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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-SAN DIEGO INFORMATION


University of California-San Diego is located in La Jolla, California and is a public college. University of California-San Diego is a four year college and offers Bachelor's Degrees, Master's Degrees, Doctoral Degrees, and a number of different programs and courses.

University of California-San Diego is in a relatively urban area (in or near a city), which may be something you prefer if you like a city lifestyle as a student.

University of California-San Diego does not have a rolling admission policy, and you will want to make sure that you get your application in before November 30.

University of California-San Diego is a larger college with an enrollment of 26,140 students.

University of California-San Diego accepts about 76% of its applicants on average, and 45% of the students receive some sort of financial aid for college at University of California-San Diego.

If you are looking for more information on financial aid at University of California-San Diego, you can may want to contact Dr. Joseph W. Watson, who is the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at University of California-San Diego. You may also qualify for free grants for college in California to attend University of California-San Diego.

You may also need to take one or more of the following tests to qualify for admission at University of California-San Diego:

  • ACT
  • SAT
  • GRE

If you are interested in joining the Army, University of California-San Diego does have an ROTC Army program that is available for attending students.

If you are interested in joining the Navy, University of California-San Diego does have an ROTC Navy program that is available for attending students.

If you are interested in joining the Air Force, University of California-San Diego does have an ROTC Air Force program that is available for attending students.

University of California-San Diego offers the following extracurricular activities to its students:

  • Choral Groups
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Jazz Band
  • Literary Magazine
  • Music Theater
  • Pep Band
  • Radio Station
  • Sports
  • Student Government
  • TV Station

On a 4.0 scale, the average high school gpa for students that are entering University of California-San Diego is 3.98.

You may want to brush up on your ACT preparation as well, because the average ACT score for students that are entering University of California-San Diego is 25.

Don't forget to study for the SAT, because the average SAT score for students that are entering University of California-San Diego is 1239.

Do a lot of students come from out of state to attend University of California-San Diego? Well, about 3% of the student body at University of California-San Diego comes from outside the state of California.

Are you thinking of joining a fraternity or a sorority while you are attending University of California-San Diego? You're not alone - about 10% of the students at University of California-San Diego join a fraternity or sorority.

Do a lot of the students at University of California-San Diego live on campus? Well, about 80% live on campus, while 20% live off campus and commute to school every day.

QUICK FACTS ABOUT UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-SAN DIEGO

University of California-San Diego Address:


9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California 92903
Phone: 858-534-8273
Fax: 858-534-5459
Web Site: http://www.ucsd.edu

University of California-San Diego admission closing date:


November 30

Does University of California-San Diego offer Associate's degrees?


No

Does University of California-San Diego offer Bachelor's degrees?


Yes

Does University of California-San Diego offer Master's degrees?


Yes

Does University of California-San Diego offer Doctoral degrees?


Yes

University of California-San Diego graduation rate:


81%

University of California-San Diego retention rate:


94%

University of California-San Diego average high school GPA:


3.98

University of California-San Diego average ACT score:


25

University of California-San Diego average SAT score:


1239

University of California-San Diego tuition cost (estimate):


$2,439



Financial Aid is available only to those who qualify.

University of California-San Diego room & board cost (estimate):


$8,620

Is University of California-San Diego a private college?


No

Is University of California-San Diego a coed college?


Yes

University of California-San Diego school calendar:


Quarter

Is University of California-San Diego a 2 year or 4 year college?


4 Years
Please Note: Length of programs pertain to finishing programs in normal time.

University of California-San Diego enrollment:


26,140 Students

Percentage of applicants accepted to University of California-San Diego


76%

Percentage of students at University of California-San Diego receiving financial aid:


45%

Percentage of African American students:


1.1%

Percentage of Native American students:


0.5%

Percentage of Asian students:


39.2%

Percentage of Hispanic students:


9.9%

Percentage of Caucasian students:


36.4%

Percentage of students living on campus:


80%

Percentage of students living off campus:


20%



Other Activities Nearby:


Golf Courses in La Jolla


Data provided by Data-lists.com Universities and Colleges Database. Data last updated on 2007-10-17.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-SAN DIEGO IN CALIFORNIA GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION

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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-SAN DIEGO NEWS

A Class of Pioneers
UC San Diego News
It has been four years since the idea took shape. A unique scholarship program that would open doors to local San Diego high school students who aim to be the first in their family to attend college, yet are constrained by financial burden. Since 2013, the Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program (CASP) has created a pathway to UC San Diego for more than 400 students. And this June, the first graduating class of scholars will turn their tassels at commencement.


Changing the Face of Campus
UC San Diego News
Five years from now, the UC San Diego campus will be almost unrecognizable to anyone who hasn’t watched the transformation unfold. With everything from new buildings and bridges to the arrival of the trolley, the shift in the campus’s physical appearance will be profound.


Genre Giants
UC San Diego News
Science fiction and fantasy came to life in the real and human forms of authors George R.R. Martin and Kim Stanley Robinson May 2 at the Price Center West Ballroom. The genre giants, each with ties to UC San Diego through the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, bantered on stage under bright lights against a backdrop flanked by the emblems of the Great Houses featured in the “Game of Thrones,” HBO’s enormously popular adaptation of Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series.


Giving Students a Place to Prep for Tomorrow’s Virtual (Reality) Economy
UC San Diego News
The laboratory looks like a cross between a classroom and a tech pavilion at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. There are virtual-reality headsets everywhere, and large flat screen 3D displays. College students work at computers, while teammates wearing goggles look from side to side, occasionally ducking or recoiling, as they react and engage with the virtual environments visible in their head-mounted displays.


Talking Science
UC San Diego News
UC San Diego’s Divisions of Biological and Physical Sciences will launch a Research Communications program designed to address that need. Funded by a two-year, $225,000 grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the new effort seeks to improve the ability of faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and other researchers on campus to communicate their work to the public.


Triton Entrepreneur Night: Pitch Perfect
UC San Diego News
Sensors that tell you if Chinese food from last weekend is still safe to eat. An app to let your professor know you have no idea what he’s talking about. A grocery store guide to find the exact aisle and shelf location of your favorite cereal. These aren’t just crazy ideas — they’re actual startups currently in development in The Basement, UC San Diego’s two-year-old incubator and accelerator program managed by the UC San Diego Alumni Office.


Paths to Public Service
UC San Diego News
Madeline Bell Hauenstein spent the last nine months working in South Africa and is curious about how nonprofits and the public sector work together to improve lives. Jessie Hernandez-Reyes wants to serve in Congress to confront inequities, representing the 51st district of California. Nancy Nguyen — who experienced economic inequity firsthand while growing up — wants to break the cycles of poverty concentrated in communities of color.


Clean-tech Czar
UC San Diego News
As point person for San Diego’s Cleantech Initiative, UC San Diego alumnus Jacques Chirazi has steered city’s strides in sustainability


Beyond the March for Science
UC San Diego News
On April 22, tens of thousands of people around the world — scientists and non-scientists alike — marched through the streets of Washington, D.C., San Diego and more than 600 other cities to celebrate science and encourage environmental protection, science literacy, evidenced-based policies and strong federal research funding. Hundreds of UC San Diego community members took part around the world, some even “marching” underwater and on a research vessel off the coast of San Diego.


Novel Phage Therapy Saves Patient with Multidrug-Resistant Bacterial Infection
UC San Diego News
Scientists and physicians at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, working with colleagues at the U.S. Navy Medical Research Center – Biological Defense Research Directorate (NMRC-BDRD), Texas A&M University, a San Diego-based biotech and elsewhere, have successfully used an experimental therapy involving bacteriophages — viruses that target and consume specific strains of bacteria — to treat a patient near death from a multidrug-resistant bacterium.


Hacking into a Lost World
UC San Diego News
Somewhere in the at-risk ruins of Khirbat en-Nahas in the Faynan region of southern Jordan lie untold stories of copper mining and smelting industries from the time of David and Solomon and the Edomite kings. Stories that, until now, could only be told in words, maps and photographs. Thanks to UC San Diego engineering and archaeology students that teamed up for the world’s first cyber-archaeology hackathon, the story of King Solomon’s copper mines now exists in virtual reality.


Sensor-Equipped Glove Could Help Doctors Take Guesswork Out of Measuring Spasticity
UC San Diego News
An interdisciplinary team of researchers at UC San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital have developed new wearable sensors and robotics technology that could be used to accurately measure muscle stiffness during physical exams.


Tickets Available for June 16 Dalai Lama Public Address
UC San Diego News
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. But to the world he is a renowned peace advocate, a beacon of hope for humanity, sharing inspirational messages with international audiences that range from young students to government leaders.


Marching for Science
UC San Diego News
On Saturday, April 22, 2017, Earth Day, scientists and non-scientists alike will take to the streets in Washington, D.C., San Diego and many other cities to show their support for research funding, environmental protection, evidenced-based policymaking, and many other issues in a global March for Science.


UC San Diego Designated as a Changemaker Campus
UC San Diego News
The University of California San Diego has been designated as a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U for its role as a leader in social innovation education. Only 40 universities around the world have received this designation and UC San Diego is the first University of California campus to be recognized.


UC San Diego’s 2017 Earth Month Celebration: Using Science to Protect the Planet
UC San Diego News
Sustainability, environmentalism and taking action against the threat of climate change will be at the center of UC San Diego’s Earth Month celebration throughout the month of April. This year’s theme, UC San Diego: Using Science to Protect the Planet, will be weaved into events designed to educate and engage the campus and surrounding community.


Elizabeth Phu, School of Global Policy and Strategy ’00
UC San Diego News
In honor of Women’s History month, This Week is launching an occasional series of stories highlighting UC San Diego alumnae and the difference they are making in the world


Alumnus Taner Halicioglu Kicks off Campaign for UC San Diego with $75 Million Gift
UC San Diego News
A $75 million gift from Facebook pioneer Taner Halicioglu will establish the Halicioglu Institute for Data Science at UC San Diego. The computer science alumnus hopes that the new institute will promote a cross-disciplinary field that is considered the backbone of many other disciplines.


Visualizing the Future of Surgery
UC San Diego News
Before Dr. Sonia Ramamoorthy, chief of colon and rectal surgery at UC San Diego Health, took a scalpel to Larry Smarr, director of Calit2, she first took a virtual tour of his large intestine. It encompassed an entire room.


How 3D Printing Could One Day Save Lives
UC San Diego News
In the past decade, UC San Diego engineers have 3D printed a variety of devices ranging from rocket engines, to robots, to structures inspired by the seahorse’s tail. Now, nanoengineers have added a new item to that list: a 3D printed blood vessel network.


New Grant Boosts UC San Diego-Led Malaria Research Program
UC San Diego News
An international research team, led by principal investigator Elizabeth A. Winzeler, PhD, professor in the pediatric division of host-microbe systems and therapeutics at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, and colleagues have received a three-year, $4.7 million supplemental grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance their development of improved therapies for malaria eradication and elimination.


A Pendant Fit for a King
UC San Diego News
The jewel—a jade pendant worn on a king’s chest during key religious ceremonies—was first unearthed in 2015. It is now housed at the Central Bank of Belize, along with other national treasures. Braswell recently published a paper in the Cambridge University journal Ancient Mesoamerica detailing the jewel’s significance. A second paper, in the Journal of Field Archaeology, describes the excavations.


UC San Diego Astrophysicists Contribute to Major Planet Discovery
UC San Diego News
The announcement yesterday that NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope had revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star was the biggest news of the year for the space agency.


Through the Looking Glass
UC San Diego News
Aira is a remote assistive technology platform that combines wearable smart device technology—such as Google Glass—with personalized service. It connects visually impaired users with remote agents to interpret the data stream from smart glasses and assist them in navigating their way around their environment. When an Aira user needs assistance, he or she dons the glasses and has the ability to connect with an agent instantly by pushing a button to trigger an alert.


Engineering Undergraduates Use DNA Origami to Target Cancer
UC San Diego News
A team of engineering students has a cancer-fighting idea up its sleeve—and the sleeve is nanoscale. The idea is based on a new cutting-edge research tool called DNA origami in which scientists literally fold the molecules of life into two- and three-dimensional shapes. The UC San Diego team plans to compete in Harvard's BIOMOD 2017 competition—a molecular design competition for undergraduates.


Turning Point with China
UC San Diego News
With the United States-China relationship in a precarious state, the new presidential administration must urgently reassess U.S. policy toward China, a group of prominent China specialists led by UC San Diego professor Susan Shirk conclude in a new report.


What Kind of La Niña Year Is This?
UC San Diego News
Scientists had been anticipating since last summer that La Niña, the phenomenon often associated with dry and somewhat cool weather on the West Coast, would develop this winter and extend a five-year drought across the Southwest.


Access and Opportunity: UC San Diego Leading the Way in Upward Social Mobility
UC San Diego News
A new study reported by the New York Times names the University of California San Diego as one of the best colleges in the country for providing upward social mobility to diverse students across California and the U.S. Among highly selective public universities, UC San Diego has the highest population of low-income students, and with a degree from the campus, these students have a high probability of thriving in the middle class and beyond. “The median family income of a student from UC San Diego is $82,000,” the Times stated.


Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to Speak at UC San Diego Commencement
UC San Diego News
The University of California San Diego, one of the top 15 research universities in the world and recognized for its contributions to the public good, in partnership with The Friends of the Dalai Lama Foundation, founded by Ven. Lama Tenzin Dhonden the Personal Emissary for Peace to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, today announced that the exiled spiritual head and leader of the Tibetan people will offer the keynote address at the invitation-only UC San Diego All Campus Commencement June17, 2017. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will also speak June 16 at a second event, which will be open to the public. This will be his first 2017 U. S. tour stop.


Making a Mark in Downtown
UC San Diego News
In December, the university announced its plans to build an Innovative Cultural and Education Hub in downtown San Diego at the corner of Park Avenue and Market Street. The new center will connect a wide range of campus programs to the downtown innovation community and more closely link diverse neighborhoods throughout San Diego’s urban core.


Junior Seau Foundation Supports Brain Injury Studies and Education
UC San Diego News
Thanks to support from the Junior Seau Foundation, a room full of high school students from The Preuss School UCSD recently gathered at UC San Diego to learn about the science of the brain and traumatic brain injury prevention from neurobiology professor Gentry Patrick. The inaugural Junior Seau Lectureship program held on Dec. 14 kicked off a special announcement of the Junior Seau Foundation’s $250,000 gift to support brain injury research and education at UC San Diego.


