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The Division 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. 



Breakthrough with Quantum Materials Pushes Biologically Inspired Learning Devices
UC San Diego physicists have created new artificial devices that mimic basic learning functions carried out by neurons in the human brain. They demonstrated how quantum materials could be used to develop new devices that can “learn” to switch between functional states.


Akif Tezcan Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship
Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Akif Tezcan has been honored as a Guggenheim Fellow. Named by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Tezcan is part of a diverse group of 184 artists, writers, scholars and scientists in the newly announced group of 2021 fellows. During the fellowship, Tezcan plans to work with his research colleagues on new types of materials that they recently developed called polymer-integrated protein crystals. “I am honored to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship,” said Tezcan. “It is a testament to the creativity, dedication and hard work of my students and coworkers who actually carry out the research.”


Neal Devaraj Appointed as Goodman Chair
Based on the recommendation of an ad hoc committee composed of distinguished and chaired faculty, Professor Neal Devaraj has been appointed as the Murray Goodman Endowed Chair in Chemistry and Biochemistry for a three-year term.


New Blueprint of Brain Connections Reveals Extensive Reach of Central Regulator
UC San Diego researchers have generated a new map of brain connectivity from a part of the brain called the basal ganglia, a hub for regulating motor and behavior functions. The breadth of connections revealed could potentially open avenues for intervention of Parkinson’s disease and other disorders.


Graduate Student Honored by Astronomical and Physical Societies
Physics graduate student Christian Aganze has won the 2020 Beth Brown Memorial Award for his discovery of new and distant brown dwarfs in the Milky Way galaxy. Aganze was honored at the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) conference with the Best Graduate Student Poster Presentation.


Artificial Neuron Device Could Shrink Energy Use and Size of Neural Network Hardware
Physicist Ivan Schuller and the DOE Energy Frontier Research Center collaborate on project to power new nanometer-sized artificial neuron devices.


Peter Ebenfelt Awarded Bergman Prize from AMS
Math Professor Peter Ebenfelt has been awarded the Stefan Bergman Prize, an American Mathematical Society award that recognizes mathematical accomplishments in the theory of the kernel function and its applications in real and complex analysis.


Behind the Gordon Bell Prize-Winning Spike Protein Simulations
COVID-19 a year later: It’s been more than a year since Rommie Amaro and her co-authors published the first atomic-level simulation of the full-length spike protein–the now-notorious mechanism that allows SARS-CoV-2 to invade human cells, which is targeted by all of the approved vaccines.


Math Student Brings Black Beauty Products to UC San Diego
Mathematics and computer science student Jaida Day launched a new business, Black Beauty Near You, with a goal of making Black hair and skin care products more accessible to UC San Diego students.


Physical Sciences Faculty Named to Newly Created Titles: Distinguished Professors of Graduate Division
Distinguished Professors Edward Dennis and Andrew McCammon have been appointed to the newly created UC San Diego title of distinguished professor of the graduate division. The new distinction is in recognition of their continued significant contributions to science and UC San Diego.


Food for Thought: New Maps Reveal How Brains are Kept Nourished
UC San Diego scientists have created new brain maps with unprecedented detail. The insights provided by the new maps are helping answer questions about blood supply and how more active parts of the brain are kept nourished versus less demanding areas. 


Opinion: The Perseverance rover landing on Mars is a giant leap toward human colonization of space
NASA’s Perseverance rover and its technological features offer unique opportunities to explore life and inhabitation of Mars, described in this San Diego Union-Tribune op-ed article by Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor and former Division of Physical Sciences Dean Mark Thiemens.


Opinion: Like that Mars landing? Here’s how UC San Diego scientists are involved in exoplanet exploration
Physics Professor and Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences Director George Fuller discusses the many ways NASA’s Perseverance rover paves the way for new Mars and exoplanet discovery in this op-ed published in theSan Diego Union-Tribune.


UC San Diego Physicists Uncover Phenomena Tied to New State of Matter
UC San Diego physicists are discovering details about the fundamental properties of exotic particles known as excitons. Their findings include pinpointing a visual phenomenon tied to a new state of matter as well as the first confirmation of exciton superfluidity.


New Grant Funds Clinical Trial to Assess Psychedelic as Treatment for Phantom Limb Pain
The Psychedelics and Health Research Initiative, a collaboration among the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination and several UC San Diego units, has received a $1.3 million grant from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation to fund a clinical trial investigating the therapeutic potential of psilocybin in treating phantom limb pain.


