Briefs: March 1, 2007

Chargers deadline approaches for scholarships, grants

Friday, March 2 is the deadline to apply for more than $400,000 in scholarships, grants and computers available to students and schools in the San Diego community.

Applications for the Chargers Champions Scholarship and Grant Program can be accessed on Applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 2. The application forms also can be obtained by dialing (858) 874-4500.

The Chargers Champions Student Leader Scholarship will be awarded to 16 high school juniors who are “making a difference” in their schools and communities through leadership, service, citizenship and commitment. Each of the selected students will receive a $7,000 tuition scholarship, and a lap-top computer.

Sewage spill in La Jolla

An estimated 194-gallon sewage spill occurred recently on Coast Boulevard in La Jolla which caused a water contact closure for La Jolla Cove.

The spill, from a private sewer line, was reported to the City of San Diego Metropolitan Wastewater Department at 10:08 a.m. and was contained by city of San Diego crews at 11:45 a.m. The sewage flowed into a storm drain that empties into La Jolla Cove. Signs warning of sewage contaminated water were posted at La Jolla Cove and remained briefly in place until field measurements indicated the ocean water was once again safe for recreational use.

The cause of the spill is being investigated.

The county of San Diego Department of Environmental Health provides public notification of sewage spills that may impact recreational waters.

For updates on beach closure information please call the 24-hour hotline at (619) 338-2073.

For more information on the spill, please call the City of San Diego at (858) 292-6403 or visit, enter your ZIP code and select Beach Water Quality.

Governor to discuss global warming at UCSD March 15

Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski will address how scientific knowledge can be put to use in developing sound environmental policy, and how West Coast states are taking the national lead on global warming and coastal protection, in the inaugural lecture of the UCSD Science Studies Program Lecture Series in Science and Society on Thursday, March 15 in the Robinson Auditorium at UCSD.

The talk begins at 12:30 p.m., with Q&A to follow. Admission is free. Robinson Auditorium is in the Robinson Complex of UCSD’s Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies.

Since becoming governor in 2003, Kulongoski has established himself as a national leader on sustainability, global warming and energy independence.

The lecture is presented by the UCSD Science Studies Program, an interdisciplinary graduate program in history, philosophy, sociology and communication of science, and is supportedby a generous gift from an anonymous member of the San Diego community.

For information call (858) 534-0491.

UCSD research team receives $6 million award

A $6 million grant from The Fondation Leducq’s Transatlantic Networks of Excellence Program will support research by a global consortium of scientists headed by UCSD as they investigate “Immune Modulation of Cardiovascular Disease.”

The Fondation Leducq will help researchers at UCSD School of Medicine direct an innovative global network of scientists in the study of cardiovascular disease. The consortium’s proposal, “Immune Modulation of Cardiovascular Disease,” was selected to receive the award through the Fondation’s Transatlantic Networks of Excellence Program.

Fondation Leducq, a Paris-based nonprofit institution, is dedicated to improving human health through international efforts to combat cardiovascular disease. The American coordinator for the five-year study is Joseph Witztum, professor of Medicine at UCSD’s Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism.

The investigation will focus on the development of novel ways to help prevent atherosclerosis, the build- up of cholesterol within the walls of arteries, which is the leading cause of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases that cause heart attacks and strokes. Research has recently focused on the role of inflammation, and the immune system, in this process.

Network investigators are setting out to characterize this role, and to investigate highly novel treatments developed in light of the knowledge gained about immune disease, such as vaccines to prevent atherosclerosis.

La Jolla High gets business award

La Jolla High School has been awarded the $15,000 Teach Award from Best Buy.

La Jolla High will use the funds to further enhance their innovative initiative, which encourages education through the implementation of technology in the classroom.

The Gillispie School in La Jolla offers talk on Darfur genocide

The Gillispie School has a guest speaker, Dan Connell, a distinguished lecturer in journalism and African politics at Simmons College, Boston, coming to the school’s campus at 7380 Girard Ave. Monday, March 5, at 7 p.m. to speak on the genocide under way in Darfur.

Connell’s reports and commentary have been carried by the BBC, Voice of America, AP, Reuters, The Boston Globe, Foreign Affairs, The Nation, and other media.

He has consulted for the UN, Freedom House, Oxfam America and Human Rights Watch, among others, and is the founder and former director of Grassroots International. Prof. Connell is the author of six books and editor of three, including “Against All Odds: A Chronicle of the Eritrean Revolution” (1997); “Rethinking Revolution” (2002); and an anthology of articles by his students at Simmons, “Women to Women: Young Americans in South Africa” (2006).

The school is offering free wine and cheese and childcare. Wine donations are welcome. To RSVP call (858) 459-3773.

UCSD celebrates “Cat’s” anniversary

Fifty years ago, Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel took 220 words, rhymed them, and turned out “The Cat in the Hat,” a little volume of fun that set the world of Dick, Jane and Spot upside down.

That 50th anniversary will be marked at two events headed by UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox Friday, March 2 as well as several other celebrations on the UCSD campus.

The annual Dr. Seuss birthday party on campus, this year commemorating the famed author’s 103rd birthday, will follow at noon outside Geisel Library. Chancellor Fox will be joined by Geisel’s widow, Audrey Geisel, in serving some 2,000 pieces of cake served to students, faculty and staff.

Following the cake cutting, the Toy Piano Band will perform songs from “The Cat in the Hat Songbook” at 1 p.m. in the Price Center Plaza, and students from the Preuss School will take center stage and read several Dr. Seuss books.