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A Mathematical Model Connects the Evolution of Chickens, Fish and Frogs 12/07/2023

One of the most enduring questions of life is: How does it happen? New research from UC San Diego Physics Professor Mattia Serra suggests that the same physical principles behind multicellular self-organization may have evolved across vertebrate species.

A Mathematical Model Connects the Evolution of Chickens, Fish and Frogs One of the most enduring questions of life is: How does it happen? New research suggests that the same physical principles behind multicellular self-organization may have evolved across vertebrate species.

Can Signs of Life be Detected from Saturn’s Frigid Moon? 12/06/2023

Saturn's moon Enceladus is the most reflective object in our solar system. It must look amazing on Zoom calls. Research from UC San Diego Chemistry prof Bob Continetti shows that amino acids in Enceladus' ice plumes can survive unfragmented at high impact speeds.

Can Signs of Life be Detected from Saturn’s Frigid Moon? Researchers from UC San Diego have shown unambiguous laboratory evidence that amino acids transported in the ice plumes of Saturn's moon, Eceladus, can survive impact speeds of up to 4.2 km/s, supporting their detection during sampling by spacecraft.

On the Atomic Highway, Researchers Help Atoms Stay in Their Lane 12/05/2023

Ever heard a strontium atom sing "Life is a highway. I'm gonna ride it all night long." No? Just us? New quantum research from UC San Diego Physics professor Julio Barreiro traps strontium atoms along an atomic highway and is the first step in new advanced navigation sensors.

On the Atomic Highway, Researchers Help Atoms Stay in Their Lane As technology rapidly evolves, the need for faster, more precise sensors is critical. One possibility lies with quantum science and technology. New research from UC San Diego lays the groundwork by successfully trapping strontium atoms around a tapered optical fiber.

New Faculty Reshape the Meaning of Inclusive Research, Teaching and Service 11/30/2023

Assistant Professor of Chemistry John Sous, a part of the university's "Bridging Black Studies and STEM" says
"At the fundamental level, we all wish for a fair work climate in which how our identity is perceived bears no consequence on our advancement."

New Faculty Reshape the Meaning of Inclusive Research, Teaching and Service Over the past three years, 20 faculty members have been hired at UC San Diego who are committed to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion using social justice frameworks. This fall, an additional $175,000 grant was received to support faculty retention and success.

11/28/2023

Professor Emeritus of Physics Lu Sham recently received UC San Diego's Revelle Medal for his distinguished service and scholarship to the university. This video highlights his groundbreaking work in density functional theory, which has changed the face of drug development. https://bit.ly/46zca88

11/20/2023

Always thankful for the sun and the surf and the amazingly talented Erik Jepsen. Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate.

📸: Erik Jepsen

Mers Tran - Knowles Teacher Initiative 11/17/2023

Congratulations 🎉 to UC San Diego chemistry alum Mers Tran on being named a Knowles Teaching Fellow. Mers, who studied environmental chemistry, teaches at Latitude High School in Oakland.

Mers Tran - Knowles Teacher Initiative 2023 Knowles Teaching Fellow Mers Tran is committed to improving science education. Read their bio to learn more.

Exciting news: A major new site expansion at Lick Observatory is on the horizon 11/16/2023

PANOSETI is becoming a reality. Led by UC San Diego Professor of Astronomy Shelley Wright, the project is part of University of California Observatories' Lick Observatory and combines several cutting-edge technologies and scientific objectives to advance our understanding of the cosmos and the potential for alien life.

Exciting news: A major new site expansion at Lick Observatory is on the horizon PANOSETI, or “Panoramic SETI or Pulse All-sky Near Infrared Optical SETI ” is an exciting and innovative project in the field of astronomy and the search for extraterrestrial life. It combines several cutting-edge technologies and scientific objectives to advance our understanding of the cosmos ...

Announcing the 2023 Wolfram Innovator Award Winners—Wolfram Blog 11/10/2023

Congratulations to UC San Diego mathematics researcher Bill Helton on his Wolfram Innovator Award🏆 for his work in noncommunicative algebra

Announcing the 2023 Wolfram Innovator Award Winners—Wolfram Blog Experts in computational intelligence are recognized for their utilization of the Wolfram technology stack in unique applications across different fields and disciplines. Awarded at the 2023 Wolfram Technology Conference.

