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Campus Currents

May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2
   

STORIES FROM UCSD

“And the Golden Chopsticks Go To…”

Professor Paul Pickowicz and his students add a Chinese twist to Oscar Night at the Golden Chopsticks Film Festival.

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Robots Don't Drown
Canyonview Pool on the UC San Diego campus hosts underwater robots competition June 26 to 28, 2008.

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A Fun Gallery’s “Beginning”

The University Art Gallery reopens.

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Surya’s Gift
Veerabhadran Ramanathan vividly remembers the family kitchen in his grandfather’s village home in India.

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New Leadership at Alumni Affairs
The newest location for UCSD Extension, the continuing education arm of the University, is off to a healthy start.

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Treasures from The Sea
A recent series of discoveries is helping unlock the secrets of this ocean bacterium that has shown promise in fighting human diseases.

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Hemp Walls and Renewable Plastics
Hemp window frames and plastics made by microbes? Not so far-fetched.

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And the Beat Goes On
Steven Schick is probably best known on campus for two things: the wildly popular course on the Beatles that he taught for 16 years; and “red fish, blue fish,” a contemporary percussion group comprised of his graduate students...

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No Stampedes in Silicone Hotel
Determining how bacteria organize colonies.

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Fifteen Candles!
When it transmitted its first signal from an antenna atop La Jolla’s Mt. Soledad in 1993, UCSD-TV had a big vision

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A Unique Beast
Researchers discover a protein that could lead to the development of new diabetes drugs.

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Alternative Classrooms
While drowsy 8 a.m. classes may not be entirely behind us, more and more undergraduates are out conducting independent research in local communities, across cyberspace and in exotic locales from Tlacuitapa, Jalisco, Mexico to Mumbai, India.

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

•11: Rank in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
100 best-value public colleges

•10: Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry’s national rank in research funding

•47,364: Number of applicants for fall
2008 admission

•19,690: Number of freshmen admitted for fall 2008

•2.7: Percentage increase of freshmen to be admitted for 2008

•8.4: Percentage of freshmen admitted for fall 2008 from San Diego and Imperial Counties

•44.5: Percentage of freshmen admitted for fall 2008 from Los Angeles

•24.2: Percentage of freshmen admitted for fall 2008 from San Francisco

•12: Percentage of UCSD’s annual revenues that come from the state

•7: National rank in National Academy of Sciences memberships

KUDOS
The University won top honors in the fourth annual San Diego Excellence in Energy (SANDEE) Awards for its response to the October wildfires, its alternative transportation programs and Green Campus programs. Science historian Naomi Oreskes, whose work has played a role in establishing a clear consensus about global warming among scientists, has been appointed to serve as provost of UCSD’s Sixth College, starting in July. Theatre professor Marianne McDonald was inducted into the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame in March. The author of 24 books, her plays have been performed from the Old Globe Theatre to Ireland. Professor Robert Hecht-Nielsen, director of the Confabulation Neuroscience Laboratory in Calit2 at UC San Diego accepted the Outstanding Engineer award from the San Diego County Engineering Council (SDCEC) in February. Jacobs School of Engineering professor Paul Siegel was elected to the National Academy of Engineering “for the invention and development of advanced coding techniques for digital recording systems.”

Charles von Gunten, M.D., Ph.D., associate clinical professor of Medicine, was the 2007 recipient of the Sarnat Distinguished Humanitarian Award, given by the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in recognition of outstanding scientific and humanitarian achievement in hospice and palliative care.

Professor Robert Hecht-Nielsen, a pioneer in artificial intelligence and neural networks.

ENCORE


TEN YEARS AGO
May 4, 1998
SUN GOD LINEUP ANNOUNCED
This year ’s Sun God evening concert will be headlined by punk-rock band Social Distortion. Hip-hop group The Roots and local band D Frost round out the rest of the concert lineup.

TWENTY YEARS AGO
May 16, 1988
CARRUTHERS ORDERS CHÉ CAFÉ CLOSED—Ché was closed over the weekend by University Center Director Jim Carruthers for endangering “the public health,” but members of the Ché planned to resist by holding a free breakfast at 8 a.m. this morning. Over 300 flyers and several banners were made by Ché members last night in preparation for an anticipated attempt by the UCSD police to close the restaurant.



THIRTY YEARS AGO
May 15, 1978
GUARDS SURROUND MCELROY’S COMPLEX—The arrest of 21 students Friday afternoon ended a three-day sit-in in Chancellor McElroy’s office protesting the refusal of the Advisory Committee on Student Fee Programs to fund the UCSD Day Care Center. About 100 protestors had occupied McElroy’s office since Wednesday morning, refusing to leave until adequate funding was provided for the center.

FORTY YEARS AGO
May 24, 1968
RACIAL DISCUSSION ENDS IN CONFRONTATION—The designation by the A.S. Senate of last Friday as a day of racial discussion in honor of Malcolm X, whose birthday was the 19th, had various effects upon the UCSD community, the most dramatic of which was a confrontation between Provost Saltman and several students.

E-CLIPPINGS

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

Self-Eating Secrets Molecular biologists at UCSD have found one piece of the complex puzzle of autophagy, the process of “self-eating” performed by all cells with a nucleus to keep themselves healthy. This could help illuminate autophagy’s role in aging, immunity and cancer.

GULF WAR ILLNESSES Researchers led by Professor Larry R. Squire, Ph.D.,
at UCSD School of Medicine, have shown there is increasing evidence that high rates of illness in Persian Gulf War Veterans can be explained, in part, by exposure to certain chemicals, including pesticides and nerve agents.

Fish, Eyes The Shiley Eye Center
at UCSD is participating in a study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) designed to determine if a modified combination of vitamins, minerals and fish oil can further slow vision loss from age-related macular degeneration.

Chips with Everything A team
of electrical engineers led by Professor Gabriel Rebeiz, have developed the world’s most complex “phased array”—or radio frequency integrated circuit. They expect it will be used in U.S. defense satellite communication and radar systems.

Surgery Without Scars Natural orifice surgery has been pioneered by
Dr. Mark Talamini of UCSD. This involves going through the nose, mouth, rectum, bladder and even vagina, and promises less pain, a faster recovery and no scars.

Quaking at Salton Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, report that the Salton Trough, just east of San Diego, is one of the most tectonically active places in North America and will likely produce the Big One.