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Solar Success

UC San Diego engineering students are harnessing the power of solar energy with their own hands - so-to-speak. A group of students played a key role in helping the university and the San Diego region secure $154 million in federal bonds for solar installation projects. The bond allocations for the San Diego region went to a total of 192 projects submitted by San Diego municipalities, school districts, universities and a water district. The money will come from the Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs) program. more »

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Selections from Research Expo 2010

The annual Jacobs School Research Expo features research posters by 250 M.S. and Ph.D. engineering students, technical breakouts led by Jacobs School faculty, a plenary session, and a reception where guests can interact with faculty and students who share their research interests. more »


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Blinking Genetic Clocks Synchronized

Bioengineering graduate students Tal Danino and Octavio Mondragon are key members of a UCSD team that recently synchronized bacterial "genetic clocks" to blink in unison. The bacteria are endowed with genes engineered to alter their blinking rates when environmental conditions change. The work, published recently in Nature, marks another step toward the construction of a programmable genetic sensor. These sensors might one day provide humans with advance information about temperature, poisons and other potential hazards in the environment by monitoring changes in the blinking rates of bacteria. more »

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Cell Phones will Monitor Air Pollution

You want to go for a run, but you don't want to run in polluted air that might aggravate your asthma. Jacobs School computer scientists are creating a network of environmental sensors that will help you avoid air pollution hot spots. The system, called CitiSense, will provide up-to-theminute information on outdoor and indoor air quality, based on environmental information collected by thousands of sensors attached to the backpacks, purses and board shorts of San Diegans. more »

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E-Week 2010

Who made the giant E on the cover of this issue of Pulse? Four hundred eighth graders - and a swarm of Jacobs School students who volunteered to spend a day giving San Diego youth a taste of life as an engineering undergraduate at the Jacobs School. This is Enspire, one of the highlights of Engineers Week 2010 at UCSD. more »