Jacobs School News

Undergraduate students win Galactic Unite prize 11/6/18
Undergraduate students win Galactic Unite prize
Seven UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering students were selected to receive the inaugural Galactic Unite Gavin Jones Prize, which recognizes undergraduate students at UC San Diego studying science, technology, engineering or math with a desire to make an impact on the space industry. The winners each receive a $1,500 cash prize, plus a mentor from either Virgin Galactic, Virgin Orbit or The Spaceship Company. 
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Bioengineers awarded $14M from NIH to build digital maps of brain, other organs at single-cell level 11/2/18
Bioengineers awarded $14M from NIH to build digital maps of brain, other organs at single-cell level
Kun Zhang, professor of bioengineering at the University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, has received $14 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health to build 3D, digital single-cell maps of the human brain and organs in the respiratory and urinary systems. The work aims to provide a deeper understanding of the functions and malfunctions of organs in the human body at the level of individual cells.
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These new techniques expose your browsing history to attackers 10/29/18
These new techniques expose your browsing history to attackers
Security researchers at UC San Diego and Stanford have discovered four new ways to expose Internet users’ browsing histories. These techniques could be used by hackers to learn which websites users have visited as they surf the web.
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UC San Diego Signs MOU with Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation at Kobe 10/26/18
UC San Diego Signs MOU with Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation at Kobe
The University of California San Diego and the Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation at Kobe (FBRI) have entered into a five-year memo of understanding (MOU). The MOU was announced Oct. 19, 2018 in Japan at the 20thanniversary celebration of the Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster, of which FBRI is the core research institute.The MOU affirms a shared interest between UC San Diego and FBRI in cooperative biomedical research that will include joint research projects and publications, co-hosting seminars and workshops, and site visits. The primary contacts for the MOU are Dr. Shu Chien for UC San Diego and Dr. Ryuji Hiramatsu for FBRI.
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Machine learning identifies antibiotic resistance genes in tuberculosis-causing bacteria 10/25/18
Machine learning identifies antibiotic resistance genes in tuberculosis-causing bacteria
Researchers have trained a machine learning algorithm to identify and predict which genes make infectious bacteria resistant to antibiotics. The approach was tested on strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis—the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB) in humans. It identified 33 known and 24 new antibiotic resistance genes in these bacteria. The approach could be used to predict resistance in other infection-causing pathogens.
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$10M grant from NSF Establishes Center for Trustworthy Machine Learning 10/24/18
$10M grant from NSF Establishes Center for Trustworthy Machine Learning
A team of U.S. computer scientists is receiving a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation to make machine learning more secure. The grant establishes the Center for Trustworthy Machine Learning at a consortium of seven universities, including the University of California San Diego. Researchers will work together toward two goals: understanding the risks inherent to machine learning; and developing the tools, metrics and methods to manage and mitigate these risks.
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UC San Diego and Invention Science Fund Collaborate to Create New Technology Startups 10/24/18
UC San Diego and Invention Science Fund Collaborate to Create New Technology Startups
Invention Science Fund, the incubator arm of Intellectual Ventures, and San Diego’s Legler Benbough Foundation will contribute $1 million in combined sponsorship funds to the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur at the University of California San Diego to help accelerate new startup companies.
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Super-Efficient Cooling Membrane Can Beat the Heat of 10,000 Suns 10/23/18
Super-Efficient Cooling Membrane Can Beat the Heat of 10,000 Suns
Engineers at the University of California San Diego are pushing the limit of how fast they can remove heat from a flat surface. In a recent study published in Nano Letters, researchers invented a nanoporous membrane that can effectively cool a record high heat flux of 1,850 watts per square centimeter—equivalent to the heat from 14,230 suns shining down on a fingernail. This heat flux off a flat surface is more than ten times higher than the previous record.
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