UC San Diego Alumnus and Research Scientist Honored with DRI Nevada Medal

Albert Yu-Min Lin may now be even better known in Nevada than he is in his home state of California. The research scientist from the Qualcomm Institute at the University of California, San Diego was in Nevada in late March to accept the 27th Desert Research Institute (DRI) Nevada Medal.

April 15, 2014General, Science & Engineering, Alumni, Awards, Honors & Appointments

Biologists Develop Nanosensors to Visualize Movements and Distribution of Plant Stress Hormone

Biologists at UC San Diego have succeeded in visualizing the movement within plants of a key hormone responsible for growth and resistance to drought. The achievement will allow researchers to conduct further studies to determine how the hormone helps plants respond to drought and other environmental stresses driven by the continuing increase in the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide, or CO2, concentration.

April 15, 2014Science and Engineering, Research, Science & Engineering

The Mechanism of Short-Term Memory

Insel’s quote appeared in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) press release that described a newly published study of monkeys in the journal Science, where researchers for the first time found that in-sync large-scale brain waves affecting various regions of the brain hold memories of objects just viewed. “This study provides more evidence that large-scale electrical oscillations across distant brain regions may carry information for visual memories,” added Insel.

April 14, 2014Health & Medicine, Science & Engineering

Splice Variants Reveal Connections Among Autism Genes

A team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Center for Cancer Systems Biology (CCSB) at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has uncovered a new aspect of autism, revealing that proteins involved in autism interact with many more partners than previously known. These interactions had not been detected earlier because they involve alternatively spliced forms of autism genes found in the brain.

April 11, 2014General, Health, Science and Engineering

Smart Car Meets Smart Charger at UC San Diego

Call it an electronic meeting of the minds: Smart cars will meet smart chargers in the nation’s first demonstration of the next generation of “Smart Cars.” Known as the Intelligent Charging Project, the California Energy Commission-funded endeavor brings together smart fortwo electric drives from Daimler, electric vehicle charging stations supplied by RWE – Germany’s second largest utility – and the University of California, San Diego as the demonstration site.

April 10, 2014Campus & Community, Environment

ARCS Foundation Names V.S. Ramachandran ‘Scientist of the Year’

V.S. Ramachandran, director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at UC San Diego, was recently honored as the 2014 Scientist of the Year by the San Diego chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation. The award was presented April 4 at the organization’s annual Scientist of the Year dinner.

April 10, 2014Health & Medicine, Awards, Honors & Appointments

Campus Volunteers Help Welcome More than 20,000 Admitted Students and Families to Triton Day

Hundreds of volunteers arrived on campus Saturday to welcome newly admitted freshmen to UC San Diego for Triton Day. Now in its third year, Triton Day is an annual event designed to inspire admitted freshmen to see themselves as future Tritons and accept their offer of admission from the campus. From greeting students and families in the parking lot to helping set up booths, answering questions and managing the schedule of entertainment, campus volunteers were involved in nearly every aspect of the day, helping to ensure it left a memorable first impression of UC San Diego.

April 10, 2014Campus & Community

New Venture Capital Fund to Commercialize Innovations from UC San Diego Community

A group of UC San Diego alumni have created a venture capital fund—the Triton Technology Fund—that is specifically focused on commercializing innovations by UC San Diego faculty, students and alumni. The fund will offer an additional option for UC San Diego innovators looking for the investment and expertise that is often crucial for successful technology commercialization.

April 10, 2014Business & Economics, Alumni

Hybrid Projects Begin to Bloom as Visual Artists, Engineers Collaborate

Gigantic corpse flowers take their name from the rotting stench they emit when they bloom – a two-day spectacle that only happens every few years. Very few of us will ever see or smell one in person. But in a UC San Diego department of visual arts research lab, artist MR Barnadas is creating life-size models of two varieties of the plant, which can grow to 10 feet tall or more.

April 10, 2014Arts & Culture, Science & Engineering

UC San Diego Researchers Develop Bacterial ‘FM Radio’

A team of UC San Diego biologists and engineers has developed a "rapid and tunable post-translational coupling for genetic circuits."

April 09, 2014General, Research, Science & Engineering

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