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Newswise: Trade Wars with China Could Cost U.S. Universities $1.15 Billion
10-Jul-2020 6:35 PM EDT
Trade Wars with China Could Cost U.S. Universities $1.15 Billion
University of California San Diego

Uncertainties around the trade war between the U.S. and China have hurt businesses and weighed on the global economy. However, new research from the University of California San Diego also shows lesser known consequence: up to $1.15 billion in reduced tuition to U.S. universities.

Newswise: $18M Boost to Materials Science Research at UC San Diego
Released: 9-Jul-2020 3:15 PM EDT
$18M Boost to Materials Science Research at UC San Diego
University of California San Diego

The National Science Foundation has awarded University of California San Diego researchers a six-year $18 million grant to fund a new Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC).

Newswise: Supercomputer Simulations Help Researchers Predict Solar Wind Storms
Released: 7-Jul-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Supercomputer Simulations Help Researchers Predict Solar Wind Storms
University of California San Diego

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire used SDSC's Comet supercomputer to validate a model using a machine learning technique called Dynamic Time Lag Regression (DTLR) to help predict the solar wind arrival near the Earth’s orbit from physical parameters of the Sun.

Newswise: UC San Diego Receives $1.6 Million to Better Prepare Young Adults for Engineering and Technical Careers
Released: 2-Jul-2020 7:45 PM EDT
UC San Diego Receives $1.6 Million to Better Prepare Young Adults for Engineering and Technical Careers
University of California San Diego

Longtime University of California San Diego supporter Buzz Woolley has pledged $1.6 million over the next three years to fund an innovative new initiative that will significantly expand the region’s engineering and technical workforce.

Newswise: National Science Foundation Awards $5 Million to Develop Innovative AI Resource
Released: 1-Jul-2020 4:15 PM EDT
National Science Foundation Awards $5 Million to Develop Innovative AI Resource
University of California San Diego

The NSF has awarded the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego a $5 million grant to develop a high-performance resource for conducting artificial intelligence (AI) research across a wide swath of science and engineering domains.

Newswise: Asymptomatic Testing Central to UC San Diego’s Return to Learn for Fall Quarter
Released: 29-Jun-2020 7:05 AM EDT
Asymptomatic Testing Central to UC San Diego’s Return to Learn for Fall Quarter
University of California San Diego

The University of California San Diego today announced the next step in its Return to Learn program, which will guide an incremental repopulation of the campus while offering broad, asymptomatic testing for faculty, staff and students on a recurring basis to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Newswise: Poseidon Innovation Announces Funding for Three UC San Diego Researchers
Released: 26-Jun-2020 10:30 AM EDT
Poseidon Innovation Announces Funding for Three UC San Diego Researchers
University of California San Diego

UC San Diego and Deerfield Management created Poseidon Innovation to support researchers working to advance disease-curing therapeutics by funding early stage projects and expediting the drug-development cycle. Poseidon announces it is funding three researchers.

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Released: 25-Jun-2020 4:35 PM EDT
Politics Driving Personal Economic Decisions Amid COVID-19
University of California San Diego

A new working paper from researchers at the University of California San Diego’s Rady School of Management and the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business, details how political persuasion is driving stock market optimism.

Newswise: Supercomputer Simulations Show How DNA Prepares Itself for Repair
Released: 25-Jun-2020 1:55 PM EDT
Supercomputer Simulations Show How DNA Prepares Itself for Repair
University of California San Diego

Researchers from Harvard University and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston recently used the Comet supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego to uncover the novel ways in which DNA prepares itself for repair.

Newswise: Voter ID laws discriminate against racial and ethnic minorities, new study reveals
Released: 24-Jun-2020 6:55 PM EDT
Voter ID laws discriminate against racial and ethnic minorities, new study reveals
University of California San Diego

Voter ID laws are becoming more common and more strict, and the stakes for American democracy are high and growing higher by the year. New research from the University of California San Diego provides evidence that voter ID laws disproportionately reduce voter turnout in more racially diverse areas. As a result, the voices of racial minorities become more muted and the relative influence of white America grows.

