UCSD FRMI Center to be Created
The Salk Institute will collaborate with UCSD to create a $13.5 million UCSD Center for Functional Magnetic Resonance Training. The center is expected to be the largest facility of its kind in the Western United States and will house four powerful imaging devices that will study the brains of humans and animals. The devices will be available to researchers throughout the country.
The facility is expected to measure 6,500 square feet. Construction will begin Nov. 6. The facility will be located next to the School of Medicine.
The primary focus of the work to be done at the new center will be neuroscience applications in human subjects involving researchers from the UCSD departments of psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science and radiology. The center will also support research looking into the heart, lungs and muscles.
San Diego Supercomputer uses newly created software
To accelerate the deployment of high-performance commodity clusters, the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure has released version 1.0 of its NPACI Rocks software, a set of open-source enhancements for managing Linux-based clusters. NPACI rocks have been used to build and install the new Meteor cluster at the San Diego Supercomputer Center as well as several other clusters at UCSD, forming the start of a campus cluster grid.
NPACI Rocks is a set of open-source enhancements to Red Hat Linux. Rocks adds an extensible management style specific to clusters, some important augmentations to the Red Hat installation, a bootable CD-ROM, a cluster configuration database and a number of cluster-specific packages. Rocks is aimed at tightly coupled clusters and directly supports low-latency interconnects, including Myrinet and ServernetII.
UC Science Delegation to participate in climate meeting
Ten of the top experts at the University of California and other institutions involved in aspects of global climate change research will participate in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Conference of the Parties will take place in the Hague, Netherlands from Nov. 13 to Nov. 24.
The scientists will be a part of a formal nongovernment organization accredited to the negotiations process to provide objective science input and to address scientific questions that may arise within national delegations, media groups and other participating organizations.
The delegation will make presentations designed to provide scientific research to policy makers, delegates and science advisors participating in ongoing, international climate change negotiations. The presentations will include a special event titled ""Science and the Negotiations: Carbon Sinks, Greenhouse Gases,
Faculty Mentor Program seeks applicants
Climate Modeling and Uncertainties.""
The Faculty Mentor Program is offering research experience to juniors and seniors who have at least a 2.7 GPA, an interest in research and who want to prepare themselves for graduate or professional school.
Participants in the program will have the opportunity to conduct research with a faculty member for at least 10 hours a week for two quarters, earn 8 units of 199 Independent Study credit, learn how to write a research proposal and paper, receive graduate school and fellowship information and present their research at the annual Faculty Mentor Program Research Symposium.
Applications are available at the Academic Enrichment Programs office.
Friday, Nov. 3
Concert: Lost at Last
UCSD's first TGIF concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Price Center Plaza. Lost at Last, Maui's Ethno-Techno-Tribal-Trance-Dance-Chants Band, will perform. The show will be a tribute to peace in the Middle East between Arabs and Jews. Students with a valid ID will be admitted free. For more information, call (858) 534-0477.
Saturday, Nov. 4
Performing Arts: Mighty Mahler
The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus will present their first concert of the season at 8 p.m. in the Mandeville Auditorium. The event is open to the public and admission is $11 for students and $18 for general admission. For more information, call (858) 534-4637.
Sunday, Nov. 5
Concert: MTV Campus Invasion
Wyclef Jean, De La Soul and Black Eyed Peas will perform at RIMAC Arena at 7:30 p.m. Student tickets are available at the Price Center Box office. For more information, call (858) 534-0477.
Monday, Nov. 6
Rally: Nader 2000 at UCSD
Students for Nader will sponsor the event which will take place at noon in the Price Center Plaza. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. For more information, call (619) 531-1636.
Forum: Voting Mentality in the United States
Professor Michael Schudson of the communications department will speak at the event which will explore the mentality of the voters who will choose the next president in the upcoming election. The International Affairs Group will sponsor the event which will take place at 7 p.m. in the Pepper Canyon Lodge. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. For more information, call (858) 534-2261.
