In Brief

Renowned UCSD Parkinson’s disease researcher dies

La Jolla resident Clifford W. Shults, M.D, 56, professor of neurosciences at UCSD School of Medicine and neurologist at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, died of complications of cancer on Feb. 7.

A physician, teacher and researcher, Shults was widely recognized for his studies of movement disorders and especially for his contributions to understanding the causes of Parkinson’s disease. In a study published in 2002, he was the first to show a successful method to slow progressive impairment in patients with early-stage Parkinson’s disease using the antioxidant Q-10, an over-the-counter supplement.

“Dr. Shults always conducted his research with the utmost scientific integrity,” said David D. Song, co-director of UCSD’s Parkinson’s Disease Research Center. “His groundbreaking approaches to the study of Parkinson’s disease gave thousands of patients hope. He was extremely hardworking, but always generous with his time to me and other colleagues in the department, and we will miss his leadership.”

“He was truly a bench-to-bedside researcher,” said Evelyn Tecoma, UCSD professor of neurosciences and neurologist at the VA San Diego Medical Center. “He studied what goes wrong at the cellular level in Parkinson’s, and then used those findings to design clinical trials aimed at finding ways to protect the patients’ nervous system from the disease.” Tecoma added, “He really loved seeing patients in the clinic and teaching residents.”

Shults was instrumental in establishing the Veterans Affairs San Diego Medical Center as part of the national network of Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Centers, dedicated to caring for veterans with the disease.

He also coordinated a study by researchers at 12 sites around the country as part of a five-year, $7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study Multiple Systems Atrophy, a progressive, fatal neurological disorder.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Habitat for Humanity as a remembrance.

Employees lead UCSD fund-raising efforts

Faculty and staff have contributed more than $1 million in five months to The Campaign for UCSD, the university’s $1 billion fund-raising initiative.

“I wouldn’t work here if I didn’t believe in all the great things that UCSD has accomplished today, and plans to achieve in the future,” said Rex Graham, a senior public information representative for the Jacobs School of Engineering.

Graham took his belief in the university one step further by spearheading a grassroots fund-raising effort to encourage faculty and staff in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Bioengineering and Structural Engineering departments to give online to the Jacobs School’s Teams in Engineering Service, a philanthropic program that enables undergraduates to apply engineering skills to help groups ranging from convalescent homes serving the frail elderly to the region’s nonprofit organizations.

To date, more than 1,000 current and former faculty and staff members have contributed over $1 million to the university.

To learn more about the Faculty-Staff Campaign, visit

Local high schools compete at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

On Saturday, Feb. 24, 16 teams from 14 regional high schools will convene at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, part of UCSD, for La Jolla Surf Bowl 2007, the one-day regional ocean science competition for the 10th annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl.

The daylong competition will conclude with an awards ceremony at Scripps Oceanography. The winning team will advance to the NOSB national finals in Long Island, NY.

NOSB is an educational program developed to stimulate high school students’ interest in ocean sciences and broaden public understanding of the value of ocean research.

This competition also provides students who have an interest in math and science the opportunity to receive national recognition for their academic excellence.

NOSB aims to foster the next generation of marine scientists, educators and policy makers.

“The National Ocean Science Bowl provides a great venue for high school students to come together and work as a team to learn marine science,” said Charina Cain Layman, regional coordinator for the La Jolla Surf Bowl.

The Preuss School at UC San Diego in La Jolla and La Jolla High School are local schools competing in the competition.

Join in fight against cancer

Participants are being recruited in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of La Jolla, a 24-hour event to be held Saturday, June 23 to Sunday, June 24 at UCSD, 9500 Gilman Drive in La Jolla.

The event is being held to increase cancer awareness in La Jolla and surrounding communities, while raising much-needed funds for the American Cancer Society’s programs and services.

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature event, happening in more than 4,200 communities nationwide, including 270 in California.

Relay For Life empowers communities to take part in the fight against cancer while honoring survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. Teams composed of up to 12 people formed by local businesses, community groups and individuals raise funds prior to the event. Funds raised go to the American Cancer Society’s patient service programs, cancer research, advocacy and community education.

For more information, or to sign up as a team, call team recruitment chair December Greene at (858) 658-2566 or e-mail

Annual youth surf art contest

As a prelude to its 7th Annual Menehune Surf Contest at La Jolla Shores. The La Jolla Shores Surfing Association, which sponsors the event, is sponsoring its third annual art contest to inspire area youth to submit art to be used on the contest T-shirts.

“It’s a great way to get youth involved in the event,” said surf contest director Stephanie Hoffoman.

The art contest is open to all middle school and high school youth, ages 18 and under. The winner will receive a $100 cash prize plus have his/her artwork used in surf contest T-shirt design.

Entries must be submitted by March 2.

The top 15 finalists will have their art displayed at the La Jolla Rifored Library Center and Jacobs annext during April before the surf contest.

Contest rules can be downloaded at

For more information, call Lorraine Schmalenberger at (858) 692-5235 or

Kore Pilates hosts Feb. 24 open house

Kore Pilates fitness studio at 1025 Prospect St., Suite 390, is having an open house from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24.

The studio has added cardio to its Pilates repertoire, spinning bikes and expert instruction offered by Chris Carmichael, Lance Armstrong’s trainer, to help clients raise their heart rate.

At the Feb. 24 open house, guests will be treated to free use of the studio and equipment.

For more information call Stephanie Aubuchon-Fernandez at (858) 551-1104.

New brewmaster for Karl Strauss

Head brewer for San Diego-based Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Paul Segura has been promoted to the position of brewmaster for the company.

Segura assumes the role vacated by the legendary Karl Strauss, the company’s patriarch namesake and co-founder, who died last December at the age of 94. Strauss had served as brewmaster since the company’s founding in 1989.

Segura will be responsible for maintaining the high-quality brewing standards that his predecessor established and to preserve the long-standing traditions of beer making that Karl Strauss embraced.

An SDSU grad, Segura has 14 years’ brewing experience, including seven at Karl Strauss Brewing Company, where he served as head brewer for the past five years. His beers have won numerous international awards and demonstrate an extensive knowledge of classic beer styles, including Brithish, Belgian, German and American.

Karl Strauss Brewing Company recently established a Brewers Education Fund in Strauss’ name, which provides financial education support to aspiring Southern California brewers pursuing a career in the field of brewing.

Karl Strauss has a Brewery & Restaurant at 1044 Wall St. in La Jolla.