Newswise: SDSC’s Sherlock Cloud Announces 'Skylab' Cloud Solution
Released: 23-Jun-2020 4:05 PM EDT
SDSC’s Sherlock Cloud Announces 'Skylab' Cloud Solution
University of California San Diego

The Sherlock Division of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego has broadened its secure Cloud solutions portfolio to offer Skylab, an innovative customer-owned Cloud platform solution that provides a self-standing, compliant environment for secure workloads in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud.

Newswise: Researchers develop low-cost, easy-to-use emergency ventilator for COVID-19 patients
Released: 23-Jun-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Researchers develop low-cost, easy-to-use emergency ventilator for COVID-19 patients
University of California San Diego

A team of engineers and physicians at the University of California San Diego has developed a low-cost, easy-to-use emergency ventilator for COVID-19 patients that is built around a ventilator bag usually found in ambulances. The team built an automated system around the bag and brought down the cost of an emergency ventilator to just $500 per unit--by comparison, state of the art ventilators currently cost at least $50,000. The device's components can be rapidly fabricated and the ventilator can be assembled in just 15 minutes.

Newswise: Georgia Tech Engineers Simulate Solar Cell Work Using Supercomputers
Released: 22-Jun-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Georgia Tech Engineers Simulate Solar Cell Work Using Supercomputers
University of California San Diego

Because of silicon’s relatively high cost, hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites (HOIPs) have emerged as a lower-cost and highly efficient option for solar power, according to a recent study by Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) researchers.

Newswise: Using LEGO to test children’s ability to visualize and rotate 3D shapes in space
Released: 18-Jun-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Using LEGO to test children’s ability to visualize and rotate 3D shapes in space
University of California San Diego

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed a test that uses children’s ability to assemble LEGO pieces to assess their spatial visualization ability. Spatial visualization is the ability to visualize 3D shapes in one’s mind, which is tied to increased GPAs and graduation rates in STEM college students.

Newswise:Video Embedded nanosponges-could-intercept-coronavirus-infection
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16-Jun-2020 2:30 PM EDT
Nanosponges Could Intercept Coronavirus Infection
University of California San Diego

Nanoparticles cloaked in human lung cell membranes and human immune cell membranes can attract and neutralize the SARS-CoV-2 virus in cell culture, causing the virus to lose its ability to hijack host cells and reproduce.

Newswise: SDSC Sherlock Cloud adds Google Cloud Platform to Extend its Multi-Cloud Service
Released: 16-Jun-2020 1:10 PM EDT
SDSC Sherlock Cloud adds Google Cloud Platform to Extend its Multi-Cloud Service
University of California San Diego

The Sherlock Division of the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California San Diego has expanded its multi-Cloud solution, Sherlock Cloud, to include the Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

Newswise: Pioneering Scientist and Innovator Larry Smarr Retires
Released: 15-Jun-2020 10:00 AM EDT
Pioneering Scientist and Innovator Larry Smarr Retires
University of California San Diego

After 20 years at UC San Diego, Larry Smarr will step down as the director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and retire as a distinguished professor from the Jacobs School of Engineering’s Computer Science and Engineering Department at the end of this month.

Newswise: How Stimulus Dollars are Spent will Affect Emissions for Decades
Released: 10-Jun-2020 4:50 PM EDT
How Stimulus Dollars are Spent will Affect Emissions for Decades
University of California San Diego

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have led to a record crash in emissions. But it will be emission levels during the recovery—in the months and years after the pandemic recedes—that matter most for how global warming plays out

Newswise: UC San Diego’s CREATE and SDSC Awarded National K-12 STEM Grant
Released: 9-Jun-2020 11:05 AM EDT
UC San Diego’s CREATE and SDSC Awarded National K-12 STEM Grant
University of California San Diego

The U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense STEM Education Consortium (DESC) has awarded a one-year grant to the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego and the UC San Diego Mathematics Project housed at the university’s Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE), to introduce computing into high school math classrooms.

Newswise: New Visa Restrictions will Make the U.S. Economic Downturn Worse
Released: 4-Jun-2020 5:50 AM EDT
New Visa Restrictions will Make the U.S. Economic Downturn Worse
University of California San Diego

The Trump administration is expected to set limits on a popular program that allows international students to work in the U.S. after graduation while remaining on their student visas. The restrictions are designed to help American graduates seeking jobs; however, the move is likely to further hurt the economy, according to new University of California San Diego research on immigrant rights.