Film: ""The Fragile Promise of Choice""
The Women's Center and Concentric Media will sponsor the film which explores how legislation, funding and violence affect reproductive freedom. The event will take place at 4 p.m. in the Women's Center conference room. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. For more information, call (858) 822-0074.
Discussion: Reds, Whites and Blues
UCLA sociology professor William Roy will discuss his paper outlining his current research. The event is sponsored by the Department of Sociology and will take place at 3 p.m. in Social Sciences Building Room 101. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. For more information, call (858) 534-5310.
Identity Theft Resource Center Director Linda Goldman-Foley spoke at an identity theft workshop on Tuesday at the Women's Center.
A nonprofit, grant-funded program, ITRC works to serve two functions: assisting victims of identity theft and increasing public awareness about the crime. The organization was founded late last year by Goldman-Foley, a victim of identity-theft herself.
Considered nationally an expert in the subject, Goldman-Foley has traveled across the United States in addition to testifying before courts at the state and federal levels and in front of Congress.
The workshop was sponsored by the Women's Center and Student Legal Services. It served as a forum for discussing the impact of identity theft as well as preventative measures for decreasing the risk of becoming a victim.
Goldman-Foley alluded to a recent WASHINGTON POST poll that showed that the biggest area of concern for Americans is privacy and identity theft. The issue ranks higher than terrorism, the economy or any other national problem.
These concerns are reasonable, according to Goldman-Foley. She says the reason it has become a major crime is because of the ease in committing the crime.
Goldman-Foley said that identity theft is the one of the fastest rising crimes in the United States today. Perpetrators prey on everyday transactions that require the sharing of personal information, including bank and credit card account numbers, one's income, Social Security number, address and phone numbers, to name a few.
Identity thieves co-opt a piece of a victim's personal information and use it without the victim's knowledge to commit fraud or theft. One of the most common examples of this is when a thief uses a victim's personal information to open a credit card account in the victim's name without their knowledge.
According to Goldman-Foley, there are two types of identity theft: financial and criminal. Financial identity theft occurs when an impostor takes a victim's information and uses it for their own financial gain. Criminal identity theft occurs when an impostor commits crime under someone else's identity, usually with the aid of a fake driver's license.
One of the themes of the discussion was how no person is immune from becoming a victim. ITRC statistics show that most victims don't find out about the crime until 14 to 16 months after the crime has occurred.
Goldman-Foley elaborated on her own experience as a victim and the trauma most victims go through.
""Most victims of identity theft go through the same range of emotions as someone who has been a victim of violent crime or even rape,"" Goldman-Foley said. ""There's denial and a sense of 'I did something wrong; this is my fault.'""
She went on to say that victims experience a very deep sense of personal violation because of the nature of the crime itself.
""You're trying to prove that you haven't done something,"" Goldman-Foley said. ""Isn't it our justice system that says you are innocent until proven guilty? Identity theft is just the opposite, it's 'I am guilty until I prove my innocence.'""
Students are affected by identity theft crimes as well. Students need to be aware of any false reports on their credit histories. Since college students are at an age when most credit card companies are vying for their attention, students are easy targets for identity theft criminals.
Goldman-Foley stressed that victims come in all ages, even referring to one case in which the victim was a 4-year-old.
""It's not how old you are or how much money you have,"" Goldman-Foley said. ""It's the credit that they want.""
It is not unlikely for criminals to be victims' family members or friends, Goldman-Foley said. In her case, it was her employer who stole her identity.
Goldman-Foley said that the following preventative measures would help in decreasing the risk of becoming a victim: Carefully destroy papers you don't need, preferably with a shredder; guard your Social Security Number; check your credit report once a year; block your name from marketing lists; guard your personal information by carrying as little as possible in your wallet, especially extra credit cards; be suspicious of telephone solicitors; and lastly, demand that businesses you frequent take good care of your information and find out how they protect you from ID theft.
Enthusiastic visitors proclaiming that students can make at least $5,000 this summer through the Summer Management Program's internships are appearing in classes throughout campus, requesting phone numbers and e-mail addresses from interested students.
