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In an innovative effort to understand microbial communities, a UC San Diego biology professor has turned cheese into her ‘lab rat’

While many microbiologists build entire research careers around studies of a single microorganism, Rachel Dutton has taken her career in the other direction—examining collections of microbes, but with an unusual twist. She studies what grows on cheese. An assistant professor in UC San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences, Dutton examines the communities of bacteria and fungi that produce different kinds of hand-crafted “artisanal” cheese in order to better understand how microbial communities form and work together. Read More » Watch Video »

Cancer Moonshot

A Voice for the Underrepresented Named to Panel Advising Vice President Biden on Cancer ‘Moonshot’

María Elena Martínez built a solid research career in cancer prevention when cancer disparities were almost unheard of. Her voice, academic scholarship and leadership made her a clear choice to be named to the Blue Ribbon Panel to help inform the scientific direction of Vice President Joe Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative. Read More »

Grad Slam 2016

Graduate Students Perfect the 3-minute Pitch at Grad Slam

Ten UC San Diego graduate students from a variety of academic disciplines participated in UC San Diego’s 3rd annual Grad Slam finals on April 14. Tiffany Taylor, the first-place winner, had just three minutes and three PowerPoint slides to explain her years of research on glioblastomas—the most common and deadliest form of malignant brain tumors in adults—to a crowd of non-experts. Read More »

Faculty Excellence Awards 2016

Class Acts: Annual Faculty Excellence Awards Honor Outstanding Scholars

What do a philosopher, two biologists, an architect, an operations management expert and a sculptor have in common? They are all recipients of Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards, which recognize faculty members for going above and beyond to make a positive impact in their teaching, research and service. This year’s ceremony was attended by more than 150 Chancellor’s Associates donors, faculty, staff, students and guests. Read More »

Sun God Festival 2016

Safe for Sun God: Ten Tips for Students Attending This Year’s Festival

The Sun God Festival is one of UC San Diego’s most anticipated student events; this year, it will take place from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 30. As students gear up for the festival, organizers are working to ensure all attendees are informed with regard to having fun, acting responsibly and reducing risky behavior. This year’s Sun God headliner is Grammy-nominated artist Miguel. Read More »

Derailed Train of Thought

Derailed Train of Thought? Brain’s Stopping System May Be at Fault

Have you had the experience of being just on the verge of saying something when the phone rang? Did you then forget what it was you were going to say? A study of the brain’s electrical activity offers a new explanation of how that happens. Read More »


Pollutants in Fish Inhibit Human’s Natural Defense System


UC San Diego Researchers Demonstrate Automotive SafeShield with Qualcomm

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UC San Diego Bookstore Grad Fair

UC San Diego Bookstore Grad Fair, April 26–28

Ancient DNA and Human Evolution

CARTA Symposium: Ancient DNA and Human Evolution, April 29




Campus Introduces New Gender Inclusive Bathroom Signage

Over the next several weeks, UC San Diego Facilities Management will be changing signs on all single-occupancy restrooms across campus, in accordance with the UC Office of the President’s Guidelines on Gender Inclusive Facilities. These guidelines seek to create a safe, accessible, respectful and inclusive campus environment for transgender and gender variant people and provide direction on the implementation of gender inclusive facilities in UC-owned buildings. These guidelines affirm that individuals have the right to use facilities that correspond with their gender identity. Learn More »


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Executive Vice Chancellor—Academic Affairs, Suresh Subramani

Merit Salary Increase for Non-Academic Eligible Policy-Covered (Non-Represented) Staff at UC San Diego


Distinguished Teaching Awards Presentation

Revisions to the UC San Diego Student Conduct Code and Student Conduct Standards



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Baseball Earns Three-Game Sweep Over SF State


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The Fish in the Forest: Salmon and the Web of Life

By Dale Stokes,
Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Is Tesla Racing Recklessly Towards Driverless Cars?
Forbes, April 19

UC San Diego Scientists Working On Roadside Test for Stoned Drivers
KPBS, April 19

On the Tip of Your Tongue? The Brain’s ‘Stopping’ Mechanism Can Be Triggered by Sounds to Derail Your Train of Thought
Daily Mail UK, April 18

Pollutants in Fish Could Disrupt Your Defenses to Toxins
TIME, April 15

Are You Sure That's the Guy?
Scientific American, April 14

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