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Newswise: Researchers Reveal Switch Used in Plant Defense Against Animal Attack
Released: 24-Nov-2020 8:00 AM EST
Researchers Reveal Switch Used in Plant Defense Against Animal Attack
University of California San Diego

Researchers have identified the first key biological switch that sounds an alarm in plants when plant-eating animals attack. The mechanism will help unlock a trove of new strategies for improved plant health, from countering crop pest damage to engineering more robust global food webs.

Newswise: 52 UC San Diego Researchers Are Named Highly Cited in 2020 Listing
Released: 23-Nov-2020 6:50 PM EST
52 UC San Diego Researchers Are Named Highly Cited in 2020 Listing
University of California San Diego

Fifty-two faculty members and researchers at the University of California San Diego are among the world’s most influential in their fields according to Clarivate Plc.

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Released: 20-Nov-2020 3:30 PM EST
Gordon Bell Special Prize for COVID-19 Research Announced
University of California San Diego

A research team, including scientists from UC San Diego, Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, wins the Gordon Bell Special Prize for High Performance Computing-Based COVID-19 Research, presented during the SC20 virtual conference.

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Released: 19-Nov-2020 1:05 PM EST
University of California Health and UC San Diego Launch Only Accredited Milk Bank in Southwest
University of California San Diego

Pasteurized, donated breast milk is critical for feeding sick or premature infants. Operated by UC San Diego Health and located in the San Diego Blood Bank, the new facility represents one of the first groundbreaking partnerships between a blood bank and a mothers’ milk bank.

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Released: 17-Nov-2020 3:15 PM EST
Upgraded radar can enable self-driving cars to see clearly no matter the weather
University of California San Diego

A new kind of radar could make it possible for self-driving cars to navigate safely in bad weather. Electrical engineers at the University of California San Diego developed a clever way to improve the imaging capability of existing radar sensors so that they accurately predict the shape and size of objects in the scene. The system worked well when tested at night and in foggy conditions.

Newswise: Experimenting in space to help prevent mudslides here on Earth
Released: 17-Nov-2020 8:00 AM EST
Experimenting in space to help prevent mudslides here on Earth
University of California San Diego

What can the International Space Station teach us about mudslides here on Earth? Here is the connection: UC San Diego engineers are trying to better understand the role gravity plays in mudslides. That is why in 18 months, they will launch an experiment to the ISS via SpaceX and NASA to study mudslides in microgravity. The work is funded by a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

Newswise: New U.S. Strategy Unveiled for a Smart Competition with China in Science and Tech
Released: 16-Nov-2020 8:05 PM EST
New U.S. Strategy Unveiled for a Smart Competition with China in Science and Tech
University of California San Diego

The United States’ global leadership on science technology faces formidable competition from the People’s Republic of China; however the U.S. can take actions to maintain its competitive edge while enhancing innovation and protecting national security, according to a new report from the University of California San Diego.

Newswise: SDSC Receives Two ‘Best’ HPCwire Awards for 2020
Released: 16-Nov-2020 10:05 AM EST
SDSC Receives Two ‘Best’ HPCwire Awards for 2020
University of California San Diego

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego received two HPCwire awards for 2020, including ‘Best Use of HPC (High-Performance Computing) in the Cloud’, and ‘Best Use of HPC in Energy’.

12-Nov-2020 3:25 PM EST
Neurons stripped of their identity are hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, study finds
University of California San Diego

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have identified new mechanisms in neurons that cause Alzheimer’s disease. In particular, they discovered that changes in the structure of chromatin, the tightly coiled form of DNA, trigger neurons to lose their specialized function and revert to an earlier cell state. This results in the loss of synaptic connections, an effect associated with memory loss and dementia.

Newswise: Environmentally friendly method could lower costs to recycle lithium-ion batteries
5-Nov-2020 6:50 PM EST
Environmentally friendly method could lower costs to recycle lithium-ion batteries
University of California San Diego

A new process for restoring spent cathodes to mint condition could make it more economical to recycle lithium-ion batteries. The process, developed by nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego, is more environmentally friendly than today’s methods; it uses greener ingredients, consumes 80 to 90% less energy, and emits about 75% less greenhouse gases.

