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We’ve all seen them. The senior scientist with his back turned away from the audience, trying to explain a data-filled slide to a puzzled group of nonscientists that has long ago tuned him out. Or the junior professor, head down, reading a lecture word for word in a monotone voice from behind the podium. It’s the bane of academe. Complex ideas in science need to be conveyed with precision. Yet most scientists also believe the public needs to understand the details, without personal opinions or emotion, so that people can draw their own conclusions based on facts. Emmy Award-winning actor and director Alan Alda thinks that’s wrong. And he came to campus last week to convince senior administrators and young scientists to do it differently. Read More »

Transfer Applications for Fall 2015

UC San Diego Receives Record Number of Applications for Fall 2015

UC San Diego has received a record 94,200 freshman and transfer applications for fall 2015. The university had the third highest number of applicants among the University of California campuses. Within the last decade, UC San Diego has consistently been one of the nation’s top five universities to receive the most applications. Read More »

MacArthur Foundation Chair Holders Named

First UC San Diego MacArthur Foundation Chair Holders Named

For the first time, two distinguished UC San Diego faculty have been appointed to hold University of California endowed faculty chairs supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, in areas of particular interest to the foundation. Read More »

Stuart Collection

Grant to Fund Restoration of Stuart Collection Piece by ‘Grandfather of Video’

Installed in 1986 as part of the university’s renowned Stuart Collection of public art, “Something Pacific” was Nam June Paik’s first permanent outdoor installation. The indoor portion is in the Media Center/Communication building lobby: a bank of 24 cutting-edge and interactive TVs – except that they are no longer interactive or cutting-edge. A recent grant from the National Endowment of the Arts will change that. Read More »

Nation’s Top Residency Programs

UC San Diego School of Medicine Named One of Nation’s Top Residency Programs

The UC San Diego School of Medicine has been named one of the nation’s top residency training programs in 10 specialties by Doximity. The Doximity report included more than 50,000 peer nominations from board-certified U.S. physicians and evaluated 3,691 residency training programs across 20 specialties. Read More »


Security and Human Rights in Mexico and Central America Focus of UC San Diego Conference Jan 15-16


San Diego Supercomputer Center Announces UC Graduate Summer Fellowship Program

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Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Day of Service, Jan. 18

ArtPower! Presents: ODC

ArtPower! Presents: ODC, Jan. 22




Triton Spirit Week to Be Held Jan. 26-30

Support Triton Spirit Week Jan. 26 – 30 by participating in the 8th Annual Office Decoration Contest. The top three offices will win $250, $150 and $100 respectively from UC San Diego Catering, Marketplace or Bookstore. Decorations will be judged based on creativity, how the decorations reflect Triton spirit, and a department's mission and overall Triton spirit. The deadline to register is Jan 21. Register Here »


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campus notices


Appointment of Steve Ross as Associate Vice Chancellor for Resource Administration, Academic Affairs (AVC-RA)

University Policy on Hazing

Notice of Senate Election


Sun God Festival on RIMAC Field-May 3, 2015

Proposed Revisions to Whistleblower Protection Policy

Save the Dates-Triton Day and Transfer Triton Day 2015



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Women’s Basketball Defeats San Francisco State in Fifth Straight Win


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Radical, Religious and Violent

Radical, Religious and Violent

By Eli Berman
Department of Economics


The Frustrating Hunt for Genghis Khan’s Long-lost Tomb Just Got a Whole Lot Easier
The Washington Post, Jan. 8

Terror in France: Implications for Muslim Integration
The Washington Post, Jan. 14

Chasing Waves in the Tasman Sea
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Jan. 13

Record Number of Applicants to UC System
CBS 8 News, Jan. 13

UCSD Hires Star Biologist Rob Knight
U-T San Diego, Jan. 11

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