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Released: 16-Apr-2021 7:05 AM EDT
UC San Diego Extension Honors Human Resources Icon Vicki L. Krantz With Memorial Scholarship
University of California San Diego

Established to support individuals at a career crossroads, funding will go to those who have demonstrated a life-long passion for learning, hard work and giving back to the community.

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Released: 12-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
UC San Diego approves new undergraduate degree in Black Diaspora and African American Studies
University of California San Diego

The university’s new bachelor of arts degree will not only enhance the academic offerings at UC San Diego, but will foster collaborative study for students and faculty regarding the current experiences and histories of people of African descent.

Released: 5-Apr-2021 6:00 PM EDT
New Blueprint of Brain Connections Reveals Extensive Reach of Central Regulator
University of California San Diego

Scientists have created a connectivity map from a brain hub that regulates motor and behavior functions. The connections could open avenues for intervention of Parkinson’s disease and other disorders such as Tourette’s syndrome, ADHD and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Released: 5-Apr-2021 5:00 PM EDT
Distinct Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms Tied to Different Brain Pathways
University of California San Diego

Neurobiologists have found that identifiable brain pathways are linked with specific debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The findings could help form the basis for improving therapeutic strategies for precise symptoms of Parkinson’s at various levels of disease progression.

Released: 2-Apr-2021 4:50 PM EDT
Why Commercialization of Carbon Capture and Sequestration has Failed and How it Can Work
University of California San Diego

There are 12 essential attributes that explain why commercial carbon capture and sequestration projects succeed or fail in the U.S., University of California San Diego researchers say in a recent study published in Environmental Research Letters.

Released: 30-Mar-2021 3:20 PM EDT
UC San Diego’s Graduate Programs and Schools Shine in U.S. News and World Report Rankings
University of California San Diego

Released today, the 2022 Best Graduate Schools rankings gave high marks to UC San Diego's graduate education in political science and the Jacobs School of Engineering, among other professional schools and programs on campus.

Newswise: Becoming a Hispanic-Serving Institution
Released: 25-Mar-2021 3:05 PM EDT
Becoming a Hispanic-Serving Institution
University of California San Diego

Academic leaders, faculty, staff and students gathered virtually to learn how to continue transforming UC San Diego into a student-centered university for the success of Latinx/Chicanx students at the HSI Summit on March 11.

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Released: 19-Mar-2021 5:20 PM EDT
Your Questions, Answered: Examining Mistrust and Vaccines
University of California San Diego

On Feb. 22, the University of California San Diego brought together a panel of industry experts and esteemed faculty to kick off the university’s “Evenings of Nonconventional Wisdom” online event series hosted in celebration of the university's 60th anniversary. To continue the timely dialogue around COVID-19 and vaccines, we reached back out to a few of the event panelists plus a leader from UC San Diego’s Return to Learn Program Dr. Robert “Chip” Schooley to answer questions submitted by the audience.

Newswise: Monumental Sculpture by Jeff Koons Debuts at Jacobs Medical Center
Released: 18-Mar-2021 2:00 PM EDT
Monumental Sculpture by Jeff Koons Debuts at Jacobs Medical Center
University of California San Diego

A new monumental sculpture by artist Jeff Koons debuts as part of the 150-piece Healing Arts Collection at the UC San Diego Health hospital. The artwork, titled Party Hat (Orange), was purchased 15 years ago by longtime university donors Joan and Irwin Jacobs while it was still in production. The larger-than-life metallic party hat reflects the transformative power of the healing that happens on the premises, as well as the celebration of new life at the hospital’s Birth Center.

Newswise: Artificial neuron device could shrink energy use and size of neural network hardware
16-Mar-2021 3:10 PM EDT
Artificial neuron device could shrink energy use and size of neural network hardware
University of California San Diego

Neural network training could one day require less computing power and hardware, thanks to a new nanodevice that can run neural network computations using 100 to 1000 times less energy and area than existing CMOS-based hardware.

15-Mar-2021 3:05 PM EDT
How to speed up muscle repair
University of California San Diego

By studying how different pluripotent stem cell lines build muscle, researchers have for the first time discovered how epigenetic mechanisms can be triggered to accelerate muscle cell growth, providing new insights for developing therapies for muscle disease, injury and atrophy.