Newswise: Cheryl Anderson Named Founding Dean of School of Public Health at UC San Diego
Released: 2-Jun-2020 5:35 AM EDT
Cheryl Anderson Named Founding Dean of School of Public Health at UC San Diego
University of California San Diego

Dr. Cheryl Anderson, professor and interim chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health in the School of Medicine at the University of California San Diego, has been named founding dean of The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science. The school was established at UC San Diego in 2019 with a $25 million lead gift from the Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Family Foundation with an emphasis on research and education designed to prevent disease, prolong life and promote health through organized community efforts.

Newswise: New Biosensor Visualizes Stress in Living Plant Cells in Real Time
Released: 1-Jun-2020 6:05 PM EDT
New Biosensor Visualizes Stress in Living Plant Cells in Real Time
University of California San Diego

Plant biologists have developed a nanosensor that monitors mechanisms related to stress and drought. The new biosensor allows researchers to analyze changes in real time involving specific kinases, which are known to be activated in response to drought conditions.

Newswise: $1M Gift Speeds COVID-19 Testing and Tracking at UC San Diego
Released: 1-Jun-2020 4:15 PM EDT
$1M Gift Speeds COVID-19 Testing and Tracking at UC San Diego
University of California San Diego

A $1M gift from the John and Mary Tu Foundation is accelerating the efforts of UC San Diego translational research virologist Davey Smith to increase the number of people tested for COVID-19, as well as develop new ways to track and treat the virus. Smith and his team are studying how the disease spreads to better inform contact tracing, as well as leading clinical trials to test new drugs for treatment of COVID-19.

Newswise: These flexible feet help robots walk faster
Released: 1-Jun-2020 8:00 AM EDT
These flexible feet help robots walk faster
University of California San Diego

Roboticists at the University of California San Diego have developed flexible feet that can help robots walk up to 40 percent faster on uneven terrain such as pebbles and wood chips. The work has applications for search-and-rescue missions as well as space exploration.

Newswise: Making matter out of light: high-power laser simulations point the way
Released: 1-Jun-2020 6:00 AM EDT
Making matter out of light: high-power laser simulations point the way
University of California San Diego

Engineers at UC San Diego developed a set of simulations involving high-power lasers that could help us recreate the transformation of light into matter, and better understand what happened at the very beginning of the universe.

Newswise:Video Embedded public-disclosure-of-covid-19-cases-is-more-effective-than-lockdowns
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25-May-2020 1:00 AM EDT
Public Disclosure of COVID-19 Cases Is More Effective than Lockdowns
University of California San Diego

South Korea is a standout in the current battle against COVID-19, largely due to its widespread testing and contact tracing; however, key to its innovation is publicly disclosing detailed information on the individuals who test positive for COVID-19.

Newswise: The Psychedelic Science of Pain
Released: 22-May-2020 2:20 PM EDT
The Psychedelic Science of Pain
University of California San Diego

The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at UC San Diego organized the collaborative Psychedelics and Health Research Initiative, which explores the potential for psychedelics to address chronic pain conditions.

Newswise: New wearable sensor tracks Vitamin C levels in sweat
Released: 20-May-2020 8:00 AM EDT
New wearable sensor tracks Vitamin C levels in sweat
University of California San Diego

A team at the University of California San Diego has developed a wearable, non invasive Vitamin C sensor that could provide a new, highly personalized option for users to track their daily nutritional intake and dietary adherence. The study was published in the May 18, 2020 issue of ACS Sensors.

Newswise: A low-power, low-cost wearable to monitor COVID-19 patients
Released: 19-May-2020 8:00 AM EDT
A low-power, low-cost wearable to monitor COVID-19 patients
University of California San Diego

Engineers at the University of California San Diego are developing low-cost, low-power wearable sensors that can measure temperature and respiration--key vital signs used to monitor COVID-19. The devices would transmit data wirelessly to a smartphone, and could be used to monitor patients for viral infections that affect temperature and respiration in real time. The research team plans to develop a device and a manufacturing process in just 12 months.

