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Looking Back: Thoughts on UCSD
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Diego Rock
Autism: The Epidemic
It's the End of the      World As We Know It
Bear Essentials

Making Waves

Angel of Death Online
Bye-Bye Camp      Matthews
Da Vinci Part Deux
Hot Pursuit
Venice and Muddy      Waters
Eel City





Campus Currents May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2


Fieldworkers on the Frontera
Twenty-one UCSD undergraduates journeyed south of the border last January to learn firsthand what brings untold numbers of Mexican migrants north.             MORE

Quasar Quandary
Astronomers have long assumed that quasars are among the farthest and fastest moving objects in the universe. MORE

Roaming with Wi-Fi
Road warriors, you may no longer have to quarantine yourselves in an airport lounge or Starbucks to Wi-Fi the Internet. New software invented by computer scientists at UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering now makes it possible to really ‘roam’ with a laptop, PDA or Wi-Fi phone. MORE

Running, Walking, Standing...
Come on back and celebrate 10 years of the 5K that’s turning into one of UCSD’s biggest parties. Whether you walk, run, or just watch, come and join the 1,500 faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends on campus for the 10th anniversary Chancellor’s Challenge 5K Run/Walk for Scholars. MORE

Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie gained notoriety with his 1989 book Satanic Verses and the consequent death sentence issued by the former Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. MORE

Self Cleaning Air
We’ve all benefited from catalytic converters and their reduction of automobile emissions. Now UCSD chemists have discovered that chemical processes in the atmosphere itself are removing hydrocarbons at a faster rate than once believed. MORE

Starve a Tumor
Like an expanding city lobbying for more freeways, growing tumors need to stimulate the development of new blood vessels. As a tumor grows, cells in its center find their oxygen supply reduced, and respond by sending out chemical signals that make blood vessels proliferate. MORE

Who’s in Third?
What’s in a name? To many UCSD alumni, Third by any other name does not smell as sweet. In a survey in the Campus Loop e-newsletter, 64 percent of alumni who attended a college while it was still unnamed identified with the number, and only 36 percent identified with the new name.          MORE

Teacher’s Little Helper-Bots
The children hug RUBI, but she doesn’t hug them back—at least not yet. That’s because she’s still a developing humanoid robot. RUBI, aka Robot Using Bayesian Inference, is the evolving creation of the Machine Perception Laboratory at UCSD. MORE

WIISARD Performs its Magic
Hazmat officers dressed in yellow safety suits pick their way through the simulated wreckage of a terrorist attack at San Diego’s Cruise Ship Terminal. They are closely followed by computer-science graduate student Neil McCurdy, wearing his own emergency gear: a helmet with a built-in video camera; a wireless modem connecting him to a mobile command post nearby.         MORE

Kudos to the following professors. MORE




Thirty years ago:

October 1, 1975

Imbalance Limits UC San Diego to Two-Year Accreditation: UC San Diego had an unorganized administrative structure and a heavy imbalance between sciences and humanities in 1973, reported the accreditation team that visited the campus that year. The team, while “much impressed with the hospitality, friendliness and frankness of faculty, students and administration,” also criticized UCSD’s self-study report as being “most inadequate and incomplete.” UCSD was seeking a 10-year ccreditation then; it received two years.

Twenty years ago:

October 3, 1985

An Ugly Story: In the early morning hours of March 6 an estimated 14 persons calling themselves the “United Paisley Army” covered University buildings, signs and pavement with 300 to 400 paisley motifs and assorted slogans. Three months later, Leanne Okada, a 21-year-old psychology major at UCSD, was sentenced by the State of California for her role in the affair. The state pressed for full restitution of $8,000. UCSD demanded that Okada be suspended for two quarters and contribute 50 hours of community service work to the University. The overall “paisley affair,” she said, was “non-political, non-social—there was no statement. It was just art—a stupid, ugly paisley just for the hell of it.”


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

Hollow Legs: The first-ever study of its kind has found that children as young as 12 can show a genetic-driven trend toward alcoholism. Lead researcher Marc Schuckit, M.D., professor of psychiatry at UCSD edical School, noted that the relative resistance to alcohol, the “hollow leg” effect, contributes significantly to the risk of alcoholism.

Crib DEATH: High outdoor levels of nitrogen dioxide apparently raise the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), according to H. Klonoff-Cohen, M.D., from UCSD, who along with colleagues linked air pollutant data obtained from the California Air Resources Board with occurrences of SIDS.

Vaccinating Genetic Diseases: Researchers at the School of Medicine working with scientists at ElanPharmaceuticals reported promising results for a vaccine to treat Parkinson’s. Eliezer Masliah, M.D., professor of Neurosciences and Pathology, used a combination of the protein that abnormally accumulates in the brains of Parkinson’s patients and an adjuvant, to vaccinate mice as test subjects. MORE

Dangerous Dieting: Women who suffer from anorexia have an overactivity of dopamine receptors in a part of the brain known to play a role in how people learn from experience and make choices, according to a new study, published in Biological Psychiatry, led by UCSD child psychiatry fellow Guido Frank, M.D. MORE

Tiny Tubing: Sungho Jin, a professor of materials science, reported a technique to create bent nanotubes by manipulating the electric field during their growth. The technical advance could lead to use of the long, thin cylinders of carbon in many nanotechnology applications. MORE