UC San Diego Moves Forward on Path to Division I
UC San Diego News
UC San Diego is one step closer to the reclassification as a non-football NCAA Division I university. The campus’s Academic Senate recently announced by vote of its membership that it has endorsed moving forward to Division I. 


Engineering Students Design Experiment to Test Whether Beer Can Be Brewed on the Moon
UC San Diego News
Can beer be brewed on the moon? A team of UC San Diego engineering students is hoping to find out. They are finalists in the Lab2Moon competition being held by TeamIndus, one of the four teams with a signed launch contract to send a spacecraft to the moon as part of the Google Lunar XPRIZE challenge. The experiment will test the viability of yeast on the moon—and result in a freshly brewed batch of beer.


Unraveling the Complexity of Mother’s Milk
UC San Diego News
Breast milk is known to provide the best source of nutrition for newborns and infants, and for premature babies, it can be lifesaving. Yet much about the composition of human milk and what makes it so beneficial is still a mystery. To help scientists bridge this knowledge gap, the Switzerland-based Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation has made a $10.5 million gift to UC San Diego, home to one of the world’s only centers dedicated to human milk research.


UC San Diego Archaeologist Explores Prehistoric Sites in Indian State for Conservation
UC San Diego News
UC San Diego professor of anthropology Thomas E. Levy, who directs the Qualcomm Institute’s Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability, spent a week in the Indian state of Telagana visiting 10 ancient sites, including one of the largest groups of ‘standing stones’ thousands of years old. Levy hopes to return with an expedition to document the little-known sites for digital conservation.


Creating Clinical Bioengineers
UC San Diego News
A group of bioengineering students huddle around a computer screen as colored images of blood being pumped through a heart flash across the screen. The students are observing as a physician annotates an MRI of a patient’s heart and recommend treatment.


Opening of New Era in Medicine at UC San Diego
UC San Diego News
Redefining the standard of specialized inpatient care in San Diego, the long-awaited Jacobs Medical Center opened its doors to patients last week after nearly a decade of planning and construction. By the end of opening day, more than 100 patients—from neonates in incubators to adults battling cancer—had been safely transferred to the new hospital’s specialty care units.


Walking the Talk
UC San Diego News
Karthik Muralidharan joined UC San Diego’s Department of Economics in 2008, after earning his Ph.D. at Harvard University. An affiliate of several prominent research organizations, he recently accepted an invitation to serve as an honorary advisor to the National Institution for Transforming India, an initiative of the Indian federal government. He will be working with the secretaries of education in the Indian states.


Hacking a Revolution in Biology
UC San Diego News
Graduate studies within any single scientific discipline are challenging endeavors on their own. But imagine combining graduate school-level training in physics and mathematics with advanced research in engineering and biology.


Creating a New Kind of Climate Warrior
UC San Diego News
Project Surya, introduced by Scripps climate scientist Veerabhadran Ramanathan, found that women in poor Indian villages would more readily replace traditional polluting cookstoves with new clean-burning ones if the women could be more easily compensated for using such stoves and the stoves were easier to repair. If the use of cleaner stoves were scaled up, a very large but relatively short-lived contributor to global warming could be substantially diminished.


UC San Diego Named World’s 15th Best University by U.S. News and World Report
UC San Diego News
U.S. News and World Report has named the University of California San Diego the 15th best university in the world, up four spots compared to last year, in the third annual global rankings, released today. The campus was ranked as the 4th best public university in the U.S. on the list of the world’s top 1,000 colleges. The rankings measure factors such as research, global and regional reputation, international collaboration as well as number of highly-cited papers and doctorates awarded.


Active Genetics Goes Global
UC San Diego News
UC San Diego has received a $70 million commitment from the India-based philanthropic Tata Trusts, which includes the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, the Sir Ratan Tata Trust and the Tata Education and Development Trust, to establish the Tata Institute for Active Genetics and Society (TIAGS), a collaborative partnership between the university and research operations in India.


All Aboard
UC San Diego News
A new era in American exploration of the oceans will formally begin on Nov. 4 when Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego research vessel Sally Ride begins its operational career performing a survey of biological and oceanographic conditions in the California Current.


Lead Engineer for Pokémon GO Nabbed Game-building Skills at UC San Diego
UC San Diego News
Next time you see someone playing Pokémon GO, the popular mobile-phone based game, keep this in mind: an engineer who graduated from UC San Diego leads the game’s technical team.


UC San Diego Announces Recipients of Chancellor’s and Revelle Medals
UC San Diego News
The University of California San Diego today announced the 2016 recipients of the prestigious Chancellor’s Medal and Revelle Medal. Awardees of the Chancellor’s Medal, one of the highest honors given by UC San Diego to recognize exceptional service in support of the campus’ mission, include: Peter Farrell, Richard and Carol Dean Hertzberg, Kwan and Marion So, and Daniel Yankelovich. The Revelle Medal recognizes current and former faculty members for sustained, distinguished and extraordinary service to UC San Diego. This year’s Revelle Medalists are Y.C. “Burt” Fung, Veerabhadran “Ram” Ramanathan, Roger Reynolds and Palmer Taylor.


Getting to a Zero Carbon Future
UC San Diego News
Avoiding the worst consequences of climate change by reducing global carbon emissions to as close to zero as possible is one of humanity’s most pressing challenges. The University of California San Diego has launched the Deep Decarbonization Initiative to do just that. And they plan to do so in the real world—where costs matter.


Surfing the World for Microbes
UC San Diego News
Cliff Kapono, born in Hawaii, chemistry Ph.D. student at Scripps, avid surfer, will travel around the world to survey and collect samples from surfers to determine if the ocean provides them with unique bacteria and molecules, and what, if any, positive health benefits there are. Working on Rob Knight’s Gut Project


Brand New
UC San Diego News
To articulate UC San Diego’s unparalleled uniqueness in the community and across the globe, and to generate increased mindshare and visibility in advance of the public celebration of the $2 billion fundraising campaign, the campus recently launched a new brand campaign. Prompted in part by the recommendation of some of the university’s closest community leaders, the effort marks the first all-encompassing project of its kind for UC San Diego.


Coding Under Pressure: Students Prototype Ideas in 36-Hour Hackathon
UC San Diego News
A wide variety of companies and organizations across the region, and many groups at UC San Diego came together to sponsor and support SD Hacks. Campus partners included the Jacobs School of Engineering, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the Office of Innovation and Commercialization, UC San Diego Alumni, the Qualcomm Institute, and the Rady School of Management.


New Fault Discovered in Earthquake-Prone Southern California Region
UC San Diego News
A swarm of nearly 200 small earthquakes that shook Southern California residents in the Salton Sea area last week raised concerns they might trigger a larger earthquake on the southern San Andreas Fault. At the same time, scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno published their recent discovery of a potentially significant fault that lies along the eastern edge of the Salton Sea.


Convocation Keynote to Students: Mistakes are Stepping Stones on Path to Greatness
UC San Diego News
It’s no surprise that Vivienne Ming, Muir, ’00, was selected to address thousands of UC San Diego students at this year’s Convocation. The alumna, who served as keynote speaker for the ceremony that marks the official entrance of new students to the campus community, is a story of success. With a bachelor’s from UC San Diego, a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, a loving family and a successful career in Silicon Valley with several esteemed technology and software companies, Ming knows what it takes to prosper and achieve goals that may seem unreachable. Her secret? Failure.


Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program Welcomes Record-Breaking Class
UC San Diego News
As the new school year kicked off last week, UC San Diego welcomed the largest and most diverse class of Chancellor’s Associates Scholars at a special welcome reception hosted by Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. The number of incoming Chancellor’s Associates scholars nearly doubled this year with 184 new scholarship recipients, bringing the campus total to 356 scholars.


UC San Diego is World’s 7th Best Public University, According to Times Higher Education
UC San Diego News
The University of California San Diego has been ranked the seventh best public university across the globe by Times Higher Education World University Rankings. In its 2016–17 report, the London-based publication ranked UC San Diego 22nd in the United States and 41st internationally.


UC San Diego Among Top 10 Best Public Universities in Nation, According to U.S. News & World Report
UC San Diego News
The University of California San Diego is ranked the 10th best public university in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges guidebook, released today. For more than a decade, the publication has included UC San Diego in its list of the nation’s top 10 public universities.


Nobel Laureate Roger Tsien Dies, Age 64
UC San Diego News
Roger Tsien, PhD, co-winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in chemistry and professor of pharmacology, chemistry and biochemistry at University of California San Diego School of Medicine for 27 years, died August 24 in Eugene, Ore. He was 64.


Washington Monthly Names UC San Diego the Nation’s No. 1 Public University
UC San Diego News
The University of California San Diego has been ranked the number one public university in the nation for serving the public interest for the seventh consecutive year by Washington Monthly. The magazine released its annual rankings today measuring social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (preparing undergraduates for graduate school as well as discovering new technologies and creating ideas) and service (encouraging students to give back to their country).


Zika Infection May Affect Adult Brain Cells
UC San Diego News
Concerns over the Zika virus have focused on pregnant women due to mounting evidence that it causes brain abnormalities in developing fetuses. However, new research in mice suggests that certain adult brain cells may be vulnerable to infection as well. Among these are populations of cells that serve to replace lost or damaged neurons throughout adulthood, and are also thought to be critical to learning and memory.


UC San Diego Hosts Free Tours of America’s Newest Scientific Research Ship R/V Sally Ride
UC San Diego News
The public is invited to free tours of America’s newest scientific research vessel, R/V Sally Ride, on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., as it docks at San Francisco’s famed Exploratorium interactive science museum for its first port call.


UC San Diego Named World’s 14th Best University for Fourth Consecutive Year
UC San Diego News
The University of California San Diego has been named the 14th best university in the world for the fourth year in a row by the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Nationally, UC San Diego was named the country’s 12th best university.


Contamination from Marine Mammals May Hamper Recovery of California Condors
UC San Diego News
Biologists have discovered high levels of pesticides and other contaminants from marine mammals in the tissues of endangered California condors living near the coast that they say could complicate recovery efforts for the largest land bird in North America.


23rd Annual Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational Set for Aug. 21
UC San Diego News
Surfers, scientists and survivors will come together to support the fight against cancer at the annual Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational, set for Sunday, Aug. 21 at the beach near Scripps Pier in La Jolla. The University of California San Diego fundraiser features a surf competition and festive luau. All proceeds benefit Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health.


Pauline Foster, Generous Community Philanthropist and UC San Diego Supporter, Dies
UC San Diego News
Pauline Foster, community philanthropist and longtime supporter of the University of California San Diego, died on Saturday, July 30.


Local Philanthropist and UC San Diego Supporter Conrad Prebys Dies
UC San Diego News
University of California San Diego friend and supporter, Conrad Prebys died on Sunday, July 24, following a battle with cancer. The San Diego philanthropist and businessman was 82.


New Global Rankings Name UC San Diego 17th Best University in World
UC San Diego News
UC San Diego has been ranked the 17th best university in the world, up four spots compared to last year, by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR). The fifth-annual global rankings measure universities’ quality of research, faculty, influence, enterprise and successful alumni.


UC San Diego Admits Most Diverse Class of Freshman and Transfer Students for Fall 2016
UC San Diego News
The University of California San Diego has admitted a record 30,273 freshman and 9,802 transfer students for the fall 2016 term. The number of new freshmen is up 3,773 compared to last year and there is also an increase among transfer admits by 1,652 students. Of the 40,075 admitted students, the university anticipates enrolling a diverse class of 5,660 freshmen and 2,933 transfers.


UC San Diego Admits Record 40,075 Freshman and Transfer Students for Fall 2016
UC San Diego News
The University of California San Diego has admitted a record 30,273 freshman and 9,802 transfer students for the fall 2016 term. The number of new freshmen is up 3,773 compared to last year and there is also an increase among transfer admits by 1,652 students. Of the 40,075 admitted students, the university anticipates enrolling a diverse class of 5,660 freshmen and 2,933 transfers.


UC San Diego Tops List for Highest Number of Women Graduates in STEM
UC San Diego News
A recent study by BestColleges.com analyzing which colleges enroll and graduate women with majors in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) found that the University of California San Diego tops the list with one in three women graduating with a STEM degree. UC San Diego’s proportion of STEM graduates is three times the national average.


Commencement Keynote Muhammad Yunus: Discover Yourself and You Can Change the World
UC San Diego News
When economist and founder of the global microfinance movement Muhammad Yunus completed his doctoral studies in the United States, he soon returned to his home in Bangladesh. He said the country was rife with problems that ranged from lack of education, to extreme poverty and even famine. For any other graduate this may not have seemed like the ideal time to be starting out in life; however, for Yunus, the timing was perfect.


Global Change Makers
UC San Diego News
Nick Forsch relies heavily on clinician feedback for his research. As a bioengineering Ph.D. student at UC San Diego, he is developing computational tools to enable doctors to better understand their patients’ diseases. The challenges of translating his research to real-world doctors and patients led Forsch to join a new program at UC San Diego that places Jacobs School of Engineering graduate students and MBA students in the same Rady School of Management classes, including Rady’s signature Lab to Market program.


Building a Defense Against Zika
UC San Diego News
On April 18, 1947, a monkey in Uganda’s Zika Forest fell ill with a fever of 103 degrees Fahrenheit, 4 degrees higher than normal. “Rhesus No. 766” was part of a yellow fever virus study. Scientists took a blood sample. They conducted tests. The rhesus monkey had been stricken by something unknown. In time, the revealed virus would be named after the place where it was first discovered.


Engineers Launch Cross-Border Center to Create Materials that Withstand Extreme Environments
UC San Diego News
In a few months, a series of laboratories tucked away on the third floor of Jacobs Hall will buzz with teams of researchers and students from UC San Diego and Mexico. Working together, the teams will create materials that can withstand extreme conditions, from the heat of an engine turbine to the cold of space.


No. 1 From the Start
UC San Diego News
Bioengineers at UC San Diego have helped us understand why atherosclerosis develops and how it is impacted by blood flow. They have pioneered the development of very thin, small and flexible sensors that stick to the skin and monitor vital signs, such as the brain activity of a newborn. They also developed injectable hydrogels that can help muscle tissues heal after a heart attack.


Students Vote for Division I Move
UC San Diego News
UC San Diego’s undergraduate student body has voted in favor of moving the campus’ 23-team intercollegiate athletics program to NCAA Division I. In a weeklong election, students voted in approval of a referendum that will result in increased student fees to cover the costs associated with a non-football Division I athletic program.


