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The School of Physical Sciences is committed to sharing information about its administration, academics, outreach and research—from people to their changemaking activities—with a full-service news and multimedia team. From writing stories and media training, to coordinating press interviews and posting social media news, we cover the physical sciences around the clock, year-round.

For a complete list of news items, see our News Archive below. 



Student Spotlight Q&A: Bretton Simpson

Bretton Simpson is a senior physics major specializing in astrophysics. He's been fascinated by astronomy his entire life. Learn more about his studies, his hopes for the future and why he thinks the cosmos is too beautiful to give up on.


How Superconductors are Helping Computers “Remember”

To advance neuromorphic computing, physicists look to advance not just software, but hardware too. Research from Robert Dynes and Q-MEEN-C shows a promising new way to store and transmit information using superconducting loops.


The Spontaneous Nature of Turbulence

Physics Professor Nigel Goldenfeld shows that even molecular motions can create large-scale patterns of turbulence over a finite period of time.


With nonprofit organization Treasure Hacks, mathematics-computer science major Brandon Joe aims to help students develop soft skills through games.


UC San Diego Associate Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics Karin Sandstorm explains the details of the latest image of galaxy NGC3351 from the James Webb Space Telescope.


The Most Comprehensive List of Slow-Building Solar Flares Yet

In a new paper in Solar Physics, a team, led by UC San Diego astrophysics graduate student Aravind Bharathi Valluvan, has catalogued the most slow-building solar flares to date, showing potential for further investigation.


Shining a Light on the Hidden Properties of Quantum Materials

Researchers from Richard Averitt's group (Physics) have used an advanced optical technique to uncover the hidden properties of a quantum material called Ta2NiSe5 (TNS).


Kim Prather Receives Prestigious National Academy of Sciences Award

The award recognizes her research for “revolutionizing our understanding of atmospheric aerosols and their impact on air quality, climate, and human health.”


Student Spotlight: Karla Rojas Garcia

Karla Rojas Garcia, a PhD student in atmospheric chemistry in Vicki Grassian's lab, fights for environmental justice and advocates for science-guided policies to improve polluted communities.


Highlights from 2023

We're looking back at last year's research breakthroughs, transformative gifts and big news from the School of Physical Sciences.



Space Oddity: Uncovering the Origin of the Universe’s Rare Radio Circles

A team led by Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics Alison Coil believes they may have found the origin of the universe's giant odd radio circles.

Spiking Nano-oscillators Provide New Insight into Quantum Materials and Advanced Computing

Research from Professor of Physics Ivan Schuller's lab shows that when nano-oscillators made from the quantum material vanadium dioxide spike, they exhibit a unique kind of synchronicity. 


A Mathematical Model Connects the Evolution of Chickens, Fish and Frogs

New research from Mattia Serra's group 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?

Robert Continetti's team has 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

As technology rapidly evolves, the need for faster, more precise sensors is critical. One possibility lies with quantum science and technology. New research from Julio Barreiro's lab lays the groundwork by successfully trapping strontium atoms around a tapered optical fiber.


New Faculty Reshape the Meaning of Inclusive Research, Teaching and Service

Assistant Professor of Chemistry John Sous is a part of the university's "Bridging Black Studies and STEM" and plans to develop a course on effective science communication.



UC San Diego Welcomes Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland

Nobel laureate Donna Strickland visited UC San Diego to discuss her career in optical physics and her work creating chirped pulse amplification, for which she received the prize in 2018. 


Beyond UFOs: the Future of Unexplained Anomalous Phenomena

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.


The Math Problem That Took Nearly a Century to Solve

Little progress had been made in solving Ramsey problems since the 1930s. Now, UC San Diego researchers Jacques Verstraete and Sam Mattheus have found the answer to r(4,t), a longstanding Ramsey problem that has perplexed the math world for decades.

Javier Duarte Receives 2024 Henry Primakoff Award

Assistant Professor of Physics Javier Duarte has received the 2024 Henry Primakoff Award for Early-Career Particle Physics for his work involving AI and machine learning, as well as his contributions to advances in Higgs physics studies at CERN.


$30 Million in Funding Helps Scientists Study Universe’s Oldest Light

The Simons Foundation has provided $28.8 million and the Heising-Simons Foundation has provided $1.5 million to the UC San Diego to complete the last phase of construction on the Simons Observatory in Chile.


2023 Revelle Medal Recipients Announced

Professor Emeritus of Physics Lu Sham received the 2023 Revelle Medal, recognized for his distinguished and extraordinary service to UC San Diego. Sham is a world-renowned theoretical physicist whose Kohn-Sham equation laid the foundation for density functional theory.


