Associate professor of medicine at the UCSD School of Medicine and Veteran¹s Affairs Medical Center, Richard S. Kornbluth, has been selected as one of nine scientists worldwide to receive one of the first Sequella Global Tuberculosis grants to develop a tuberculosis vaccine.
Kornbluth received his granted sum of $50,000 to study a method developed at UCSD to manipulate the immune system to better control the tuberculosis disease.
Scripps professor honored for contributions to ocean science
Joseph L. Reid, professor emeritus of physical oceanography in the Marine Life research Group at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, was awarded the Maurice Ewing Medal of the American Geophysical Union Dec. 17.
Reid was recognized for his numerous contributions to ocean science.
The award is given annually for exhibited excellence in the understanding of physical, geophysical and geological processes in the ocean. Reid has been a member of the faculty at Scripps since 1974, serving first as professor of physical oceanography before going on to become director of the Scripps Marine Life Research Group. Reid is also known for his study of ocean circulation in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans.
UCSD researchers find new central nervous system gene
Researchers from the UCSD School of Medicine and the Shirakawa Institute of Animal Genetics in Japan have discovered a new gene responsible for development and function in the central nervous system.
The research team described its discovery of a protein called ³NUDEL² in the December 2000 issue of the journal ³Neuron.² NUDEL combines with a protein called LIS1 to form a transport complex that helps carry neural messages from a newborn¹s just-formed brain to the rest of its body. This discovery may help scientists solve the mystery of how an egg specifically becomes a human being.
The team¹s findings may also help doctors cure or prevent human defects that occur during the neural migration process, such as epilepsy and schizophrenia.
Scientists also learned that the NUDEL/LIS1 complex may be partly responsible for cell division, proliferation and survival.
Board of Regents appoints commission to aid in growth
UC Regents Chair S. Sue Johnson and UC President Richard Atkinson announced last month the selection of the Commission on the Growth and Support of Graduate Education composed of faculty, students and administrators to help the UC system reach its goal of adding 11,000 graduate students in the next 10 years.
The commission will have to produce a report by summer concerning the necessary actions the university should take to increase enrollments and admissions for the additional graduate students.
A large number of graduate students are required at the university to assist with important research and boost the number of employees at the school.
The commission comes from the determination made by the regents earlier this year to enroll more students to remain competitive in California¹s economy.
UCSD scientists discover hydrothermal vent field
A team of scientists, consisting of members from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Duke University, the University of Washington and various other institutions found a new hydrothermal vent field Dec. 5 in the Atlantic ocean which they are calling ³The Lost City.²
The field was discovered while the scientists were studying a mountain at that location during a scientific cruise aboard the research vessel Atlantis.
The scientists say that this may be the largest system of its kind with the underwater structures rising 180 feet. They also note that it is unusual because the venting structures are made of carbonate materials and silica rather than sulfa and iron-based materials.
The cardiology division of UCSD's School of Medicine received a holiday gift of its own Dec. 20 when local philanthropists Judith and Jack White donated $1.1 million to create the Judith and Jack White chair in cardiology.
The donation, upon its ratification by the UCSD Academic Senate, will be the largest of its kind in UCSD history.
""We trust the institution and its people,"" White said. ""We hope our contributions will give more resources for faculty to pursue opportunities to address the problems of heart disease.""
The gift brought immediate praise from UCSD officials, who said the donation would provide welcome support for UCSD's educational and research programs in cardiac medicine.
""Their endowment will benefit the millions who suffer from the devastating effects of heart disease by advancing our efforts to improve prevention and treatment of the nation's No. 1 killer,"" said cardiologist Dr. Anthony DeMaria, chief of the division of cardiology.
For the Whites, who have been involved with the UCSD Cardiovascular Center for four years and sit on the center's Board of Directors, the donation had personal implications.
""This endowment is in honor of our family members who have had heart diseases,"" White said. The Whites have lost relatives to heart disease, including Judith's father who was an internal medicine physician who specialized in cardiology.
The Whites believe in endowments because they directly help UCSD in attracting and supporting the best doctors and researchers, such as DeMaria, who also serves as president of the American College of Cardiology and of the American Society of Echocardiology.
