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Published: Tue, 23 May 2017 10:33:49 PDT

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New UC San Diego Technology Accelerator Selects Five Teams for Its Inaugural Cohort

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Today the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur (IGE) at the University of California San Diego announced team selections for its new technology accelerator. Five UC San Diego research teams, with innovations ranging from advanced healthcare diagnostics and medical device technologies to next generation LIDAR for autonomous-vehicle navigation, have been selected to join the new campus program.


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UC San Diego Electrical Engineering Professor Pam Cosman Wins Pinnacle Award

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Pamela Cosman, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, is being honored for her exemplary leadership among women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Cosman was one of just seven recipients of the 2017 Pinnacle Awards, announced May 5, 2017.  [...]


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UC San Diego Engineer Talks Tech with Congressional Staff in Washington, D.C.

Fri, 19 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

UC San Diego electrical engineering professor Patrick Mercier met with staff members working for representatives for San Diego County and for California Senator Dianne Feinstein at an event on Capitol Hill, where he showcased wearable technologies that have the potential to revolutionize access to health care. 


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Researchers find computer code that Volkswagen used to cheat emissions tests

Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

An international team of researchers has uncovered the mechanism that allowed Volkswagen to circumvent U.S. and European emission tests over at least six years before the Environmental Protection Agency put the company on notice in 2015 for violating the Clean Air Act. During a year-long investigation, researchers found code that allowed a car’s onboard computer to determine that the vehicle was undergoing an emissions test. The computer then activated the car’s emission-curbing systems, reducing the amount of pollutants emitted. Once the computer determined that the test was over, these systems were deactivated. 


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Eight Students Receive Engineering Leadership Award

Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Five engineering undergraduate and three engineering graduate students were recognized for their outstanding leadership skills at the 8th Annual Engineering Leadership Awards Celebration, which took place May 12, 2017 at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. [...]


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3D-printed soft four legged robot can walk on sand and stone

Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed the first soft robot that is capable of walking on rough surfaces, such as sand and pebbles. The 3D-printed, four-legged robot can climb over obstacles and walk on different terrains. 


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Nano fiber feels forces and hears sounds made by cells

Mon, 15 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a miniature device that’s sensitive enough to feel the forces generated by swimming bacteria and hear the beating of heart muscle cells. 


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Giving Students a Place to Prep for Tomorrow's Virtual (Reality) Economy

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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. Welcome to the Virtual Reality Lab—the first of its kind at an American university. 


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Triton Entrepreneur Night: Pitch Perfect

Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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. 


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Bioengineering Professor Christian Metallo Receives 2017 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Christian Metallo, a bioengineering professor at the University of California San Diego, has been named a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar. Metallo is one of 13 faculty members nationwide to receive the honor from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation.


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Engineered bone marrow could make transplants safer

Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed biomimetic bone tissues that could one day provide new bone marrow for patients needing transplants.


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Engineering student places third in UC-wide science communication contest

Thu, 04 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

With a three-minute talk entitled “Using Geometry to Build Better Birth Control,” engineering graduate student Geoff Hollett took first place at the UC San Diego Grad Slam competition held April 5. Now in its fourth year, the event challenges graduate students across campus to break down their research into bite-sized, jargon-free presentations that can be enjoyed by a broad audience. Hollett also placed third in the UC-wide Grad Slam event that took place May 4, 2017.  


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Proof-of-concept study suggests a noninvasive test for specific microbial population patterns - used to detect advanced nonalc fatty liver disease?

Wed, 03 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) — a condition that can lead to liver cirrhosis and cancer — isn’t typically detected until it’s well advanced. Even then, diagnosis requires an invasive liver biopsy. To detect NAFLD earlier and more easily, researchers in the NAFLD Research Center (http://nafld.ucsd.edu/) at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Human Longevity, Inc. and the J. Craig Venter Institute report that the unique microbial makeup of a patient’s stool sample — or gut microbiome — can be used to predict advanced NAFLD with 88 to 94 percent accuracy. 


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UC San Diego Researchers Selected for IBM Watson AI XPRIZE Competition

Tue, 02 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A team of researchers at the University of California San Diego has been selected to take part in the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE ®. The competition aims to accelerate the development and adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies that are truly scalable and have the capacity to solve grand challenges facing society. 


