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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. 



Ammonium Nitrate: What Is It and Where Is It Stored in San Diego County?
Chemistry Professor Brian Leigh provides information about ammonium nitrate to NBC7 Reporter Alexis Rivas.

Foot-bed of flip-flops being pulled from a mold. Photo courtesy of Stephen Mayfield, UC San Diego.

New Science Behind Algae-based Flip-flops
Chemistry and Biochemistry’s Michael Burkart and Skip Pomeroy help create biodegradable shoes that meet commercial standards.

ESA/Hubble & NASA, RELICS; Acknowledgement: D. Coe et al.

UC San Diego Forging a Sustainable Future with Renewable Products
Cutting-edge science and new center for biodegradable goods target environmental scourge of plastic waste.

Display of the aftermath of a head-on collision between protons, with energy of 7 trillion electron volts each, collected by the CMS experiment in 2018. Here a candidate Higgs boson produced via the gluon fusion mode disintegrates into a pair of muons, indicated by the red lines and some subatomic debris indicated in yellow and green. The muon-pair has an invariant mass of 125.46 GeV. Photo courtesy of the CMS Collaboration, CERN.

Scientists Find First Evidence for the Higgs Boson Interaction with Muons
Professor of Physics Vivek Sharma guided the discovery of the Higgs boson eight years ago. Now, he and his team have made another breakthrough discovery.

ESA/Hubble & NASA, RELICS; Acknowledgement: D. Coe et al.

Scientists Explore Signals for a Quantum Universe
UC San Diego’s Daniel Green set out to find a signal for the quantum origin of structure by applying theoretical techniques used to understand the way particles scatter in colliders.


Two UC San Diego Chemists Named Finalists for the World’s Top Ph.D. Prize
UC San Diego’s Ahanjit Bhattacharya and Johannes Karges are among this year’s 45 finalists for the Reaxys Ph.D. Prize—a global competition open to any individual who is earning or has recently completed a Ph.D. in any discipline of chemistry or related field of science.


Chemists, Physicists Create Spongy Droplets to Mimic Cellular Organelles
With a bottom-up approach to synthetic biology, UC San Diego Chemist Neal Devaraj, Physicist Sunil Sinha and a team of researchers showed that the lipid sponge droplets can be programmed to function like cellular organelles.


Mathematician, Engineer receive Newton Award for Transformative Ideas during COVID-19 Pandemic
UC San Diego’s Melvin Leok and Boris Kramer earn DOD funding for research that could revolutionize both civilian and military science.

Illustration of a brown dwarf. Despite their name, brown dwarfs would appear magenta or orange-red to the human eye if seen close up. Image courtesy of William Pendrill

Band of Astronomers Finds Low Heavy Metal in Brown Dwarf Discoveries
Astronomers in UC San Diego’s Cool Star Lab worked with a larger team of scientists and citizen scientists on the discovery of two unusual brown dwarfs that could be part of an ancient population of celestial objects formed early in the history of the Milky Way.

Ron Graham

Tribute to the ‘Mathemagican’
Ron Graham, professor emeritus of computer science and mathematics, whose career of 60 years included the discovery of Graham’s number, leadership roles in U.S. mathematical associations, and expertise in juggling and mathematical-based card tricks, has died. He was 84.

Nicole Steinmetz, Michael Sailor, Shirley Meng and Stacey Brydges

$18M Boost to Materials Science Research at UC San Diego
The National Science Foundation has awarded University of California San Diego researchers a six-year, $18 million grant to fund a new Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). Chemistry and Biochemistry’s Michael Sailor and Stacey Bridges are among the new center’s leaders.

Assistant Professor of Physics Javier Duarte. Photo by Michelle Fredricks, UC San Diego Physical Sciences

UC San Diego Physicist Making a Mark
Physicist Javier Duarte is one of 76 scientists selected nationwide to receive research support from the DOE’s Office of Science’s Early Career Research Program. His proposed research project titled “Real-Time Artificial Intelligence for Particle Reconstruction and Higgs Physics” aims to develop a real-time system to reconstruct particles originating from the Large Hadron Collider’s proton collisions using artificial intelligence (AI).

Image: Masks reduce airborne transmission

Reducing transmission of SARS-CoV-2
Kim Prather, distinguished chair in atmospheric chemistry in the Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry and at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and director of the NSF’s CAICE, took the lead on a perspective piece published June 26, 2020, in the journal Science. The article addresses how the spread of COVID-19 appears to be occurring through airborne transmission of aerosols.

UC San Diego scientists created a 3-D computer model of the coronavirus spike protein with a sugar shield on it. A cross section of that model is shown in the image above, with the dark blue representing the sugars, June 25, 2020.