First Peek Into the Brain of a Freely Walking Fruit Fly
UC San Diego News
Researchers at the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind at UC San Diego have developed a technique for imaging brain activity in a freely walking fruit fly. Working with one of the most common model organisms in science, the team shows for the first time what goes on in the brain of the fly during courtship – when it’s unrestrained.


Launching a Microbiome Movement
UC San Diego News
Last week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced a new National Microbiome Initiative, a coordinated effort to better understand microbiomes—communities of microorganisms that live on and in people, plants, soil, oceans and the atmosphere—and to develop tools to protect and restore healthy microbiome function. OSTP launched the initiative with a combined federal agency investment of more than $121 million.


New $40 Million Observatory to Probe First Moments of Universe
UC San Diego News
Physicists understand fairly well what happened after the Big Bang and the laws of physics that govern the universe. It’s what the universe looked like immediately after the event—a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second after—that is still a mystery. A new observatory in Chile’s Atacama Desert could be the key to understanding that instance.


Ahead of the Curve
UC San Diego News
Two months before the historic climate agreement in Paris, where representatives from nearly 200 countries pledged to reduce greenhouse emissions, a smaller group of climate experts and politicians gathered at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography.


Getting the Bigger Picture
UC San Diego News
UC San Diego’s Big Pixel Initiative is taking full advantage of a partnership with DigitalGlobe—and the latest Google technology—to sponsor cutting-edge, innovative research. But the applications aren’t just for the researcher. Students across campus are being taught to understand the technology that affects our lives, every single day. And in the process, they’ll graduate more prepared for jobs that have the potential to make positive, real-world change.


Manufacturing Matchmaker
UC San Diego News
UC San Diego alumna Tanya Menendez is revolutionizing manufacturing. The online company Maker’s Row, founded in 2012 by Menendez and partner Matthew Burnett, quickly became a go-to source for the maker movement, connecting DIY artists to professional manufacturers throughout the United States. Design, materials, samples, production, packaging … Maker’s Row includes it all, giving entrepreneurs—like Menendez herself—a safe place to start.


Three Earth-Sized Planets Found Orbiting a Tiny Nearby Star
UC San Diego News
An international team of astronomers composed of UC San Diego astrophysicists has discovered three Earth-sized planets orbiting near the “habitable zone” of an ultracool dwarf star, the first planets ever discovered around such a tiny and dim star.


$11.8 Million in Support from Gary and Mary West to Launch Geriatric Emergency Department
UC San Diego News
Local philanthropists Gary and Mary West have provided $11.8 million to the University of California San Diego to create a state-of-the-art senior emergency care unit to be housed within the Emergency Department at the future Jacobs Medical Center. The Gary and Mary West Senior Emergency Care Unit will enhance care for older adults and enable a multi-year medical research initiative in partnership with the West Health Institute to support their mission of making successful aging a reality for seniors in San Diego and the nation.


From Riverside’s Casa Blanca to the White House
UC San Diego News
Tom K. Wong almost didn’t graduate from high school. Wong was 16 when his parents first told him that he was an undocumented immigrant, and the news shattered him.


Say ‘Cheese’
UC San Diego News
While many microbiologists build entire research careers around studies of a single microorganism, Rachel Dutton has taken her career in the other direction—examining collections of microbes, but with an unusual twist. She studies what grows on cheese.


Virtual Reality, Campus Tours and Resource Fairs Showcase UC San Diego at Triton Day
UC San Diego News
Thousands of newly admitted students and their families visited campus on Saturday for Triton Day, an annual event that showcases all that UC San Diego has to offer. Students toured residence halls, attended academic presentations, watched performances by student organizations and much more. These visitors were also the first to try a new virtual reality experience based on UC San Diego technology: Shakeboarding. The activity allowed students to simulate surfing, experience an earthquake and wipe out—all on dry land.


Overnight Programs Offer Glimpse of College Life for Diverse Admitted Students
UC San Diego News
It was a drizzly Thursday afternoon when they began to arrive with pillows, sleeping bags and suitcases in hand. Yet the wet weather did little to temper the enthusiasm of the 244 high school students who traveled to UC San Diego from across the state to take part in an overnight program designed to introduce historically underrepresented students to college life.


A Front Row Seat to History
UC San Diego News
While the stereotypical spring breakers throughout the United States flee to far-flung destinations to absorb sun and fun, UC San Diego student Sophie Silvestri experienced something far more breathtaking.


A Day in the Sun
UC San Diego News
When UC San Diego undergraduate students Josh Hill, Victoria Santos and Alexander Han first became involved with the Solar Chill project, they never thought that they would one day have the opportunity to talk about the unique solar-powered charging station at Clinton Global Initiative University. But they will be doing just that when the annual conference takes place at UC Berkeley April 1-3.


Hundreds of Prospective Students Encouraged to Pursue Their Educational Dreams
UC San Diego News
The information they learned about university admission requirements was useful, but what Adriana and Raul Ojeda valued most was the hope inspired that their daughter Alysa could attend a university like UC San Diego. That’s what the Comienza con un Sueño (It Starts with a Dream) event, held March 12 on campus, was all about. The aim of the college readiness conference was to help prospective students and their families, especially first-generation and underserved Chicano/a and Latino/a students, realize that they are more than capable of achieving their higher education goals, and that barriers such as financial aid are not insurmountable.


Visual Arts and Engineering Transforming Education in New Maker Studio
UC San Diego News
Engineers and visual artists are collaborating on final projects, even though they are in different classes. This is just one of the many exciting things happening in the EnVision Arts and Engineering Maker Studio at UC San Diego. The new 3,000-square-foot studio on the third floor of the Structural and Materials Engineering building provides a wide range of design, fabrication and prototyping tools from 3D printers and welding stations to a sophisticated laser cutter. It’s a creative, hands-on, experiential space where visual arts and engineering communities converge; where students are empowered to think, design, make, tinker, break and build again.


More Than Meets the Eye
UC San Diego News
You probably recognize her as the quirky Lily Adams character in AT&T commercials, but there is far more to UC San Diego alumna Milana Vayntrub than what you see on screen. Though dubbed “Advertising’s New ‘It Girl’” by Adweek, the story behind 28-year-old Vayntrub is one of ambition and audacity coming straight from her days at UC San Diego.


Altman Clinical and Translational Research Building Makes Its Debut
UC San Diego News
Rising above Interstate 5 on the east campus of UC San Diego, the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute Building (ACTRI) officially opened its doors Friday in a ribbon-cutting ceremony under blue skies.


Public Opinion Expert Daniel Yankelovich Endows Multimillion Dollar Fund at UC San Diego
UC San Diego News
In a career spanning 50 years, renowned social researcher and public opinion analyst Daniel Yankelovich cared what people thought. Now his focus is on improving how people live. To further that interest, he has established, through a bequest, a multimillion dollar endowed fund to support the UC San Diego Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research.


UC San Diego Launches Black Academic Excellence Initiative
UC San Diego News
The benefits of a diverse teaching and learning environment are well documented. Diversity of thought and ideas enrich and improve the campus experience for all students, faculty and staff. It is with this philosophy that UC San Diego has launched of the Black Academic Excellence Initiative.


SDSC’s ‘Comet’ Supercomputer Helps Confirm Gravitational Wave Discovery
UC San Diego News
This month’s announcement by the National Science Foundation that scientists for the first time detected gravitational waves in the universe as hypothesized by Albert Einstein 100 years ago has opened up a new era of exploration for astronomers and astrophysicists. The NSF-funded Comet supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, which went into operation in May 2015, was one of several high-performance computers used by researchers to help confirm that landmark discovery before a formal announcement was made.


Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego Lifts Off with Innovative Summer Program
UC San Diego News
Delivering on the late astronaut Sally Ride’s pioneering spirit, UC San Diego today announced the official launch of Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego with a slate of summer workshops in science, technology, engineering, art and math, or STEAM, aimed at young women in middle school and high school.


New Advisory Council to Help Guide Creation of Campuswide Diversity Plan
UC San Diego News
Becky Petitt will soon mark her one year anniversary as Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at the University of California, San Diego. In the past 11 months, Petitt has made progress in implementing new campus climate programs, policies and perspectives to create a more inclusive community for faculty, staff and students.


Rebels with a Cause
UC San Diego News
They clicked immediately, as though long-lost brothers. Gerardo Arellano and Gabriel Agundez were best friends and roommates who bonded over house music and political activism as undergraduates at UC San Diego more than 20 years ago. They reunited at a recent event at the campus Raza Resource Centro, which Arellano now directs. Agundez was there with his step-son, Christian Sanabria, a new transfer student. He told Arellano he was entrusting him—and the university—with his son, to gain the student experience they lacked.


Changing the Future
UC San Diego News
UC San Diego Division of Social Sciences alumna Helen Griffith had little interest in a career in education when she came to campus as a transfer student. There was no way, she said, she would work around the clock like her mother did as a teacher and principal, but one thing stuck: a passion for reading and, hand-in-hand, libraries. She grew up loving the iconic Geisel library at UC San Diego.


Citizen Scientists Dive in to Support Scripps Exploration on the High Seas
UC San Diego News
Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s fleet of research vessels, soon to be augmented with the arrival of the new R/V Sally Ride, has logged hundreds of thousands of nautical miles exploring the world’s oceans—over undersea volcanoes and through monstrous waves—seeking answers to some of the planet’s most daunting environmental challenges.


Still Connected After all These Years
UC San Diego News
“I don’t really understand how people who have been active in the university can retire,” said William Fenical, UC San Diego distinguished professor of oceanography and director of the Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. “We’ve dedicated every waking moment of our lives for 50 years to doing things that are beneficial for folks. How do you just drop that?” At 74, Fenical is still is a full-time professor and still researching drugs from the sea, including compounds that look very promising to fight melanoma, multiple myeloma as well as breast and ovarian cancer.


The Power of One Voice
UC San Diego News
Where others might see obstacles, Dejanay Wayne sees opportunity. For the past two months, the UC San Diego undergraduate has taken the initiative to meet one-on-one with campus leadership to share her ideas on how to make the university more welcoming to students of color. As a result of her newfound alliances, she secured bookstore giveaways to help recruit underrepresented students to UC San Diego, introduced ethnic hair and skin products to campus, and is now working to develop a retention program that pairs current undergraduates with first-year underrepresented students.


Star Role Models
UC San Diego News
Quinn Konopacky measures the infrared radiation emanating from Jupiter-sized planets outside of our solar system, which provides a view of their distant atmospheres.


Ice King
UC San Diego News
Landing a jump on ice takes confidence and skill, not to mention courage. Years of training and preparation culminates in a make-or-break moment that can end in triumph or catastrophe. But the pressure doesn’t get to Richard Dornbush anymore.


Somali, Swahili and Other Ethnic Recipes Go Low-Cal Thanks to Community Health Partnership
UC San Diego News
Promoting good nutrition and combatting obesity are worthy goals, but in some San Diego neighborhoods you’d better speak Swahili or you won’t get far.


The Robotic Force Awakens at UC San Diego
UC San Diego News
The movie premiere was still more than a week away, but Star Wars fever was already peaking at UC San Diego Dec. 9 during the campus’ semi-annual robotics competition. This year, the event was themed after the movie—of course—with teaching assistants dressing up as Jedi Knights and professor Michael Tolley donning a Star Wars rebel helmet. A total of 45 teams and 165 students vied for the big win.


UC San Diego’s Big Ideas for 2016 — and Beyond
UC San Diego News
The new year is a time to take stock of past accomplishments, and UC San Diego has no shortage of those. We once again surpassed $1 billion in research funding in 2014-15, an extraordinary accomplishment that places us among the top five research universities in the nation. And we put that research funding to good use — in 2015, Washington Monthly once again ranked UC San Diego as the No. 1 university in the nation for its positive impact. The new year is also a time to look forward to what we want to accomplish next. Here, 14 visionaries from around the campus share their “big ideas” for revolutionizing our local community and our planet — in 2016 and beyond.


UC San Diego Alums Turn Ugly Christmas Sweater Line into Booming Business
UC San Diego News
Look around your holiday party this season and you won’t just see typical Yuletide flair—something quite bold and different may catch your eye. The “ugly Christmas sweater” has emerged as a holiday necessity, and according to Tipsy Elves founders Nicklaus Morton, Muir ’05, and Evan Mendelsohn, Revelle ’06, the trend is here to stay.


Bringing Climate Science into the International Conversation
UC San Diego News
This week, a delegation of UC San Diego scientists and students began their work of bringing climate science to international climate negotiations in Paris, but there was progress even before the talks formally began.


Peeking into the Underwater World of Leopard Seals
UC San Diego News
In the pristine wilds of the Antarctic, the mysterious leopard seal rules the animal kingdom. This polar bear-sized top predator has razor-sharp canine teeth and the ability to greatly impact or even decimate entire communities of its prey, yet very few scientific studies have focused on this species.


All Campus Commencement
UC San Diego News
For the first time in 16 years, UC San Diego will convene all of its graduating students for a campuswide commencement ceremony. The All Campus Commencement will include the conferring of degrees for approximately 8,000 undergraduates from all six colleges and graduate students from the Graduate Division, Rady School of Management and School of Global Policy and Strategy. The ceremony is set for 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, at RIMAC Field.


A Mission to Serve: Veteran of the Year Recognized for Dedication to Giving Back
UC San Diego News
This year’s UC San Diego Veteran of the Year recipient, Jan Noz, served her country as a member of the United States Air Force; now, she serves the university as a senior disability specialist in the Office for Students with Disabilities. In this role, Noz helps students—including veterans— understand and overcome difficult circumstances, so that they can attain their career and educational goals.


Bending the Curve
UC San Diego News
University of California climate experts announced 10 scalable solutions for moving the world towards carbon neutrality at a summit held at UC San Diego that brought the state’s top climate researchers and policymakers into the same room.


Citizen Science Will Help Assess Effects of El Niño
UC San Diego News
As one of the largest El Niños in recent years continues to develop in the Pacific Ocean, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego is calling on the public to help document a historic climate event.


UC San Diego Launches Robotics Institute
UC San Diego News
The Jacobs School of Engineering and Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego have launched the Contextual Robotics Institute to develop safe and useful robotics systems. These robotics systems will function in the real world based on the contextual information they perceive, in real time. Elder care and assisted living, disaster response, medicine, transportation and environmental sensing are just some of the helpful applications that could emerge from tomorrow’s human-friendly robots.


