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Campus Currents: UCSD Stories
Shelf Life: Books
Cliff Notes: Student life and sports
Class Notes: Alumni profiles
Campaign Update: Imagine the Future
Looking Back: Thoughts on UCSD
Credits: Staff and Contributors

Provoking Thinkers
Beating the Odds
Welcome to the      Wonder Years at      Calit2
Da Vinci Decoded

Making Waves

(Sea)Horse Whisperer
Argo and the Drifters
Triton Spidermen
Carry On
These Shoes Were      Made for Running





Campus Currents May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2


Fetal Surgery
Oceanside residents Millie Taulau and her husband, Tino, were devastated when their unborn twin boys were diagnosed with an often-fatal condition called Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS). MORE

Women's Center
The Women’s Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special birthday gift, a brand new facility in the original Student Center. MORE

Slip Slidin' Away
The landslides that struck rain-soaked California in 2005 were tragic reminders that we need a better early warning system for these natural disasters. MORE

The Phage Factory
It sounds like a cousin of the Borg from Star Trek, drifting through space in search of prey. And in its own micro universe a phage is just as deadly as its fictional relative.        MORE

The Picky Fiddler Crab
The California real estate market isn’t just tough on humans. Male California fiddler crabs need to have the right home or they may not be able to attract a female. MORE

Sound Scholarship
The clang and clatter of the early twentieth century is music to Emily Thompson’s ears—or, at least, fodder for her unusual scholarship. MORE

New Cancer Center
Harsh realities shaped the blueprint for the new Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center building. It takes up to $800 million and 15 years to bring a new drug to market—and patients with advanced cancer can’t wait. MORE

Martial Arts and Mariachis
One night you’ll get virtuoso mariachi music, another night it’ll be the Crouching Tiger Concerto while a screen shows the Ang Lee movie. MORE

Kudos to the following professors and researchers. MORE




Thirty years ago:

January 14, 1976

Classroom Smoking Ban Suggested by Muir Council
: The Muir College Council will have its first meeting of the quarter this week. Up for discussion is a suggested smoking ban in classrooms and preparation for the visit of the Accreditation Association to UCSD this spring.

Ten years ago:
January 16, 1996

SRTV Begins Programming: Last week, SRTV — the only, completely
student-run television station in the UC system—became a reality. Currently, SRTV is on the air Monday through Friday, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. SRTV is a closed-circuit broadcast on channel 18 of Triton Cable and is available in all cable-equipped campus residences. In addition, KSDT’s signal will be sent out over SRTV during the new station’s off-air hours.


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

Nuclear Fallout: This fall, two UCSD physics professors, Kim Griest and Jorge Hirsch, started a petition to oppose a new U.S. Defense Department proposal, allowing the United States to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states. As of December, over 1,400 physicists have signed it. MORE

Stem Cells: In September, the State Stem Cell Agency awarded UCSD $3.6 million to expand the number of scientists trained to use stem cells in research and clinical settings. The funds will help provide interdisciplinary training in stem-cell biology and medicine for 16 scientists.           MORE

Mini Medicine: UCSD received
$3.9 million from the National Cancer Institute in October to establish a Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence. The UCSD center will use nanotechnology to develop anti-cancer therapies that
directly target tumor cells; more accurate and faster diagnostics; and ways to track
down cancer cells that survive therapy.       MORE

Expanding Datastar: The San Diego Supercomputer Center at UCSD has expanded the capacity and capability of
its new DataStar supercomputer. Through the addition of 96 8-way IBM Power 4+ p655 compute nodes, SDSC’s users will now have access to one of the nation’s largest computers, which is available to the open academic community. MORE

Meltdown: An article in the November 17 issue of Nature says that greenhouse gases, which result in warmer climates, will have a significant influence on ice- and snow-dependent regions. The article by Scripps Institution’s Tim Barnett, ’66, and Jennifer Adam, along with Dennis Lettenmaier of the University of Washington, concludes that there will be costly disruptions to water supply and resource management systems. MORE