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    Home / College Guide / La Jolla News Nuggets: Free-speech pads, Scientist of the Year, Tour dElegance p
     Posted on Wednesday, April 17 @ 00:00:09 PDT

    La Jolla News Nuggets: Free-speech pads, Scientist of the Year, Tour d’Elegance parade, Pirch layoffs, more News and events briefs ‘Expressive activity’ zones relocated in Scripps Park Controversial “expressive activity” areas in La Jolla are being shifted to accommodate views to the ocean following comments from community members. The 4-by-8-foot pads were placed in Scripps Park to give “First Amendment vendors” (those operating under First Amendment free-speech protections) a place to legally operate. By limiting the places where they can be, the intent is to reduce the number of the vendors in local parks. Vicky Joes, representing the office of San Diego City Councilman Joe LaCava, whose District 1 includes La Jolla, said La Jollans had alerted the office that the pads had the potential to block view corridors that are outlined in the La Jolla Community Plan. “That is not something that was on my radar, so I thank everyone for bringing that to our attention,” Joes said. The pads were removed and new ones were installed soon after. La Jolla professor named Scientist of the Year Terry Sejnowski, a scientist at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, has been named the 2024 Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation’s Scientist of the Year.

    Sejnowski, considered one of the world’s foremost computer scientists and computational neuroscientists, has done work on neural networks that has laid the foundation for machine learning and artificial intelligence. He is the head of the Salk Institute’s Computational Neurobiology Laboratory and holder of the Frances Crick Chair and a distinguished professorship at UC San Diego’s School of Biological Sciences, where he is co-director of the Institute for Neural Computation. ARCS San Diego will honor Sejnowski and 50 ARCS Scholars on Saturday, April 27, at the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center in La Jolla. All funds raised at the event will support future ARCS Scholars. Learn more at [san-diego.arcsfoundation.org](https://san-diego.arcsfoundation.org). Tour d’Elegance to parade through La Jolla Shores As part of this weekend’s La Jolla Concours d’Elegance car show, the Tour d’Elegance will parade 100 cars along Avenida de la Playa beginning at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20. Residents are invited to line the street to view the cars, which will be going through The Shores for the first time. The La Jolla Tour d’Elegance provides car enthusiasts the opportunity to share their love of cars and connect with fellow aficionados.

    The three-day La Jolla Concours d’Elegance festivities kick off Friday, April 19, with a VIP party and also will include “Porsches on Prospect” on Saturday and the traditional car show in Scripps Park on Sunday, April 21. Learn more at [lajollaconcours.com](https://lajollaconcours.com/). Pirch issues layoff notices to 23 employees of UTC store More than 20 employees at the Westfield UTC location of luxury kitchen and bath retailer Pirch were given layoff notices amid abrupt store closures and lawsuits. Pirch is the subject of more than a dozen civil suits filed in recent weeks by its landlords, customers and at least one merchant, alleging the company owes more than $5 million for unpaid rent and inventory. The San Diego County-based company halted operations March 20. Two landlords claimed in recent court filings that Pirch owed almost $850,000 in back rent — at its Oceanside distribution center and the 23,747-square-foot UTC showroom. The complaint about the UTC space says Pirch had failed to keep up on rent of more than $96,000 a month and owed more than $648,000. This month, the company issued 40 layoff notices, including 23 for the UTC location. — The San Diego Union Tribune Diabetes drug being studied so positive effects can be isolated A diabetes drug considered to be “outdated” due to its side effects is being studied again to determine whether its positive effects can be isolated.