Mining Microbiomes
UC San Diego News
You are only 10 percent human. Ninety percent of the cells that make up our bodies are actually bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microbes. And researchers are now finding that these unique microbial communities — called microbiomes — can greatly influence human and environmental health. The human gut microbiome alone has now been linked to allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, obesity and many other conditions.


Sally Ride Science Launches at UC San Diego
UC San Diego News
Blasting aboard space shuttle Challenger in 1983 to become the first American woman—and at age 32, the youngest American in space—the late Sally Ride captured the nation’s imagination by breaking barriers. Her legacy also includes inspiring generations of students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through Sally Ride Science, a science education company she co-founded in 2001


San Diego Supercomputer Center Launches ‘Comet’ Supercomputer to Serve ‘Long Tail’ of Science
UC San Diego News
When the San Diego Supercomputer Center launched its first supercomputer, a Cray XMP-48 in late 1985, it was about as powerful as an iPhone is today. Last week, the UC San Diego center formally took the wraps off of “Comet” a new petascale supercomputer that is over 2 million times more powerful, according to SDSC Director Michael Norman.


Star Traveler
UC San Diego News
Kate Rubins has always been starstruck by the night sky. Growing up, she attended star-gazing parties and plastered her room with images of faraway galaxies. In May 2016, Rubins’ long-held aspiration to travel to space will become a reality when she voyages to the International Space Station as part of Expedition 48/49. A biochemist and 1999 graduate of the University of California, San Diego, Rubins will help conduct more than 100 microgravity experiments to gain insight into how the mechanics of life happen outside of our planet.


Crop Cure
UC San Diego News
Roughly one in nine people on Earth do not have enough food to eat. And climate change is only making it harder for farmers to meet the global demand for food, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). By 2030, the IPCC expects climate change to reduce crop and pasture yields by as much as 14 percent in some parts of the world. Adapting crops, livestock and fisheries will be critical for global food security.


Breast Cancer Drug Beats Superbug
UC San Diego News
Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences have found that the breast cancer drug tamoxifen gives white blood cells a boost, better enabling them to respond to, ensnare and kill bacteria in laboratory experiments. Tamoxifen treatment in mice also enhances clearance of the antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogen MRSA and reduces mortality.


A Pediatric Cancer Drug Three Decades in the Making
UC San Diego News
By the age of 4, Matthew Haemsch had undergone 16 rounds of chemotherapy and a surgery to remove a cancerous tumor on his adrenal gland. Yet, his small body remained riddled with a rare pediatric cancer.


Chancellor’s and Revelle Medalists Announced
UC San Diego News
In celebration of the founding of the University of California, San Diego, the campus annually recognizes dedicated supporters and faculty members who have helped make UC San Diego the world-renowned university it is today. Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla will bestow the prestigious Chancellor’s Medal and Revelle Medal upon a distinguished group of honorees during UC San Diego’s Founders Celebration, which will take place Nov. 12-14.


UC San Diego Artists Play Big Role in ‘Without Walls’ Festival
UC San Diego News
Faculty, students and alumni from the University of California, San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities will bust the barriers of traditional theater in a big way during La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls (WoW) Festival, October 9 – 11, at various sites around campus.


U.S. News Global Rankings Name UC San Diego 19th Best University in World
UC San Diego News
The University of California, San Diego is named the 19th best university in the world in U.S. News and World Report’s second-annual global rankings, released today. The campus is one of only five public universities in the U.S. to make the top 20 in the list of the world’s top 750 colleges. The rankings measure factors such as research, global and regional reputation, international collaboration as well as number of highly-cited papers and doctorates awarded. The U.S. News Best Global Universities 2016 edition also features 22 subject rankings, in which UC San Diego received high marks for its academic areas, such as pharmacology and toxicology (4), neuroscience and behavior (6), biology and biochemistry (6), psychiatry and psychology (7), computer science (9), as well as molecular biology and genetics (10).


Making Dreams a Reality
UC San Diego News
The first day of college could feel a little daunting, but at a welcome reception for the UC San Diego Chancellor’s Associates Scholars, the mood was pure joy and celebration—complete with selfies with Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla.


Students Encouraged to Seek Education Outside the Classroom, Fight for Social Justice
UC San Diego News
Raise your consciousness and seek every day to do something to better the life of someone around you and, in that, your life will become richer, happier and more fulfilled.


Convocation Speakers Encourage Students to Seek Education Outside the Classroom and Fight for Social
UC San Diego News
Raise your consciousness and seek every day to do something to better the life of someone around you and, in that, your life will become richer, happier and more fulfilled.


Arthur Wagner, Founding Chair of UC San Diego Theatre and Dance, Dies
UC San Diego News
Arthur Wagner, founding chair of the University of California, San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance and philanthropist of the arts, has died. He was 92.


New Grant Will Fund Collaborative Effort to Build Reproducible Assays To Model Autism
UC San Diego News
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $13 million grant over five years to develop and disseminate new stem cell-based technologies and assays for studying autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other mental health diseases to a consortium of researchers at the University of California, San Diego and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, working in tandem with leaders in the biotechnology sector.


International Project Tracks Beach Pollution Dynamics
UC San Diego News
Scientists from UC San Diego are leading a novel pollution experiment at Imperial Beach, Coronado, and Tijuana. During the Cross Surfzone/Inner-shelf Dye Exchange project, researchers will perform three experiments releasing non-toxic bright pink fluorescent dye into beach waters and track its movements along the coast some 6.2-12.4 miles for nearly 36 hours.


Babies Time Their Smiles to Make Their Moms Smile in Return
UC San Diego News
Why do babies smile when they interact with their parents? Could their smiles have a purpose? In the Sept. 23 issue of PLOS ONE, a team of computer scientists, roboticists and developmental psychologists confirm what most parents already suspect: when babies smile, they do so with a purpose—to make the person they interact with smile in return.


UC San Diego a Top 10 Public University, According to U.S. News and World Report
UC San Diego News
The University of California, San Diego is ranked the 9th best public university in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Colleges guidebook, which was released today. In addition, UC San Diego is named the 39th best university in the U.S. among more than 200 public, private and for-profit institutions.


UC San Diego is No. 1 in Nation for Sixth Year, According to Washington Monthly
UC San Diego News
For the sixth consecutive year, the University of California, San Diego has been ranked the number one university in the nation by Washington Monthly for its contributions to the public good. The magazine released its 2015 College Guide today, an annual issue that takes a different approach to ranking the nation’s colleges and universities.


New Rankings Name UC San Diego 14th Best University in World
UC San Diego News
UC San Diego is ranked the 14th best university in the world for the third consecutive year, according to the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). The rankings were recently released by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, a public research university located in Shanghai, China, renowned as one of the oldest and most prestigious and selective universities in China. In addition, UC San Diego’s programs in life sciences, engineering, computer science, chemistry, and economics are ranked among the top 20 in the world. Nationally, UC San Diego is listed as the 12th best university.


UC San Diego is Sierra Magazine’s 7th Coolest School in Nation for Sustainability Efforts
UC San Diego News
UC San Diego has been named the 7th “Coolest School” by Sierra magazine, climbing 10 spots from last year in the publication’s annual ranking of America’s greenest colleges. The campus was recognized for its commitment to protecting the environment, reducing water use significantly, addressing climate issues and encouraging environmental responsibility.


Novel Therapeutic Agent for Pediatric Cancer Developed at UC San Diego in Clinical Trials
UC San Diego News
Donald L. Durden, MD, PhD, pediatric researcher at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center has identified and developed a novel therapeutic target for neuroblastoma, the second most common solid-tumor childhood cancer. The agent, named SF1126, acts by inhibiting the part of the cancer cell engine that promotes tumor angiogenesis and growth.


NSF Gives Green Light to Pacific Research Platform
UC San Diego News
NSF has awarded Calit2, CITRIS and nearly 20 participating institutions a $5 million, 5-year grant to create the Pacific Research Platform to enable a science-driven data freeway system in the western U.S. with speeds 1,000 times faster that today's traffic between campuses.


UC San Diego Participates in Coursera Global Skills Initiative
UC San Diego News
The Qualcomm Institute and SDSC are producing online courses about the Internet of Things and Big Data, respectively. The courses, to debut in the fall, represent two of the three series of courses announced this week by Coursera' new Global Skills Initiative.


Court Rules UC San Diego is Rightful Owner of Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study Data
UC San Diego News
On Friday, July 24, Superior Court Judge Judith F. Hayes found in favor of the University of California Regents’ request for a preliminary injunction to restore rightful custody and control of Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS) data to UC San Diego.


2015 Research Funding at UC San Diego Again Surpasses Billion-Dollar Mark
UC San Diego News
Research funding for 2015 at the University of California San Diego has again surpassed $1 billion -- the fourth time in the last six years the campus has achieved that milestone, the Office of Research Affairs has announced.


UC San Diego Named Among Top Five Best Public Universities in U.S.
UC San Diego News
New rankings name the University of California, San Diego the fourth best public university in the U.S. and the 21st best university in the world. The rankings by the Center for the World University Rankings (CWUR) are based on quality of research, faculty, influence, enterprise and successful alumni.


UC San Diego Health Ranks #1 by U.S. News & World Report
UC San Diego News
Once again, UC San Diego Health and its hospitals are ranked #1 in San Diego, and recognized among the best in the nation, by U.S. News & World Report for 2015-16. The annual U.S. News “Best Hospitals” rankings distinguish hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging health conditions.


Audrey Geisel Donates $3 Million to Renovate UC San Diego’s Iconic Geisel Library
UC San Diego News
San Diego philanthropist, literacy advocate, and longtime supporter of the University of California, San Diego, Audrey Geisel, has donated $3 million toward the renovation of the university’s iconic flagship building, Geisel Library. The gift kicks off a major initiative to transform and revitalize the interior public spaces of Geisel Library to meet the evolving needs of students, faculty, and other Library users in the digital age. Geisel’s gift will be used to renovate and update the entry level of Geisel Library, which opened in 1972 as the university’s Central Library. In 1995, the William Pereira-designed building—known by many as “the spaceship”—was named in honor of Audrey and her late husband, Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, in recognition of a major gift from Audrey Geisel.


Scripps/UC San Diego Alumna Nominated to Lead National Academy of Sciences
UC San Diego News
Marcia McNutt, a prominent geophysicist, national leader in science, and alumna of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, has been nominated to become the next president of the National Academy of Sciences.


UC San Diego Admits Record 34,652 Freshman and Transfer Students for Fall 2015
UC San Diego News
The University of California, San Diego has admitted a record 26,502 freshmen and 8,150 transfers for the fall 2015 term. The number of new freshmen is up 1,969 compared to last year and there is also an increase among transfer admits by 874 students.


Preuss Seniors Celebrate Success, Scholarships
UC San Diego News
When The Preuss School UCSD Class of 2015 graduates this week, senior Diego Espinoza will have a lot to celebrate. Not only is Espinoza the class valedictorian, he is also going to Tufts University on a full-ride scholarship. His classmate and salutatorian Belen Hernandez will be celebrating as well—she is one of 21 Preuss students who will attend UC San Diego on a full ride through the Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program.


2015 Commencement Series Ushers in Next Generation of Innovators and Trailblazers
UC San Diego News
According to UC San Diego alumnus J. Craig Venter, a world-renowned biochemist, geneticist and entrepreneur, medical research as we know it is at the dawn of a new era.


Common Antibiotic May Be the Answer to Many Multidrug-Resistant Bacterial Infections
UC San Diego News
Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences report that the common antibiotic azithromycin kills many multidrug-resistant bacteria very effectively — when tested under conditions that closely resemble the human body and its natural antimicrobial factors. The researchers believe the finding, published June 10 by EBioMedicine, could prompt an immediate review of the current standard of care for patients with certain so-called “superbug” infections.


$2 million Gift from Alumnus Supports Computer Science Undergraduate Engineering Education
UC San Diego News
A $2 million gift from a University of California, San Diego alumnus will provide critical support for undergraduate education in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The funds will help recruit, retain and support the professors and lecturers whose primary mission is to teach and mentor students.


Music Department Scores First Two Endowed Chairs for Distinguished Faculty
UC San Diego News
UC San Diego’s Department of Music, founded by composers over 40 years ago, spans the spectrum from classical to contemporary, including jazz, Hindustani, computer and experimental music. The Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, located in the heart of campus, is recognized as one of the greatest small concert halls in the world. The music department’s distinguished faculty have earned Pulitzer, Guggenheim, MacArthur and Grawemeyer awards. And, now, the department, under the Division of Arts and Humanities, also has key tools universities use in recruiting and retaining outstanding scholars: endowed faculty chairs.


‘The Big Bang Theory’s’ Mayim Bialik Shares Experiences as an Academic, Actor and STEM Advocate
UC San Diego News
She fell in love with the neuron during her first semester in college, and from there her passion for science took off with a bang. As a trained scientist, Mayim Bialik’s portrayal of neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on the CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” comes naturally. The show is currently the top-rated comedic television series in the nation, and Bialik uses her celebrity to serve as a female role model and advocate for STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math), a cause she feel strongly about.


UC San Diego Health System Names Jacobs Medical Center Pavilion in Honor of Evelyn and Ernest Rady
UC San Diego News
“My father was an OB/GYN,” said Ernest Rady, one of San Diego’s most prominent philanthropists and business leaders. “When a woman would come in and say, ‘Thank you doctor, you saved my life,’ my father said it was like making a million dollars. He instilled in me the thought that helping others is fruitful.”


Staff Members Honored for Care and Commitment at Employee of the Year Awards
UC San Diego News
Angel Huerta is the first person parents and children see in the morning, greeting each family by name and a big smile. As head of food services at the UC San Diego Early Childhood Education Center, he is responsible for preparing and distributing three meals a day to more than 200 children, taking special care to monitor any food allergies. He is known as “Mr. Angel” by the children, who range in age from 3 months to 6 years, and helps enrich their understanding of healthy food.


Theater Residencies Enhance Resumes and Jumpstart Careers
UC San Diego News
UC San Diego graduate student Mandy Nussbaum is living a dream – serving as a valued member of the stage management team for the current La Jolla Playhouse production of Come From Away, a world premiere musical.


