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SDSC/UC San Diego Researchers Hone in on Alzheimer’s Disease

Thu, 2014-02-27 14:58

Researchers studying peptides using the Gordon supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have found new ways to elucidate the creation of the toxic oligomers associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Calit2 Director Honored with Golden Goose Award

Thu, 2014-02-27 14:58

Larry Smarr, a physicist whose work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on calculating black hole collisions led him to champion a federal commitment to dramatically enhance U.S. computing power – which in turn led to the development of NCSA Mosaic, the precursor to web browsers – was named today as the first 2014 recipient of the Golden Goose Award, which goes to three or four winners annually.

Memorial Tribute to Late Actor and UC San Diego Alumnus James Avery Set for March 1

Thu, 2014-02-27 14:58

The University of California, San Diego will host a special tribute to James Avery, the late acclaimed actor, poet and UC San Diego graduate of 1976, on Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m., at the campus’s Mandell Weiss Forum. The event, which is open to the public, will include an afternoon of theater, live music, personal reflections and poetry readings in Avery’s honor.  Best known for his portrayal as the charismatic Uncle Phil Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” Avery was a classically trained UC San Diego actor and scholar. He died on December 31, 2013, due to complications from heart surgery. He was 68.

UC San Diego a National Leader for Long-Term Study Abroad

Thu, 2014-02-27 14:58

Drawn to Barcelona for the excitement of a large metropolitan city and the opportunity to interact with a global community, Mireya Pinell-Cruz recently embarked on a yearlong study abroad journey to Spain. Sharpening her language skills and opening her mind to new possibilities, Pinell-Cruz enriched her experience by becoming involved with a ballet folklorico dance company, teaching English and participating in an internship with a local cultural association.

Competition to Give Back: UC San Diego Kicks Off Annual United Way/CHAD Campaign

Thu, 2014-02-27 14:58

The competition has officially begun to see which vice chancellor area, or the chancellor’s office, can inspire the most participation in supporting the annual UC San Diego United Way/CHAD Campaign. Running from Feb. 13 through April 11 this year, the campaign is a call to action encouraging campus staff and faculty to play a role in strengthening the San Diego community.

UC San Diego Chancellor Emerita Marye Anne Fox Honored With Clark Kerr Award

Thu, 2014-02-27 14:58

UC San Diego Chancellor Emerita Marye Anne Fox has been selected to receive the 2014 Clark Kerr Award for Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education. The award recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary and distinguished contributions to the advancement of higher education. It was established in 1968 as a tribute to the leadership and legacy of University of California President Emeritus Clark Kerr.

Theatre and Dance Professor Wins Design Award

Thu, 2014-02-27 14:58

The League of Professional Theatre Women is honoring the work of Judith Dolan, a Tony Award-winning UC San Diego professor of theatre and dance professor and head of design, with the Ruth Morley Design Award.

Maverick of Science Finds His Match

Thu, 2014-02-27 14:58
It only takes a few minutes of chatting with J. Craig Venter to understand what first attracted him to return to his alma mater to open a research facility here. Venter’s approach to the scientific endeavor clearly matches that of the campus that first gave him his start. Both are mavericks known for bringing out-of-the-box thinkers together from across a wide spectrum of disciplines in search of the next blockbuster scientific breakthrough.

Donated Dr. Seuss Works May Lead to New Books

Thu, 2014-02-27 07:00

Fans of the whimsical collection of Dr. Seuss children’s books may one day be treated to new volumes in the wildly popular series. More than 1,500 new materials from the personal archive of author Theodor Seuss Geisel have been donated by Audrey Geisel to the UC San Diego Library, including a variety of unpublished projects, such as “Cat Ballooning,” “The Pet Shop,” “Bee Watches,” “How Welk Can You Spelk,” “The Clock Book,” and “Arabian Adventures.”

Four New Hires Underscore Campus’s Commitment to Diversity

Thu, 2014-02-27 07:00

The University of California, San Diego is deeply committed to making positive changes to improve our campus climate and increase the richness and diversity of our community and curriculum. The UC San Diego strategic plan emphasizes our commitment to ensure a welcoming and diverse campus. Through strategic recruiting—which helps the university realize its mission and vision for equality, diversity and inclusion—UC San Diego welcomes four new hires: Gerardo N. Arellano, director of the Raza Resource Centro; James Bond, coordinator of the Veterans Resource Center; John Jacinto Duca, director of development, campus initiatives/diversity; and Barney Wilson, director of strategic initiatives, admissions and enrollment services.

Art by UC San Diego’s Fred Lonidier Showing at Whitney Biennial Exhibition

Thu, 2014-02-27 07:00

Photographer Fred Lonidier—an alumnus and professor emeritus of UC San Diego's department of visual arts—is among 103 artists whose work has been selected for inclusion in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Described by the New York Times as "America's most closely pored-over show," the 77th Biennial is on view in New York City March 7 through May 25.

Study Evaluates Role of Infliximab in Treating Kawasaki Disease

Mon, 2014-02-24 09:13

A study led by physicians at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego looked at intensification of initial therapy for all children with Kawasaki Didease in order to prevent IVIG-resistance and associated coronary artery abnormalities by assessing the addition of the medication infliximab to current standard therapy.

In Memoriam: Arthur M. Wolfe 1939-2014

Thu, 2014-02-20 14:04

Arthur M. Wolfe, an American astrophysicist who for a decade directed the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences at the University of California, San Diego and achieved widespread recognition for his discoveries about star formation and the early universe, died on February 17 following a battle with cancer in La Jolla, Calif. He was 74.

Satellite Data Reveal Rapid Darkening of the Arctic

Thu, 2014-02-20 07:00

The retreat of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is diminishing Earth’s albedo, or reflectivity, by an amount considerably larger than previously estimated, according to researchers at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Scientists Call for New Stewardship of the Deep Ocean: Earth’s Last Frontier

Thu, 2014-02-20 07:00

The deep ocean, the largest domain for life on earth, is also its least explored environment. Humans are now encroaching more vigorously than ever into the ocean’s deep regions, exploiting the deep’s resources and placing its wealth of vibrant habitats and natural services for the planet at risk.