Newswise: National Science Foundation Forms Throughput Computing Partnership
Released: 9-Nov-2020 1:40 PM EST
National Science Foundation Forms Throughput Computing Partnership
University of California San Diego

The National Science Foundation awards $22.5 million to a partnership between the Center for High Throughput Computing (CHTC) at University of Wisconsin – Madison and the Open Science Grid (OSG) to advance open science via the practice of distributed High Throughput Computing (dHTC).

Newswise: ‘Monster tumors’ could offer new glimpse at human development
2-Nov-2020 4:20 PM EST
‘Monster tumors’ could offer new glimpse at human development
University of California San Diego

Finding just the right model to study human development—from the early embryonic stage onward—has been a challenge for scientists over the last decade. Now, bioengineers at the University of California San Diego have homed in on an unusual candidate: teratomas.

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Released: 30-Oct-2020 8:20 AM EDT
UnitedHealth Group Awards $4M to UC San Diego to Expand State's Mental Health Workforce
University of California San Diego

With the support of a $4 million grant, UC San Diego School of Medicine has launched a program to expand and diversify the pipeline of child and adolescent psychiatrists in California.

Newswise: $39 Million to better integrate renewables into power grid
29-Oct-2020 8:30 AM EDT
$39 Million to better integrate renewables into power grid
University of California San Diego

The National Science Foundation has awarded $39 million to a team of engineers and computer scientists at the University of California San Diego to build a first-of-its-kind testbed to better understand how to integrate distributed energy sources such as solar panels, wind turbines, smart buildings and electric vehicle batteries into the power grid. The goal is to make the testbed available to outside research teams and industry by 2025.

Newswise: New Study Finds That Parasites Can Drain Energy from Hosts Prior to Infection
Released: 26-Oct-2020 4:05 PM EDT
New Study Finds That Parasites Can Drain Energy from Hosts Prior to Infection
University of California San Diego

A new study by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences has found that a species of brain-infecting parasite can disrupt the metabolism of its host—the California killifish—both before and after infection.

Newswise: UC San Diego Commits $2.5M to the Black Studies Project
Released: 22-Oct-2020 6:05 PM EDT
UC San Diego Commits $2.5M to the Black Studies Project
University of California San Diego

This is a crucial time for each and every university to consider the role that Black studies plays in its intellectual and institutional formation, according to the conveners of the Black Studies Project (BSP) at UC San Diego. The current political moment has not only heightened the urgency of grappling with questions of Blackness and anti-Blackness, but has underscored the critical role that Black studies scholars and scholarship must play in this ongoing dialogue. Black studies has never been more relevant.

Newswise: California Cities Top List of New Report Ranking U.S. Climate Action Plans
Released: 22-Oct-2020 2:35 PM EDT
California Cities Top List of New Report Ranking U.S. Climate Action Plans
University of California San Diego

A new report evaluating the efficacy of climate action plans and commitments of the 100 largest U.S. cities finds the leadership of these municipalities stands as an important counter to the federal government’s rollback of climate policies and departure from the Paris Agreement. Yet, despite genuine achievements by some, roughly two-thirds of cities are currently lagging in their targeted emissions levels, and, on average, all cities in the report need to cut their annual emissions by 64% by 2050 in order to reach their respective goals.

Newswise: High-Performance Computing Aids in Predicting Oil Dispersal During Spills
Released: 21-Oct-2020 12:05 PM EDT
High-Performance Computing Aids in Predicting Oil Dispersal During Spills
University of California San Diego

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, thousands of oil spills occur each year in the United States. Although the majority of incidents involve less than one barrel, the spills have wreaked economic and environmental devastation for decades. Researchers recently created supercomputer simulations to better understand the fate of oil droplets for effective countermeasures.

Newswise: Making Heads or Tails Out of Phospholipid Synthesis
Released: 15-Oct-2020 4:40 PM EDT
Making Heads or Tails Out of Phospholipid Synthesis
University of California San Diego

A team of researchers from UC San Diego, UCLA and the University of South Carolina has demonstrated how membrane-formation takes place in water from natural alkaline sources like soda lakes and hydrothermal oceanic vents.

