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Published: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:10:42 PDT

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Alumnus Taner Halicioglu Kicks off Campaign for UC San Diego with $75 Million Gift

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

As a child, Taner Halicioglu discovered how things worked by dissecting electronic equipment—it could be a radio or walkie talkie, and even a TV at one point. At UC San Diego, the self-described nerd didn’t mind that the campus lacked a football team—access to the Supercomputer Center was just as exciting. And today, he is a visionary: with a $75 million gift, Halicioglu will ensure that his alma mater represents the future of data science.


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9 Engineering Student Stories That Highlight Opportunities

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

From brewing beer on the moon to competing in Disney Imagineering competitions, our students are breaking boundaries in education. Check out our Top 5 engineering student stories to learn about some of the things they've been working on.


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Bioengineering Student Awarded Winston Churchill Scholarship

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Fourth-year bioengineering-bioinformatics major and UC San Diego Medical Scholars Program student Angela Zou has been awarded the Winston Churchill Scholarship, one of the most prestigious awards in the world for students of science, mathematics, and engineering. Zou will receive a one-year scholarship to pursue a Master’s degree in biological sciences at Winston Churchill College at the University of Cambridge. She will also have the opportunity to work in a lab that applies computational biology approaches to studying immune responses. Zou is the third UC San Diego student to be awarded the scholarship since 1963.


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'Lab-on-a-glove' could bring nerve-agent detection to a wearer's fingertips

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers have developed a wearable, flexible biosensor glove that can rapidly detect toxic nerve agents with the touch of a finger. The so-called "lab-on-a-glove" could help improve both defense and food security measures. The team, led by nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego, published their work this month in ACS Sensors.


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Gene Editing Technique Helps Find Cancer's Weak Spots

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Genetic mutations that cause cancer also weaken cancer cells, creating an opportunity for researchers to develop drugs that will selectively kill them, while sparing normal cells. This concept is called “synthetic lethality” because the drug is only lethal to mutated (synthetic) cells. Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine and Jacobs School of Engineering developed a new method to search for synthetic-lethal gene combinations. The technique, published March 20 in Nature Methods, uncovered 120 new opportunities for cancer drug development.[...]


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Students Propose Solutions to Critical Health Issues at Annual Hackathon

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

From virtual reality to crowdsourcing ideas, participants at UC Health Hack 2017 combined creativity and problem-solving to create projects addressing critical issues in health systems and global health. The 181 participants focused on one of two tracks: health care delivery or refugee health. UC Health Hack 2017, the third annual interdisciplinary health-focused two-day hackathon at UC San Diego, was a collaboration between UC San Diego Engineering World Health, UC San Diego Health, UC Irvine Health, and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. The competition featured more than 35 proposals, with support from 57 mentors and judges from interdisciplinary fields, and awarded $12,000 in prize money.


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New Technology Accelerator Launching at UC San Diego

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The Institute for the Global Entrepreneur at the University of California San Diego is launching a unique Technology Accelerator to fast-track early stage, high impact technologies and effectively shorten the timelines for UC San Diego innovations to enter the market. The Institute for the Global Entrepreneur (IGE) is a collaboration between the Jacobs School of Engineering and the Rady School of Management.[...]


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UC San Diego Students, Alumni Launch Kickstarter Campaign for Smart Mirror

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Computer engineering alumnus Noah Martin has launched a campaign to fund his latest brainchild – the Firefly Smart Mirror


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UC San Diego Electrical Engineering Professor Pam Cosman Wins Diversity Award

Fri, 17 Mar 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, has been named a UC San Diego 2016 Diversity Champion.


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Engineering Students Hope Design Based on Tuna Tail Fin Will Power Them to Win Submarine Race

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

With a propulsion system inspired by the tail fins of tuna, UC San Diego engineering students aim to win an annual human-powered submarine race this summer. The race pits student teams from around the world against each other—with each team aiming to be the first to get their submarine cross an underwater finish line.The International Submarine Races provide an opportunity for teams of students around the nation to develop and race one- or two-person submarines that rely on a wide variety of techniques for propulsion, steering and guidance. The submarine cabins fill with water when submerged, and crew members are outfitted with scuba masks and tanks in order to breathe. They use a combination of pedaling something akin to a bike pedal and propulsion to move the submarine from one end of the basin to the other.


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UC San Diego NanoEngineering Professor Darren Lipomi Wins Diversity Award

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

NanoEngineering professor Darren Lipomi has been awarded a UC San Diego Diversity Champion Award. Professor Lipomi is well known for research at the intersection of energy, biomimetic materials and devices, green chemistry and manufacturing – research that is often aimed at saving energy and improving human well-being. But he is also known for more than his research at the Jacobs School of Engineering. Inside and outside the lab and the classroom, Lipomi is recognized as a dedicated teacher, mentor, and champion of diversity.


