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Robotics Legends Converge at UC San Diego Forum

October 16, 2014 – 6:00 am | Edit Post

After the industrial revolution and the Internet revolution, we are now poised for the robotics revolution. Influential robotics researchers and industry leaders made this prediction in many different ways Friday at the Contextual Robotics Technologies International Forum at UC San Diego. The speakers and more than 250 attendees gathered to reflect on what opportunities and challenges this revolution would bring, and how San Diego fits into this picture.

Changing Lives: Carol Vassiliadis Names Hospital with $8.5 Million to Jacobs Medical Center

October 16, 2014 – 6:00 am | Edit Post

Carol Vassiliadis did not attend college at the University of California, San Diego. Her two children did not go to UC San Diego. Her late husband, who battled cancer over a decade ago, was not treated at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. Yet, Vassiliadis has dedicated innumerable hours and considerable resources to the campus, including gifts totaling $8.5 million to the future UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center. In honor of her support, the new facility—to be opened in 2016—will be home to the “A. Vassiliadis Family Hospital for Advanced Surgery.” A portion of Vassiliadis’ support was also matched by an anonymous donor as part of a Jacobs Medical Center Challenge grant, for a total of $12 million in gifts.

Brain Trust

October 9, 2014 – 6:00 am | Edit Post

President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative, a federal research effort designed to help researchers answer fundamental questions about how the brain works, has in recent months awarded scientists at UC San Diego with more than $10 million in grants, cementing the campus’s reputation as one of the world’s top centers for neuroscience research.

Former UC San Diego Professor Wins 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

October 9, 2014 – 5:00 am | Edit Post

William E. Moerner, one of three scientists who this week were named winners of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, first applied his Nobel Prize-winning discovery to biological problems while working in the basement of Urey Hall as a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UC San Diego from 1995 to 1998.

Convocation Keynote Encourages Students to Recognize Power They Have to Influence Others

October 2, 2014 – 6:00 am | Edit Post

Mahatma Gandhi had a saying that he used to mobilize millions of poor people in India to gain independence: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Capturing Ancient Maya Sites from Both a Rat’s and a ‘Bat’s Eye View’

September 16, 2014 – 12:39 pm | Edit Post
Capturing Ancient Maya Sites from Both a Rat’s and a ‘Bat’s Eye View’

A trip to the Guatemalan jungle usually nets a few souvenirs: Photographs of Maya ruins, bragging rights about encounters with venomous snakes, perhaps a bug bite or two.

Capturing Ancient Maya Sites from Both a Rat’s and a ‘Bat’s Eye View’

September 16, 2014 – 12:39 pm | Edit Post
Capturing Ancient Maya Sites from Both a Rat’s and a ‘Bat’s Eye View’

A trip to the Guatemalan jungle usually nets a few souvenirs: Photographs of Maya ruins, bragging rights about encounters with venomous snakes, perhaps a bug bite or two.

UC San Diego Named Nation’s 8th Best Public University by U.S. News and World Report

September 8, 2014 – 9:10 pm | Edit Post
UC San Diego Named Nation’s 8th Best Public University by U.S. News and World Report

The University of California, San Diego is ranked the 8th best public university in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The publication’s 2015 Best Colleges guidebook, released today, ranks UC San Diego 37th best university in the U.S. among more than 200 public, private and for-profit institutions.

UC San Diego Named Nation’s 8th Best Public University by U.S. News and World Report

September 8, 2014 – 9:10 pm | Edit Post
UC San Diego Named Nation’s 8th Best Public University by U.S. News and World Report

The University of California, San Diego is ranked the 8th best public university in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The publication’s 2015 Best Colleges guidebook, released today, ranks UC San Diego 37th best university in the U.S. among more than 200 public, private and for-profit institutions.

The Preuss School UCSD Named One of America’s Top High Schools by the Daily Beast

August 27, 2014 – 2:26 pm | Edit Post
The Preuss School UCSD Named One of America’s Top High Schools by the Daily Beast

The Preuss School UCSD––a charter middle and high school for motivated, low-income students who strive to become the first in their families to graduate from college––has been named the top “change-making” school in the The Daily Beast’s “America’s Top High Schools 2014” ranking released today. The school was recognized for its ability to prepare low-income and first-generation students for college and beyond. Preuss was also ranked among the top 100 in the College-Bound category.