UC San Diego Launches STEM Education Research Program

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.


Learning About the Solar Eclipse

Astrophysicist Adam Burgasser teaches elementary students about the solar eclipse and how to build their own eclipse viewer. Segment by CBS8.


Student Spotlight: Deena Pederson

Senior Deena Pederson likes a challenge. As a member of the women’s softball team and a math-computer science major, she is always looking for new ways to push herself.


Alison Coil Appointed Chair of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

The School of Physical Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of observational astrophysicist Alison Coil as the inaugual chair of UC San Diego’s new Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. 


Biochemistry Student Matthew Uzelac Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship provides one year of funding for students in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics.


Quantum Material Exhibits “Non-Local” Behavior That Mimics Brain Function

New research from Q-MEEN-C shows that electrical stimuli passed between neighboring electrodes can also affect non-neighboring electrodes. Known as non-locality, this discovery is a crucial milestone toward creating brain-like computers with minimal energy requirements.


Across the Universe: UC San Diego Announces New Astronomy and Astrophysics Department

The School of Physical Sciences is expanding! Welcome to the new Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, ushering in a new era of groundbreaking discovery and teaching excellence.


DeCLASSified: Organic Chemistry for Life Sciences (40AB)

Organic chemistry has traditionally been offered as a course series meant to prepare chemistry and biological sciences majors for their upper-division chemistry and biochemistry courses. In this inaugural edition of deCLASSified, we take a look inside a new course geared toward life sciences majors.


Dean's Undergraduate Excellence Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the Dean's Undergraduate Excellence Awards! These students have demonstrated academic excellence and promise as researchers.


Ming Xiao Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

Congratulations to Math Professor Ming Xiao who received the 2023 Distinguished Teaching Award for his teaching excellence and contributions to pedagogy and mentorship at UC San Diego.


School of Physical Sciences Class of ’23 Share Their Stories

Congratulations to all of our graduates. Read some of their stories here.


Welcome Christine Hrycyna, New Dean, School of Physical Sciences

Please join us in congratulating incoming Dean Hrycyna on her appointment. Her commitment to research, as well as furthering academic and teaching excellence will serve the School of Physical Sciences, and our university, well. 


Rethink, Rewrite, Redefine—How Biodegradable Plastics Are Reshaping Sustainability

A new book authored by UC San Diego researchers explores algae-based biodegradable plastics and the potential it has to change consumerism on a global scale.


Rhythm and Proofs: Finding Music in the Math

Professors from UC San Diego's Department of Mathematics discuss their personal connections between math and music, highlighting the mathematical constructs found in music.


The School of Physical Sciences Announces 2023 EDI Excellence Awardees

Congrats to the recipients of the 2023 EDI Excellence Awardees. They have done outstanding work to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion within their fields and the School of Physical Sciences.


High School Students Learn the Basics of Base Editing to Cure “GFP-itis”

UC San Diego researchers implemented an outreach program introducing local high school students to genome engineering technologies and encouraging them to learn about a career in science.


New Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics in the School of Physical Sciences

A new Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics is set to be established within the School of Physical Sciences at UC San Diego.


Student Spotlight: Payton Evans

Master's student Payton Evans talks about her work in in Robert “Skip” Pomeroy’s lab and her interest in analytical chemistry.


Praise for Postdocs, Our Research Pros and Meaningful Mentors

UC San Diego celebrated National Postdoc Appreciation Week by recognizing the achievements and contributions of its postdoctoral scholars as mentors and research professionals. 


Schmidt Futures Fellows Seek to Expand Promise of AI in STEM Fields

Ten UC San Diego postdoctoral scholars have been named as Schmidt Futures Fellows to explore AI in STEM fields. Their projects include developing AI tools for medical research, improving climate change models, and increasing accessibility to STEM education.


Celebrating Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week

UC San Diego is celebrating Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week to honor the hard work and dedication of its graduate and professional students. Join us for a week of virtual activities, workshops, and events!



