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Donors Invest to Make UC San Diego ‘Best Value’

UC San Diego was named a 2012 “best value” public college, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. The national finance publication ranked UC San Diego 10th in the nation, up from 12th last year. The criteria used for the selection included cost and financial aid, average student debt, competitiveness, graduation rates and academic support. Despite increasing state budget cuts, UC San Diego has made the list for the last 10 years—in large part due to the still affordable tuition fees and financial aid packages that the university is able to provide for its students. Key to financial aid is scholarships created by the investment of generous university donors. Read More »

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UC San Diego Receives Record Number of Applications for Fall 2012

UC San Diego has received a record 75,968 freshman and transfer applications for Fall 2012. The university received the second highest number of applications from California resident freshmen among the UC campuses. Read More »


Don’t Know Much About Charter Schools

Some two decades into the grand national experiment with charter schools, how much do we really know about them? Not all that much. And not nearly as much as we easily could, say researchers from the UC San Diego Division of Social Sciences. Read More »


Free and Public Lectures Series at UC San Diego Explores What it Means To Be Human


Radical Surgery Saves Life of Young Mom, California First

A team led by Dr. Alan Hemming, a transplant surgeon at UC San Diego Health System, has successfully performed the West Coast’s first ex-vivo liver resection, a radical procedure to completely remove and reconstruct a diseased liver and re-implant it without any tumors. Read More »


Roche Funds Drug Discovery Projects at UC San Diego

The new UC San Diego-Roche Extending Innovation Network program has been launched with selection of its first three research projects at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. Read More »


Campus Honors Martin Luther King Jr. at Parade and Day of Service

Marching behind a banner declaring “Freedom through Education,” more than 500 members of the UC San Diego community turned out to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy in San Diego’s 32nd annual MLK Day Parade. Read More » | View Slideshow


UC San Diego Athletics Honors Slain Volleyball Player at Memorial

The UC San Diego Athletics Department held a memorial in honor of former UCSD volleyball player Karen Reis Thursday evening at RIMAC Arena. Reis and her brother David, a U.S. Navy pilot, were killed in Coronado on New Year’s Day. Karen and David's parents, Tom and Patty Reis, spoke at the memorial, as did their younger brother and sister. Photo by Nick Feller/UCSD Athletics


Jim Arnold, Founding Chemist
at UC San Diego Dies at 88


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University of California to Ban Smoking on All Campuses by 2014

The University of California plans to make all campuses tobacco-free by 2014. The new policy will prohibit the smoking and chewing of tobacco, as well as the sale of tobacco products, and will align with practices already in place at UC medical centers and other universities. Smoking will be prohibited on all areas of campus, including all outdoor spaces, parking lots and private residences. No designated smoking areas will be provided. The new policy was outlined in a letter from UC President Mark Yudof to the chancellors last week. Read More (PDF) »


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New Program Helps UC Employees Ease into Retirement

The University of California has launched a new program that allows employees near the end of their careers to gradually transition into retirement and receive a cash incentive. Under the Phased Retirement Program, staff members who are 55 or older can reduce their work hours by at least 10 percent a year for up to three years before retiring. Employees will receive a lump sum payment upon retirement equal to half the amount they would have otherwise earned. Read More »


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Formal Review - Staff Incentive and Recognition Award Plans

UC San Diego Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Awards Program Recipients

Addition of Available Study Spaces for Students


Call for Nominations - Associate Vice Chancellor -- Research

Call for Nominations - Associate Vice Chancellor - Innovation and Industry Alliances



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Women’s Basketball Team Topples Rival Cal State Monterey Bay as Winning Streak Reaches 16 Games




Son of Vietnamese Refugee Among Students Honored by Physical Sciences Dean


New Chair Named for UC San Diego Department of Medicine


what’s happening


'Jazz Gone Global' Premieres at UC San Diego, Jan. 29


DeWitt Higgs Memorial Lecture, Jan. 18


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Why Americans Don't Join the Party: Race, Immigration, and the Failure (of Political Parties) to Engage the Electorate

Co-authored by Zoltan L. Hajnal
Department of Political Science


UC San Diego Applications, Minority Interest Rise
San Diego Union-Tribune, Jan. 17

Report: We Still Don’t Know Much About Charter Schools
The Washington Post, Jan. 14

No Evidence' of Links Between Mega-earthquakes
Reuters, Jan. 17

Cellphones as Weight-loss Aid to be Studied
Los Angeles Times, Jan. 9

Video Gamers Converge on UC San Diego
San Diego Union-Tribune, Jan. 13

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