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UC San Diego and edX Offer Professional Virtual Reality Courses Online 4/27/17

UC San Diego and edX Offer Professional Virtual Reality Courses Online

Virtual reality is one of the hottest emerging technologies in the entertainment industry today. Millions of VR devices have been sold in the United States alone, but most software developers have no formal training on the technology. Now VR researchers from the University of California San Diego are hoping to bridge that gap and develop in-demand skills via a new series of courses delivered through the edX online learning platform.On April 25, edX announced its first 15 Professional Certificate programs, developed by 13 top universities and industry leaders. The programs focus on skills, job competencies and professional development, and they tend to take less time to complete than edX’s MicroMasters mini-degree programs. 
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Engineers investigate a simple, no-bake recipe to make bricks from Martian soil 4/26/17

Engineers investigate a simple, no-bake recipe to make bricks from Martian soil

Explorers planning to settle on Mars might be able to turn the planet’s red soil into bricks without needing to use an oven or additional ingredients. Instead, they would just need to apply pressure to compact the soil—the equivalent of a blow from a hammer. These are the findings of a study published in Nature Scientific Reports on April 27, 2017. The study was authored by a team of engineers at the University of California San Diego and funded by NASA. 
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UC San Diego nanoengineer selected as the U.S. nominee for 2017 ASPIRE Prize 4/25/17

UC San Diego nanoengineer selected as the U.S. nominee for 2017 ASPIRE Prize

Nanoengineering professor Liangfang Zhang at the University of California San Diego has been selected as the U.S. nominee for the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE). Zhang won the nomination for his revolutionary work in the field of nanomedicine, which focuses on nanomaterials for medical applications. 
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Nanoparticles for treating bacterial infections take top prize at Research Expo 2017 4/24/17

Nanoparticles for treating bacterial infections take top prize at Research Expo 2017

B.J. (Byungji) Kim, a materials science and engineering graduate student at the University of California San Diego, won the grand prize at Research Expo 2017 for her work on nanoparticles that help the body’s immune system fight infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria—without the use of antibiotics. Kim received the Lee Rudee Outstanding Poster Award and a $1,000 cash prize, as well as the Katie Osterday Best Poster in mechanical engineering, which came with a $500 cash prize. 
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Raising Awareness of Human Trafficking on University Campuses 4/21/17

Raising Awareness of Human Trafficking on University Campuses

A free UC San Diego campus event on April 25 will feature people share stories about human trafficking, a massive global problem that is also a problem in San Diego.
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Sensor-filled glove could help doctors take guesswork out of physical exams 4/20/17

Sensor-filled glove could help doctors take guesswork out of physical exams

Researchers have developed a sensor-filled glove that doctors could use to accurately measure muscle stiffness in patients suffering from stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and other muscle control disorders. The level of muscle stiffness, known as spasticity, is typically rated based on a doctor's touch and feel. However, these ratings are subjective and often vary from one doctor to another. As a result, patients receive doses of medication that are too low or too high for their actual level of muscle stiffness. The new glove will enable doctors to come up with objective, accurate and consistent number ratings when evaluating spasticity in patients undergoing treatment.
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