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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. 

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Researchers Discover How Strep A Bacteria Evade Our Natural Defenses

The labs of Chemistry Professor Partho Ghosh and Pediatric's Victor Nizet
used x-ray crystallography to discover how certain strep A bacteria evade the body's natural defenses. 

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Appointment of Oleg Shpyrko as New Department of Physics Chair

Professor of Physics Oleg Shpyrko is the new chair of the department, after having previously served as vice-chair. And thank you to outgoing chair and Distinguished Professor Brian Maple for his years of service. 

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Associate Professor of Mathematics Zhouli Xu is 2022 ICM Lecturer

Xu's work focuses on topology. In his ICM lecture, he introduced a new methodology via motivic homotopy theory—a theory designed to study problems in algebraic geometry, but Xu has shown it can be also used to study problems in classical topology.

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

The Kohn-Sham equation was pivotal to the formation of density functional theory. Its subsequent impact on everything from new materials design to drug discovery led APS to designate Mayer Hall a historical site.

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

Akif Tezcan and Mark Herzik, both in the Department of Chemistry, report near-atomic-resolution snapshots of nitrogenase during catalysis using cryogenic electron microscopy (cryoEM). The results were published in the journal Science.

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Neal Devaraj Named Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow

Professor of Chemistry Neal K. Devaraj has been named a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow by the Department of Defense (DOD). Devaraj was one of only nine selected fellows, and the first from UC San Diego since 2015. 

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

Professor of Physics Thomas Murphy believes humankind's current trajectory unbridled economic growth is unable to continue much longer. His assessment appears in a comment paper recently published by Nature Physics.

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Olga Dudko Receives Prestigious Simons Investigator Award

Professor of Physics Olga Dudko has been named a 2022 Simons Investigator, one of the most prestigious awards for a theoretical research scientist. Dudko is a theoretical physicist whose work seeks to establish unifying physical principles in biology.

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Physical Sciences Researchers Earn Prestigious Early Career Awards

Four researchers from the School of Physical Sciences have received important early career awards from the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

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School of Physical Sciences Class of '22 Share Their Stories

The School of Physical Sciences congratulates everyone who graduated this spring. Here we share a few stories from the graduating class of 2022—favorite memories, challenges overcome, and friends made along the way.

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UC San Diego Atmospheric Chemist Kim Prather Elected to American Philosophical Society
Kim Prather has been inducted into the American Philosophical Society, whose members have included George Washington, Thomas Paine, Charles Darwin and Robert Frost. Prather is the first person from UC San Diego to be inducted since 2010.

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Student Spotlight: Josh Gillis
Student athlete Josh Gillis will graduate this spring with a B.S. in chemistry and a minor in business. He is a member of the UC San Diego Track & Field team, where he is in the top ten for javelin throws in the Big West Conference. Read more about his accomplishments in our Student Spotlight Q&A.
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UC San Diego Service Award Honoree Shares Highlights from 36-Year Career

During Diana Platero-Lopez's 36 years with UC San Diego, she has played various roles in many departments including pharmacology, music, economics and mathematics, where she is currently the manager of Student Affairs.

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

Chemistry Professor Wei Xiong and Physics Professor Monica Allen were both part of research teams that received interdisciplinary research awards from the Department of Defense.

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The Physics “Class of 1966” Finds Cohesion in Diaspora
After they graduated, they dispersed across the globe. Yet over the past five decades, they have remained in touch, even during the pandemic. An update on the Physics Class of ’66…

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The Division of Physical Sciences Announces Inaugural EDI Excellence Awardees
The division is excited to announce the recipients of its inaugural EDI Excellence Awards: Alex Frañó, Megan Li, Stephanie Mora Garcia, Jeanette Starpine and SACNAS. Their work provides invaluable support to EDI initiatives in the division and across campus.

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Three UC San Diego Math Professors Win Simons Fellowships
Congratulations to three UC San Diego mathematics faculty – Adrian Ioana, Melvin Leok and Rayan Saab – on being named 2022 Simons Fellows. The fellowship will provide them additional support to focus on research and intellectual stimulation.

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Shelley Wright Named 2022 SETI Institute Drake Award Recipient
Associate Professor of Physics Shelley Wright will receive this year's Drake Award from the SETI Institute for her work on SETI instrumentation and using infrared wavelengths to detect extraterrestrial communications.

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Unstable Molecule Clicks with Synthetic Strategy
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Josh Figueroa and postdoc Shuai Wang have discovered a new way to stabilize diphosphorus using a single metal ion, reinforcing the diagonal relationship between phosphorus and carbon, and providing a new tool in synthetic chemistry.