Leading Experts Call for Immediate Action to Address Inhalation Exposure to Prevent COVID-19
Leading scientific and medical experts, including Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry Kim Prather, are calling upon the Biden Administration to take immediate action to address inhalation exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus as a cornerstone of the COVID-19 pandemic response.


New Lattimer Research Fellows Announced
The Division of Physical Sciences is proud to announce that Massimiliano Di Ventra (Physics) and Mark Herzik (Chemistry and Biochemistry) have been awarded 2021-2022 George W. and Carol A. Lattimer Faculty Research Fellowships.


Four UC San Diego Faculty Members Awarded 2021 Sloan Research Fellowships
Four UC San Diego early career faculty members, including Brandon Seward and Joel Yuen-Zhou of the Division of Physical Sciences, have been named 2021 Sloan Research Fellows. Sloan Fellowships honor “extraordinary” researchers in the U.S. and Canada “whose creativity, innovation and research accomplishments make them stand out as the next generation of scientific leaders.”


Two Faculty Awarded Cottrell Scholar Awards
Congratulations to two faculty members in the Division of Physical Sciences who have been named to receive 2021 Cottrell Scholar Awards. According to the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, the $100,000 Cottrell Scholar Awards are given to outstanding teacher-scholars in chemistry, physics and astronomy. The 2021 UC San Diego recipients are:
Alex Frañó, physics, Creating Artificial Angstrom-scale Periodic Potentials Using X-ray Standing Waves and Enhancing Creativity in Physics Education
Alexis Komor, chemistry, Harnessing Precision Genome Editing Tools to Study DNA Repair Proteins in Live Cells.


Stories of Black Family in America
Franklin Garrett, director of the Student Success Center in the Division of Physical Sciences, discusses Black unity, student mentorship and other perspectives in this story featuring students, faculty and staff offering their personal family stories in honor of Black History Month.


Tetrahedron Solutions Finally Proved Decades After Computer Search
Mathematician Kiran Kedlaya contributes to new proof that clearly identifies all special tetrahedra. The proof answers questions about an ancient shape thanks to a cutting-edge innovation that provides mathematicians with a new technique for finding solutions to certain equations.


Copperizing the Complexity of Superconductivity
Physicist Alex Frano teams up with a group of international researchers in a study that suggests how electrons interact in solids may be key to understanding emerging phases of quantum materials.


TRAPPIST-1 Family of Planets: Rocky Through and Through?
Physics Professor Adam Burgasser and a team of international researchers report precise measurements in this TRAPPIST-1 study that offers the most precise picture of exoplanet composition achieved to date.


Physics PhD Student Wins Beth Brown Memorial Award
Christian Aganze, a PhD student who works with Professor Adam Burgasser in the Department of Physics, was awarded the Beth Brown Memorial Award for his work on discovering faint stars out of the solar system. The award, supported by the American Astronomical Society and connected with the National Society of Black Physicists meeting, commemorates Brown. She was the first African American woman to earn a doctorate from the University of Michigan’s astronomy department and served as a role model for students from underrepresented groups.




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

MemComputing co-founder Dr. Massimiliano Di Ventra wins 2020 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology

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 Drugss

Energizing Plastics Renewability, Recycling Efforts

Behind SWITCHFOOT: The UC San Diego Stories

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

How big money is powering a massive hunt for alien intelligence

Sleuthing Their Way to Discovery with a New Microscope

UC San Diego Mathematics Alumnus Gives $100,000
Richard Libby ('80, BA; '82, MA; PhD, UC Santa Cruz, ’90) tallied a lot of zeroes for the benefit of the university’s Department of Mathematics and the Rady School of Management. His enthusiasm for applying mathematics to business finance, particularly market risk assessment, is demonstrated through his gift of $100,000 in support of graduate studies and research. Libby also agreed to additional support of the math department’s most critical needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

How Do You Solve a Moon Mystery? Fire a Laser at It

Chemist Helps Bridge Underrepresented Minority Gap in Science

Walking the Walk of Change

Ammonium Nitrate: What Is It and Where Is It Stored in San Diego County?

