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Lydia Hernandez and Marty Flores Recognized for Outreach and Service

Two Division of Biological Sciences doctoral students, Lydia Hernandez and Marty Flores, are among six UC San Diego graduate students who have been accepted into the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society for 2014-2015.

Kimberly Cooper and Byungkook Lim Named 2015 Searle Scholars

Kimberly Cooper, an assistant professor in the Section of Cell and Developmental Biology, and Byungkook Lim, an assistant professor in the Section of Neurobiology, are among 15 scientists named 2015 Searle Scholars. These scientists were selected for their potential for making significant contributions to chemical and biological research over the course of their careers.

New Genetic Method Promises to Advance Gene Research and Control Insect Pests

Biologists at the University of California, San Diego have developed a new method for generating mutations in both copies of a gene in a single generation that could rapidly accelerate genetic research on diverse species and provide scientists with a powerful new tool to control insect borne diseases such as malaria as well as animal and plant pests.

Meeting on ‘Green Revolution 2.0’ Draws Researchers and New Ideas

When students ask Stephen Mayfield what to do when they graduate—what sort of career would provide them with a decent income, expanding professional opportunities and a chance to give back to society—the UC San Diego biology professor is quick to respond.

“Work on the next Green Revolution,” he says.

The Future of Neurosciences at UC San Diego

Division of Biological Sciences Professors Darwin Berg and Nick Spitzer, Director of the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind, discuss the development of neuroscience research at UC San Diego, President Obama's BRAIN Initiative and the emerging field of “neurotechnology.”

Training the Next Generation of San Diego Biologists

More than 40 students studying biotechnology at Castle Park High School’s Science Innovation Academy in Chula Vista came to campus to experience how biologists do research—as well as to learn what it takes to actually become a scientist.

Their recent visit, arranged by emeritus professor of biology Maarten Chrispeels and Castle Park biology and biotechnology teachers Megan Grupe and Darci Kimball, was sponsored by Biological Sciences Dean Bill McGinnis and filmed by a television crew for CBS Channel 8, which will soon broadcast the segment as part of its Innovate 8 series on local STEM education programs.

A Blind Date with Science

Complex ideas in science need to be conveyed with precision. Yet most scientists also believe the public needs to understand the details, without personal opinions or emotion, so that people can draw their own conclusions based on facts.

Emmy Award-winning actor and director Alan Alda thinks that’s wrong. And he came to campus last week to convince senior administrators and young scientists to do it differently.

Study Sheds Light on What Causes Cells to Divide

When a rapidly-growing cell divides into two smaller cells, what triggers the split? Is it the size the growing cell eventually reaches? Or is the real trigger the time period over which the cell keeps growing ever larger?

A novel study published online today in the journal Current Biology has finally provided an answer to this long unsolved conundrum. And it’s not what many biologists expected.

York Hall Science Labs Get $6.5 Million Makeover to Help Students Graduate in Four Years

Four undergraduate teaching laboratories for biology and chemistry students have undergone a $6.5 million makeover as part of implementation of the UC San Diego Strategic Plan. The renovated labs in York Hall will eliminate a key barrier to students accessing impacted laboratory science courses—making it easier for them to graduate in four years.

Julian Schroeder Elected President of American Society of Plant Biologists

Julian Schroeder, a distinguished professor of biology and co-director of UC San Diego Center for Food and Fuel for the 21st Century, has been elected named president of the American Society of Plant Biologists, a professional society of 5,000 members devoted to the advancement of the plant sciences. He began his one-year term of service on October 1.

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