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

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

For Good and Ill, Immune Response to Cancer Cuts Both Ways

The difference between an immune response that kills cancer cells and one that conversely stimulates tumor growth can be as narrow as a “double-edged sword,” report researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in the April 7, 2014 online issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

April 07, 2014General, Health, Science and Engineering

SDSC Enables Large-Scale Data Sharing Using Globus

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has implemented a new feature of the Globus software that will allow researchers using the Center’s computational and storage resources to easily and securely access and share large data sets with colleagues.

April 07, 2014General, Research, Science & Engineering, SDSC

Cancer and the Goldilocks Effect

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that too little or too much of an enzyme called SRPK1 promotes cancer by disrupting a regulatory event critical for many fundamental cellular processes, including proliferation.

April 03, 2014General, Health, Science and Engineering

The Preuss School Launches Campaign for Longer Learning Time

The Preuss School UCSD employs a variety of research-based best practices proven to help prepare low-income students to be first-time college attendees. A longer school day and school year is one of these key practices.

April 03, 2014Campus & Community, Giving, Students

Bioengineer Studying How the Brain Controls Movement

A University of California, San Diego research team led by bioengineer Gert Cauwenberghs is working to understand how the brain circuitry controls how we move. The goal is to develop new technologies to help patients with Parkinson's disease and other debilitating medical conditions navigate the world on their own. Their research is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Emerging Frontiers of Research and Innovation program.

April 02, 2014General, Science & Engineering, Alumni

UC San Diego Medical Center Named Among 100 Great Hospitals in U.S.

The University of California, San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest has been named one of “100 Great Hospitals in America” by Becker’s Hospital Review, a publishing group that conducts hospital and healthcare news and analyses, which described the honorees as “some of the most prominent, forward-thinking and focused healthcare facilities in the nation.”

April 02, 2014Awards, General, Health, Science and Engineering

SPARK Gala to ‘Ignite the Fight Against Cancer’ April 26

SPARK Gala, hosted by University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center, will rally the region to help make the future brighter for patients with cancer. Slated for Saturday, April 26 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, the evening will feature a cocktail and wine-tasting reception, dinner and special performance by award-winning R&B singer and actress Heather Headley.

April 01, 2014General, Health & Medicine, Events

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