The UC Board of Regents reviewed a report Thursday that stated that breast cancer still claims the lives of too many California women.

Marion Kavanaugh-Lynch, the director of the California Breast Cancer Research program, presented the “”Status of Breast Cancer in California,”” which claimed that 15,000 California women diagnosed with breast cancer this year will still be alive in 10 years due to early detection, but 6,000 others will die within that same 10-year period.

The study performed by the program also found that women usually die from the disease because they did not receive early screening and their cancer was advanced beyond the point of treatment when detected.

The California Breast Cancer Research Program is managed by the UC Office of the President, which also awarded money to 70 new projects in this research field over the last year.

UC improves employee retirement plan

The UC Board of Regents updated its retirement benefits on Thursday by improving “”age factors”” in the UC Retirement Plan.

The changes take place effective Jan. 1, 2001 and are expected to make employment with the university more appealing to prospective workers.

The updated factors will begin at 1.1 percent at age 50 and will increase incrementally each year by 0.14 percentage points. The factors will be between 1 percent and 20 percent higher than the previous factors.

The university does not anticipate an increased rate of retirements as a result of the plan but does expect to retain older employees as their accrued retirement adds up.

The initiative is just one in a long line of adjustments made in an effort to make the university increasingly competitive in California’s growing job market.

Applications now available for new student regent

Student regent applications are now available in the A.S. offices on the third floor of the Price Center.

Qualifications for the position include undergraduate, graduate or professional student enrollment status. The job requires a two-year commitment.

Benefits of the position include free parking on all UC campuses, paid mandatory university fees, paid travel expenses and a resume booster.

An information session will be held Thursday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. on Library Walk.

UCSD professor named news editor of quarterly journal

Robert Kaplan, a professor and chair of UCSD’s Department of Family and Preventative Medicine and member of the UCSD Cancer Center, has become the new news editor of the quarterly journal of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the “”Annals of Behavioral Medicine.””

Kaplan’s service begins with the Feb. 8 issue and will incorporate new features such as editorial commentary, letters to the editor and reviews of intervention applications.

Other UCSD members involved with the journal include associate editor Paul J. Mills and consulting editor Donna Kritz-Silverstein.

UCSD Athletic Department to sponsor blood drive

The UCSD Athletic Department will sponsor its first annual Blood Drive in partnership with the American Red Cross Tuesday, Jan. 23.

Blood donations can be made from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the RIMAC Green Room.

Reservations can be made and are recommended due to an expected high turnout. For reservations, call (858) 534-8460 or (858) 534-4211.

All donors will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt and have their names entered in a drawing.

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