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Published: Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:24:24 PDT

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How are the bacteria in our guts related to each other? New technique provides insight

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at the University of California Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) have validated a new method for use in microbiome studies that could help detect subtle changes in the composition of a microbial community and provide insight into the evolutionary history of community members. The method is more sensitive than current technologies, and could revolutionize the way microbiome data is analyzed. The findings are published April 17 in mSystems.


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UC San Diego Computer Scientist and Mathematician 'Paints by Numbers'

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Some might say mathematicians speak their own language. But walk into at least one computer science and mathematics professor’s office at the University of California San Diego and you’ll see a whiteboard full of mind-numbing equations that look more like art than numeric symbols. Sometimes even colored markers are applied to these multinomial masterpieces spread across the whiteboard canvases.Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Fan Chung Graham, a watercolorist as well as a professor of computer science and engineering, refers to mathematics as the language of science. “I love doing research in mathematics since it is like the pursuit of truth,” she said. “Such a process is often filled with fun and games.”This perspective has yielded Chung Graham, a remarkable career primarily in graph theory, combinatorics and algorithmic analysis, ultimately earning her the recently announced 2017 Euler Medal from the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications (ICA).


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UC San Diego Study: Anyone Can Be an Innovator

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Innovators aren’t just born, they can be made, according to recent research from the University of California San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. Researchers outlined their conclusions in their National Bureau of Economic Research working paper


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Clinical Trial Tests Tattoo Sensor as Needleless Glucose Monitor for Diabetes Patients

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:00:00 PDT

A temporary tattoo for glucose monitoring developed by engineers at UC San Diego is being tested in a phase I clinical trial. The study will test the tattoo sensor’s accuracy at detecting glucose levels compared to a traditional glucometer. The clinical trial is enrolling 50 adults, ages 18 to 75, with either type 1 or 2 diabetes or diabetes due to other causes.


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UC San Diego's Engineering and Management Schools Continue to Strengthen Collaborations

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 PDT

The University of California San Diego has emerged as a leader in how engineering and management schools within one university can collaborate in order to strengthen entrepreneurship education, startup creation, and the commercialization of innovation. The latest move: a pair of unique endowed chair professorships. The Jacobs Family Chairs in Engineering Management Leadership have been awarded to the two professors leading the UC San Diego Institute for the Global Entrepreneur, which is the centerpiece of the collaboration between the Jacobs School of Engineering and the Rady School of Management.


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Battery startup flexes its muscles at Rice Business Plan Competition

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 PDT

A UC San Diego startup company that makes printable, stretchable and flexible batteries took home $50,000 and placed third in the elevator pitch competition portion of the Rice Business Plan Competition.


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Eight Jacobs School alumni recognized at UC San Diego's first 40 Under 40 awards

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 PDT

From startup founders to VPs at major technology companies, eight alumni of the Jacobs School of Engineering were recognized in the first 40 Under 40 awards bestowed by the University of California San Diego.


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IGE Tech Accelerator Team Finds Success at RBPC

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Ateios, formerly Ocella, recently competed in the annual Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC).  RBPC is an international graduate-level startup competition hosted by Rice University.  This competition is highly competitive as they receive over 700 applications every year and this year only accepted 42 teams from around the world who competed for $1.5 million in cash and prizes. 


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UC San Diego Team Wins International Routing Contest

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Team TritonRoute from the University of California San Diego won the 2018 Initial Detailed Routing Contest at the 22nd ACM International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD), held March 25 to 28, 2018 in Monterey, Calif.  ISPD is the premier forum for exchange of ideas and presentation of research on topics related to the physical design of very large-scale integrated circuits.


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Tiny injectable sensor could provide unobtrusive, long-term alcohol monitoring

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Engineers have developed a tiny, ultra-low power chip that could be injected just under the surface of the skin for continuous, long-term alcohol monitoring. The chip is powered wirelessly by a wearable device such as a smartwatch or patch. The goal of this work is to develop a convenient, routine monitoring device for patients in substance abuse treatment programs. 