Newswise: Supercomputers Reveal True Strengths of Some Zirconia Ceramics
Released: 18-May-2020 3:45 PM EDT
Supercomputers Reveal True Strengths of Some Zirconia Ceramics
University of California San Diego

Researchers from the Colorado School of Mines have been using multiple supercomputers to study certain characteristics of zirconia. The team recently published their findings in the Journal of the European Ceramic Society.

Newswise: Engineers develop low-cost, high-accuracy GPS-like system for flexible medical robots
Released: 18-May-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Engineers develop low-cost, high-accuracy GPS-like system for flexible medical robots
University of California San Diego

Roboticists at the University of California San Diego have developed an affordable, easy to use system to track the location of flexible surgical robots inside the human body. The system performs as well as current state of the art methods, but is much less expensive.

Newswise: New Algorithm Analyzes the Genetic Building Blocks of Immunity
Released: 15-May-2020 10:05 AM EDT
New Algorithm Analyzes the Genetic Building Blocks of Immunity
University of California San Diego

Scientists with UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering and the Qualcomm Institute have developed a new gene prediction algorithm, called MINING-D, that could help researchers investigate the genetic clues behind the variation of symptoms shown in COVID-19 patients — information that is key to creating a versatile and effective vaccine.

Newswise: A Brave New Virtual World of Work?
Released: 14-May-2020 3:10 PM EDT
A Brave New Virtual World of Work?
University of California San Diego

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in remote work on an unprecedented scale. Elizabeth Lyons, an assistant professor of management at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy, predicts this sudden transition to virtual will create a "new normal" in the world of work.

Newswise: Supercomputing Drug Screening For Deadly Heart Arrhythmias
Released: 14-May-2020 2:15 PM EDT
Supercomputing Drug Screening For Deadly Heart Arrhythmias
University of California San Diego

Using supercomputers, scientists have developed for the first time a way to screen drugs through their chemical structures for induced arrhythmias.

Released: 11-May-2020 6:15 PM EDT
Supercomputer Simulations Help Advance Electrochemical Reaction Research
University of California San Diego

University of Texas at Austin researchers recently simulated the catalytic mechanism and atomic structure of nickel-doped graphene using Comet at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and Stampede2 at the Texas Advanced Computing Center. The simulations showed how the catalyst converts carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, an important feedstock for chemical engineering.

Newswise: ‘Molecular Distancing’ Presents Pathway to Remote Chemical Reactions
Released: 11-May-2020 5:05 PM EDT
‘Molecular Distancing’ Presents Pathway to Remote Chemical Reactions
University of California San Diego

The study introduces a generic way of engineering artificial forces between photons and molecules to enable new energy transfer pathways between molecules.

Newswise: Physicists Go Out on a Limb to Advance AI Computing
Released: 8-May-2020 3:45 PM EDT
Physicists Go Out on a Limb to Advance AI Computing
University of California San Diego

Research findings published in Nature Communications outline how a national team of researchers supported by the DOE's Office of Science opens up a new dimension of safe hardware for AI and neuromorphic computing.

Newswise: Exercise Boosts Motor Skill Learning Via Changes in Brain’s Transmitters
1-May-2020 1:10 PM EDT
Exercise Boosts Motor Skill Learning Via Changes in Brain’s Transmitters
University of California San Diego

Comparing the brains of mice that exercised with those that did not, UC San Diego researchers found that specific neurons switched their chemical signals, called neurotransmitters, following exercise, leading to improved learning for motor-skill acquisition.

Newswise: Green method could enable hospitals to produce hydrogen peroxide in house
Released: 1-May-2020 11:45 AM EDT
Green method could enable hospitals to produce hydrogen peroxide in house
University of California San Diego

A team of researchers has developed a portable, more environmentally friendly method to produce hydrogen peroxide. It could enable hospitals to make their own supply of the disinfectant on demand and at lower cost.

Newswise:Video Embedded they-remember-communities-of-microbes-found-to-have-working-memory
VIDEO
24-Apr-2020 3:35 PM EDT
They Remember: Communities of Microbes Found to Have Working Memory
University of California San Diego

Biologists studying bacterial communities have discovered that these simple organisms feature a robust memory capacity. Using light, they were able to encode memory patterns and visualize cells with memory. The discovery reveals parallels between low-level organisms and sophisticated neurons.