Serving Up Support for the Hungry
UC San Diego News
“Just announced call to dinner.” This key phrase jumpstarts commotion in the kitchen, everyone picking up the pace as though on fast forward. “Let’s get to work,” says Vaughn Vargus, executive chef at UC San Diego to his culinary team. The cold spring pea gazpacho is carefully ladled into 20 neatly aligned bowls, then the curly-q crème fraiche is added, and lastly, a fresh herb salad is placed perfectly in the center. After snapping a quick photo of the finished product, the first course is whisked away to the awaiting guests.


Recipe for Wellness
UC San Diego News
What if there were a nearly universal prescription for better health, one that could save untold thousands of lives annually, lower health care costs and even help shrink the nation’s carbon footprint?


Global Shift
UC San Diego News
UC San Diego today announced that its globally recognized School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) will be renamed to become the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS), effective July 1. The new name reflects the increasingly broadened scope of the school’s research impact worldwide. In addition to the name change, the school’s Master of Pacific and International Affairs (MPIA) degree will become a Master of International Affairs (MIA), a more standard degree awarded by international relations schools, that will also recognize students’ studies beyond the Pacific region.


Sun God Festival Draws Thousands for Weekend of Music Performances and Carnival Rides
UC San Diego News
UC San Diego’s 33rd annual Sun God Festival, this year themed the “Greatest Festival on Earth,” was part musical rendezvous and part lively carnival. The student-curated daylong music festival drew 15,000 attendees from across campus to RIMAC field on Sunday evening for performances by national touring acts, amusement rides and an opportunity to unwind with friends.


UC San Diego Programs Help to Attract and Retain Diverse Student Body
UC San Diego News
While he was developing UC San Diego’s first strategic plan in 2013, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla held open forums with campus and community members where they discussed ways to increase campus diversity. A predominant response was the need to attract more first generation and historically underrepresented students. Attendees also discussed ways to improve UC San Diego’s academic excellence and student life.


UC San Diego Turning Back the Clock on Parkinson’s
UC San Diego News
Like many young people, David Higgins was initially in denial about the possibility of having a serious, lifelong disease.


Philanthropists Evelyn and Ernest Rady Commit $100 Million to Benefit the Rady School of Management
UC San Diego News
With a $30 million lead gift in 2004, Evelyn and Ernest Rady and the Rady Family Foundation helped establish UC San Diego’s world-class, entrepreneurial business school—the Rady School of Management. They also contributed $5 million toward the expansion of the business school’s campus, and gave other significant gifts to ensure excellence at the school. Today UC San Diego announced that the Rady Family Foundation has made a $100 million commitment to help recruit and retain faculty and fund strategic priorities at the Rady School of Management.


SISTERS in Science
UC San Diego News
How do you build the perfect water filter: with cotton balls or coffee filters? Or maybe sand? And how about decorations: feathers or duct tape? These were some of the questions groups of girls energetically debated on a recent Thursday afternoon at Paul Ecke Central Elementary School in Encinitas.


Singing Their Hearts Out
UC San Diego News
Many UC San Diego students spend their days poring over equations, analyzing data and researching the meaning of our world…and their nights singing in the UC San Diego Gospel Choir. Consistently the most populous—and popular—class on campus, the choir draws hundreds of students of all majors, creeds and musical abilities. Led by the department of music’s Ken Anderson, who has directed the choir for 27 years, students learn songs by rote and perform about a dozen concerts across campus and the community each quarter.


UC San Diego Nets Another Top Global Ranking
UC San Diego News
Times Higher Education has named UC San Diego the 41st top university in the publication’s World Reputation Rankings. The reputation rankings complement the Times’ annual World University Rankings, last published in fall 2014, in which UC San Diego was also ranked 41st.


UC President Janet Napolitano Visits UC San Diego Global Food Initiative Project
UC San Diego News
It was an unseasonably warm winter day when University of California President Janet Napolitano paid a visit to the Ocean View Growing Grounds in Southeastern San Diego on March 12. Joined by UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla, UC San Diego students, faculty and community members, Napolitano toured the formerly vacant lot, which is now a thriving community garden thanks to a partnership between the local community and UC San Diego.


Campus Celebrates Roger Revelle’s Birthday
UC San Diego News
Members of the UC San Diego Revelle College community filled Galbraith Hall last Friday for a tribute to the college’s namesake and UC San Diego founder, Roger Revelle. The celebration took place just a few days after what would have been Revelle’s 106th birthday and included a conversation with some of the campus’s first faculty members about the renowned oceanographer’s life and legacy.


Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program Launches 200 Student-Research Projects
UC San Diego News
One hundred undergraduates, 80 Ph.D. students, and 20 postdoctoral scholars all received a big boost to their careers – and UC San Diego made a big investment in the future of interdisciplinary research – through recent competitive awards by the Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program.


U.S. News and World Report Again Names UC San Diego’s Graduate Programs Among Best in Nation
UC San Diego News
The 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools guidebook, released today, highly ranks the University of California, San Diego’s professional schools and programs in engineering and medicine. The campus’s academic Ph.D. programs in the sciences, social sciences and humanities earn top marks in the book as well.


Funding Future Stewards of Our Land and Oceans
UC San Diego News
“One of the real shortcomings for children in communities like City Heights and other areas is the lack of opportunity to have exposure to cultural institutions as well as museums and science resources,” said Robert E. Price, who with his wife Allison leads Price Philanthropies, a private family foundation.


Transcending Borders Through Education
UC San Diego News
UC San Diego is one of several U.S. and Mexican institutions of higher education to join together and launch the CaliBaja Consortium for Higher Education with the goal of becoming a leader in cross-border education by 2020.


Change Agent
UC San Diego News
What are some unforeseen damages caused by air pollution? How do we solve the problems of climate change? How do we feed the billions of people suffering from chronic hunger, and do it without causing further harm to the environment? These are just some of the questions that drive Jennifer Burney.


Molecular Link between Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes Reveals Potential Therapy
UC San Diego News
Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered that the inflammatory molecule LTB4 promotes insulin resistance, a first step in developing type 2 diabetes. What’s more, the team found that genetically removing the cell receptor that responds to LTB4, or blocking it with a drug, improves insulin sensitivity in obese mice. The study is published Feb. 23 by Nature Medicine.


Autism Genes Activate During Fetal Brain Development
UC San Diego News
Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that mutations that cause autism in children are connected to a pathway that regulates brain development.


UC San Diego Unveils New Black Legacy Mural
UC San Diego News
From Harriet Tubman to Nelson Mandela and Angela Davis, UC San Diego’s newest public artwork portrays more than two dozen historical figures and national leaders, as well as several UC San Diego alumni and professors. Unveiled at the Price Center on Feb. 11, the Black Legacy Mural was created by San Diego artist Andrea Rushing to honor the contributions of black leaders throughout history and promote a sense of belonging among current and future students.


Meet Carol Padden, Dean of Social Sciences
UC San Diego News
A longtime member of the UC San Diego community – first as a graduate student, then as a faculty member and, most recently, as an administrator too – Carol Padden is a MacArthur “Genius” Award-winning scholar of sign languages. She was named the division’s fourth dean in June 2014, after an extensive national search. Her appointment began Oct. 1.


First Satellite to View Earth from Deep Space Set for Launch
UC San Diego News
A satellite that will be positioned between Earth and the sun to measure the solar energy reflected back to space by Earth as well as the infrared radiation emitted by the planet is scheduled for launch Feb. 8 or 9. Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography proposed the scientific objectives and began designing the instrument payload for the mission nearly 17 years ago.


Princeton Review Names UC San Diego Top University for Return-on-Investment
UC San Diego News
UC San Diego has earned top recognition in The Princeton Review’s new rankings for the return-on-investment the campus offers to students. UC San Diego is ranked the nation’s 31st best college for students seeking great academics, outstanding career preparation and generous financial aid. The campus is also named a great value, taking the No. 21 spot as the best U.S. college for students who are not eligible for financial aid.


The Power of Partnerships
UC San Diego News
A 10th-grader struggling with algebra, a teen from a military family, a high school student contemplating college and a homeless youth finding stability in the classroom—these are just a few examples of the local, underserved students who are paired with UC San Diego undergraduate tutors through numerous initiatives. These programs, led by the department of education studies, the campus’s undergraduate colleges and others, allow UC San Diego students to serve as tutors, mentors and positive role models. Yet, the undergraduates often find they learn just as much from their young partners.


Marshall College Unveils New Sojourner Truth Statue
UC San Diego News
She could not be deterred—not by slavery, not by illiteracy and certainly not by naysayers. Sojourner Truth was a woman of strong conviction who used the power of her words to stand up for women’s rights and combat slavery. In recognition of her contributions as a suffragist and abolitionist, a new life-size bronze sculpture of Truth was unveiled Jan. 22 at UC San Diego. Created by local artist and UC San Diego alumna Manuelita Brown, the artwork is prominently located in the heart of Marshall College on Ridge Walk.


‘Frontiers of Innovation’ Program Seeds Seven Multidisciplinary Projects on Campus
UC San Diego News
As a key part of the Strategic Plan developed by faculty, administrators, postdoctoral scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, staff, alumni and other members of the UC San Diego community, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla and Vice Chancellor for Research Sandra A. Brown are committed to significant investments in scholarship and science that will keep the university at the forefront of socially beneficial research.


Friedmann Recognized for Pioneering Gene Therapy Research
UC San Diego News
Theodore Friedmann, MD, professor in the Department of Pediatrics at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine was named today one of three recipients of the 2015 Japan Prize, a prestigious international award honoring laureates whose “original and outstanding achievements in science and technology have advanced the frontiers of knowledge and served the cause of peace and prosperity for mankind.”


Atmospheric Rivers, Cloud-Creating Aerosol Particles, and California Reservoirs
UC San Diego News
In the midst of the California rainy season, scientists are embarking on a field campaign designed to improve the understanding of the natural and human-caused phenomena that determine when and how the state gets its precipitation. They will do so by studying atmospheric rivers, meteorological events that include the famous rainmaker known as the Pineapple Express.


Celebrating Freedom through Education
UC San Diego News
Nearly 200 UC San Diego volunteers gathered at Howard Pence Elementary School on Sunday to revitalize the school’s garden, paint murals on the playground and much more. The service project, held as part of the campus’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, was organized by Volunteer50 and the Center for Student Involvement to educate students about the impact they can make in the local community. Following the Day of Service, about 500 campus members represented UC San Diego in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, celebrating “Freedom Through Education.”


A Blind Date with Science
UC San Diego News
We’ve all seen them. The senior scientist with his back turned away from the audience, trying to explain a data-filled slide to a puzzled group of nonscientists that has long ago tuned him out. Or the junior professor, head down, reading a lecture word for word in a monotone voice from behind the podium.


UC San Diego Receives Record 78,056 Freshman and 16,144 Transfer Applications for Fall 2015
UC San Diego News
The University of California, San Diego has received a record 94,200 freshman and transfer applications for fall 2015. The university had the third highest number of applicants among the University of California campuses. Within the last decade, UC San Diego has consistently been one of the nation’s top five universities to receive the most applications.


Sugar Molecule Links Red Meat Consumption and Elevated Cancer Risk in Mice
UC San Diego News
While people who eat a lot of red meat are known to be at higher risk for certain cancers, other carnivores are not, prompting researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine to investigate the possible tumor-forming role of a sugar called Neu5Gc, which is naturally found in most mammals but not in humans.


Fat Isn’t All Bad: Skin Adipocytes Help Protect Against Infections
UC San Diego News
When it comes to skin infections, a healthy and robust immune response may depend greatly upon what lies beneath. In a new paper published in the January 2, 2015 issue of Science, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report the surprising discovery that fat cells below the skin help protect us from bacteria.


Squidtoons: Sparking Scientific Curiosity through Comics
UC San Diego News
As a young boy growing up in Hong Kong, Tsz Fung Kwan looked forward to reading the famous Jim Davis comic strip Garfield in the Sunday paper. Something about the iconic orange, lasagna-loving cat struck a chord with Kwan, and, at the age of 7, when his family immigrated to the United states in search of a better life, he paid homage to his comic hero by choosing “Garfield” as his new American name.


Crafting the Perfect Brew
UC San Diego News
George Thornton made his first batch of beer at his sister’s apartment, using the spare bedroom to store the fermenting ale. Today, the UC San Diego alumnus is the owner of The Homebrewer in North Park, a supply store and educational resource for both beginning and advanced homebrewers. Here, customers can choose from a variety of hops, yeast, grains, additives and equipment, as well as participate in classes taught by fellow homebrewers. Next year, Thornton will open a small production brewery and tasting room next door.


Student Entrepreneurs Find Success with Smart Earplugs
UC San Diego News
When Daniel Lee enrolled in Nate Delson’s Product Design and Entrepreneurship class at UC San Diego, becoming an entrepreneur wasn’t on his radar. But a little more than a year later, Lee and two other students at the Jacobs School of Engineering already have raised more than $450,000 through crowdfunding for their start-up company, Hush Technology. Their product? Smart wireless earplugs that block out external sounds but still allow users to hear their alarm clock and important messages via a smartphone app.


Regional Transportation Projects to Transform Access to Campus
UC San Diego News
Over the next few years, a series of regional transportation projects will occur at and around UC San Diego, transforming how students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors will access campus. The projects will accomplish everything from bringing the trolley into the heart of campus to constructing a new transit center and expanding the Genesee Avenue Bridge and Interstate 5 interchange.


The Dirty Side of Soap
UC San Diego News
Triclosan is an antimicrobial commonly found in soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and many other household items. Despite its widespread use, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report potentially serious consequences of long-term exposure to the chemical.


Selfies Reach New Heights with Wearable Drone
UC San Diego News
A team of developers that includes UC San Diego cognitive science alumna Jelena Jovanovic has won the $500,000 grand prize in Intel’s Make It Wearable challenge for their wrist-mounted drone. The device—named Nixie—can travel a fixed distance from its owner to take a photo or video of them, and then return. Images or video can instantly be shared with friends.


Building the Future of Health Care
UC San Diego News
Committed to fostering the future of health care in San Diego, more than 1,000 donors have contributed $131 million to UC San Diego’s Jacobs Medical Center. Included in the total are gifts that matched a donation of $25 million, meeting the Challenge goal of the initiative. Today, the campus announced that the Challenge donation, originally anonymous, was made by Joan and Irwin Jacobs. They provided a $75 million lead gift for the new facility in 2010; with the Challenge gift, that brings their contributions to the Jacobs Medical Center to a total of $100 million.


