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Byron Washom

Solar Pioneer
Globe-trotting entrepreneur finds home heading strategic energy efforts at UCSD
In his late 20s and early 30s, Byron Washom helped develop the technology that currently powers the space station. Later, he set up renewable energy projects in developing countries around the globe, helping raise a quarter billion dollars in funding over 14 years. For the last nine years, he combined his roles as a social entrepreneur and consultant with that of a single parent to two children. In 2008, Washom embarked on what he describes as “the ultimate encore career” as the director of strategic energy initiatives at UC San Diego.
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Chancellor's Medals Awarded to
Community Leaders in Celebration of 50th Anniversary

Chancellor's MedalsIn celebration of its 50th anniversary, UC San Diego will bestow Chancellor's Medals on two individuals and three couples—the most at one time in the university's history—to recognize outstanding support and service to UCSD. Honorees are Pauline Foster, Audrey Geisel, Irwin and Joan Jacobs, Jerome and Miriam Katzin, and Ernest and Evelyn Rady. The Chancellor's Medal award recipients will be honored as part of the university's Celebrate50 dinner on Nov. 13. More arrow

Helping Kids Eat Healthy? There's an App for That
                                                                    Scholar Want to know if you, and your children, are eating the right amount of calories, and the right kind of foods, for breakfast, lunch or dinner? There's an app for that. It's called "Food Buster" and it was developed by Aaron Coleman and Jesica Oratowski-Coleman, a married couple who both work at Calit2 on the UC San Diego campus. The app won a prize in the Apps for Healthy Kids Challenge, sponsored by first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign. The two UCSD employees got to go to Washington, D.C. to collect their award.“It was really cool,” Aaron said of their trip to the nation’s capital. “We were staying down the block from the White House. More arrow

UC San Diego Ranks 5th in
Nation for Federal R & D Dollars

UC San Diego Ranks 5thUC San Diego again ranks fifth among top U.S. universities in federal research and development dollars, with $511,428, 000 in expenditures for fiscal year 2009, according to figures released by the National Science Foundation. More arrow

UC San Diego Partners with
Mozambique University to Deliver Quality Health Care

$12.5 million linked grants will help double the number of physicians graduating from Mozambique medical schools
Mozambique UniversityAimed at enhancing the capacity of Mozambique's flagship medical school, Universidade Eduardo Modlane and the UCSD School of Medicine entered into a partnership in 2007 to address both short and long-term medical human resource needs in Mozambique. More arrow

Scripps Researchers, UCSD Chemists to Create
Center Devoted to Chemistry's Influence on Climate

LA Smog Scientists in the department of chemistry and biochemistry and Scripps Institution of Oceanography have won a grant to study prevailing mysteries about how chemistry influences climate and atmospheric processes.The $1.5 million National Science Foundation award forms the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment, which aims to determine how the chemical composition of aerosol particles and the chemical reactions occurring at their surface impact Earth's climate. More arrow

Campus Helps Soaring Number
of Community Members Suffering from Hunger

Suffering from HungerAs a result of the difficult economic climate, hunger is at an all time high in San Diego. At UC San Diego, students, staff and faculty are doing their part to help feed the community by participating in the Colleges Rock Hunger contest Oct. 6 to 22, hosted by the San Diego Food Bank. The nonprofit agency handed out 15.3 million pounds of food this past fiscal year, a 56 percent increase from the 9.1 million pounds two years earlier. According to the Center on Hunger and Poverty, today over five million Californians are hungry or live in fear of hunger. More arrow

San Diego Supercomputer Center
Participates in First 'Census of Marine Life'

Marine LifeAfter a decade of joint work involving 2,700 researchers from 80 countries, the world's scientists— as well as the general public—can now access the Census of Marine Life, which provides the first in-depth look at the more than 120,000 diverse species which inhabit our oceans. More arrow

Alumni Toast 50 Years of the Extraordinary at UCSD
Alumni Toast 50 Years They came from all across California, reuniting in the heart of the Napa Valley s Oct. 2 to raise a glass in celebration of one common extraordinary accomplishment: 50 years of historic milestones, remarkable achievements and innovative firsts at their alma mater. At the beautiful Castello di Amorosa, more than 250 Bay Area alumni and friends reconnected with their university to celebrate its 50th Anniversary, taking pride in past accomplishments while looking forward to the next half century. More arrow

