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What's New: Division of Physical Sciences

Kim McDonald | December 18, 2006

What’s new this academic year? This Week@UCSD is taking a quick look at what’s in store for different areas of campus. Here’s what the Division of Physical Sciences is up to for 2006-07.

  • A UCSD physics professor teamed up with UCSD-TV’s science producer to win five Emmy Awards and two Telly Awards with a UCSD-TV production about nanotechnology called “When Things Get Small,” which is now touring the world. More at: http://www.ucsd.tv/getsmall/ and here
  • UCSD chemists this fall helped a group of local middle school and high school students with a nanotechnology project that in December won the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League Southern California robotics challenge at Legoland. More at http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/thisweek/2006/dec/12_11_chemistryrobot.asp
  • A new doctoral program initiated by the division will teach scientists, mathematicians and engineers how to develop mathematical models and use high performance computers to answer questions too difficult to address experimentally, including climate prediction, materials research and drug design. Called the Computational Science, Mathematics and Engineering Program, it is now accepting its first round of applications. More at: http://csme.ucsd.edu/
  • A three-year grant to develop, assess and disseminate a professional development program for high school mathematics teachers was recently awarded to the Department of Mathematics. More >>
  • Construction this year of new addition to Mayer Hall, the primary home of UCSD physicists, will be supplemented next year with about $13.1 million in state funds approved by California voters through Prop. 1D. The funds will go to renovating outdated labs in Mayer Hall and building new instructional facilities and undergraduate physics teaching laboratories. More at:  http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/thisweek/2006/nov/11_13_prop1d.asp
  • Highlights of UCSD’s nanoscience research were featured at a recent press workshop convened by the division and attended by journalists from 14 countries in Latin America.  Watch the video of the workshop to learn more about how this research is making science fiction a reality.
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