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Up Front: Letters to and from the editor
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

Dr. Watson, I Presume
The Intimidata
Mao's China
Killer Tomatoes
On The Job: Critics

Making Waves
Bullet-Proof Teeth
Optical Origami
800-Eye Superfly
Not So Happy Feet
Wakonda's Dreamcatcher
Methane Monsters

Campus Currents May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2


First Athletic Scholarships
On February 2, 2007, students voted to add $78 to their athletic activities fee, meeting requirements for Division II athletic scholarships. MORE

Food for Thought
Are carbohydrates good or bad? What are the benefits of fiber? Can a good diet prevent cancer? And perhaps most important for a cookbook: How can I eat healthily and still enjoy my food? MORE

The Bering Bridge?
When did the Bering Land Bridge become the Bering Strait? When and how did the first Americans cross from Asia? MORE

Cell Talk
Changing the chemical languages that nerve cells use to communicate. MORE

Back to the Future
South America’s indigenous Aymara have a radically different metaphoric mapping of time. MORE

New Anorexia Treatments
A nationally recognized authority on eating disorders says that an intervention program aimed at families of anorexic patients offers promising treatment for a disease that currently results in death in approximately 10 percent of all cases. MORE

The Da Vinci Detective
Maurizio Seracini, '73 will head a new interdisciplinary center at UC San Diego.


Celebrating Excellence
Spotlights, music, Taiko drummers, a glowing bar and a global al fresco dinner kicked off of an evening to celebrate the 29th annual Alumni Awards for Excellence on Saturday, June 2, 2007, hosted by the UCSD Alumni Association.


Alumni Leadership Scholars Announced

Twenty-seven junior and senior students have been named Alumni Leadership Scholars for 2007-2008.  Among the diverse recipients of the $2,000, two-year award are a future oceanographer, veterinarian, teacher, doctor, journalist, civil rights attorney, businessman and dancer.



By the Numbers
Some feel-good Triton facts and figures.

• 1: U.S. Ranking for UCSD Graduate Neuroscience Program by the National Research Council.

• 9: World ranking for UCSD in engineering, technology and computer sciences by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

• 30: Percentage of UCSD waste recycled (over 2,500 tons) in 2006.

• 15: Percentage UCSD fleet’s fuel emissions were reduced by using biodiesel in 2006.




Twenty years ago:

May 18, 1987
was arrested by the Federal Bureau
of Investigation (FBI) last Thursday
afternoon for allegedly biting an agent on the hand during a scuffle that apparently began when the student photographed
the agent.

Thirty years ago:

May 16, 1977
KOALA PROPOSED AS NEW MASCOT—In an effort to generate enthusiasm, the Alumni and Friends, UC San Diego, have proposed that the nickname of the campus be changed from the Triton to the Koala.

June 8, 1977
—Three-hundred and fifty people held a rally at Revelle plaza and marched to the chancellor’s complex Friday to protest the University of California’s investments in corporations active in South Africa. The demonstration was held in conjunction with protest actions staged at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz.

Forty years ago:
May 26, 1967
(The first issue of the Triton Times)
RADIO KSDT COMES ALIVE—Radio KSDT, UCSD’s student-operated radio station, plans to go on the air at the beginning of the fall quarter. Operating from the future Matthews Commons Facility, located behind Behring Hall, KSDT will broadcast to both the Revelle and Matthews dorms.


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

T.B. in Tijuana A two-year project to support Mexico’s efforts to control and prevent tuberculosis in Tijuana, is to be spearheaded by Richard Garfein, Ph.D., of the UCSD School of Medicine. MORE

Sharing H.I.V. Therapies Online To help determine the best therapies for patients with H.I.V., seven medical centers around the country, including UCSD, are creating the first electronic network to pool information. MORE

Violent Genesis A team of scientists including UCSD physicist Gerardo Dominguez has examined the first samples brought to Earth from a comet. They confirm that our early solar system was a violent place in which dust and gas underwent considerable mixing. MORE

Finding Their Way Researchers at the UCSD School of Medicine have discovered how neutrophils—specialized white blood cells that play key roles in the body's immune defense against bacteria—navigate to sites of infection and inflammation. This could lead to new treatments for inflammatory diseases in patients. MORE

Sand Saver If only Santa Catalina Island were bigger. According to a new study by scientists at UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, even at its smallish size, Catalina’s rocky bulk shelters beaches from Oceanside to Los Angeles from giant winter waves and helps them retain sand. MORE

Copper Time On June 10, 2007, the San Diego Museum of Man will present a display of pre-biblical archaeology from Israel called “Journey to the Copper Age.” It is based on a National Geographic expedition led by Thomas Levy, a UCSD professor of archeology. MORE