Newswise: UC San Diego Mexico Violence Resource Project Goes Beyond Cartels to Study Drug War
Released: 15-Oct-2020 3:30 PM EDT
UC San Diego Mexico Violence Resource Project Goes Beyond Cartels to Study Drug War
University of California San Diego

The Mexico Violence Resource Project—a new initiative from the University of California San Diego’s Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies—was recently launched to provide policymakers and journalists analysis and information to better understand the complicated escalation of violence in Mexico.

Newswise: Supercomputer Simulations Reveal Scope of Lake Erie Plastic Waste Pollution
Released: 12-Oct-2020 2:50 PM EDT
Supercomputer Simulations Reveal Scope of Lake Erie Plastic Waste Pollution
University of California San Diego

The transport of nine types of plastics floating in Lake Erie was modeled in two studies that used the Comet supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) to compare a two-dimensional model with a new Great Lakes microplastic dataset and then develop the first ever three-dimensional mass estimate for plastic in Lake Erie.

Newswise: UC San Diego’s Center for Energy Research Awarded over $5M for Energy Projects
Released: 8-Oct-2020 11:00 AM EDT
UC San Diego’s Center for Energy Research Awarded over $5M for Energy Projects
University of California San Diego

The University of California San Diego’s Center for Energy Research (CER) has been awarded two grants from the Department of Energy (DOE) for research focused on developing environment-friendly and cost-competitive energy sources and systems.

Newswise: Women’s Incomes Improve When Democrats Hold Public Office, Study Finds
7-Oct-2020 5:05 PM EDT
Women’s Incomes Improve When Democrats Hold Public Office, Study Finds
University of California San Diego

New research from the University of California San Diego reveals that Democratic control of state houses leads to substantial improvement in women’s incomes, wages and unemployment relative to men.

Newswise: Supercomputer Calculations Boost Our Understanding of Our Immune System
Released: 7-Oct-2020 5:05 PM EDT
Supercomputer Calculations Boost Our Understanding of Our Immune System
University of California San Diego

While researchers around the world race to develop an effective and safe COVID-19 vaccine, a team from the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego contributed to a study led by Vanderbilt Vaccine Center of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) on T cell receptors, which play a vital role in alerting the adaptive immune system to mount an attack on invading foreign pathogens including the Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

Newswise: Ambitious Project to Understand Cellular Evolution Underway
Released: 6-Oct-2020 5:35 PM EDT
Ambitious Project to Understand Cellular Evolution Underway
University of California San Diego

Project focuses on lipids (fat molecules) as the starting point to understand the evolution of eukaryotic cells, carrying implications for human health and disease.

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Released: 6-Oct-2020 2:20 PM EDT
This ‘squidbot’ jets around and takes pics of coral and fish
University of California San Diego

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have built a squid-like robot that can swim untethered, propelling itself by generating jets of water. The robot carries its own power source inside its body. It can also carry a sensor, such as a camera, for underwater exploration. The researchers detail their work in a recent issue of Bioinspiration and Biomimetics.

Newswise: Grants Totaling $700K Fund Two Major UC San Diego Projects Aimed at Advancing Faculty Diversity
Released: 1-Oct-2020 7:05 PM EDT
Grants Totaling $700K Fund Two Major UC San Diego Projects Aimed at Advancing Faculty Diversity
University of California San Diego

With the largest proportion of applicants to the University of California System now students of color, it is critical that UC San Diego recruit more diverse faculty to better reflect the statewide population, and to foster an inclusive campus climate.

Newswise: Astronomers Take a Closer Look at the Centers of Galaxies
Released: 30-Sep-2020 6:10 PM EDT
Astronomers Take a Closer Look at the Centers of Galaxies
University of California San Diego

New study recently published in The Astrophysical Journal reveals a diverse range of types and locations of clouds across various active galactic nuclei and their host galaxies.

