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Up Front May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

This past June, I hired one of our recent graduates, Greg Murphy, ’08, to work with me on a new project. He had expressed an interest in the Order of Tritons, a concept I had presented to our student ambassadors a few months earlier. The idea was to personally reach out each year to 1,000 alumni who had had no, or minimal, contact with UC San Diego since their graduation.

“When China wakes,” Napoleon said, “it will shake the world.” No one can doubt that this summer’s Olympics are meant to signal that that long sleep is over—if indeed any of us needed reminding. UC San Diego’s global reach is evident in the China experts it has in many disciplines, and we tapped into some of that expertise in the following pages. Professor Susan Shirk’s article, adapted from her new book The Fragile Superpower, examines the problematic nature of this new resurgent China. Professor Joseph Esherick brings us a very personal sense of Chinese history as he traces his wife’s family back 700 years. Sara Bongiorni, ’88, experienced our billion-dollar trade gap with China in a very personal way when she and her family tried to live for a year without buying any Chinese imports. She writes about her experience after she published her book A Year Without ‘Made in China’. And we take a look at another even less welcome import, in “The Brown Cloud,” the pollution threatening our own water supply, which is being monitored by Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan at UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Finally our “Looking Back” column from Ivy Chou, M.F.A. 04, relates her recent experiences working in Shanghai.



Credit: On the cover: UCSD Professor Catherine Todd is researching the AIDS/heroin connection in Afghanistan.

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Letters to the editor

A Rose By Any Other Name . . .
You wondered in your Letter from the Editor in the May issue of @UCSD whether anyone remembered University of California, La Jolla. Well, I do.

Some joked about the name by referring to the establishment as “UC L Hay.” You are aware, I assume, that several Ph.D. dissertations have the UCLJ designation on the signature page. These are probably all Scripps Institution of Oceanography students, but perhaps there were also some on the “upper campus” (as we SIO people still call all the structures on the mesa).

Betty Shor

Editor: When we were completing our May issue we received a number of letters from Alumni living in China.

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