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Scientists from San Diego will visit virtually every corner of the globe during the upcoming summer field research season to take up an equally broad range of questions: Can you use the sound of bubbles exploding in ice to figure out how fast glaciers are melting? How do we refine the search for a signature of the Big Bang? How have bees evolved ways to communicate so that they can avoid predators? UC San Diego, the nation’s fifth largest research university, will send the most people packing with passports.
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UC San Diego has launched an international research collaboration to develop smart and clean transportation systems and infrastructure, with an added goal of commercializing the results. In partnership with the City of San Diego, the City of Ulsan in Korea and the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), along with numerous industry partners, the UC San Diego Smart Transportation Innovation Program will develop technological solutions to tomorrow’s transportation challenges. "We aim to make San Diego and Ulsan leaders in smart and green transportation solutions," said electrical engineering professor Sujit Dey, director of the Smart Transportation Innovation Program. The City of Ulsan is the hub of both Hyundai and Kia Motors, and the largest manufacturing city in Korea.
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David Brenner, the researcher who presided over a $1.6 billion expansion of the health sciences at the University of California San Diego, is shedding his role as dean of the medical school. Brenner will focus more on strategy, including making the campus more of a force internationally.
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This month, UC San Diego formally launched the Halicioglu Data Science Institute, a new hub for data science in San Diego, which will attract the world’s experts in data science to our region and catalyze the development of a new data-science industry in which analyzing and making predictions based on data will generate a new source of wealth for our local economy. Several years in the making, the institute’s creation was accelerated by a $75 million gift last spring from Taner Halicioglu, an early Facebook employee who graduated from UC San Diego with a computer science degree in 1996. He and others on our campus recognized that now is the time to develop a science of data, a discipline that can create new tools of scientific and social discovery.
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Each year people all over the world die from the flu. To protect against influenza epidemics and their potentially mortal results, medical professionals encourage vaccination. While generally effective for healthy individuals, vaccinations are less effective for the elderly, the immunocompromised and other high-risk groups. For the healthy, getting a shot doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t get the flu since current vaccinations are not foolproof. But now there’s hope. Researchers led by the University of California San Diego’s Seth Cohen, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, report that by tweaking a small-molecule drug, there’s promise for future production of new antiviral therapies that could protect patients from the flu—regardless of the strain they contract.
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A new study looks at the effect of an influx of women during boot camp in the Norwegian military
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LEGO's plastic superheroes, astronauts, knights, and ninjas are, like most such materials, primarily made from oil. Legos have been made this way for nearly 70 years. But the toy company now wants to wean itself from petroleum and produce its famous toys with plants instead — specifically tropically-grown sugarcane. On Thursday, the company announced it will begin producing its softer LEGOs — like its little trees and bushes — from sugarcane-sourced plastics.
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The world's most pristine clouds happen to be in the place with the world's roughest weather
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The University of California San Diego is one of the best schools in the world for scholars who want to solve crucial social challenges and propel world peace, according to Foreign Policy magazine. The publication’s global rankings lauded UC San Diego for its undergraduate international relations program, 2nd among public universities (11th overall) and its master’s program for policy careers in international relations, ranked 1st among public institutions (15th overall). The campus’s Ph.D. program was named the best among public colleges (7th overall) for students pursuing an academic career in international relations.
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With trailblazing genetic technologies and a passion for a certain blood-sucking bug, a new UC San Diego biologist joins the campus' campaign against disease transmission