Newswise: Researchers Use Satellite Imaging to Map Groundwater Use in California’s Central Valley
Released: 30-Sep-2020 6:05 PM EDT
Researchers Use Satellite Imaging to Map Groundwater Use in California’s Central Valley
University of California San Diego

Researchers at the University of California San Diego report in a new study a way to improve groundwater monitoring by using a remote sensing technology (known as InSAR), in conjunction with climate and land cover data, to bridge gaps in the understanding of sustainable groundwater in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

Newswise: New Research Provides Clues on Optimizing Cell Defenses When Viruses Attack
Released: 30-Sep-2020 5:25 PM EDT
New Research Provides Clues on Optimizing Cell Defenses When Viruses Attack
University of California San Diego

Research by UC San Diego scientists is providing new clues on how cells defend themselves from attack from viruses. The new study advance’s science’s understanding of interferons— proteins that help combat viruses like SARS-CoV-2—with possible implications for new clinical treatments.

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23-Sep-2020 7:00 AM EDT
Material scientists learn how to make liquid crystal shape-shift
University of California San Diego

A new 3D-printing method will make it easier to manufacture and control the shape of soft robots, artificial muscles and wearable devices. By controlling the printing temperature of liquid crystal elastomer, researchers have shown they can control the material’s stiffness and ability to contract.

Newswise: Former UC San Diego Chancellor and UC President Emeritus Richard Atkinson and Rita Atkinson to Establish Physician Assistant Education Program at UC San Diego
Released: 24-Sep-2020 3:45 PM EDT
Former UC San Diego Chancellor and UC President Emeritus Richard Atkinson and Rita Atkinson to Establish Physician Assistant Education Program at UC San Diego
University of California San Diego

University of California President Emeritus and former UC San Diego Chancellor Richard Atkinson and Rita Atkinson have committed to give nearly $7 million to establish and endow the Richard C. and Rita L. Atkinson UC San Diego Physician Assistant Education Program at UC San Diego.

Newswise: COVID-19 Opens a Partisan Gap on Voting by Mail
Released: 22-Sep-2020 3:35 PM EDT
COVID-19 Opens a Partisan Gap on Voting by Mail
University of California San Diego

Study by UC’s New Electorate Project documents a growing divide on preferences for absentee ballots. Before the pandemic, there wasn’t any difference in the rates at which Democratic and Republican voters actually cast their ballots by mail or in-person. That may change now.

Newswise: Biologists Create New Genetic Systems to Neutralize Gene Drives
16-Sep-2020 5:45 PM EDT
Biologists Create New Genetic Systems to Neutralize Gene Drives
University of California San Diego

Addressing concerns about gene drive releases in the wild, UC San Diego scientists and their colleagues have developed two new genetic systems that halt or eliminate gene drives after release. The details are published in the journal Molecular Cell.

Newswise: UC San Diego launches Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies program and minor, a welcome addition to campus
Released: 17-Sep-2020 5:35 PM EDT
UC San Diego launches Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies program and minor, a welcome addition to campus
University of California San Diego

UC San Diego will have a new program in Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies starting in fall, a long-awaited move that many students, faculty, staff and alumni have been eager to see. Offering cultural programming and the university’s very first minor in Asian American and Pacific Islander studies, the new program is housed in the Institute of Arts and Humanities, along with 14 additional programs.

Newswise: Scientists to Explore New Frontiers in Parkinson’s Disease Research with $7.2M Grant
Released: 17-Sep-2020 3:40 PM EDT
Scientists to Explore New Frontiers in Parkinson’s Disease Research with $7.2M Grant
University of California San Diego

Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s has announced a three-year, $7.2 million grant to scientists at UC San Diego and Germany to support research on LRKK2, a gene linked to Parkinson’s disease. The new funding expands efforts using cryo-EM technology to produce previously unseen views of LRKK2.

Newswise: Making space weather forecasts faster and better
Released: 16-Sep-2020 7:05 PM EDT
Making space weather forecasts faster and better
University of California San Diego

To improve the ability to forecast space weather, a multidisciplinary team of researchers, including Professor Boris Kramer at the University of California San Diego, received $3.1 million from the National Science Foundation. The researchers, led by Professor Richard Linares at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will also work on speeding up the forecasting abilities that are currently available.

