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2009 News Releases

Engineers Help Secure California Highways and Roads

December 10, 2009

Engineers at the UC San Diego Englekirk Structural Engineering Center, which has the largest outdoor shake table in the United States, recently tested the seismic response of a semi-gravity reinforced concrete retaining wall. Full Story

Supportive Materials will Help Regenerate Heart Tissue

Supportive Materials will Help Regenerate Heart Tissue

December 8, 2009

  Bioengineers from University of California, San Diego are developing new regenerative therapies for heart disease that could influence the way in which regenerative therapies for cardiovascular and other diseases are treated in the future. Full Story

San Diegans and their Cell Phones will help Computer Scientists Monitor Air Pollution

December 2, 2009

You want to go for a run, but you don’t want to run in polluted air that might aggravate your asthma. University of California, San Diego computer scientists are creating a network of environmental sensors that will help you avoid air pollution hot spots that exist exactly when you are planning your route. The system will provide up-to-the-minute information on outdoor and indoor air quality, based on environmental information collected by hundreds, and eventually thousands, of sensors attached to the backpacks, purses, jackets and board shorts of San Diegans going about daily life. Full Story

Undergraduate Team Dukes it Out in BattleBots Competition

December 1, 2009

Last fall, 10 self-professed robotics geeks with very different backgrounds rallied together behind a common mission: to create a robot so limber and so destructive that it would take no prisoners. Full Story

UCSD Researchers Discover That Defects in Carbon Nanotubes Could Lead to Improved Charge and Energy Storage Systems

November 19, 2009

Most people would like to be able to charge their cell phones and other personal electronics quickly and not too often. A recent discovery made by UC San Diego engineers could lead to carbon nanotube-based supercapacitors that could do just this. Full Story

UCSD Discovery Allows Scientists to Experimentally Annotate Genomes for the First Time

November 9, 2009

Bioengineers at UC San Diego have made a breakthrough development that will now allow scientists to perform full delineation of the location and use of genomic elements. Full Story

Engineering Students Help San Diego Region Secure $154 Million in Solar Bonds

November 3, 2009

Engineering students at UC San Diego played a critical role in helping the university and the San Diego region secure a total of $154 million in federal bonds for solar installation projects. Full Story

University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Ranked 9th in the World

University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Ranked 9th in the World

November 3, 2009

 The University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering is the 9th best in the world for engineering/technology and 15th in the world for computer sciences, according to an academic ranking of the top 100 world universities published by the Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Full Story

Electrical Engineers Go Head to Head with Genius on Music Playlists

October 27, 2009

  Electrical engineers recently pitted Genius – the music recommendation system in Apple’s iTunes – against two experimental music recommender systems. Genius appears to capture acoustic similarities among songs within the same playlist, the researchers found. Full Story

New in Class: Digital Signage to Make Campus Smarter, Safer, Greener

October 22, 2009

Researchers from the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) are installing a number of LED digital signs in classrooms throughout UC San Diego, with the eventual goal of outfitting the entire campus with the notification system. Full Story