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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

The Cost of      Catastrophe
Portraits of a Chinese      Past
Welcome to Scripps      Around the Globe

Making Waves

Digital Fish
Dancing in the Desert
Ticking down to the      "Big One"
Sixth Sense


Campus Currents May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2


Eagle Eyes on Eagle Pass
No, it’s not an early John Wayne classic movie. In June, UCSD engineers unveiled a novel, wide-area, multi-camera, computer-vision system to monitor the U.S.-Mexico border... MORE

Gach Noi
Poetry, short narratives, historical features and student quotes fill the pages of student magazine Gach Noi. MORE

Junk Genes or Treasure?
The saying “one person’s junk is another person’s treasure” may apply to more than our possessions. MORE

Visualizing China
Whether it’s the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China’s growing appetite for natural resources or the ballooning U.S. trade deficit, China is on our radar screens. MORE

The Birds and The B’s
European starlings are prodigious singers. Virtuosos of the treetop world, they produce some of the longest and most complex bouts of birdsong. MORE

Futuristic Pharmacists
It’s been a stellar year for UCSD’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy. MORE

30 Years of Interns
Working with computers one day and then jetting off to tour the Great Barrier Reef the next might not seem like your average internship... MORE

In the spring, Peter G. Wolynes, a professor in both the department of chemistry and biochemistry and the department of physics, and Veerabhadran Ramanathan, a professor of applied ocean sciences and atmospheric sciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, were selected to join the American Philosophical Society. The society, founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin, has a select group of less than 1,000 members from around the world.

Three UCSD professors have been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. Mark H. Thiemens, dean of the Division of Physical Sciences; Don W. Cleveland, a professor of Medicine, and José Onuchic, co-director of the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, were among the 72 new members and 18 foreign associates elected to the academy earlier this year “in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.”

They join 63 current members of the UCSD faculty who previously had been named to membership in the academy.

And kudos to UCSD literature professor Kathryn Shevelow, ’81, who won the top award from the Theatre Library Association for her widely acclaimed book on cross-dressing 18th-century actress Charlotte Charke. Shevelow’s book, published last year, drew admiring reviewers to her fascinating, if little-known subject.




Thirty years ago:

October 8, 1976

UCSD: Little Effect from Rare Decision
— William Byrd, director of Educational Opportunity Program at UCSD, said yesterday that the recent California State Supreme Court decision overturning special admissions practices based on race is “not really going to bother us.” His attitude reflects the general campus attitude towards the decision, which was handed down by the State Supreme Court on September 16.

Ten years ago:
September 29, 1986

Regents Approve Divestment Plan — The turmoil concerning UC investments in South Africa has been resolved this summer, putting an end to student protests, as the UC Board of Regents approved a plan to divest all of its holdings in companies doing business in that country. Members of the Coalition for a Free South Africa, an activist group on campus said, “This policy allows for a year grace period but while they are waiting to divest there are people dying in South Africa.”


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

Quiet Please! Raymond de Callafon, a UCSD professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, developed a new mathematical algorithm designed to dramatically improve noise-cancellation technologies. “Vehicles made by BMW, Mercedes, Honda, and other companies are now using it.” says de Callafon. MORE

Let there be Light Researchers
at UCSD, led by engineering professor Stojan Radic, have developed a way to “translate” optical fiber signals between the current infrared and a wide range of other bands of light. This could lead to new applications in areas such as underwater communications, spectroscopy and remote sensing. MORE

Personal Drug Screener Michael Sailor, a UCSD professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and his research team have developed a “Smart Petri Dish” that could be used to rapidly screen new drugs for toxic interactions or identify cells in the early stages of cancer. MORE

New Mouse Brain Joseph Gleeson, ’86, director of the Neurogenetics Laboratory at the UCSD School of Medicine, and his research team have developed a mouse model for a severe brain disorder in newborn children called lissencephaly, or “smooth brain.” It is the first study that shows the
condition can be modeled in the lab. MORE

The French Connection The Rady School at UCSD announced a collaboration with INSEAD, a French business school, to offer executive education courses. This is the first time INSEAD has collaborated on one of
its programs in the United States. MORE

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