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Class Notes May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

STORIES FROM UCSD

Pond-Scum Vaccine
Strange as it sounds, pond scum is now being marshaled in the fight against malaria. Biologists developing biofuels from algae have joined forces with researchers studying tropical diseases at the UC San Diego School of Medicine to find a way to protect laboratory mice against the malarial parasite.

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Quake Questions
How do working elevators, hospital equipment and sprinklers perform during an earthquake? Structural engineers at UC San Diego have just completed an unprecedented series of major earthquake simulations to gauge the performance of these nonstructural components in a five-story building.

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
It is an area of human-produced trash that includes debris such as broken down bits of plastic the size of fingernails. In 2009, an ambitious group of graduate students from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego headed a thousand miles west to the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,”and documented the evidence swirling in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.

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Heart-Repair Gel
There are an estimated 785,000 new heart attack cases in the United States each year, and yet no established treatment for repairing the resulting damage to cardiac tissue. Karen Christman, a bioengineering professor at the Jacobs School of Engineering, is developing an injectable hydrogel that encourages cells to repopulate areas of damaged cardiac tissue and to preserve heart function.

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Alzheimer’s Early Intervention Trials
Researchers at UC San Diego Comprehensive Alzheimer’s Program (CAP) are currently enrolling participants in new clinical trials: two designed for patients with either mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and one trial for mild cognitive impairment.

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1930s Shanghai Cinema
To understand what life was like in Shanghai, China, during the 1920s and 30s, you could look up a newspaper published at the time. Alternatively, you could watch the student-made films screened at this year’s Golden Chopsticks Awards.

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Border-Wait App
A new Android mobile app is already getting rave reviews. The app helps motorists figure out the best time to enter the United States at border crossings from Mexico and Canada.

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College Chatter
Latest College Chatter.

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E-CLIPPINGS

National Geographic and UCSD
It may look like an oversized party balloon but it is actually a serious piece of exploration equipment. “It’s the funniest sight, seeing a massive blimp driving down the street attached to a pickup truck,” admits Albert Yu-Min Lin, Muir ’04, M.S. ’05, Ph.D. ’08, of the UC San Diego and National Geographic Society’s Engineers for Exploration (NGSE) program.

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Library Closures
UC San Diego Libraries are now undergoing an internal restructuring, resulting in a name change to the UC San Diego Library. This follows on the heels of four years of consolidations, spurred by budget cuts and changes in user needs.

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John Cage Centennial Celebration
Composer John Cage revolutionized 20th-century music with works such as 4’ 33” (1952), in which musicians remain silent while the audience listens to the sounds of a space. As Cage redefined music during the 1940s and 1950s, some critics were skeptical and audiences occasionally walked out.

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Kudos

William G. Bradley, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., FACR, chair of the department of radiology, was awarded the American College of Radiology’s Gold Medal and Honorary Fellowship.

Wayne Cornelius, a longtime professor at UC San Diego, received Mexico’s highest honor for foreigners, Order of the Aztec Eagle.

Jack E. Dixon, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology, cellular and molecular medicine, chemistry and biochemistry has been named a foreign member of the Royal Society.

Susan Ferro-Novick, Ph.D., a professor of cellular and molecular medicine, and Herbert Levine, Ph.D., professor of physics, have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Steven Garfin, M.D., distin­guished professor and chair of the department of orthopaedic surgery system was named president of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) for 2012 to 2013.

Karl Y. Hostetler, M.D., a professor of medicine in the divisions of infectious diseases and endocrinology received the 2012 Gertrude Elion Memorial Lecture Award.
Selena Kuo, Muir ’13, and Elham Rahimy, Revelle ’13, received the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship in science.

Eileen Myles, a professor emeritus in literature and James E. Rauch, a professor of economics, won Guggenheim Fellowships for 2012.

Frieder Seible, dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, has been elected a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.