DeMaria is held in the highest esteem by the Whites, who stated, ""We have great regard for Dr. DeMaria personally and professionally. We also have a great regard for the tremendous research he performs in cardiology at UCSD.""
The endowed chair will help UCSD researchers with support for their projects.
Specifically, the endowed chair will help support the projects of UCSD researchers such as DeMaria, who is developing less invasive ways to measure coronary blood flow to the heart and to detect abnormalities.
This is accomplished by replacing traditional catheters with noninvasive gas bubbles, which are the size of red blood cells.
The gas bubbles are inserted into an artery, which can then be used to detect problems with the heart.
As UCSD's medical centers expand, the need to attract and retain the best doctors and researchers becomes crucial in creating a world-class medical center. UCSD is currently undergoing an expansion of its medical facilities, including plans to create a cancer center and a new cardiac center, as well as expanding the Shirley Eye Center.
The Whites have lived in la Jolla for over 25 years and are one of 83 UCSD endowed chairs.
Philanthropists such as the Whites are helping raise money for the new centers.
Those who wish to help fight heart disease may attend the Heart of San Diego Gala, a dinner dance at the U.S. Grant Hotel on Feb. 10. Tickets are available from Salah Hassanein, who can be contacted at (619) 543-3755.
Gov. Gray Davis announced at a press conference Dec. 7 that UCSD, in partnership with UC Irvine, will receive an Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, as one of three California Institutes of Science and Information.
""Cal-(IT2) will seek to merge the twin marvels of the Internet and wireless communications to forge the new information age,"" said Chancellor Robert Dynes.
Researchers and students working with the Institute and its partner UCI will study modes of transformation from the use of slower modems to faster broadband Internet connections as the Internet becomes more a part of the physical world.
""The enormous span of activity that is going to take place at this institute is really mind--boggling,"" said UCI Chancellor Ralph J. Cicerone, who commended not only the partnership between the two universities, but also between the universities and their contributing business partners. ""It's going to go all the way from basic materials, science and the creation of electronic and physical devices, all the way through to social politics and policies and management techniques.""
The institute is expected by many to charge California's economy, much like the Silicon Valley has done in the northern half of the state.
""I believe the governor's initiative will demonstrate that old maxim 'We'll come around again' because where California goes, so goes the nation and ultimately, goes the world,"" Dynes said.
Six UC campuses competed for the institutes, but only three received them. UCSD won because of a proposal it submitted in July. Winning means that the California legislature will allocate $100 million over four years to develop the project.
Davis demanded that the individual winning universities match the government funds two-to-one with outside resources. However, each university's chancellor managed to garner a three-to-one match for their school with most of the money coming from the private sector and businesses surrounding the individual campuses.
""This is a proud day for California,"" Davis said. ""These centers of science and innovation will not just be portals to the new economy, they will be the pilots of the new economy.""
In addition to the announcement of UCSD's new center, Davis also announced that UCLA will receive the Nanosystems Institute and that UCSF will receive the Bioengineering, Biotechnology and Quantitative Biomedicine Institute.
""I believe that our proposal succeeded because UCSD and UCI are in the right place at the right time,"" Dynes said. ""The southern California corridor between our campuses is home to some of the world's leading high-tech pioneers.""
UCSD has over 40 industry partners in the institute, including the Boeing Company, Qualcomm Incorporated, Ericsson Wireless Communications, Inc., Texas Instruments, Compaq and Microsoft Corporation.
""We at Ericsson believe that research conducted by the various partners of the Cal-(IT2) program will help ensure California's continued global competitiveness and leadership in the high-tech area,"" said Ericsson President Ake Perrson. ""We are very proud to be a part of this institute and we are very proud to be a part of the San Diego community.""
Irwin Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm, was also on hand to comment on his company's involvement with the new center.
""I think this center is going to make a major difference on the campus, to the industry in San Diego and up in the Irvine area and to the nation,"" Jacobs said. ""It's going to [provide] a major capability of performing basic research in the communications area and applications that I think are really going to make substantial differences. We really, even with a good proposal, can't imagine all of the interesting things that are going to come out of this.""