Newswise: Researchers Make Gemstones with Salty, Soapy Water for the First Time
Released: 22-Apr-2020 5:35 PM EDT
Researchers Make Gemstones with Salty, Soapy Water for the First Time
University of California San Diego

Collaborators from the University of California San Diego and New York University (NYU) used salt, soap and water to make “bling” with a proposed novel experiment by UC San Diego’s Jérémie Palacci to form ionic colloidal crystals from common colloids.

Newswise: Deforestation Drives Disease, Climate Change and It’s Happening at a Rapid Rate
Released: 22-Apr-2020 8:20 AM EDT
Deforestation Drives Disease, Climate Change and It’s Happening at a Rapid Rate
University of California San Diego

Deforestation is not an issue dominating headlines in the U.S. right now, but perhaps it should be, according to UC San Diego research. Deforestation has been linked to both the spread of infectious disease and climate change, and what is most alarming, it’s happening at a rapid rate.

Newswise: Marrying molecular farming and advanced manufacturing to develop a COVID-19 vaccine
Released: 21-Apr-2020 2:45 PM EDT
Marrying molecular farming and advanced manufacturing to develop a COVID-19 vaccine
University of California San Diego

UC San Diego nanoengineers received a Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant from the National Science Foundation to develop—using a plant virus—a stable, easy to manufacture COVID-19 vaccine patch that can be shipped around the world and painlessly self-administered by patients.

Newswise: Earth Connection Inspires Environmental Stewardship
Released: 21-Apr-2020 8:15 AM EDT
Earth Connection Inspires Environmental Stewardship
University of California San Diego

On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, here’s a feature story about UC San Diego Professor Carolyn Kurle and her mission to motivate and inspire students-- many from underprivileged backgrounds--into making an “Earth Connection” to help protect the planet and its resources.

Newswise: Joe Tsai and Clara Wu Tsai Donate Personal Protective Equipment to San Diego Health Care Providers
Released: 20-Apr-2020 5:05 PM EDT
Joe Tsai and Clara Wu Tsai Donate Personal Protective Equipment to San Diego Health Care Providers
University of California San Diego

Joe Tsai, co-founder of Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba, and his wife Clara, have donated nearly half a million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to be distributed by UC San Diego to health care providers in the San Diego region.

Newswise: UC San Diego Researchers Optimize Microbiome Tool for Computer GPUs
Released: 17-Apr-2020 4:15 PM EDT
UC San Diego Researchers Optimize Microbiome Tool for Computer GPUs
University of California San Diego

University of California San Diego researchers have ported the popular UniFrac microbiome tool to graphic processing units (GPUs) in a bid to increase the acceleration and accuracy of scientific discovery, including urgently needed COVID-19 research.

Newswise: Economic Impact of COVID-19 will Make the Fight Against Climate Change Harder
Released: 16-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Economic Impact of COVID-19 will Make the Fight Against Climate Change Harder
University of California San Diego

Measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus have reduced the demand for fuel and slashed oil prices. Global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the chief long-term cause of climate warming, have slid perhaps by one-fifth and pollution is down, but can we expect COVID-19 to create lasting change in reversing global warming?

Newswise: Researchers Develop Potential COVID-19 Protease Inhibitors
15-Apr-2020 2:35 PM EDT
Researchers Develop Potential COVID-19 Protease Inhibitors
University of California San Diego

Researchers at UC San Diego recently created a pharmacophore model and conducted data mining of the conformational database of FDA-approved drugs that identifies 64 compounds as potential inhibitors of the COVID-19 protease. Among the selected compounds are two HIV protease inhibitors, two hepatitis C protease inhibitors, and three drugs that have already shown positive results in testing with COVID-19.

Newswise:Video Embedded thanks-to-flexoskeletons-these-insect-inspired-robots-are-faster-and-cheaper-to-make
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Released: 9-Apr-2020 8:40 AM EDT
Thanks to “flexoskeletons,” these insect-inspired robots are faster and cheaper to make
University of California San Diego

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new method that doesn’t require any special equipment and works in just minutes to create soft, flexible, 3D-printed robots. The structures were inspired by insect exoskeletons, which have both soft and rigid parts--the researchers called their creations “flexoskeletons.”


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