Making an ‘IMPACT’ on Childhood Obesity
UC San Diego News
“I like to get out here and sweat,” said Dalton, an elementary student at Toler Elementary, as he began a series of stretches and exercises led by UC San Diego student-athletes volunteering their time at his elementary school in Clairemont.


How Genes Organize the Surface of the Brain
UC San Diego News
The first atlas of the surface of the human brain based upon genetic information has been produced by a national team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the VA San Diego Healthcare System. The work is published in the March 30 issue of the journal Science.


UC San Diego Physicists Find Patterns in New State of Matter
UC San Diego News
Physicists at the University of California, San Diego have discovered patterns which underlie the properties of a new state of matter.


Revelle Lecture at Scripps: Are We Underestimating the Risk of Tsunamis?
UC San Diego News
Eddie Bernard, scientist emeritus for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) and former director of NOAA’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, will present “Tsunamis: Are we underestimating the risk?” during the 13th annual Roger Revelle Commemorative Lecture, presented by the Ocean Studies Board, part of the U.S. National Research Council.


Faculty Club Celebrates Staff with April Membership Promotion
UC San Diego News
April is staff appreciation month at UC San Diego’s Faculty Club, and the venue is featuring promotional enticements to bring staff members and administrative professionals into the club and encourage them to join.


High School Students Inspired by Astrophysicist at Kyoto Prize Symposium
UC San Diego News
High school students from throughout San Diego County, Tijuana and Inglewood in Los Angeles had the rare opportunity to meet one of the world’s most acclaimed astrophysicists, Rashid Sunyaev, Ph.D. last week at the Kyoto Prize Symposium at UC San Diego.


SDSC Graduate Student Awarded NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship
UC San Diego News
A graduate student working in the Walker Molecular Dynamics laboratory at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego is a recipient of the 2012-2013 NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program award for his innovative molecular dynamics research using GPU (graphics processing unit) computing.


Faculty researchers share their experiences turning discoveries into marketable products
UC San Diego News
Four engineering faculty members with technology transfer success stories discussed the challenges of the commercialization process during a March 14 dinner celebrating the 10th anniversary of the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement. The von Liebig Center offers seed funding and advisory services and is part of the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego.


Using Social Media to Catch a Thief on March 31
UC San Diego News
A group of crowdsourcing experts, including Manuel Cebrian, a computer science researcher at the University of California, San Diego, are building a team to participate in a, perhaps, impossible worldwide gaming challenge: track down five ‘suspects’ of a jewel heist in five different cities on two different continents within 12 hours. You can play, and make money, even if you don’t live there.


Chronic Stress Spawns Protein Aggregates Linked to Alzheimer’s
UC San Diego News
Repeated stress triggers the production and accumulation of insoluble tau protein aggregates inside the brain cells of mice, say researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in a new study published in the March 26 Online Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Regular Chocolate Eaters are Thinner
UC San Diego News
Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, and colleagues present new findings that may overturn the major objection to regular chocolate consumption: that it makes people fat. The study, showing that adults who eat chocolate on a regular basis are actually thinner that those who don’t, will be published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine on March 26.


Venice hasn’t stopped sinking after all
UC San Diego News
The water flowing through Venice’s famous canals laps at buildings a little higher every year – and not only because of a rising sea level. Although previous studies had found that Venice has stabilized, new measurements indicate that the historic city continues to slowly sink, and even to tilt slightly to the east.


Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown to Speak
UC San Diego News
Gordon Brown, who served as prime minister of the United Kingdom and leader of the Labour Party from 2007 to 2010, will present a free lecture on “Meeting the Millennium Development Goals” at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa across from the campus of UC San Diego.


President Obama Visits Solar Power Plant Using Technology Developed by UC San Diego Engineers
UC San Diego News
When President Obama visited the Copper Mountain Solar 1 Facility in Nevada Wednesday, he got a first-hand look at the first large-scale solar facility equipped with solar forecasting devices called sky imagers. The devices are powered by sophisticated algorithms, which were developed by researchers at the University of California San Diego. The technology was funded by Sanyo Electric Corp., now Panasonic, the Department of Energy, California Energy Commission and California Public Utilities Commission.


UC San Diego Student-Run Free Clinic Project Hosts Annual Gala, March 31
UC San Diego News
On Saturday, March 31, the UC San Diego Student-Run Free Clinic Project will host its annual fundraiser and awards ceremony. The event will be held at the UC San Diego Price Center Ballroom on the La Jolla campus. Funds raised during this event help provide free medical, dental, pharmacy, acupuncture, legal and social services to San Diego’s working poor and homeless. More than 2,000 San Diegans rely on its comprehensive integrative health services every year.


Gene Expression Abnormalities in Autism Identified
UC San Diego News
A study led by Eric Courchesne, PhD, director of the Autism Center of Excellence at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has, for the first time, identified in young autism patients genetic mechanisms involved in abnormal early brain development and overgrowth that occurs in the disorder.  The findings suggest novel genetic and molecular targets that could lead to discoveries of new prevention strategies and treatment for the disorder.


UC San Diego Swimmer Wins 200 Breaststroke Title on Final Day of NCAA Championships
UC San Diego News
Emily Adamczyk won UC San Diego's first national title of the 2012 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday, winning the 200 breaststroke in school-record time on the final day of the meet at the ISD Natatorium.


SDSC’s “Big Data” Expertise Aiding Genomics Research
UC San Diego News
The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has in the last three years undergone a major reboot, remaking itself into a center of expertise on all aspects of “big data” research including genomics, one of the fastest growing areas of scientific study.


UC San Diego Composer Philippe Manoury Wins French Grammy
UC San Diego News
UC San Diego composer Philippe Manoury has been awarded Best Composer of the Year in France's Victoires de la Musique Classique 2012, the French equivalent of the Grammys.


UC San Diego Graduate Students Take Their Research to State Capitol
UC San Diego News
To many people, graduate research is a little-known corridor in the halls of higher education. To some it is perceived as a mysterious side nook in the ivory tower, where esoteric research is conducted for obscure ends.


March Matchness
UC San Diego News
Seven years ago, Melanie Aiken, 41, quit a full-time job as a middle school science teacher, sold her Apple Valley house and moved to San Diego with her three young daughters to attend the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and, ultimately, achieve her dream of becoming a doctor.


UC San Diego Gets High Marks for Academic Excellence
UC San Diego News
UC San Diego was recently highly ranked for its academic excellence by both U.S. News & World Report and the Times Higher Education. The 2013 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News and World Report named UC San Diego’s graduate programs among the best in the country and the university was ranked 36th in the World Reputation Rankings by the London-based Times Higher Education.


Get an Insider’s Look at UC San Diego at Triton Day Experience
UC San Diego News
“I am so excited to be accepted to UC San Diego––it is an incredible feeling,” said Jose Roberto Sandoval, one of a record 60,785 freshmen who applied to UC San Diego for fall 2012. Of the thousands of freshmen applicants, only about 38 percent of students, including Sandoval have gained admittance to UC San Diego. “I feel like I have accomplished something great,” he said.


Certificate Admissions Up at UC San Diego Extension
UC San Diego News
The number of continuing education students entering certificate programs at University of California San Diego Extension increased 19 percent last year, according to Elizabeth Silva, registrar and director of student services for the university’s continuing education programs.


Times Higher Education Ranks UC San Diego Among Top Universities in the World
UC San Diego News
The University of California, San Diego was ranked 36th in the World Reputation Rankings by the Times Higher Education. The Reputation Rankings complement the annual World University Rankings, published in fall 2012, in which UC San Diego was ranked 33rd.


Combined Health Agencies Honors Four UC San Diego Health Heroes
UC San Diego News
Brain stimulation surgery for patients with Parkinson’s disease; promoting liver health on a national level; leading one of the nation’s top ALS clinics; and designing a law that protects the rights of students with epilepsy: these are significant reasons why four UC San Diego School of Medicine doctors were honored during the 18th annual Combined Health Agencies Health Hero Awards breakfast on March 15 at The Prado in Balboa Park.


For Fifth Year in a Row, Calit2 Honored with CENIC 2012 Innovations in Networking Award
UC San Diego News
A major Mexican-American advanced network project led on the U.S. side by the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) has been honored by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) as a recipient of the 2012 Innovations in Networking Award for High-Performance Research Applications.


UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Among Nation’s Best
UC San Diego News
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center is the only San Diego hospital to be featured in Becker’s Hospital Review list of “70 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs.”


U.S. News Again Ranks UC San Diego Among Nation’s Best Graduate Schools
UC San Diego News
Each year, graduate programs at the University of California, San Diego are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report, as noted in the 2013 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, released today. The rankings measure professional-school programs in business, education, engineering, law and medicine.


Data Support Theory on Location of Lost Leonardo da Vinci Painting
UC San Diego News
Evidence uncovered during research conducted in Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio late last year appears to support the theory that a lost Leonardo da Vinci painting existed on the east wall of the Hall of the 500, behind Giorgio Vasari’s mural “The Battle of Marciano.”


More Trans Fat Consumption Linked to Greater Aggression
UC San Diego News
Might the “Twinkie defense” have a scientific foundation after all? Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have shown – by each of a range of measures, in men and women of all ages, in Caucasians and minorities – that consumption of dietary trans fatty acids (dTFAs) is associated with irritability and aggression.


Botox Injections Now Used for Severe Urinary Incontinence
UC San Diego News
When you think of Botox injections, you probably think of getting rid of unwanted wrinkles around the eyes or forehead, but recently the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved using the injections to help patients with neurological conditions who suffer from incontinence, or an overactive bladder.


A New Approach to Faster Anticancer Drug Discovery
UC San Diego News
Tracking the genetic pathway of a disease offers a powerful, new approach to drug discovery, according to scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine who used the approach to uncover a potential treatment for prostate cancer, using a drug currently marketed for congestive heart failure.


New Weight Loss Surgery Folds Stomach into Smaller Size
UC San Diego News
Patients seeking a weight-loss surgery that does not require an implanted device or permanent change to their anatomy, have a new clinical trial option at UC San Diego Health System. Santiago Horgan, MD, chief of minimally invasive surgery, and his team, now offer gastric plication, a novel surgery that folds the stomach into a smaller, more compact size.


Pregnant Women on Antidepressants Less Likely to Breastfeed
UC San Diego News
Researchers at the California Teratogen Information Service (CTIS) Pregnancy Health Information Line, a statewide non-profit organization based at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, have found women exposed to certain antidepressants during pregnancy were significantly less likely to breastfeed their babies compared to unexposed women.


UC San Diego Renews Lifeguard Services at Black’s Beach
UC San Diego News
The University of California, San Diego is renewing its contract with the City of San Diego to maintain full-time lifeguard services at Black’s Beach to ensure safety for members of the campus and local community.


Running Hot and Cold in the Deep Sea: Scientists Explore Rare Environment
UC San Diego News
Among the many intriguing aspects of the deep sea, Earth’s largest ecosystem, exist environments known as hydrothermal vent systems where hot water surges out from the seafloor. On the flipside the deep sea also features cold areas where methane rises from “seeps” on the ocean bottom.


Nanotrees Harvest the Sun’s Energy to Turn Water into Hydrogen Fuel
UC San Diego News
University of California, San Diego electrical engineers are building a forest of tiny nanowire trees in order to cleanly capture solar energy without using fossil fuels and harvest it for hydrogen fuel generation. Reporting in the journal Nanoscale, the team said nanowires, which are made from abundant natural materials like silicon and zinc oxide, also offer a cheap way to deliver hydrogen fuel on a mass scale.


Internet Censorship Revealed Through the Haze of Malware Pollution
UC San Diego News
On a January evening in 2011, Egypt – with a population of 80 million, including 23 million Internet users – vanished from cyberspace after its government ordered an Internet blackout amidst anti-government protests that led to the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The following month, the Libyan government, also under siege, imposed an Internet “curfew” before completely cutting off access for almost four days.


New Drug Target Improves Memory in Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease
UC San Diego News
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of Cincinnati, and American Life Science Pharmaceuticals of San Diego have validated the protease cathepsin B (CatB) as a target for improving memory deficits and reducing the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in an animal model representative of most AD patients.


SDSC Announces 2012 Internship Opportunities for High School Students
UC San Diego News
The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, is holding a volunteer internship program for high school students this summer to assist them in gaining experience in a particular area of computational research.


Embryonic Development Protein Active in Cancer Growth
UC San Diego News
A team of scientists at the University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center has identified a novel protein expressed by breast cancer cells – but not normal adult tissues – that could provide a new target for future anti-cancer drugs and treatments.


Animal Encounters, Augmented Reality and More to be Featured at San Diego Festival of Science
UC San Diego News
Where can you touch a real shark egg case, build a circuit and extract your own DNA? Or get a behind-the-scenes look at how computer chips are made and the future of augmented reality technology?


UC San Diego Women’s Basketball Team Awarded No. 1 Seed in NCAA Division II West Regional Field
UC San Diego News
After recording an overall record of 28-2 and winning a third California Collegiate Athletic Association regular season title in the last four years, the UC San Diego women's basketball team was awarded the No. 1 seed in the 2012 NCAA Division II West Regional Field, it was announced on Sunday.


Students Use Engineering Know-how to Help People at Home and a World Away
UC San Diego News
A small village in the Philippines will soon be safer from typhoons, thanks to the work of a group of undergraduates at the Jacobs School of Engineering at University of California, San Diego. They are designing a model home for the village that uses new and sustainable technologies and will make the dwelling stronger against both typhoons and earthquakes. But the students won’t stop there. They also want to provide the village with safer drinking water and renewable energy.


UC San Diego in the Hall of the Lost Da Vinci
UC San Diego News
Why are the UC San Diego name and logo prominently displayed across one of the most famous walls in Florence? It is a story that starts more than five hundred years ago, when a Leonardo Da Vinci mural of the ‘Battle of Anghiari’ was painted on the wall of the Salone dei Cinquecento (the Hall of the Five Hundred).


Cocoa May Enhance Skeletal Muscle Function
UC San Diego News
A small clinical trial led by researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine and VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) found that patients with advanced heart failure and type 2 diabetes showed improved mitochondrial structure after three months of treatment with epicatechin-enriched cocoa. Epicatechin is a flavonoid found in dark chocolate.


UC San Diego Sponsors Annual Women’s Conference on HIV/AIDS
UC San Diego News
In observance of National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the UC San Diego AIDS Research Institute (ARI) and Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) are sponsors of “A Woman’s Voice/Una Voz de Mujer,” San Diego’s annual women’s HIV/AIDS conference.