Larry Smarr, professor of computer science and engineering at UCSD, will serve as director of the new institute.
""Our institute's mission is simple: extend the reach of current information infrastructure throughout the physical world, but as simple as that statement is, the research required to bring the new Internet into being is formidable,"" Smarr said. ""No single investigator could hope to study this emerging system in its entirety, nor does any single company have sufficient resources to dominate the market. That's why we need an interdisciplinary institute of such broad scope.""
A 215,000 square-foot building will be constructed at UCSD and a 119,500 square-foot building will be constructed at UCI to house the institute. Both facilities are expected to be completed by 2004.
Tuesday, Jan. 2
3:52 a.m.: A 36-year-old female suffered food poisoning on Regents Road. Transported to Thornton Hospital by paramedics.
Wednesday, Jan. 3
9:09 a.m.: A staff member reported the theft of a pair of sunglasses from the Price Center. Loss: $200.
3:42 p.m.: A student reported burglary to the second floor of Brennan Hall. Loss: $300.
Thursday, Jan. 4
2:05 a.m.: Officers detained a 53-year-old male nonaffiliate on La Jolla Shores Road for being in the country illegally. Transported to Border Patrol.
2:50 p.m.: A student reported the theft of an ATM card from Pepper Canyon Apartments. No monetary loss.
Friday, Jan. 5
12:19 a.m.: Officers arrested a 33-year-old male nonaffiliate near the embankment east of 8600 La Jolla Shores Drive for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for being drunk in public. Transported to Central Jail. Bail: $5,000.
9:35 a.m.: Units and paramedics responded to a 36-year-old male staff member complaining of shoulder pain. Transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital by paramedics.
1:04 p.m.: A staff member reported the theft of cash from the Science Engineering Research Facility. Loss: $1,100.
3:15 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a laptop computer from a shuttle bus. Loss: $3,775.
Sunday, Jan. 7
3:14 a.m.: Officers arrested a 61-year-old male nonaffiliate at Warren Lecture Hall for false activation of pull stations. Cited and released.
UCSD Awards First 'Chancellor's Medal'
Neil Morgan, an associate editor and senior columnist for the San Diego Union Tribune, received UCSD's First ""Chancellor's Medal"" Tuesday night in a ceremony held at Geisel Library. The event was attended by 150 San Diego civic and cultural leaders.
Morgan was honored for his many unique contributions to the city of San Diego during his career. Chancellor Dynes spoke at the event, calling Morgan ""Mr. San Diego,"" who ""has worn many hats"" including those of ""author, civic leader, regional booster and critic of the status quo.""
UCSD Associate Chancellor for Extended Studies Mary Walshok also spoke at the ceremony. She cited Morgan's role in urging UCSD to ""forge real bonds of trust and mutuality San Diego and Tijuana and highlighted the work and growth of San Diego Dialogue, the Center for U.S./Mexico Relations and the Institute of the Americas in the 1990s.""
An exhibition of the books authored by Morgan and memorabilia of his leadership in San Diego also opened Tuesday in the Special Collections area of the library; it will remain on display through December.
Physics professors join list of most highly cited authors
UCSD physics professosr Ivan K. Schuller and M. Brian Maple have been included in ISI's newly created ""Highly Cited Researchers,"" a publicly available, Web-based resource of the world's most cited authors and researchers.
The database is a continuation of the ISI's efforts to update its Current Contents, essays detailing highly cited authors and their discoveries and publications over the years. The new list will feature new information compiled over the last two decades.
The Web site is currently in the data collection stage and will be completely launched and ready for navigation in 2001.
Schuller and Maple were placed in the group because their peers had honored them with numerous citations throughout the course of their own research. The honor from ISI cited each as ""one of the most highly cited, influential researchers"" in his field. For more information about the database visit http://www.isinet.com/isi/highlycited/
UCSD Summer Program requests student suggestions
The UCSD Summer Session Program is asking for student suggestions for more summer courses in order to expand the number and range of courses offered this summer.
