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    UCSD Communications has announced updated graduation ceremony information.

    Thurgood Marshall College commencement will take place June 15 at 9 a.m. on the North Campus Recreation and Athletic field. Earl Warren College commencement is scheduled to occur June 15 at 2:30 p.m. on the NCRA field.

    The John Muir College commencement ceremony is planned for June 16 at 8:30 a.m. at NCRA field. Eleanor Roosevelt College commencement will take place June 16 at 9 a.m. inside RIMAC Arena. Revelle College commencement is scheduled to occur at 2:30 p.m. on June 16 at the NCRA field.

    Floyd Bloom of the Scripps Research Institute and editor in chief of “”Science Magazine”” will deliver a keynote address at the School of Medicine commencement ceremonies on June 9 at 11 a.m. at the School of Medicine, where nearly 100 new doctors will receive their degrees.

    UCSD students sought for summer political research

    Project Vote Smart, a Montana-based political research organization, is looking for students who want to spend a summer in the Rockies while participating in a political internship. The organization is offering UCSD students scholarship assistance for this summer’s program.

    Interns work for a 10-week period as researchers of background information, issue position, and job performances of candidates for political office ranging from Congress to state legislators. The organization is seeking interns because it is gearing up to distribute nonpartisan information for the elections this fall.

    Project Vote Smart’s headquarters in Phillipsburg, Mont., is located on the scenic Continental Divide. This year, the organization is teaming up with Rock the Vote, the World Wrestling Federation and MTV to distribute candidate information to college students across the nation.

    Current students from all majors — including recent graduates — are encouraged to apply. More information can be found on the Internet at http://www.vote-smart.org or by calling (888) 868-3762.

    Mice help fight against human bowel disease

    A joint research project between the UCSD School of Medicine and two Israeli medical centers has resulted in a synthetic form of bacterial DNA that may provide hope to those afflicted with inflammatory bowel disease.

    Researchers found that when mice are injected with the the man-made bacterial DNA, the symptoms are reduced. The study’s authors hope the research will soon be able to help humans.

    Researchers estimate that 1 million Americans suffer from IBD, which is associated with the painful symptoms of abdominal pain, diarrhea and rectal bleeding. The disease is prevalent in the industrialized world because sanitary and ultra-clean conditions, along with the prevalent use of antibiotics and vaccinations, keep many bacteria and pathogens out of intestines. As a result, when the immune system attacks IBD bacteria it also attacks the intestine lining, thus causing inflammation.

    UCSD School of Medicine associate professor Eyal Rax is the study’s senior author. Kenji Takabayashi, Tomko Hayishi, Jongdae Lee and Lorenzo Leoni, all of whom are members of the UCSD Department of Medicine, also contributed to the study. Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv Sourasku Medical Center also participated in the study, which appears in the May 2002 issue of Gastroenterology.

    Potential director of UC’s Livermore lab withdraws

    The search for the next director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which is operated by the University of California, received a setback when the leading candidate removed himself from consideration. Ray Juzaitis informed UC President Richard Atkinson of his decision to withdraw in a letter on April 30.

    Juzaitis’ decision to withdraw from consideration stemmed from his role in directing a division at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in which Wen Ho Lee worked. Atkinson stood by Juzaitis, saying that he is a “”brilliant scientist”” and an “”excellent candidate.””

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