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UCSD Extension program offers chance to travel to China to work with world’s largest concentration of pandas Do you want to
help study pandas in their natural habitat in China? Do you want to feed them and care for them? Well, now you can, thanks to a new program run by
UC San Diego Extension. “Building Bridges to China” will take about 15 volunteers from July 2 to 12 to the Sichuan province to live and
work at a panda research station in the middle of the bamboo forest. The station houses the largest concentration of pandas in the world, with more
than 100 animals. A small team of eight UCSD Extension students took the program’s first trip over winter break. Participants describe it as an
incredible experience. More
Anti-racism Writer Challenges Audience to Examine Ingrained
Prejudices as Part of Black History Month What do you do when you’re an
anti-racism activist and your own 6-year-old daughter tells you God is a white man? You start a conversation, which will hopefully help her understand
privilege and prejudice a little better. That’s the kind of conversation we all need to have, said Tim Wise, a well-know anti-racism writer and
educator who came to speak at UC San Diego last week. More
Chancellor, Chemist Make Pickle Glow to Light Up Students Interest
in Science How to you make a pickle glow? With the same chemistry
principle that drives electric turbines, it turns out. Well, that and a couple of forks, clamps and a transformer. That’s one of the discoveries
dozens of Serra High School students made Wednesday during an experiment led by UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox and her husband, James
Whitesell, a UCSD chemistry professor. More
UCSD Tritones Warm Passengers Hearts on Valentine’s Day with Surprise
Performance in Baggage Claim Area Passengers in the baggage claim
area of Terminal 2 West of the San Diego International Airport were treated to a surprise interactive performance by UCSD’s a capella group Feb. 14.
Dressed in plain clothes and strategically placed in various areas of the baggage claim, more than 30 members of the Tritones unexpectedly began to
serenade travelers with a medley of songs about love and friendship. The performance culminated in a six-part harmony a cappella performance.
Performers also handed out more than 100 carnations to travelers during the show. More
Two Hearts Beat as OneRare surgery gives cardiac
patient a Valentine gift This Valentine’s Day, Tyson Smith woke up with a brand new outlook and two beating
hearts—his old failing heart and a newly transplanted heart. “I can tell that I am getting stronger every day,” said Smith. The
team from the UC San Diego Center for Transplantation performed a rare, life-saving cardiac surgery called heterotopic heart transplantation, where
Smith’s own heart remained in place while a second donor heart was implanted. He now has two beating hearts. More
Physicists Build Bigger ‘Bottles’ of Antimatter to Unlock Nature’s
SecretsOnce regarded as the stuff of science fiction, antimatter—the mirror
image of the ordinary matter in our observable universe—is now the focus of laboratory studies around the world. While physicists routinely
produce antimatter with radioisotopes and particle colliders, cooling these antiparticles and containing them for any length of time is another
story. More
Key Culprit Identified in Breast Cancer MetastasisWhen doctors discover high concentrations of regulatory T cells in the
tumors of breast cancer patients, the prognosis is often grim, though why exactly has long been unclear. Now, new research at the School of Medicine
suggests these regulatory T cells, whose job is to help mediate the body’s immune response, produce a protein that appears to hasten and intensify
the spread of breast cancer to distant organs and, in doing so, dramatically increase the risk of death. More
Unraveling How Prion Proteins Move Along Axons to the Brain
Researchers at the School of Medicine have identified the motors that move non-infectious prion proteins—found within many mammalian
cells—up and down long, neuronal transport pathways. Identifying normal movement mechanisms of these prion proteins may help researchers
understand the spread of infectious prions within and between neurons to reach the brain, and aid in development of therapies to halt the transport.
Newest Campus Apartments Immerse Students in Sustainability “Wind scoops” pull Pacific breezes into the energy-efficient rooms
in UC San Diego’s newest student apartments, cooling them the old-fashioned way in buildings aligned to capitalize on wind and solar rays.
Non-potable “recycled” water nourishes native outdoor plants through an efficient drip-irrigation system. The apartments’ plaster,
paving, carpet and metal wall studs are made from recycled material, and the residents of the North Campus Housing Phase II project will bathe with
water heated by sunlight instead of natural gas or electricity. More
Parents Finally Get to Take
Preemie Home on Valentine’s DayBaby Enzo was born weighing a little more than a pound
after 25 weeks of gestation. After four months at the UC San Diego Medical Center’s NICU, where he battled infections, pneumonia and other
medical problems, he finally got to go home Feb. 14. That’s the best gift his parents, Nina and Rodolfo Ocio, said they could hope for on
Valentine’s Day. Watch a video about Enzo’s journey. More Seven Young Faculty Members Receive $50,000 Sloan Research Fellowships The Alfred P.
Sloan Foundation has awarded research fellowships to seven young faculty members at UC San Diego, the largest group from a single institution to be
recognized this year. Fellows are nominated by their peers and selected by an independent panel of senior scholars. They receive two-year, $50,000
grants to pursue any line of research they choose. More Composer Honored by Academy of Arts and
Letters Composer Rand Steiger, a member of UC San
Diego’s music faculty, has won the 2011 Walter Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The award is “for the publication
of a work by a gifted American composer.” It was established in 1984 by music publisher C.F. Peters Corporation, which will publish a new work to
be written by Steiger. More
SDSC’s Triton Resource Accelerating Research and Discovery
Campus-wide   Largest Antimatter
Trap Ever Under Construction MSNBC, Feb. 18   San Diego Hospital Repairs Leg After Taxi WreckCBS News, Feb. 15   V.S. Ramachandran’s Tales
Of The ‘Tell-Tale Brain’NPR, Feb. 14   Epidemiology: Every Bite You Take Nature, Feb. 16   UCSD’s 50th Anniversary Commemorated in Photos and Prose San Diego
Union-Tribune,Feb. 17   More Press Clips
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Event — Innovation Day Expo and Symposia (IDEaS) 2011 UC San Diego Women’s
Conference  
Sustainability Resource Center’s LEED Gold Plaque to be Unveiled
UC San Diego’s Sustainability Resource Center will celebrate the unveiling of a LEED Gold Plaque at 3:30 p.m. today. The event will
feature remarks by Vice Chancellor Gary Matthews, a sustainable art exhibit and light refreshments provided by Caffe Bella. Upcoming Staff Education and Development CoursesCollaborate with Ease 3/3/11, 8:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. Keyword search: collaboratewitheaseDealing with Emergencies at UCSD 2/23/11 Noon
to 1 p.m. Keyword search: ucsdemergencyCPR and AED Adult Training: UCSD Safety Officers
3/04/11 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Keyword search: CPRandAED IDEaS Symposia and EXPO
Feb. 22 – 25, 2011 Roxana Saberi: Between Two Worlds: My Life
and Captivity in Iran 7 p.m. Feb. 25, 2011 Price Center West
Theater 9th Annual Black History Month Celebration
& Scholarship Brunch 10:30 a.m. Feb. 26, 2011 UCSD Faculty Club Black Ice: A Black History Month Spoken Word
Event 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24, 2011 Student Center Birch Aquarium at Scripps Grunion
Bowl 8 a.m. Feb. 26, 2011 Birch Aquarium More Events 
1,500 = number of UC San Diego active patents, U.S. and foreign380 = approximate number of active
licenses for UCSD technology, one-third of which are with small companies, and more than half with California companies and organizations1.6 = number innovation disclosures UCSD generates per working
day Social
Network Theory and Educational ChangeBy Alan J. Daly
“Social Network Theory and Educational Change” offers a provocative and fascinating exploration of how
social networks in schools can impede or facilitate the work of education reform. More
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