Newswise: Robots to Help  Children Touch the Outside World
Released: 14-Sep-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Robots to Help Children Touch the Outside World
University of California San Diego

A team of University of California researchers is working to improve telepresence robots and the algorithms that drive them to help children with disabilities stay connected to their classmates, teachers and communities. The effort is funded by a $1 million grant from the National Robotics Initiative at the National Science Foundation.

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Released: 10-Sep-2020 3:30 PM EDT
Add human-genome produced RNA to the list of cell surface molecules
University of California San Diego

Bioengineers at UC San Diego have shown that human-genome produced RNA is present on the surface of human cells, suggesting a more expanded role for RNA in cell-to-cell and cell-to-environment interactions than previously thought.

Newswise: National Science Foundation Funds Development of a Science Gateway for New Materials Discovery
Released: 10-Sep-2020 2:10 PM EDT
National Science Foundation Funds Development of a Science Gateway for New Materials Discovery
University of California San Diego

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1 million Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (RAISE) grant to a multidisciplinary team of researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego, the University of Minnesota, Carnegie Mellon University, and Cornell University to create the X-ray Imaging of Microstructures Gateway (XIMG), a science gateway designed to make it possible for global material sciences researchers to study the behavior of new and existing materials using X-ray diffraction.

Newswise: Sleuthing Their Way to Discovery with a New Microscope
Released: 10-Sep-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Sleuthing Their Way to Discovery with a New Microscope
University of California San Diego

Researchers develop the new "transient vibrational sum-frequency generation microscope," giving them a thorough view of molecular systems—not just single traits of molecules.

Newswise: Cash Transfers More Effective than Workforce Training in Improving Lives of Rwandans
Released: 10-Sep-2020 8:45 AM EDT
Cash Transfers More Effective than Workforce Training in Improving Lives of Rwandans
University of California San Diego

In the head-to-head comparison of a workforce-training program and direct cash transfers for Rwandans, cash proves superior in improving economic outcomes of unemployed youths, while training outperforms cash only in the production of business knowledge, according to a new University of California San Diego study.

Newswise: The Marshmallow Test Revisited
Released: 9-Sep-2020 3:50 PM EDT
The Marshmallow Test Revisited
University of California San Diego

Children will wait longer for a treat to impress others, new psychology experiments show.

Newswise: Artificial Intelligence Aids Gene Activation Discovery
4-Sep-2020 2:55 PM EDT
Artificial Intelligence Aids Gene Activation Discovery
University of California San Diego

With the aid of artificial intelligence, UC San Diego scientists have solved a long-standing puzzle in human gene activation. The discovery described in the journal Nature could be used to control gene activation in biotechnology and biomedical applications.

Newswise: Campaign for UC San Diego Raises Record-Breaking $344.4M
Released: 8-Sep-2020 2:15 PM EDT
Campaign for UC San Diego Raises Record-Breaking $344.4M
University of California San Diego

Donors gave generously to the University of California San Diego in fiscal year 2019-2020 resulting in a record-breaking year for the Campaign for UC San Diego: $344.4 million was raised, bringing the campaign total through June 30, 2020 to $2.27 billion.

Newswise: New anode material could lead to safer fast-charging batteries
Released: 3-Sep-2020 8:05 AM EDT
New anode material could lead to safer fast-charging batteries
University of California San Diego

Scientists at UC San Diego have discovered a new anode material that enables lithium-ion batteries to be safely recharged within minutes for thousands of cycles.

Newswise: National Science Foundation-funded CloudBank Now Operational
Released: 1-Sep-2020 1:05 PM EDT
National Science Foundation-funded CloudBank Now Operational
University of California San Diego

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego and its partners at the University of Washington (UW), UC Berkeley, and Strategic Blue have entered production operations of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded CloudBank program, which aims to simplify the use of public clouds across computer science research and education.

Newswise: Machine Learning Helps Plasma Physics Researchers Understand Turbulence Transport
Released: 27-Aug-2020 1:55 PM EDT
Machine Learning Helps Plasma Physics Researchers Understand Turbulence Transport
University of California San Diego

UC San Diego researchers published a study that used the 'Comet' supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center on campus showing how machine learning produced a model for plasma turbulence.


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