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August 25, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
UC San Diego and UC Riverside are first and second in the annual "socially conscious" ranking of national universities being released Monday by Washington Monthly magazine. For the fourth year in a row, the San Diego campus topped the Washington Monthly list which emphasizes such factors as enrolling and graduating low-income students, supporting research and encouraging students' public service. The 10-campus UC system once again did very well -- with four campuses in the top 10 and six in the top 25. UC Riverside moved up to second nationally from ninth last year.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
California high school seniors had a slightly easier time this year in winning a freshman seat somewhere in the University of California system, according to a report released Friday. But it became noticeably more difficult at the most coveted campuses, such as UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine and UC San Diego, the report stated. The share of California applicants who were offered a space on at least one of UC's nine undergraduate campuses was 61.2%, up from 60.6% last year, the UC statistics showed.
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SPORTS
May 17, 1985 | TONY COOPER
After Poway High School's girl's swimming team won the Palomar League meet last week, Poway Coach Will Scandalis said the Titans could "kick" their opponents whenever they had to. Mount Carmel, which has won the San Diego Section CIF girls swimming and diving title two years in a row, took offense to Scandalis' comment. In fact, several Sundevils swimmers showed up at Thursday's preliminaries at Mount Carmel with plastic, stick-on feet on the backs of their swimsuits.
TRAVEL
April 4, 2014 | By Irene Lechowitzky
SAN DIEGO  - SeaWorld? Check. Balboa Park? Check. The zoo? Check. Most folks heading here for a vacation visit the usual tourist spots. Those are great, but there's more to the self-styled America's Finest City than a famous theme park, museums, and lions and tigers and bears, oh my. Why not add the city's outdoor art to the checklist? San Diego has a treasure-trove of dynamic, free outdoor art installations that the casual visitor might easily overlook. These pieces, by big-name artists as well as lesser-known talents, are easily reachable and, in some cases, just steps from tourist spots.
SCIENCE
September 9, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
A UC San Diego chemistry center has won $20 million from the National Science Foundation to continue pioneering research on the effects of tiny atmospheric particles on climate. The award, announced Monday, follows a much smaller NSF grant that helped establish the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment at the university three years ago. Distributed over five years, the funding will underwrite research by a multidisciplinary team of scientists from various institutions who are examining the role that microscopic atmospheric particles called aerosols play in precipitation and other aspects of climate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A male student at UC San Diego was slashed in the neck Monday night in an unprovoked attack by what witnesses described as a knife-wielding transient, authorities said. Campus police and San Diego police were scouring the La Jolla campus on foot and by helicopter after the attack, which occured about 7 p.m. near Center Hall.The suspect was described as a 5-foot-4, thin white male in his 50s with a bushy beard. The student's injuries were described as non-life threatening.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2010 | By Larry Gordon
A UC San Diego student admitted Friday to hanging a rope noose from a campus library bookcase in an act that triggered more protests at a school already roiled by other recent racially charged incidents. Angry students responded to the incident by storming and occupying the office of UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox. The sit-in continued for about six hours Friday and ended without arrests, and a sympathy protest at UCLA lasted about an hour, officials said. UC San Diego police confirmed that the student contacted them Friday morning and acknowledged responsibility for placing the noose the night before on a lamp fixture atop a seventh-floor bookcase in the campus' main library.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Thanks to a $100-million donation, UC San Diego will be creating a new clinical center to study how the use of stem cells may help cure or alleviate leukemia, spinal cord injuries, Alzheimer's disease and other health problems, officials announced Monday. The gift is from  T. Denny Sanford , a South Dakota businessman who made a fortune in the banking and credit card industry and has been very generous to various healthcare initiatives. The new Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center at UC San Diego will integrate researchers affiliated with the UC medical center there and several other nearby organizations in the La Jolla area, including the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, the Scripps Research Institute and the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute.
