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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

Campus Canoodling
Class Conscious
Summer Splash
Steppin' Out
Hittin the High Notes

Making Waves
He's Got the World in His Hands
Din the Depths
Scalable City
Polyprophylene Pyramid
Red Revolution On I-15

Campus Currents May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2


On The Road Again
Concerned about the autism epidemic or worried about global warming? Last year in Santa Monica, approximately 120 alumni turned up to hear Laura Schreibman, professor of psychology, talk about her latest research on autism. MORE

T.V. Doctors
Looking for medical information? Want to know what our UCSD doctors do? What they specialize in? UCSD School of Medicine’s ongoing series “MDTV” has been providing educational television programming for over 10 years. MORE

Booming at the Bottom
A recent study by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography has provided a rare glimpse into a deep-sea world 13,000 feet below the surface of the eastern North Pacific Ocean. MORE

Urban Bush Women 101
Innovative Response to the 2006 Undergraduate Satisfaction Report Is UCSD a place that students want to revisit as alums?


Solving the Math (and Science) Problem
European starlings are prodigious singers. Virtuosos of the treetop world, they produce some of the longest and most complex bouts of birdsong. MORE

Personalizing Prescriptions
Treating disease has traditionally been a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Tailoring treatments to an individual’s unique genes is unrealistic given current DNA sequencing methods: it takes months and millions of dollars to sequence a human genome.


Sweet, bitter, savory and now sour. These aren’t the latest fads in snack mix. They are the basic tastes that Charles Zuker, a professor in UCSD’s Division of Biological Sciences, and his colleagues have demystified over the past seven years.


Undergoing orthopedic surgery on a damaged knee is difficult, but post-op rehabilitation can often be worse. After surgery, doctors usually recommend that patients place weight on the affected limb as soon as possible, but pain, weakness and instability often deter a patient from doing essential therapeutic exercise. MORE

By the Numbers
Some feel-good Triton facts and figures.
11: UCSD’s national rank in September 2006 issue of Kiplinger Personal Finance, on offering a “first-class education at bargain prices.”

10: UCSD’s ranking by the National Research Council for quality of faculty and graduate programs.

7: UCSD’s ranking by the National Science Foundation in federal research and development.

5: UCSD’s national rank in federal R&D expenditures.




Thirty years ago:

February 4, 1977
Beginning next quarter, “no smoking” signs will be placed in all UCSD classrooms and teaching laboratories. Currently, smoking is only banned in certain areas of the campus libraries.

February 11, 1977
STAFF MEMBERS RECEIVE JOB THREATS—Five black UCSD staff employees have received notes through the campus mail telling them, in effect, to “quit your job or else.” The notes, which have been examined by the Triton Times, were signed “K.K.K.”

Twenty years ago:
February 12, 1987

—An arrest was made Tuesday morning for the murder of UCSD freshman Cyrus Lam. Roderick Michael Mathewson, 19, of Thousand Oaks was arrested by San Diego Police detectives at his home. “The motive for the homicide appears to be an argument over a mutual girlfriend.”


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

Anti-Hoarding Pills Sanjaya Saxena, M.D., director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (OCD) Program at the School of Medicine, reports in the Journal of Psychiatric Research that the serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SRI) medication, paroxetine, is effective in treating patients with compulsive hoarding syndrome.

Biggest Byte of All Richard Moore, director of production systems at the San Diego Supercomputer Center and his colleagues can now store 25 petabytes—that’s 25 million billion bytes. This phenomenal storage capacity gives UCSD more storage capacity than any other educational institution in the world.

Birds of a Different Feather
A new study, conducted by UCSD
researchers and led by James Goodson,
associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, has found that particular neurons in the medial extended amygdala respond differently to social cues in birds that live in colonies compared with their more solitary cousins.

Play that Thingee Amy Alexander, an assistant professor in visual arts at UCSD, is one of a new brand of music maestros (“Livecoding” practitioners) turning programming into performance. Wired.com reports that she has written her own commands in Macromedia Director’s Lingo scripting language to create a custom suite she calls Thingee.

Good Day Sunshine In a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers at UCSD’s Moores Cancer Center have shown a clear association between deficiency in exposure to sunlight, and the onset of ovarian cancer. It provides new support for the theory that vitamin D might play a role in the prevention of cancer.