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glow marks placement of epigenetic marksComputational strategy helps to map human epigenome

Novel computational methods developed by Wei Wang, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and his research group contributed to the success of a large-scale project to map chemical tags of genetic material.

These marks, collectively the epigenome, influence which genes are active in particular types of cells.

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Faculty and staff recognized for efforts to promote diversity

Five members of the division of physical sciences will receive awards for their work to support UC San Diego's commitment to diversity in a ceremony to be held February 24. Recipients include Brian Keating, associate professor of physics; Jane Teranes, associate director of the Environmental Systems and Marine Sciences programs; Michael Norman, professor of physics and director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center; Tamika Franklin, director of alumni relations for physical sciences; and Robert Pomeroy, lecturer in chemistry and biochemistry.

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Francesco Paesani receives CAREER Award from NSF

Francesco Paesani, an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemisty, will receive a 2015 Early Career Award from the National Science Foundation for his project to develop new theoretical and computational approaches for molecular-level computer simulations. 

The new methodology will enable computer simulations of condensed-phase molecular systems with unprecedented accuracy, providing information on fundamental molecular processes from ion hydration in bulk and at interfaces to proton transfer and transport in solution. These highly competitive grants are NSF's most prestigious awards to young researchers. Francesco Paesani

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