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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
Looking Back: Thoughts on UCSD
Credits: Staff and Contributors
On the Job: Palestinian Drama
The Intellectual Eatery
AIDS In Kabul
The Kite Runner
40 Years A-Growing
Making Waves
King of the Reefs
Police Pursuit
Iceberg Hotspots
Silent Desert
Hopping Robot


Campus Currents

May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2


Alumni Go All In, Aboard John Wayne’s Wild Goose Yacht

Attendees experienced a glimpse of “the good life” as they raised the stakes while touring the Newport harbor.


UCSD Regional Burn Center:
In the Eye of the Firestorm

“By Sunday afternoon (October 21st, 2007), we knew we had a big, big problem...


Extension Extends
The newest location for UCSD Extension, the continuing education arm of the University, is off to a healthy start.


Thick and Thin Study Finds Weight Is ‘Socially Contagious’
Are your friends making you fat? Or keeping you slender? The short answer on both counts seems to be 'yes'.


Gorilla Sperm, Laser Tweezers
What do the vintage sci-fi TV series Star Trek and gorilla sperm have in common?


Knotty Science
A computer program translates the crossings of string into mathematical fingerprints.


Vital Vitamin
Vitamin D—a 1930s miracle nutrient— banished the crippling disorder rickets from America’s sun-starved factory towns when it was used as a milk fortifier.


Fostering Community
“Every student, a niche” is the motto of Penny Rue, Ph.D., the newly appointed V.C. for student affairs at UC San Diego.


Fuel from Pond Scum
Ethanol from corn, recently hyped as the nation’s salvation from foreign petroleum, probably isn’t the energy-saving breakthrough many had hoped.


Our Own Downtown
Next time you return to campus, why not saunter up the sweeping grand stairs of the Price Center, past the brand new Triton statue, through the sun-lit atrium to The Loft, a lounge where you can relax with a glass of wine.


Sports Shorts

UCSD Alumni Association Announces Top Award Recipients

Honorees to be recognized at June reception.

Appointment of New Assistant Vice Chancellor for Alumni Affairs

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Armin Afsahi, '90 as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Alumni Affairs and Executive Director of the UCSD Alumni Association.

Sports Shorts

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

•5,056: Number of Bachelor degrees awarded in 2007.

•4,100: September 2007 freshman enrollment

•27,500: September 2007 overall enrollment

•45,072: Number of applications received for 4,100 freshman spaces

•3.93: Grade point average of incoming freshmen in 2007

•63: Percentage of nonwhite students in 2007 freshman class

•550: Number of UCSD Peace Corps volunteers since 2002

•4: UCSD’s ranking by Washington Monthly out of 242 universities, “ based on their tangible contributions to the public interest”

Brian G. Keating, an assistant professor of physics, and Katerina Akassoglou, an assistant professor of pharmacology, were among this year’s 56 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.

John Orcutt, ’76 SIO, professor of geophysics, has received the prestigious Marine Technology Society’s Lockheed Martin Award for Excellence in Ocean Science and Engineering.

Igor Grant, professor and executive vice-chair of the department of psychiatry, received the top national award from the National Academy of Neuropsychology. NAN also awarded Steven Woods, the society’s “Early Career Award” and Robin Hilsabeck, the “Early Career Service Award.”

Ivan Schuller, professor of physics, and Belgian physicist Yvan Bruynseraede have been awarded the 2007 Sômiya Award for International Collaboration in Materials Research.

Historian Eric Van Young, interim dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities at UCSD, has been elected a corresponding member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences.

Biologist Steven P. Briggs, science historian Naomi Oreskes, Palmer Taylor, dean of the School of Pharmacy, and medical researcher Jason X. Yuan have been awarded the distinction of “fellow” by the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Literature Professor Rae Armantrout’s new book of poetry Next Life has been singled out by The New York Times as one of the 100 notable books of the year.


February 2, 1998
WINTER WONDERLAND—From all indications, UCSD’s first Winterfest concert was a success. The bands Goldfish, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Dance Hall Crashers performed for 2,500 to 3,000 concertgoers last Saturday in the RIMAC arena. Event organizers dressed up the inside of the arena with a winter theme. Decorations
included a giant inflated snowman, ice sculptures of snowflakes and a skier.

April 14, 1988
FOOTBALL FEE REFERENDUM FAILS—For the second year in a row, efforts to establish a Division III football team have failed, and the issue may be tabled for some time. Last year, a similar football referendum didn ’t pass because not enough students voted. Last year’s referendum called for a $6.50 increase.

January 9, 1978
THREE FILE SUIT AGAINST UCSD ABORTION POLICY—Three UCSD students filed suit December 12 in Superior Court challenging that portion of their registration fees that provides for abortions through the mandatory health insurance program. This early action comes months after an earlier measure taken by the three students—that of placing their fall quarter registration fee payments in trust.

February 15, 1978
STUDENTS HIT TT’S CIA RECRUITMENT AD—A group of about 40 persons gathered outside the Triton Times office yesterday to protest the newspaper’s printing of a CIA recruitment ad. The protestors then marched to the Career Planning and Placement Office, where the CIA applications are available, tore the applications in half and threw them away.


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

Degrees of Nano Jacobs School of Engineering has just launched a new Department of NanoEngineering—one of the first in the nation—focusing on biomedical nanotechnology, nanotechnologies for energy conversion, computational nanotechnology, and molecular and nanomaterials.

Polarbear UCSD’s Division of Physical Sciences has received a $400,000 award toward the construction of a telescope dubbed Polarbear (Polarization of Background Radiation). Physicists hope
to measure gravitational waves from the Big Bang.

Hope for Hepatitis The journal Nature reported in October that a team of researchers led by Michael David, an associate professor of biological sciences at UC San Diego, has discovered a completely new mechanism that mammalian cells employ to fight infections of the Hepatitis C virus.

Solar Business UCSD’s Rady School of Management announced the installation of an 18 kilowatt Kyocera solar power system atop Otterson Hall, a new facility for the Rady School. This student-driven project makes the Rady School one of the first business schools in the country to use solar panels.

Autism Center One of six Autism Centers of Excellence in the country has been established at UC San Diego, by the National Institutes of Health. It will be directed by Eric Courchesne, professor of neurosciences.

Joint Pain The results of a study of cannabis use led Mark Wallace, professor of anesthesiology at UCSD, and published in the November issue of the journal Anesthesiology, showed that a low dose
of cannabis had no effect, a medium dose provided moderate pain relief, and a high dose increased the pain response.

Sound Check—Part Deux The Department of Music at UCSD recently released “Sound Check Two,” a CD curated by Professor Miller Puckette showcasing some of the department’s most experimental work from the past 15 years.