Rady School Dean Robert S. Sullivan Elected Vice Chair-Chair Elect of AACSB International
UC San Diego News
Robert S. Sullivan, dean of the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego, has been elected vice chair-chair elect of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).


SDSC, UC Santa Cruz to Host Summer School on Astroinformatics
UC San Diego News
The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, in conjunction with the University of California’s High-Performance AstroComputing Center (UC-HiPACC), will host a two-week long summer school designed to help the next generation of astronomers manage the ever-increasing amount of data generated by new instruments, digital sky surveys, and simulations.


UC San Diego Among First in Nation to Treat Brain Cancer with Novel Viral Vector
UC San Diego News
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center researchers and surgeons are among the first in the nation to treat patients with recurrent brain cancer by directly injecting an investigational viral vector into their tumor. The treatment is being developed by a local San Diego Company, Tocagen Inc.


Pioneering Astrophysicist Rashid Sunyaev to Speak at Kyoto Prize Symposium March 21
UC San Diego News
Rashid Sunyaev, Ph.D., one of the world’s most distinguished astrophysicists, will speak at the University of California, San Diego, March 21 at 3:30 p.m., as part of the annual Kyoto Prize Symposium. To register for the free talk, which is open to the public, please visit: www.kyotoprize-us.org.


No. 1 UC San Diego Women’s Basketball Team Takes Down Sonoma State in Regular Season Finale
UC San Diego News
The top-ranked UC San Diego women's basketball team wrapped up a historic 2011-12 regular season on Friday, dispatching Sonoma State by a final margin of 78-58 at The Wolves' Den on the SSU campus.


Potential of New Memory Technologies Explored at UC San Diego Workshop
UC San Diego News
The impact and future of non-volatile, solid-state memories that help power today’s electronic mobile devices will be the focus of a three-day workshop held March 4 to 6 at the University of California, San Diego.


UC San Diego Earns $2.4 Million in Energy Incentives from SDG&E
UC San Diego News
Under bright, blue skies, representatives from UC San Diego and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) gathered recently to celebrate their combined efforts at making things a little greener.


Scripps Oceanography Receives nearly $5.5 Million in Recent Gifts
UC San Diego News
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego received a string of major private donations in early 2012 that exceeded $5.2 million.


Engineering Students Organize Run for Pi(e)
UC San Diego News
If you’re an engineering student, Pi is a number you quickly become familiar with. You’ve likely seen it in pretty much all of your classes. So, it’s fitting that the undergraduate and graduate student councils at the Jacobs School of Engineering decided it was time to give the number a proper celebration.


No. 1 UCSD Takes Down Sonoma State in Regular Season Finale, 78-58
UC San Diego News
The top-ranked UC San Diego women's basketball team wrapped up a historic 2011-12 regular season on Friday, dispatching Sonoma State by a final margin of 78-58 at The Wolves' Den on the SSU campus.


Navy Selects Shipyard to build Scripps’ New State-of-the-art Research Vessel
UC San Diego News
The U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) has announced the shipyard responsible for constructing the next chapter in ocean exploration for Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.  The new research vessel will be owned by ONR for the Department of the Navy and operated by Scripps under charter party agreement.


Dr. Seuss’ 108th Birthday Celebration Set for March 2
UC San Diego News
The University of California, San Diego campus is making preparations for one of its favorite events: the annual birthday celebration to pay homage to the campus’s most beloved icon, Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss.


UC San Diego Graduates Ranked 8th for Top Salary Potential, According to PayScale
UC San Diego News
Graduates of the University of California, San Diego are ranked 8th for salary earning potential in the 2011-2012 PayScale study measuring top state schools across the nation.


UC San Diego Students Receive Financial Aid. Are You Getting Yours?
UC San Diego News
For students and families concerned about how to pay for their education, help is available. UC San Diego’s financial aid programs offer a wide variety of options, including grants, loans, work study and scholarships for students at all income levels.


Amgen Scholars Program Supports Young Scientists at UC San Diego
UC San Diego News
Leandro Gallo, a graduate student in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego, grew up in a working class family in Brazil where the possibility of pursuing higher education seemed an impossible dream for him.


University of California to Launch YouTube’s First University-run Original Channel
UC San Diego News
University of California Television (UCTV) will launch a new YouTube original channel on March 1 called UCTV Prime. It will represent the first university-run channel to be offered by YouTube. Each week, UCTV Prime will debut 15 minutes of fresh content from throughout the University of California at www.youtube.com/uctvprime and www.uctv.tv/prime.


Archive Chronicling History of San Diego’s Chicano Movement to Go Digital
UC San Diego News
In 2004, the University of California, San Diego Libraries acquired one of the region’s most significant archives—the papers of Chicano activist Herman Baca— documenting the struggles and achievements of the Chicano Movement in San Diego from 1964 to 2006.


UC San Diego Celebrates Achievements of Women for International Women’s Day
UC San Diego News
The economic, political and social achievements of women will be celebrated as part of the 101st anniversary of International Women’s Day, March 4 from 2 to 4 p.m., at the University of California, San Diego. The event, free and open to the public, will be held in UC San Diego’s Great Hall.


The Splice of Life: Proteins Cooperate to Regulate Gene Splicing
UC San Diego News
In a step toward deciphering the “splicing code” of the human genome, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have comprehensively analyzed six of the more highly expressed RNA binding proteins collectively known as heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoparticle (hnRNP) proteins.


Express Yourself: How Zygotes Sort Out Imprinted Genes
UC San Diego News
Researchers at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Toronto Western Research Institute peel away some of the enduring mystery of how zygotes or fertilized eggs determine which copies of parental genes will be used or ignored.


UCSD Uses Heat Energy to Fix Odd Heart Beat
UC San Diego News
UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center is now offering patients with atrial fibrillation the breakthrough benefits of heat energy, or radio frequency waves, to irreversibly alter heart tissue that triggers an abnormal heart rhythm or arrhythmia. The THERMOCOOL® SF Catheter is an FDA-approved outpatient procedure for an early-stage form of the condition called paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, when recurring symptoms are unresponsive to medicine.


Art and Science Have a Chat in ‘ANOMALIA’
UC San Diego News
In scientific research, an anomalous finding can be cast aside because it falls outside of the typical and does not fit cleanly in a normal distribution curve. This very deviation is the premise for the “ANOMALIA” exhibition at the University Art Gallery Feb. 16 through May 18.


Will Anti-Arrhythmic Drug Beat Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
UC San Diego News
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in the United States.  This form of heart attack kills 325,000 people every year, representing one death every two minutes. Almost all SCA victims die before they even reach a hospital.


InterDigital and Calit2 Launch InterDigital Innovation Challenge
UC San Diego News
InterDigital (NASDAQ: IDCC) and the University of California, San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) today announced the launch of the InterDigital Innovation Challenge (I²C), an engineering competition that aims to discover breakthroughs in advanced wireless technologies.


Lava Formations in Western U.S. Linked to Rip in Giant Slab of Earth
UC San Diego News
Like a stream of air shooting out of an airplane’s broken window to relieve cabin pressure, scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego say lava formations in eastern Oregon are the result of an outpouring of magma forced out of a breach in a massive slab of Earth. Their new mechanism explaining how such a large volume of magma was generated is published in the Feb. 16 issue of the journal Nature.


3 UC San Diego Faculty Members Named Sloan Foundation Research Fellows
UC San Diego News
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation today named three faculty members at the University of California, San Diego recipients of its prestigious research fellowship, given to promising young scholars at the early stage of their research careers.


Students Use Mirror Therapy to Help Relieve Phantom Limb Pain Suffered by Victims of Earthquake
UC San Diego News
When the ground shook in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Jan. 12, 2010, the magnitude-7 earthquake left behind an estimated 4,000 amputees. Helping these victims has been a goal for a group of UC San Diego students, who visited Haiti in 2011 to treat amputees using an innovative mirror-box therapy developed by V.S. Ramachandran, director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at UC San Diego.


UC San Diego Teams Take League Titles at 2012 Pacific Coast Swimming and Diving Conference Champions
UC San Diego News
For the fourth consecutive year, UC San Diego brought home league titles as both the men and women placed first at the 2012 Pacific Coast Swimming and Diving Conference Championships at the Splash! La Mirada Aquatic Center Saturday.


Next Greenovation Forum to Focus on Managing the Ocean
UC San Diego News
The next Greenovation Forum on “Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning: The Ecological, Economic, and Governance Principles for Managing the Ocean” will take place at 4 p.m. Feb. 22 at Atkinson Hall.


Commemoration of Activism that Transformed UC San Diego
UC San Diego News
Two years ago, racist incidents on and off campus sparked student demonstrations at UC San Diego, resulting in a historic collaborative agreement that has strengthened our commitment to enhancing diversity. This slideshow showcases the past two years of change.


Could “Love Hormone” Help Treat Depression?
UC San Diego News
Gazing into your lover’s eyes isn’t only romantic; it also releases a brain chemical called oxytocin that strengthens social bonds in a variety of species.  For some people who suffer from depression, the so-called “hormone of love” might hold out hope. Researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine are conducting a clinical trial to study whether oxytocin – the brain hormone released with touches, hugs, or when a mother and her newborn baby bond – might help patients with depression.


New Method Makes Culture of Complex Tissue Possible in any Lab
UC San Diego News
Scientists at the University of California, San Diego have developed a new method for making scaffolds for culturing tissue in three-dimensional arrangements that mimic those in the body. This advance, published online in the journal Advanced Materials, allows the production of tissue culture scaffolds containing multiple structurally and chemically distinct layers using common laboratory reagents and materials.


Clinical Trial Teaches Binge Eaters to Toss Away Cravings
UC San Diego News
Of 190 million obese Americans, approximately 10-15 percent engage in harmful binge eating. During single sittings, these over-eaters consume large servings of high-caloric foods. Sufferers contend with weight gain and depression including heart disease and diabetes.


Engineers Find Inspiration for New Materials in Piranha-proof Armor
UC San Diego News
It’s a matchup worthy of a late-night cable movie: put a school of starving piranha and a 300-pound fish together, and who comes out the winner?


15th Annual Heart of San Diego Gala to Be ‘An Affair to Remember’ with Sanjay Gupta
UC San Diego News
In its 15th year of benefiting the University of California, San Diego’s Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, the 2012 Heart of San Diego Gala on Saturday, Feb. 25 will be “An Affair to Remember,” honoring Emmy-winning producer of “Larry King Live,” Wendy Walker and founder and managing director of Eden Woods Investments, Randall Woods.


Electrical Engineers Build “No-Waste” Laser
UC San Diego News
A team of University of California, San Diego researchers has built the smallest room-temperature nanolaser to date, as well as an even more startling device: a highly efficient, “thresholdless” laser that funnels all its photons into lasing, without any waste.


UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Faculty Elected to National Academy of Engineering
UC San Diego News
Three faculty members in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Peter C. Farrell, founder, chairman and CEO of ResMed, and a member of the Council of Advisors of the Dean of the Jacobs School, also was elected to the academy.


Academic Senate Speakers Explain Patent Forms, E-Grades, and Library Changes
UC San Diego News
A full slate of guest speakers helped update UC San Diego's Academic Senate last Tuesday, with Vice Chancellor for Research Sandra Brown, Registrar William Haid and University Librarian Brian Schottlaender describing developments in key areas of campus life.


Science Frontiers Showcased at Scripps
UC San Diego News
From prediction of algal blooms that could poison seafood to identification of subseafloor oil deposits to an effort for the military to borrow camouflage techniques from octopi, the cross-section of research presented at Scripps Institution of Oceanography Jan. 19 ran the gamut from practical to fantastical.


UCSD Alumni Announces 2012 Alumni Honorees
UC San Diego News
Five distinguished alumni and supporters of the University of California, San Diego will be honored at the university’s annual Alumni Celebration to be hosted June 2.


UC San Diego Professor Kim Barrett Selected President-Elect of the American Physiological Society
UC San Diego News
Kim E. Barrett, PhD, professor of medicine and dean of graduate studies at the University of California, San Diego, will become president-elect of the American Physiological Society (APS).


UC San Diego Again Named ‘Best Value’ College by Princeton Review
UC San Diego News
“Going to the University of California, San Diego was a dream of mine,” said senior Cindy Tran. “That dream became a reality when I was accepted to UC San Diego. Despite the expenses of college and living away from home, financial aid has allowed me to afford an education from my dream college.”


UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Offers New Hope for Deadly Brain Tumor
UC San Diego News
Jim Black is fighting the meanest, most aggressive, most common kind of brain tumor in the United States: recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).  In the United States, each year, approximately 10,000 patients are affected by GBM.  Now, a novel investigational device – available only at clinical trial sites – is offering new hope to these patients.


Heat and Cold Damage Corals in Their Own Ways, Scripps Study Shows
UC San Diego News
Around the world coral reefs are facing threats brought by climate change and dramatic shifts in sea temperatures. While ocean warming has been the primary focus for scientists and ocean policy managers, cold events can also cause large-scale coral bleaching events.


How Do You Fight Fire in Space? Experiments Provide Some Answers
UC San Diego News
Improving fire-fighting techniques in space and getting a better understanding of fuel combustion here on Earth are the focus of a series of experiments on the International Space Station, led by a professor at the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego.


Geisel Library Exhibits, Events to Celebrate Black History Month
UC San Diego News
A series of exhibits and events in celebration of Black History month will be held during winter and into spring quarter at UC San Diego’s Geisel Library.  All events are free and open to the public.


Twenty Straight Wins for Top-Ranked Women’s Basketball Team
UC San Diego News
The No. 1 UC San Diego women's basketball team collected its 20th consecutive victory on Saturday, defeating San Francisco State, 68-55, in a defensive struggle at The Swamp on the SFSU campus.


Campus Recognizes Black History Month with Events Celebrating Achievements of African-American Women
UC San Diego News
The University of California, San Diego will honor the history and accomplishments of African-American women for the university’s celebration of Black History Month. The theme for 2012 is “Black Women in American History––Our History, Our Journey, Our Legacy.”


San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering Presents Countywide Events March 17-24
UC San Diego News
Interactive demonstrations and exciting speakers, ranging from skateboard legend Tony Hawk to icon of engineering Irwin Jacobs, get students excited about science and engineering


UC San Diego to Compete in ‘RecycleMania’
UC San Diego News
The UC San Diego campus community will participate in recycling program competition from Sunday, February 5th to Saturday, March 31st against other colleges and universities across the United States and Canada.