UC San Diego Launches a Stellar Ph.D. Program in Astronomy

Appointment of Michael D. Burkart as New Department of Chemistry Chair

UC San Diego Receives $15M Cryptocurrency Donation, Largest for Research on Airborne Pathogens

Coastal Water Pollution Transfers to the Air in Sea Spray Aerosol and Reaches People on Land

Four Early Career Professors at UC San Diego Awarded Sloan Research Fellowships

A Star is Born: Images of Nearby Galaxies Provide Clues About Star Formation

Two UC San Diego Faculty Named 2023 Cottrell Scholars

Honoring the Historic Contributions of Mayer Hall to the Field of Physics

Computer Model of Influenza Virus Shows Universal Vaccine Promise

UC San Diego Cosmologists Are Working on a Radio Telescope Bound for the Simons Observatory in Chile

Roger Tsien Inducted Into National Inventors Hall of Fame

Alumni Spotlight: Mikaela Larkin

Highlights from 2022


2022 Dean's Undergraduate Excellence Awards

Rewriting the Textbook on Gene Regulation: It’s the Big Picture That Counts

Physics Professor Brian Keating Named 2022 Legend of Flight Honoree

The Science of…Linear Algebra and the Design Matrix

UC San Diego Researchers Show Molecules Change Their Behaviors Under a Polariton Leader

Q-MEEN-C Celebrates the Next Four Years

The Science of…Cool Stars and Super Earths

Theoretical Physicist Olga Dudko Named American Physical Society Fellow

UC San Diego Researchers Named Recipients of NIH New Innovator Awards

The Science of…Polariton Chemistry

Professor of Mathematics Amir Mohammadi is 2022 ICM Lecturer

Physicists Receive $12.6M From Department of Energy to Continue Exploring Next-Generation Computing

Researchers Discover How Strep A Bacteria Evade Our Natural Defenses

Appointment of Oleg Shpyrko as New Department of Physics Chair

Associate Professor of Mathematics Zhouli Xu is 2022 ICM Lecturer

Honoring a UC San Diego Landmark and Its Lasting Impact on Physics

UC San Diego Receives $1.3M from W. M. Keck Foundation to Study Origins of Dementia 

Researchers Take First-Ever Cryo-EM Images of Nitrogenase in Action

Neal Devaraj Named Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow

The Outer Limits: Future Economic Growth in the Face of Diminishing Resources

Olga Dudko Receives Prestigious Simons Investigator Award

Taking Care of Business: Female Alumni Chart Their Own Paths to Success

Physical Sciences Researchers Earn Prestigious Early Career Awards

School of Physical Sciences Class of '22 Share Their Stories

UC San Diego Atmospheric Chemist Kim Prather Elected to American Philosophical Society

Student Spotlight: Josh Gillis

UC San Diego Service Award Honoree Shares Highlights from 36-Year Career

UC San Diego Researchers Win Big in 2022 DOD Research Funding Awards

The Physics “Class of 1966” Finds Cohesion in Diaspora

The Division of Physical Sciences Announces Inaugural EDI Excellence Awardees

Three UC San Diego Math Professors Win Simons Fellowships

Shelley Wright Named 2022 SETI Institute Drake Award Recipient

Unstable Molecule Clicks with Synthetic Strategy

2022 George W. and Carol A. Lattimer Faculty Research Fellows Announced

Meddling with Metals: Escaping the Tyranny of Copper

New Faculty Bridge Black Studies and STEM

Bridging a Gap in the Theory of Synaptic Transmission

Franklin Garrett Receives Inclusive Excellence Award

Three UC San Diego faculty members receive 2022 Sloan Research Fellowship

Massimiliano Di Ventra Named an IEEE Fellow

Cohort Program Provides a Pathway to Excellence


2021 Dean's Undergraduate Excellence Awards

Undergraduate Megan Li Receives Prestigious USRA Award

COVID Gets Airborne

UC San Diego Faculty Receive Trifecta of National Awards

Physics, Computation Experts Help Earn $15M to Advance AI, Data Analysis

Students, faculty and staff assemble Do-It-Yourself Air Filtration Boxes that Fight COVID-19 Spread

Michael Alves Awarded NSF Fellowship to Broaden Diversity in Chemistry

Physicists Simulate Artificial Brain Networks with New Quantum Materials

Researchers Discover Hidden SARS-CoV-2 ‘Gate’ That Opens to Allow COVID Infection

Keck Foundation Supports Innovative Strategy for Chemical Synthesis

‘Feel Good’ Brain Messenger Can Be Willfully Controlled, New Study Reveals

Brian Leigh Recognized with Three University Honors

Mayer Hall Recognized for Historical Contributions to Physics

Seven Physical Sciences Faculty Receive 2021 NSF CAREER Awards

Grad Student with Environmental Justice Goals Awarded NSF Research Award

Diamonds Are a Physicist’s Best Friend

Chemistry Faculty Offer Returning Students Hands-on Lab Experience

Celebrating the Class of 2021

Interim Director Named for San Diego Supercomputer Center

A Textbook Case for Heeding Planetary Limits

In Memoriam: Chancellor Emerita Marye Anne Fox

In Memoriam: Former Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Marjorie Caserio

