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Bioengineers receive $12M grant from NIH to further research on building blocks of human metabolism 8/17/18
Bioengineers receive $12M grant from NIH to further research on building blocks of human metabolism
and cliniciansThe University of California San Diego has received a $12 million, four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to expand the Metabolomics Workbench, a searchable, interactive repository of data for all research in the field of metabolomics—the study of the small molecules called metabolites  that are found within cells and biological systems.The Metabolomics Workbench project, led by bioengineering professor Shankar Subramaniam at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, launched in 2012 with a $6 million grant from the NIH. This new infusion of funds will allow Subramaniam and colleagues to add a wide range of clinical data to the Workbench and take the project into the clinic itself. This in turn will allow researchers and physicians to develop better tools to diagnose diseases through metabolite markers in blood.
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These tags turn everyday objects into smart, connected devices 8/16/18
These tags turn everyday objects into smart, connected devices
Engineers have developed printable metal tags that could be attached to plain objects, like water bottles, walls or doors, and turn them into "smart" Internet of Things devices. The tags can also be fashioned into paper-thin control panels that can be used to remotely operate WiFi-connected speakers, smart lights and other smart home appliances. The metal tags are made from patterns of copper foil printed onto paper-like materials and disturb WiFi signals when touched.
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'Building up' stretchable electronics to be as multipurpose as your smartphone 8/13/18
'Building up' stretchable electronics to be as multipurpose as your smartphone
By connecting layers of stretchable circuits on top of one another, engineers have developed an approach to build soft “3D stretchable electronics” that can pack more functions while staying thin and small. As a proof of concept, the team built a multifunctional "smart bandage" that can be worn on the skin and used to wirelessly monitor an array of signals, from respiration, to body motion, to brain activity, and even remotely control a robotic arm.
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An Upward Social Mobility Machine: UC San Diego 2nd Best U.S. University, Says Money Magazine 8/13/18
An Upward Social Mobility Machine: UC San Diego 2nd Best U.S. University, Says Money Magazine
The University of California San Diego is a national leader in transforming lives of low-income students. One of the best schools for students to get a quality education at an affordable price, Money Magazine has listed the campus in the No. 2 spot in its new 2018 Best Colleges for Your Money ranking. 
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Charles Lee Powell Foundation: Three Decades of Giving to UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering 7/31/18
Charles Lee Powell Foundation: Three Decades of Giving to UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering
 Three Decades of Giving to UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Thanks to the support of the Charles Lee Powell Foundation: over the last three decades, UC San Diego engineering research has positively impacted the San Diego region and far beyond. When you drive across a highway bridge in California, for example, there is a good chance that your safety depends on a piece of technology that has been developed and tested at UC San Diego.
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Medical mist could fight hospital-acquired infections 7/31/18
Medical mist could fight hospital-acquired infections
A team of engineers and physicians in San Diego have developed a device that diffuses potent disinfectants for airborne delivery. Notably, the device works on a range of disinfectants that have never been atomized before, such as Triethylene glycol, or TEG. In a study published in the August issue of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, the team used the device to atomize disinfectants onto environmental surfaces contaminated with bacteria and showed that it effectively eliminated 100 percent of bacteria that commonly cause hospital-acquired infections. In addition, atomized bleach solution, ethanol and TEG completely eliminated highly multi-drug resistant strains of bacteria including K. pneumoniae.
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UC San Diego selected to lead development of open-source tools for hardware design automation 7/24/18
UC San Diego selected to lead development of open-source tools for hardware design automation
The University of California San Diego has been awarded $11.3 million over four years from DARPA to lead a multi-institution project which aims to develop electronic design automation tools for 24-hour, no-human-in-the-loop hardware layout generation.
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Nanocrystals emit light by efficiently 'tunneling' electrons 7/23/18
Nanocrystals emit light by efficiently 'tunneling' electrons
Using advanced fabrication techniques, engineers at the University of California San Diego have built a nanosized device out of silver crystals that can generate light by efficiently “tunneling” electrons through a tiny barrier. The work brings plasmonics research a step closer to realizing ultra-compact light sources for high-speed, optical data processing and other on-chip applications.
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