Sandra Daley Receives Grant to Increase Diversity in Health Professions
UC San Diego News
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded $742,222 to UC San Diego’s Dr. Sandra Daley, professor of pediatrics and director of the Comprehensive Research Center in Health Disparities, to fund the Health Careers Opportunity Program/San Diego Regional Consortium (HCOP/SDRC).


History of Chinese in San Diego to be Examined in Feb. 4 Geisel Library Talk
UC San Diego News
The history of the Chinese American community in San Diego will be the subject of a February 4 lecture and book signing at UC San Diego’s Geisel Library by Murray K. Lee, author of the recent book, In Search of Gold Mountain:  A History of the Chinese in San Diego, California.


Scientists Link Evolved, Mutated Gene Module to Syndromic Autism
UC San Diego News
A team led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine reports that newly discovered mutations in an evolved assembly of genes cause Joubert syndrome, a form of syndromic autism.


Grant to UC San Diego Shiley Eye Center Supports Research in Blinding Eye Diseases
UC San Diego News
Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) has awarded a grant of $100,000 to the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine to support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of blinding eye diseases.


New Fluorescent Dyes Highlight Neuronal Activity
UC San Diego News
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have created a new generation of fast-acting fluorescent dyes that optically highlight electrical activity in neuronal membranes. The work is published in this week’s online Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Researchers Induce Alzheimer’s Neurons From Pluripotent Stem Cells
UC San Diego News
Led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, scientists have, for the first time, created stem cell-derived, in vitro models of sporadic and hereditary Alzheimer’s disease (AD), using induced pluripotent stem cells from patients with the much-dreaded neurodegenerative disorder.


Dawn of Social Networks
UC San Diego News
Ancient humans may not have had the luxury of updating their Facebook status, but social networks were nevertheless an essential component of their lives, a new study suggests.


Rare Posters, Drawings From the Spanish Civil War on View at Geisel Library Through May 11, 2012
UC San Diego News
“So There Will Be No Forgetting:  Images from the Spanish Civil War,” an exhibit of materials from the Mandeville Special Collections Library’s Southworth Collection, will be on view at UC San Diego’s Geisel Library from January 23 through May 11, 2012.


Four Breast Cancer-Related Studies Seeking Participants
UC San Diego News
An active lifestyle and a healthy diet can help you feel more energetic, control your weight, help you sleep better, and reduce your risk of many diseases.


UC San Diego Ventures Outside Classroom for Experiential Learning Conference
UC San Diego News
The benefits of learning outside of the classroom will be explored at the University of California, San Diego’s first experiential learning conference, which is free and open to the public, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, January 26 at UC San Diego’s Cross Cultural Center.


RF MEMS and Phased Array Pioneer Gabriel Rebeiz Appointed to UC San Diego Endowed Chair
UC San Diego News
Gabriel Rebeiz, a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, who is considered one of the fathers of RF MEMS technology and advanced SiGe/CMOS phased array integrated circuits, has been appointed to the Wireless Communications Industry Endowed Chair at the school.


National Academy of Sciences Honors UC San Diego Professor
UC San Diego News
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) will honor 17 individuals with awards in recognition of their extraordinary scientific achievements in a wide range of fields spanning the physical, biological, and social sciences. Among them is Larry R. Squire, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Neurosciences, and Psychology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, and research career scientist at VA Medical Center, San Diego.


Regents Approve Phase II Rehabilitation of UC San Diego’s University House
UC San Diego News
The University of California Board of Regents yesterday approved the second phase of the rehabilitation of UC San Diego’s University House.


Author of Buddha’s Brain to Give Lecture at UC San Diego Medical Center
UC San Diego News
Rick Hanson, PhD, author of the book Buddha’s Brain and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, will present his lecture “Taking in the Good: Helping Children Build Inner Strength and Happiness”  at the UC San Diego Medical Center Auditorium on Friday, February 3.


Son of Vietnamese Refugee Among Students Honored by Physical Sciences Dean
UC San Diego News
After six years in a North Vietnamese “reeducation” camp, Thai Hoang Do’s father escaped to Thailand with five children and his wife in tow. It was in a refugee camp in Thailand that Thai Do—the youngest of six children—was born to the Do family. Seven years later, the family moved to the United States, settling in San Diego’s City Heights neighborhood.


Women’s Basketball Team Topples Rival Cal State Monterey Bay as Winning Streak Reaches 16 Games
UC San Diego News
In a season full of them thus far, the second-ranked UC San Diego women's basketball made another huge statement on Saturday, rolling over No. 24 Cal State Monterey Bay, 91-63, in a battle between the top two teams in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.


Donors Invest to Make UC San Diego ‘Best Value’
UC San Diego News
UC San Diego was named a 2012 “best value” public college, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. The national finance publication ranked UC San Diego 10th in the nation, up from 12th last year. The criteria used for the selection included cost and financial aid, average student debt, competitiveness, graduation rates and academic support.


UC San Diego Researchers Review Cessation Studies and Call for Change in Policy
UC San Diego News
Smoking is a major public health issue and quitting is the single most important thing smokers can do to improve their health.  In the 2012 edition of the prestigious Annual Review of Public Health, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have reviewed the landscape of smoking cessation over the past 20 years.


Byrna Kranzler, author of “The Accidental Anarchist,” to Speak at Geisel Library Jan.18
UC San Diego News
Bryna Kranzler, the author of “The Accidental Anarchist,” a harrowing and amazing tale about an ordinary man who became a Russian revolutionary, will speak on January 18 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Seuss Room at the Geisel Library on the UC San Diego campus.


UC San Diego Faculty, Students and Staff Join Forces in Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Jan.15
UC San Diego News
More than 500 members of the University of California, San Diego community will honor Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy by participating in San Diego’s 32nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade Jan.15.


New Test Spots Early Signs of Inherited Metabolic Disorders
UC San Diego News
A team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Zacharon Pharmaceuticals, have developed a simple, reliable test for identifying biomarkers for mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS), a group of inherited metabolic disorders that are currently diagnosed in patients only after symptoms have become serious and the damage possibly irreversible.


Roche Funds Drug Discovery Projects at UC San Diego
UC San Diego News
The new UC San Diego-Roche Extending Innovation Network (EIN) program has been launched with selection of its first three research projects at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.


Pick Up the Cell Phone, Drop the Pounds
UC San Diego News
Cell phones aren’t just for talking any more.  Surfing the web, storing music and posting to Facebook have all contributed to the near-mandatory use of a cell phone.  How about using that cell phone to lose weight?


Thousands to Battle in Southern California’s Largest Video Game Festival at UC San Diego
UC San Diego News
The Winter Game Fest at the University of California, San Diego, one of the largest free video game festivals in Southern California, has grown even bigger––expanding from two days to three from Jan. 13-15. This year, the tournament, which is open to the public, is expected to have more than 2,000 videogame enthusiasts with more games, sponsors, prizes and fun.


UC San Diego Training Program on Driving Safety Expands Statewide
UC San Diego News
The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine TREDS (Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety) program has been awarded a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to continue their work on driving safety in older adults.


San Diego’s Algal Biofuels Research Enterprise Continues Rapid Growth
UC San Diego News
Despite the sluggish economy, San Diego’s research efforts to produce new transportation fuels from algae continue to grow at a rapid pace, generating more than double the number of jobs for local workers in 2011 than were available in the region just two years ago.


Free and Public Lectures Series at UC San Diego Explores What it Means To Be Human
UC San Diego News
What does it mean to be human?  Are there essential human qualities and characteristics?  How do we know what they are?  And how did we acquire them?  These questions will be explored in “Making of the Modern World: To Be Human,” a nine-part public lecture series on the campus of the University of California, San Diego featuring some of the university’s preeminent speakers from various academic departments.


New Chair Named for UC San Diego Department of Medicine
UC San Diego News
Wolfgang H. Dillmann, MD, has been selected as chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.  He has also been named the Helen M. Ranney Endowed Chair, the school’s first faculty-funded endowed chair, founded in 1991 in honor of the department’s second chair.


Radical Surgery Saves Life of Young Mom, California First
UC San Diego News
A team led by Alan Hemming, MD, transplant surgeon at UC San Diego Health System, has successfully performed the west coast’s first ex-vivo liver resection, a radical procedure to completely remove and reconstruct a diseased liver and re-implant it without any tumors.


DNA Mismatch Repair Happens Only During A Brief Window of Opportunity
UC San Diego News
In eukaryotes – the group of organisms that include humans – a key to survival is the ability of certain proteins to quickly and accurately repair genetic errors that occur when DNA is replicated to make new cells.


Robotic Surgery with One Small Incision, U.S. First
UC San Diego News
On Tuesday, December 20th, Santiago Horgan, MD, chief of minimally invasive surgery at UC San Diego Health System was the first surgeon in the United States to remove a diseased gallbladder through a patient’s belly button with the aid of a new FDA-approved da Vinci Si Surgical System.


Rare Genetic Mutations Linked To Bipolar Disorder
UC San Diego News
An international team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, reports that abnormal sequences of DNA known as rare copy number variants, or CNVs, appear to play a significant role in the risk for early onset bipolar disorder.


Researchers Create Living ‘Neon Signs’ Composed of Millions of Glowing Bacteria
UC San Diego News
In an example of life imitating art, biologists and bioengineers at UC San Diego have created a living neon sign composed of millions of bacterial cells that periodically fluoresce in unison like blinking light bulbs.


UC San Diego Center for Transplantation “VAD Destination Therapy” Approved
UC San Diego News
The Joint Commission (TJC) has approved UC San Diego Health System’s Disease-Specific Care (DSC) Certification for Ventricular Assist Device (VAD). Hospitals performing VAD as a “destination therapy” (for permanent use) receive a certification of distinction and receive reimbursement from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).


Rady School Students Place First and Third in Triton Greenovation Network Challenge
UC San Diego News
Solidifying UC San Diego’s role as a research powerhouse with an entrepreneurial culture and collaborative environment, the Triton Greenovation Network (TGN) Challenge concluded its inaugural competition after announcing that students from the Rady School placed first and third in its competition to find the most commercially viable projects with a positive environmental impact.


UC San Diego Experts Issue Warning About Cold Medications in Pregnancy
UC San Diego News
Experts in pregnancy and breastfeeding health at the California Teratogen Information Service (CTIS) Pregnancy Health Information Line warn expectant moms about the potential dangers of common cold medicines during pregnancy. CTIS is a California non-profit housed at the University of California, San Diego that educates the public about exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding.


Bridging the Hearts & Minds of Youth Conference, Feb. 4-5
UC San Diego News
Beginning February 4, 2012, the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness will host a national conference for teachers, parents, therapists, and school administrators called Bridging the Hearts & Minds of Youth. The two-day conference is designed to familiarize and train attendees with the ways in which mindfulness is being taught to children and teens in a variety of settings. The goal is to teach mindfulness as a tool to positively impact children’s psychological, physical and social well-being.


UC San Diego Health System Honored with Magnet® Status
UC San Diego News
On December 12, 2011, UC San Diego Health System was bestowed Magnet® status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in nursing practice. UC San Diego Health System is one of 25 health systems in California to achieve this prestigious recognition.


Floods, Drought, Heat Waves: Climate Change Gives State Legislators Something to Plan For
UC San Diego News
The lineup of presentations at an extreme weather workshop taking place today at Scripps Institution of Oceanography sounds like an overview of biblical plagues, but in fact the event’s conveners said California needs to expect more episodes of what insurers would consider “acts of God.”


Contingent from UC San Diego Takes Stage at TEDx San Diego
UC San Diego News
If TED Talks are all about “Ideas Worth Spreading,” then the University of California, San Diego—the most well-represented institution at TEDx San Diego—is clearly fertile ground for those ideas to take seed, flourish and grow.


Obituary Notice: Renowned Research Physiologist Jeffrey B. Graham
UC San Diego News
Jeffrey B. Graham, a research physiologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, died of cancer at his home in San Diego Dec. 8. He was 70 years old.


InterDigital and Calit2 Collaborate on Innovation Challenge
UC San Diego News
InterDigital announced the InterDigital Innovation Challenge, a wireless technology research contest in collaboration with the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at UC San Diego. To be formally launched in early 2012, the challenge will nurture and accelerate innovation in advanced wireless technologies and shall be open to students and faculty of any university in North America.


Hints of the Higgs Boson Seen as Trap Set for the Elusive Particle Tightens
UC San Diego News
Physicists announced today that they may have caught glimpses of the Higgs boson, but the signals they see are not yet robust enough to meet the stringent requirements they have set for announcing an official discovery.


UC San Diego Health System Receives Leapfrog Group’s Top Hospitals Award for High Quality Care
UC San Diego News
The Leapfrog Group’s annual class of top hospitals – 65 from a field of nearly 1200 – was announced December 6th in Washington, D.C. and included UC San Diego Health System in San Diego, California for the first time. The 2011 list includes university and other teaching hospitals, children’s hospitals and community hospitals in rural, suburban and urban settings. The selection is based on the results of the Leapfrog Group’s national survey that measures hospitals’ performance in crucial areas of patient safety and quality.


Computer Simulations Shed Light on the Physics of Rainbows
UC San Diego News
Computer scientists at UC San Diego, who set out to simulate all rainbows found in nature, wound up answering questions about the physics of rainbows as well. The scientists recreated a wide variety of rainbows – primary rainbows, secondary rainbows, redbows that form at sunset and cloudbows that form on foggy days – by using an improved method for simulating how light interacts with water drops of various shapes and sizes. Their new approach even yielded realistic simulations of difficult-to-replicate “twinned” rainbows that split their primary bow in two.


New Approach to Management of Overeating in Children
UC San Diego News
Overeating, whether in children or adults, often takes place even in the absence of hunger, resulting in weight gain and obesity.  Current methods to treat such overeating in youth focus on therapies that restrict what kids may eat, requiring them to track their food intake and engage in intensive exercise.


UC San Diego One of Top 20 Best Research Universities in the World
UC San Diego News
The University of California, San Diego is ranked the 19th best research university by a new global ranking aiming to provide highly accurate measurements of the scientific impact of universities and their contributions to scientific collaboration.


Nine UC San Diego Professors Named 2011 AAAS Fellows
UC San Diego News
Nine professors at the University of California, San Diego have been named 2011 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the nation’s largest scientific organization.


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