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Campaign Update: Imagine the Future
Looking Back: Thoughts on UCSD
Credits: Staff and Contributors

On The Job: A
     Soldier's Story

Stem-Cell Revolution
Together We Achieve      the Extraordinary
Piano Playing Provost

Making Waves

Waves of Generosity
Masters of Disguise
The Pohutukawa Spirit
What's In A Name
Geisel in Other Guise
Water Wings
Couch Potato-thon
Cross Purpose


Campus Currents May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2


King David and the Edomites
The Bible relates that King David conquered Israel's neighbor, the ancient kingdom of Edom. But until results from an archeological project headed by UCSD Professor Thomas Levy were announced this winter, there had been no physical evidence that Edom even existed in the 10th century B.C., during the time of King David. MORE

Looking for a little drama in your life? The UCSD Department of Theatre and Dance’s international theatre journal TheatreForum could fill the bill. MORE

Signing In The Negev
A small Bedouin tribe in Israel’s Negev Desert is giving scholars a rare peek at the birth and evolution of language. MORE

Our Roots Are Showing
If a tree falls in a forest and there's nobody there to hear, does it make a sound? In this instance we're the ones sounding off. MORE

Chicano Archives
Herman Baca will never forget August 29, 1970, when more than 20,000 Chicanos gathered in Los Angeles for a moratorium against the Vietnam War. MORE

Sex Video-tape and SRTV
Late one cold night this February, Student Run TV (SRTV), UCSD’s student operated and funded closed-circuit cable TV station, decided to turn up the heat by airing a 10-minute video, featuring sex acts between UCSD student Steven York and an unidentified female. MORE

A New African-American Minor
One of UCSD’s most beloved teachers, Willie Claiborne Brown, a professor emeritus of biology, was honored at the Third Annual UCSD Black History Month Celebration. The audience at the Faculty Club was delighted by a surprise announcement that UCSD will establish an undergraduate African-American minor studies program. MORE

Teosinte is a wild grass that grows in the Mexican Sierra Madre and it looks nothing like the corn, or maize that blanket Midwestern farms. Yet 7,000 years ago, early Mesoamerican crop breeders were able to transform this bushy grass into stalk-like maize, the third most planted crop in the world after rice and wheat.

This amazing genetic feat is the subject of a discovery recently published by a team of UCSD biologists. MORE

Kudos to the following professors and researchers... MORE

Dyeing Your Genes
A few days after conception, humans are still just balls of indistinguishable cells. The specialized cells of our eyes, skin, muscles and other component parts are the result of the right genes being turned on at the right time. Biologists want to understand this process, and have long sought to visualize the gene activity in the cells of a developing organism, or growing tumor. MORE



Thirty years ago:
Triton Times
May 19, 1975
U.S. Imperialism Hit in Rally Friday on Plaza—The rally held Friday afternoon to protest U.S. military intervention in the Mayaguez incident featured five speakers talking on Indochina, . . . the raising of the Khmer Rouge flag over Revelle plaza and an appeal that the American flag replace it.

The rally was held, according to Marco LiMandri, “because of what Ford and the Congress did in Cambodia and Thailand.” LiMandri announced that the rally was being held by Students Against U.S. Aggression (SAUSA).

Twenty years ago:

May 9, 1985
Students Strike, Rally: Some 600 Classes Cancelled—Thirteen days after 1,200 students gathered to protest UC investment in South Africa’s apartheid government, an equal number rallied Tuesday in the Revelle Plaza as a sign of solidarity for the Free South Africa Coalition that has remained camped on the Humanities Library balcony.

Professor Herb Schiller addressed the gathering: “Do what you have done today. Do what you have been doing in the last two weeks. Remember, sometimes you may feel that there is nothing to be gained from this. You may be out here thinking this is just an event, nobody cares. But people in action means that you are not lobotomized.”


A selection of recent research stories. For more visit: ucsdnews.ucsd.edu

Research Park Gemini Science will become the first tenant of UCSD’s fledgling Science Research Park when its new research center is completed in the spring of 2006. The University hopes the park will become a crossroads for academic and industrial collaboration. MORE

Lonely Hearts The size and strength of a woman’s social circle may well be a factor in the health of her heart. Thomas Rutledge, assistant professor of psychiatry, reports in a National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute study that social isolation may increase the risk of death in women suspected of having heart disease. MORE

Abalone Armor Mimicking the internal structure of the red abalone’s tough shell, engineering professor Kenneth S. Vecchio has developed a material that can serve as armor, since it is stiff as steel, and half as dense. Vecchio alternated layers of aluminum and titanium alloy foils, and generated a laminate by compression and heating. MORE

Risk Factor Women with a hormone-linked condition called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may also be at increased risk for liver disease, according to a new study led by UCSD researcher Jeffrey Schwimmer. PCOS is caused by hormone imbalance, and is characterized by insulin resistance that can interfere with normal ovulation and fertility. MORE

Hot Stuff Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography have produced the first clear evidence of human-produced warming in the world’s oceans. Tim Barnett, Ph.D. ’66, and David Pierce used a combination of computer models and real-world “observed” data to capture signals of the penetration of greenhouse gas-influenced warming in the oceans. MORE