Briefs

Man Shot in Rear End

A man was shot in the buttocks at a San Diego bar, True North Tavern, early Sunday morning after getting into an argument with an unknown male suspect. The suspect, a 30-year-old male, then took out a gun and shot the victim in his behind. Police are still looking for the shooter and have no suspect information at this time. The victim was taken to a local hospital for his injury; his condition is unknown. The incident is still under investigation and is the second violent altercation that has happened in the North Park bar. Last October, a man was stabbed in the cheek outside the tavern, sustaining face lacerations.

UCSD Faculty Wins Sloan Foundation Fellowships

UCSD faculty members Nuno Bandeira, Eva-Maria Schoetz Collins, Adrian Ioana and Martin Tresguerres were selected among recipients of the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships for 2013, grants awarded to scientists and scholars identified as rising stars. The fellowships, administered by the Sloan Foundation annually since 1995, are given to researchers in the fields of chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, evolutionary and computational molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences and physics. Recipients are granted $50,000 to continue their research; UCSD has received over $3.3 million in these fellowships since 1984. This year’s recipients from UCSD have received their awards for research conducted in molecular biology, mathematics, physics and ocean sciences.

Thousands Participate in “Finish Chelsea’s Run”

Thousands of people gathered in Balboa Park on Saturday to participate in the third annual “Finish Chelsea’s Run,” a five-kilometer run hosted by the family of the late Chelsea King and the Chelsea’s Light Foundation. The event, which has drawn over 3,500 people since it was first organized, also included a family festival with children’s activities. It served as a fundraiser for the Sunflower Scholarship Fund, a program aimed at assisting San Diego youth in achieving academic goals; in 2011, the run raised $120,000 and granted 11 Sunflower Scholarships. “Finish Chelsea’s Run” was first started in March 2010 by a group of runners who wanted to honor 17-year-old King — who was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and killed — by completing the after-school run that she would never be able to finish.

Death at a Funeral Procession

Patric Wade Patterson, a 58-year-old motorcyclist, was killed on Saturday in a traffic collision in San Diego, after hitting the back of a pickup truck that had stopped because of a funeral procession. Paramedics performed CPR, but were unable to revive Patterson, who was said to be driving at a high speed when he collided with the truck on an on-ramp to Interstate 805.

San Diego Zoo Butterfly Jungle

Approximately 500 to 700 butterfly pupae were shipped to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park from Costa Rica, in preparation for the annual Butterfly Jungle event from March 16 to April 7. During the event, attendees will witness thousands of butterflies from 30 different species as they walk through the Hidden Jungle aviary. Currently, animal care staff are sorting, counting and priming the butterfly pupae for metamorphosis, during which they will emerge from their casings and be placed into the aviary.

Great White Sharks Protected

Beginning March 1, the California Endangered Species Act will protect great white sharks off the coast of California from being hunted, pursued or killed, in an effort to save the species from extinction. According to environmental groups, only approximately 340 great white sharks remain in the Northwestern Pacific region, as a result of commercial fishing and research purposes. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is currently deciding whether or not to name the species as endangered, and will announce their decision in early 2014.