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Dr. Bernice A. King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, will deliver a talk May 17 at UC San Diego. As CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Bernice King continues her parents' legacy of advocacy for justice, equality and nonviolence. The talk is part of the Helen Edison Lecture Series, hosted by UC San Diego Extended Studies. Register: https://go.ucsd.edu/3JOrxk9


UC San Diego has received $7.35 million in federal funding to re-establish the Scripps Center for Oceans and Human Health. Researchers from various disciplines will work together to monitor levels of ocean contaminants in a changing climate as part of a nationwide effort to ensure availability of safe seafood. https://go.ucsd.edu/4aYXS3g


Teens will examine the role of the news media in covering social issues and sustaining (or undermining) democracy in "Digital Media Literacy," a summer residential course from Academic Connections at UC San Diego Extended Studies. See all the residential and online summer classes for high-achieving high school students: https://go.ucsd.edu/3Lw70jw


Today’s college students have grown up in a world where climate change poses an intensifying threat. Some University of California students are now addressing climate challenges through research funded by the UC President’s Bonnie Reiss Climate Action Fellowship. Read about some of their research: https://bit.ly/447z9aT Elena Zhukova photo


Mi Universidad (My University), co-created by UC San Diego, is an outreach program that provides bilingual educational resources for students, parents and teachers in the San Diego-Tijuana region. Resources include free online courses developed by Spanish-speaking faculty at UC San Diego Extended Studies: https://miuniversidad.ucsd.edu UC San Diego photo/Erik Jepsen


A Sustainable ’Hood Education and Career Expo is coming to UC San Diego Park & Market May 11. It's offered in partnership with In Good Company, San Diego Urban Sustainability Coalition and San Diego Green Building Council. Participants can explore education and career paths in environmental science, renewable energy and more, and network with experts in the field. High school students can sign up for Sustainable Innovation Solutions Challenge for a top prize of $500! https://go.ucsd.edu/3VzMSVF


Monday is , and UC San Diego is marking the occasion with a week of sustainability related events, including a Climate Education Day April 24. The day's schedule includes a “Climate Crash Course,” Fireside Chat with Rep. Scott Peters and keynote speech by Professor V. Ramanathan of Scripps Institution of Oceanography: https://go.ucsd.edu/3JjjX0I


UCLA psychologists have discovered a brain circuit that makes mice seek out food even when they are not hungry. When stimulated, this cluster of cells causes mice to forage vigorously for fatty foods. People have the same kinds of cells, so the research could lead to insights on eating disorders. https://tinyurl.com/48vy8kbk


The rise of artificial intelligence has raised concerns about how AI will affect various professions, including computer programming. UC San Diego Extended Studies instructors Norman McEntire and James Gappy weigh in on how AI might impact programming and how programmers can stay ahead of evolving technologies: https://go.ucsd.edu/3x7orVs


How can we make sense of the violent events that dominate the news? In the summer online course “Comparative Political Violence,” teens will explore the politics of civil wars, genocides, riots, terrorism and more. The course is offered through Academic Connections at UC San Diego Extended Studies. https://go.ucsd.edu/3Lw70jw


High-achieving high school students can explore engineering careers in "Structural Engineering," a summer residential course from Academic Connections at UC San Diego Extended Studies. Students will explore how structural engineers simplify complex structures into easy-to-analyze models. See all the summer courses for teens: https://go.ucsd.edu/3Lw70jw


NASA's newest astronaut class, which graduated in March, includes Deniz Burnham, who earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. In fact, UC San Diego has a tradition of producing female astronauts: https://go.ucsd.edu/497mUfi


Sally Ride Science, part of UC San Diego Extended Studies, hosts its annual Women in Leadership conversation May 23 at UC San Diego's Price Center. This year's inspiring panelists are Ina Garten, “The Barefoot Contessa” cookbook author and TV host; Michelle Hanabusa, entrepreneur and anti-racism activist; and Margot Lee Shetterly, bestselling author of “Hidden Figures.” Award-winning journalist Lynn Sherr will return at moderator. Get tickets: https://go.ucsd.edu/3wl3DaM


UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla has awarded the inaugural Chancellor's Innovation Awards. The recipients are the innovators behind Vektor Medical, an AI-based technology for tracking heart arrhythmias, and FjordPhyto, a science platform that meshes climate science and tourism. Shown with Khosla is Allison Cusick, a PhD student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and founder of FjordPhyto. https://go.ucsd.edu/3TyM9lb


Girl Gains, a student organization at UC San Diego, promotes female weightlifting with the goal of empowering women inside and outside the weight room. The group, which welcomes beginners as well as experienced lifters, promotes body positivity and a sense of community. https://go.ucsd.edu/3TkYyJs