11/09/2023

In a segment on KPBS Evening Edition, UC San Diego Assistant Professor of Chemistry Kent Griffith gives tips on how to prolong the life of your laptop and cell phone battery:

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SDSC, UC San Diego Physicist Receives 2024 Henry Primakoff Award 11/08/2023

Congrats to Assistant Professor of Physics Javier Duarte on receiving the 2024 Henry Primakoff Award for Early-Career Particle Physics for his work involving artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), and his contributions to advances in Higgs physics studies at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

SDSC, UC San Diego Physicist Receives 2024 Henry Primakoff Award Oct. 30, 2023 — Javier Duarte, affiliate researcher at the San Diego Supercomputer Center and assistant professor in the Department of Physics at UC San Diego, has received the 2024 […]

11/07/2023

University of Waterloo Professor and Nobel Prize laureate Donna Strickland recently visited UC San Diego to talk about her work as an optical physicist and what it was like receiving the Nobel. Check out this slideshow from the event
➡️ https://bit.ly/47iTjiD

11/06/2023

Astrophysicist Shelley Wright recently served on NASA’s panel on unexplained anomalous phenomena (UAPs) and takes a moment to reflect on her career, the panel and the ongoing search for extraterrestrial life. https://bit.ly/3QnsyTo

11/02/2023

Ramsey problems are simple to state, yet notoriously difficult to solve. This one took almost a hundred years and two researchers from UC San Diego to figure out. https://bit.ly/3FLfthP

10/20/2023

Congratulations to Professor Emeritus of Physics Lu Sham and all of this year's Revelle medalists, recognized for their distinguished and extraordinary service to UC San Diego. https://bit.ly/46xSN05

10/19/2023

Thanks to 2 generous gifts from the Simons Foundation and the Heising-Simons Foundation totaling more than $30M, the Simons Observatory is on track for completion next spring. Led by PI Brian Keating, the new observatory will study the universe's oldest light, the cosmic microwave background.

https://bit.ly/3rXgDDE

10/14/2023

Join us this Thursday for an inspirational talk with renowned physicist and Nobel laureate Donna Strickland, without whom LASIK would not exist! Register here: https://bit.ly/46LVuLp

10/13/2023

Supported by UC San Diego's departments of Chemistry and Biological Sciences, VERSA is a new NSF-funded program that gives undergraduates access to research experience while also asking them to think critically about how science is taught and to whom. https://bit.ly/46P4dfW

10/05/2023

A great day having UC San Diego Astronomy Professor Adam Burgasser showing students from The Perkins School how to safely view two upcoming solar eclipses. Thanks to Holland America Line and the Port of San Diego Harbor Police Department for bringing it all together.

https://bit.ly/3LNAH1V

Student Spotlight: Deena Pederson 10/04/2023

Meet Deena Pederson: a math-comp sci major who also happens to be a ⚾softball powerhouse⚾. How does she balance teams sports with a demanding academic schedule? Read on ➡️

Student Spotlight: Deena Pederson UC San Diego undergraduate Deena Pederson is a math-computer science major with a lifelong love of softball.

10/02/2023

How do astronomers determine the age of the planets and stars?✨ UC San Diego Astronomy Professor Adam Burgasser takes you through several tools scientists use to provide good estimates on determining ages. Related: how do you fit 4 billion candles on a cake?🎂 https://bit.ly/3t7qu9Z

Physics Students Work at Chilean Telescopes - Montecito 09/25/2023

Our alumni reach new heights: 17,000 feet to be exact. Physics alumna and Asst Prof at Westmont College Jennifer Ito took her students to the Simons Array in Chile to study the origins of the universe.

Physics Students Work at Chilean Telescopes - Montecito For the first time in more than a decade, undergraduate students assisted with research at the Simons Array, a set of three telescopes in the Atacama Desert in Chile at an elevation of about 17,000 feet.

09/18/2023

Do you know much about theoretical math? I'm afraid not. Check out this video from Veritasium on knot theory featuring the work of UC San Diego physicist Doug Smith and alum Dorian Raymer. May your headphones never be tangled again! https://bit.ly/3PHomhW

09/14/2023

Congratulations to the amazing team at UCSD-TV on their Telly Awards, including an award for their video on Mayer Hall, home to groundbreaking physics research for more than 60 years. https://bit.ly/467ivYP

Can science save fashion? 09/06/2023

Scientists around the world are looking for new ways to make fashion more environmentally conscious. UC San Diego chemistry professor Mike Burkart talks about his work in using algae-based polymers to make apparel fully biodegradable.

Can science save fashion? Researchers and brands are racing to create sustainable, biodegradable fibers, fabrics and materials.

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