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Alumnus David Goeddel Funds Fellowship for Next Generation Scientists

When University of California, San Diego alumnus and biotechnology pioneer David Goeddel, ’72, pledged a gift of $400,000 to establish the David V. Goeddel Endowed Graduate Fellowship at UC San Diego, his goal was to support and foster the innovators and scientists of the future. The endowed fund, which will be matched in full by the UC San Diego Division of Biological Sciences, will annually support the research and scholarly activities of outstanding Biological Sciences graduate students.

Resolving Social Conflict Is Key to Survival of Bacterial Communities

Far from being selfish organisms whose sole purpose is to maximize their own reproduction, bacteria in large communities work for the greater good by resolving a social conflict among individuals to enhance the survival of their entire community.

It turns out that, much like human societies, bacterial communities benefit when they can balance opposing needs within the group.

Flatworms Could Replace Mammals for Some Toxicology Tests

Laboratories that test chemicals for neurological toxicity could reduce their use of laboratory mice and rats by replacing these animal models with tiny aquatic flatworms known as freshwater planarians.

Scientists Create Synthetic Membranes That Grow Like Living Cells

Chemists and biologists at UC San Diego have succeeded in designing and synthesizing an artificial cell membrane capable of sustaining continual growth, just like a living cell.

Gürol Süel Wins Scialog Award

Gürol Süel, an associate professor in the Section of Molecular Biology, has been awarded one of 13 grants given by The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Research Corporation for Science Advancement to five teams of investigators as part of 2015 Scialog: Molecules Come to Life.

Brenda Bloodgood and Kimberly Cooper Named Pew Scholars

Two biology professors at UC San Diego have been named Pew scholars in the biomedical sciences, an award given by the Pew Charitable Trusts this year to only 22 promising early-career researchers in the nation.

Tiny Parasite May Contribute to Declines in Honey Bee Colonies by Infecting Larvae

Biologists at UC San Diego have discovered that a tiny single-celled parasite may have a greater-than expected impact on honey bee colonies, which have been undergoing mysterious declines worldwide for the past decade.

In this week’s issue of the journal PLOS ONE, the scientists report that a microsporidian calledNosema ceranae, which has been known to infect adult Asiatic and European honey bees, can also infect honeybee larvae. They also discovered that honey bee larvae infected with the microsporidian have reduced lifespans as adults.

Chih-Ying Su Awarded Hellman Fellowship

Chih-Ying Su, an assistant professor in the Section of Neurobiology, is one of 12 faculty members at UC San Diego who were recently named 2015-2016 Hellman Fellows.

The fellowship awards are designed to provide early-career funding to promising faculty as they progress toward tenure. This year’s awards total approximately $500,000.

Biology Students Join Hundreds of Undergraduates Across Nation to Co-Author Genomics Research Paper

An unusual genomics research paper published this month by 940 students at 63 universities around the nation provided 16 undergraduate biology students at UC San Diego with an opportunity to conduct original research in a classroom setting, while becoming co-authors in a peer‐reviewed scientific journal.

David Kleinfeld Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

David Kleinfeld, a distinguished professor of physics and biology in the Section of Neurobiology, been elected to the 2015 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a prestigious honorary society composed of accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts.

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