Newswise: Writing a New Chapter on Innovation
Released: 17-Mar-2021 11:00 AM EDT
Writing a New Chapter on Innovation
University of California San Diego

In order to build and sustain a more robust innovation ecosystem, University of California San Diego is the first University of California campus to establish a chapter of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Newswise: UC San Diego Broadens Research on Complicated Escalation of Violence in Mexico
Released: 11-Mar-2021 10:05 PM EST
UC San Diego Broadens Research on Complicated Escalation of Violence in Mexico
University of California San Diego

Looking beyond cartels, the Mexico Violence Resource Project is an initiative from UC San Diego’s Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies launched last fall with the goal of facilitating better analysis on the nuanced drivers of violence in Mexico. The project recently formed a partnership with the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime to support new research and policy advocacy on issues surrounding violence, crime and governance in Mexico.

9-Mar-2021 2:50 PM EST
With gene therapy, scientists develop opioid-free solution for chronic pain
University of California San Diego

A gene therapy for chronic pain could offer a safer, non-addictive alternative to opioids. Researchers at the University of California San Diego developed the new therapy, which works by temporarily repressing a gene involved in sensing pain. It increased pain tolerance in mice, lowered their sensitivity to pain and provided months of pain relief without causing numbness.

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5-Mar-2021 2:05 AM EST
‘Wearable microgrid’ uses the human body to sustainably power small gadgets
University of California San Diego

This shirt harvests and stores energy from the human body to power small electronics. UC San Diego nanoengineers call it a "wearable microgrid"—it combines energy from the wearer's sweat and movement to provide sustainable power for wearable devices.

Newswise: ‘Island of Rats’ Recovers
Released: 8-Mar-2021 1:30 PM EST
‘Island of Rats’ Recovers
University of California San Diego

A coordinated conservation effort that removed rats from Hawadax Island, formerly known as “Rat Island,” has become a new example of how ecosystems can fully recover to their natural state in little more than a decade. The results are described in a report led by a UC San Diego scientist.

Newswise: New ‘Split-drive’ System Puts Scientists in the (Gene) Driver Seat
Released: 5-Mar-2021 8:05 PM EST
New ‘Split-drive’ System Puts Scientists in the (Gene) Driver Seat
University of California San Diego

New research published in two papers by UC San Diego scientists describes novel achievements designed to make the implementation of gene drives safer and more controllable. The new split drive and home-and-rescue systems address concerns about the release of gene drives in wild populations.

Newswise: Decreases in Exercise Closely Linked with Higher Rates of Depression during the Pandemic
Released: 5-Mar-2021 4:10 PM EST
Decreases in Exercise Closely Linked with Higher Rates of Depression during the Pandemic
University of California San Diego

Exercise has long-been recommended as a cognitive-behavioral therapy for patients of depression, yet new evidence from the University of California of San Diego suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic changed the nature of the relationship between physical activity and mental health.

Newswise: Three-layered masks most effective against large respiratory droplets
Released: 5-Mar-2021 3:55 PM EST
Three-layered masks most effective against large respiratory droplets
University of California San Diego

A team of researchers has shown that three-layered surgical masks are more effective than single or double-layered masks at stopping large droplets from a cough or sneeze from penetrating through the mask.

Newswise: UC San Diego Goes to Washington
Released: 5-Mar-2021 8:05 AM EST
UC San Diego Goes to Washington
University of California San Diego

Five University of California San Diego alumni have been nominated or appointed to positions within President Joe Biden’s administration, adding to a long list of university alumni and faculty leaders who have served the nation in high-level roles. In addition, one alum was tapped to serve as part of an agency review team for the Biden-Harris transition.

Newswise: Food for Thought: New Maps Reveal How Brains are Kept Nourished
Released: 4-Mar-2021 8:10 AM EST
Food for Thought: New Maps Reveal How Brains are Kept Nourished
University of California San Diego

UC San Diego scientists have created new brain maps featuring unprecedented detail. The insights provided by the new maps are helping answer questions about blood supply and how more active parts of the brain are kept nourished versus less demanding areas.