Brian Golder, a general manager for the Summer Management Program says the summer internship program is an ideal experience for ""motivated entrepreneurs"" who are interested in heading their own businesses for a summer.
Students are trained and are later given responsibility for hiring painters, training new employees and eventually arranging their own jobs with clients. Golder summarized the programs as a ""painting internship.""
""You are responsible for finding the painters, getting new employees and booking your own jobs with clients,"" Golder said. ""Painting is a rejuvenating industry -- every few years it is always needed.""
Golder said that students must be extremely diligent and put in long hours to reap the benefits of the internship.
""It's good to have had the experience of working a 40-hour week,"" Golder said. ""You don't pay anything to be involved in the program, but you must work hard and we guarantee each person a $5,000 net profit. Basically, no one loses money.""
Golder also said the company makes money by including its profits into the overhead costs.
""We make a profit because our profits are factored into the overhead in each job -- it's part of the regular business costs,"" Golder said. ""We don't make money if they [the students] don't make money.""
The Summer Management Program is a for-profit organization with locations in 16 states and annually recruits from 100 college campuses throughout California. According to Golder, despite the large number of interested applicants numbering approximately 60,000, only about 250 students will participate in the internship.
""We start with information meetings that include information about painting, and then we set up a pre-interview,"" Golder said. ""We also allow the student to ask questions about us and our company so they become satisfied that it is not a scam but a full-time job. We make sure that they're motivated and we allow them to call people that have done the program in the past.
""Ultimately, the applicants meet with the vice president of the company who will try to convince them not to do it,"" Golder said.
Golder cites school credit as an incentive for students to participate.
""Many students talk to their individual college and try to see what classes [the internship] could apply to,"" Golder said.
According to Golder, the commitment for many students may begin in the spring quarter, as they may try to arrange one-half of the painting projects before the summer starts.
""In the summer is when the work starts and we're not here to hire painters, we're here to teach you to run your own business,"" Golder says. ""At the end of summer you can wash your hands of it.""
Golder said he believes the Summer Management Program is a way for undergraduates to distinguish themselves from their classmates.
Trick-or-treating second graders from Valencia Park Elementary arrived at Marshall college Tuesday morning in an effort to eradicate its candy supply.
The trick-or-treating hoard was on campus as a part of the annual Active Community at Thurgood Marshall's Safe Halloween event, an outreach event that brings inner-city school children to UCSD to enjoy a special Day of the Dead celebration.
The event began at 10:30 a.m. with teachers and A.C.T. staff leading groups of 10 to 15 candy-seeking students through the Marshall residence halls and the upper and lower Marshall apartments. The trick-or-treating gave way to a short lunch on Marshall field followed by a Halloween carnival staffed by A.C.T.
With the help of Marshall residential advisors, club members spread the word about the event in advance to prepare Marshall residents for the arrival of the trick-or-treaters.
""The idea is to get students involved in the Marshall spirit while reaching out to the community,"" said A.C.T. co-chair Doriana Bailey.
According to Bailey, this event is at least five years old and is one of several events that A.C.T. sponsors throughout the year. Another such event is the annual ""Senior"" Prom, where A.C.T. club members visit nursing homes in the spring, inviting residents to dance.
Valencia Park Elementary is a public school in Southeast San Diego off Skyline Boulevard. It is one of three schools that belong to the UCSD Friends of Learning program, from which the university chooses the participants of events such as Safe Halloween on a rotational basis.
Theona Young, a second-grade teacher at Valencia Park, praised the event as ""a day of safe fun.""
After trick-or-treating through the Marshall residence halls and apartments, the students went to the Dean's office, where they were greeted by more candy and a special guest performance by ""Eminem.""
The Safe Halloween carnival featured a variety of games and activities like Pin-the-wart-on-the-witch and scary story telling. Although most of the children at the event planned to be trick-or-treating Halloween night as well, the A.C.T. safe Halloween gave them an opportunity to do so in the safety of a college campus during the daytime. For many children this is the first exposure they have had to a university.