Breakthrough with Quantum Materials Pushes Biologically Inspired Learning Devices

Akif Tezcan Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

New Blueprint of Brain Connections Reveals Extensive Reach of Central Regulator

Graduate Student Honored by Astronomical and Physical Societies

Artificial Neuron Device Could Shrink Energy Use and Size of Neural Network Hardware

Peter Ebenfelt Awarded Bergman Prize from AMS

Math Student Brings Black Beauty Products to UC San Diego

Physical Sciences Faculty Named to Newly Created Titles: Distinguished Professors of Graduate Division

Food for Thought: New Maps Reveal How Brains are Kept Nourished

UC San Diego Physicists Uncover Phenomena Tied to New State of Matter

New Grant Funds Clinical Trial to Assess Psychedelic as Treatment for Phantom Limb Pain

Leading Experts Call for Immediate Action to Address Inhalation Exposure to Prevent COVID-19

New Lattimer Research Fellows Announced

Four UC San Diego Faculty Members Awarded 2021 Sloan Research Fellowships

Stories of Black Family in America

Copperizing the Complexity of Superconductivity

TRAPPIST-1 Family of Planets: Rocky Through and Through?

Physicist Wins Buchalter Cosmology Prize

Industry Alum Pays It Forward through Physics Education Outreach

Fresh Sea Spray Turns ‘Sour’ after Being Airborne


2020 Dean's Undergraduate Excellence Awards

Physics Professor’s MemComputing Considered for UC Startup Innovation Challenge Prize

UC San Diego Tops UC System in Number of DURIP Awards

On the Frontlines of Science Policymaking

Physical Sciences Dean Announces Undergraduate Student Awards

Diamonds May Be Award-Winning Physicist’s Best Friend

Scientists Use Geometry to Track Cell Migrations

UC San Diego Experts Elected AAAS Fellows in 2020

UC San Diego Leads Research that Earns Gordon Bell Special Prize

Clearing the Course for Glycans in Development of Flu Drugs

Energizing Plastics Renewability, Recycling Efforts

Tibetan Snow, Ice Pack New Insights into Environmental, Climatic Change

A Chapter of Renewal

Making Heads or Tails Out of Phospholipid Synthesis

Nobel Laureate, Pioneer in Atmospheric Chemistry Mario Molina Dies

Experiments Confirm Sugary Shield Acts to Disguise SARS-CoV-2’s Spike

Ambitious Project to Understand Cellular Evolution Underway

Astronomers Take a Closer Look at the Centers of Galaxies

Sleuthing Their Way to Discovery with a New Microscope

Machine Learning Helps Plasma Physics Researchers Understand Turbulence Transport

Uncontrolled ‘cAMP’ Helps Spark Rare Liver Cancer

Virtually Helping Students Succeed

Astrophysicists Locate 100 New Sunny Neighbors with Citizens’ Help

Diamonds, Pencils Inspire Scientists to Create Multipurpose Protein Tool

Chemist Helps Bridge Underrepresented Minority Gap in Science

Walking the Walk of Change

New Science Behind Algae-based Flip-flops

UC San Diego Forging a Sustainable Future with Renewable Products

Scientists Find First Evidence for the Higgs Boson Interaction with Muons

Scientists Explore Signals for a Quantum Universe

Two UC San Diego Chemists Named Finalists for the World’s Top Ph.D. Prize

Chemists, Physicists Create Spongy Droplets to Mimic Cellular Organelles

Mathematician, Engineer receive Newton Award for Transformative Ideas during COVID-19 Pandemic

Band of Astronomers Finds Low Heavy Metal in Brown Dwarf Discoveries

Tribute to the ‘Mathemagican’

$18M Boost to Materials Science Research at UC San Diego

UC San Diego Physicist Making a Mark

From Prison to Physics: ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’

Using Artificial Intelligence to ‘Paint’ the Holographic Universe

To Wear a Mask or Not, Is Not the Question; Research Indicates It’s the Answer

Sugar-Coating Disguise Allows for Coronavirus Infection

Dark Matter Scientists Surprised by Observation of ‘Excess of Events’

UC San Diego Professor Named 2020 Blavatnik National Awards Finalist in Chemistry