Newswise: UC San Diego receives 12-piece collection of mid-20th century Soviet art
3-Mar-2021 3:30 PM EST
UC San Diego receives 12-piece collection of mid-20th century Soviet art
University of California San Diego

Twelve pieces of art from the Soviet Impressionism and Socialist Realism periods will find a new home at the University of California San Diego, thanks to longtime Division of Arts and Humanities supporters Ann and Joel Reed.

Newswise: Supercomputers Illustrate the Mechanical Process of Cancer Growth
Released: 2-Mar-2021 5:15 PM EST
Supercomputers Illustrate the Mechanical Process of Cancer Growth
University of California San Diego

According to the World Health Organization, one in six worldwide deaths are attributed to cancer, but not due to initial malignant tumors. They were caused by the spread of cancer cells to surrounding tissues, which consist largely of collagen. That was the focus of a recent study by Stanford University and Purdue University researchers.

Newswise: New Study Identifies Atmospheric Rivers as Contributor to Increased Snow Mass in West Antarctica
Released: 2-Mar-2021 11:10 AM EST
New Study Identifies Atmospheric Rivers as Contributor to Increased Snow Mass in West Antarctica
University of California San Diego

A new study published today in the journal Geophysical Research Letters used NASA’s ice-measuring laser satellite to identify atmospheric river storms as a key driver of increased snowfall in West Antarctica during the 2019 austral winter.

Newswise: Coronavirus-like particles could ensure reliability of simpler, faster COVID-19 tests
Released: 2-Mar-2021 8:30 AM EST
Coronavirus-like particles could ensure reliability of simpler, faster COVID-19 tests
University of California San Diego

Rapid COVID-19 tests are on the rise to deliver results faster to more people, and scientists need an easy, foolproof way to know that these tests work correctly and the results can be trusted. Nanoparticles that pass detection as the novel coronavirus could be just the ticket. Such coronavirus-like nanoparticles, developed by nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego, would serve as something called a positive control for COVID-19 tests.

25-Feb-2021 2:05 AM EST
Weakness is strength for this low-temperature battery
University of California San Diego

Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have discovered new fundamental insights for developing lithium metal batteries that perform well at ultra-low temperatures; mainly, that the weaker the electrolyte holds on to lithium ions, the better. By using such a weakly binding electrolyte, the researchers developed a lithium metal battery that can be repeatedly recharged at temperatures as low as -60 degrees Celsius—a first in the field.

Newswise: Tracking melting points above 4000 degrees Celsius
Released: 23-Feb-2021 1:45 PM EST
Tracking melting points above 4000 degrees Celsius
University of California San Diego

A materials engineer at the University of California San Diego is leading the development of a new research platform for studying high-performance materials, in particular new materials that melt above 4000 degrees Celsius (C). UC San Diego nanoengineering professor Kenneth Vecchio is leading the project, which is funded by a new $800,000 grant from the US Office of Naval Research (ONR), through the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP).

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Released: 23-Feb-2021 12:40 PM EST
New material is next step toward stable high-voltage long-life solid-state sodium-ion batteries
University of California San Diego

A team of researchers designed and manufactured a new sodium-ion conductor for solid-state sodium-ion batteries that is stable when incorporated into higher-voltage oxide cathodes. This new solid electrolyte could dramatically improve the efficiency and lifespan of this class of batteries. A proof of concept battery built with the new material lasted over 1000 cycles while retaining 89.3% of its capacity--a performance unmatched by other solid-state sodium batteries to date.

Newswise: This robot doesn’t need any electronics
16-Feb-2021 2:00 PM EST
This robot doesn’t need any electronics
University of California San Diego

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have created a four-legged soft robot that doesn’t need any electronics to work. The robot only needs a constant source of pressurized air for all its functions, including its controls and locomotion systems.

Newswise: Evenings of Nonconventional Wisdom Series to Showcase Expertise of Campus Community
Released: 16-Feb-2021 9:05 PM EST
Evenings of Nonconventional Wisdom Series to Showcase Expertise of Campus Community
University of California San Diego

As part of the yearlong celebration of its 60th anniversary, the University of California San Diego will showcase the expertise of its award-winning faculty and acclaimed researchers with a virtual event series entitled Evenings of Nonconventional Wisdom.

