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Campus Currents May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2
   

STORIES FROM UCSD

Video Visiting Iraq
Seven-week old Ryan Stepenosky was fussing on his mother’s lap. Whenever she stopped bouncing him on her knee, he would pucker up and grimace. MORE

Showcase
An Australian violinist who plays on wire fences. Time Inc.’s former Editor-in-Chief Norman Pearlstine. John Cleese, of Monty Python fame. MORE

Experimenting on our Ape Cousins
“All the chimpanzees in the world,” says James J. Moore, “could probably fit into the seats of one large football stadium.” MORE

UCSD's Mexican Connections
UCSD is looking south, with initiatives designed to improve co-operation and quality of life on both sides of the border.  MORE

Lasers and Strokes
A traffic jam in a major artery through town is enough to give any commuter a headache. Traffic jams in the brain’s arteries can have much more dire consequences and are trickier to study. MORE

Musical Fusions
Fusing cultures has been a central theme for classical composer Chinary Ung, who joined UCSD’s music faculty in 1995. Born in Cambodia, Ung has explored ways of expressing his eastern roots within the context of Western classical music. MORE

Sea of Genes
We are, it seems, surrounded by a sea of genes. Since 2003, Sorcerer II has crisscrossed the world’s oceans, dropping its anchor every 200 miles and harvesting samples of microbial life. MORE

Better Bacterial Killer
A UCSD research team has discovered that drugs that help white blood cells up the ante against bacteria have potential as treatments for difficult infections, including those caused by invasive (“flesh-eating”) Streptococcus bacteria. MORE

Kudos
Four UCSD faculty have been named Guggenheim Fellows for 2006: Anthony Davis, professor of music; Robert Edelman, professor of history; John Skrentny, professor of sociology and Joel Sobel, professor of economics. Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of “distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.”

Thomas Levy, professor of anthropology and Judaic studies has been appointed as the first chair holder of the Norma Kershaw Endowed Chair in the Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Neighboring Lands.

Marianne McDonald, professor of Theatre and Dance was awarded the American Philological Association “Outreach Prize” in February for her work popularizing classic literature.

Scripps scientist Paul Dayton was honored with the first Margalef Prize, a new Ecology prize from Spain.

 

 

ENCORE

Thirty years ago:

May 1, 1986


UCSD demonstrator arrested
: Since Thursday, April 24, approximately 25 UCSD students have been occupying the Career Services Center specifically to protest the on-campus military recruitment by the CIA, FBI, INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service), and further use of student fees to fund such services.
Intended to be a form of protest against military recruitment on campus, an anti-war demonstrator threw a bucket of red paint on an ROTC table in Revelle Plaza, splattering ROTC literature, 2 ROTC recruiters and a flag, said campus police.

Ten years ago:
May 13, 1996

UCSD Scientist Killed Outside Home: Two skateboarders found the bodies of
an internationally known and respected UCSD neuroscientist and his 13-year-old daughter early Wednesday morning.
Tsunao Saitoh, a professor of neurosciences at the UCSD School of Medicine, was discovered slumped over the wheel of his car at 1:36 a.m. His daughter Loullie, was found lying several feet away in the house’s driveway.

E-CLIPPINGS

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

Top Ten: According to U.S. News
& World Report,
six UC San Diego Ph.D.
programs in the biological sciences, physical sciences and computer sciences are ranked among the top 10 in the nation. UCSD is also one of only five research universities to have both a medical school and engineering school ranked in the top 15. MORE

Pollution in Paradise: Scripps Oceanography scientist Veerabhadran Ramanathan reported that instrument-bearing autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (AUAVs) completed 18 successful data-gathering missions in pollution-filled skies over the Maldives, an island chain nation south of India. They observed
conditions below, inside and above clouds simultaneously, to find out how pollution particles contribute to the formation of clouds and the dimming that results. MORE

From La Jolla to Addis Ababa: The Pathology Department of the Addis Ababa University (AAU) and UCSD’s School of Medicine have been awarded National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for a collaborative research project. MORE

Hush Hush: UCSD researchers have designed a new algorithm to dramatically improve noise-cancellation technologies. They report in the April issue of the Journal of Sound and Vibration that the new technique improves the ability to generate anti-noise signals that combine with and destroy unwanted sounds. MORE

Fish Boom: A Scripps study of marine populations over the last 15 years shows that the inhabitants of a deep-sea area of the eastern North Pacific Ocean have increased by threefold. The scientists report in the March issue of the journal Ecology that the upsurge appears to have been driven by an increase in the food available. MORE