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Scripps scientist warns that growing industrialization threatens the deep ocean’s ecosystems

The deep ocean, the largest domain for life on Earth, is also its least explored environment. Humans are now encroaching more vigorously than ever into the ocean’s deep regions, exploiting the deep’s resources and placing its wealth of vibrant habitats at risk. Lisa Levin, a biological oceanographer at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, believes the vital functions provided by the deep sea—from carbon sequestration to nurturing fish stocks—are key to the health of the planet. Read More »

Darkening of the Arctic

Satellite Data Reveal Rapid Darkening of the Arctic

The retreat of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is diminishing Earth’s albedo, or reflectivity, by an amount considerably larger than previously estimated, according to researchers at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. As the sea ice melts, its white reflective surface is replaced by a relatively dark ocean surface. This diminishes the amount of sunlight being reflected back to space, causing the Earth to absorb an increasing amount of solar energy. Read More »

Triton Day

Help Us Make a Memorable First Impression at Triton Day 2014

For many admitted students, Triton Day is the first opportunity to experience UC San Diego—our sprawling grounds and ocean views, dynamic campus community and expansive research and collaborative opportunities—all factors students will weigh when deciding which university to attend in the fall. We call upon all students, staff, faculty and alumni to join us in welcoming newly admitted freshmen by being an ambassador, tabling, performing and more. Read More »

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UC San Diego Hosts Military Pathways to College Success Conference

UC San Diego will host Military Pathways to College Success—a one-stop higher education conference for military service members and their families—on Saturday. The conference is designed to showcase the many transfer options available to service members, veterans and their dependents who are attending, or planning to attend a four-year university by way of a California community college. Read More »

Robert Hooper

To Bangladesh and Back

UC San Diego filmmaker brings years of broadcast journalism experience to classrooms around globe

Robert Hooper, a UC San Diego alumnus, has worked intensively in nations facing ethnic, religious and sectarian conflict. Hooper was recently awarded a two-year, $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of State for a project that enables students from four universities in Bangladesh to produce original documentary films that personify peace and tolerance in Bangladesh. Read More »


UC San Diego’s Mexico Moving Forward Symposium Examines 20 Years of NAFTA


Memorial Tribute to Late Actor and UC San Diego Alumnus James Avery Set for March 1

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IDEAS Performance

IDEAS Performance: T2ERU, Feb. 20

Galileo and the Music of Spheres

Galileo and the Music of the Spheres, Feb. 21




Calit2 Director Honored with Golden Goose Award

Larry Smarr, a physicist whose work at the University of Illinois on calculating black hole collisions led him to champion a federal commitment to dramatically enhance U.S. computing power, was named today as the first 2014 recipient of the Golden Goose Award. Read More »

Larry Smarr



Nominations Welcomed for Vice Chancellor – Student Affairs Position

The search is underway for the next Vice Chancellor – Student Affairs and the UC San Diego community is encouraged to nominate candidates for this key campus leadership position. Parker Executive Search will assist in the recruitment. Information about the search may be found on the Chancellor’s webpage. The position description is also posted on the UC San Diego Human Resources website. Nominations can be sent to search committee co-chairs: Professor Frances Contreras at or Chancellor Pradeep Khosla at or to Parker Executive Search Executive Vice President Laurie Wilder or Principal Ryan Crawford at the following address: 5 Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900 | Atlanta, GA 30328; via email: or; or via phone: 770-307-7031. The search will remain open until the position is filled, but nominations are encouraged before April 4, 2014.


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Graduate Studies Commencement

Student Veterans Resource Center Coordinator

New NIH IDP Requirements and Campus Training


February 2014 Representative Assembly Meeting Cancelled

2014 UC San Diego United Way/CHAD Campaign



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Baseball Takes Win and Earns Series Split Against Chico State


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Plastic Money

Plastic Money: Constructing Markets for Credit Cards in Eight Postcommunist Countries

Co-authored by Akos Rona-Tas
Department of Sociology


Global Warming: Ice Loss Makes Arctic Itself a Bigger Climate Changer
Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 18

UC is Set to Replace San Diego Pier for Ocean Research Ships
LA Times, Feb. 16

UC San Diego Center Aims To Improve Both Human And Animal Health
KPBS, Feb. 13

$220 Million Proton Center Open for Business
U-T San Diego, Feb. 19

UCSD to Hold Memorial for Alumnus, Actor James Avery
NBC San Diego, Feb. 13

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