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Turning injectable medicines into inhalable treatments with the help of smart phone components

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Imagine if all childhood vaccines could get delivered with an inhaler rather than shots; or wiping away tuberculosis bacteria in a patient’s lungs with an inhaler; or disinfecting a hospital room thoroughly with a diffuser. These are the goals of a research team led by Professor James Friend in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California San Diego. Their efforts were recently boosted when Friend received a prestigious $900,000 research grant from the Keck Foundation, whose mission is to support pioneering discoveries in science, engineering and medical research.


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Gecko-inspired adhesives help soft robotic fingers get a better grip

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 00:00:00 PDT

A team of California researchers has developed a robotic gripper that combines the adhesive properties of gecko toes and the adaptability of air-powered soft robots to grasp a much wider variety of objects than the state of the art. Researchers will present their findings at the 2018 International Conference on Robotics and Automation May 21 to 25 in Brisbane, Australia.


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Graduate Research Advocacy Day Takes Over Sacramento

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 00:00:00 PDT

UC San Diego students met with legislators March 21 to share how their research impacts California and advocate for investment to support graduate enrollment. The graduate students took to the state capitol in Sacramento, participating in the ninth annual University of California Graduate Research Advocacy Day. 


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A power player for San Diego

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 00:00:00 PDT

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


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Flash of Light in Research Expo Artwork Comes from a Supercontinuum Laser Source

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 00:00:00 PDT

The flashy photo that's part of the imagery for Research Expo 2018 is a photo of a supercontinuum laser source from the lab of University of California San Diego electrical and computer engineering professor Boubacar Kanté. This instrument is being used to help researchers develop more efficient solar materials and compact, ultra-sensitive sensors. Kanté is one of three faculty speakers on April 19 at Research Expo 2018 at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.


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UCSD Workshop Recognizes Leading Research on the Potential of New Memory Technologies

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 PDT

The University of California San Diego hosted the 9th Annual Non-Volatile Memories Workshop (NVMW 2018) on March 11 to 13 here on campus.  Over 200 scientists and engineers from around the world gathered to discuss the latest innovations in non-volatile computer memories, how they will be used to power applications ranging from “big data” to machine learning.  For the first time, the workshop presented awards recognizing outstanding research in the area of non-volatile memory technologies. 


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Even DNA that Doesn't Encode Genes Can Drive Cancer

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Most of the human genome — 98 percent — is made up of DNA but doesn’t actually encode genes, the recipes cells use to build proteins. The vast majority of genetic mutations associated with cancer occur in these non-coding regions of the genome, yet it’s unclear how they might influence tumor development or growth. Now researchers at University of California San Diego have identified nearly 200 mutations in non-coding DNA that play a functional role in cancer. Each of the mutations could represent a new target in the search for cancer drugs. The study is published April 2, 2018 in Nature Genetics.


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Virus Found to Adapt through Newly Discovered Path of Evolution

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Bucking a central tenet of biology, researchers at the University of California San Diego and their colleagues have discovered evidence for a new path of evolution, and with it a deeper understanding of how quickly organisms such as viruses can adapt to their environment.


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On cryptocurrency exchanges, it's better to be a miner than a speculator, study finds

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Someone who starts mining a crypto-currency shortly after it is listed on exchanges can potentially earn higher returns than average. But a speculator who enters the market shortly after the currency is listed might potentially earn lower returns.[...]


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Robotics and Autonomy Research at UC San Diego Research Expo on April 19

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Robotics and autonomy research is just one of the many reasons to come to the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering on April 19 for Research Expo. Industry recruiters and technical staff from companies across the region will be talking research with the 200+ engineering and computer science graduate students at their posters. The poster session runs from 2PM until 4:30 PM. Register today for Research Expo.


