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Mia Savoia: Dual Roles of Dean and Diseases Doctor

Despite advances in global healthcare, the threat of highly infectious diseases spreading out of control, here and abroad, is a constant concern for Mia Savoia. As an infectious diseases physician at UCSD Medical Center, she’s well aware that the next great pandemic could be lurking around the corner. Take, for example, the Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) spread by mosquito bites. Savoia points … [Read More...]

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Charlie Grier: "I thought it would be a useful tool to have for those living in the border regions and travelers abroad."

The Border Conversion Factor: “A First Step in Changing Career Directions”

An expat living in Mexico who spends considerable time shopping on both sides of the border, Charlie Grier thought it was time someone created an app that converted currencies and units in one easy step. So he did it himself. “I discovered there weren’t any apps which combined currency conversion and unit conversion in a single step,” he said. “I thought it would be a useful tool to have for those living in the border regions and travelers abroad." Thus inspired, he created Border … [Read More...]

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The Sounds of Far-flung Diplomacy: “I Truly Feel I Can Do Some Good”

Trumpet in hand, Norman Barth’s career travels have taken him far and wide. At present, he’s the deputy chief of mission of the U.S. embassy in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, a distance of 4,800 miles from San Diego, where in June he took part in UC San Diego Extension’s “Jazz Camp.” Wherever he goes, his trumpet goes with him. That was especially true during the camp’s week-long immersion into the finer points of the authentically American art form. “I’m living in a … [Read More...]

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“Samson and Delilah” Documentary Wins Award for UCSD-TV: “We Couldn’t Be More Proud”

UCSD-TV has been honored with a coveted Platinum Aurora Award for the production of “San Diego Opera Spotlight: Samson and Delilah.” The program was honored as "Best of Show" in the “Documentary-Cultural” category. Produced and edited by John Menier and photographed by Menier and Marci Bretts, the 30-minute program provides an insider’s look at the Opera’s 2013 performance of “Samson and Delilah.” The behind-the-scenes production spotlights the opera’s elaborate sets, bravura arias, large … [Read More...]

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Good Neighbor Policy: Promoting Social Constructivism in Virtual Communities of Practice

Morgan Appel, Director, Education Department In my capacity as a program director offering online coursework for educators, I am frequently compelled to respond to questions related to impacts on synergies between students and instructors found in more traditional brick and mortar environments. The perceived dearth of opportunities for meaningful interaction is part of the popular folklore associated with online learning. In point of fact, an emerging research literature and empirical … [Read More...]

Instructor Don Greenlee: "I resisted. I pouted.  I sulked."

From Online Curmudgeon to Convert: Triumph Over the Classic Stages of Grief

Editor's note: Don Greenlee, a longtime UC San Diego Extension instructor who has taught engineering courses through the years, spans the era of strictly classroom teaching to the current era of online instruction. Below, he ruminates on that transformation. His upcoming course, Systems Verification and Validation, part of the Systems Engineering certificate program, starts Oct. 6 and continues through Dec. 5. By Don Greenlee I’ve had the pleasure of teaching within UC San Diego … [Read More...]

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Charlie Grier: "I thought it would be a useful tool to have for those living in the border regions and travelers abroad."

The Border Conversion Factor: “A First Step in Changing Career Directions”

An expat living in Mexico who spends considerable time shopping on both sides of the border, Charlie Grier thought it was time someone created an app that converted currencies and units in one easy step. So he did it himself. “I discovered there weren’t any apps which combined currency conversion and unit conversion in a single step,” he said. “I thought it would be a useful tool to have for … [Read More...]

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The process of microbial fermentation is a critical component of industrial biotechnology.

UC San Diego Extension to Present Microbial Fermentation Workshop: “This is the Most Exciting Time Ever for Biotechnology”

The inscrutable ingredients found on the labels of salad dressings might seem of little consequence to our daily lives. Same with yogurt, running shoes, refrigerators, Spandex, electronics, plastics, … [Read More...]

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Instructor Profile: Carmen Alzás, English to Spanish Translation

Shared Experiences: “We’ve All Become Good Friends”

Carmen Alzás does more than teach her UC San Diego Extension students how to speak better Spanish. She treats them as friends. “A lot of my students end up being friends of mine,” said Alzás. “As a Mexican, I believe that’s part of my personality. They feel like they’re learning from someone they can relate to, so we talk about our shared experiences. That’s what I express in my classes, … [Read More...]

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Mia Savoia: Dual Roles of Dean and Diseases Doctor

Despite advances in global healthcare, the threat of highly infectious diseases spreading out of control, here and abroad, is a constant concern for Mia Savoia. As an infectious diseases physician … [Read More...]

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