Physics Researcher Awarded Chancellor’s Dissertation Medal

2020 YIP Recipient Monica Allen Earns $450K Research Award

UC San Diego’s Rommie Amaro Wins Support for COVID-19 Research

UC San Diego Chemistry Student Stands Out to U.S. Dept. of Energy

The Psychedelic Science of Pain

Onsite or Online, Good Teaching is Good Teaching

UC San Diego’s Mark Herzik Named 2020 Searle Scholar

Researchers Turn Algae Leftovers into Renewable Products with Flare

‘Molecular Distancing’ Presents Pathway to Remote Chemical Reactions

Physicists Go Out on a Limb to Advance AI Computing

From Physics Undergrad to Rocket Parts Pro—in Reverse

Perspectives on Remote Learning and Teaching

Five UC San Diego Professors Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Four from UC San Diego Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Researchers Make Gemstones with Salty, Soapy Water for the First Time

Industry Leader’s Passion for Chemistry Ferments Career

Math Scientist Powers Up to Solve Energy Grid Problem

UC San Diego Distinguished Math Professor Named 2020 SIAM Fellow

Chemistry Professor Honored with 2020 Ernest Guenther Award

UC San Diego Students Share Knowledge that Leads to 11th Grader’s Science Fair Win

Scientists Observe Superconductivity in Meteorites

UC San Diego Physical Sciences Graduate Programs Rank among the Best

Making Cell Modeling More Realistic

Astronomers Catch Rare Eclipse of a Double Brown Dwarf System

Scientists Look Deeper to See How RNA-editing Enzyme Evolved into a Genome Editor

UC San Diego Faculty Members Win Department of Defense MURI Awards

New Telescopes Aim to Detect Extraterrestrial Intelligence

American Astronomical Society Announces First Class of AAS Fellows

Burbidge Visiting Professor Uses Physics of Mayonnaise to Develop Electronic Skin

Resetting the Biological Clock with Flip of the Molecular Switch

Researchers Tackle the Flu with Breakthrough Virus Simulations

UC San Diego Physicist Named 2020 Cottrell Scholar

Advice from ‘The Center’: Look for the Opening

UC San Diego Biochemistry Touches the Fashion World

Innovative Telescopes Set to Detect New Signals from Deep Space

UC San Diego Faculty Members Named 2020 Sloan Research Fellows

UC San Diego Astronomers to See More Stars with “2020 Vision”

Large Amounts of Oxygen Detected in Ancient Star’s Atmosphere

UC San Diego Cosmologists Ramp-Up Exploration of the Universe’s Origin, Evolution

New Cages to Trap Molecules Push Boundaries of Protein Design

Materials Research Society Seeks Nominees for Materials Theory Award

Connecting to Student Success through Chemistry

Now Showing: Medicinal Chemistry in 3D


San Diego Math Circle Widens at UC San Diego

Quenching Water Scarcity with a Good Pore

Researchers ‘Handed’ $4M to Boot-Up Mirror Cell Synthesis

Mystery of the Origins of Cosmic Rays Solved

Three Physical Sciences Faculty Named Newest Hellman Fellows

Discovering the Magic Number of Earth Ice Molecules

Artificial Intelligence Tool Predicts Life Expectancy in Heart Failure Patients

Quantitative Biology Opens Trail to Ecological Exploration, Evolutionary Prediction

Two Postdoctoral Fellows Add Expertise, Diversity to Physics Department

Chemistry at Play

The Secrets of Ghost Particle Hunting

Astronomers Catch Wind Rushing Out of Galaxy

Riding the Third Wave of AI without Quantum Computing

Outreaching Science

Making Noise to Heat Up Materials Science

Exploding Shells Boost Immune Response to Brain Cancer

Wired to Think

Scientists Bask in Glow of Fluorescence Gathering

Like Film Editors and Archaeologists, Biochemists Piece Together Genome History

UC San Diego PhySci at Comic-Con

UC San Diego Chemists Take Aim at Drug Predictions

Applying the Goldilocks Principle to DNA Structure

Borrowing from Astronomy to Rob the Twinkle from Brain Imagery

Standing Out among Stand-Outs

The Glam Clan

Science Engineering Students Prepare for Careers in Industry

A Rocket Man in His Own Right

Physical Sciences Represents in National Science Foundation Graduate Research Awards

Putting a Dent in Food Waste

Hardwiring computers for human-brain efficiency

Supercomputer Simulations Show Black Holes and Their Magnetic Bubbles

Physics Professor Honored with Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award