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Researchers receive $7.5 million grant to study memory capacity and energy efficiency in the brain

Mon, 01 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A team of researchers at the University of California San Diego and Stanford University has received a $7.5 million, five-year grant to try to answer two fundamental questions: what is the memory capacity of a brain; and how does the brain process information with maximum energy efficiency. The grant was awarded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research through a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI).


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Students Seek to Ban Plastic Water Bottles from Campus

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Zero waste by 2020—that’s one of the goals of the UC Office of the President’s Sustainability Practices Policy for all UC campuses. Several students at UC San Diego’s Student Sustainability Collective (SSC) are working to make that a reality.


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UC San Diego and edX Offer Professional Virtual Reality Courses Online

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Virtual reality is one of the hottest emerging technologies in the entertainment industry today. Millions of VR devices have been sold in the United States alone, but most software developers have no formal training on the technology. Now, virtual reality researchers from UC San Diego are hoping to bridge that gap and develop in-demand skills via a new series of courses delivered through the edX online learning platform.


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Engineers investigate a simple, no-bake recipe to make bricks from Martian soil

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Explorers planning to settle on Mars might be able to turn the planet’s red soil into bricks without needing to use an oven or additional ingredients. Instead, they would just need to apply pressure to compact the soil—the equivalent of a blow from a hammer. These are the findings of a study published in Nature Scientific Reports on April 27, 2017. The study was authored by a team of engineers at the University of California San Diego and funded by NASA. 


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UC San Diego nanoengineer selected as the U.S. nominee for 2017 ASPIRE Prize

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Nanoengineering professor Liangfang Zhang at the University of California San Diego has been selected as the U.S. nominee for the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE). Zhang won the nomination for his revolutionary work in the field of nanomedicine, which focuses on nanomaterials for medical applications. 


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Nanoparticles for treating bacterial infections take top prize at Research Expo 2017

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

B.J. (Byungji) Kim, a materials science and engineering graduate student at the University of California San Diego, won the grand prize at Research Expo 2017 for her work on nanoparticles that help the body’s immune system fight infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria—without the use of antibiotics. Kim received the Lee Rudee Outstanding Poster Award and a $1,000 cash prize, as well as the Katie Osterday Best Poster in mechanical engineering, which came with a $500 cash prize. 


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Raising Awareness of Human Trafficking on University Campuses

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A free UC San Diego campus event on April 25 will feature people share stories about human trafficking, a massive global problem that is also a problem in San Diego.


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Sensor-filled glove could help doctors take guesswork out of physical exams

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers have developed a sensor-filled glove that doctors could use to accurately measure muscle stiffness in patients suffering from stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and other muscle control disorders. The level of muscle stiffness, known as spasticity, is typically rated based on a doctor's touch and feel. However, these ratings are subjective and often vary from one doctor to another. As a result, patients receive doses of medication that are too low or too high for their actual level of muscle stiffness. The new glove will enable doctors to come up with objective, accurate and consistent number ratings when evaluating spasticity in patients undergoing treatment.


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Hacking into a Lost World

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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.


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A Wearable Sensors Research Center in Beijing Is Named After UC San Diego NanoEngineering Professor Joseph Wang

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A wearable sensors research center at Beijing University of Science and Technology has been named in honor of UC San Diego NanoEngineering professor and chair Joseph Wang, who also serves as Director of the UC San Diego Center for Wearable Sensors.


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UCSD Celebrates ECE Day 2017

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

April 12th marked the third annual ECE Day at the University of California San Diego. The event was organized by UC San Diego’s Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) and IEEE chapters, and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Undergraduate Student Council. They provided entertainment, local cuisine, a bevy of panelists from industry, and keynote speaker, Dr. Gilbert Strang. The day was chock full of opportunity to network, to create, to focus on depth sequences and to ponder career choices. 


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UC San Diego Computer Science Degree #3 for 20-Year Return on Investment

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

What's a computer science undergraduate education worth to computer science graduates of UC San Diego?  In the 20 years after graduation, UC San Diego alumni are averaging a return on their investment of more than a million dollars. 2017 PayScale report ranks computer science at UC San Diego #3 for return on investment 


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Pinning Down Abuse on Google Maps

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A partnership between computer scientists at the University of California San Diego and Google has allowed the search giant to reduce by 70 percent fraudulent business listings in Google Maps. The researchers worked together to analyze more than 100,000 fraudulent listings to determine how scammers had been able to avoid detection—albeit for a limited amount of time—and how they made money.


