Igor Grant Named Chair of UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry

Igor Grant, MD, FRCP(C), an internationally recognized neuropsychiatrist, whose research interests have ranged from the neurobiology of HIV/AIDS and substance abuse, psychobiology of stress, to the therapeutic potential of medicinal cannabis, has been named the new Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

April 22, 2014General, Health & Medicine, Science & Engineering

UC San Diego Undergraduates Awarded National Goldwater Scholarships

Elizabeth Kim, Joshua Young Yang and Maarouf Saad are the University of California, San Diego’s latest undergraduate students to be acknowledged with the national Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program Award for their research in the sciences. Kim and Yang were selected to receive the scholarship—regarded as the nation’s most prestigious award bestowed upon students studying the sciences—and will each receive $7,500. Saad was awarded with an honorable mention for his contributions as well.

April 22, 2014Research, Students, Awards, Honors & Appointments

Don’t Believe What You Read Only Once: Speed-Reading Apps May Impair Reading Comprehension

To address the fact that many of us are on the go and pressed for time, app developers have devised speed-reading software that eliminates the time we supposedly waste by moving our eyes as we read. But don’t throw away your books, papers and e-readers just yet – research suggests that the eye movements we make during reading actually play a critical role in our ability to understand what we’ve just read.

April 22, 2014General, Research, Alumni, Social Sciences

The Happiness of Cities: Do Happy People Take Happy Images?

A team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego and The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY) is one of only six groups to win one of Twitter’s inaugural #DataGrants. To do so, they beat out more than 1,300 rival proposals from around the world.

April 21, 2014General, Research, Science & Engineering, Alumni

Cancer Stem Cells Linked to Drug Resistance

Most drugs used to treat lung, breast and pancreatic cancers also promote drug-resistance and ultimately spur tumor growth. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered a biomarker called CD61 on the surface of drug-resistant tumors that appears responsible for inducing tumor metastasis by enhancing the stem cell-like properties of cancer cells.

April 20, 2014General, Health, Science and Engineering

Author and Humorist Gary Shteyngart to Visit UC San Diego

Gary Shteyngart, critically acclaimed author of “Absurdistan” and “Super Sad True Love Story,” will appear at the University of California, San Diego on May 12 at 7 p.m. in Mandeville Auditorium. He will be joined onstage by Seth Lerer, dean of the UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities, for a conversation about Shteyngart's life and work, followed by a book signing of his latest book, “Little Failure: A Memoir.”

April 18, 2014General, Arts & Culture, Arts & Humanities

Mathematician Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Professor Kiran Kedlaya has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, to further his work in number theory, one of the most classical branches of mathematics.

April 18, 2014Science & Engineering, Physical Sciences, Awards, Honors & Appointments

UC San Diego Offers Admission to 24,552 Freshmen for Fall 2014 Quarter

The University of California, San Diego has admitted 24,552 freshmen for the fall 2014 term. The new freshmen were selected from a record 73,437 applications. The university anticipates enrolling a diverse freshman class of 4,900 of students.

April 18, 2014General, Alumni, Students, Events

San Diego Breath of Hope Walk to Benefit UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center May 4

The 6th annual San Diego Breath of Hope Lung Cancer Walk, benefiting lung cancer research at the University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center, will take place May 4 at Cancer Survivors Park on Harbor Island. Register at

April 17, 2014General, On Campus, Giving, Health & Medicine, Events

The Ilk of Human Kindness

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that older women, plucky individuals and those who have suffered a recent major loss are more likely to be compassionate toward strangers than other older adults.

April 17, 2014General, Health, Science and Engineering

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