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12-Feb-2021 12:40 PM EST
New skin patch brings us closer to wearable, all-in-one health monitor
University of California San Diego

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a soft, stretchy skin patch that can be worn on the neck to continuously track blood pressure and heart rate while measuring the wearer’s levels of glucose as well as lactate, alcohol or caffeine. This one patch performs as well as commercial monitoring devices such as a blood pressure cuff, blood lactate meter, glucometer and breathalyzer.

Newswise: Researchers Unveil Detailed Genome of Invasive Malaria Mosquito
Released: 12-Feb-2021 1:25 PM EST
Researchers Unveil Detailed Genome of Invasive Malaria Mosquito
University of California San Diego

Researchers have produced a groundbreaking new reference genome for the Asian malaria vector mosquito Anopheles stephensi. The achievement will help scientists engineer advanced forms of defense against malaria transmission, including targeted CRISPR and gene drive-based strategies.

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Released: 8-Feb-2021 3:00 PM EST
Deepfake detectors can be defeated, computer scientists show for the first time
University of California San Diego

Systems designed to detect deepfakes --videos that manipulate real-life footage via artificial intelligence--can be deceived, computer scientists showed for the first time at the WACV 2021 conference which took place online Jan. 5 to 9, 2021.

Newswise: Supercomputers Help Advance Computational Chemistry
Released: 8-Feb-2021 2:10 PM EST
Supercomputers Help Advance Computational Chemistry
University of California San Diego

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have succeeded in developing an artificial intelligence (AI) approach to detect electron correlation – the interaction between a system’s electrons – which is vital but expensive to calculate in quantum chemistry.

27-Jan-2021 3:35 PM EST
Islands without structure inside metal alloys could lead to tougher materials
University of California San Diego

An international team of researchers produced islands of amorphous, non-crystalline material inside a class of new metal alloys known as high-entropy alloys. This discovery opens the door to applications in everything from landing gears, to pipelines, to automobiles. The new materials could make these lighter, safer, and more energy efficient.

Newswise: Supercomputers Used to Develop Longer-Lasting, Faster-Charging Batteries
Released: 29-Jan-2021 1:00 PM EST
Supercomputers Used to Develop Longer-Lasting, Faster-Charging Batteries
University of California San Diego

Supercomputers funded by the National Science Foundation are being used to develop more reliable and efficient electric vehicles and other products by focusing on the batteries that power them.

Newswise: Immune System Sets ‘Tripwire’ to Protect against Viruses
Released: 29-Jan-2021 8:00 AM EST
Immune System Sets ‘Tripwire’ to Protect against Viruses
University of California San Diego

A new study by UC San Diego biologists has revealed insights on the intricate, adaptive mechanisms of a protective system employed by the cells of mammalian immune systems. These defenses have evolved to set a type of tripwire that produces an immune response against attack from viruses.

Newswise: Copperizing the Complexity of Superconductivity
Released: 27-Jan-2021 2:35 PM EST
Copperizing the Complexity of Superconductivity
University of California San Diego

Copper oxides have the highest superconducting transition temperatures under normal conditions, but physicists aren’t sure why. A group of international researchers may have stumbled upon a major clue that could help revolutionize our understanding of these superconductive materials.

Newswise: Ten suggestions for female faculty and staff during the pandemic
Released: 20-Jan-2021 7:00 AM EST
Ten suggestions for female faculty and staff during the pandemic
University of California San Diego

“Ten simple rules for women principal investigators during a pandemic” was published recently in PLOS Computational Biology. It’s perhaps important to note that despite its title, the article is careful to say that the cardinal rule is that there are no rules. So all 10 points outlined are in fact suggestions. Also despite its title, Rangamani says most of the 10 points outlined in the publication can apply to all caregivers juggling work and caregiving during the pandemic.

Newswise: Researchers Use Supercomputers to Better Understand the Sun’s Corona
Released: 15-Jan-2021 1:45 PM EST
Researchers Use Supercomputers to Better Understand the Sun’s Corona
University of California San Diego

As worldwide mandates prevented gatherings over the holiday season, crowds in Chile and Argentina donned masks and eye shields to take in some outdoor magic: a two-minute solar eclipse on December 14. A week before however, everyone had a chance to see what the eclipse might look like thanks to simulations generated on the recently launched 'Expanse' supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego.