The program needs students' specific requests by Dec. 8 for their list to be forwarded to the planning committee. Please submit suggestions by e-mail to [email protected]
Career Services announces third career conference
The Career Services Center has announced the date of its third annual parent/student Career Conference, to be held on Saturday, May 5, 2001.
The conference will feature informative presentations, panel discussions and an inside look at the Career Services Center. It also allows students and parents to look at the challenge of finding a career after graduating from college. The program includes development tips and discussions of what becomes of UCSD graduates.
Included on the agenda are sessions on graduate and professional school and their bearing on future employement, Career Services Center resources overview and sessions with graduate and professional school recruiters
The cost is $15 for students and $25 for each parent. Registration is first-come-first served and required for attendance. Students can register Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Career Services Center.
Thursday, Nov. 30
Burke Lecture: John T. Noonan
The Eugene M. Burke lectureship will sponsor the talk, to be given by John T. Noonan, judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and noted author of prize-winning works in history, philosophy and theology. The event will take place at 8 p.m. in the Hojel Auditorium of the Institute of the Americas Building. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call (858) 452-0285.
Recognition: World AIDS Day
The Student Health Association and the AIDS Research Institution will sponsor the awareness event, which will take place at 11 a.m. on Library Walk and the Price Center Plaza. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call (858) 534-2419.
Sunday, Dec. 3
Recital: Chamber Music
The UCSD Music Department will sponsor the event which will feature performances from students of Janos Negyesy. The event will take place at 8 p.m. in Mandeville Center and is open to the public. General admission is $5 and student admission is $3. For more information call (858) 534-4830.
Tuesday, Dec. 5
Discussion: Negotiating Extra-Territorial Citizenship
The Center for Comparitive Immigration Studies will sponsor the event, which will take place at noon in the Copley International Conference Center of the Institute of the Americas. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call (858) 822-4447.
Wednesday, Dec. 6
Discussion: The Revolution of Biology
The 40/40 Lecture Series in honor of UCSD's 40th Anniversary will present a discussion on the Revolution of Biology by UCSD research professor Russell Doolittle. The even will take place at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Institute of the Americas. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call (858) 822-0510.
Saturday, Dec. 9
The Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography will sponsor the event, which will take place at 1 p.m. The event is open to the public. General and student admission is $12. For more information call (858) 534-7336.
Performing Arts: La Jolla Symphony and Chorus
The UCSD music department will sponsor the event, which will take place at 8 p.m. in the Mandeville Auditorium. The event is open to the public. General admission is $18. and student admission is $12. For more information call (858) 534-4830.
The UCSD Extension has announced two new information technology certificates in response to the increased demand for Web graphic designers. The certificate programs, Animation and Graphic Design for the Web and Web Design for Graphic Professionals, will be offered starting winter 2001.
""As the need for qualified Web designers continues to increase, we are constantly creating new programs to meet these demands,"" stated Jim Brown, director of UCSD Extension's Graphics and Digital Media Department.
""These new certificates are intended to provide graphic designers with the skills they need to move into highly desirable Web-based positions as well as provide the San Diego community with the trained professionals needed to support our growing high-tech industries,"" Brown stated.
The Animation and Graphic for the Web specialized certificate program is a four-course, hands-on program that provides students with intensive professional training in graphics and animation. Students learn animation techniques, design techniques, programming and specific industry software such as Flash and PhotoShop.
The Web Design for Graphic Professionals specialized certificate is designed for those with backgrounds in graphics who want to use their skills to design Web sites. The program focuses on effective visual communications and gives graphic professionals the opportunity to learn how to apply their experience and knowledge to the Web.
Students in the new Web design program will focus on three primary skill areas: digital design, including the principles of design, color, typography and digital technologies; ""what-you-see-is-what-you-get"" Web page design and software applications; and graphic optimization and multimedia on the Web.
Enrollment is open to the general public, and there is a $35 enrollment fee. Program certification fees vary.
An information technologies free information seminar will be held Jan. 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the UCSD Extension's Sorrento Mesa center to provide more information on the new programs. Existing certificates in e-commerce, Web publishing, multimedia development, XML programming, and PDA programming will also be discussed. Make reservations by calling (858) 622-5740 or by e-mailing [email protected]
Dates and times for all Winter 2001 courses are available at http://www.extension.ucsd.edu.