""It's a pretty place, but it's a long walk,"" second grader Macio Liller said.
Jacobs School Hosts Robot Olympics
Eight student teams showcased their microprocessor-controlled robot olympiads at the Jacobs School of Engineering First Annual Robot Olympics on Thursday.
Each team built a robot, completely controlled by a microprocessor, to perform precise movements on a balance beam in under two minutes.
Each team constructed its robot from a kit consisting of a plastic gymnast figure, DC motor, aluminum sheet metal and extruded shapes, acrylic and a variety of mechanical components. The teams also received a $30 budget for additional parts.
General Motors' 'Concept: Cure' Comes to UCSD
General Motors brought its ""Concept: Cure"" campaign to UCSD Friday to raise awareness and money for breast cancer as part of the sixth annual ""Glamour"" Venus College Campus Music Tour, presented by ""Glamour"" magazine and Atlantic Records.
Two Chevy Cavaliers decorated by Betsey Johnson and Tommy Hilfiger were shown at the Price Center Plaza in conjunction with a contest in which a donation of $10 to breast cancer research gave students a chance to win prizes, including Chevy Cavaliers.
The Music Tour featured Victoria Williams and other Atlantic Records recording artists and took place at Blind Melons in Pacific Beach.
Since the event was started five years ago, it has raised over $3.3 million.
Cultural workshop to take place in November
""The Workshop on the Cultures of Border Crossing,"" a workshop exploring how people cross over different cultures and borders, will take place on Nov. 21 in the Social Sciences Building.
The workshop will feature four speakers from diverse backgrounds and cultures discussing the transformations and exchanges associated with migration, transition and cultural change.
The workshop is sponsored by UCSD's African and African-American Studies Research Project and is coordinated by UCSD sociology professor Bennetta Jules-Rosette. The workshop is the first presentation in AAASRP's 2000-2001 academic-year program:Borders, Boundaries and New Frontiers.
The four panelists speaking at the workshop are Richard Werbner from the University of Manchester, Filip De Boeck from the University of Leuven, Denis-Constant Martin from the Fondation Nationale de Sciences Politiques, Paris, and Ian Condry from Union College.
Eleanor Roosevelt College to hold Halloween special
Eleanor Roosevelt College will present ""A Halloween Special: Witches, Pagans, Spirits and More ..."" on Monday at 7 p.m. in the Pepper Canyon Lodge. Guest speakers Daryl and Katheryn Fuller, leaders of The Circle of the Wildewood Wiccan Coven, will discuss witchcraft, which is thought to be one of the fastest growing and most misunderstood faiths in the United States.
The Fullers have led the local Wiccan coven for eight years and are active in both local and national networking for witches.
Career Services offers program for students with disabilities
The Career Services Center will hold a workshop discussing career strategies for students with disabilities on Nov. 7. Professionals will give their advice about working in their respective fields and will describe their own career development, disclosure of disability issues and more.
The panelists at the event are Jonathon Mooney, a nationally recognized lecturer on learning disabilities and cognitive diversity; Steven Bock, a software consultant for IBM; Valois Vera, a coordinator for employment services for the Access Center of San Diego, Inc.; and Barbara Butterton, a faculty assistant at UCSD's department of mechanical & aerospace engineering.
On Saturday the ""got milk?"" campaign came to UCSD as part of the Homecoming celebration held at RIMAC Field. Along with inflatable slides, moon jumps and face painting, the ""got milk?"" booth managed to attract the attention of many passers-by interested in hearing its message: ""Make sure you're drinking your milk!""
A recent national study indicates that eight out of every 10 incoming college students are leaving behind their primary meal providers: their parents. With more students making their own decisions regarding their diets, parents are concerned that their sons and daughters are not drinking the amount of milk their body requires.
""We're trying to have college kids drink three glasses of milk a day,"" said event coordinator Maureen Brennan. ""If you drank three eight-ounce glasses of milk each day, you would get the amount of calcium you need.""