Newswise: New method makes better predictions of material properties using low quality data
11-Jan-2021 4:30 PM EST
New method makes better predictions of material properties using low quality data
University of California San Diego

By combining large amounts of low-fidelity data with smaller quantities of high-fidelity data, nanoengineers at UC San Diego have developed a machine learning method to more accurately predict the properties of new materials including, for the first time, disordered materials.

Newswise: A Climate in Crisis Calls for Investment in Direct Air Capture, New Research Finds
13-Jan-2021 7:00 PM EST
A Climate in Crisis Calls for Investment in Direct Air Capture, New Research Finds
University of California San Diego

New research from the University of California San Diego explores one possible mode of response to a climate in crisis: a massively funded program to deploy direct air capture (DAC) systems that remove CO2 directly from the ambient air and sequester it safely underground.

7-Jan-2021 8:00 AM EST
Study Finds Neglected Mutations May Play Important Role in Autism Spectrum Disorder
University of California San Diego

Mutations that occur in certain DNA regions, called tandem repeats, may play a significant role in autism spectrum disorders, according to research led by Melissa Gymrek, assistant professor in the UC San Diego Department of Computer Science and Engineering and School of Medicine. The study, which was published in Nature on Jan. 14, was co-authored by UCLA professor of human genetics Kirk Lohmueller and highlights the contributions these understudied mutations can make to disease.

Released: 12-Jan-2021 4:15 PM EST
$1.2 Million Grant Funds a New Generation of Healthcare Telemanipulation Robots
University of California San Diego

Researchers at the University of California and San Diego State University have been awarded a $1.2 million UC Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI) grant to develop an advanced class of mobile telemanipulation robots. These easy-to-operate, low-cost robots called UC Iris will be used to grasp objects, open doors and perform other tasks to advance telehealth, allowing healthcare workers to safely conduct remote exams and providing quarantined Californians a safe way to interact outside their homes.

Newswise: Ocean Acidification is Transforming California Mussel Shells
8-Jan-2021 8:10 AM EST
Ocean Acidification is Transforming California Mussel Shells
University of California San Diego

As the waters off our coasts change due to human influences, scientists have found that the composition of shells of California mussels, a critical species found along the Pacific Coast, are weakening as a result of ocean acidification.

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Released: 6-Jan-2021 2:50 PM EST
Wait for Me: Cell Biologists Decipher Signal that Ensures No Chromosome is Left Behind
University of California San Diego

Biologists have unraveled the mystery of how chromosomes are inherited correctly every time a cell divides. They discovered how a “matchmaker” molecule stops cell division until components are ready to be split. Alterations in the process can result in birth defects and certain cancers.

Newswise: Supercomputer Models Describe Chloride’s Role in Corrosion
Released: 5-Jan-2021 2:35 PM EST
Supercomputer Models Describe Chloride’s Role in Corrosion
University of California San Diego

While researchers have been studying chloride’s corrosive effects on various materials for decades, high-performance computers were recently used to create detailed simulations to provide new insight on how chloride leads to corrosion.

Newswise: Supercomputers Simulate New Pathways for Potential RNA Virus Treatment
Released: 17-Dec-2020 2:55 PM EST
Supercomputers Simulate New Pathways for Potential RNA Virus Treatment
University of California San Diego

University of New Hampshire (UNH) researchers recently used high-performance supercomputers to identify new inhibitor binding/unbinding pathways in an RNA-based virus. The findings could be beneficial in understanding how these inhibitors react and potentially help develop a new generation of drugs to target viruses with high death rates, such as HIV-1, Zika, Ebola, and SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Newswise: Green Revolution Saved Over 100 Million Infant Lives in Developing World, Yet Could Go Further
Released: 17-Dec-2020 2:45 PM EST
Green Revolution Saved Over 100 Million Infant Lives in Developing World, Yet Could Go Further
University of California San Diego

New research from the University of California San Diego shows that since modern crop varieties were introduced in the developing world starting in 1961, they have substantially reduced infant mortality, especially for male babies and among poor households.

Newswise: Scientists Set a Path for Field Trials of Gene Drive Organisms
17-Dec-2020 8:05 AM EST
Scientists Set a Path for Field Trials of Gene Drive Organisms
University of California San Diego

A broad coalition that includes UC San Diego scientists sets commitments for field trials of powerful gene drive technology. The multidisciplinary group encourages trials that are safe, transparent and ethical.


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