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Stem cell research is being put to the test in full force as years of cellular and animal studies make the leap to human clinical trials—a requisite step before any new drug or therapy is approved for market. Nowhere is this progress more visible than at UC San Diego, which in recent weeks has launched the three first stem-cell-based clinical trials in patients to pursue potential treatments for spinal cord injury, Type 1 diabetes and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Read More »


California Brain Research Program Underway

Cal-BRAIN—a statewide research grants program that aims to revolutionize our understanding of the brain—is officially underway. The first call for proposals has gone out, and the program expects to announce its first awards in early 2015. Read More »

6.5 million makeover

Science Labs Get $6.5 Million Makeover to Help Students Graduate in Four Years

Four undergraduate teaching laboratories for biology and chemistry students have undergone a $6.5 million makeover as part of implementation of the UC San Diego Strategic Plan. The renovated labs in York Hall will eliminate a key barrier to students accessing impacted laboratory science courses—making it easier for them to graduate in four years. Read More »

Sanger symposium

A Man of Letters, Carefully Sequenced

On Nov. 5, a daylong symposium in honor of the famed British biochemist Frederick Sanger will be held at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. Sanger, who died last year, is best known for winning the Nobel Prize for chemistry twice. The list of symposium speakers reflects Sanger’s celebrated status. Three Nobel laureates – David Baltimore, Hamilton Smith and Roger Kornberg will be in attendance, along with Stanley Norman Cohen, who is credited with co-inventing DNA cloning and recombinant DNA technologies. Read More »

Sanger symposium

New Global Rankings by U.S. News Name UC San Diego 18th Best University in World

UC San Diego is one of only five public universities in the U.S. to make the top 20 list in a new ranking of the world’s top 500 colleges. The campus took the No. 18 spot in U.S. News and World Report’s first-ever global ranking of universities, which measured factors such as research, global and regional reputation, international collaboration as well as number of highly-cited papers and doctorates awarded. Read More »

Sanger symposium

Students Connect at Conference for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Nov. 4

UC San Diego undergraduates in the arts, humanities and social sciences are using research as a means to deepen engagement in their fields and make interdisciplinary connections to further define their academic interests. On Nov. 4, they will have an opportunity to showcase their research projects at the second annual Conference for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), hosted by Academic Enrichment Programs and the Office of Research Affairs. Read More »

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Ready to Win? Founders Celebration Contests Offer Prizes to Campus Community

How well do you know UC San Diego? As part of Founders Celebration 2014, members of the campus community will have the chance to test their knowledge and win prizes with a Facebook trivia contest taking place Oct. 27 through Nov. 14. The trivia competition is one of two social media contests held this year for Founders Celebration. Read More »


Viral Switches Share a Shape


Training the Next Generation of Cancer Scientists

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Founders Celebration,
Nov. 13-14


Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecture: John Wixted, Nov. 3



Mel Spiro

Melford E. Spiro, Department of Anthropology Founder, Dies

Melford E. Spiro, founding chair of the department of anthropology at UC San Diego, died Oct. 18. at the age of 94. Spiro not only played an important role in the formation of the university’s anthropology department but was also an important figure for the discipline of anthropology at large. He will be missed by many in the profession and on campus—especially at this year’s Founders Celebration and at the Faculty Club, where he was a regular convivial presence up until his last days.




UC San Diego Medical Center Named Ebola Treatment Site

UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest has been designated by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) as one of five University of California hospitals to treat confirmed Ebola cases in California. In a statement, Dr. Ron Chapman, director of CDPH, said university hospitals are well positioned to care for Ebola patients. Medical centers at UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC San Diego and UC San Francisco will closely coordinate with CDPH and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure health care professionals have appropriate training and protective equipment. Any cases would be cared for by a specially trained team in the hospital's Infectious Disease Care Unit, which is isolated from the general patient population. Read More »


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Deadline Extended: Call for Proposals - UC San Diego Teaching Diversity Conference

The UCSD Office of the Registrar Final Registration Report - Fall Quarter 2014


Annual Benefits Open Enrollment Period

UC San Diego Veterans Association Annual Recognition Celebration


CONSTRUCTION ALERT – Parking Lot P703 Temporary MRI and Office Trailer Installation


Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program (FISP) - Fellowships for Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars



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Women’s Soccer Takes Down Humboldt State in CCAA Contest


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Struggle and Survival in Palestine/Israel

Co-edited by Gershon Shafir
Department of Sociology


UC San Diego Rated 18th Best University in the World, According to U.S. News & World Report
San Diego 6, Oct. 29

UCSD, Other Stem Cell Clinics Get Millions
U-T San Diego, Oct. 23

UCSD Med Center One of Five Ebola Hospitals
U-T San Diego, Oct. 24

Don Norman Has Designs on Your Life
U-T San Diego, Oct. 23

Engineering Propels UCSD to Record Enrollment
U-T San Diego, Oct. 28

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