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Campuswide Proof-of-Concept Awards Move Innovations to Market

Wed, 2017-04-26 12:46

UC San Diego announced its first eight proof-of-concept awards to advance university inventions to commercial impact. Funded through the new “Accelerating Innovations to Market (AIM)” program, these milestone-driven projects are designed to de-risk early-stage technologies.

Common Pesticide Damages Honey Bee’s Ability to Fly

Wed, 2017-04-26 07:46

Biologists at UC San Diego have provided the first evidence that a widely used pesticide can significantly impair the ability of otherwise healthy honey bees to fly. The study, which employed a specially constructed bee “flight mill,” raises concerns about how pesticides affect the honey bees’ capacity to pollinate and long-term effects on the health of honey bee colonies.

UC San Diego Nanoengineer Selected as the U.S. Nominee for 2017 ASPIRE Prize

Tue, 2017-04-25 15:00

Nanoengineering professor Liangfang Zhang at the University of California San Diego has been selected as the U.S. nominee for the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE). Zhang won the nomination for his revolutionary work in the field of nanomedicine, which focuses on nanomaterials for medical applications.

New Study Suggests Overfishing in One of World’s Most Productive Fishing Regions

Tue, 2017-04-25 13:39

A new study suggests that more small-scale fishing boats are operating in the Gulf of California than is economically and ecologically sustainable, suggesting that local fishermen are spending more time and money to catch fewer fish.

Novel Phage Therapy Saves Patient with Multidrug-Resistant Bacterial Infection

Tue, 2017-04-25 09:42

Scientists and physicians at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, working with colleagues at the U.S. Navy Medical Research Center – Biological Defense Research Directorate (NMRC-BDRD), Texas A&M University, a San Diego-based biotech and elsewhere, have successfully used an experimental therapy involving bacteriophages — viruses that target and consume specific strains of bacteria — to treat a patient near death from a multidrug-resistant bacterium.

After the Death of a Friend, Healing in a Social Network

Mon, 2017-04-24 09:15

Wounds heal – the cells in a body knit over a cut. When a neuron dies, the brain can rewire itself to make up for the loss. And now, new research suggests, something similar seems to happen within a human social network after the death of a friend. Published in Nature Human Behavior, the study of 15,000 anonymized networks on Facebook was led by social scientist, alumnus William Hobbs.

After the Death of a Friend, Healing in a Human Social Network

Mon, 2017-04-24 09:15

Wounds heal – the cells in a body knit over a cut. When a neuron dies, the brain can rewire itself to make up for the loss. And now, new research suggests, something similar seems to happen within a human social network after the death of a friend. Published in Nature Human Behavior, the study of 15,000 anonymized networks on Facebook was led by social scientist, alumnus William Hobbs.

NIH Funds UC San Diego Amazonian Center of Excellence in Malaria Research

Fri, 2017-04-21 11:54

The Amazonian Center of Excellence for Malaria Research, headed by Joseph Vinetz, MD, professor of medicine and tropical disease specialist at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, will receive up to approximately $8.3 million over seven years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health.

Survey: Nearly 60 Percent of Seniors Use Cell Phones While Driving

Fri, 2017-04-21 10:02

With April designated as National Distracted Driving Awareness month, a team of researchers at the Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety (TREDS) program at University of California San Diego School of Medicine has released survey results describing the habits of senior drivers in California.

UC San Diego Professors Host Conference on Refugees and War

Fri, 2017-04-21 08:51

The first “Militarism & Migration” academic conference will be presented in the City Heights neighborhood — historically serving as the home for the majority of resettled refugees in the city — April 21-23 at the East African Community and Cultural Center.

Economists Price BP Oil Spill Damage to Natural Resources at $17.2 Billion

Fri, 2017-04-21 08:30

The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was the largest maritime oil spill in U.S. history. Almost seven years to the day after the start of the environmental disaster, researchers have published a price tag of the damage done to natural resources: $17.2 billion.

Using CRISPR to Reverse Retinitis Pigmentosa and Restore Visual Function

Fri, 2017-04-21 06:00

Using the gene-editing tool CRISPR/Cas9, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Shiley Eye Institute at UC San Diego Health, with colleagues in China, have reprogrammed mutated rod photoreceptors to become functioning cone photoreceptors, reversing cellular degeneration and restoring visual function in two mouse models of retinitis pigmentosa.

Rock Tour “Text2Give” Supports Immunotherapy at UC San Diego Health

Wed, 2017-04-19 12:01

Rock star drummer Rikki Rockett feels very lucky to be on tour with his band, Poison. A year ago, he didn’t know if he would survive tongue cancer but after participating in an immunotherapy clinical trial at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, he was declared cancer-free in July 2016. To give back, Rockett is now asking concert-goers to join him in supporting immunotherapy at Moores Cancer Center.

A Scientific Advance for Cool Clothing: Temperature-wise, That Is

Wed, 2017-04-19 09:53

By applying a novel computer algorithm to closely mimic how the brain learns, a team of researchers – with the aid of the Comet supercomputer based at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego – has identified and replicated neural circuitry that resembles the way an unimpaired brain controls limb movement.

Calling High School Students for UC San Diego’s Mentor Assistance Program

Tue, 2017-04-18 13:37

San Diego-area high school students interested in pursuing a career in scientifically-based research are invited to apply to UC San Diego’s Mentor Assistance Program (MAP), a campus-wide initiative designed to engage students in a mentoring relationship with an expert from a vast array of disciplines.

Pinning Down Abuse on Google Maps

Tue, 2017-04-18 09:49

A partnership between computer scientists at the University of California San Diego and Google has allowed the search giant to reduce by 70 percent fraudulent business listings in Google Maps. The researchers worked together to analyze more than 100,000 fraudulent listings to determine how scammers had been able to avoid detection—albeit for a limited amount of time—and how they made money.

Geeking Out in the Golden Years

Tue, 2017-04-18 07:00

Philip Guo caught the coding bug in high school, at a fairly typical age for a Millennial. Less typical is that the UC San Diego cognitive scientist is now eager to share his passion for programming with adults age 60 and up. His paper, the first known study of older adults learning to program, has been selected for honorable mention by a leading human-computer interaction conference called CHI.

SDSC to Enhance Campus Research Computing Resources for Bioinformatics

Mon, 2017-04-17 15:56

The San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to augment its campus computing cluster with new capabilities for bioinformatics analyses to support researchers across campus – including the ability to conduct de-multiplexing, mapping, and variant calling of a single human genome in less than one hour.

UC San Diego Health Scores an A for Safety and Quality from Leapfrog Group

Mon, 2017-04-17 12:48

The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization that advocates quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. health care system, has named UC San Diego Health to its biannual list of hospitals with the highest safety standards in the country. UC San Diego Health hospitals in Hillcrest and La Jolla were among just 823 health care facilities nationwide to receive a grade of A for excellence in safety and quality.

UC San Diego Honors Entrepreneurs-in-Residence with Reception, Apr. 17

Mon, 2017-04-17 08:02

UC San Diego’s Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC) launched the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIR) program in 2015 to accelerate the creation of new startup companies. The OIC, a Research Affairs unit, will honor the newly appointed 2017 EIR cohort and thank the 2016 cohort for their hard work with a reception, Apr. 17, at Bella Vista Social Club and Caffé in the Sanford Consortium.

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