A free income tax workshop will be held March 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Price Center Santa Barbara and Los Angeles Rooms.

    Tax specialists from the Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board will assist attendees with such concerns as the Hope Scholarship and other financial aid-related tax issues. Tax forms will also be available at the workshop.

    For more information call (858) 534-4374.

    Student Affairs showcases services in Price Center

    The Student Affairs Parade of Best Practices will be held March 12 from 9 a.m. until noon in Price Center Galleries A and B.

    Each Student Affairs unit will present information about the services it provides.

    For more information contact Student Affairs Professional Development Committee Chair Mitchelle Greenlee at [email protected] or (858) 534-1678, or contact Debbie Wenck at [email protected] or (858) 534-4380.

    Faculty present piano and cello duo recital

    A duo cello and piano recital will be performed by UCSD faculty Charles Curtis and Aleck Karis on March 31 at 8 p.m. in the Mandeville Recital Hall.

    The recital is part of an ongoing study by Curtis and Karis of Beethoven’s sonatas and variations for cello and piano.

    The program will begin with Janacek’s “”Fairy Tale,”” followed by Beethoven’s “”Seven Variations for Cello on Mozart’s ‘Ein Maedchen Oder Weibchen'”” and “”Sonata in C Major, Opus 102 No. 1.”” The program will end with “”Debsussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano,”” a symbolic precursor to neoclassicism.

    Curtis has been a UCSD professor since 2000 and is internationally regarded as a leading voice in the performance of new music. La Monte Young has written contemporary cello works specifically for him, and he was the first solo cellist for the Symphony Orchestra of the North German Radio.

    Karis has taught piano at UCSD for over 10 years and is the pianist for Speculum Musicae, the League-ISCM Chamber Players and S.O.N.O.R.

    Admission to the recital is $6 for students and $8 for the general public.

    UCSD Expo XIII will address regional planning

    San Diego’s urban and regional planning issues will be examined at the UCSD Expo XIII, which will be held March 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Price Center Theater Lobby.

    The exhibit, sponsored annually by the UCSD Urban Studies and Planning Program, will include presentations of 40 research projects completed by UCSD urban studies students. The projects will examine such topics as San Diego’s affordable housing crisis, urban redevelopment and historic preservation, watershed-based approaches to pollution prevention, bridging the digital divide, multicultural issues in health care delivery, and grassroots mobilization for community empowerment.

    The exhibits will include posters, brochures, photography and other visuals.

    For more information call the UCSD Urban Studies and Planning Program at (858) 534-3690.

    UCSD biologists block inflammation in mice

    UCSD biologists have discovered that eliminating the ability of white blood cells to respond to low oxygen levels effectively blocks the development of inflammation in mice, an advance that could have widespread implications for the prevention of inflammation in humans.

    The researchers produced three different strains of mice, each of which had been genetically modified without a key factor in a biochemical pathway known to regulate the ability of the cells to adapt to low oxygen environments. Testing the responses of the three different strains, the scientists discovered that inactivation of a protein known as hypoxia inducible transcription factor-1 strongly blocked the inflammatory response in mice.

    The discovery could lead to the development of a new class of drugs for treating the debilitating and painful joint inflammation in the 43 million Americans who suffer from arthritis. It also may help doctors treat cancer more effectively, because tumor development is associated with a pronounced inflammatory response in the vast majority of cases.

    The results of the study are detailed in the March 7 issue of the Cell.

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