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As a young boy growing up in Hong Kong, Tsz Fung Kwan looked forward to reading the famous Jim Davis comic strip Garfield in the Sunday paper. Something about the iconic orange, lasagna-loving cat struck a chord with Kwan, and, at the age of 7, when his family immigrated to the United states in search of a better life, he paid homage to his comic hero by choosing “Garfield” as his new American name. Now 24 and a first year graduate student in the marine biology program at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Kwan has been able to merge his love for comics and ocean science by creating Squidtoons—a website bustling with quirky, educational, kid-friendly comics for the sole purpose of “illustrating science with farts, burps, and giggles.” Read More »

$300K Award for Music-and-Science Initiative

Team Assembled by UC San Diego’s Makeig Wins $300K Award for Music-and-Science Initiative

Scott Makeig, research scientist and director of the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience at the Institute for Neural Computation of UC San Diego, has brought together a research group from four UC campuses who have won a $300,000 President’s Research Catalyst Award, one of five such awards across the UC system announced by President Janet Napolitano. Read More »

Center for Hellenic Studies

UC San Diego’s Division of Arts and Humanities Launches Center for Hellenic Studies

To deepen understanding and advance scholarship on Greek history, literature, archaeology and culture, UC San Diego’s Division of Arts and Humanities has launched an academic Center for Hellenic Studies. The Hellenic Cultural Society and its members have contributed to the center, including $25,000 from the organization and a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor to encourage and inspire additional support. Read More »

Film Project Highlights Entrepreneurism

Film Project Highlights Entrepreneurism at UC San Diego and on Torrey Pines Mesa

A breakthrough today was a crazy idea yesterday. That’s a line from a new film project that documents a student-driven effort at UC San Diego and research institutions across the Torrey Pines Mesa to encourage students to turn ideas and breakthroughs into startup companies. The short documentary film was produced and directed by Rajesh Grover and Kenan Azam. Read More »

Adah Almutairi: “Falling Walls” Conference

Adah Almutairi Breaks Down Barriers at Berlin’s “Falling Walls” Conference

Adah Almutairi is a polymer chemist. But if you give her a blank look at the mere mention of “polymers,” she might quickly change that to say she’s a “construction worker… on the nano scale” or a “plastics chemist,” the term she used to introduce herself at the recent Falling Walls conference in Berlin. Read More »


Sugar Molecule Links Red Meat Consumption and Elevated Cancer Risk in Mice


UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Launches Center for Extreme Events Research

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Triton Winter Job and Internship Fair

Triton Winter Job and Internship Fair, Jan. 14

Teaching Diversity Conference

Teaching Diversity Conference, Jan. 15




UC Alumni Change the World Scholarship Winner: I Want to Add Value to Myself

Gerardo Ameriel Jaimes takes immense pride in being the first member of his family to earn a college degree. As the most recent winner of UC San Diego Extension’s quarterly UC Alumni Change the World Scholarship, Jaimes gives thanks to his parents, who immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico more than 20 years ago when he was only 3 years old. Read More »

Gerardo Ameriel Jaimes



Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program Offered to UC San Diego Employees

A new Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program for UC San Diego employees is being offered beginning Jan. 14. Mindfulness is the moment-to-moment awareness invoked by tuning into your breath and every other aspect of your life through meditative practices, including yoga. The 8-week program will be held at the Rady School of Management on Wednesday nights from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Employees can register for the course at a discounted rate. Read More »


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The Final Pagan Generation

By Edward J. Watts
Department of History


Scientists Crack Why Red Meat is Linked with Cancer - and a Sugar May Be to Blame
Daily Mail, Dec. 30

Has Genghis Khan's Tomb Been Spotted from Space? Online 'Explorers' Narrow Down Location of Grave Using Satellite Images
Daily Mail, Jan. 7

Skin Fat Helps Protect Against Infections, Study Finds
Yahoo! News, Jan. 6

What A 200-Year-Old Whale is Teaching Scientists About Aging
10 News, Jan. 6

From Cornell to Qualcomm: Irwin Jacobs Talks About His Illustrious Career at UCSD Lecture Event
La Jolla Light, Jan. 2

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