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    “”Glycobiology Research and Training Center”” has been selected by the National Library of Medicine for the National Center for Biotechnology Information Bookshelf Web site, which provides a searchable collection of selected major biomedical textbooks and are linked to PubMed/MEDLINE, the most widely used database of biomedical literature.

    During its first month on the site, the glycobiology textbook experienced more than 20,000 hits.

    The book’s executive editor was Ajit Varki, a UCSD professor of medicine and cellular and molecular medicine, as well as co-director of the GRTC. Additional editors of the book, which was the first major textbook in the emerging field of glycobiology, are Richard Cummings, professor of biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma; Jeffrey Esko, UCSD professor of cellular and molecular medicine and co-director of the GRTC; Hudson Freeze, Ph.D., professor of glycobiology at the Burnham Institute, UCSD adjunct professor of pathology and member of the GRTC; Gerald Hart, professor and chair of biological chemistry at John Hopkins University; and Jamey Marth, UCSD professor of cellular and molecular medicine, associate investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and a member of GRTC.

    Glycobiology is the study of the structure, biosynthesis and biology of glycans, which are a major ingredient of every living organism. They mediate communication and connections between healthy cells, and can be heavily involved when things go wrong, such as in genetic abnormalities, infectious disease, inflammation and cancer. For more information about glycobiology and current research, see the GRTC Web site at http://grtc.ucsd.edu.

    Career Services launches new Web system

    The UCSD Career Services Center will launch a new job-listing portal called Port Triton for students and alumni, starting May 6.

    The new portal, which will be located at http://career.ucsd.edu, will feature job and internship postings, on-campus interview listings, company presentation schedules, storage for job search documents and special job search features. Port Triton will also include a new job “”search agent”” that will automatically e-mail users any new job listings that meet the criteria they establish.

    The new Port Triton system marks a switch from Career Services’ current job listings provider, Monstertrak.com, to a non-profit system that will allow employees to deal directly with Career Services, rather than third-party commercial vendors.

    As of May 6, student documents and data located on the Monstertrak.com system, such as resumes and cover letters, will not be accessible on Port Triton. Career Services thus urges students to update and re-upload their information onto Port Triton before May 6.

    For more information about Port Triton, call (858) 534-3750.

    Jacobs School professor holds Cymer chair

    Professor Robert Bitmead has been named the inaugural holder of the Cymer, Inc. Endowed Chair in High Performance Dynamical Systems Modeling and Control by the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering.

    Robert Bitmead has served as a professor of dynamic systems and control in the school’s mechanical and aerospace department since 1999, and is an expert in the design of dynamic feedback control systems. His work includes control of combustion instabilities in jet engines and gas turbine power plants to increase efficiency and reduce pollution. Bitmead’s research also focuses on dynamic estimation and aims at improving performance of cellular phone networks.

    Prior to joining UCSD, Bitmead spent 16 years at the Australian National University in Canberra Department of Systems Engineering, where he served as executive director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Robust & Adaptive Systems. He is a fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

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