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Flexible ultrasound patch could make it easier to inspect damage in odd-shaped structures

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers have developed a stretchable, flexible patch that could make it easier to perform ultrasound imaging on odd-shaped structures, such as engine parts, turbines, reactor pipe elbows and railroad tracks—objects that are difficult to examine using conventional ultrasound equipment. The ultrasound patch is a versatile and more convenient tool to inspect machine and building parts for defects and damage deep below the surface. [...]


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PBS NewsHour Features UC San Diego's Bermuda 100 Challenge

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

PBS NewsHour aired the first of a two-part series tonight on the Bermuda 100 Challenge, a joint initiative between the University of California San Diego’s Cultural Heritage Engineering Initiative (CHEI), the Bermuda Government’s Marine Heritage Section of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Look Bermuda. 


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New workflow revolutionizes the discovery of candidate drugs from nature

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at the University of California San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation have developed a new workflow to accelerate the discovery of drug candidate molecules present in nature. The method fills a gap in the current process and cuts down on the amount of time it takes to identify candidate drug molecules. A paper describing the method was published recently in Journal of Natural Products.


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We Welcome Our Robot Tour Guides

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Take a walk inside the entrance to UC San Diego's Atkinson Hall and you might be greeted by a robot made of two cardboard boxes stacked one upon the other, complete with a signature smiley face. BoxBot, as the bot is called, works with his counterpart TritonBot, a robot with a fully functional body, in the hopes of one day becoming a lobby receptionist for the building. But the 'bots are also being used for more sophisticated purposes: to collect information about how humans respond to robots. 


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San Diego, Korea team up to tackle transportation

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

UC San Diego is launching an international research collaboration to develop smart and clean transportation systems and infrastructure, with an added goal of commercializing the results. In partnership with the City of San Diego, the City of Ulsan in Korea and the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), along with numerous industry partners, the UC San Diego Smart Transportation Innovation Program will develop technological solutions to tomorrow’s transportation challenges.


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A first wearable system to monitor the stomach's activity throughout the day

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

A team of researchers has developed a wearable, non-invasive system to monitor electrical activity in the stomach over 24 hours—essentially an electrocardiogram but for the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract.  Applications include monitoring GI activity for patients outside of a clinical setting, which cuts down costs. Monitoring for longer periods of time also increases the likelihood of capturing abnormal events.  Researchers detail their findings in the March 22 issue of Nature’s open access journal Scientific Reports.[...]


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UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Rises to #12 in U.S. News Best Graduate School Rankings

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

The Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego once again ranks highly among the premier engineering schools in the nation. The Jacobs School of Engineering ranks #7 among public engineering schools and #12 overall, according to the 2019 U.S. News Best Graduate School Rankings. The Jacobs School’s #12 national ranking is up from #13 last year, and #17 two years ago.


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UC San Diego Innovators: You can now apply to three commercialization programs through one new application

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

UC San Diego's Institute for the Global Entrepreneur (IGE) and Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC) have teamed up to make it easier for students, alumni, faculty and researchers to apply for support to help them commercialize their innovations. UC San Diego innovators – including alumni – can now submit just one application for consideration across three entrepreneurship programs that complement one another. Each program supports teams at different points along the pathway from breakthrough to commercialization with funding, mentorship, practical courses and access to investors.  


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Local Entrepreneur Donates $225K for UC San Diego Effort to Document Ancient Underwater Cave

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

The Cultural Heritage Engineering Initiative (CHEI), based at the University of California San Diego, has received $225,000 from San Diego-based entrepreneur Brian Strauss to enable digital visualization technologies that make it possible to see cultural heritage sites and artifacts in entirely new ways -- like “the La Brea tar pits without the tar.” 


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Combining Microbial and Chemical Fingerprints for Forensics Applications

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and Center for Microbiome Innovation have for the first time combined technologies that detect the presence of microbes and chemicals to identify “who touched what” in a manmade space. The new method fills a gap in current forensic technologies, and could have a variety of applications, including criminal profiling and environmental exposure studies. The studywas published recently in Scientific Reports.