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

Reducing transmission of SARS-CoV-2

Coronavirus Is Covered In Sugar Shield, UCSD Scientists Figured Out What It Looks Like

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

Direct Proof of Dark Matter May Lurk at Low-Energy Frontiers

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

To Beat Covid-19, Scientists Try to 'See' the Invisible Enemy

Margaret Burbidge, who explored the universe’s distant reaches, dies at 100

E. Margaret Burbidge, Astronomer Who Blazed Trails on Earth, Dies at 100

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

Coronavirus Massive Simulations Completed on Frontera Supercomputer

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

Distinguished Professor Talks Carbon

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

The Iron Ocean

Teaching Growth Mindset

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

Paying it Forward

Get to know 10 early-career theorists: Tongyan Lin

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

Chemists Manipulate the Physics of Digital Devices

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

Alumna Writes Story Featured in NYT Magazine

Taking a Bite Out of the Flu

Enjoy the Ride

Talking Shop on Guidepost

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

POLARBEAR-2 Telescope Sees First Light

The Invisible Dance of CRISPR-Cas9

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

New Study Might Help Unlock Secrets of the Flu

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

The Amazon Science Book of the Year Goes to…

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

High School Journalists ‘Space Out’ with UC San Diego Astrophysicist

Physical Sciences to Honor Late Founding Faculty Member George Feher

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

Physicists Train Robotic Gliders to Soar like Birds

Nobel Prize-winning Chemist Opines about California Climate Summit

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

Two Grad Students’ Chance Meeting Leads to Research Breakthrough

Chemistry Research ‘Rocks’ New Data about Ancient Life

Scientists Introduce New Way to Mimic ‘Machine of Machines’

Physical Sciences at Comic-Con

UC San Diego Researchers Charge Quest to End ‘Voltage Fade’

Professor Judy Kim Named 2018 Fellow of the American Chemical Society

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

Chemist Makes List of Finalists for 2018 Blavatnik National Awards

Chemists Fashion New Biomaterial Design

Scientists, Middle School Students Share Research Space

PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs with Alison Coil

Vicki Grassian Named ‘Chemical Pioneer’

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

Chemists ‘Crystallize’ New Approach to Materials Science

Scientists Sniff Out How the ‘Nose Knows’

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

UC San Diego's 'ZeroGDoc' Recalls Flight with Stephen Hawking

Distinguished Professor Mario Molina Receives Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award

Mathematics Professor Contributes to High Profile Study about Mothers who Drink While Pregnant

Astrophysicist Encourages Elon Musk to Boost Inclusion of Women, Minorities at Tesla

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

UC San Diego Mathematician's Contributions Add Up to Fellowship in New Program Honoring Women

Physical Sciences Adds EDI Leadership Role to Division


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
Clarke Center for Human Imagination Hosts Sir Roger Penrose Jan. 19
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
The Last Woman to Win a Physics Nobel
Department of Physics Celebrates Sheldon “Shelly” Schultz
New Lab at UC San Diego Strengthens Cross-Disciplinary Science
Associate Dean of Physical Sciences to give Tedx talk, Oct 14
Why Men Don’t Believe the Data on Gender Bias in Science
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
Newly Discovered Exoplanet System Found to be Older Than Our Solar System
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
Brian Druker ’77, MD ‘81 Named 2017 Alumni Honoree
DJ Patil ’96 Named 2017 Alumni Honoree
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
Barbara Sawrey Honored as one of San Diego's Most Inspirational Women
SLAC’s X-ray Laser Glimpses How Electrons Dance with Atomic Nuclei in Materials
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
Molecular Avalanche
Star role models
Campus Conference Welcomes Undergraduate Women in Physics


UC San Diego Professors Elected Fellows of National Academy of Inventors
Precise constraints on primordial magnetism
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
Molecular motion tracked with advanced graphics (video)
Tiger Math
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
Chemical senses (Triton feature on the Senses Bureau)
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
Planet hunters (Triton feature)
$9M for biomedical computation
New Nano3 Microscope Will Allow High-Resolution Look Inside Cells
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
Silicon sponge improves lithium-ion battery performance
New analysis eliminates potential speed bump in quantum computing
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 memorium: Arthur M. Wolfe 1939-2014
Source of ‘moon curse’ revealed by eclipse


Biosynthesis captured in motion
Quantitative Approaches Provide New Perspective on Development of Antibiotic Resistance
Scientists Solve Mystery of Odd Patterns of Oxygen in Solar System’s Earliest Rocks
UC San Diego Researchers Advance Explanation for Star Formation
Quark asymmetries hint at new physics
Three Generations of UC San Diego Physicists Plumb the Microvasculature of the Mammalian Brain
New scheme for quantum computing
Physicists plumb vasculature of mammalian brain
Shape-shifting nanoparticles flip from sphere to net in response to tumor signal
Mathematicians analyze social divisions using cell-phone data
Extreme star formation reveals fleeting phase of galactic evolution
Biological activity alters the ability of sea spray to seed clouds
SDSC’s Gordon Supercomputer Assists in Crunching Large Hadron Collider Data
Dust in Asia and Africa, Snow in the Sierra Nevada
Clues to climate cycles dug from Antarctic snow pit


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 Matterr 
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