BUSINESS
May 17, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Billionaire Larry Ellison has hired UC San Diego energy expert Byron Washom to help fulfill his vision of sustainable energy for the Hawaiian island of Lanai, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Washom became the school's first director of strategic energy initiatives in 2008 in an effort to turn the 1,200-acre campus into a "living laboratory" of sustainability. On Lanai, he will work to maximize renewable energy efforts using a microgrid similar to one he manages at UC San Diego as well as produce more fresh water through desalination.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2010 | By Larry Gordon
The UC San Diego student reportedly responsible for hanging a noose last week in a campus library issued a public, but anonymous, apology Monday and said she had no racist motivation. The noose's discovery set off protests at a school that is already tense from recent racially charged episodes and triggered condemnations from UC leaders and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. In a letter published Monday on the front page of the UC San Diego student newspaper, the Guardian, the student wrote that the incident was "a mindless act and stupid mistake" and was not meant to recall the lynching of blacks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
About a quarter of UC students, faculty and staff reported that they had experienced some exclusionary, intimidating or offensive situations on campus and 9% said those incidents had interfered with their ability to study or work, according to a survey released by the university system Wednesday. Those results in the long-awaited Campus Climate survey elicited mixed responses from leaders of the 10-campus UC system. They said they were pleased that 73% of UC undergraduates reported feeling comfortable or very comfortable in their classes and just about 6% said they felt uncomfortable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | Jean Merl
At a recent reception in their honor, four of California's Democratic freshman House members posed for photos and beamed at well-wishers. But signs of the battles they face were hard to miss. Asked by a fellow politician how his reelection campaign was going, Rep. Scott Peters of San Diego replied, "Hanging in. Got a tough race. " The same answer could have come from any of the honorees. Although the rest of their first-term colleagues occupy seats in strongly Democratic districts, for these four, California's deep blue hue looks more like pale violet.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
This post has been updated. Please see below for details. This spring's National Football League draft will tell us who the most prized college players are. It's thought to be a good year for quarterbacks. College and university talent in the arts gets no such showcase. Perhaps the nearest thing is the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, held each spring in Washington. It's a good year for Southern California playwrights. The Kennedy Center announced Thursday that Jeff Augustin of UC San Diego and Brian Polak of USC have won $1,000 first-place awards for full-length plays, with $500 runner-up awards going to Michael Yichao of the California Institute of the Arts and Kristin Idaszak of UC San Diego.
SCIENCE
March 12, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
A project that could point the way to a new class of drugs to treat influenza won the top prize Tuesday night at the Intel Science Talent Search, netting 17-year-old Eric S. Chen a cool $100,000. Chen, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, combined chemistry, biology and computer modeling to find compounds capable of blocking an enzyme called endonuclease, which the flu virus needs to spread. Despite taking home the grand prize at the 2013 Google Science Fair and the top individual honor at the 2013 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology , Chen said he didn't expect to come in first at the Intel competition . “I had no idea I was going to win,” Chen told his hometown newspaper, the San Diego Union-Tribune, after the awards were announced in Washington, D.C. “If I had placed between fifth and 10th, I would have been incredibly happy.” Chen has worked in the lab of Rommie Amaro , an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UC San Diego, since the summer of 2012.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
SAN DIEGO - Above the water line, the Point Loma wharf at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography is impressive: large, high-tech ships dock there before cruising off to research sea life and climate conditions around the world. The skyline of downtown San Diego skyscrapers looms across the bay. Underwater, however, is a much less glamorous view of the concrete pier and wharf, with rotten and broken pilings, exposed rebar and dangling wooden supports. It is a glimpse, scientists say, of the worrisome decay that could threaten their efforts to better understand tsunamis, seismic faults and the effect of pollution on fish.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A male student at UC San Diego was slashed in the neck Monday night in an unprovoked attack by what witnesses described as a knife-wielding transient, authorities said. Campus police and San Diego police were scouring the La Jolla campus on foot and by helicopter after the attack, which occured about 7 p.m. near Center Hall.The suspect was described as a 5-foot-4, thin white male in his 50s with a bushy beard. The student's injuries were described as non-life threatening.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
UC San Diego and UC Riverside are first and second in the annual "socially conscious" ranking of national universities being released Monday by Washington Monthly magazine. For the fourth year in a row, the San Diego campus topped the Washington Monthly list , which emphasizes such factors as enrolling and graduating low-income students, supporting research and encouraging students' public service. The 10-campus UC system once again did very well - with four campuses in the top 10 and six in the top 25. UC Riverside moved up to second nationally from ninth last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2009 | Tony Perry
Clive W.J. Granger, co-winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize for economics for his iconoclastic view about how his profession used figures to predict the future, has died. He was 74. Granger, a professor emeritus in the economics department at UC San Diego, died Wednesday at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla after a short illness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Thanks to a $100-million donation, UC San Diego will be creating a new clinical center to study how the use of stem cells may help cure or alleviate leukemia, spinal cord injuries, Alzheimer's disease and other health problems, officials announced Monday. The gift is from  T. Denny Sanford , a South Dakota businessman who made a fortune in the banking and credit card industry and has been very generous to various healthcare initiatives. The new Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center at UC San Diego will integrate researchers affiliated with the UC medical center there and several other nearby organizations in the La Jolla area, including the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, the Scripps Research Institute and the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute.
NEWS
October 6, 2013 | By Alicia Banks and Saba Hamedy
Scott Desposato was 22 when he and a group of friends biked across the country. They started in San Diego and finished in Washington, D.C. The cross-country trek not only benefited a fundraiser but had a life-long effect on Desposato. The 46-year-old commutes to and from work every day. “There's an incredible sense of freedom when you're on a bike and not in a car,” he said. “One day, I saw a whale off the coast in San Diego. You don't get to see that in your car.” Desposato is now passing on his love for biking to his children.
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