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Engineers Sweep Entrepreneur Challenge Startup Stage at Ignite

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Engineers showed up in force at the second annual Ignite Conference pitch competition at UC San Diego. Almost a third of the 29 startups pitching their innovative business ideas during the Entrepreneur Challenge-led elevator pitch competition were founded by engineers—including the first, second and third place winners. That’s right, it was an engineering clean sweep.


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UC San Diego Grad Students Build a Robotics Community

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Nanoengineering Ph.D. student Caleb Christianson and mechanical engineering Ph.D. student Benjamin Shih created the Association for Robotics Graduate Students here at UC San Diego at the end of 2016. Both Shih and Christianson are part of the Bioinspired Robotics and Design Lab led by mechanical engineering professor Mike Tolley.


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Lasers, batteries and autonomy: get the latest updates at Research Expo

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Breakthrough lasers, better batteries for electric vehicles, and autonomous robots are on the docket for the faculty tech-talks at the 37th annual Jacobs School of Engineering Research Expo at the University of California San Diego. 


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UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation Announces Panasas as Corporate Member

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

The UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) announces that Panasas, a leading provider of performance scale-out network-attached storage, has joined CMI’s Corporate Member Board and has donated a 500TB Panasas ActiveStor® high-performance storage solution to support the acceleration of microbiome research. ActiveStor drives productivity and accelerates time to results with ultrafast streaming performance, true linear scalability, enterprise-grade reliability and unparalleled ease of management.


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Engineers develop most efficient red-light-activated switch that can turn genes on and off in mammalian cells

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

A team of researchers has developed a light-activated switch that can turn genes on and off in mammalian cells. This is the most efficient so-called “optogenetic switch” activated by red and far-red light that has been successfully designed and tested in animal cells—and it doesn’t require the addition of light sensing molecules from outside the cells.  


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Campus Dedicates Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

UC San Diego dedicates Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute. The cross-disciplinary Institute will become the campus hub for data science. It will help train students in the latest data-science techniques and transform the research of scholars who are now increasingly limited in making progress in their disciplines because of the need to make sense of the massive amounts of data generated from their research.


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Unlocking a Resource: Urine-eating bacteria have existed for millions of years in the guts of ants

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

In a new, collaborative study, researchers at the University of California San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) and colleagues across the nation have discovered the mechanism by which a canopy-dwelling herbivorous ant acquires the nitrogen it needs to synthesize essential amino acids: by way of the urine-eating bacteria that took up residence in its gut 46 million years ago. The findings are published in the March 6 issue of Nature Communications, and provide insight into agricultural insect management.[...]


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A new podcast series from the Jacobs School of Engineering puts spotlight on graduate students

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

All science is exciting. If that sounds like the premise for a podcast series focused on graduate students, you’re right. The all-science-is-exciting comment recently landed University of California San Diego NanoEngineering Ph.D. student Jungwoo Lee in front of a microphone. She is the first of a series of current and former graduate students from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering who will be sharing perspectives on research in not-too-technical terms as well as talking about what motivates them. Listen to the six-minute conversation on SoundCloud.


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How a Yeast Cell Helps Crack Open the 'Black Box' Behind Artificial Intelligence

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

A research team recently developed what they call a “visible” neural network and used it to build DCell, a model of a functioning brewer’s yeast cell, commonly used as a model in basic research. To do this, they amassed all knowledge of cell biology in one place and created a hierarchy of these cellular components. Then they mapped standard machine learning algorithms to this knowledgebase.


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UC San Diego Hosts Its First Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality Hackathon

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

UC San Diego hosted 100 students for a weekend-long hackathon full of tutorials, workshops, and time for teams to develop their own virtual, augmented or mixed reality project.


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