Coronavirus Is Covered In Sugar Shield, UCSD Scientists Figured Out What It Looks Like
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Rommie Amaro was interviewed by KPBS Science Reporter Shalina Chatlani about her breakthrough research revealing the atomic structure of the coronavirus’ sugary shield.

UC San Diego Ph.D. Candidate in Physics Sean Bearden. Photo courtesy of Sean Bearden

From Prison to Physics: ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’
It took a punch and a trigger to land Sean Bearden in prison in 2005. It took a mentor named Ms. Rose, armed with a Dr. Seuss book, to set him on his journey to where he’s at in 2020—a scholar of physics who was just awarded a 2020-21 President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship at the University of California San Diego.

One of the popular cartoon pictures about holographic universe from Google.

Using Artificial Intelligence to ‘Paint’ the Holographic Universe
Physicists Yi-Zhuang You and Hong-Ye Hu find the holographic duality between a boundary quantum theory and a bulk gravity theory with the help of a new machine-learning algorithm.

Students with masks walking on campus.

To Wear a Mask or Not, Is Not the Question; Research Indicates It’s the Answer
UC San Diego Nobel Laureate Mario Molina plays a key role in a new study that shows the coronavirus spreads mainly through airborne transmission and that wearing a face mask is the most effective way to prevent new infections. 

Glycan shield in SARS-CoV-2 spike.

Sugar-Coating Disguise Allows for Coronavirus Infection
The coronavirus wraps itself in a sugary cloak made up of molecules called glycans in order to trick the human immune system into identifying it as being harmless, according to new research by biochemist Rommie Amaro and colleagues.

XENON1T detector. Credit: XENON Collaboration

Dark Matter Scientists Surprised by Observation of ‘Excess of Events’
The international XENON collaboration, including physics professor Kaixuan Ni, announced today that data from its XENON1T—the world's most sensitive dark matter experiment—show a surprising excess of events. Admittedly, the scientists don’t fully understand what they observed, but they have some ideas.

Joel Yuen-Zhou

UC San Diego Professor Named 2020 Blavatnik National Awards Finalist in Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry’s Joel Yuen-Zhou is among this year’s 31 finalists for the prestigious Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists.


Direct Proof of Dark Matter May Lurk at Low-Energy Frontiers
Physicist Tongyan Lin helped calculate how likely low-mass dark matter is to generate plasmons in a detector.

Chancellor’s Dissertation Medal

Physics Researcher Awarded Chancellor’s Dissertation Medal
Congratulations to Physical Sciences’ James Wampler, a postdoctoral researcher and member of the Ivan Schuller Nanoscience Group, who was selected as a 2020 Chancellor’s Dissertation Medal Recipient. Wampler is one of six medalists selected this year who will be recognized at the Graduate Division Virtual Commencement on Saturday, June 13.

Monica Allen

2020 YIP Recipient Monica Allen Earns $450K Research Award
Monica Allen, assistant professor and Theodore D. Foster Endowed Chair in the Department of Physics, will receive a three-year grant totaling $450,000 through the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program.

Rommie Amaro

UC San Diego’s Rommie Amaro Wins Support for COVID-19 Research
The Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) awarded seven teams of scientists $700,000 for cutting-edge research through its COVID-19 Initiative: Detecting and Mitigating Epidemics. Among the scientists selected is UC San Diego’s Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Rommie Amaro.


UC San Diego Chemistry Student Stands Out to U.S. Dept. of Energy
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry PhD student Alejandra Arroyave is one of 62 students nationwide selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research program. She will conduct part of her thesis research at a national lab in collaboration with a DOE scientist.

Scientifically known as Psilocybe cubensis, this mushroom species’ active ingredients are psilocybin and psilobin.

The Psychedelic Science of Pain
The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at UC San Diego organized the collaborative Psychedelics and Health Research Initiative, which explores the potential for psychedelics to address chronic pain conditions.

Bussey conducting a lab workshop on campus. Photo courtesy of Thomas Bussey, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Onsite or Online, Good Teaching is Good Teaching
With a deep knowledge of curriculum and instruction, Thomas Bussey, an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, offers useful guidelines to educators as they navigate the online teaching and learning landscape during the pandemic.


UC San Diego’s Mark Herzik Named 2020 Searle Scholar
Assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry is one of 15 scientists to receive $300,000 for high-risk, high-reward research.

Image from the research team’s prior work, showing a student pouring polyurethane into a flip-flop mold. Photo by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publication

Researchers Turn Algae Leftovers into Renewable Products with Flare
Researchers take waste products from algae-based omega-3 oil production and convert them into valuable and renewable polyurethane foams with all kinds of commercial applications—from flip-flops and running shoe soles, to mattresses and yoga mats.