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UC San Diego Spinout Genomatica is Helping Lead a Transition to More Sustainable Everyday Products

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

One of the chemicals that UC San Diego bioengineering spinout Genomatica is decoupling from fossil fuels, at an industrial scale, is BDO (1,4-butanediol). BDO is a widely used chemical essential in the manufacture of thousands of products from plastic packaging to coffee capsules to automotive parts.


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UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Ranked #13 in 2018 U.S. News and World Report Graduate School Rankings

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering ranks #13 in the nation, up from #17 last year, in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report best engineering graduate schools rankings. The Jacobs School of Engineering ranks 8th among the nation’s top public engineering schools. 


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New nano-implant could one day help restore sight

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A team of engineers at the University of California San Diego and La Jolla-based startup Nanovision Biosciences Inc. have developed the nanotechnology and wireless electronics for a new type of retinal prosthesis that brings research a step closer to restoring the ability of neurons in the retina to respond to light. The researchers demonstrated this response to light in a rat retina interfacing with a prototype of the device in vitro


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UC San Diego Nanorobots highlighted in Science Robotics

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The Tiny Robots Will See You Now. That’s the headline for a recent news story in IEEE Spectrum by Megan Scudellari that highlights a review paper written by UC San Diego researchers in the journal Science Robotics. This new journal is published by AAAS, the publisher of Science magazine.


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Visualizing the Future of Surgery

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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.Then Smarr, Harry E. Gruber Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego, shared a more modest, life-sized 3D-printed model of his suspect organ. With sometimes chagrined colleagues watching, surgeon and patient scrutinized its colonic curves and convolutions, revealing previously undetected complexities and, perhaps, the future of surgery.


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Center for Networked Systems Adds New Faculty Members

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The Center for Networked Systemsat the University of California San Diego now has 22 faculty members following the addition of two new professors to its ranks.  Both newcomers – Deian Stefan and Aaron Schulman – joined the faculty as assistant professors recently, with Stefan starting to teach last fall, and Schulman this winter. 



Graduate students launch NanoXpo to show off real world impact of nanoengineering

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Biofuel cells that are powered by human sweat. 3D printed heart tissue. Tiny robots that could deliver drugs. Stretchable and wearable electronics. These are just a few ways that nanoengineers at UC San Diego are making a big splash—at the nanoscale level.


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UC San Diego Professor Receives Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

University of California San Diego electrical engineering professor Bhaskar Rao will receive the 2016 Technical Achievement Award this week from the IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS). The formal ceremony takes place in New Orleans during the 42nd IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP 2017).


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New blood test could help detect and locate cancer early on

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Bioengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new blood test that could detect cancer — and locate where in the body the tumor is growing. The study could provide a way to diagnose cancer early on without having to do invasive surgical procedures like biopsies. 


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How 3D printing could save lives

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have 3D printed a lifelike, functional blood vessel network that could pave the way toward artificial organs and regenerative therapies. The new research addresses one of the biggest challenges in tissue engineering: creating lifelike tissues and organs with functioning vasculature — networks of blood vessels that can transport blood, nutrients, waste and other biological materials — and do so safely when implanted inside the body.


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Cell 'stickiness' could indicate metastatic potential

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

How strongly tumor cells adhere to surrounding tissue could indicate how likely cancer will spread to other parts of the body, according to a new study led by bioengineers at the University of California San Diego. Using a spinning disc device, the researchers found that tumor cells that adhere weakly are more likely to migrate and invade other tissues compared with strongly adherent cells. 


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UC San Diego Launches Online Courses with edX to Advance Careers in Data Science

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The University of California San Diego is launching an online series of courses in Data Science that will roll out through edX, the nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. The four courses will be part of edX’s MicroMasters®  program, offering a credential for career advancement after successful completion of all four courses and the potential to accelerate a master’s degree. 


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Decoding the genome's cryptic language

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Bioengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new tool to identify interactions between RNA and DNA molecules. The tool, called MARGI (Mapping RNA Genome Interactions), is the first technology that’s capable of providing a full account of all the RNA molecules that interact with a segment of DNA, as well as the locations of all these interactions — in just a single experiment.


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TowerJazz and UC San Diego Demonstrate Best in Class 5G Mobile Transmit-Receive Chips with Greater than 12 Gbps Data Rates

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, and UC San Diego, a recognized leader for microwave, millimeter-wave, mixed-signal RFICs, and phased arrays, demonstrate for the first time a greater than 12 Gbps, 5G phased-array chip set.