UC San Diego Announces Margaret Burbidge Visiting Professorship

Scientists Observe Rare Decay Process in the Universe

Enjoy the Ride

Magnets with ‘Magic Angle’ Offer New Way to Study Jelly States of Genes

POLARBEAR-2 Telescope Sees First Light

Chemists Cook Up Elusive Molecule for the First Time

Scientists ‘Game’ for Remote-control Chemistry of the Future

Scientists discover how Proteins interact along Metabolic Pathway

Chemists Use MASCoT to Create New Metalloproteins

Scientists Confirm Events that Occurred One Second after the Big Bang

Galaxy Gardener

Math Research adds up to 2019 Sloan Fellowship

Astronomers Invite Citizens to Crowd-Source New Worlds

Researchers Flood Boundaries of Chemistry

IUPAC Names Vicki Grassian among 2019 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering

Atmospheric Chemist Kim Prather elected to National Academy of Engineering (NAE)

Biochemists make ‘Elbow Room’ for Nanostructures with new Toolkit

Researchers Limit Experimental Free Will to Fake Quantum Entanglement

Sticky Science

Thinking on Egg Shells

Neal Devaraj Wins Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry

‘Phat’ on potential, Lipidomics is gaining Weight


Scientists Surf Peptides with New POOL

UC San Diego Strikes New NSF Funding with Laser Speed

Synthetic Cells Command New Powers of Communication

Division Scientists Earn Spots on List of Highly Cited Researchers

Chemist Stands Boldly Among New AAAS Fellows

Physicists Brainstorm World’s 21st-Century Energy Challenges

Chemists Suited to Break Rule, Devise New Chemical Tool

NIH Awards $15 million to Research Team led by Physics Professor

Scientists Extend Mechanism for Cracking Biochemical Code

Astrophysicist Enlightens Campus, Community with Portable Planetarium

UC San Diego Hosts First Cal-Bridge Professional Development Workshop

Four UC San Diegans Named 2018 APS Fellows

Physicists ‘Condense’ Diversity, Outreach, Blue Jeans’ Dye in NSF Research

Physicists Train Robotic Gliders to Soar like Birds

New National Training Program Aims to Mainstream Glycosciences

Physicists Race to Demystify Einstein’s ‘Spooky’ Science

UC San Diego Climbs to No. 2 in the Nation for Quality Education at the Right Price

Chemistry Research ‘Rocks’ New Data about Ancient Life

Scientists Introduce New Way to Mimic ‘Machine of Machines’

UC San Diego Partners with Warner Bros. to Celebrate Iconic Film at Comic-Con

Physicists Practice ‘Spin Control’ to Improve Information Processing

UC San Diego Physicist Named a 2018 Simons Investigator

Scientists Present New Cold Facts about Antifreeze Proteins

UC San Diego Chemists Develop New Strategy for ‘Hard-to-Study’ Lipids

Chemistry Professor Wins Blavatnik Award for Outstanding Young Scientists

Scientists Go to Great Heights to Understand Changes in Earth’s Atmosphere

‘Gold Standard’ Research Presents Promise for Plasmonic Devices

Scientists Race to Outpace Lethal Bacterial Infections

Distinguished Math Professor’s Road to Success Takes her Full Circle

Physicists’ Room-Temperature Research Leads to ‘Exciting’ Possibilities for Science

