Jacobs School News

Biomedical Engineering Society earns Outstanding Chapter Award 7/31/20
Biomedical Engineering Society earns Outstanding Chapter Award
UC San Diego’s chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) was recognized with the Chapter Outstanding Achievement Award for their 2019-2020 efforts. This is the second time the undergraduate BMES chapter received this prestigious award, after earning the honor in 2017. 
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New fabrication method brings single-crystal perovskite devices closer to viability 7/29/20
New fabrication method brings single-crystal perovskite devices closer to viability
Nanoengineers at UC San Diego developed a new method to fabricate perovskites as single-crystal thin films, which are more efficient for use in solar cells and optical devices than the current state-of-the-art polycrystalline forms of the material. Researchers in Professor Sheng Xu’s lab published their findings on July 29 in Nature.
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Computer Scientist Receives NSF Grant to Identify Antibody Responses Against SARS-COV-2 7/27/20
Computer Scientist Receives NSF Grant to Identify Antibody Responses Against SARS-COV-2
Pavel Pevzner, Ronald R. Taylor Professor of Computer Science in UC San Diego’s Computer Science and Engineering Department, has been awarded a $300,000 grant, through the National Science Foundation’s EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) program. The grant will support efforts to investigate immune system genes in humans, bats and other mammals and identify successful antibody responses against SARS-COV-2.
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Rare Glassy Metal Discovered During Quest to Improve Battery Performance 7/24/20
Rare Glassy Metal Discovered During Quest to Improve Battery Performance
Scientists from UC San Diego and Idaho National Laboratory scrutinized the earliest stages of lithium recharging and learned that slow, low-energy charging causes electrodes to collect atoms in a disorganized way that improves charging behavior. This noncrystalline “glassy” lithium had never been observed, and creating such amorphous metals has traditionally been extremely difficult.
 
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A Prototype for Help in the Fight Against COVID-19 7/23/20
A Prototype for Help in the Fight Against COVID-19
In the midst of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic that had UC San Diego researchers racing to understand the complexities around the virus’s spread and to find ways to combat it, engineers and fabrication specialists at the Qualcomm Institute’s Prototyping Lab leapt into action. Vacuum exhaused isolation lockers, or VEILs, produced in the Prototyping Lab are ready to be delivered to local hospitals.
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Engineer and mathematician receive Newton Award for Transformative Ideas during COVID-19 pandemic 7/21/20
Engineer and mathematician receive Newton Award for Transformative Ideas during COVID-19 pandemic
Two UC San Diego professors—Melvin Leok from the Department of Mathematics (Division of Physical Sciences) and Boris Kramer from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Jacobs School of Engineering) are among the 13 award recipients of the Newton Award for Transformative Ideas during the COVID-19 Pandemic from the Department of Defense. 
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Non-invasive blood test can detect cancer four years before conventional diagnosis methods 7/20/20
Non-invasive blood test can detect cancer four years before conventional diagnosis methods
An international team of researchers has developed a non-invasive blood test that can detect whether an individual has one of five common types of cancers, four years before the condition can be diagnosed with current methods. The test detects stomach, esophageal, colorectal, lung and liver cancer.  
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New model connects respiratory droplet physics with spread of Covid-19 7/20/20
New model connects respiratory droplet physics with spread of Covid-19
Respiratory droplets from a cough or sneeze travel farther and last longer in humid, cold climates than in hot, dry ones, according to a study on droplet physics by an international team of engineers. The researchers incorporated this understanding of the impact of environmental factors on droplet spread into a new mathematical model that can be used to predict the early spread of respiratory viruses including COVID-19, and the role of respiratory droplets in that spread. 
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