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UCSD Ranked Fifth For Research and Development Expenditure

The National Science Foundation ranked UCSD as the fifth best university in the nation for research and development expenditures for fiscal 2013 with $1,075,554,000 in total expenditures. UCSD is the highest University of California school on the list, with UC San Francisco ranked sixth, UCLA ranked 10th, UC Berkeley ranked 24th and UC Davis ranked 25th. The data for this year show a slight increase in expenditure compared to the $1,073,864,000 spent in fiscal 2012. The four universities ranked higher than UCSD were Johns Hopkins University, the University of Michigan, the University of Washington and the University of Wisconsin.

STARS Program Expands To Include Non-STEM Students

The Frontiers of Innovation Program at UCSD is allocating additional funding to expand the Summer Training Academy for Research in the Sciences. STARS is a campuswide program led by Vice Chancellor for Research Sandra Brown and Dean of the Graduate Division Kim Barrett and other university faculty members. The summer academy recruits prospective graduate students from community colleges and Hispanic-Serving Institutions in California and consists of eight weeks under the mentorship of prominent UCSD faculty. While it was primarily targeted to students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, the additional funding from The Frontiers of Innovation will help make the program accessible to students from various academic disciplines.

UC San Diego Hospital Fined For Preventable Death

UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest was one of nine California hospitals that were cited for preventable incidents of death. The hospital was responsible for the death of 58-year-old Thomas Vera, a disoriented man who walked out of his room and managed to leave the medical center while still in his gown. Officials found his body in a nearby canyon five days later, and the hospital received a fine of $100,000. According to a state investigation, one way the incident could have been prevented is if the panic button in his room had been operable.

Geisel Library Exhibits Dr. Seuss’ Personal Hat Collection 

Geisel Library will temporarily be featuring an exhibit of 26 hats from Theodore Geisel’s personal collection as part of the author’s annual birthday celebrations on campus. Called “Hats Off to Dr. Seuss,” the display inside the Library’s Special Collections & Archives area will be open to the public from Feb. 24 to March 22 during the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Dr. Seuss’ official birthday party on March 2, which will also feature free cake and musical entertainment by the Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra