UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-SAN DIEGO NEWS



Missing World War II B-24 Bomber Discovered By Project Recover Off Papua New Guinea
UC San Diego News
A B-24 D-1 bomber associated with 11 American servicemen missing in action from World War II was recently found and documented in Hansa Bay off Papua New Guinea by Project Recover—a collaborative team of marine scientists, archaeologists and volunteers who have combined efforts to locate aircraft associated with MIAs from WWII.


Sign Here
UC San Diego News
You can whisper in American Sign Language, or you can shout. You can make poetry. And if you learn ASL later in life, you might be signing with an accent forever. In most ways, it is a language just like any other, with a complex grammar, slang, dialects, the whole shebang. But in some respects, ASL is much more than just a typical language. It’s visual and kinesthetic and is an essential component of Deaf culture in the United States, too—giving signers a special bond that non-signers may not fully understand.


Coursera Offers Free Certificate Courses for Faculty, Staff and Students
UC San Diego News
Coursera for UC San Diego is offering students, staff and faculty free access to over 50 Coursera online courses and specializations along with the ability to obtain free certificates upon completion—a savings of up to hundreds of dollars for participants. The Coursera specializations, all taught by UC San Diego faculty, are a series of related courses designed to help students master a specific topic. Some specializations may require as few as four courses and only take a few months to finish. Those completing the course receive a certificate in that particular skill from Coursera, branded by UC San Diego.


UC San Diego Nets No. 20 Spot on New List of Globe’s Best Universities
UC San Diego News
A new world ranking names the University of California San Diego among the globe’s top 20 best universities; the campus netted the 16th spot on among U.S. universities. The annual rankings from the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), released today, measure universities’ quality of research, faculty, influence, enterprise and successful alumni.


What’s in Your Gut?
UC San Diego News
Big data dump from the world’s largest citizen science microbiome project reveals how factors such as diet, antibiotics and mental health status can influence the microbial and molecular makeup of your gut


We Need You: Join All of Us to Advance Precision Medicine
UC San Diego News
That’s the goal of the All of Us Research Program, which officially opened for public enrollment this week. Led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), All of Us is an unprecedented effort to gather genetic, biological, environmental, health and lifestyle data from 1 million or more volunteer participants living in the United States. A major component of the federal Precision Medicine Initiative, the program’s ultimate goal is to accelerate research and improve health.


A Living Legend
UC San Diego News
The congressman from Georgia’s high ethical standards and moral principles have won him the admiration of many of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the United States Congress. As a devoted advocate of nonviolent activism, he’s inspired millions of Americans. And as UC San Diego’s 2018 All Campus Commencement speaker, he will address thousands of graduating students and campus community members at 9 a.m. on June 16 at RIMAC in what will undoubtedly be a historical milestone for the campus.


Wagner New Play Festival Showcases Top-Notch Student Work
UC San Diego News
“The Wagner New Play Festival gives our MFA playwriting students an incredible opportunity to not only showcase their stories, but to work closely with an entire team of collaborators who are committed to producing a groundbreaking festival for San Diego and the region,” said department chair Charles Means.


Koman Family Outpatient Pavilion at UC San Diego Health Dedicated
UC San Diego News
Located on UC San Diego’s La Jolla campus, the 156,000-square-foot building represents the most recent addition to the university’s world-class medical campus. Opened to patients in March 2018, the new facility offers the best clinical care and translational medicine in one location, with an array of integrated outpatient services that include multi-specialty clinics for breast, urology, sports medicine and spine care. There are eight surgery suites, basic and advanced imaging, physical therapy and pain management plus infusion and apheresis services.


From Students to the Stage
UC San Diego News
In April, the graduating actors performed on both coasts for this year’s Graduate Actor Student Showcase, where casting agents, artistic directors, and television and film executives attended as an introduction to the students and their work. With two shows in each city, nerves ran high.


Preuss School at UC San Diego Once Again Ranked Top High School in San Diego
UC San Diego News
The Preuss School UCSD has been named the top high school in San Diego County by U.S. News and World Report, which just released its annual list of “Best High Schools.” The school also received a Gold Award designation and was ranked the #6 school in the State of California based on performance on state assessments, graduation rates and college preparation.


Transparent Eel-like Soft Robot Can Swim Silently Underwater
UC San Diego News
An innovative, eel-like robot developed by engineers and marine biologists at the University of California can swim silently in salt water without an electric motor. Instead, the robot uses artificial muscles filled with water to propel itself. The foot-long robot, which is connected to an electronics board that remains on the surface, is also virtually transparent. The team, which includes researchers from UC San Diego and UC Berkeley, details their work in the April 25 issue of Science Robotics.


A Drug Lord and the World’s Largest Invasive Animal
UC San Diego News
For the past two years, Shurin and UC San Diego postdoctoral researcher Natalie Jones have been working with Associate Professor Nelson Aranguren-Riaño of La Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia (UPTC) on a hippo research project funded by the National Geographic Society.


California Dreaming
UC San Diego News
Before the electric light bulb changed the world, another illuminating idea took shape: The University of California. Founded in 1868, UC has continued to shine brightly for 150 years, driving positive change across California and around the world.


Three Times a Charm for Grad SLAM Winner
UC San Diego News
For Nicholas Root, a fifth-year doctoral student in psychology who had competed in the final round twice before, the third time was truly a charm last week when he won UC San Diego’s fifth annual Grad SLAM—a TED-style competition that showcases graduate student research on the campus.


New Majors to Help Students Tackle Big Issues
UC San Diego News
The University of California San Diego has added four new majors engaged with real-world concerns to address topics ranging from tackling climate change to sustainable development. Business Psychology, Data Science, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, and Real Estate and Development were established as new majors in response to future demand, workplace trends and alumni feedback. These majors all take advantage of the interdisciplinary nature of UC San Diego, exposing students to a range of faculty and learning experiences across campus.


A Power Player for San Diego
UC San Diego News
UC San Diego’s Center for Energy Research, which helped to develop the innovative power grid that allows the campus to generate most of its own energy while pumping less carbon into the atmosphere, is extending its expertise to the rest of the San Diego region.


Learning From Our Elders With a Twist (and Shout)
UC San Diego News
Now in its in third year, the changemaking Life Course Scholars program is a two-quarter sequence of classes that seeks to transform students’ “understanding of aging, health, learning and research, as well as connect them more deeply to the people and places” of San Diego.


UC San Diego’s PhD Programs Dominate U.S. News and World Report’s Best Grad Schools List
UC San Diego News
As prospective graduate students across the country research course offerings and consider possible universities to attend, U.S. News & World Report has released its annual list of the nation’s top graduate programs that names professional schools and academic divisions at the University of California San Diego among the best in the nation.


Igniting Entrepreneurs
UC San Diego News
In an age where college students are launching billion-dollar companies from their dorm rooms, students at UC San Diego have not only embraced entrepreneurism, but are in some respects leading the trend through a professional innovation conference that has become the largest university event of its kind in Southern California.


Inspiring Women to Channel Their Inner Leader
UC San Diego News
"You don't look like a physicist." Elizabeth Simmons, UC San Diego's executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, has lost track of how many times she has heard this expression. Yet, instead of succumbing to the presence of bias, she decided early on to believe in herself and her potential to thrive as a professor, researcher and leader.


Thinking Outside the Museum Box
UC San Diego News
Amanda Schochet could not have predicted that her love for science would lead her to become a storyteller who shares the wonders of the world via miniature museums. Schochet earned two degrees from UC San Diego, including a bachelor's in biology in 2011 and a master's in ecology, behavior and evolution in 2014.


Bill Nye Comes to Campus as ‘The Data Science Guy’
UC San Diego News
Bill Nye, as everyone knows, is The Science Guy-a self-described science nerd with a bow tie whose PBS television show in the late 1990s inspired a generation of millennials to study math and consider careers as scientists and engineers.


Koman Family Outpatient Pavilion Opens at UC San Diego Health on March 12
UC San Diego News
On March 12, 2018, UC San Diego Health will welcome its first patients to the Koman Family Outpatient Pavilion. Located on the La Jolla campus, the new 156,000-square-foot facility represents the most recent addition to the university’s world-class medical campus. In the past five years, UC San Diego Health has invested more than $1.3 billion dollars in patient care facilities for the community.


Scripps Joins Mission to Understand a Major Southern Ocean Climate Influencer
UC San Diego News
Climate scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego are joining colleagues at other institutions in the United States and Australia to get an unprecedented look at a region with the most tempestuous weather on Earth.