‘Molecular Distancing’ Presents Pathway to Remote Chemical Reactions
In a study led by UC San Diego Chemist Wei Xiong, he and colleague Joel Yuen-Zhou found a way to artificially make molecules in solution exchange vibrational energy at room temperature, challenging the current paradigm in chemistry.


Physicists Go Out on a Limb to Advance AI Computing
Department of Physics’ Alex Frano, Oleg Shpyrko and Ivan Zaluzhnyy, along with their collaborators, used quantum materials to create “neural trees” that mimic brain synapses.


From Physics Undergrad to Rocket Parts Pro—in Reverse
A typical trajectory for an undergraduate student is to get educated, get an internship and get a job. The career of Kyle Adriany (BS, physics; ’16) followed a different ARC.


Perspectives on Remote Learning and Teaching
With spring quarter classes and labs underway virtually as part of the collective effort to keep people safe, to stop the spread and to flatten the curve, Division of Physical Sciences science writing intern and chemistry undergraduate Z.Y. Zhuoying checked in with some students and faculty to see how they’re faring online.


Five UC San Diego Professors Elected to National Academy of Sciences
Physical Sciences professors Dmitri Basov, Terence Hwa, Clifford Kubiak and Kimberly Prather are among the Academy’s new members, recognized for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Left to right, top: Paul Churchland and Vicki Grassian; bottom: Margaret Leinen and David Victor. Photos courtesy of UC San Diego

Four from UC San Diego Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Three faculty members and one vice chancellor are among the Academy’s 2020 class of 276 members, recognized for their outstanding accomplishments, expertise and insights toward the common good.

Iridescent macroscopic single crystals

Researchers Make Gemstones with Salty, Soapy Water for the First Time
Collaborators from the University of California San Diego and New York University used water and salt to make “bling” with a proposed novel experiment by UC San Diego’s Jérémie Palacci to form ionic colloidal crystals from common colloids. Their research findings are published in Nature.


Industry Leader’s Passion for Chemistry Ferments Career
Home brewing and fermentation industry leader, UC San Diego alumnus Chris White, studied protein structure and function as a doctoral student. He used his experiences as an industry intern to eventually establish White Labs, Inc.

Elizabeth Wong

Math Scientist Powers Up to Solve Energy Grid Problem
Elizabeth Wong, assistant project scientist in the Department of Mathematics, was a member of an interdisciplinary and multi-institutional team that competed recently in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Grid Optimization (GO) competition. The team placed second out of 27 participating teams, winning $400,000 for continued research.

Artistic rendering of the coronavirus. COURTESY OF NIAID

To Beat Covid-19, Scientists Try to 'See' the Invisible Enemy
Using beams of X-rays and electrons, Rommie Amaro is leading a team of researchers in creating a moving model of the coronavirus in order to discover its weaknesses.

Margaret Burbidge

Margaret Burbidge, who explored the universe’s distant reaches, dies at 100
A self-described “watcher of the skies,” her research shed light on distant galaxies, mysterious quasars and the origins of chemical elements, helping to explain how humans and most everything else are made of stardust. Burbidge died April 5 at her home in San Francisco. She was 100.

Margaret Burbidge

E. Margaret Burbidge, Astronomer Who Blazed Trails on Earth, Dies at 100
Denied access to a telescope because she was a woman, Dr. Burbidge forged ahead anyway, going on to make pathbreaking discoveries about the cosmos.

Ruth Williams

UC San Diego Distinguished Math Professor Named 2020 SIAM Fellow
The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) recently announced its 2020 Class of SIAM Fellows. Among the 28 new fellows is UC San Diego’s Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Ruth Williams, recognized for her contributions to the study of stochastic processes and their applications.

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Tadeusz “Ted” Molinski

Chemistry Professor Honored with 2020 Ernest Guenther Award
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Tadeusz “Ted” Molinski has been selected by the American Chemical Society (ACS) to receive the 2020 Ernest Guenther Award in the Chemistry of Natural Products.

Poster board presented by Kyra Wu at the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair

UC San Diego Students Share Knowledge that Leads to 11th Grader’s Science Fair Win
PhD student and undergrad leverage experience from their ongoing work to assist local high-school junior with her research project.

A coronavirus envelope all-atom computer model is being developed by the Amaro Lab of UC San Diego on the NSF-funded Frontera supercomputer of TACC at UT Austin


Coronavirus Massive Simulations Completed on Frontera Supercomputer
Rommie Amaro, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is leading efforts to build the first complete all-atom model of the external component of the SARS-COV-2 coronavirus envelope.

Artistic rendition of a piece of the Mundrabilla meteorite over a protoplanetary nebula

Scientists Observe Superconductivity in Meteorites
Mark Thiemens, Ivan Schuller and James Wampler investigated a diverse population of meteorites. Among the 15 pieces of comets and asteroids studied, they found two with superconductive grains.



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