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Transplanting Good Bacteria to Kill Staph

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

UC San Diego School researchers screened 10,000 colonies of bacteria found on the epidermis to determine how many had antimicrobial properties and at what rate these are found on healthy and non-healthy skin. In a paper published February 22 in Science Translational Medicine, the team reports isolating and growing good bacteria that produce antimicrobial peptides and successfully transplanting it to treat patients with the most common type of eczema, known as atopic dermatitis.


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Two UC San Diego engineering professors named 2017 Sloan Research Fellows

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Two engineering professors from the University of California Jacobs School of Engineering, computer science professor Daniel M. Kane and electrical engineering professor Siavash Mirarab, have each received $60,000 in the form of a 2017 Sloan Research Fellowship. Kane and Mirarab are among six early-career faculty members from UC San Diego to receive this prestigious fellowship.


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Shedding Light on Cancer Diversity and Resistance

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A paradigm-changing study by cancer researchers and computer scientists at the University of California San Diego and other institutions found that short fragments of circular DNA that encode cancer genes are far more common in cancer cells than previously believed. Published online in the journal Nature, the study also concluded that the circular DNA probably plays a central role in generating the cellular diversity that makes advanced cancers so difficult to treat. The new findings are likely to change the way tumor evolution is understood by scientists and could ultimately lead to new ways to prevent and treat many malignancies.


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Engineering Undergraduates Use DNA Origami to Target Cancer

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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.


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'Lossless' metamaterial could boost efficiency of lasers and other light-based devices

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a material that could reduce signal losses in photonic devices. The advance has the potential to boost the efficiency of various light-based technologies including fiber optic communication systems, lasers and photovoltaics. 


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Computer Scientist Receives Major Award from Computational Biology Society

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The International Society of Computational Biology (ISCB) has announced the winners of its top four awards for 2017, and leading the list is UC San Diego computer-science professor Pavel Pevzner. The Accomplishments by a Senior Scientist Award honors Pevzner's almost 30 years in the field of bioinformatics, and in particular his significant contributions to research and education. 


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UC San Diego Electrical Engineer Accepts Alumni Award for Alma Mater in India

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

University of California San Diego Distinguished Professor Mohan Trivedi in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has accepted the Maheshwari Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The award is presented every other year by the LK Maheshwari Foundation to an alum of the university working in the areas of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Instrumentation. The foundation was established in 2010 to promote education and research in engineering.


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Middle, Senior High Students Visit Ancient Sites in 3D Without Leaving La Jolla

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability and the Qualcomm Institute played host to nearly 200 students on the UC San Diego campus from the neighboring La Jolla Country Day School. On January 31, the entire freshman class and older students in Computer Science, Robotics and AP World History made the trek to Atkinson Hall, the headquarters of QI.


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Engineers in Innovation at IGNITE @ UC San Diego

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

On February 22, the University of California San Diego will host IGNITE @ UC San Diego, an event that brings together key members of the San Diego entrepreneurial ecosystem for a day focused on hands-on learning, competitions and mentoring for innovators, founders, and startup teams.


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Engineers developing advanced robotic systems that will become surgeon's right hand

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In the operating room of the future, robots will be an integral part of the surgical team, working alongside human surgeons to make surgeries safer, faster, more precise and more automated. In the lab of electrical engineering professor Michael Yip at the University of California San Diego, engineers are developing advanced robotic systems that could make this vision a reality.


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Innovators Wanted: UC Health Hack Seeks New Ideas to Solve Critical Health Problems

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Think you have an idea that will change health care but need the means to bring your innovation to fruition? Register for UC Health Hack, a two-day interdisciplinary hackathon that will bring students, physicians, researchers, industry professionals and community members together to grapple with integrative medicine and global health issues in a fast-paced competition.UC San Diego Health, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, UC Irvine Health and the UC San Diego student-led chapter of Engineering World Health are partnering for the first time to host the hackathon March 4-5.


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Human-machine interactions and Secure IoT among faculty talk topics at Research Expo 2017

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

UC San Diego professors from a wide range of industry-focused research centers will discuss advances in contextual robotics, human-machine interaction, secure IoT, and combined engineering and policy initiatives to fully decarbonize the global economy at Research Expo on April 20, 2017. [...]


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IGNITE @ UC San Diego Aims to Accelerate Innovation

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A campuswide initiative is seeking to expand the innovation pipeline across the border. The inaugural IGNITE @ UC San Diego conference will connect young innovators with seasoned entrepreneurs. Co-hosted by UC San Diego’s Office of Innovation and Commercialization and the student-led Entrepreneur Challenge, the daylong event is set for Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 at the Price Center on campus. Students and community members across the Baja California region are invited to attend the conference free of charge.


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