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Published: Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:11:45 PDT

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Researchers Film Bacteria Using "Hand-to-Hand" Combat to Steal Antibiotic Resistance Genes

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at the University of California San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation have identified the mechanism by which a clinically relevant bacterium may gain antibiotic resistance, and have come up with a model for predicting the conditions under which it spreads. The findings, which establish a framework for understanding, quantifying and hopefully combating the emergence of superbugs, were published in a recent paper in eLife.


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Xiltrix joins the affiliate program at the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 PDT

XiltriX, a service that provides data acquisition, analysis, reporting and documentation for compliance and validation, has joined the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) as an industry affiliate. XiltriX measures lab equipment, such as fridges, freezers and other vital equipment to ensure that it is functioning properly, across campus, and in real-time.


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Fur Real - Scientists Improve Computer Rendering of Animal Fur

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 PDT

The next computer-generated animals in King Kong or The Lion King could look a lot more realistic thanks to a breakthrough by computer scientists at the University of California. The researchers from UC San Diego and UC Berkeley developed a method that dramatically improves the way computers simulate fur, and more specifically, the way light bounces within an animal’s pelt.


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Supercomputers aid discovery of new, inexpensive material to make LEDs with excellent color quality

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Computers have helped researchers develop a new phosphor that can make LEDs cheaper and render colors more accurately. An international team led by engineers at UC San Diego first predicted the new phosphor using supercomputers and data mining algorithms, then developed a simple recipe to make it in the lab. Unlike many phosphors, this one is made of inexpensive, earth-abundant elements and can easily be made using industrial methods. As computers predicted, the new phosphor performed well in tests and in LED prototypes.


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New algorithm can pinpoint mutations favored by natural selection in large sections of the human genome

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:00:00 PDT

A team of scientists has developed an algorithm that can accurately pinpoint, in large regions of the human genome, mutations favored by natural selection. The finding provides deeper insight into how evolution works, and ultimately could lead to better treatments for genetic disorders. For example, adaptation to chronic hypoxia at high altitude can suggest targets for cardiovascular and other ischemic diseases. 


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UC San Diego Bioengineering Student Wins Winston Churchill Scholarship

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Aswini Krishnan, a fourth-year bioengineering major at the University of California San Diego, has been awarded a Winston Churchill Scholarship, one of the most prestigious and competitive awards available to American students pursuing science, mathematics and engineering fields. The award provides one year of funding to pursue a master’s degree at Winston Churchill College at the University of Cambridge. Krishnan is the fourth UC San Diego student to receive the award since the program’s inception in 1963. 


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Using Computer Science and the Humanities to Step Back in Time

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 PDT

A collaborative group of researchers from the University of California San Diego traveled to Turin, Italy recently to digitally map an entire portion of the city—complete with historic architecture, expansive murals and stunning works of art. 


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Electrical engineer supports student access and faculty excellence

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 PDT

 UC San Diego has amassed many accolades in recognition of its status as a world-class research university. Yet, there’s one that Charles Tu, distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering, is most proud of: being named one of the nation’s best public universities for its dedication to upward social mobility, research and public service by both Washington Monthly magazine and the New York Times. 


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EnVision Arts and Engineering Maker Studio doubles in size

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 PDT

The EnVision Arts and Engineering Maker Studio, which provides undergraduate engineering and visual art students with a space where theoretical coursework and hands-on experience intersect, quickly filled to capacity after it opened in 2015. The studio recently doubled in size, and students are taking full advantage of the space.


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New '4-D goggles' allow wearers to be 'touched' by approaching objects

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:00:00 PDT

A team of researchers at UC San Diego and San Diego State University has developed a pair of "4-D goggles" that allows wearers to be physically "touched" by a movie when they see a looming object on the screen, such as an approaching spacecraft. The device was developed based on a study conducted by the neuroscientists to map brain areas that integrate the sight and touch of a looming object and aid in their understanding of the perceptual and neural mechanisms of multisensory integration. 


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UC San Diego innovator in data storage technologies elected to National Academy of Engineering

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Eric Fullerton, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and nanoengineering at the Jacobs School and Director of the School's Center for Memory and Recording Research, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering “for invention and development of multilayer, high-density magnetic recording media.” His innovations made it possible for hard disk drives and non-volatile memories to store data at unprecedented levels.


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Ignite @ UC San Diego Extends Innovation Conference to Two Days in Year Two

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:00:00 PDT

On March 6-7, hundreds of investors, innovators, entrepreneurs, and activators will converge at UC San Diego for the second annual Ignite conference. Launched in 2017, the signature innovation event brings universities across Cali-Baja together with leading community partners to support life-changing entrepreneurship. Now the initiative is expanding to feature programming and competitions spanning across two days. With more than 400 startups launching annually in San Diego, the conference connects young innovators with seasoned entrepreneurs. Last year’s inaugural event drew more than 1,500 registrants from across the region.    