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UC San Diego CHO Systems Biology Center pioneers efforts to improve cell production of high-value pharmaceuticals

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Optimizing CHO (Chinese hamster ovary) cell lines to accelerate biologic drug development is a goal of the CHO Systems Biology Center at the University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. Center researchers are developing new technologies and training the next generation of cell line engineers and systems biology specialists to advance CHO cell engineering research.[...]


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Undergrads Create New Rocket Fuel as Part of Engineering Design Class

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

How many undergraduates can say they published a paper on a new rocket fuel? Students in a mechanical and aerospace engineering senior design class at UC San Diego can.The Jacobs School of Engineering students and their instructor designed, tested and published a paper on rocket fuel composed of nearly 10 percent water. They found that their water-infused fuel performed as well, if not better, than pure rocket fuel. The study was presented at the Joint Army Navy Air Force (JANNAF) Liquid Propulsion meeting in December.


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Researchers develop new tools to optimize CHO cell lines for making biologic drugs

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells are the workhorses behind more than half of the top-selling biologics on the market today. Humira, Avastin and Rituxan are a few. Researchers at the UC San Diego CHO Systems Biology Center are developing new tools, such as genome-scale metabolic models, to optimize CHO cell production of biologic drugs in the hope of driving down their costs.[...]


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American Academy of Arts and Sciences Elects UC San Diego Chancellor and Three Professors

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Three faculty members of the University of California San Diego and Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the country’s most esteemed honorary societies and independent policy research centers. 


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Family honors legacy of Jacobs School alumnus Sho Funai with an endowed prize

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

By the age of 23, Sho Funai had already embarked on a promising engineering career. His research contributed to aspects of safely using composite materials such as those found on the newest Boeing aircraft.  After graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s in structural engineering at the University of California San Diego, he went on to earn a master’s at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego and started working full time at Goodrich Aerostructures. He was weeks away from submitting his master’s thesis on impact damage to composite materials when his life, full of promise was cut short in a hit and run collision in March 2012.


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'Neuron-reading' nanowires could accelerate development of drugs to treat neurological diseases

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A team led by engineers at the University of California San Diego has developed nanowires that can record the electrical activity of neurons in fine detail. The new nanowire technology could one day serve as a platform to screen drugs for neurological diseases and could enable researchers to better understand how single cells communicate in large neuronal networks.


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Microgrid Business Models Analyzed in UC San Diego Study

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

UC San Diego researchers published a systematic analysis of microgrids in Southern California to better understand business cases for private investment in microgrids. From the abstract: “Decentralization [of the electric power grid] could radically reduce customer energy costs, but without the right policy framework it could create large numbers of small decentralized sources of gas-based carbon emissions that will be difficult to control if policy makers want to achieve deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.”


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UC San Diego Designated as a Changemaker Campus

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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. 


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UC San Diego Biologists Discover Timesharing Strategy in Bacteria

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Biologists at the University of California San Diego have discovered that, when food becomes scarce, communities of bacteria employ a time-sharing strategy. The findings are published April 6 in the journal Science.


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Wide range of cutting-edge research projects at Research Expo

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Research Expo provides a unique venue for getting an insider’s look at a wide range of cutting-edge research projects being taken on by some of the top labs in the world. The one-day event features research posters by more than 200 engineering graduate students from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, industry-focused faculty talks, and a networking reception with faculty, students, industry partners and alumni.[...]



What is that image on the Research Expo 2017 website?

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The image on the Research Expo 2017 website and postcards. What is it? It’s an experimental setup for a better way to detect DNA mutations called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). It is being developed by a research team at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering led by professor Ratnesh Lal, who is affiliated with mechanical engineering, bioengineering, and materials science. 


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UC San Diego Computer Science Professor Christine Alvarado Honored for Diversity Work in Computer Science Education

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

UC San Diego computer science teaching professor Christine Alvarado has been honored by campus with a 2016 Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Diversity Award.Alvarado works tirelessly to broaden the participation of underrepresented groups in computer science... through her teaching, research and mentoring, according to colleagues who wrote nominating letters.For example, Alvarado helped develop the AP Computer Science Principles curriculum and test, a new AP Computer Science course aimed at bringing more students into computing by showcasing its broad range of ideas, applications and impacts.  


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Computer Scientists Honored for 'Tracing' Research That Stood 10-Year Test of Time

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

UC San Diego computer science professor is part of the team that accepted the annual test of time award for the most influential paper among those presented a decade ago at the USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI) .


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