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Campus Currents

May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2
   

STORIES FROM UCSD

StarCAVE Voyagers
It sounds like a ride at Universal Studios. The media have compared it to Star Trek’s Holodeck and the X-men’s Danger Room, but the StarCAVE on the UC San Diego campus is not science fiction.

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A Whale of a Time

The majestic animals leave their Alaskan feeding grounds in October and swim an epic 12,000 miles to breed and give birth in the lagoons of Baja California. They pass by San Diego in early December and head northward again by late March.

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Obama Transition Team
President-elect Barack Obama views climate change and U.S. trade as top priorities. So it’s no surprise that he has tapped two UC San Diego scholars to be leaders for his transition teams

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College Chatter
A roundup of news from the six colleges.

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KUDOS
Margaret E. McCahill, clinical professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the School of Medicine, and medical director at St. Vincent de Paul Village, has been chosen to receive the 2008 Physician Humanitarian Award from the Medical Board of California.

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Slime Time
For engineer Eric Lauga, the secret is in the slime—snail slime that is. Lauga, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UC San Diego, has revealed a new mode of propulsion based on how water snails move.

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Night of the Living Plants
Most of us assume plants grow at a slow and steady rate throughout the day and night. But more than a century ago, Charles Darwin found it wasn’t so. He observed that plants grow in regular nightly spurts, with plant stems elongating fastest in the hours just before dawn.

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40 YEARS of UCSD MEDICINE

Is there a doctor in the house? With the celebration of its 40th anniversary, UC San Diego School of Medicine can now answer with a resounding “Yes, 3,900!”

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Masters of Fire
It is a rare glimpse into a culture of craftsmen who trace their work and bloodlines back nearly 1,000 years.

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Winning a NOBEL

The Nobel Prize committee decided to recognize Professor Roger Tsien for helping elucidate how the Green Fluorescent Protein, known as GFP, works.

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By the Numbers

In celebration of the UC San Diego School of Medicine’s 40th

•3,900: Number of medical school alumni


•5: Ranking among the nation’s public schools of medicine, U.S. News and World Report


•14: Ranking among all U.S. schools of medicine, U.S. News and World Report


•2: Ranking in National Institutes of Health

research funding per faculty member


•1968: Class had 44 students; 25 percent women

•2011: Class has 134 students; 60 percent women

ENCORE


TEN YEARS AGO

April 1, 1999
GROUND BROKEN FOR PREUSS SCHOOL — UCSD Chancellor Robert Dynes and other University and community leaders gathered Tuesday morning to break ground for the $13.1 million Preuss School at UCSD. Construction of the school … is expected to be completed in the fall of 2000. It will accept 150 students from grades six through eight.

TWENTY YEARS AGO
April 20, 1989
PRICE CENTER OPENS — There is an unmistakable bigness to this occasion. It’s been over five years in the making, it is 167,000 square feet in size, and cost $19.4 million. Unless you neither read nor listen to legends, you know it’s showtime. The Price Center, UCSD’s megacenter for cultural, social and intellectual pursuits, is now open.

THIRTY YEARS AGO
Feb. 23, 1979
FORD ON CAMPUS — UCSD saw former President Gerald R. Ford for the first time yesterday and campus reaction ranged from laughter at some verbal faux pas before a lower-division political science class to a standing ovation at Mandeville Auditorium.

April 27, 1979
‘QUESTION AUTHORITY’ SWEEPS ELECTIONS — Led by two razor-thin victories, the Question Authority slate swept into office in the A.S. election yesterday.

FORTY YEARS AGO
Feb. 18, 1969
MARCUSE REHIRED — Chancellor William McGill announced Sunday his intention to rehire Dr. Marcuse for the 1969-70 academic year. He revealed that the report of the secret Ad Hoc faculty committee of five members had, after a five-month study, found Marcuse to be “one of the leading philosophers in the world, and a teacher of remarkable ability.”

E-CLIPPINGS

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

Lipid Learning The School of Medi­cine has been awarded nearly $38 million by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, to continue leading “LIPID MAPS,” a national consortium studying the structure and function of lipids.

Super Sized The San Diego Super­computer Center and UCSD ushered in
the next era of data-intensive computing when they opened their new extension in October. It doubles the size of the existing supercomputer center to 160,000 square feet, while increasing SDSC’s overall machine room space to 18,000 square feet.

Global Reach King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and UCSD announced a special partnership to collaborate on world-class visualization research and training. The four-year agreement is expected to enhance
research in areas ranging from solar power to new medicines.

Galaxy Radio Using a powerful radio telescope to peer into the early universe, a team of astronomers from UC campuses at Berkeley, San Diego and Santa Cruz has obtained the first direct measurement of a nascent galaxy’s magnetic field as it appeared 6.5 billion years ago.

 Still Shakin’ Researchers have produced a series of earthquake jolts as powerful as magnitude 8.0 on a one-million pound precast concrete structure resembling a parking garage. The researchers ran the tests at UCSD’s Englekirk Structural Engineering Center.

Neuro Net The National Institutesof Health awarded the School of Medicine a contract to enhance and maintain the Neuroscience Information Framework—
a dynamic inventory of web-based neurosciences data, resources and tools accessible via the Internet.


 
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