Space Scientists See Clear Skies around ‘Hot’ and ‘Salty’ Planet

Chemists ‘Crystallize’ New Approach to Materials Science

Physics Professor Named to Academy of Arts and Sciences

Chemistry Alumnus Wins 40 Under 40 Award

UC San Diego Physicist Flexes 'BICEP' to Introduce Controversial New Book

UC San Diego Chemist Stirs Hope for a New Flu Treatment

Three UC San Diego Physicists Earn Sloan Research Fellowships

UC San Diego Chemists use Light to Pinpoint Gene Expression

Adam Burgasser Contributes to New Findings about Densities of Trappist-1 Planets


Department of Physics' Brian Keating and Kam Arnold to Study Cosmos with Massive New Telescope in South America
Division Researchers Shed Light on Formation of Black Holes and Galaxies
Mathematics Professor among Three UC San Diego Breakthrough Prize Winners
Chancellor's Postdoctoral Scholar Award goes to Chemistry and Biochemistry Fellow
SUMO' Research at UC San Diego Wrestles with New Way to Read Cellular Function
Six UC San Diego Professors Named 2017 AAAS Fellows
UC San Diego Mathematics Multiplies Excellence by Three
UC San Diego Chemist Named among World's Top 10 'Public Defenders'
Associate Dean Recognized for Incorporating Sustainability in Chemistry Education
Distinguished Chemist Wins 2017 Russell M. Pitzer Award
Chemistry and Biology Researchers Create a More Environmentally Friendly Flip Flop
Department of Physics Celebrates Sheldon “Shelly” Schultz
American Chemical Society Honors Retired Chemist Marjorie Caserio
UC San Diego Physicists Travel Path of Totality
Jason Schweinsberg Named Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics
Physicist Elizabeth Simmons Named Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Primordial Black Holes May Have Helped to Forge Heavy Elements
Solar Fuels Conference Comes to Campus
UC San Diego Chemists Create the Ultimate Natural Sunscreen
Biological Activity Found to Affect Aerosols Produced from Sea Spray
Jennie Chen in Chemistry & Biochemistry Wins 2017 Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year Award
Nearby Brown Dwarf Appears to be a Free-Floating ‘Planet’
Talking Science
Chemists Receive $7.5 Million to Develop Innovative Uses for Melanin
Oleg Shpyrko Wins 2016-17 Distinguished Teaching Award
Guy Bertrand Wins 2017 Luigi Sacconi Medal
Study Discovers Fundamental Unit of Cell Size in Bacteria
Astronomers Observe Early Stages of Milky Way-like Galaxies in Distant Universe
New Sally Ride Fellowship to Support Women in Physics
Adam Burgasser Awarded Fulbright Scholarship
Kamil Godula Named 2017 Cottrell Scholar
UC San Diego Astrophysicists Contribute to Major Planet Discovery
Three Division of Physical Sciences Professors Named 2017 Sloan Research Fellows
In Memoriam: Sheldon Schultz 1933-2017
Astrophysicist Steven Boggs Named Dean of Division of Physical Sciences


UC San Diego Physicist Leads $1.6 Million Magnetic Neuroimaging Research Effort
Physics Professor Shares ‘Two Supercomputing Achievement’ Awards
UC San Diego Professor Wins Major Prize in Mathematics
Hacking a Revolution in Biology
Nine Physical Sciences Graduate Students Awarded ARCS Foundation Fellowships
Kim Prather Named One of 'Top 50 Women in Analytical Science'
Breaking Ground
Neal Devaraj Receives $1.9 Million NIH Award for Diabetes Study
Rommie Amaro Wins 2016 Corwin Hansch Award
Five UC San Diego Physicists Named APS Fellows
Surfing the World for Microbes
Nobel Prizewinning Physicist Was Professor at UC San Diego
Elizabeth Villa Wins Prestigious NIH Grant
Promising Drug Leads Identified to Combat Heart Disease
Biochemists’ Discovery Could Lead to Vaccine Against ‘Flesh-Eating’ Bacteria
UC San Diego Professor Wins Top Academic Prize in Theoretical Chemistry
UC San Diego Chemist Wins 2 Prestigious National Awards
UC San Diego Dean Awarded Prestigious Meteoritical Society Medal
Scientists Determine How Birds Soar to Great Heights
Synthetic Membranes Created to Mimic Properties of Living Cells
James McKernan Named Simons Investigator
X-Ray Snapshot of Butterfly Wings Reveals Underlying Physics of Color
Scientists Design Energy-Carrying Particles Called ‘Topological Plexcitons’
Tehseen Lazzouni a 2016 Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year Awardee
UC San Diego Chemistry Professor Wins Prestigious California Air Resources Board Honor
$40 Million Observatory to Search for Signals from Early Universe
Researchers Develop New Way to Explore Mathematical Universe
Neal Devaraj Named Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar
Guy Bertrand Wins Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Award
New Tool Allows Scientists to Visualize ‘Nanoscale’ Processes
‘Adaptive Protein Crystal’ Could Form New Kind of Protective Material
How DNA Can Take on the Properties of Sand or Toothpaste
Three Earth-Sized Planets Found Orbiting a Tiny Nearby Star
In Memoriam: Walter Kohn 1923-2016
In Memoriam: Ami E. Berkowitz
Two UC San Diego Professors Named Fellows to Prestigious Math Society
Alice C. Tyler Perpetual Trust Gives $125,000 for Sally Ride Scholarship
Neuronal Structures Associated with Learning and Memory Sprout In Response to Novel Molecules
Breathing is a Rhythm for Life, and More
UC San Diego Biophysicists Discover How Hydra Opens Its Mouth
Clear View of Nanoparticles Helps Researchers Evaluate New Form of Cancer Treatment
Mathematician honored for major contributions to algebraic geometry
Space dust
Star role models
Campus Conference Welcomes Undergraduate Women in Physics