    Thiazolidinediones, or TZDs, are a class of drug that can be used to treat Type 2 diabetes by reversing insulin resistance, one of the main hallmarks of the disease. TZDs were popular in the 1990s and early 2000s but have fallen out of use among physicians in recent decades because they were discovered to cause unwanted side effects, including weight gain and excess fluid accumulation in body tissues. Now, researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine are exploring how to isolate the drugs’ positive effects, which could help yield new treatments that don’t come with the old side effects. In a new [ study](https://u7061146.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=u001.gqh-2BaxUzlo7XKIuSly0rC0c9cga68YvkwlUdTt3oQwr5VL11i2c8mVPNb1eWgVRtpdhiZrZz4BjLjQvTwamSqA-3D-3DQRiQ_ke788XeZlRIvZAw8e8T8nyjO8N33V52wQm16np2xEI93KTgUh10EHz7H8-2FlRCTvTUt68qTdCicDzQLb2nUbDgURV-2FonvpqhB2gbRXsyTgJjATP2fJoZptZStkVgiNDpX87xBRf0FNUTyNdZP6OS4ZXXG00mmxUWSAr4EftApyb-2BrIJlTQ-2FrP0sNyJxHtNMcUyK7StnGblcC9q1jg0MkhXkdtHqz78HiP72wiCS8A2YNQm0WZAXWG63jIOu0wyLIYQ00db0PR1icz-2F4IWpPkVHJIN1zVGWrD7xMMLPXB2LFg4BglHe2bkVqkf1E6edqkPEOwLdydbfEcpd-2BmZzMdpDqqVZeASO8GeQnd1zWduKo4-3D) published in Nature Metabolism, the researchers say they discovered how one of the most well-known TZD drugs works at the molecular level and were able to replicate its positive effects in mice without giving them the drug itself.

    The researchers also were able to identify the specific microRNA within the exosomes that was responsible for the beneficial metabolic effects of rosiglitazone, a type of TZD drug. The molecule, called miR-690, eventually could be involved in new therapies for Type 2 diabetes, researchers said. UCSD hall to be named for La Jolla resident La Jolla resident and businessman Brian Malk and his wife, Nancy, have pledged a philanthropic gift to support the expansion of UC San Diego’s Department of Economics. Brian C. Malk Hall, slated for completion in 2026 as part of UCSD’s Ridge Walk North Living and Learning Neighborhood, will be located in the interior of campus, just west of Geisel Library. The hall will house the Department of Economics, part of the La Jolla university’s School of Social Sciences. As the new home to the Department of Economics, Malk Hall will include the Hub Basic Needs Center and the Triton Food Pantry, which are designed to ensure all UC San Diego students have access to nutritious food, stable housing and financial wellness resources. UCSD looking to buy MCASD building in downtown San Diego UC San Diego has entered negotiations with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego to buy the museum’s 8,500-square-foot gallery building in the former baggage building at the downtown train depot at 1100 Kettner Blvd.

    The Navy SEAL Museum will open in the museum’s other former space, a 10,000-square-foot two-story building in the One American Plaza complex at 1001 Kettner. According to a statement released by UCSD, MCASD has “entered into a non-binding letter of intent with the University of California San Diego to sell the Santa Fe Depot building. ... The parties are in exclusive negotiations, which the parties hope will lead to a final agreement.” The downtown buildings closed last month so the museum could focus on its flagship La Jolla campus. — The San Diego Union-Tribune La Jolla rowers win local regatta with San Diego Rowing Club The San Diego Rowing Club’s Varsity Women 1V 8+, featuring students from La Jolla High School and The Bishop’s School, won first place in the Women’s Youth 8 B Final, beating teams from Washington, D.C., Texas and Australia, at the April 7 San Diego Crew Classic, considered the largest regatta on the West Coast. SDRC rowers include Bishop’s students Alex Ozarski and Grace Steinmeier, La Jolla High student Lindy Rumel and other San Diego-area students including Paige Gonor, Fallon Perry-Pelletier, Maddie Gocal, Abby Moe, Angela King and Anne Atkinson.

    World Literacy Foundation seeking youth ambassadors The World Literacy Foundation’s new youth-led initiative to help address high rates of illiteracy is seeking San Diego-area youth ambassadors. The role — for ages 15-25 — provides a platform to talk about falling rates of reading skills and help increase community education and awareness about the importance of foundational literacy skills. The four-month youth leadership development initiative will provide training and support, plus connection to 600 other young people around the world. “Conscious of the impact of illiteracy, we want to train young people around the world to become change-makers in their own country or region,” said Lorena Torres, global coordinator for the Youth Ambassador Program at the World Literacy Foundation. “When we help someone to acquire literacy skills, we are empowering them with access to better opportunities in life and breaking the poverty cycle. We train young ambassadors to help us eradicate illiteracy.” Learn more at [worldliteracyfoundation.org/ambassador-program](https://worldliteracyfoundation.org/ambassador-program). —- Compiled by La Jolla Light staff ? Get the La Jolla Light weekly in your inbox News, features and sports about La Jolla, every Thursday for free You may occasionally receive promotional content from the La Jolla Light.

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