Robertson Foundation for Government
Pledges $450,000 to Fund UC San Diego Graduate Students Committed to Federal Government Careers

Robertson FoundationThree UC San Diego graduate students will receive full financial support from a private foundation to prepare for careers with the federal government. The new Robertson Fellows Program, which begins with the current 2010-11 academic year, is being funded by the Robertson Foundation for Government, which has pledged $450,000 over the next four years. The program will cover expenses for outstanding students to complete their master's degrees at UCSD's School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. More arrow


African American History Professor
Henry Louis Gates Jr. to Speak

African AmericanHarvard professor and PBS documentary writer/producer Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will deliver a free lecture on “Genealogy, Genetics, and African-American History” at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Price Center Ballroom. The event is open to the public with general seating. Early arrival is suggested. More arrow

Sam B. Ersan Gift to Support
Chamber Music at UC San Diego

Chamber MusicThe innovative chamber music series, Camera Lucida, returns this fall to UC San Diego, for its third season of collaborative, one-of-a-kind performances. Bringing together talented musicians from the university's faculty and distinguished performers from the San Diego Symphony, this season promises to take the chamber music experience to the next level. The series will kick off with a performance by the celebrated Myriad Trio Oct. 11. More arrow

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Recent Global Rankings Place Jacobs School
of Engineering Among World's Top Universities

Press Clips

  arrow African Medical Education Gets
a $130 Million Boost in NIH/PEPFAR Initiative

Oct. 7
  arrow Taking on Malaria in the Amazon
The Lancet, U.K.
Oct. 6
  arrow Weight-loss Programs Really Work -- If They're Free
Oct. 10
    Five Hours Sleep is Enough, Study Finds
The Telegraph, U.K.
Oct. 2
  arrow UCSD Raises $41,000 for
African-American Student Scholarships

San Diego Union-Tribune
Oct. 5

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October 11, 2010

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Campus Notices

Notice of the Annual Clery Campus Security Report

At Work
Post Employment Benefits Town Hall Meetings
Faculty and staff are invited to attend one of the Post-Employment Benefits Town Hall meeitngs on Friday, Oct. 22. Representatives from the UC Office of the President will update the university community about the options before the UC Regents to ensure the long-term stability of the UC Retirement Plan. For information about the proposals regarding UC Retirement benefits, click here.
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2009-2010 Annual Service
Awards Ceremony

The 43rd Annual Service Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, in the Price Center West Ballroom. This year, the campus will celebrate 654 staff members who have achieved between 10 and 40 years of service during the period from Sept. 1, 2009 to Aug. 31, 2010.
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San Diego Science Festival Receives National Recognition
The San Diego Science Festival and Agilent Technologies, a major sponsor of the festival, were recently recognized for their efforts to increase student interest and achievement in science education by President Obama’s nationwide “Change the Equation" initiative, which seeks to improve science.
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Training Enrollment System Launches
The new UC-wide enrollment system for training, the "UC Learning Center" is now available to campus users. This system replaces Enrollment Central. More arrow

Staff Education and Development Courses

New Supervisor Orientation
8:30 AM - 12:30 pm

Intermediate Microsoft Power Point
10/19/2010 and 10/21/2010
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Microsoft Web Design
10/20/2010 and 10/22/2010
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

What's Happening

Revelle Forum: Ingrid Betancourt
7 p.m.
Oct. 20, 2010
The Neurosciences Institute


New Writing Series Presents Seth Lerer
4:30 p.m.
Oct. 13, 2010
Visual Arts Facility: Performance Space


Native American Storytelling Exhibit
Oct. 18-29, 2010
Price Center


50th Anniversary Tours
Nov. 2010 - May 2011


SEA Days
11 a.m.
Oct. 16, 2010
Birch Aquarium

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You Do The Math

$500,000 = amount UC San Diego researcher Carol Padden will receive as part of  the MacArthur Fellowship she was awarded last month.

Faculty Authors
Dismantling the Empire

Latinoamérica: ¿existe? Una conceptualización fotográfica
By David Mares
This photo essay book highlights the tension among journalism, art and politics. Mares has been Professor of the Centro de Estudios Internacionales at El Colegio de Mexico, Fulbright Professor at the Universidad de Chile and Visiting Professor at FLACSO-Ecuador. He is the author of five books. More arrow

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