UC San Diego Professors Elected Fellows of National Academy of Inventors
Researchers Unravel Age-Old Mystery of Why Cells Use Fermentation
Physicists Predict Mechanics of Touch
Brushing Up Peptides Boosts their Potential as Drugs
Simulation illuminates Origin of the Brightest Galaxies
Chemists Devise a New, Versatile Way to Tag RNA
UC San Diego and TSRI Launch New Consortium to Create ‘Virtual Cell’
Astronomers Find 'Young Jupiter' Exoplanet, Analyze Atmosphere
Trapped Light Orbits Within an Intriguing Material
Nanospheres Deliver Safer Chemotherapy
Physicists Fine-tune Control of Agile Exotic Materials
Chemistry Department Recognized for Success in Building a Diverse Faculty
Discovery Paves Way for New Kinds of Superconducting Electronics
X-ray Imaging Reveals Secrets In Battery Materials
Nanomaterial Assembly Imaged in Real Time
New Nano Materials Inspired by Bird Feathers Play with Light to Create Color
Against the Stream
Surfing into a Greener Future
Chemists Create Modular System for Placing Proteins on Membranes
Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Extends to New Realms
Data Structures Influence Speed of Quantum Search in Unexpected Ways
Computational Strategy Helps to Map Human Epigenome
Cosmology Prize Recognizes ‘Inventive’ Proposed Test of Fundamental Physics


Study Sheds Light on What Causes Cells to Divide
Martian Meteorite Reveals Past Climate
Cells Can Use Dynamic Patterns to Pluck Signals from Noise
Physicists Explain Puzzling Particle Collisions
Marvin Goldberger, Physicist and Former Dean of Natural Sciences, Dies at 92
Galactic Blowout
Cancer Training Program Has Supported 300 Trainees in 30 Years
Real-time Readout of Neurochemical Activity
Viral Switches Share a Shape
Cell Membranes Self-assemble
Physicists Solve Longstanding Puzzle of How Moths Find Distant Mates
POLARBEAR Detects Curls in the Universe’s Oldest Light
Pharmaceutical Companies to Share Data for Drug Design via New UC San Diego-Led Resource
Nitrogen Fingerprint in Biomolecules Could Be from the Early Sun
Program Predicts Placement of Chemical Tags that Control Gene Activity
Quantitative Biology Approach Reveals the Importance of Physical Constraints on Critical DNA Interaction
Sulfur Signals in Antarctic Snow Reveal Clues to Climate, Past and Future
Vanishing Viscosity: Superfluid Gas Formed in Layers of 2D Crystals Induces High-temperature Superconductivity
Relaxation Helps Pack DNA into a Virus
Radiation from Early Universe Found Key to Answer Major Questions in Physics
Phone Calls Reveal Population Patterns that Census Miss
Unveiling the Universe's Earliest Secrets
Discovery Could Lead to Novel Therapies for Fragile X Syndrome
Cosmologists Report Evidence for Cosmic Inflation
Crystals Ripple in Response to Light
The Surface of the Sea is a Sink for Nitrogen Oxides at Night
In Memoriam: Arthur M. Wolfe 1939-2014
Source of ‘Moon Curse’ Revealed by Eclipse



Even the Smallest Possible Stroke Can Damage Brain Tissue and Impair Cognitive Function
New Survey of Distant Galaxies Will Trace Changes Over Billions of Years
Working Inside the Bubble
Chemists Develop Reversible Method of Tagging Proteins
Halo of Neutrinos Alters Physics of Exploding Stars
Intense Bursts of Star Formation Drive Fierce Galactic Winds
Color-coded Markers May Help Doctors Diagnose Neural Diseases Through the Eyes
Researchers Reveal Behaviors of Tiniest Water Droplets
Sally Ride, First Woman in Space and Former California Space Institute Director Dies at 61
Hunt for Higgs Reveals New Particle
Computing Grid Built for Physics Benefits a Wide Range of Science
Electrons Ripple Across Atom-thin Layers of Carbon
Varying Drug Levels Could Speed the Emergence of Drug-resistant Bacteria
New Member of Protein Family Reveals an Ancient Role in Iron Metabolism
UC San Diego Physicists Find Patterns in New State of Matter 
Discovery Provides Blueprint for New Drugs That Can Inhibit Hepatitis C Virus
Envelope for an Artificial Cell
Obituary: Jim Arnold, Founding Chair of Chemistry
Obituary: Salah Baouendi, Mathematics