Students often forget the importance of milk in their diets. Soft drinks and bottled water pose strong competition to milk, but they fail to provide the nutrients that milk contains. One such nutrient is calcium, which helps build bone mass, among many other vital functions.
""If people don't get the amount of calcium they need now, then they're going to suffer for it later,"" Brennan said. ""You don't really think about your bone growth later on in life, but everything you do now is going to affect you.""
Participants in the event were asked to sign the ""Drink 3 Pledge,"" which serves as a promise to themselves to remember to drink the amount of milk their body needs.
""It's easy because you can have [milk] in your cereal, at lunch -- to go to McDonalds, you can get milk there, and you can have it in coffee before you study at night,"" Brennan said. ""It's not as hard as it sounds, you can get it in your diet a lot of different ways.""
Along with the informative advice, the ""got milk?"" event allowed students to imitate the popular ""got milk?"" celebrity ads by posing alongside cardboard cutouts of their favorite celebrities with milk mustaches of their own.
Photo highlights from UCSD can be viewed online at http://www.whymilk.com along with photos from some of the other 20 campuses throughout the nation participating in the event.
A handful of students that took part in the event claimed that they were not too surprised by the ""got milk?"" recommended daily consumption of milk. Students did, however, admit that they often fell short of the recommended three glasses in their daily diet.
""I probably do about two a day,"" said Daniel Yates, Roosevely freshman. ""I think I'll add another glass each day.""
The ""got milk?"" campaign is made possible by the sponsorship of the Milk Processor Education Program and the National Dairy Council.
Students for Nader held a pre-election teach-in Thursday afternoon in the Price Center, focusing on environmental issues, women's issues and other ""hidden"" issues that event organizers said Democrats, Republicans and the media do not want people to know about.
""I think we'd like to really charge this campus up politically and get this campus politically active,"" said Shaun McCollum, a member of Students for Nader. ""This is one of the best ways to do it.""
McCollum said that while members of various student organizations were invited to speak at the event, none of them was required to endorse Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader in order to speak, since the event was primarily one about issues, not one to promote Nader.
Mark Spalding, a member of Students for Nader, spoke on environmental issues that he says are being ignored by the two major candidates.
He said the world is facing a loss of biodiversity, continued extinctions, overpopulation and the increased use of genetically modified organisms.
""I don't care how they taste, I don't care if they taste good, I don't care if they're safe to eat -- I don't want them in my ecosystem,"" Spalding said of genetically modified crops.
Jose Mendoza, a member of the International Socialist Organization, spoke on the economy and the struggles of working-class people.
He said standards are declining for most people because the majority of Americans have no stock holdings.
""The majority of people in this country have not benefited from this economy,"" Mendoza said.
He added that the plight of the working class is often ignored by the two major parties.
""Workers have no political party to call their own,"" he said.
David Kuchta, a lecturer in the Revelle humanities department, spoke on what he called the ""corporatization"" of the university.
He said Nader rejects the ""mind-numbing and mind-closing"" standardized tests often used to measure success in education and instead supports raising critical thinking and enabling people to participate in democracy.
He said that many universities are run by people who do not teach and who have degrees in administration and business.
""When was the last time you met a Regent?"" Kuchta asked. ""I didn't ask 'When was the last time you wrote a check to the Regents,' but when was the last time you met a Regent?""
He said universities should be more accountable to the needs of students and that Nader supports free tuition for students of public colleges and universities.
Other issues discussed at the teach-in included gay and lesbian rights, media distortion, the two-party system, Al Gore's oil interests and the crisis in the Middle East.
McCollum said he was impressed by the turnout and hopes that many people left the event more educated on the issues.
""Get involved,"" he said. ""We can fight for change. We don't have to sit back and watch society go in a direction we don't like.""
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, Oct. 22
3:00 p.m.: A student reported burglary to a black '00 Honda Civic in Lot 502. Loss: $220.
Monday, Oct. 23
10:18 a.m.: A staff member reported the theft of a portable radio at Geisel Library. Loss: $250.
