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Class Notes May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

STORIES FROM UCSD

Want to Lose Weight?
Researchers at UC San Diego are interested in helping people take off the pounds—and keep them off. Several clinical trials are available that address the weight-loss challenge, all designed to help people find the approach that works for them.

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Flashing UCSD Neon Bacteria
Next year’s edition of the Guinness Book of World Records will highlight the accomplishments of Professor Jeff Hasty, and a group of UC San Diego biologists and bioengineers who produced the first ‘living neon sign.’

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Artificial Life: One Step Closer
Scientists are one step closer to making artificial life forms from scratch. Using a novel chemical reaction, Chemistry Professor Neal Devaraj and Itay Budin, a colleague at Harvard University, have created self-assembling cell membranes, the structural envelopes that contain and support the reactions required for life.

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College Chatter
Latest College Chatter.

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By the Numbers

1 The spot held by UC San Diego in Washington Monthly magazine's national university rankings.
1 The NCSA's annual Collegiate Power Rankings, UC San Diego
in Division II.
3 Sierra magazine's ranking
of UC San Diego as one of the "coolest" schools for going green.
5 UC San Diego's national
ranking as most popular school for college applicants, according to U.S. News & World Report.
8 UC San Diego's national
ranking as a top public school,
according to U.S. News &
World Report.
33 UC San Diego's international ranking as best university
in the world, according to
Times Higher Education.
83 Number of top doctors
at UC San Diego, the highest
in San Diego, according to
U.S. News & World Report.
6,100 Number of incoming freshmen and transfer students
for fall 2011.

E-CLIPPINGS

The Science Behind Hitchcock's 'The Birds'
When thousands of frenzied seabirds invaded the coastline near Monterey, Calif., in the summer of 1961, the scene played out like a Hollywood horror movie. The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported a “rain” of birds known as Sooty Shearwaters slamming into homes and other shoreline structures.

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Alzheimer's Breakthrough
Job creation and the reduction of our dependence on foreign oil are at the top of our nation's concerns. And a new program at UC San Diego hopes to address both of these issues.

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Kudos

Kim E. Barrett, professor of medicine and dean of graduate studies at UC San Diego, has been elected to lead the American Physiological Society.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded Sandra Daley, B.S ’69, M.D. ’75, professor of pediatrics, a grant to fund the Health Careers Opportunity Program/San Diego Regional Consortium.

Nathan C. Gianneschi, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry; Alireza Salehi Golsefidy, assistant professor of mathematics; and Roger P. Levy, assistant professor of linguistics were awarded the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Foundation research fellowship.

Ayelet Gneezy, assistant professor, Rady School of Management, is the recipient of this year’s Robert B. Cialdini Award for excellence in a published field study.

Juan C. Lasheras, Robert Skelton and Mike Baskes, faculty members in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Alexandra Newton, Joseph O’Connor, Carol Padden, Dena Plemmons, Jim Posakony, Michael Sailor, Lu Jeu Sham, Lisa Tauxe and Paul Yu, professors at UC San Diego were named 2011 Fellows of the American Association for the Advance-ment of Science.

Robert S. Sullivan, dean of the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego, has been elected vice chair of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.