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2022 George W. and Carol A. Lattimer Faculty Research Fellows Announced
Congratulations to the latest recipients of the division’s Lattimer Faculty Research Fellowship –  Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Galia Debelouchina and Professor of Physics Olga Dudko.

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Meddling with Metals: Escaping the Tyranny of Copper

Chemistry Professor Akif Tezcan and postdoc Tae Su Choi designed a flexible protein that selectively binds other metal ions over copper, paving the way for the design of novel functional proteins and metal sequestration agents. 

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New Faculty Bridge Black Studies and STEM

UC San Diego is welcoming 13 new faculty members who will serve as connection points between the experiences and outcomes of Black and African American people and issues in science, technology, engineering and health, including Chemistry Professor Lisa Jones.

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Bridging a Gap in the Theory of Synaptic Transmission
Professor of Physics Olga Dudko and physics Ph.D. student Bin Wang have discovered a universal theory of synaptic transmission. The discovery revealed that synapses with strikingly different properties still exhibit similar patterns and behaviors.

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Franklin Garrett Receives Inclusive Excellence Award
Congratulations to Franklin Garrett on receiving the 2021 Inclusive Excellence Award for his work supporting the campus’ equity, diversity and inclusion goals. Read our Q&A to learn more about his work, his thesis research and what he loves about UC San Diego.

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Three UC San Diego faculty members receive 2022 Sloan Research Fellowship
UC San Diego celebrates three new Sloan Fellows, including Assistant Professor of Mathematics Frederick Manners. These are one of the most competitive and prestigious awards available to early career researchers.

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Massimiliano Di Ventra Named an IEEE Fellow
Physics Professor Massimiliano Di Ventra has been named an IEEE Fellow for his work on quantum transport in nanoscale systems and “in-memory computing.” Di Ventra is the university’s only 2022 IEEE fellow.

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Cohort Program Provides a Pathway to Excellence

Operated through the division’s Student Success Center, the Cohort Program provides incoming freshmen with a support system to address many of the struggles new students face.

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Undergraduate Megan Li Receives Prestigious USRA Award
Congratulations to Megan Li on being named a USRA Distinguished Undergraduate. Read our Q&A to learn more about her studies, her plans for the future and why she wants to look for alien life.

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COVID Gets Airborne
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Rommie Amaro has, along with partners across the U.S. and around the world, modeled the delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 inside an aerosol for the first time. These models provide an up-close look at how the virus travels and thrives in the air.

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UC San Diego Faculty Receive Trifecta of National Awards

Physics professors Benjamin Grinstein, Terry Hwa and Suckjoon Jun have all received national recognition for their groundbreaking physics research.

Archive

2021

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 trained mice to control seemingly random bursts of dopamine in their brains...

IT’S NOT JUST SARS-COV-2: MOST RESPIRATORY VIRUSES SPREAD BY AEROSOLS

Here’s how cool a star can be and still achieve lasting success

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

Keck Foundation Supports Innovative Strategy for Chemical Synthesis

Air filtration is essential to keeping indoor spaces safe from delta variant

How the coronavirus infects cells — and why Delta is so dangerous

Spring Valley Group Stages Clean-Up In Tijuana River Valley

‘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

Mathematicians Find Long-Sought Building Blocks for Special Polynomials

Interim Director Named for San Diego Supercomputer Center

A Textbook Case for Heeding Planetary Limits

Physical Sciences at 60

Vicki Grassian on Women in STEM

In Memoriam: Chancellor Emerita Marye Anne Fox

In Memoriam: Former Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Marjorie Caserio

Social distancing indoors may provide 'false sense of security,' coronavirus transmission study finds

Edward Dennis and Susan Taylor Named to Inaugural Class of ASBMB Fellows

Breakthrough with Quantum Materials Pushes Biologically Inspired Learning Devices

Akif Tezcan Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

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

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

Behind the Gordon Bell Prize-Winning Spike Protein Simulations

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

Opinion: The Perseverance rover landing on Mars is a giant leap toward human colonization of space

Opinion: Like that Mars landing? Here’s how UC San Diego scientists are involved in exoplanet exploration

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

Two Faculty Awarded Cottrell Scholar Awards

Stories of Black Family in America

Tetrahedron Solutions Finally Proved Decades After Computer Search

Copperizing the Complexity of Superconductivity

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

Physics PhD Student Wins Beth Brown Memorial Award

Physicist Wins Buchalter Cosmology Prize

Industry Alum Pays It Forward through Physics Education Outreach

Fresh Sea Spray Turns ‘Sour’ after Being Airborne

Physics Professor Earns Prestigious NCAA Silver Anniversary Award

2020

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

2019

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

2018

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

2017

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

2016

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

2015

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

2014

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

2013

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

2012

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

2011