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'Defenders of Geisel' Esports Team Gets a Shot at National Title

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Six UC San Diego undergraduate students have battled their way through a pool of 318 teams to make it to the final four and the Fiesta Bowl Overwatch Collegiate National Championships at Arizona State University on Feb. 17. Overwatch is a video game released by Blizzard Entertainment in May 2016, and already has its own professional league and a highly developed collegiate league with big time student interest.


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Engineers, Technology Featured in New National Geographic Documentary on Maya 'Megalopolis'

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Lost Treasures of the Maya Snake Kings," a new one-hour National Geographic special premiering FEb. 6 at 9/8 p.m. central, shows how LiDAR laser imaging technology is revolutionizing archaeology and features the WAVE data visualization  technology created by researchers at the University of California San Diego. Albert Yu-Min Lin, who earned a Ph.D. at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, hosts the program.


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Chancellor's Research Excellence Scholars Program Launches 175 Student-Research Projects

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Three years ago, the campus launched a pilot program to promote interdisciplinary research among undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The idea was to partner them with faculty mentors from at least two disciplines and provide them with funds so they could conduct research with the potential to make a real impact on society.Now that the program has proved its worth, UC San Diego is making the program permanent. Last September, applications were submitted and this month the Chancellor’s Research Excellence Scholars program, formerly Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program (FISP), has awarded 175 students with this unique multidisciplinary opportunity.


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UC San Diego Launches edX Online MicroMasters' in Algorithms and Data Structures

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PDT

The University of California San Diego is launching an online series of courses designed to help students master the algorithmic programming techniques they may need to land a top software engineering job.The 8-part Algorithms and Data Structures series is part of a MicroMasters® program on edX, the leading nonprofit online learning platform for massive open online courses (MOOCs). The MicroMasters program offers learners a credential for career advancement after successful completion of the seven MOOCs and one Capstone Project course.


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Recycling and reusing worn cathodes to make new lithium ion batteries

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed an energy-efficient process to recycle and regenerate cathodes from spent lithium ion batteries, making them work just as good as new. The process involves harvesting the degraded cathode particles from a used battery and then boiling and heat treating them. Researchers built new batteries using the regenerated cathodes. Charge storage capacity, charging time and battery lifetime were all restored to their original levels.


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UC San Diego Drone Research Takes Flight

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PDT

UC San Diego inaugurated the first open-air aerodrome for unmanned aerial vehicles here on campus last week. The opening is the first step in what engineers hope will be a new era for drone research on campus. One of the goals is to create a living laboratory for unmanned aerial vehicles by bringing together researchers from across campus, including computer scientists, structural, mechanical, aerospace, electrical and computer engineers and scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography


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The Microbiome of an Oil Reservoir

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at the University of California San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation have identified the bacteria actively responsible for oil degradation in oil reservoirs, and the metabolic pathways they employ. The findings could help researchers develop targeted strategies to prevent “souring” – a multimillion-dollar problem for the oil industry. The study was published January 9 in Microbiome.  


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Researchers Develop New Thin Transparent and Lightweight Touchscreen Pressure Sensor Arrays

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers from UC San Diego and UT Austin have demonstrated zinc-oxide thin-film transistor sensors for new functionality in touch screen displays on mobile devices.


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New Algorithm Identifies Ten Times More Naturally Occurring Antibiotics than All Previous Studies

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PDT

In a paper published in Nature Microbiology on Jan. 22, a team of American and Russian computer scientists described a new algorithm that identified an order of magnitude, or roughly 10 times more, PNPs than all previous studies. Pavel Pevzner, a professor of computer science at the University of California San Diego, is the corresponding author on the paper. 


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Researchers develop a remote-controlled cancer immunotherapy system

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PDT

A team of researchers has developed an ultrasound-based system that can non-invasively and remotely control genetic processes in live immune T cells so that they recognize and kill cancer cells.


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Outhacking the hackers

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PDT

This fall, UC San Diego computer science professor Stefan Savage began receiving calls from an unknown number in Chicago. As a cybersecurity expert who often targets hackers, Savage was wary. But he soon learned that is was the MacArthur Foundation, award him the fellowship commonly known as a “genius” award.  Here he gives his insights on the future of cybersecurity and advice on how we can keep ourselves safe in cyberspace. 


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From Class to Clinic

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PDT

It’s not every day that an undergrad­uate class influences the way surgeons prepare for operations. But that’s exactly what happened with a fresh­man bioengineering class co-taught by then-PhD student Jason Caffrey ’11, MS ’13‚ and professor Robert Sah. 


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Shirley Meng Named Inaugural Holder of UC San Diego Zable Endowed Chair in Energy Technologies

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Nanoengineering professor Shirley Meng has been appointed the inaugural holder of the Zable Endowed Chair in Energy Technologies in the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. As director of the UC San Diego Sustainable Power and Energy Center, Meng is leading efforts to advance solutions to some of the key technical challenges associated with energy generation, storage and power management.


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Metagenics joins the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation as an industry sponsor

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Metagenics, Inc., a nutrigenomics and lifestyle medicine company, has joined the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) as an industry sponsor. The company offers products in the areas of blood sugar balance, body composition, cardiometabolic health, children’s health, gastrointestinal health, general wellness, metabolic detoxification, neurological health, sports nutrition, and stress management; immune men’s and women’s health; and muscle, bone, and joint health.