UCSD Extension's information technologies department offers a broad array of courses and certificate programs to aid professionals in upgrading their high-tech skills in graphic design, communications and networking, software analysis and design, programming, Oracle, Microsoft, UNIX/Linux system administration, e-commerce, Web technologies, and multimedia development.
UCSD Extension is a division of UCSD's Extended Studies and Public Programs, and offers more than 90 professional and specialized certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines for business, science, engineering, education, interpretation and foreign languages. Nearly 40,000 adults attend classes each year at its facilities on the UCSD La Jolla campus, the Sorrento Mesa Center and the North County inland center in Carmel Valley Ranch.
Over a year after agreeing to revise its posting policy, UCSD continued to distribute an outdated version of the policy, which states that the content of postings in residence halls are not permitted to be offensive to any individual or group within the university community.
Last week, an e-mail was sent out notifying the campus community of the error, and clarifying that the new policy ""prohibits UCSD officials from engaging in any content-based censorship on the basis of the perceived offensiveness or discriminatory nature of the speech of materials posted on campus.""
In March 1999, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the university on behalf of Ben Shapiro, a Warren student who was ordered by the university to remove a sign from his residence hall window that stated, ""Fuck Netanyahu and Pinochet.""
The university agreed in August 1999 to rescind all existing policies relating to the distribution and posting of noncommercial flyers, posters and banners and to replace them with policies that prevent university administrators from censoring the content of these postings. The agreement was made in response to an order by federal district court judge John Rhoades.
In April 2000, the ACLU learned that the old policy was still being distributed, and the university promised to take immediate corrective action.
At the beginning of this academic year, Shapiro noticed that the old policy was still being distributed on campus.
He said he was shocked to see the old policy in this year's student organization handbook.
Director of Student Affairs Nick Aguilar said the erroneous dissemination was an inadvertent oversight on the part of the staff at Student Organizations and Leadership Opportunities.
In addition, Shapiro noticed that the old policy was sent to the San Diego Supercomputer Center, something Shapiro only noticed because he happens to work there.
Jordan Budd, the ACLU attorney handling Shapiro's case, sent a letter to the University of California, demanding that the university review everything distributed this year that might address posting policies and certify in writing to the ACLU any instances where the old policy has been distributed. Budd also demanded that the university replace all handbooks and documents containing the outdated policy with new versions containing the new policy, and to notify the entire university community in a hard-copy format of the errors and changes.
Christopher Patti, counsel for the University of California, responded saying that the university will comply with Budd's request, except for notifying the entire campus community in hard-copy format of the changes. Patti said that the university would instead send the notice electronically, because hard-copy notification is ""far slower, less effective, less likely to actually reach members of the university community than electronic communication and would be unnecessarily costly.""
The university also agreed to a request from Budd to pay the ACLU $2,500 in legal costs.
Budd said he finds it inconceivable that the university still has not complied with the ruling of a federal judge.
""At best, this conduct on the part of the university reflects a striking level of incompetence for a world-class institution of higher education. At worst, the university has blatantly defied an order from a federal court,"" Budd said. ""Either way, it is inexcusable.""
Budd went on to accuse the university of misrepresenting students' Constitutionally guaranteed free-speech rights by failing to inform the community of the court-mandated policy revision.
""Because of the university's failure to meet its legal obligations, not only was the campus community given wrong information about the First Amendment rights of students, but the university -- and the taxpayers who support it -- have also unnecessarily paid for work and legal costs to correct the problem,"" he said. ""Someone should certainly be held accountable for this irresponsible behavior.""
Aguilar said the campus structure makes it difficult to uniformly distribute new policies.
""It's unfortunate that we had this oversight, but in the decentralized structure of UCSD it is not surprising that one out of hundreds of administrators involved in campus policy would commit this unfortunate error,"" he said. ""As soon as we became aware of this we took action.""
Budd said that while the case is near resolution, it will not be entirely resolved until the university certifies to the ACLU its review of all campus documents.