Teens can prepare for advanced studies and careers in the business world by enrolling in "Business Management for High Schoolers," a 9-month online course series offered through Futures at UC San Diego Extended Studies. The first class starts June 9, and scholarships are available. https://go.ucsd.edu/3NECF6d


The influence of artificial intelligence is expanding in our daily lives, including in health and medicine. UC San Diego School of Biological Sciences invites the public to a free virtual webinar April 12, where four leading experts will share their views on how society is navigating the new frontiers of AI and heath care. Register: https://go.ucsd.edu/3IwFuTh


University of California has a rich tradition of producing female astronauts. In fact, UC has ties to more female space travelers than any other school in the solar system. Thirteen women who studied or taught at UC schools have flown in space, including Megan McArthur, who got her BS from UCLA and PhD from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego: https://bit.ly/4a5lcvN


Sally Ride Science, part of UC San Diego Extended Studies, has announced the inspiring panel for its 2024 Women in Leadership conversation, coming to UC San Diego’s Price Center May 23. Panelists are, from left, Ina Garten, “The Barefoot Contessa” cookbook author and TV host; Michelle Hanabusa, entrepreneur and anti-racism activist; and Margot Lee Shetterly, bestselling author of “Hidden Figures.” Journalist Lynn Sherr will return at moderator. Learn more: https://go.ucsd.edu/3wl3DaM


High school students will explore the vast diversity of marine life, from microscopic plankton to blue whales, in "Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics," a summer residential course from Academic Connections at UC San Diego Extended Studies. See all the residential and online summer classes for teens on some of the most exciting fields of research at UC San Diego: https://go.ucsd.edu/3Lw70jw


A new Arts Channel launched by University of California Television (UCTV) will offer free access to music, dance, film, theater, visual arts and more. The channel features cultural arts programming from faculty, students and partners from UC San Diego and UC campuses across the state. https://go.ucsd.edu/42FIw0X


Apply now for summer Academic Connections classes from UC San Diego Extended Studies. High-achieving high school students can enroll in college-level classes on some of the most exciting fields of research at UC San Diego. Both residential and online classes are offered. https://go.ucsd.edu/3Lw70jw


Three UC San Diego assistant professors have been honored with the 2024 Sloan Research Fellowship, one of the most prestigious awards for early-career scientists. The recipients are Vineet Augustine, neurobiology; Abdoulaye Ndao, electrical and computer engineering; and Monique Smith, neurobiology. https://go.ucsd.edu/3OSQjTl


Happy from UC San Diego Extended Studies Pre-College Programs. This year's theme for International Women's Day is "Inspire Inclusion." Read about how we carry on the inpsirational legacy of America’s first woman in space as the home of Sally Ride Science: https://go.ucsd.edu/435NfJi


In Times of San Diego, Mimi Pollack provides an overview of the exciting offerings at the UC San Diego Park & Market building in downtown San Diego. "This four-floor building occupies the entire block," she writes. "Inside, you will discover unique movies, music, and educational classes." https://tinyurl.com/3jcstjsy


Pickleball, America’s fastest-growing sport, is a fast-moving game with sudden stops and starts, so players can easily get injured. UC San Diego Health physical therapists recommend a pre-game routine to help prevent picklball injuries: https://go.ucsd.edu/4buYhM3


San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering is coming to Snapdragon Stadium March 2, and Sally Ride Science, part of UC San Diego Extended Studies, will be there! Visit the SRS booth for a map-matching activity that's fun for the whole family. https://lovestemsd.org/


How does screen time affect young people? Parents and families are invited to the workshop "The Brain, Social Media and Gaming" to explore the impact of these technologies on mental and physical well-being, cognitive development and creativity. The workshop is coming March 25 to Rancho Penasquitos Library from , a partnership of San Diego Central Library and UC San Diego Extended Studies. Register: https://bit.ly/49fYXn2


Abby Sherlock, a 2019 graduate of UC San Diego, has been named to this year’s Forbes “30 Under 30” list for her innovative contributions to the video game industry. Sherlock, an associate game producer for Los Angeles-based Riot Games, has worked to make gaming more accessible and appealing to previously untapped markets, including girls. https://go.ucsd.edu/495wfEN


UC San Diego has become a pioneer in conducting health science research in space. In one such project, Jane Isquith and Jessica Pham of the Jamieson Lab helped send stem cells to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Falcon to study how microgravity affects the cells. Read about the research: https://go.ucsd.edu/3OeDdzm UC San Diego Health Sciences photo

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