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Molecular Mapping Made Easy

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PDT

These glowing avatars (below) are actually maps of molecules. Every day, every inch of skin on your body comes into contact with thousands of molecules — from food, cosmetics, sweat, the microbes that call your skin home. Now researchers can create interactive 3D maps that show where each molecule lingers on your body, thanks to a new method developed by University of California San Diego and European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) researchers. The technique is published December 21 in Nature Protocols.


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Macrophage nanosponges could keep sepsis in check

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at UC San Diego have developed macrophage "nanosponges"—nanoparticles cloaked in the cell membranes of macrophages—that can safely remove sepsis-causing molecules from the bloodstream. In lab tests, these macrophage nanosponges improved survival rates in mice with sepsis.


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2017 Year in Review

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PDT

It has been a banner year here at the Jacobs School of Engineering. As we prepare to welcome in 2018, below is a list of highlights for our institution from the past 12 months. 


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Undergraduate engineers, Birch Aquarium collaborate on innovative exhibits

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Ten UC San Diego undergraduates left an indelible mark on the Birch Aquarium this summer thanks to the Summer Engineering Experience (SEE) internship program. SEE was designed by the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering to provide sophomore and junior engineering students with hands-on experience creating, pitching and developing a project from start to finish. 


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Company Based on UC San Diego Technology Gets Infusion of Capital

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Tortuga Logic, a hardware security company co-founded by computer science professor and Qualcomm Institute academic participant Ryan Kastner and two computer science alumni, is now positioned for new growth thanks to $2 million in seed funding from a venture-capital firm. Tortuga Logic offers a suite of hardware design tools to identify security vulnerabilities throughout the process of designing a semiconductor, including Prospect and Unison (used in the semiconductor, aerospace and defense industries). With its new funding, Tortuga Logic will develop new products and increase the feature sets of existing products.


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ECE Professor Elected ACM Fellow in Class of 2017

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A faculty member affiliated with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor Alexander Vardy, is one of three UC San Diego faculty elected Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) announced on December 11. 


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New UC San Diego Chapter Sends LGBT+ Delegates to oSTEM Conference

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PDT

For the first time, a delegation of faculty and students from the University of California San Diego attended the annual Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (oSTEM) National Conference. The four-day conference took place Nov. 16 to 19 in Chicago. 


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Three UC San Diego Computer Scientists Elevated to Be ACM Fellows in Class of 2017

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Three computer scientists from the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California San Diego have been elected Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. 


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Less than skin deep: humans can feel molecular differences between nearly identical surfaces

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PDT

How sensitive is the human sense of touch? Sensitive enough to feel the difference between surfaces that differ by just a single layer of molecules, a team of researchers at the University of California San Diego has shown.


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Computer scientists develop a simple tool to tell if websites suffered a data breach

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Computer scientists have built and successfully tested a tool designed to detect when websites are hacked by monitoring the activity of email accounts associated with them. The researchers were surprised to find that almost 1 percent of the websites they tested had suffered a data breach during their 18-month study period, regardless of how big the companies' reach and audience are.


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Ashvin Bachireddy speaks with IGE Certificate Program students

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Ashvin Bachireddy is a UC San Diego alum who graduated with a Major in Management Science and is currently a venture partner at Geodesic Capital in Silicon Valley. He recently visited IGE?s Technology Management and Entrepreneurism Certificate Program class to share his wisdom and experience. This is Ashvin?s second trip in recent months where he spoke to the Undergraduate Entrepreneurship group in a panel moderated by Prof. Vish Krishnan. As an early investor in companies like Uber and Snapchat, Ashvin talked to the class about how to prepare for investor meetings. He also met one on one with several IGE teams, providing them valuable feedback on their technologies. Prof. Krishnan, IGE?s Associate Director, says he is grateful for Ashvin staying engaged with the campus and giving back to the UC San Diego community to develop our innovation ecosystem.


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Updated brain cell map connects various brain diseases to specific cell types

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers have developed new single-cell sequencing methods that could be used to map the cell origins of various brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. By analyzing individual nuclei of cells from adult human brains, researchers have identified 35 different subtypes of neurons and glial cells and discovered which of these subtypes are most susceptible to common risk factors for different brain diseases.


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Computer Graphics and Vision Expert Elected ACM Fellow

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PDT

UC San Diego computer science and engineering professor Ravi Ramamoorthi has been elected a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. Ramamoorthi is the founding director of the Center for Visual Computing at UC San Diego.


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UC San Diego Researcher Named Semi-Finalist for Women's Safety XPRIZE

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PDT

UC San Diego’s Debashis Sahoo is one of 21 semi-finalists in the $1 million Anu & Naveen Jain Women’s Safety XPRIZE, which challenges competitors around the world to develop technological solutions to improve women’s safety in instances of violence or harassment. Sahoo is a professor in the departments of pediatrics and computer science and engineering.


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