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SAN DIEGO — Later this month, First Lady Michelle Obama will return to San Diego for the third time since her husband assumed presidential office. She will be hosted by Joan and Irwin Jacobs in their La Jolla home and will headline a breakfast fundraiser for President Obama’s “2012 Victory Fund” on Oct. 26. The breakfast costs $1,000 per person, but having a photo taken with Mrs. Obama raises the price to $5,000.

Other local political figures, such as Ellen and David Dolgen and Elaine and Murray Galinson, will be in attendance.  

— Lara Budge
Contributing Writer

SAN DIEGO — A 23-year-old woman died Saturday morning after being hit by a car near UCSD.

The woman and a friend were crossing La Jolla Village Drive around 1:30 a.m. when another woman, driving a Toyota Corolla, struck the pedestrian, who died of injuries at the scene.

The victim’s name will not be released until her family is notified.Police told NBC San Diego that the pedestrian may have been intoxicated, but are waiting for a medical examination to confirm.

Police also believe that the driver had a green light, and are currently not holding her at fault.  

— Aleksandra Konstantinovic
Contributing Writer

CAMPUS — UCSD’s Rady School of Management announced last week that it will soon open a U.S.–Israel Center on Innovation and Economic Sustainability. The center will encourage business and cultural partnerships between the countries and will focus in particular on methodologies of successful startup companies.

U.S. students will travel to Israel for networking and experiencing cross-cultural business through the Immersion Program, which will be launched in December 2012. Israeli students will visit UCSD early next year. During this time, Rady and Israeli students will work together to discuss solutions to Israeli social issues.

— Gloria Lin
Contributing Writer

CAMPUS — From Nov. 15–16, UCSD will host its third annual “Founders’ Celebration,” honoring UCSD’s leaders, innovators and, this year, the investiture of Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. Festivities will commence with an invitation-only dinner, during which Chancellor Khosla will present the Chancellor’s Medal recipient for 2012.

The following day will feature Khosla’s inauguration ceremony as well as a range of campus and community-wide activities in conjunction with this year’s event theme: “We Inspire.”

A.S. Concert and Events has introduced university-wide activities, including the “We Inspire” video contest and a student passport prize system at the Hullabaloo festival.

— Mekala Neelakantas
Contributing Writer

CAMPUS — UCSD announced last week that it has hired two renowned researchers to expand its cancer research program. Napoleone Ferrara joins UCSD after 24 years at Greentech, where he earned a Lacker Award, nicknamed “America’s Nobel,” for his work on angiogenesis and development of the cancer-fighting drug, Avastin.

Razelle Kurzrock is from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Center. A distinguished oncologist, Kurzock organized Phase 1 clinical trials, a program UCSD has not had until now. Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences David Brenner said that he hopes these hires will help take UCSD’s Moores Cancer Research Center to the next level.

Both are expected to begin work on campus later this quarter.

— Sean Nam
Contributing Writer

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