A blown transformer at Revelle's Mayer Hall cut off the electrical supply to several areas of the UCSD campus Sunday afternoon.
The power outage occurred just before 4 p.m. and affected a few buildings in Revelle College. Students were largely unaffected by the power outage since most went home for the Thanksgiving weekend, but performances at the La Jolla Playhouse were disturbed by the darkness.
Two simultaneous incidents caused the outage.
First, a transformer at RIMAC caught fire, forcing the fire department to close RIMAC for the day. Physical Plant Services rerouted electricity through another substation, restoring power and allowing the gym to reopen Monday.
The second incident occurred at Mayer Hall when a 12 KVR electrical switch exploded. This incident was thought to be responsible for knocking out power from Galbraith Hall to Scripps Institution of Oceanograghy, as well as the La Jolla Playhouse. The fire department investigated, but after a careful investigation they concluded that the explosion was not a fire hazard.
By 3:30 p.m. Monday, Physical Plant Services had replaced the broken electrical switch in Mayer Hall and power was restored to Revelle College.
The electrical problems at RIMAC and Mayer Hall were believed to be unrelated, despite having occurred at roughly the same time.
Theater-goers enjoying a performance of ""Thoroughly Modern Millie"" at the La Jolla Playhouse were in the last 10 minutes of the play when all the lights abruptly went out, causing a premature end to the play.
Not only did the outage prevent actors from completing the afternoon performance, but it also led to the cancellation of the 7 p.m. show since the power was still out.
Most of the audience members were understanding of the problem, and many were more concerned about the ending of the play. The most curious even asked at the box office to find out how the final scene would have turned out.
Lights & Sirens is a selection of entries compiled from the log book of the UCSD Police Department. UCSD crime statistics can be attained by all persons from the Police Department or at http://police.ucsd.edu
Sunday, Nov. 19
5:15 p.m.: A student reported burglary to a black '95 Ford Explorer in Lot 703. Loss: $500.
11:25 p.m.: A student reported burglary to a white '98 Acura Integra in Lot 102. Loss: $4,400.
Monday, Nov. 20
11:50 a.m.: A student reported the theft of a black and purple Trek B21 bicycle from the south bike racks at the Price Center. Loss: $400.
12:06 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a wallet from RIMAC. Loss: $20.
1:00 p.m.: A student reported losing a cellular phone at the Price Center.
3:03 p.m.: Officers arrested a 52-year-old male nonaffiliate for burglary at the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center. Booked into Central Jail.
7:53 p.m.: Units and the San Diego Fire Department responded to a fire at Bates 106. Caused by burning food.
Tuesday, Nov. 21
9:46 a.m.: A staff member reported the theft of a parking meter from Lot 113. Loss: $575.
11:00 a.m.: A staff member reported the theft of a camera from the Argo Hall elevator. Loss: $150.
2:46 p.m.: Officers arrested a 34-year-old female nonaffiliate for petty theft at Geisel Library. Cited and released.
5:19 p.m.: A 24-year-old male student suffered an ankle injury after falling at Humanities and Social Sciences Building. Sought private treatment.
Wednesday, Nov. 22
10:45 a.m.: A staff member reported vandalism to a gold '96 Geo Prism in Lot 753. Loss: $500.
12:15 p.m.: A staff member reported the theft of a blue B10 Magna Glacier Point bicycle from the racks on the south side of Geisel Library. Loss: $75.
1:30 p.m.: Officers arrested a 19-year-old male student in Lot 104 for misuse of a handicapped placard. Cited and released.
10:18 p.m.: A staff member reported the theft of a VCR from Thornton Hospital. Loss: $400.
Thursday, Nov. 23
1:10 p.m.: Units and the San Diego Fire Department responded to a 20-year-old male nonaffiliate who suffered a head injury while surfing at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital by paramedics.
Friday, Nov. 24
9:51 a.m.: A 17-year-old male nonaffiliate suffered a head injury while playing soccer at Warren Field. Transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital by paramedics.
-- Compiled by Lauren I. Coartney, News Editor