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Astronaut, UC San Diego alumna Kate Rubins to rocket to International Space Station

Kate Rubins has always been starstruck by the night sky. Growing up, she attended star-gazing parties and plastered her room with images of faraway galaxies. In May 2016, Rubins’ long-held aspiration to travel to space will become a reality when she voyages to the International Space Station as part of Expedition 48/49. A biochemist and 1999 graduate of the University of California, San Diego, Rubins will help conduct more than 100 microgravity experiments to gain insight into how the mechanics of life happen outside of our planet. Read More »


Sally Ride Science Launches at UC San Diego

Blasting aboard space shuttle Challenger in 1983 to become the first American woman—and at age 32, the youngest American in space—the late Sally Ride captured the nation’s imagination by breaking barriers. Her legacy also includes inspiring generations of students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through Sally Ride Science, a science education company she co-founded in 2001. Read More »


San Diego Supercomputer Center Launches ‘Comet’ Supercomputer to Serve ‘Long Tail’ of Science

When the San Diego Supercomputer Center launched its first supercomputer, a Cray XMP-48 in late 1985, it was about as powerful as an iPhone is today. Last week, the UC San Diego center formally took the wraps off of “Comet” a new petascale supercomputer that is over 2 million times more powerful, according to SDSC Director Michael Norman. Read More »


UC San Diego’s New Office Is ‘Your Partner in Innovation’

“Innovation can be defined as bringing together people with ideas that meet a need in society or the marketplace,” says Paul Roben, associate vice chancellor for research at UC San Diego and head of the newly created Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC). Read More »


‘Recapturing the Mexico Moment’

The Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego presents a diverse lineup of policy, scholars and community leaders for its annual symposium, Mexico Moving Forward. Called “Recapturing the Mexico Moment,” this year’s all-day event will be held Friday, Oct. 30, culminating in a Dia de los Muertos celebration with decorated altars and a live mariachi band. Read More »


Pilot Project Opens Doors for High School Students to Complete College Courses Without Leaving Campus

Teaching an introductory college biology courses is nothing new for Keefe Reuther, who has been an instructor of at UC San Diego since 2009. What is different this year is who some of his students are. In addition to teaching a class of 200 first-year college students, he’s also teaching that same course to 35 seniors at Point Loma High School. Read More »

UC San Diego Family Weekend

Thousands Turn Out for Family Weekend

Thousands of parents, family members and students participated in UC San Diego’s 8th annual Family Weekend, held Oct. 16-18. From ziplining with Outback Adventures to a tour of the new Triton Ballpark, the activities showed off the best of the campus and its six colleges. On Sunday, families participated in a community service event for Project Linus, helping to make blankets for children receiving care in San Diego hospitals. Photos by Alethea Go and Erik Jepsen


UC San Diego Department of Ethnic
Studies Celebrates 25th Anniversary


UC San Diego Named Among Nation’s
Most Ethnically Diverse Colleges

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Meet Mr. Algae

When the White House called Stephen Mayfield and said, “We hear you’re Mr. Algae,” he went with it. It’s a fitting name for the biology professor and director of the California Center for Algae Biotechnology (Cal-CAB) at UC San Diego. Mayfield has studied algae for over three decades, manipulating the single-celled plant’s genes to make forms of gasoline, innovations in food science (what D.C. was calling about), and vaccines for endemic diseases—not bad for your average pond scum. Read More »

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Triton Fest Rockstar Night

Triton Fest Rockstar Night, Oct. 23

Contextual Robotics Forum

Contextual Robotics Forum, Oct. 30




UC Benefits Open Enrollment Begins Oct. 29

Open Enrollment, which will take place Oct. 29 through Nov. 24, is an annual opportunity to review University of California benefit plans and consider any changes. All current UC medical plans will be available in 2016, with several programs added to improve care options—for example, all plans will now cover travel immunizations. The ARAG Legal Plan is also open for enrollment with expanded identity theft protection coverage and other features. Complete details will be available beginning Oct. 26 when the 2015 Open Enrollment website launches and employees begin to receive their Open Enrollment booklets in the mail. Read More »


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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Awards Nominations

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations at Scripps Institution of Oceanography


UC San Diego Office of the Registrar Final Registration Report – Fall Quarter 2015

Passing of Edmund J. Fantino, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology


Accountability Dashboards


Freshman Seminar Program and Senior Seminar Program – Spring Quarter 2016 Proposals



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Women’s Volleyball Scores 3-0 Victory Over Cal Poly Pomona


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Culture & Liberty

By Stephen Cox,
Department of Literature


Water-Saving Lessons from San Diego Universities
San Diego Union-Tribune, Oct. 15

UC San Diego Nation’s 11th Most Ethnically Diverse College
Times of San Diego, Oct. 15

San Diego Researchers Push To Build Better Batteries
KPBS, Oct. 15

New Law to Help Predict Storms, Prevent Floods
Patch, Oct. 18

Hellenic Society Celebrates All Things Greek
San Diego Union-Tribune, Oct. 16

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