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$6.5M Gift Establishes Laboratory at UC San Diego for Regenerative Ophthalmology

Posted by sandiegobiotech April 3rd, 2014 .
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A $6.5 million gift from a grateful patient will create the Richard C. Atkinson Laboratory for Regenerative Ophthalmology in the department of ophthalmology at the UC San Diego Shiley Eye Center. The new lab will investigate cell…

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Cognitive Science Alumnus Chris Fry Leads Twitter to New Heights

Posted by sandiegobiotech April 3rd, 2014 .
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It is Chris Fry’s job, as senior vice president of engineering at Twitter, to make sure his flock of engineers continues to fly in formation. Fry is an expert engineer whose team does a number of things, including making sure Twitter can handle more than 500 million daily Tweets. Yet it is his ability to build and manage innovative teams that makes him one of the most valuable technology leaders in the business today. Fry credits his versatility to the interdisciplinary education he gained while pursuing a Ph.D. in cognitive science at UC San Diego — a path that while maybe not an obvious choice for his field, has proven invaluable.

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Patches of Cortical Layers Disrupted During Early Brain Development in Autism

Posted by sandiegobiotech March 26th, 2014 .
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Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Allen Institute for Brain Science have published a study that gives clear and direct new evidence that autism begins during pregnanc…

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UC San Diego’s César E. Chávez Events Celebrate Chicano Culture and Civil Rights

Posted by sandiegobiotech March 24th, 2014 .
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César E. Chávez, civil rights advocate, labor leader and proponent of nonviolent activism, is the center of a series of celebratory events at the University of California, San Diego throughout the months of April and May. The events will include the performance of a one man show on Chávez, a presentation on the historic United Farm Workers (UFW) march to Sacramento in 1966, the celebration of the 44th anniversary of Chicano Park and more.

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Lord of the Bees

Posted by sandiegobiotech March 20th, 2014 .
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James Hung has collected more than 17,000 wild bees from coastal, desert and mountain areas of San Diego County. But many of his specimens bear little resemblance to the honey bees we normally think of as bees. To the casual observer, his bee collection looks more like a menagerie of Insects Gone Wild—gnat-sized bugs with long snouts, gigantic black bees and curious iridescent creatures with termite-like wings.

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Experts Explain Why Big Data is a Big Deal

Posted by sandiegobiotech March 20th, 2014 .
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Turns out even the experts have difficulty wrapping their heads around the concept of how quickly – and drastically – what’s come to be called ‘big data’ has changed our daily lives. Defined as the gathering, storing and analysis of massive amounts of computerized data, both unstructured and multi-structured, big data keeps growing at almost unimaginable rates of speed.

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New Report Finds People Willing to Share Personal Health Data with Researchers, Companies

Posted by sandiegobiotech March 13th, 2014 .
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A new report from the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, suggests that many people who track health-related data with wearable devices and smartphone apps are interested in sharing that data with researchers in medical and public health—provided adequate privacy controls exist.

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Campus Center Helps Students Land Internships and Jobs

Posted by sandiegobiotech March 13th, 2014 .
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For many college students, graduation is just a few months away—bringing with it the reality of an uncertain job market. Fortunately, UC San Diego double mathematics and economics major Charlie Xu is looking forward to commencement in June and starting a great job, thanks to help from the Career Services Center that gave him a leg up in a competitive field.

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NAFTA at 20

Posted by sandiegobiotech March 13th, 2014 .
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Mexico’s recent fiscal and energy reforms, new trade alliances, growing economy and evolving arts and culture were at the center of UC San Diego’s Mexico Moving Forward symposium held on campus March 6. Hosted by the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies (USMEX) at UC San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS), the symposium focused on “20 Years of NAFTA and Beyond” and assessed the impacts of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which officially began on Jan. 1, 1994.

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Facebook Feelings Are Contagious, Study Shows

Posted by sandiegobiotech March 12th, 2014 .
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Published in PLOS ONE, the study analyzes over a billion anonymized status updates among more than 100 million users of Facebook in the United States. Positive posts beget positive posts, the study finds, and negat…

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