4:58 p.m.: A student reported receiving annoying phone calls at Pepper Canyon Apartments.
Tuesday, Oct. 24
7:00 a.m.: A staff member reported burglary to UC 504. Loss: $490.
9:11 a.m.: Officers arrested a 29-year-old male nonaffiliate in Lot 002 on a misdemeanor warrant for an unleashed dog. Bail: $108. Cited and released.
10:30 a.m.: A male nonaffiliate reported the theft of a white and blue Royce Union B21 bicycle from 8138 Regents Rd. Loss: $220.
3:54 p.m.: A staff member reported the theft of aluminum cans from Warren College. Loss: $180.
Thursday, Oct. 26
2:20 p.m.: A student reported vandalism to a white '98 Ford van at the Price Center loading dock. Loss: $200.
Friday, Oct. 27
9:55 a.m.: A staff member reported burglary to an office at Stein Clinical Research. Loss: $2,300.
11:19 a.m.: A staff member reported receiving threatening e-mails at the Warren Apartments.
11:02 a.m.: A staff member reported the theft of a ladder from the Mandeville Art Gallery. Loss: $400.
12:21 p.m.: A 17-year-old male student bicyclist suffered a concussion and cuts to the face and legs after colliding with another bicyclist near Outback Adventures. Transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital by paramedics.
Saturday, Oct. 28
5:34 p.m.: A staff member reported the theft of a wallet from Greenhouse Lane. Loss: $30.
5:47 p.m.: A student reported burglary to a green '96 Honda Civic in Lot 406. Loss: $960.
9:22 p.m.: A 70-year-old male nonaffiliate suffered chest pains at the La Jolla Playhouse. Transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital by paramedics.
Sunday, Oct. 29
12:01 a.m.: Officers detained a 19-year-old male student at Marshall Apartments for being drunk in public. Transported to detox.
-- compiled by Lauren Coartney, News Editor
Over 1,000 students, staff, faculty and alumni braved the damp and the drizzle Friday afternoon to try to raise undergraduate scholarship money and defeat Chancellor Robert Dynes on the course of the fifth annual Chancellor's 5K Challenge on Oct. 27
Dynes kicked off the race by announcing ""Let's go do it,"" and participants flocked to the starting point at RIMAC Field. Corporate and individual sponsors helped to raise funds for undergraduate scholarships.
Dynes and his wife, professor Frances Dynes-Hellman, donated $25 for every person who beat Dynes and for every woman who passed Dynes-Hellman. The event raised approximately $178,000, an increase from last year's total of $158,000.
Dynes placed 123rd in the competition with a time of 22:10 and Dynes-Hellman placed 22nd among the women, prompting Dynes to speculate that their combined personal contribution toward undergraduate scholarships will be $3,600.
The course started at RIMAC Field and continued in a loop that encompassed much of the campus and Library Walk.
Freshman Amy Ruff, a member of the women's basketball team, found the course challenging yet rewarding.
""I felt the race went pretty well,"" Ruff said. ""I got a little discouraged when all these people who were older than me passed me in the Eucalyptus Grove, but I went on to finish.""
The chancellor and the A.S. president compete annually.
""My motivation was to beat Doc,"" said Dynes of his competition with A.S. President Doc Khaleghi.
The stakes in this year's competition between the two stated that if Dynes beat Khaleghi, Dynes would help support the A.S. Council barbeque, and the reverse outcome would result in Khaleghi washing Dynes' car.
""I'm sorry to tell you there will be no barbeque -- maybe next year ... but [the students] should start training,"" said Dynes, referring to his victory over Khaleghi.
UCSD sports teams banded together to compete in the race. A handful of competitors dressed in Halloween costumes such as Elvis, a human pumpkin and a man sporting a large diaper.
The spirit of competition was also represented by one coed student team whose members boasted the threat ""Dynes is Mynes"" written in black ink across their chests.
The female student winners were Sally Anderson, coming in first, and second-place winner Melanie Tormos.
The male student winners included James Nielson in first place and Nathan Garcia in second.