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Up Front: Letters to and from the editor
Shelf Life: Books
Cliff Notes: Student life and sports
Class Notes: Alumni profiles
Looking Back: Thoughts on UCSD
Credits: Staff and Contributors
Interview with the Chancellor Fox
National Honor
Translational Treatment
Where In The World Is...
A Thousand Words
In the Name of the Law
In the Right
Campus Currents
Fingertip Library
UCSD by Design
Breast Tumor Marker
MoMA Mia
Pacific Gyres and Robotic Gliders
Sunshine in a Suitcase
Signs of Genius
HIV, the Alzheimer's Clue
UCSD Medicine in Mozambique
Lightweight Super Bridge

Class Notes May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

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Media Minutes

Ever dream of rock 'n' roll fame? Actor, filmmaker and musician Anup "Anu" Sugunan, Revelle '97, took the reality-show leap and was recently seen on the small screen in VH1's new series, "Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp." The five-episode reality series—which takes ordinary music fans and turns them into rock stars with the help of three famous rock 'n' roll gurus—debuted in October 2010 and was the most-watched series premiere in the history of the network.

Several UCSD grads—Micha Cardenas, M.F.A. '09; Brian Dick, M.F.A. '95; Glenna Jennings, M.F.A '10; Camilo Ontiveros, Sixth '06; Nina Waisman, M.F.A. '08; and Allison Wiese, M.F.A. '00—are currently featured in the 2010 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art.

Yvonne Venegas, M.F.A. '09, was recently honored by Magnum Photos and HP with the 2010 Expression Photography Award. Her essay, "Maria Elvia de Hank," presents a glimpse into the privileged life, family and environment of the wife of former Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rohn.

Boris Acosta, Muir '86, produced several movies based on the story of Dante's Inferno. The latest, Dante's Inferno—Abandon All Hope, a 35-minute short documentary, was officially released in summer 2010. Scott Paulson, Warren '88, and his ensemble, The Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra, were invited to Paris by the Black France Film Festival to accompany Josephine Baker's 1927 silent film, Siren of the Tropics, in May 2010. Cindy Fang, Marshall '03, produced an independent comedy feature film titled Mr. Sadman, about a Saddam Hussein lookalike, who moves to L.A. to start a new life.

San Diego Opera's 2010 production of La Boheme featured a number of alumni: Martin M. Asti, Revelle '86, Jessica M. Betancourt, Muir '93, Priti P. Gandhi, Marshall '94, and Lydia Ines Rivera, Revelle '00. The lead singer for indie rock band The Soft Pack, Matthew D. Lamkin, Marshall '07, had a busy year in 2010. Lamkin and his band played at the sold-out Coachella music festival and appeared on "The Late
Show with David Letterman."

Maria Teresa Dizzia, M.F.A. '04, was nominated for a Tony Award for best performance by a featured actress in a play, for her role in In the Next Room. Rachel A. Axler, M.F.A. '04, made her Off-Broadway debut as a playwright with her new play Smudge. Rachel shared an Emmy for her writing on "The Daily Show," and is a writer on NBC's "Parks and Recreation." 

Have You Activated?
To celebrate UC San Diego's 50th anniversary, the Alumni Association is blowing its doors wide open and extending the gift of membership to all 130,000 Triton grads worldwide.

Tritons are invited to activate their free membership online at alumni.ucsd.edu, and begin enjoying all the perks of being a member—alumni news and communications, special invitations, access to the UCSD libraries and discounts on everything from car insurance to continuing education.

Those who have already purchased memberships, as well as those who donate $500 to the Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment over the course of their lifetime, will become Alumni Benefactors and receive enhanced membership benefits. These include free admission to Alumni Events, a campus ID card that will give them discounts on campus and access to all UC libraries. Those who donate $50 annually will become Alumni Associates and also receive additional benefits.

Travel with the Sun God
Picture this: You, standing atop the Eiffel Tower under a starry night sky, hand in hand with UCSD's most iconic campus figure. Pay your respects to the Sun God by taking him with you to your next travel destination or favorite local spot (download a printable PDF at alumni.ucsd.edu). Snap a photo with the Sun God and e-mail it to alumni@ucsd.edu or post it on the UCSD Alumni Facebook page (www.facebook.com/UCSDalumni). Show us where you've been and where you're at.

Share a Start-Up Story

Have you founded a company or worked at a company started by a UCSD alum? We want to know - for the stories behind these companies, for networking, for mentoring, and just for war stories about successes and failures. Drop us a note at alumnieditor@ucsd.edu so we can build a database of activity.


UCSD Near You
On January 27, UC San Diego History and Social Sciences Professor Naomi Oreskes, co-author of the acclaimed book Merchants of Doubt, will present in Sacramento on the effects of new climate-change legislation.

On February 10, Kirk Peterson, M.D., director of the Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center, will give alumni a special sneak preview tour of the new state-of-the-art heart disease research and patient care center.

Network Event: Big IDEaS
Join us as we celebrate 50 years of innovation! As part of UC San Diego's 50th anniversary, the campus will host IDEaS (Innovation Day Expo and Symposia)—a four-day event featuring high-profile speakers and hands-on activities that will showcase the amazing innovation that is UCSD.

Engage and network with leading innovators. From Tuesday, February 22 through Thursday, February 24, the Innovation Symposia will host lectures titled "The World Is Flat—Dispelling Myths and Looking Forward into the Future," which feature world-renowned leaders, researchers and a star-studded panel of UCSD Nobel laureates. Highlights include Maurizio Seracini, Revelle '73—who will speak on Tuesday, about his work in Florence to uncover a lost da Vinci mural¬—and the Nobel Panel to be held on Wednesday. The symposia will take place each day from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in UCSD's Price Center Ballroom West.

On Friday, February 25 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., the Innovation Day Expo, held at RIMAC, will feature live demonstrations, hands-on exhibits and face-to-face interaction with the innovators themselves.

IDEaS is free and open to the public. For more information, call (858) 534-6386 or visit www.50th.ucsd.edu.

Save the Date: Alumni Weekend June 17-19

Alumni Profiles
Building with trash. Danny Paz is not your typical social activist... MORE


Brave New Brain
In its annual lineup of 35 top young technology pioneers, MIT's Technology Review named Philip Low, Ph.D. '07, one of the world's most promising innovators, putting him in the same class as Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and Google cofounders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. MORE

New Antibiotics
Many consider the discovery of penicillin the single greatest medical achievement of all time. Subsequent to its discovery in 1928, penicillin and other antibiotics have significantly reduced illness and death from infectious diseases. But as antibiotic resistance grows, it is imperative that new drugs are found.

Diego Takes on Post-Triton Life