-7 earthquake left behind an estimated 4,000 amputees. Helping these victims has been a goal for a group of UC San Diego students who visited Haiti in 2011 to treat amputees using an innovative mirror-box therapy developed by V.S. Ramachandran, director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at UC San Diego. Read More »

Love Hormone

Could 'Love Hormone' Help Treat Depression?

Gazing into your lover’s eyes isn’t only romantic; it also releases a brain chemical called oxytocin that strengthens social bonds in a variety of species. For some people who suffer from depression, the so-called “hormone of love” might hold out hope. Researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine are conducting a clinical trial to study whether oxytocin – the brain hormone released with touches, hugs, or when a mother and her newborn baby bond – might help patients with depression. Read More »


Engineers Find Inspiration for New Materials in Piranha-proof Armor
It’s a matchup worthy of a late-night cable movie: put a school of starving piranha and a 300-pound fish together, and who comes out the winner? The surprising answer—given the guillotine-like bite of the piranha—is Brazil’s massive Arapaima fish.


Electrical Engineers Build 'No-Waste' Laser

A team of University of California, San Diego researchers has built the smallest room-temperature nanolaser to date, as well as an even more startling device: a highly efficient, “thresholdless” laser that funnels all its photons into lasing, without any waste.

Best Value

UC San Diego Again Named ‘Best Value’ College by Princeton Review

UC San Diego has again been ranked among the nation’s top best value public colleges for 2012 by The Princeton Review. The publication, partnering with USA Today, listed its annual ranking of the 75 private and 75 public best value colleges.


15th Annual Heart of San Diego Gala to Be ‘An Affair to Remember'


Kim Barrett Selected President-Elect of the American Physiological Society

Kim E. Barrett, professor of medicine and dean of graduate studies at UC San Diego, will become president-elect of the American Physiological Society. Read More »


Art and Science Have a Chat in ‘ANOMALIA’

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Go Red Campaign

The UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center will be lit at night through the month of February to commemorate the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign, designed to draw attention to the fact that heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 killer of women in the United States – contributing to more deaths than the next three causes combined.


Sexual Assault Awareness Video Campaign

UC San Diego's Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention Resource Center (SARC) is hosting the Cute or Creepy [2] "Where's the L.I.N.E.?" video contest. The Cute or Creepy [2] Video Contest will focus on healthy dating relationships, violence prevention, and being a responsive bystander.




New Grant Projects Aim to Improve Hiring of Women, Under-represented Minorities in STEM Fields

The University of California has begun a detailed analysis of hiring data to help pinpoint best practices for the recruitment and retention of female and under-represented minorities as faculty in its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. Susan Carlson, vice provost for academic affairs, is one of four UC principal investigators to receive new grant funding from the National Science Foundation's ADVANCE Program, which seeks to increase faculty diversity. Read More »


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International Corporate Philanthropy Day is Feb. 27

To recognize the important role that UC San Diego’s corporate partners play, the campus community is encouraged to take time on Feb. 27, International Corporate Philanthropy Day, to reach out to your business contacts and share your appreciation for the many and varied partnerships that make your work possible. Read More »


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UC San Diego Teams Take League Titles at 2012 Pacific Coast Swimming and Diving Conference Champions


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The Making of the Modern World "The Divine and the Human in Islamic Tradition: A Historical Perspective", Feb. 15


Greenovation Forum: Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning: The Ecological, Economic, and Governance Principles for Managing the Ocean, Feb. 22


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Stranger Intimacy

Stranger Intimacy: Contesting Race, Sexuality and the Law in the North American West

By Nayan Shah,
Department of History


Interview with Dr. Alan Hemming on Liver Tumor Surgery
The Doctors TV, Feb. 8

A Bridge Built to Sway When the Earth Shakes
The New York Times, Feb. 7

Future Soldiers Could Go to War Wearing Fish-Scale Armor
Gizmodo, Feb. 11

Nanolaser is Small as Speck of Dust
CNET, Feb. 9

Science Minded: Marine biologist Gives Inside Look at Life, Job
U-T San Diego, Feb. 6

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